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Sprockets Market

Sprockets Market

Sprocket Market By Pitch (Standard, Customized), By Material (Steel, Cast Iron, Thermoplastics), By Bore (Plain, Taper Lock), By Strand (Simplex, Duplex, Triplex), By Conveyors (Rotor, Roller), By End Use & By Region- Global Market Insights 2021 to 2031

Sprockets Market

Sprockets Market Outlook

The spead of Covid-19 pandemic had put a temporary brake in the demand for chain sprockets in 2020 leading to reduced sales globally. The implementation of lockdown by the government led the manufacturers to face potential losses in the pandemic. It also led them to suffer from cash deficit. In the current scenario, the condition is recovering and the manufacturers through their tireless efforts are bringing innovation in their offerings to generate higher revenues globally.

Some of the players such as ABL Products Corporation, Linn Gear Corporation, Martin Sprocket & Gea Corporation, Precision Gears Corporation, Renold Limited, Tsubaki Incorporation, WM Berg Incorporation, Rexnord Corporation, Hengjiu Group, Zhengzhou Guoyun Corporation and Timken Corporation are adopting market tactics including partnership agreements, sales contracts, strategic alliances, diversifications, innovative launches, mergers & acquisitions, research and developments, technological upliftments, product line extensions, hiring technical expertise, joint ventures, collaborations, product approvals etc to maintain their competitive edge in the market. These key players are focusing on operating through indirect channel structures such as selling through certified and recognized dealers, distributors, contractors as well as system integrators to ensure smooth flow of their supply chain management and fastest delivery to their users.

In 2021, digital platforms are highly preferred by the leading companies to increase their sales and profitability.

For instance, Timken Corporation announced that it has acquired The Diamond Chain Company to expand its leadership in sprocket manufacturing market on 1st April, 2019. The acquisition was funded with cash on hand and through borrowings under existing credit facilities. The company serves a wide range of sectors including industrial distribution, material handling, food and beverage, agriculture, construction and other process industries. The acquisition of The Diamond Chain adds another strong industrial brand with a reputation for quality, reliability and performance to Timken’s growing power transmission portfolio. The acquisition is expected to expand the leadership of the company in chain sprockets, building a strong position in distribution and manufacturing capabilities in Asia Pacific. The company expects to drive significant synergies with the combination of Diamond Chains and Drives. With the acquisition of The Diamond Chain, Timken’s power transmission portfolio in 2021 accounts for one third of company’s revenues. Both the corporations are together delivering innovative and reliable chain sprockets to meet the expectations of the users globally.

As per a recent study, Asia Pacific is projected to rule the global sprockets market in terms of revenue and market share owing to rising demands for motorcycles. China is predicted to rise at a notable rate and achieve the largest position in this market. Due to easy availability of raw material and cheap labor cost in India, Japan and China, the market is witnessing immense progress in Asia Pacific. Further government’s support to push the domestic manufacturing capabilities in chain sprockets production is adding its significant contribution towards rising progress.

About the Report

The global sprocket market is projected to expand at a healthy CAGR of 7% over the 2021 to 2031 time period, and reach a valuation of over US$ 8.6 Bn by 2031-end. Steel sprockets with remain highly sought-after across industries, enjoying a market share over 80% over the next ten years.

Sprockets are essential part of a machine and are a prerequisite for power transmission and motion in end-use industries such as automotive, building and construction, food & beverages, glass & plastic, textiles, and many more. Their vast range of application includes combination with chains to generate linear motion in motorcycles, bicycles, and powersports.

Sales of sprockets continue to gain ground across the world, particularly due to mounting number of manufacturing industries. Furthermore, advancing demand from the automotive sector will also result in providing a boost to market growth over the forecast period of 2021-2031.

In a recently published report by Fact.MR, insights regarding key factors fueling market growth have been offered for the period of 2021 to 2031. The market has been tracked in 20+ high-growth countries, where East Asia tops the charts. The report also details what impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the sales of sprockets across the world.

Historical Trends Vs. Future Market Projections

During the historic period of 2016 to 2020, the market has registered a moderate growth rate of 3%. Growth in demand can be assessed by ascending sales of automotive and industrial manufacturing sectors across the globe. Over the span of five years, global investments have increased substantially, indicating growth of machines generating power through chain drives, as such, accelerating relative demand for sprockets.

However, demand for sprockets declined by nearly 8.5% over the 2nd quarter and 5.6% over the 3rd quarter of FY2020. This decline was the effect of lockdown impositions and disrupted supply chains due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, demand from OEMs and aftersales services were halted, backed by lack of demand from automotive, construction, and textile industries.

Over the coming years, shifting focus towards electric vehicles in the automotive industry will result in facilitating numerous growth opportunities for sprocket manufacturers during forecast period.

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How will Growth of Automotive Industry Impact Demand for Sprockets?

During the forecast period, the automotive industry is expected to go through drastic change as an aftereffect of mounting demand for electric vehicles. Furthermore, regional governments are also providing incentives for the purchase of electric vehicles. Advancing demand for electric vehicles with low emission is seen as a disruptive technology, which is expected to drive transformation in the mobility industry.

Increased use of bicycles and motorcycles has led to higher potential demand for sprockets globally. Elevation in the graph of bicycles was recorded due to the boom of health-conscious population. Bicycles suitable for family use, neighborhood rides, short-distance rides, and fun strolls have experienced massive growth.

Aforementioned factors will facilitate numerous growth opportunities for sprocket manufacturers over the coming years. With mounting sales of passenger cars and two wheelers, demand from the automotive industry is expected to experience a growth rate of more than 4.5%.

Why is Meeting Safety Rules Important for End-use Verticals?

