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Abrasives Market Size, Share & Industry Analysis, By Material (Natural and Synthetic), By Product Type (Bonded, Coated, and Super), By Application (Automotive, Electrical & Electronics, Metal Fabrication, Machinery, and Others), and Regional Forecast, 2024-2032

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The global abrasives market size was valued at USD 45.95 billion in 2023 and is projected to grow from USD 48.66 billion in 2024 to USD 76.93 billion by 2032, exhibiting a CAGR of 5.9% during the forecast period.

Abrasives are materials used to grind away wood, concrete, ceramic, stone, or mineral. These materials provide an elegant, sleek, and finished look. The process is often used for material polishing to gain a smooth and reflective surface. These products are used in roughening materials in matte, satin, or beaded finishes. Usage of these materials in sandpapers, grinding wheels, polishes, honing stones, tumbling and vibratory mass-finishing media, pulp stones, sandblasting, ball mills, and other tools supports the market growth. The construction industry is observing tremendous and unparalleled changes backed by economic growth, which, in turn, is increasing the product demand.

The increasing demand for the product for grinding and polishing applications in end-use industries, such as metal fabrication, automotive, Electrical Equipment (E&E) and machinery, and electronics, is expected to boost the market. In manufacturing automotive components, the product is vital in modifying operating parameters such as lowering noise levels and reducing high-performance engine carbon dioxide emissions and component machining.

Abrasives, such as aluminum oxide, silicon carbide, boron nitride, and others, are often found in nature by the extraction process below the ground. The global shutdown has influenced mining activities and further affected product demand. Strict government regulation for raw material production and the shutdown of the manufacturing sector also constrain market growth.

Abrasives Market Trends

Growing Application of Abrasives for Construction Activities to Create Growth Opportunities

Construction is projected to be the key product application during the forecast period. The rise in construction activities has increased due to rapid increase in urbanization and improving lifestyles. Economic growth in developing countries, along with high renovation activities, is further supporting market development. These products are used in the construction industry in several applications such as woodworking & fabrication, metal fabrications, and metal components. Growing nations, such as China, India, Japan, and other Asian nations, are the major countries witnessing growth in the construction industry. The rising population in these countries has been positively affecting product consumption due to the expansion of residential construction. Moreover, the major shift of industrialization of the western region into smaller nations is directly supporting the growth rate in the construction industry, which, in turn, is leading to the abrasives industry growth.

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Abrasives Market Growth Factors

Increasing Demand from the Automotive Industry to Aid Market Growth

The product is used for repairing engine parts sizing, auto body, and interior & exterior cleaning. These products are also used to clean the insides of pipes, smooth welds, smooth edges, and surfaces for oiling, fitting, polishing, or painting. Coated and non-woven products are used to refinish auto bodies, whereas grinding wheels are used for automobiles. This high demand from various applications within the automobile industry is directly supporting the industry's growth.

Several abrasive products are used for non-engine parts & accessories such as brakes, steering wheels, wheels, and axles. Brakes have a special abrasive with a non-directional scratch pattern fitting to collect tools. It is used to eliminate the brake squeal and reduce discoloration on heat-sensitive metals. Abrasive sandpapers are used for prepping and polishing the interior and exterior of automobiles. Furthermore, the rising raw material price fluctuations and economic conditions are expected to impact this market significantly.

Rising Demand from the Electrical & Electronics Industry Fuels the Market Expansion

The abrasives market has been witnessing a growing demand, which is largely attributed to the electrical and electronics industry. The electrical and electronics industry has been expanding rapidly, and with this expansion comes an increasing need for abrasive materials to be used in various manufacturing processes. Abrasives are used in this industry to cut, grind, and polish different materials, such as metals, ceramics, and glass, to achieve the desired shape and finish. The electrical and electronics industry is a major consumer of abrasives, and this trend is expected to continue in the coming years.

The industry is constantly evolving, with new products and technologies being introduced that require abrasive materials for their manufacturing. For instance, the demand for consumer electronics, such as smartphones, laptops, and tablets, has increased. These products require precision manufacturing, and abrasive materials play a crucial role in achieving the desired level of accuracy in the manufacturing process. Moreover, the increasing adoption of electric vehicles, renewable energy, and advanced electronics in various industries has further fueled the demand for abrasives. Abrasives are used extensively in manufacturing electric vehicle components, wind turbines, solar panels, and microchips, among others.


Lack of Raw Material Availability and Stringent Regulations to Hamper Market

The most common abrasive raw materials are aluminum oxide, silicon carbide, cubic boron nitride, synthetic diamond, and ceramics. These raw materials are obtained from renewable resources such as petroleum. Depleting these resources results in lowering raw material availability, thus restricting the market growth. Moreover, rising concerns over environmental protection and preventing the spread of pollution have resulted in governments taking action and putting stringent regulations on the use of this product, thus hindering market growth.

