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Welding Market Size, Share & COVID-19 Impact Analysis, By Product Type (Welding Equipment and Consumables), By Welding Type (Arc, Resistance, Oxy-Acetylene Gas, Solid State and Others), By Application (Automotive, Building & Construction, Heavy Engineering, Railway & Shipbuilding, Oil & Gas and Others) and Regional Forecast, 2021-2028

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The global welding market size was USD 20.23 billion in 2020. The regional impact of COVID-19 has been unprecedented and staggering, with welding witnessing a positive demand across the regions amid the pandemic. Based on our analysis, the market exhibited a modest growth of 3.6% in 2020. The market is projected to grow from USD 20.99 billion in 2021 to USD 28.66 billion in 2028 at a CAGR of 4.6% in the 2021-2028 period. The steady hike in CAGR is attributable to this market’s demand and growth returning to pre-pandemic levels once the pandemic is over.

This industry has evolved significantly over the past few years, with a widened applications scope, driven by advances in tools associated with the process. Also, shortage of welders across the globe is a major factor behind high adoption of robots across major industries. For instance, according to The American Welding Society (AWS), a welder shortage of 2,91,000 will be in effect by 2020. Besides this, advances in methodologies have enabled the integration of augmented reality, internet of things, fixtureless fabrication processes, intelligent sensors and others is enabling manufacturers to boost efficiency, scalability and early return on investments. For, example, Yaskawa Montoman revealed a new product named ArcWorld 50 series in September 2019, well-known for streamlined advanced functions such as process monitoring, and inspection.

Outbreak of Covid-19 Pandemic Slashed Fabrication and Construction Industry

The recent coronavirus outbreak has had a huge economic and labor market impact, and affected several manufacturing industries. The industrial manufacturing operations have faced a massive downturn after the outbreak of COVD -19 pandemic across numerous prominent economies in the market. Most of the countries have enforced some stringent nationwide lockdowns for a brief time period and ordered an abrupt shutdown of all non-essential manufacturing operations reducing the manufacturing in the facilities and subsequently decremented the revenue generation across these industries.

Many market players operating across multiple geographies in industrial manufacturing industry have made strategic exists from low revenue generating regions and have decided to temporarily suspend or permanently cease manufacturing operations in the respective regions to reduce the overhead operational cost and maintain its profit margin in the times of reduced demand. This exists have reduced opportunities for this market in the region. Additionally, the reduced cast liquidity in the market have forced the market players to limit their manufacturing operations and operate at a reduced capacity.

The COVID -19 outbreak was also had an immense negative impact on the supply chain and value chain operation in the manufacturing industry. The disruption in the supply chain due to volatility in the demand and supply and strict restrictions on the logistics operations curbed the operations in the market. The forecast years are expected to provide a steady recovery to the market owing to the reopening of the manufacturing facilities and government initiatives to try and reshape the economic downfall during the times of pandemic. The increment in the manufacturing of automotive vehicles and increasing expenditure of governments on aerospace and defense sector is likely to augment demand of these equipment over the forecast period.


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Evolution of Advanced Technologies is Contributing to Market Growth.

The surging trends towards joining dissimilar and non-metallic materials, customized metal shapes and designs, emergence of different techniques and others is bringing a new wave of advancement and reshaping the industry. In such scenarios, adoption of robotic welding is increasing as it reduces the time during operation, provides high precision welds and productivity in minimal time. Also, streamlining of various intuitive technologies embedded in robotic solutions such as the internet of things, artificial intelligence, cloud data, and smart sensors along with effective physical stature is enabling the reduction of accidents at the workplace. For instance, in July 2017, Fanuc Corporation launched Arc Mate 100iD robot configured with new graphical user interface and several intelligent functions ideally for narrow work spaces, repeatable quality and monitoring processes at every level of production.


Availability of Equipment on Rental Basis to Contribute to Market Growth

High upfront cost has encouraged suppliers to offer rental services or leasing schemes through various distribution channels, thus driving the market growth. Apart from that, as a part of service contract, the equipment suppliers and sales distributors can create additional customer value by offering training, workshops, and other kinds of useful do-it-yourself information, which serves a marketing purpose and functions to highlight the increased value of products to customers. Execution of such contracts could generate significantly more value for customers than standard product purchases.


