Abrasives Manufacturing Industry Profile

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Companies in this industry manufacture coated and bonded abrasive products, including grinding wheels, sandpaper, and abrasive grains. Major companies include 3M (US), Henan Huanghe Whirlwind (China), Noritake (Japan), Robert Bosch (Germany), Saint-Gobain (France), and Tyrolit (Austria).

The global abrasives manufacturing industry is forecast to grow by 4.5% per year through 2020-2025 to reach a value of about $56 billion, according to MarketsandMarkets. Leading abrasives-producing countries include China, Germany, and Japan.

The US abrasives manufacturing industry includes about 300 establishments (single-location companies and units of multi-location companies) with combined annual revenue of about $5 billion.


Demand for manufactured industrial products is the major driver of sales for abrasives. The profitability of individual companies depends on efficient operations, as many products are considered commodities. Large companies enjoy economies of scale in purchasing. Small companies can compete effectively by specializing in products for particular manufacturing functions. The US industry is highly concentrated: the 50 largest companies generate about 90% of revenue.

Imports account for about 25% of the US market. The largest suppliers to the US are China, Canada, Mexico, and Germany. Exports, which make up about 20% of US production, go mainly to Mexico, Canada, and Germany.


Abrasive products are made of hard mineral grains and are used to manufacture products including metal, plastics, glass, and wood. Abrasives are used to shape materials through grinding; smooth surfaces during manufacture; remove surface layers of paint or ...

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