Chinese PM production falls in 2012

April 15, 2013

April 15, 2013

Despite the continuing strength of the automotive market in China in 2012, which saw total vehicle production rise by 4.3% to 19.3 million vehicles, the Chinese Powder Metallurgy (PM) market suffered a 2.7% year-on-year decline according to preliminary figures submitted by a core group of 34 members of the China Machine Powder Metallurgy Association (CMPMA).

Ferrous PM production in 2012 fell by 3.8% to 129,484 mt whilst copper-based PM products recorded a 12.6% gain to reach 10,011 mt, making a combined total of 139,496 mt. However, as there are around 90 PM enterprises operating in China the overall total production figure is expected to be significantly higher.  

Just over 58% of Chinese ferrous PM parts find applications in the automotive sector (47.1% vehicles and 11.2% motor cycles), up from 56% in 2011. However, the 12.5% fall in production of motor cycles to 23.6 million in 2012 is said to have impacted negatively on PM shipments to this sector. Some 23.8% of PM parts went to the appliance sector, 5.7% for power tools, 3.4% construction machinery, 2.3% agricultural machinery and others at 6.5%. 

Sintered self-lubricating bearings also saw a decline in production in China in 2012, down 13.3% year-on-year to 12,751 mt. Of this total, 71% comprised ferrous based PM bearings with copper-based bearings the remainder. Copper-based structural parts made up just 1.5% of total PM production in China.

April 15, 2013

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