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Metal Cleaning Equipment Market Size, Share & Industry Analysis, By Chemical Type (Solvent, Aqueous), By Operation Mode (Fully-Automatic, Semi-Automatic, and Manual), By Application (Automotive & Aerospace, General Manufacturing and Others) and Regional Forecast, 2020-2027

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The global metal cleaning equipment market size stood at USD 1,415.5 million in 2019 and is projected to reach USD 1,844.5 million by 2027, exhibiting a CAGR of 3.4% during the forecast period.

Rising product demand from the automotive & aerospace sector has significantly contributed to the growth of the market. Furthermore, the manufacturers are readily offering the customized equipment to meet specific industrial requirements. Besides, the increasing demand for precision parts cleaning system is likely to drive the market in the coming years.

Rapidly evolving effects of COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the market growth. Certain trade activities have been cancelled which will result in the late introduction of new products. For instance, The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) has rescheduled the MARCH 2020 exhibition to January 2021. This delay is expected to help ensure low risks to visitors and exhibitors. However, the manufacturers are continuously striving to meet the critical requirements of the sectors such as medical and pharmaceutical in this situation.


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Rising Focus of Manufacturers on Providing Specialty Products is Expected to Propel Market

Metal cleaning equipment machines manufacturers are continuously modifying and developing customized solutions to better cater the application specific demands of customers. For instance, Firbimatic Spa caters to the special installations as well as custom requirements for application in different sectors including medical, mechanical engineering and defense. Companies are providing solutions based on the customer’s production process by performing the cleaning test on the original components in their test centers. For instance, Rosler Group and SBS Ecoclean group provides trial cleaning of original components in their test centers under real production conditions for optimal.


Increasing Demand for Precision Machining Parts Cleaning is Resulting in the Growth of the Market

The surge in precision machining is resulting in increased demand for components cleanliness to obtain perfect, reliable and efficient finished product. This is attributed to the increasing demand of precision parts from various industries including aerospace, pharmaceutical, semiconductors, defense, medical, and computer tech. In addition to this, the advancements in laser & optics, sensors and materials are further expected to drive the precision engineering sector. Thus, the increasing demand for critical cleaning requirements aimed at prevention of future equipment failure is likely to drive the precision cleaning systems.

Emphasis on Interactive and Adaptive Cleaning is Expected to Propel the Market

The increasing shift towards connected and intelligent machines is driving changes in the cleaning equipment market. Furthermore, the increasing adoption of industry 4.0 solutions is likely to result in the growth of the metal cleaning equipment machines market. For instance, the intelligent generators in ultrasonic cleaning which can configure, monitor and optimize their operation are gaining popularity among consumers. Thus, incorporation of sophisticated technologies for continuous in-line monitoring, adjustments and control of clean baths is becoming common feature in the wet chemical cleaning plants. The increasing popularity of smart manufacturing, big data, and the internet of things is expected to future result in improved efficiency with wide range of materials and cleaning media. Hence, these factors are creating a huge demand for cleaning products in the near future.


Stringent Government Regulations are Expected to Impact the Market Growth

The rising health concerns among workers owing to the use of different chemicals used in cleaning are expected to result in the slow growth of the market. Besides, the increasing environmental risks and impact of contamination and waste generation as a result of metal cleaning during the metal coating process is likely to decrease the product adoption in the near future. For instance, the Environmental Protection Agency and California OSHA limit the personnel exposure of toxic chemicals.


By Chemical Type Analysis

Increasing Shift Towards the Aqueous Based Solutions is Resulting in Market Growth

Based on the chemical type, the market is segmented into solvent and aqueous.

The solvent based holds a major share of this market. This is attributed to their high cleaning efficiency to remove dirt, containments, thick and baked oils, greases and solder flux from metal parts. Furthermore, a variety of solvents can be used to create specific chemistry in order to remove specific substrate while leaving the others untouched. The solvents commonly used are methyl ethyl ketone, acetone, trichloroethylene, glycerine, isopropyl alcohol, and propylene glycol. In addition to this, the various benefits offered by solvents including energy efficiency, ease in complex part cleaning process, high efficiency, and reduced or no drying costs is resulting in the increased product adoption. However, the rising concerns regarding volatile organic compound (VOC) in many solvents is affecting the growth of solvents adoption. VOC has the ability to contribute to smog formation and result in health and environmental impact. Thus, the companies are adopting low or no VOC solvents to ensure worker and environment safety.

