Waterjet Cutting Machine Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Waterjet Cutting Machine Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (Pure, Abrasive), By Application (Robotics, Military & Aerospace, F&B and Tobacco, Machine Tools), And Segment Forecasts, 2019 - 2025

  • Published Date: Nov, 2019
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2018
  • Report ID: GVR-3-68038-904-3
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2014 - 2017
  • Number of Pages: 160

Industry Insights

The global waterjet cutting machine market size was valued at USD 3.1 billion in 2018 and is estimated to exhibit a CAGR of 3.5% from 2019 to 2025 owing to the growing demand for precision cutting in end-use industries including packaging, robotics, and packaging. Increasing process automation in numerous industries is expected to boost product demand over the forecast period.

Waterjet cutting is an accelerated and controlled erosion process. It uses pure water or a mixture of water and abrasive material as a cutting media. An ultrahigh-pressure pump is used to generate a high-pressure stream. This high-pressure stream is then converted into a high-velocity stream which can cut any material with high precision. It can cut materials like metal, rubber, glass, composites, plastic, leather, and ceramic stones.

U.S. waterjet cutting machine market

The U.S. is expected to be the largest market for waterjet cutting machines (WCM) in the North America region. The pure waterjet product segment is expected to be the fastest-growing segment in the region over the forecast period. Waterjet cutting is expected to have a massive demand in numerous applications, including robotics, packaging, food, beverage, and tobacco, and packaging industries, that are anticipated to drive the regional waterjet cutting machines market over the forecast period.

The manufacturing sector has been witnessing numerous innovations in cutting machines and its implementation in the manufacturing processes. Developments, including micro and 3D waterjet cutting machines, and robotic WCMs, are some significant developments that remarkably mark the innovation in this field. Waterjet technology is a high precision cutting process for fabricating and machining complex parts.

The demand for WCMs is anticipated to witness a significant rise every year with increasing demand for upgraded equipment, which is projected to contribute to the growth of the market significantly. Waterjet cutting is a cold cutting technology that does not produce any heat-affected zones, eliminates warping and distortion, which typically occurs in laser, oxy-fuel or plasma cutting.

Product Insights

Based on product, the market is segmented into pure waterjet cutting machine (PWCM) and abrasive waterjet cutting machine (AWCM). PWCM uses only water as a cutting media, while AWCM uses a mixture of water and abrasive material to accelerate the cutting process. Pure waterjet is the cleanest form of waterjet technology and it works by directing high-pressure water stream on the thin or soft material for a precise cut.

PWCM is usually used to cut softer materials, including gaskets, foam, paper, plastics, insulation, disposable diapers, cement board, food, and carpet. Pure waterjet is a cold cutting process that eliminates the risk of a heat-affected zone in the material. The segment is expected to grow significantly over the forecast period, registering a CAGR of 4.4% from 2019 to 2025.

AWCM uses abrasive particles such as garnet with a high-pressure water stream that helps to accelerate the cutting process by eroding material with speed and precision. Abrasive waterjet is usually used to cut harder material, including metals, stones, ceramics, glass, and composites.

AWCM is expected to be the dominant product segment accounting for 53.7% of overall market share in 2018. Due to favorable properties offered by abrasive waterjet, they are more popular for parts manufacturing and fabrication in the numerous industries. Growing demand for highly accurate parts in food, beverage, and tobacco, electronics, packaging, and robotics industries expected to boost the product demand over the forecast period.

Application Insights

Based on application, the market is segmented into military and aerospace, food, beverage, and tobacco, machine tools, material handling, packaging, robotics, packaging, and others. WCM expected to witness significant growth in robotic industries owing to the increasing demand for high precision complex parts. The segment is expected to grow with a CAGR of 4.7% from 2019 to 2025.

Demand for waterjet cutting machines in food, beverage, and tobacco is anticipated to be valued at USD 369.9 million in 2018. Pure waterjet is mostly used in food, beverage, and tobacco segment as it provides high efficiency in cutting soft material and provides an advantage in sanitation. It is considered to be the most hygienic cutting process compared to others as it uses pure water only. Waterjet has applications in food cutting, including poultry, meat, cake, fish, candy bars, frozen foods, and French fries.

Global waterjet cutting machine market

Increasing demand for custom packaging solutions globally is expected to drive demand for waterjet cutting machines in the packaging industry. A computer-driven waterjet cutter is capable of cutting wood, plastic, and foams in desired shape and size with high accuracy, resulting in high-quality packaging solution. The segment is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 5.0% over the forecast period.

Increasing technology developments and process automation is expected to boost the demand for waterjet cutting machines in application industries, including military and aerospace, machine tools, material handling, and packaging. The military and aerospace application segment was valued at USD 339.1 million in 2018. The machine tool application segment is expected to be the second-largest segment, accounting for 13.9% revenue share in 2018.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific is anticipated to be the largest regional market and accounted for 41.0% of the overall waterjet cutting machine market in 2018. Improving economic conditions and rapid industrialization, especially in China, India, and South Korea are expected to augment the product demand in the region. Growing material handling and food, beverage, and tobacco industry in the region is expected to boost the market over the forecast period.

The European WCM industry plays a crucial role in the overall market. Europe accounted for 25.8% of the global market share in 2018 and is the second-largest regional market for WCM after APAC. Germany, U.K., Russia, and Spain are notable countries in the European region contributing significantly to the European WCM industry. The enhancing technological innovations in the region in order to gain a competitive dominance shall prove to be a significant driving factor.

The WCM industry has a significant market share of North America in the overall regional market. U.S. is one of the major consumers for WCM owing to the growing robotics, automation, and electronics industries in the country. Canada is expected to be the fastest-growing country in North America for the WCM industry, registering a CAGR of 6.7% from 2019 to 2025.

Central and South America is not having much significant market share in the WCM industry, but it offers high potential. Increasing trade war between the U.S. and China is expected to benefit the region as many of the manufacturers are setting production facilities in the CSA region. Brazil and Argentina are some of the major economies in the region. Growing manufacturing and industrial sector in the region is expected to augment the product demand over the forecast period.

Waterjet Cutting Machine Market Share Insights

The global WCM market comprises both global as well as regional players that are engaged in the design, manufacturing as well as the distribution of WCM. Key players involved in the manufacturing of WCM include Colfax Corporation; DARDI International Corporation; Omax Corporation; Flow International; Koike Aronson, Inc.; Hornet Cutting Systems; A Innovative International Ltd.; and WARDJet, Inc.

All the major players have invested extensively in research and development operations in recent years. The existence of local players in Asia Pacific poses a substantial threat to the global companies in terms of product quality and price offered to the customers. The market is projected to witness growth opportunities in emerging economies of Asia Pacific and Central and South America.

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual/Historical data

2014 - 2017

Forecast period

2019 - 2025

Market representation

Revenue in USD Billion and CAGR from 2019 to 2025

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South & Central America, and Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S., Canada, Germany, U.K., Russia, Spain, India, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Brazil, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, and UAE

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Revenue forecast, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

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Segments Covered in the Report:

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends and opportunities in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global waterjet cutting machine market report on the basis of product, application, and region:

  • Product Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2014 - 2025)

    • Pure

    • Abrasive

  • Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2014 - 2025)

    • Military & Aerospace

    • Food, Beverage, & Tobacco

    • Machine Tools

    • Material Handling

    • Packaging

    • Robotics

    • Medical

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2014 - 2025)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • Russia

      • U.K.

      • Spain

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • Japan

      • India

      • South Korea

      • Australia

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

      • Argentina

    • Middle East and Africa

      • UAE

      • Saudi Arabia

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