Lack of Availability of Skilled Welders at Factory Floor to Hinder Market Growth

Currently, the industry is witnessing several challenges as the engineers performing these activities on floor have been enlightened with different precautions and discipline, but rare guidance for conducting welding processes. In addition to this, these users usually learn to weld while they are performing the operations and hardly through apprenticeships or formal welder training. In such scenarios, there is a high risk of accidents as the operator is not well versed in the factors such as time needed to heat the metals, supply of required current, adjustments in noise and others.


By Product Type Analysis

Consumables Segment is Generating the Highest Revenue Backed by Rising Deployment across Various Industry Verticals

Based on product type, the market is segmented into welding equipment and consumables.

The consumables segment holds a dominant position in this market in terms of revenue due to the high demand for customized solutions for joining dissimilar and non-metallic materials, rise in consumption of steel, and others. Moreover, this industry is now emphasizing on adopting simple and cost-effective solutions to safeguard the work piece from the external environment.  In such a scenario, consumables are gaining impetus as the raw material utilized for manufacturing consumables comprises copper, rutile, aluminum, which possesses high tensile strength and antioxidants.

The equipment segment is expected to show considerable growth rate in the forecast period owing to rising trend of automated machines deployed across various industries such as automobiles and construction for joining thermoplastics, metals, and others

By Welding Type Analysis

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Arc Welding is Expected to Grow Significantly in the Forecast Period with Rising General Fabrication Industry

Arc, Resistance, Oxy-Acetylene, Solid State, are the key types of welding considered in the scope amongst others (Electron Beam)

Arc fuse is anticipated to show significant growth in the coming years owing to the rising adoption of fusion processes, utilization of high strength low-alloy (HSLA) across various industries as it is a flexible and cost-effective process.

Resistance soldering is anticipated to grow at a moderate rate in the coming years owing to the low cost method’s, high reliability, efficiency, accessibility, and ability for robot automation, compared to other joining methods, make it ideal for automotive production.

Wherein, oxy-acetylene gas, and solid state fabrication are projected to witness progressive market growth in the near future with rising need in heavy engineering and construction applications. The others segment is expected to showcase modest growth with limited applications.

By Application Analysis

Heavy Engineering Segment Grow Significantly in the Coming Years Backed by Introduction of Smart Factories

The application segment is further categorized into automotive, building & construction, heavy engineering, railway & shipbuilding, oil & gas, others

The heavy engineering segment is expected to grow exponentially over the forecast period owing to introduction of smart factories, industry 4.0, rising automation and others. Moreover, high demand for precision welding is widening, mainly for joining two different metals without losing its properties, which is further supplementing the welding industry growth.

The automotive segment is expected to grow significantly in the forecasted period as the automotive industry is focusing on reducing the weight of vehicles by replacing metal parts with plastics, which requires high precision. Moreover, the automotive industry is preferring to embrace advanced technology in order to make the best use of high tensile strength steels that are deployed in manufacturing the automotive parts and establish a global position of technological superiority further boosting the market.

Besides this, with the increasing number of residential, commercial projects, the building & construction segment is expected to grow at a considerable rate over the forecasted period. Also, government initiatives for infrastructure development, availability of bank loans at cheaper rates, are uplifting the construction sector, according to the market analysis.

Oil & gas and railway segment is expected to grow moderately over the forecast period owing to rising infrastructure in developing economies, adoption of various precision techniques to perform critical operations such as railway tracks, underwater pipelines, and others


Asia Pacific Welding Market Size, 2020 (USD Billion)

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The scope of the study is further segmented across five major regions, namely North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa and Latin America. They are further categorized into countries.

Asia Pacific holds the highest welding market share and anticipated to grow in the forecast period owing to the presence of local registered and unregistered manufacturers, rising construction and heavy engineering industries majorly in countries like China, Japan and India. For instance, in March 2020, China government released investment plans and “major infrastructure” projects wherein around USD 4.8 trillion would be invested to overcome potential pressure of COVID-19 outbreak and boost the dipping real estate business.

