Plasma surface treatment includes a state of matter in the form of electrons and ions. Plasma gas is charged by freely moving electrons in both positive and negative states. The negatively charged particles are released from the nucleus by supplying more energy to the gas. Plasma can be defined as a partially ionized gas. When all of these ions, molecules, and atoms come together and interact with a specific surface, a plasma surface treatment process is initiated. The effect of plasma treatment on any surface can be specified or precisely adjusted by selecting the gas mixture, power, pressure, etc. The plasma surface treatment process increases the surface energy of several materials to improve their bonding characteristics. In many cases, plasma processing is the standard treatment for materials including plastic polymers, films, paper, glass, and metals. Plasma technology is used for many different surface treatment purposes, such as coating, printing, cleaning, painting, and bonding. Plasma surface treatment machines offer better control and accuracy over material deposition, and are used to enhance surface properties. These machines find applications in fields such as automobile, aerospace, and also medical sectors. The global plasma surface treatment machine market is segmented on the basis of technology type, industry vertical, and regions and countries.
Major factors driving growth of the global plasma surface treatment machines market include better surface finish and efficiency of more advanced machines and technologies. Plasma surface treatment provides better surface qualities, and process is clean and eco-friendly. However, maintenance and operation costs for plasma surface treatment machines is significantly high, which can result in negative impact on demand. Opportunities present themselves in the target market in the form of increasing and relatively high demand for plasma surface treatment machines for metallurgical innovations and study purposes at various scientific research institutes. Development and introduction of more cost-effective equipment will enable manufacturers to expand consumer base as well as geographical footprint, especially into developing economies. Different materials have different properties, and by controlling pressure, temperature, and electrical variables can enable a better surface treatment. Trends observed in the market include technological advancements such as automated control and SCADA systems that are causing a major shift among industries towards plasma surface treatment machines, and this is expected to continue in future.
The technology type segments are segmented into atmospheric plasma solutions, vacuum plasma solutions, and other technologies. The atmospheric plasma solutions segment in the global plasma surface treatment machine market accounted for majority revenue share in 2019, and is expected to continue its dominance over the forecast period 2019–2029.
The industry vertical in the global surface treatment machines market is segmented into automotive, electronics & electrical, medical devices, other industry verticals. The automotive segment is expected to account for highest revenue share, and this trend is expected to continue over the forecast period. In addition, the automotive segment is projected to register highest growth rate between 2019 and 2029.
The global plasma surface treatment machine market is segmented regionally into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, and Middle East & Africa. The market in Asia Pacific accounted for majority revenue share in the global plasma surface treatment machine market in 20179, and is projected to register a robust CAGR over the next 10 years. The market in Europe is expected to account for second-largest revenue share in the global plasma surface treatment machine market, followed by markets in North America, Asia Pacific, South America, and Middle East & Africa.
Key players operating in the plasma surface treatment machine market include Nordson Corp., bdtronic gmbh, Diener Electronic gmbh, Plasmatreat, Plasma etch Inc., acxys technologies, aetp, arcotec gmbh, tantec a/s, and plasmalex (europlasma).