New and Noteworthy Categories on for March 2022

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1. Space Industry Castings

Space tourism is certainly a new industry, but it’s growing. One company is looking to launch 1,000 paying customers into space this year, which means the need for space industry castings will also continue to grow.

Space Industry Castings

2. Immune Support Supplements

Immune support supplements are just one of many types of supplements that provide extra support to keep our bodies running. 2021 saw an increase in demand for both the vitamin and supplement industries, up by 285% and 350%, respectively.

Immune Support Supplements

3. Managed Information Technology (IT) Services

With the growing sophistication of manufacturing, it’s impossible to operate without IT services. It can be of special benefit for smaller manufacturers to outsource managed information technology (IT) services as this arrangement allows them to focus on their core competencies by hiring out specialist skilled work.

Managed IT Services

4. NIR Food Analyzers

NIR Food Analyzers are used to ensure consistency and quality when manufacturing. Food safety remains a critical concern for supply chains, and NIR food analyzers are faster than chemical analysis. There may soon be more significant use of digital traceability to adhere to regulatory requirements, such as proposed section 204 of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

NIR Food Analyzers

5. Filter Socks

Our data shows sourcing for water filtration equipment, such as filter socks, was up a whopping 447% year-over-year and up 146% in 2021. In a related category, searches for drinking water filters are up 353% over February 2020 and have grown 164% over last quarter averages. 

Filter Socks

6. Orbital Welder Rental Services

Orbital welding creates high purity products, so its often used in the production of clean-room components for the semiconductor industry. In February, one manufacturer of semiconductor components announced they were expanding with a $28 million new facility, showing that semiconductor components are still in demand, and orbital welders will continue to be needed.

Orbital Welder Rental Services

7. High Chrome Iron Castings

High chrome iron is exceptionally wear-resistant and corrosion-resistant, making high chrome iron castings ideal for pump and valve parts in the mining industry. While the pandemic put a damper on the global construction and mining markets in 2020, a 2021 report suggests the decline will end and the markets will reach a valuation of $273 billion by 2030.

High Chrome Iron Castings

8. Laser Fume Extractors

Laser fume extractors are used to suck up and filter any fumes and dust caused by laser cutting or cleaning. For example, laser fume extractors might be used in creating a new laser cleaning treatment that morphs metal surfaces from bacteria carriers to bacteria killers.

Laser Fume Extractors

9. 1144 Carbon Steel

1144 carbon steel is a high strength steel alloy used when resistance to deformation and wear are essential, and often as an economical replacement for more expensive quenched-and-tempered alloy grades. Often this material is used for parts or components in railroads and trains, which are developing in some interesting directions. One startup has created autonomous electric train car prototypes recently which offer more flexibility than standard freight trains and less pollution.

1144 Carbon Steel

10. Permeation Analyzers

Many products require airtight packaging, or the product may be spoiled or damaged. Permeation analyzers test the gas permeability of packaging films. Since consumers are ordering more and more deliveries, sourcing for packaging materials on the platform has increased by 243% year-over-year in 2021, meaning more packing to be airtight-tested.

Permeation Analyzers

11. Ring Shims

Ring shims are used to form a tight hold on bearings, particularly in the aerospace industry. The aerospace industry is continuing to grow; in 2021 one aerospace components manufacturer expanded while another manufacturer of electromechanical switches and connectors established a new aerospace division.

Ring Shims

12. Low Emissivity (Low-E) Glass

Low Emissitivity or (Low-E) glass improves the energy efficiency of buildings. Two layers of glass create an air gap filled with argon gas to insulate against heat transfer between the inside and outside. Today, more than 90% of windows sold in the U.S. are Low-E.  

Low Emissivity Glass

13. Malted Barley

Gen Z is the first generation to prefer spirits and wine to beer, but manufacturers of malted barley, which is used in brewing beer, shouldn’t despair. Members of Gen Z still drink whiskey, non-alcoholic beer, and sweeter, lighter, “flavored malt beverages” such as Naturdays, Lime-A-Ritas, and Corona Refrescas.

Malted Barley

14. Metric Rivets

The US is one of the few countries in the world that doesn’t use the metric system. For those companies who perform MRO services in Europe in Canada, or for those who manufacture components for companies overseas, metric rivets and other fasteners will be important to have on hand.

Metric Rivets

15. Space Stations

While you can’t buy a space station now, there are still several private companies currently developing them. NASA recently gave details on how the International Space Station, which will operate until 2030, will spend its remaining years. This plan includes transitioning from a government-run station to more private businesses. To assist, NASA will fund projects to develop private industries’ experience working in low-Earth orbit. 

Space Stations

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