Growing environmental awareness has resulted in shift towards aqueous based cleaning systems. As an aqueous solution does not contain VOC, or ozone depletion chemical and are not flammable. Furthermore, the stringent government regulations are resulting in greater adoption of aqueous solutions. For instance, Kyoto and Montreal protocol limit the categories of ozone depleting substances including chlorofluorocarbons, hydro chlorofluorocarbons, and hydro fluorocarbons.  In addition to this, the California Air Review Board restricts the VOC in cleaners based on specific cleaning categories.

By Operation Mode Analysis

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Fully-Automatic Solutions Will Witness Huge Adoption

Based on the operation mode the metal cleaning machines market is categorized into fully-automatic, semi-automatic, and manual.

The fully-automatic solutions are gaining popularity among customers. This is attributed to its benefits such as timely and precise processing with auto loading and unloading features resulting in reduced labor costs. Furthermore, the reduced contact of workers with the solvents is further expected to increase the adoption of fully-automatic solutions. In addition to this, the auto detection of components and their customized cleaning process is resulting in the high product adoption. The cost efficiency has resulted in the adoption of semi-automatic and manual metal cleaning equipment solutions which have significantly contributed in the growth of the market.

By Application Analysis

Automotive & Aerospace Sector Holds the Major Market Share and is Expected to Remain Same in the Future

Based on the application, the market is drilled down into automotive & aerospace, general manufacturing, and others.

The automotive & aerospace segment is expected to remain dominant owing to the various automotive engine parts such as crankshafts, cram shafts, cylinder heads and others. In addition to this, the increasing demand from the automotive systems such as steering and break systems, and turbo chargers are further expected to drive the product penetration. Besides, the growing adoption of electric vehicle is further expected to contribute to the increased automotive market. For instance, in 2018, China manufactured and sold more than 1.2 million plug-in electric vehicles. Moreover, the companies are reporting positive sales growth post the Covid-19 pandemic NIO Inc. in China stated that first quarters deliveries rose by 11.7%. In addition to this, the increasing product launches are further expected to drive the automotive market. For instance, in April 2020, Xpeng Motors introduced its P7 high performance, fast-charging, long range, and intelligent EV sports sedan car. Besides, the increasing aerospace industry owing to the rise in tourism and freight transport sector is expected to result in high product adoption.

The surge in demand from general manufacturing sector owing to the metal cleaning equipment being a primary process to produced finished products is likely to result in the market growth. The increasing demand for industrial equipment in the developing economies is resulting in the growth of the general manufacturing sector. The other sectors, such as medical, pharmaceutical and laser & optics is further expected to positively contribute to the market revenue. 


North America Metal Cleaning Equipment Market Size, 2016-2027 (USD Million)

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North America is Expected to Remain Dominant Over the Forecast Period

Geographically, the global metal cleaning machines market is categorized into five major regions as North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa, and Latin America. They are further categorized into countries.

The increased demand for cleanliness and maintenance has resulted in major market share for North America. Furthermore, the increasing demand from the aerospace sector is further expected to contribute significantly to the growth of the metal cleaning equipment industry in U.S. For instance, in 2018, U.S. Aerospace industry is the largest in the world and recorded exports of USD 151 billion. In addition, the increasing investments in the sector are further expected to boost the revenue of the market. For instance, the U.S. aerospace industry had noted a Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) of more than USD 22 billion by the end of 2018. Besides, FDI of more than USD 114.6 billion was observed in automotive industry in 2018. Thus, the positive trend in the U.S. automotive & aerospace sector over the past few years have significantly contributed to the growth of the market.

