Metal Injection Molding: A dynamic global industry

Powder Injection Molding, which encompasses Metal Injection Molding and Ceramic Injection Moulding, is a major manufacturing technology with estimated sales in excess of $2 billion a year and growing.

Metal Injection Molded parts production accounts for around 90% of the total market for PIM products, which continues to see annual growth of between 10-20% worldwide. Ceramic Injection Molded components account for the balance, along with tungsten carbides.

Powder Injection Molding is a truly global business, with more than 500 parts producers worldwide. According to recent data, Asia is the world’s largest PIM producing region by sales, followed by Europe and North America.


Applications for Metal Injection Molding

Many objects we encounter in everyday life such as cars, smartphones, watches, medical devices, domestic appliances, cameras and power tools contain Metal Injection Molded parts.

So many applications for Metal Injection Molding 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 review that demonstrate the strengths and potential of this technology.


Regional market variations

The differences in markets for Metal Injection Molding by world region is quite distinct with, in general terms, Asia dominated by consumer electronics, North America by medical, orthodontic and firearms applications, and Europe by automotive and consumer products.

> Next page: The Metal Injection Molding process


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Read the latest issue of PIM International

The latest issue of PIM International magazine is available to view online or download in PDF format.

As well as an extensive MIM, CIM industry and sinter-based AM industry news section, this 120-page issue includes the following exclusive articles and reports:

  • Inside China’s largest MIM company: Innovation, research and the MIM Smart Factory at Jiangsu Gian Technology Co., Ltd.
  • The evolving story of metal Binder Jetting: The pain and the promise
  • MPIF PM Design Excellence Awards 2021: Metal Injection Moulding in the spotlight
  • Jingye Lide: The story of an ambitious journey to become the world’s largest MIM-grade metal powder manufacturer
  • How build parameters influence the tensile strength of 316L parts produced by Fused Filament Fabrication
  • > Go to magazine page


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