Ball Bearing Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2023-2028

Ball Bearing Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2023-2028

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Market Overview:

The global ball bearing market size reached US$ 41.9 Billion in 2022. Looking forward, IMARC Group expects the market to reach US$ 54.2 Billion by 2028, exhibiting a growth rate (CAGR) of 4.2% during 2023-2028. The growing demand for machinery and equipment, rising demand for automation and robotics in various industries to optimize processes and improve productivity, and technological innovations to enhance durability are some of the major factors propelling the market.

Report Attribute 
Key Statistics
Base Year
Forecast Years
Historical Years
Market Size in 2022
US$ 41.9 Billion
Market Forecast in 2028
US$ 54.2 Billion
Market Growth Rate (2023-2028) 4.2%

A ball bearing is a mechanical component that is widely used in various applications to reduce friction and support rotational or linear motion. It comprises an outer and inner ring that are housed with small steel balls. It enables smooth rolling and distribution of the load evenly and allows the bearing to handle both radial and axial forces. It assists in minimizing frictional resistance, enhancing efficiency, and increasing the lifespan of machines and equipment. Moreover, it aids in facilitating movement and power transmission and ensuring the smooth operation of various mechanical systems.

Global Ball Bearing Market

At present, the rising adoption of renewable energy sources, such as wind power, across the globe is bolstering the growth of the market. Besides this, the increasing popularity of miniaturization in electronic devices and components is strengthening the growth of the market. In line with this, the growing demand for efficient material handling equipment that streamlines workflow processes and reduces operational costs is offering a positive market outlook. Apart from this, the increasing consumer preference for electric vehicles (EVs) to reduce environmental pollution and maintain sustainability around the world is offering lucrative growth opportunities to industry investors. In addition, the rising air travel demand, along with the increasing space exploration activities, is supporting the growth of the market. Furthermore, the growing focus on improving productivity in numerous end-use industries is positively influencing the market.

Ball Bearing Market Trends/Drivers:

Rising demand for machinery and equipment in various industries

The rising demand for machinery and equipment in various industries around the world is contributing to the growth of the market. Countries are developing and modernizing their machinery and equipment that provide smooth and efficient movement. Various industries, such as automotive, aerospace, construction, and manufacturing, heavily depend on ball bearings to reduce friction and enhance operational efficiency. In addition, there is a rise in the demand for advanced machinery to meet production requirements and reduce operational costs. Apart from this, the increasing demand for heavy machinery and construction equipment on account of the rising number of infrastructure development projects is bolstering the growth of the market.

Increasing demand for automation and robotics to perform numerous tasks

Automation involves the usage of technology to perform various tasks that were previously executed by humans, whereas robotics comprise the deployment of intelligent machines to perform complex actions with precision. As a result, the rising trend of automation and the introduction of robotics in various industries are supporting the growth of the market. There is also an increase in the preference for automation and robotics to enhance efficiency, reduce costs, and improve quality in manufacturing, logistics, and service sectors. In addition, robots are becoming more adaptable and intelligent, which enables them to streamline the workflows and performing accurate and repetitive tasks in industries. Industries are adopting automated systems that rely on precision components and optimize processes and improve productivity.

Technological Innovations to create high-performance ball bearings

Manufacturers are constantly investing in research and development (R&D) activities to create high-performance ball bearings that offer enhanced durability, increased load capacities, and reduced friction. In line with this, these innovations allow ball bearings to operate more efficiently and withstand higher stress conditions, which makes them suitable for a wide range of applications in various industries. Apart from this, the development of specialized coatings and materials for these bearings benefits in expanding their usage in extreme environments and challenging operating conditions, such as high temperatures or corrosive environments. Moreover, the continuous improvement in technology encourages industries to adopt these bearings across diverse sectors for increased productivity.

Ball Bearing Industry Segmentation:

IMARC Group provides an analysis of the key trends in each segment of the global ball bearing market report, along with forecasts at the global and regional levels from 2023-2028. Our report has categorized the market based on application.

Breakup by Application:

  • Automobile
  • General Engineering
  • Mining and Construction
  • Railways, Aerospace and Shipping
  • Agriculture
  • Others

Automobile represents the largest market segment

The report has provided a detailed breakup and analysis of the market based on the application. This includes automobile, general engineering, mining and construction, railways, aerospace and shipping, agriculture, and others. According to the report, automobile represented the largest segment. The rising demand for ball bearings in various automotive components, such as engines, transmissions, wheel hubs, steering systems, and suspension systems, is contributing to the growth of the market. In addition, they provide smooth and efficient rotational movement, reduce friction, and enhance the overall performance and durability of vehicles. Apart from this, the increasing adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) among individuals is bolstering the growth of the market.

The general engineering segment comprises a wide range of applications, such as manufacturing machinery, industrial pumps, electric motors, agricultural equipment, and power tools. In line with this, ball bearings play a vital role in these applications by supporting rotational and linear motion in diverse machinery and equipment.

The mining and construction industries rely on heavy machinery and equipment that operate under challenging conditions. These bearings are crucial components in these applications as they withstand high loads and harsh environments. They are used in equipment like crushers, excavators, loaders, and conveyors.