Abrasives Market Segmentation Analysis

By Material Analysis

Synthetic Segment to Hold a Significant Share due to Superior Properties

Based on material, the market is segmented into natural and synthetic.

A synthetic abrasive is a product that processes chemical precursors or raw materials. These materials include synthetic diamond, silicon carbide, and alumina. They have various applications as the shape of abrasive grains can be changed as per need, changes can be done in purity, and controlling the crystal structure within the grains. These customizable properties are giving a positive outlook on the segment’s growth.  

Due to the growing consumer shift toward organic products, natural abrasives are extensively used in a wide range for domestic, industrial, and technological applications. These include corundum, diamond, and emery, as they occur naturally, which can be mined and processed for use with less variation. The increasing use of this product type in the automotive industry is one of the key factors driving the market growth.

By Product Type Analysis

Coated Segment is Expected to Generate Highest Revenue owing to their Widespread Application

Based on product type, the market is segmented into bonded, coated, and super.

The coated segment held the major abrasives market share in 2023. The coated segment consists of grains, a backing material, and bonding adhesive. Each of these components gives the product a unique quality making it suitable for various applications. Using coated abrasives in consumer goods, fabrication, hand and power tools, general engineering, furniture, and surgical products will drive segmental growth.

A bonded abrasive is composed of a material kept in a matrix called a binder. The binder is a very fine aluminum oxide abrasive that comprises interred material and is used for sanding and polishing metal products. Rising applications for bonded abrasives from automotive and electrical & electronics industries support the market growth.

The demand for super abrasives is surging in applications such as precision edging in automotive, construction, and woodworking tools. These products come in the form of grinding wheels or rectification tools used to shape too fragile or too hard materials, such as glass, in the automotive and construction industry, ceramic compounds, and others.

By Application Analysis

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Metal Fabrication Segment is Anticipated to Exhibit a Significant CAGR due to Rising Demand for Metal Equipment

Based on application, the market is categorized into automotive, electrical & electronics, metal fabrication, machinery, and others.

The metal fabrication segment is expected to expand at a rapid pace during the forecast period. This type of fabrication is used to manufacture metal structures by bending, cutting, and assembling processes. This product is used as cut-off saws, also called chop saws, having the steel-cutting abrasive disks to cut metals into the desired shape. Other metal fabrication products are fiber discs and flap discs, mainly used for grinding down metals and blending the surfaces.

In automotive applications, the product is mainly used as grinding wheels and grinding segments to smoothen or roughen the surface for polishing, fitting, or painting. The increasing applications for cleaning, deburring, and repairing auto parts will lead to segmental growth.

The product has experienced high demand from the machinery and electrical & electronics segments. This is due to the availability of new and attractive types of materials used for insulation and blending of wiring in the electrical and electronics segment. Also, rubber bonded ones are used to manufacture semiconductors and electronic applications such as back grinding, CMP pad dressing, IC die-cutting, wafer slicing, and other manufacturing operations. These have applications as flexible belts, wide belts, seeded gel, and nonwoven fabric for advanced ceramics and metal matrix composites.


Asia Pacific Abrasives Market Size, 2023 (USD Billion)

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The market size in Asia Pacific stood at USD 25.86 billion in 2023. Asia Pacific is expected to hold the highest position in the global market during the forecast period. This is due to advancements in technology, along with the growing construction industry, that will support the product’s demand in China, Japan, and India. China is the major consumer due to high metal fabrication and machinery demand.

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Europe is a hub for automobile production, which, in turn, increases product consumption. Furthermore, a high level of cleaning and maintenance services of these automobiles is a major factor that will boost the growth of the market in the region.

North America is expected to experience exponential growth during the forecast period. Rapid-paced development in precision tooling and machine part manufacturing, along with technological advancement in the U.S., is expected to contribute to the growth of the market in the region.

In Latin America, Mexico, Argentina, and Brazil are the major countries that will support market growth. This growth in the region can be attributed to increasing automotive, aerospace, construction, and furniture industries.

The market in the Middle East & Africa is expected to showcase substantial growth during the forecast period. The rising woodworking, solid surface grinding and polishing, and metal fabrication for the construction industry in the region will favor the market growth in the forthcoming years.

List of Key Companies in Abrasives Market

Extensive Product Portfolio of Major Companies to Strengthen their Positions

The major producers in the market include 3M, Saint-Gobain, Krebs & Riedel, DuPont, and Robert Bosch GmbH. Krebs & Riedel is a German manufacturing company of grinding wheels. The company offers a varied product range, including cutting discs, conventional grinding wheels, and cup wheels such as diamond and CBN wheels in vitrified bonds. On the other hand, Saint-Gobain offers a complete portfolio of high-performance, precise and comfortable solutions for polishing, shaping, and cutting all types of materials.

