Ceramic textiles can be various types of fabric that are infused with ceramic material. Ceramic textiles often find high value applications in engineering fields and in the power sector. Additional enhancements can also be made by impregnating ceramic textiles with magnetic or metallic powders. Different types of infusions provide different mechanical properties for various specialized applications.
One of the key drivers currently augmenting the demand for ceramic textiles is the growing demand for heat insulation. The global ceramic textiles market is finding an increasing array of opportunities in the application segments of welding, steel and aluminum mills, chemical plants, power plants, refineries, shipyards, and in boilers as insulator material. Developments in the global ceramic textiles market are allowing for the manufacture of highly efficient ceramic textiles that are resistant to heat.
Refractory ceramic fiber is one of the more widely acknowledged segments in the global ceramic textiles market. This ceramic textile type is extremely versatile in applications and possesses the highly sought after properties of being malleable. RCF can be easily converted into blankets, papers, boards, and niche shapes, or even folded into modules. This fabric can also be blended into liquid binders and used in cements or mastics, woven with cloth or rope, or twisted into yarns.
Based on the end users, the global ceramic textiles market is currently dominated by the industries of iron and steel, and petrochemicals. Based on the type of ceramic fabric, the global ceramic textiles market can be segmented into RCF and alumina-silica ceramic fiber. Based on the type of textile, the market can be segmented into tapes, cloth, and ropes.
Geographically speaking, the global ceramic textiles market can be segmented into the core regions of North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, the MEA, and Latin America. The demand for ceramic textiles is quite high in North America and Europe, due to a high volume of industrial activities and stringent regulations that require the use of insulation and other protective elements. The market for ceramic textiles is also showing a major spurt of growth in Asia Pacific, primarily due to the rapid rate of industrialization in the region.
Leading Industry Players:
Key players in the global ceramic textiles market so far, include Morgan Thermal Ceramics, KEIR Manufacturing Inc., Ibiden Co. Ltd., Luyang Energy-saving Materials Co. Ltd., Kyocera Corporation, Mineral Seal Corporation, Morgan Advanced Materials Plc., Rath Inc., Rauschert Steinbach GmbH, The 3M Company, Unifrax Corporation, Zircar Zirconia, Inc., and Toyo International.