Railways, aerospace and shipping industries utilize ball bearings for various purposes. In the railway industry, they are widely utilized to manufacture various parts of trains and locomotives. They ensure efficient movement of wheels, axles, and other critical parts. In addition, they are used in wheelsets, axle boxes, traction motors, and gearbox applications. They assist in enhancing the safety and reliability of railway systems by providing stable and consistent performance, especially during high-speed operations. In the aerospace industry, they are used in aircraft engines, landing gear systems, flight control surfaces, and auxiliary power units to ensure smooth operation and reduce heat and energy losses. In the shipping industry, they are utilized in marine propulsion systems, ship engines, and various auxiliary machinery to reduce mechanical losses and enhance fuel efficiency.

Breakup by Region:

  • Asia Pacific
  • Europe
  • North America
  • Middle East and Africa
  • Latin America

Asia Pacific exhibits a clear dominance, accounting for the largest ball bearing market share

The report has also provided a comprehensive analysis of all the major regional markets, which include Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, Middle East and Africa, and Latin America. According to the report, Asia Pacific accounted for the largest market share.

Asia Pacific held the biggest market share due to the increasing infrastructure development. In line with this, the rising production of vehicles is impelling the growth of the market in the Asia Pacific region. Apart from this, the increasing urbanization is contributing to the growth of the market. In addition, the rising demand for various electronic devices and appliances, such as tablets, smartphones, and computers, among individuals is supporting the growth of the market in the Asia Pacific region.

Competitive Landscape:

Various companies are investing in research and development (R&D) activities to create innovative products that offer improved performance, durability, and efficiency. They are also focusing on developing specialized bearings for specific applications and exploring new materials and manufacturing processes. Apart from this, major manufacturers are diversifying their product portfolio to cater to a wide range of industries and applications. They may offer different types of bearings, such as deep groove, angular contact, and thrust ball bearings, to address specific customer needs. In line with this, many companies are offering customized solutions to meet the unique requirements of their clients. They are closely working with customers to design and manufacture products that cater to specific applications or industries.

The report has provided a comprehensive analysis of the competitive landscape in the market. Detailed profiles of all major companies have also been provided. Some of the key players in the market include:

  • NTN Corporation
  • Timken
  • SKF
  • Schaeffler Group

Recent Developments:

  • In 2022, The Timken Company, a global leader in engineered bearings and industrial motion products, acquired GGB Bearing Technology (GGB), a division of Enpro, Industries. This acquisition assists the company in enhancing bearing portfolio with complementary products.
  • In June 2022, NTN Corporation developed sensor integrated bearing “Talking Bearing™” that incorporates sensors, power generation units, and wireless devices into bearing and wirelessly transmits information on temperature, vibration, and rotational speed. It enables more advanced condition monitoring and early anomaly detection.
  • In May 2023, SKF announced a consolidation of its spherical roller bearing manufacturing to secure the long-term competitiveness on the European markets. It is also heavily investing in upgrading machinery and manufacturing processes.

Ball Bearing Market Report Scope:

Report Features Details
Base Year of the Analysis 2022
Historical Period 2017-2022
Forecast Period 2023-2028
Units US$ Billion
Scope of the Report Exploration of Historical and Forecast Trends, Industry Catalysts and Challenges, Segment-Wise Historical and Predictive Market Assessment:
  • Application
  • Region
Applications Covered Automobile, General Engineering, Mining and Construction, Railways, Aerospace and Shipping, Agriculture, Others
Regions Covered Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, Latin America, Middle East and Africa
Companies Covered NTN Corporation, Timken, JTEKT, SKF, Schaeffler Group etc.
Customization Scope 10% Free Customization
Report Price and Purchase Option Single User License: US$ 2499
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Key Benefits for Stakeholders:

  • IMARC’s report offers a comprehensive quantitative analysis of various market segments, historical and current market trends, market forecasts, and dynamics of the ball bearing market from 2017-2028.
  • The research study provides the latest information on the market drivers, challenges, and opportunities in the global ball bearing market.
  • The study maps the leading, as well as the fastest-growing, regional markets.
  • Porter's five forces analysis assist stakeholders in assessing the impact of new entrants, competitive rivalry, supplier power, buyer power, and the threat of substitution. It helps stakeholders to analyze the level of competition within the ball bearing industry and its attractiveness.
  • Competitive landscape allows stakeholders to understand their competitive environment and provides an insight into the current positions of key players in the market.

Key Questions Answered in This Report

The global ball bearing market was valued at US$ 41.9 Billion in 2022.

We expect the global ball bearing market to exhibit a CAGR of 4.2% during 2023-2028.

The rising demand for ball bearings across various end use industries, including aerospace, transportation, mining, etc., owing to their numerous benefits, such as low maintenance requirement, rigidity, high frictional resistance, and longer life span, is primarily driving the global ball bearing market.

The sudden outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic had led to the implementation of stringent lockdown regulations across several nations resulting, in the temporary closure of numerous manufacturing units for ball bearings.

Based on the application, the global ball bearing market can be segmented into automobile, general engineering, mining and construction, railways, aerospace and shipping, agriculture, and others. Currently, the automobile sector holds the majority of the total market share.

On a regional level, the market has been classified into Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, Middle East and Africa, and Latin America, where Asia Pacific currently dominates the global market.

Some of the major players in the global ball bearing market include NTN Corporation, Timken, JTEKT, SKF, Schaeffler Group, etc.

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