Other key players in the market have also developed a robust regional presence, varied product offerings, and distribution channels. Companies are forming strategies to expand their business and enhance their product portfolio to create value chains.


  • The 3M Company (U.S.)

  • Saint-Gobain (U.S.)

  • Krebs & Riedel (Germany)

  • Asahi Diamond Industrial Co., Ltd. (Japan)

  • Robert Bosch GmbH (Germany)

  • Fujimi Incorporated (Japan)

  • Henkel AG & Co. KGaA (Germany)

  • Carborundum Universal Limited (India)


  • KWH Mirka (Finland)



  • October 2023 – Saint-Gobain partnered with Dedeco Abrasive Products to market its sunburst abrasive line. The collaboration aligns with Saint-Gobain's goal of delivering quality abrasive solutions. This move is expected to create a mutually beneficial arrangement leveraging the strengths of both companies.

  • October 2023 – Tyrolit Group acquired Acme Holding Company, a U.S.-based abrasives manufacturer in Michigan. This move integrates grinding with specialty abrasives solutions and expands the company's business portfolio. The acquisition brings the company's total facilities in the U.S. to seven and will better serve industries such as foundry, steel, and rail.

  • February 2022 - Carborundum Universal Ltd (CUMI), through its subsidiary CUMI Abrasives GmbH, based in Germany, announced a contract to purchase 100% stake in RHODIUS Abrasives. This acquisition is expected to enhance the geographical expanse of the company.

  • December 2020 – Nippon Paint India, a part of NIPSEA Group, announced the expansion of the product Line n-Force line in the automotive industry to offer best-in-class solutions. The n-Force range consists of abrasives, rubbing compounds, and waxes & polishes. This launch is expected to make Nippon Paint a one-stop workshop for customers in the automotive aftermarket area.

  • September 2020 – RPM International Inc. acquired Ali Industries, LLC, a manufacturer of sandpaper. With this acquisition, Ali Industries will provide an excellent product segment while enhancing the surface preparation capabilities by adding abrasives to the lineup of a patch, repair, and cleaning products.

  • February 2019 – Brookstone Partners acquired Virginia Abrasive (VAC). VAC produces and distributes this product to professional flooring, equipment rental, and industrial flooring markets. This acquisition will help VAC to drive its organic growth by expanding its product offerings. Brookstone Partners will boost VAC's growth by acquiring complementary firms to meet its customers' evolving needs.


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The global abrasives market report provides a detailed analysis of the market and focuses on crucial aspects such as leading companies, applications, and types. Also, the report offers insights into key market trends and highlights vital industry developments. In addition to the factors mentioned above, the report encompasses various factors that have contributed to the growth of the market in recent years.

Report Scope & Segmentation



Study Period


Base Year


Estimated Year


Forecast Period


Historical Period


Growth Rate

CAGR of 5.9% from 2024 to 2032


Value (USD Billion)


By Material

  • Natural

  • Synthetic

By Product Type

  • Bonded

  • Coated

  • Super

By Application

  • Automotive

  • Electrical & Electronics

  • Metal Fabrication

  • Machinery

  • Others

By Geography

  • North America (By Material, By Product Type, By Application, and By Country)

    • U.S. (By Material)

    • Canada (By Material)

  • Europe (By Material, By Product Type, By Application, and By Country)

    • France (By Material)

    • Germany (By Material)

    • U.K. (By Material)

    • Italy (By Material)

    • Spain (By Material)

    • Russia (By Material)

    • Rest of Europe (By Material)

  • Asia Pacific (By Material, By Product Type, By Application, and By Country)

    • China (By Material)

    • India (By Material)

    • Japan (By Material)

    • South Korea (By Material)

    • Rest of Asia Pacific (By Material)

  • Latin America (By Material, By Product Type, By Application, and By Country)

    • Brazil (By Material)

    • Mexico (By Material)

    • Rest of Latin America (By Material)

  • Middle East & Africa (By Material, By Product Type, By Application, and By Country)

    • Saudi Arabia (By Material)

    • South Africa (By Material)

    • UAE (By Material)

    • Rest of Middle East & Africa (By Material)

Frequently Asked Questions

Fortune Business Insights says that the global market size was USD 45.95 billion in 2023 and is projected to reach USD 76.93 billion by 2032.

In 2023, the market value stood at USD 45.95 billion.

Growing at a CAGR of 5.9%, the market will exhibit steady growth during the forecast period (2024-2032).

Based on material, the natural segment is expected to be the leading segment.

The increasing demand from the automotive industry is expected to drive market growth.

Robert Bosch GMBH, 3M Company, Saint-Gobain, and Fujimi Incorporated are a few global market players.

Asia Pacific dominated the global market in 2023.

High demand from the automotive industry for auto parts applications is an important market trend.

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