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Metal injection moulding (MIM), Ceramic injection molding (CIM): An introduction
A dynamic $1.5 billion-plus global industry
Over the following pages you can find information on MIM markets, the history of the technology, how the process works, what materials can be processed, and a selection of case studies from around the world.
Whilst this is focused on MIM, much of the information can also be related to CIM.
Powder Injection Moulding (PIM), which encompasses Metal Injection Moulding (MIM) and Ceramic Injection Moulding (CIM) is a major manufacturing technology with estimated sales of more than $1.5 billion.
MIM parts production accounts for around 90% of the market for PIM products, which is seeing annual growth of between 10-20% worldwide.
PIM is a truly global business, with nearly 400 parts producers located worldwide. According to recent data, Asia is the world’s largest PIM producing region by sales, followed by Europe and North America.
Applications for MIM
Many objects we encounter in everyday life such as cars, mobile phones, watches, domestic appliances, cameras and power tools contain MIM parts.
So many MIM applications have been published to-date that it is impossible to give a comprehensive overview, but a number of application examples are provided later in this section that demonstrate the strengths and potential of this technology.
Regional market variations
The differences in MIM markets by world region is quite distinct with, in general terms, Asia dominated by IT and electronics, North America by medical, orthodontic and firearms applications, and Europe by automotive and consumer products.
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This article has been prepared by Inovar Communications Ltd for www.pim-international.com. It is based on an article originally prepared by Dr Georg Schlieper for the 13th Edition "International Powder Metallurgy Directory". All content © Inovar Communications Ltd.