The global sheet metal fabrication services market is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of 1.7% during the forecast period 2018 to 2026. This is due to growing demand for ready to install fabrication products and components in several end-use industries such as industrial machinery, automotive, construction, and others. Sheet metal fabrication service providers are adopting prefabrication techniques to meet the increased demand. This is expected to contribute to the growth of the sheet metal fabrication services market.

Sheet metal fabrication services are an integral part of various end-use industries. With increased demand in the Asia Pacific region, manufacturers are shifting their base to this region which is boosting the growth of the sheet metal fabrication services market in Asia Pacific. The market in Asia Pacific is expected to growat a CAGR of 2.3% over the forecast period.

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Investment in various industry verticals such as automotive, industrial machinery, construction and electronics, aerospace, and defense are expected to create new opportunities for the sheet metal fabrication services market. In terms of industry vertical, industrial machinery segment held the major share of US$ 879.9 Mn in 2017 and is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of 2.1% during the forecast period. The dominance of the industrial machinery segment is attributed to the rise in production of various industrial machineries in North America and Asia Pacific. Increasing demand for electronic products in these regions for residential and industrial industry is driving the sheet metal fabrication services market. Manufacturing in North America continues to evolve and hence remains a driving force of innovation. Manufacturers in the United States use technology to invent new machinery products which increases the demand for sheet metal fabrication. Asia Pacific will reinforce its position as the world’s largest construction market over the coming decade. Sheet metals such as steel and aluminum are strong, durable, and corrosion resistant and are often used in the construction industry. Sheet metals are used to form door frames, pipes, and staircases.

The sheet metal fabrication services market is segmented in terms of form, material, industry verticals, and geography. By form, the market is divided into bend sheet, punch sheet, cut sheet, and other forms. The bend sheet segment is expected to expand at a high CAGR of 1.9% during the forecast period due to its applications in construction, telecom, electronics, and manufacturing industries across the globe. Rise in urbanization and increased construction activities are driving the growth of the bend sheet segment globally. For most applications however, bending will produce essentially no change in the thickness of the sheet metal.

By material, the market is classified into steel, aluminum, and others. Steel is further segmented into grade 301 stainless, grade 304 stainless, grade 316 stainless, grade 410 stainless, and others. Grade 301 stainless and grade 304 stainless dominated the market revenue share in 2017. The steel segment is expected to register CAGR growth of 1.9% over the forecast period dueto its high performance, availability, and high adoption in various industries. Steel is quickly becoming the building material of choice for many large construction contractors. Steel beams and columns, joists, studs, and aluminum framing are the common applications of steel sheets in the construction industry.

By industry verticals, the market is segmented into industrial machinery, construction, aerospace & defense, automotive, electronics, telecommunication, and others (medical, energy and power, etc.). The construction segment is expected to expand at a CAGR of 1.6% during the forecast period due to the growth of the sheet metal fabrication services market in APAC and MEA regions. Asia Pacific is becoming a major hub for various construction activities due to rapid urbanization in this region. Construction is a sector where sheet metal is extensively used for various applications such as cladding used to cover the buildings. Anti-slip surfaces can also be made by sheet metal fabrication.

North America is anticipated to account for major market share due to increased construction projects and strong defense and aviation industry. The market in Asia Pacific is projected to witness highest CAGR of 2.3% due to increased manufacturing and construction activities in this region. Various industries such as construction, automotive, industrial machinery, and electronics are in the process of expanding their facilities in this region. Growth of the manufacturing industry is due to the easy availability of raw materials and cheap labor. Moreover, Asia Pacific is witnessing growth in the construction industry owing to rapid rise in urbanization.

The global sheet metal fabrication services market is highly diversified. Sheet metal fabrication service providers are developing new products and services by incorporating advanced technologies. Some of the industry participants of the global sheet metal fabrication services market are All Metals Fabricating, Inc., BTD Manufacturing, Inc., Classic Sheet Metal, Inc., Dynamic Aerospace and Defense Group (Hydram Engineering), Ironform Corporation, Kapco Metal Stamping, Marlin Steel Wire Products LLC, Mayville Engineering Company, Inc., Metcam, Inc., Moreng Metal Products, Inc., Noble Industries, Inc., O’Neal Manufacturing Services., Ryerson Holding Corporation, Standard Iron & Wire Works, Inc., and The Metalworking Group.

One of the key driving factors for the growth of the global sheet metal fabrication services market is the integration of different software and ERP technologies. This has made data easily accessible and accelerated the overall decision making process. Moreover, the software has helped in improving the overall efficiency and productivity of the regulation operations. Another important factor that has helped in driving the growth of the global sheet metal fabrication services market has been the recent advancements in the field of automation and robotic tools used for fabrication of metals. It has helped in improving the productivity and also cut down the labor cost. Increasing demand for metal fabrication from variety of end user verticals such as military & defense, medical devices, consumer products, agriculture, aerospace, construction, oil & gas, and automotive is also expected to drive the growth of the market in the coming years of the forecast period.

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However, there are some factors that expected to impede the market growth in the coming years of the global market. Finding skilled labor is becoming increasingly difficult, as metal fabrication market is becoming technologically advanced. According to an OECD report, skill shortage is a rising issue across the globe. Countries such as Japan, India, Brazil, and the U.S. are facing severe shortage of skilled workforce despite high unemployment rates. This is anticipated to hinder the sheet metal fabrication services market in the near future.

The global market is projected to be dominated by the regional segment of North America in the coming years of the forecast period. The manufacturing in the North America region is expected to evolve and hence remain a key force in the global metal sheet fabrication services market. Sheet metals such as steel and aluminum are strong, durable, and corrosion resistant and are often used in the construction industry. Sheet metals are used to form door frames, pipes, and staircases.

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