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High Velocity Oxygen Fuel Hvof Tungsten Carbide Wc Coatings Market

Global Market Study on High Velocity Oxygen Fuel (HVOF) Tungsten Carbide (WC) Coatings: High Demand Projected from Aerospace & Aviation and Power Generation Industries

High Velocity Oxygen Fuel (HVOF) Tungsten Carbide (WC) Coatings Market Segmented By WC-Co, WC-Ni, WC-CoCr, WC-NiCr, WC-CrCNi Composition

Market Overview

In contrast to the electroplating process used for the application of hard chrome on surfaces, the high velocity oxygen fuel (HVOF) tungsten carbide (WC) process does not create any waste contamination, and removes any potential chances of exposure to hexavalent chrome. Application of HVOF tungsten carbide coating is significantly more efficient, as it takes just 2 to 3 hours, whereas, chrome plating takes nearly 24 hours to complete. HVOF tungsten carbide coatings impart decrease in ductility of the material, hence, result in saving time and cost required for embrittlement-relief treatment for materials.

All these elements work in conjunction to reduce the maintenance and repair frequency, and reduce the time and cost for plating operations. A very prominent benefit of using high velocity oxygen fuel tungsten carbide is the ability to obtain smooth layers with small thickness. As such, it is used for hard facing industrial valves surfaces that are to be sealed and meant for being used in the petroleum industry, and also to substitute the hard chroming process of petroleum components that work in corrosion-abrasion environments. All these factors are driving the expansion of the high velocity oxygen fuel (HVOF) tungsten carbide (WC) coating market size.

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High Velocity Oxygen Fuel (HVOF) Tungsten Carbide (WC) Coating Market Trends

Superior Physical Properties Resulting in Surging Demand: HVOF tungsten carbide spraying is used to provide several desirable physical and chemical properties to a coated surface, so as to increase product life and durability, such as superior chemical resistance, thermal and electrical conductivity, and lubricity of the surface and friction. 

These types of surface coatings have the potential opportunity to capture a lucrative and untapped market share on account of features imparted, such as biocompatibility, cavitation resistance, and design appeal, thereby enhancing the scope of application of the product. Rising demand for the application of corrosion-resistant coatings is forecasted to be a pivotal growth driver for the global high velocity oxygen fuel (HVOF) tungsten carbide (WC) coating market.

Thermal spraying processes are used whenever there is requirement to improve or refurbish any solid surface. This HVOF tungsten carbide coating process involving the application of spray is used to apply coatings to a variety of surfaces, in order to improve material resistance to abrasion, wear and tear, cavitation, erosion, and corrosion.

Stringent Environmental Regulations Pose Challenge to Market Growth: Prominent factors hindering the growth of tungsten carbide (WC) high velocity oil fuel coating market is stringent environment regulations region-to-region, reliability of coating materials, and process consistency. Intensifying market competition in this industry may also pose as a major restraint for the product market. The high velocity oxygen fuel tungsten carbide coating market is restricted by the presence of several stringent regulations in various regions across the globe, including North America and Europe. These regulations governing the market that make the handling and use of HVOF tungsten carbide coatings difficult.

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Regional Outlook of High Velocity Oxygen Fuel Tungsten Carbide Coating Market

Expanding automotive industry is China, India, and South East Asia is expected to boost production capacities of coating manufacturing companies. The Asia Pacific region is projected to be the fastest-growing market, owing to rapidly increasing on-road vehicle fleet along with fast economic growth. The main audience in the high velocity oxygen fuel tungsten carbide coating market, especially for sprays, is traders and suppliers, distributors, consulting and government organizations, manufacturers of thermal spray coatings, application industries in the supply chain, regulatory institutions, and thermal spray regulators.

Rising application of HVOF tungsten carbide coatings at renewable energy generation plants is projected to foster market growth. Multi-functional coatings are broadly used in energy generation instruments for optimum turbine operations. Growing demand for oxidation and wear-corrosion-resistant energy generation instruments can offer significant growth opportunities to players in the HVOF tungsten carbide coating market over the forecast period.

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HVOF Tungsten Carbide (WC) Coating Market: Structure Analysis

Tier-1 players account for around 30-35% of the global high velocity oxygen fuel tungsten carbide coating market share, which is fragmented in nature. Key participants in the global high velocity oxygen fuel tungsten carbide coating market are Höganäs AB, Buffalo Tungsten, Inc., Praxair Surface Technologies, Inc., Polymet Corporation, Kennametal Inc., Fujimi Corporation, Oerlikon Metco, Castolin Eutectic, ASB Industries, Thermal Spray Technologies, Inframat Advanced Materials, and others.

To gain competitive advantage in this space, market participants are investing more in R&D activities to launch new products. Moreover, major manufacturers in the HVOF tungsten carbide coating market are shifting from gas-fuelled to liquid-fuelled systems for coating purposes, owing to their cost benefits.

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COVID-19 Impact on HVOF Tungsten Carbide Coating Market

The global COVID-19 pandemic has affected most sectors and has dented economies across the world. The high velocity oxygen fuel tungsten carbide coating market too has not been spared from this effect. Due to decreased demand and supply chain disruptions, in the near term at least, the global HVOF tungsten carbide coating market will witness stunted growth.

Analyst’s Viewpoint

The global HVOF tungsten carbide (WC) coating market is projected to experience substantial growth over the coming years, owing to increasing use in automotive, medical, and aerospace & aviation industries. North America is expected to account for more than one-fourth of the global high velocity oxygen fuel tungsten carbide coating market share in 2020.

The aerospace & aviation segment is estimated to hold a prominent market share, and is projected to dominate the market over the forecast period through 2030. However, during 2020-2021, the COVID-19 pandemic is projected to result in a sharp decline in HVOF tungsten carbide coating demand, owing to disruptions in the supply chain and reduced demand from end-use industries.

Key Segments of High Velocity Oxygen Fuel Tungsten Carbide Coating Market

PMR’s study on the high velocity oxygen fuel tungsten carbide coating market is divided into three significant segments - composition, end use, and region. This report offers comprehensive data and information about important market dynamics and growth parameters related to these categories.


  • WC-Co
  • WC-Ni
  • WC-CoCr
  • WC-NiCr
  • WC-CrCNi
  • Others

End Use

  • Automotive
  • Aerospace & Aviation
  • Power Generation
  • Chemicals & Petrochemicals
  • Electronics
  • Metals & Metallurgy
  • Oil & Gas
  • Medical Devices
  • Others


  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • East Asia
  • South Asia & Pacific 
  • Middle East & Africa

- Companies Covered in This Report -

  • Höganäs AB
  • Buffalo Tungsten, Inc.
  • Praxair Surface Technologies, Inc.
  • Polymet Corporation
  • Kennametal Inc.
  • Fujimi Corporation
  • Oerlikon Metco
  • Castolin Eutectic
  • Inframat Advanced Materials
  • ASB Industries
  • Thermal Spray Technologies

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