Air Bearings Market Research Report - Global Forecast to 2023

Global Air Bearings Market Research Report: By Type (Hydrostatic/Aerostatic, Hydrodynamic/Aerodynamic), By Application (Precision Machinery Tools, High-speed Machines, Others), By End-user (Aviation, Automotive, Medical, Space, HVAC, Microturbine, Compressors, Semiconductor, Wastewater Management, Others) - Forecast to 2023

ID: MRFR/A&D/5689-CR | January 2019 | Region: Global | 183 pages

Market overview
Global Air Bearing Market has a high growth rate; in 2017, it achieved USD 7,265.8 Million. In the recent report of Market Research Future (MRFR), the air bearing market has aimed to grow its market size valuing USD 10,733 Million by the forecast period of 2023. The global gap sensing air bearings provides the speed capacity of >60000 rpm, <1000 rpm, 1000 – 60000 rpm.
To give a layer of compressed air among the surfaces, air bearings are used to restrain tear and wear. The air bearing market is more in demand as it has advantages of frictionless operation, cost advantage, long durability, and environment-friendly nature. It provides high speed of applications as the air bearing market has predicted to expand its business 6.82% CAGR over the forecast period of 2018 to 2023 by taking care of its quality products.
In the air bearing industry, many new trends of application and technology have been introduced to reach the global market target on a large scale. There are various major factors, which influence the growth of the air bearing market.  
COVID-19 Analysis
During COVID-19, all the global markets were running financially loss; among these air bearing market is also the one to face loss in every region. The demand for the product has decreased due to this pandemic, so aerospace industries have taken initiatives and different new strategies to globally uplift the air-bearing market. The COVID-19 has reduced the production of its product and decreased its demand for the product. Following this trend, the supply chain has stopped somewhere for a limited period.
Hence, the development authorities and government has taken some strategies to develop the entire business field in a concise period. The air bearing market has developed its plans and strategy involving many key players to their businesses. The government and key players have supported the air-bearing market's critical strategy to develop their position. As a result, the air bearing market has balanced its position in the global market and trying to improve its sales across the world.
Market Dynamics

Main drivers of the air bearing market

The principal driver of the global market is the aerospace bearings market industry. Other end users like aviation, automotive, medical, semiconductor, wastewater management sectors, etc., are contributing their efforts to the air bearing market. After breaking the pandemic situation, the air bearing market has gained the support of these industries and tried to grow all over the world. The air bearings market has used progressive strategies in sales to ensure an increment in the production rate.
Hence, the report explains that the new strategies are adopted by the air bearing market is about to reach its goal by 2023. The constant support of these key drivers has made it possible to grow the air-bearing market.

Important opportunities for the market

The increasing demand of the air bearing market has shown the public demand over the products. The air bearing market has reached USD 7,265.8 million in the year 2017 and has planning to achieve more by adopting various strategies. According to the public demand, the air bearing market has to recruit more key players as an excellent strategy to spread their businesses worldwide.
As a result, the air-bearing market is exploring all the vast areas of planning. After a long break of COVID-19, the global market has more opportunities to increase its sales and manufacturer list.

Market restraints

In the marketing field, there are always ups downs in the businesses. In some of the developing countries, high installation cost holds the global market. The major restrain faced by the air bearing market is the recent year 2020. The COVID-19 has brought many losses in their businesses as no one can travel outside; the marketing has faced a major financial loss for the year.
As a result, the air bearing market has done proper planning with the involvement of key drivers to develop their sales and production on a large scale. The key drivers have increased their sales by using different strategies to overcome this pandemic situation.  

Growth rate challenges in the market

The air bearing market might face issues and threats in the marketing field to reach all the world's regions. To cover up the entire regional segment, the air bearing market needs more players to support it in work. The air-bearing market has adopted beneficial strategies to employ more key players in the global market to uplift their businesses.
Therefore, Air Bearings Market Report says the air bearing market has proper stability in the global market, and it is trying to0 reach all the remote areas of the countries with the help of key players.

Cumulative Growth Analysis

The air bearing market growth analysis is very important to know the growth and development in the global market. The air bearings market manufacturers have used various strategies to expand their business globally and have upgraded many new technologies in their managing system to do fast work. All the key players of the air-bearing market have adopted these strategies to overcome the pandemic's present situation.
The report explains that the global market strategies have given a proper understanding to the air bearing manufacturers to develop their businesses. Therefore, these strategies used by the worldwide market have made them overcome the COVID-19.
Value Chain Analysis
The air bearing market has a high generation of market revenue in the global market in 2017. As the demand for the product is increasing day by day, the air bearing market has predicted to reach its market revenue size of USD 10,733 million for the forecast period of 2023. There are higher possibilities of the air-bearing market to achieve its goal as the present growth rate is balanced.
Segment Overview

By Service

The air bearing market has provided their best products and services in keeping the needs of the customers. The values and services added to the air bearings market by applications. The new strategies adopted by the air bearing market have included providing their best services.
The rotary air bearings have applications in precision metal tools, coordinate measuring machines, and high-speed machines. Due to these application features, its demand is increasing its value chain. The future prediction of the air bearing market can be accurate within its global area.
As a result, the air bearings design is more in demand, and providing services is most appreciated in the customer review.

