To make sure that construction projects meet requisite safety standards, government and certifying bodies across the world have rolled out strict regulations to fix the properties of cement production to a set standard. These rule mandate various tests are used to check for tensile strength, compressive strength, and fineness of the material.
As per a recent study by Future Market Insights on the worldwide cement and mortar testing equipment market, the emergence of new technologies and innovations in construction materials and testing equipment, will result in changes of regulations that govern material testing, and consequently will raise the requirement for equipment that can effectively test for compliance at a steady rate of nearly 5%.
Advances in Infrastructure Development Result in Creation of New Equipment
Most parts of the world are witnessing a relatively high demand for construction projects owing to the immense commercial potential that businesses derive from the trend of urbanization, consequently leading to a massive demand for construction material testing equipment.
Stringent safety standards set by governments, have to be adhered to by builders, who look towards testing equipment to ensure high standards of quality, which is boosting the demand for cement and mortar testing equipment. Moreover, the usage of new materials and designs for modern infrastructure, has resulted in the creation and application of new testing equipment such as bond strength testers and cement autoclaves, further driving up sales and production.
The cement autoclave provides faster estimations of delayed expansion of concrete, which is common among the newer variants of Portland cement, in accordance to ASTM specifications, through the exposure of cement bars to steam pressure and temperature for a set period of time.
Similarly, bond strength testing machines are used to determine the amount of stress required to disrupt the bond formed by adhesives between metal blocks. This testing method has gained importance with the increasing emphasis by construction companies on earthquake resistant properties of modern buildings.
Alternative Construction Materials Create Challenges for Manufacturers
Modern infrastructure projects are increasingly including eco-friendly alternatives to concrete and mortar. Glass and wood have gained significant demand to meet the modern aesthetic demands. In addition, the newer IT firms and industrial buildings are making use of plastic and glass in significant amounts for construction projects. These are a few of the key influencers that are estimated to constrain the market for cement and mortar testing equipment.
Furthermore, earthquake prone countries such as Japan display a strong preference towards shock resistant materials such as woods or timber. These factors are restraining the use of cement and mortar and consequently the sales and use of the relevant testing equipment.
Natural river sand is a key raw material for the production of most conventional construction materials that has been exploited to such an extent that, manufacturers are increasingly looking towards alternatives such as manufactured sand, granulated blast furnace slag sand, quarry dust, and granite powder. This provides cement and mortar testing equipment manufacturers with the opportunity to develop new products that can effectively test such alternative materials too.
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