Vibration damping materials are becoming more and more important in modern-day industrial and electronic tools and applications. They can be used to reduce or eliminate noise in cases where vibration and resonance are common problems as well. These materials essentially change the natural vibrating frequency of a product to reduce the radiated noise and increase the transmission loss of the material.
An Increased Demand
Recent years have seen the world waking up to the boons of using vibration damping as a source of reducing noise and improving performance. An increased demand is also expected to see a huge rise in the revenue generated from Vibration dampening materials. This increase is primarily due to the increase in demand of durable products, and also because of new-found uses for vibration damping materials in the fields of automobiles, health care and power tools. The improved global standards of living have also contributed to market growth.
Types of Vibration Damping Materials
The market for vibration damping materials can be divided on the basis of materials such as polycarboxylic acid ammonium salt, calcium carbonate, thermal expansion microcapsule, mica and polyacrylic acid ester. These materials can also be separated on the basis of the types of vibration damping solutions that they offer. Common examples include tuned viscoelastic damping, constrained damping and unconstrained damping. These materials can also be segregated on the basis of product type such as vibration damping pads, damping foam, and more. Yet another method of distinguishing vibration dampening materials is on the basis of applications such as electronics, automobiles, protective equipment, hand tools and archery.
The Global Vibration Dampening Material Industry
The Vibration damping material industry is segregated into key regions: Japan, Middle East, Africa, Western and Eastern Europe, Latin America, Asia-Pacific and North America. Western Europe and North America are mature markets for manufacturers of vibration damping materials. However, Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific are also expected to emerge as key markets for global players in the vibration dampening material industry. In fact, the Asia-Pacific region is expected to grow the fastest till 2026.
A Peek into the Future
Vibration dampening companies are placing a lot of emphasis on developing new products to help maintain the competitive advantage that the global vibration damping market is enjoying in recent years. To maintain this advantage and increase global demand, these companies are now striving towards kosher certification in a bid to expand the product portfolio and diversify sale strategies. Maintaining market share while tapping the new and emerging markets is sure to be a key challenge, but as more and more vibration dampening materials are developed, the more the world is likely to see new uses for these incredible advancements of science.