By Type

According to the segmental classification, the air bearing market has divided into two types, i.e., Hydrostatic or Aerostatic and Hydrodynamic or Aerodynamic. The air bearing market manufacturers have more supplies of these two types.
As a result, the report explains that the distribution of these two types of air bearing market product demand is rising.
Regional Analysis
The regional classification of the air bearing market has a vast area as it is very famous and many people are aware of the air bearing products. Air bearing technology is more in demand in the countries like North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and The Middle East & Africa. In a concise span period, the air bearing market has strengthened its position in the market. In the future, it has the aim to grow its base all across the world and planning to reach all the remote parts of these countries.
Therefore, the regional segmental study report has mentioned that the global market has maintained all of the regions, and the future prediction will also reach by 2023.
Competitive Landscape
The report talks about the micro air bearings key players such as:

APG-Neuros Inc.
Mohawk Innovative Technology, Inc.
IBS Precision Engineering
Air Bearings Ltd.
Capstone Turbine Corporation
Leuven Air Bearings NV
Bladon Jets
Hot Air Systems, Inc.
Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE: HON)
Many others

These major market players have contributed more to the air bearing market and have more focus to improve theirs in businesses in this field. It has developed its competitive landscape and capacity. All the market players use air-bearing strategies to promote their brands and expand their businesses.
Recent Developments

Recently, the air bearing market has developed its capacity expansions.
Another development has been found in plant turnarounds.
The development also highlighted mergers and acquisitions.

Report Overview

Market Overview of the air bearing market research
Research analysis based upon COVID 19
The Market Dynamics
Value chain analysis for the air bearing market research
Market segmentation overview of the air bearing market
The regional analysis of the air bearing market
Competitive landscape analysis
Recent Developments of air bearing market

The report has focused on the global air bearing market's growth potential and generates market revenue.
The market segmentation table is as follows:

The air bearing market, by service

precision metal tools,
coordinate measuring machines
high-speed machines

The air bearing market, by type

Hydrostatic or Aerostatic
Hydrodynamic or Aerodynamic

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The market size is estimated to be USD 10,733 million by 2023.

The market can expand at a rate of 6.82% in the future.

The market is expected to observe the highest growth in Asia Pacific.

The main types of air bearings are hydrostatic/aerostatic as well as hydrodynamic/aerodynamic.

Some of the key market end-users are semiconductor, HVAC, microturbine, aviation, wastewater management, space, automotive, compressors, medical, and more.

North America has always generated more market revenue in the regional segment and the highest growth in the air-bearing market.

The growth rate of the air bearing market is 6.82% CAGR, which is highly admirable.

Global Air Bearings Market - Summary

The global air bearings market is poised to touch USD 10,773 million by 2023. It is likely to expand at a CAGR of 6.82% during the forecast period (2018-2023). Air bearings rely on a thin film of air to prevent friction between two surfaces. It can prevent the possibility of wear & tear and heat. The report focuses on two types of air bearings, namely aerodynamic/hydrodynamic and aerostatic/hydrostatic.

The market can expect massive demand from prominent end-use industries, namely semiconductor, aerospace, and automotive thanks to increasing use of high-precision tools and spindles in manufacturing. This can enhance the production lifecycle and reduce costs. This is facilitated by extensive research and development which can enhance the existing properties of air bearings. The increasing use of uncoated nickel superalloys to increase its durability is one such instance.

Industry Trend

Development of air bearings to handle extreme temperatures required in aerospace and diamond-turning is likely to trigger innovation among bearing manufacturers. Improved products will contain high damping performance and handle heavy loads without causing errors during production. The use of computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) to enhance the constitution of these elements can lead to the launch of effective products in the market.


The air bearings market has been segmented on the basis of type, application, and end-user.

Aerodynamic/ hydrodynamic and aerostatic/hydrostatic air bearings are two major types. The former uses lubrication to support radial and thrust loads. They find major use in turbines of power plants and prevent contact between components. On the flip side, aerostatic/hydrostatic air bearings rely on thin films owing to advantages such as high rotational accuracy, low heat generation, and low noise and friction.

Precision machinery tools, high-speed machines, and others are major application of air bearings. Precision machinery tools are expected to dominate the market owing to vital development of coordinate measuring machines (CMM) used in quality checks. On the other hand, high-speed machines comprise an array of super precise air bearings and a low deformation force to reach astonishing velocities.

Among end-users, aviation is expected to create the largest demand for air bearings owing to demanding schedules and delivery of increasing number of aircraft. In addition, upgradation of equipment to minimize maintenance costs is likely to elicit a positive outlook for the segment. The medical sector can greatly contribute to market revenue owing to elimination of lubrication in machine tools. For instance, air bearings are used in precision tools for optical grinding. In addition, need for stringent quality checks of medical equipment is likely to create massive market demand in the sector.