Asia Pacific market is the fastest growing owing to the increasing demand from manufacturing sector in developed and developing Asian economies. The increasing government initiatives such as subsidies are further expected to drive the manufacturing in Asia Pacific region. For instance, in 2019, China launched “Made in China 2025“initiative to develop China as high-tech manufacturing base. The increasing demand to remove inorganic and organic contaminants from the work pieces in various industries including manufacturing, aerospace, and medical precision components is resulting in the product adoption in Europe. Furthermore, the increasing demand for compact, high efficiency and reduce waste generation product is driving the market. The increasing cutting tools manufacturing for precision and complex machining in various industry vertical such as medical, aerospace, and industrial machinery is expected to drive the metal cleaning machines market. Besides, the increasing manufacturing activities in Mexico are likely to contribute to the market growth.


SBS Ecoclean Group is Focusing on Innovation to Maximize Customer Benefits

The advancements in technology has resulted in significant competitive advantage for the company. For instance, in 2019, the Ecoclean group presented future-oriented range of solutions at Precision Machined Technology Show (PMTS), Cleveland. The product portfolio also included EcoCCore which offers process tracking with integrated partial visualization feature.  The company also provides technology center services where contamination and residual analysis and compatibility test are performed to determine the cleaning medium and equipment. These test centers are globally present offering comprehensive advice and local after sales service. The company also provides various services including cleanliness analysis testing, product, and maintenance training.

Key Players are Focusing on Product Portfolio Enhancement through Introduction of Innovative Products 

The increasing cleanliness demand for parts such as pump housing and hydraulic or pneumatic systems is expected to result in advance products. Thus manufacturers are focusing on the development of breakthrough technologies. Furthermore, the companies are focusing on plant expansion. For instance, Tierra Tech Mexico expands its facilities at Celaya’s factory in Mexico owing to the company’s growth in Mexico. The company has expanded the production and storage area along with cleaning test rooms and production space.

List of Key Companies Profiled:


  • MecWash Systems Limited (U.K.)

  • SBS Ecoclean Group (Germany)

  • Firbimatic Spa (Italy)

  • Metalwash Ltd (U.K.)

  • Rosler Group (Germany)

  • Rippert Anlagentechnik GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)

  • LS Industries (U.S.)

  • Shenzhen Keepahead Ultrasonic Equipment Co., Ltd (China)

  • Cemastir Lavametalli Srl (Italy)                                   


  • August, 2019: - SBS Ecoclean introduced its EcoCvelox plant concept which combines various low-pressure with high-pressure water jet deburring techniques in one process only. This system provides rapid and easy programming with high efficiency and compactness.

  • March, 2020: -Firbimatic Spaintroduced its SFK Evolution 50 a modified alcohol degreasing system specially designed for UTC / Collins Aerospace of Rockford. This machine is intended for precision cleaning of complex components through hermetic washing cycle.


The metal cleaning equipment market research report provides detailed information regarding various insights of the industry. Some of them are growth drivers, restraints, competitive landscape, regional analysis, and challenges. It further offers an analytical depiction of the market trends and estimations to illustrate the forthcoming investment pockets. The market is quantitatively analyzed from 2020 to 2027 to provide financial competency. The information gathered in the market report has been taken from several primary and secondary sources.

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By Chemical Type

  • Solvent

  • Aqueous

By Operation Mode

  • Fully-Automatic

  • Semi-Automatic

  • Manual

By Application

  • Automotive & Aerospace

  • General Manufacturing

  • Others ( Pharmaceutical, Medical and others)

By Region

  • North America (the U.S. and Canada)

  • Europe (UK, Germany, France, Italy and Rest of Europe)

  • Asia Pacific (China, Japan, India, and the Rest of Asia Pacific)

  • Middle East & Africa (South Africa, GCC and the Rest of the Middle East & Africa)

  • Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, and the Rest of Latin America)

Frequently Asked Questions

As per Fortune Business Insights, the market was worth USD 1415.5 million in 2019.

The market is expected to reach USD 1844.5 million by 2027.

The market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 3.4% during the forecast period (2020-2027).

Based on chemical type solvent is expected to lead the market in the near future.

Increasing demand for the cleaning of precision and critical parts is expected to drive the market.

TIERRATECH, MecWash Systems Limited, SBS Ecoclean Group and Firbimatic Spa are the top companies in the market.

North America is expected to hold the major market share of the region.

The stringent government regulation is impacting the market growth.

The fully-automatic systems are expected to hold highest CAGR in the market.

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