Following Asia Pacific, North America and Europe are anticipated to grow at a steady rate in the coming years owing to the presence of major manufacturers operating in this region. Additionally, the explicit efforts of these companies regarding technological developments, focus on the aftermarket services, and high pouring of investments in research and development activities are contributing to the market growth.

The Middle East and Africa and Latin America are expected to grow at a moderate rate owing to increasing construction expenditure in these regions. For instance, according to The International Trade Administration (ITA), in 2019, the Brazilian Ministry of Infrastructure has planned 59 new construction projects with a total investment of around USD 10 billion. Besides, high investments in the oil & gas sector in the MENA region are also projected to influence the market potential in the coming years. For instance, in January 2019, China led investment in oil & gas projects in the Middle East and Africa of around USD 75 billion.  


Key Players Are Focusing on Cost Leadership Strategy to Stay Competitive in Global Market

Major manufacturers are focusing on adopting various pricing strategies to counter fluctuating raw material prices. For instance, Lincoln Electric adopted a product mix and effective pricing management approach to pursue profitability despite persistent raw material inflation. Also, suppliers are proactively improvising its existing product lines in terms of costs, quality and processes to meet the changing needs of the customers and maximize profitability. For instance, DENYO CO., LTD. is focusing on machines by reviewing the sales structure and developing new products to increase stay competitive in the market.       


  • Lincoln Electric (Ohio, United States)

  • KOBE STEEL, LTD (Hyogo, Japan)

  • ESAB (Maryland, United States)

  • ZULFI (Al Zulfi, Saudi Arabia)

  • KISWEL CO., LTD. (Seoul, Korea)

  • CS HOLDINGS CO., LTD. (Gyeongsangbuk-do, Korea)


  • voestalpine BÖHLER Edelstahl GmbH (Linz, Upper Austria)

  • capilla (Leopoldshöhe, Germany)

  • Tianjin Golden Bridge Welding Materials Group International Trading Co., Ltd. (Tianjin, P. R. China)

  • Miller Electric Mfg. LLC (Wisconsin, United States)


  • March, 2020: - Voestalpine Böhler Welding acquired Selco s.r.l. to make a strategic development to better serve to its customers and gain profitable business.

  • May, 2019: - Lincoln Electric entered into an agreement with Kaynak Tekniği Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S company to strengthen its current product portfolio and to advance Lincoln Electric’s regional growth strategy.


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  By Product Type, Welding Type, Application, Region

By Product Type

  • Welding Equipment

  • Consumables

By Welding Type

  • Arc

  • Resistance

  • Oxy-Acetylene Gas

  • Solid State

  • Others (Electron Beam, etc.)

By Application

  • Automotive

  • Building & Construction

  • Heavy Engineering

  • Railway & Shipbuilding

  • Oil & Gas

  • Others (Aerospace, etc.)

By Region

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

    • The U.S.

    • Canada

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

    • The UK

    • Germany

    • France

    • Rest of Europe

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

    • China

    • Japan

    • India

    • Southeast Asia

    • Rest of Asia Pacific

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

    • GCC

    • South Africa

    • Rest of the Middle East & Africa

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

    • Brazil

    • Mexico

    • Rest of Latin America

Frequently Asked Questions

Fortune Business Insights says that the global market size was USD 20.23 billion in 2020 and is projected to reach USD 28.66 billion by 2028.

In 2020, the Asia Pacific market value stood at USD 7.27 billion.

Growing at a CAGR of 4.6%, the market will exhibit steady growth in the forecast period (2021-2028).

Heavy engineering sub-segment is expected to be the leading segment in this market during the forecast period.

Demand for multifunctional welding equipment across various applications are major factors driving the growth of the market.

The Lincoln Electric Company, ESAB and Kobe Steel are major players of the global market.

Asia Pacific dominated the market share in 2020.

Lack of availability of skilled welders is expected to hamper the market.

Arc welding is expected to drive the market.

Evolution of various welding technologies is the current market trend.

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