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The production of hot runner increased from 219.11 K Units in 2013 to 299.89 K Units in 2017
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Hot runner system is an assembly of heated components—hot halves, nozzles and gates and—that inject plastic into the cavities of an injection mold. The system usually includes a heated manifold and a number of heated nozzles. The manifold distributes the plastic entering the mold to the nozzles, which then meter it precisely to the injection points in the cavities.


The hot runner and mold industry is highly fragmented. The majority of the industry competes on regional and niche levels, with only a few truly global players. The main market players are YUDO, Milacron, Barnes Group, Husky, INCOE, etc. The production of hot runner increased from 219.11 K Units in 2013 to 299.89 K Units in 2017, with an average growth rate of 8.16%, and the revenue reached 2850.53 million USD in 2017.


In consumption market, the growth rate of global consumption is smooth relatively. China, Europe and North America are still the mainly consumption regions due to the advanced production technology and rapid development of economy.


According to the form of the intersection, there are two kinds of hot runner systems, valve gate system and open gate system. It can be widely used in many industries. Survey results showed that the automotive industry is the largest consumption with the market share of 28.45% in 2017. With the development of economy, these industries will need more and more hot runner. So, hot runner has a huge market potential in the future.


The major raw materials of hot runner are steel, copper, polytetrafluoroethylene, thermocouple probe, etc. On the global market, supply of raw materials is full. Fluctuations in the price of the upstream product will impact on the production cost of hot runner industry.


Competitiveness and price pressure in the injection molding industry has influenced many molders and mold manufacturers to look for new ways to survive and thrive in their regional and global markets. At the same time, the basic operational costs related to resin, energy, manpower and overhead continue to creep up year-after-year, putting more strain on profitability. These combined factors make hot runners a more attractive solution compared to cold runners than ever before.


The hot runner market is expected to grow faster than the overall global economy based on macroeconomic drivers involving product life cycles, demographics, technology conversion and greater use of plastic. Demand within the hot runner market is driven more by the frequency of product design changes and model refreshes than by end product volume, because hot runner systems are typically custom ordered for each new product mold, representing a critical factor in the market’s resiliency during economic cycles.