Regional Insights

Geographically, the market spans across regions namely North America, Asia Pacific (APAC), Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa (MEA).

The APAC region accounted for the largest share of the market in 2017 owing to exceptional performance of economies of China, India, South Korea, and Indonesia. In addition, extraction of rare minerals and other related activities such as metallurgy is likely to generate massive demand for air bearings. Booming sectors of manufacturing, automotive, and textiles combined with manufacturing units of prominent companies such as Larsen & Toubro can bode well for the market.

North America region dominated the market in 2017 on the basis of demand. It registered close to 557,000 units in 2018. High demand for hydrostatic/aerostatic bearings for precision machinery tools can net the region an astonishing windfall by 2023.

The Europe region, on the other hand, can perform on an above average rate thanks to continuous advancements in bearings. The improved performance, long service life, and low maintenance of latest bearings can be credited for a high windfall for the market to be witnessed till 2023. In addition, the use of these elements in high-specification industries and dicing, polishing, and grinding of materials can propel the regional growth further.

Competitive Dashboard

Aerotech Inc. (U.S.), New Way Air Bearings (U.S.), Loadpoint Bearings Ltd. (U.K.), Dover Motion (U.S.), R&D Dynamics Corporation (U.S.), Hovair Systems, Inc. (U.S.), Aerolas (Germany), PI Nelson Air Corp (U.S.), Newport Corporation (U.S.), Professional Instruments Company (U.S.), GAT Gesellschaft für Antriebstechnik mbH (Germany), Mohawk Innovative Technology, Inc. (U.S.), Leuven Air Bearings NV (Belgium), Westwind Air Bearings (U.K.), Specialty Components Inc. (U.S.), MAGER S.r.l. (Italy), Canon Semiconductor Equipment Inc. (Japan), OAV Air Bearings (U.S.), Air Bearings Ltd. (U.K.), and Xdot Engineering and Analysis, PLLC (U.S.) are some of the reputed players in the market.

Global Air Bearings Market- Competitive Landscape

Market Research Future includes following key players for global air bearings market research study: Specialty Components Inc. (US), New Way Air Bearings (US), Mohawk Innovative Technology, Inc. (US), Xdot Engineering and Analysis, PLLC (US), Westwind Air Bearings (UK), OAV AIR BEARINGS (US Dover Motion (US), Air Bearings Ltd (UK), GAT - Gesellschaft für Antriebstechnik mbH (Germany), R&D Dynamics corporation (US), Nelson Air Corporation (US), and others.

Global market is highly fragmented with numerous regional players. The market share analysis is derived by considering various factors such as financial position, segmental R&D investment, product innovations, corporate strength, product portfolio, strategy analysis, and, key innovations in the market among other factors. The major players holding prominent position in the market are GAT - Gesellschaft für Antriebstechnik mbH (Germany), New Way Air Bearings (US), Westwind Air Bearings (UK) are among others.

According to MRFR analysis, GAT - Gesellschaft für Antriebstechnik mbH is currently leading the global air bearings market. GAT develops, manufactures, and markets rotary unions, torsion motors, slip rings, test rig components, and air bearings. It operates in various industrial applications including automation, automotive, hydropower, marine industry, medical industry, oil and gas, wind power, construction machinery and cranes, centrifuges, machine tools, and packaging machines. It operates in 3 business segments: rotary transmission solutions, components for economically efficient torsion test rigs, and aerostatic spindle and linear guide units. The company operates through 17 sales offices mainly in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Norway, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the United States. It focuses on product development and enhancement of product quality. The company is constantly responding to the ever-increasing demands of cutting-edge technology for perfection and reliability in production processes.

New Way Air Bearings is the second largest company offering air bearings. New Way Air Bearings is one of the major manufacturers of air bearings. Its business segments are components, mounting components, and customized technologies. The components segment includes air bars, flat rectangular air bearings, flat round air bearings, radial air bearings, air bushings, bonded bearings, linear slides, spherical air bearings, "t" series air spindles, thrust bushings, and vacuum preloaded air bearings. The firm operates through a global network of distributors and suppliers in the US and other nations. The other nations include China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, and the Netherlands. It focuses on mergers and acquisitions of small companies in order to enhance the revenue under the air bearing segments.

Westwind Air Bearings (UK) is the third largest company offering air bearings. Westwind Air Bearings is one of the leading manufacturers and designers of air bearing spindle systems. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Novanta, which is one of the leading global suppliers of core technology solutions. Novanta operates under three business segments, namely Photonics, Vision, and Precision Motion. Westwind air bearing spindles are offered under the precision motion segment. Its commitment to quality is the key strategy to the business. The company focuses on quality management standards, partnerships with customers and suppliers by enabling the quality to enhance design,