Safety rules set by governments for construction machinery, automotive, manufacturing, and food and beverage industries play a huge role in driving the sales of sprockets. Prolonged use of chains and sprockets altogether not only cause wear of the machine but also decreases its efficiency.

Government safety standards insist on changing of worn machine parts on a timely basis. This not only ensures safety of the user but also increases the longevity of the machine. Constant wearing of chains and sprockets also generates noise in the whole appliance, causing discomfort to the user and also adds to the level of noise pollution.

Furthermore, OSHA and vehicle safety norms take care of related problems and impose stringent actions against defaulters. All this is leading to heightened demand for sprockets across regions.

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Country-wise Analysis

Will China Continue Influencing Market Structure and Product Pricing?

The world’s prominent automotive markets will continue to influence global prospects. Developing nations such as China, India, Indonesia, and others have caught the attention of manufacturers because of increasing industrialization and urbanization. Companies such as Rexnord Corporation, Renold Chain, Regal Beloit, and many others have launched their manufacturing facilities in these regions.

China is expected to continue its position as a global leader for sprockets. The impact of advancing demand from China means that companies with regional presence and knowhow will grow in prominence. However, increasing tension between China and other countries would result in imposition of anti-dumping duties for goods imported from China. These step will help regional manufacturers in other countries produce and sell more products locally.

Category-Wise Insights

Which Type of Material has the Highest Demand for Sprocket Manufacturing?

Materials that are used to manufacture sprockets are steel, cast iron, thermoplastic, and many others. Of these, steel holds the maximum market share in terms of volume. There is continuous advancing demand from automotive and heavy industry manufacturing machine producers.

Followed by steel, cast iron captures a significant share of demand. However, thermoplastic is expected to experience impressive growth over the forecast period, which is more than the global average.

How Huge is the Market Opportunity from the Construction Industry?

Advancing number of infrastructural projects and increasing investments from regional governments will result in mounting demand for construction equipment. This rising demand will facilitate numerous market opportunities for sprockets from OEMs of construction equipment manufacturers.

Sprockets are a far-reaching tool for linear motion generation in two wheelers, conveyors, and farm equipment such as harvesting machinery and others. The parts of machines integrated with chain drives acquire motion on gaining the drive’s momentum. Combine attachments, planting, seeding, and fertilizing machinery take the help of sprockets for attaining motion. This has resulted in providing numerous market opportunities for sprocket manufacturers with respect to agriculture as an end-use vertical.

Which Region Offers Great Potential for Sprocket Manufacturers?

East Asia is expected to dominate global sprocket market in terms of demand throughout forecast period, with the market expanding at a CAGR of 8.5% during 2021-2031. Fact.MR forecasts the Europe market to grow from US$ 483 Mn in 2021 to US$ 835 Mn in 2031. This represents a growth rate of 6% over the next ten years.

The market in North America is poised to experience a moderate growth rate. The number of infrastructural projects in North America grew at a value of US$ 167 Bn with a market share of 22.7% globally

Key Strategies Adopted by Market Players

Modern sprockets have marked their presence in the power transmission industry for over a century. The 21st century led to the entry of innovation into reforming the sprockets in order to help and satisfy end users. Tsubakimoto has incorporated wear-indicator technology in its sprockets that give the operator a way to detect excessive wear before any huge failure occurs.

Manufacturers are evolving their laser-cutting machines to reduce tooling costs of plates. The most important trend to have gained customers’ attention is the availability of customized sprockets. This has also led to a decrease in downtime and rejection levels by a significant number.

Companies are also renovating their products for specific industries such as the use of anti-corrosive technology in the food and beverage industry. These trends help manufacturers to gain an edge over competitors and those who don’t evolve with time.

How is COVID-19 Impacting the Sprocket Landscape?

COVID-19 has had a negative impact on the demand and manufacturing of sprockets across regions, as the market stepped on the demand brakes over the period of Q2 and Q3 of FY2020. Tier-2 manufacturers are struggling to manufacture and channel the product in the market, owing to higher marginal loss and partial demand. However, the market is set to resuscitate completely by Q3 of FY2021.

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Competition Landscape

Fact.MR has profiled the following prominent sprocket manufacturers in its report:

  • Tsubakimoto Chain Group
  • Martin Sprocket and Gear Inc.
  • Rexnord Corporation
  • Regal Beloit
  • SKF Group
  • Renold PLC
  • PT international (Solve industrial Motion Group)
  • ABB
  • Boston Gear (Altra Industrial Motion)
  • Lovejoy (The Timken Company)

The market is fragmented in terms of the supply pie. Key players such as Rexnord Corporation, SKF Group, and PT International hold a majority of the market share and are key price controllers.

Report Scope



Forecast Period


Historical Data Available for


Market Analysis

US$ Mn for Value & ‘000 Units for Volume

Key Regions Covered

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • East Asia
  • South Asia & Oceania
  • the Middle East & Africa

Key Countries Covered

  • U.S.
  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • Brazil
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • France
  • U.K.
  • Spain
  • China
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • India
  • GCC
  • Turkey

Key Segments Covered

  • By Pitch
  • By Material
  • By Bore
  • By Strand
  • By Application
  • By End-use Vertical
  • and By Region

Key Companies Profiled

  • Tsubakimoto Chain Group
  • Martin Sprocket and Gear Inc.
  • Rexnord Corporation
  • Regal Beloit
  • SKF Group
  • Renold PLC
  • PT international (Solve industrial Motion Group)
  • ABB
  • Boston Gear (Altra Industrial Motion)
  • Lovejoy (The Timken Company)
  • Other Prominent Players

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Key Market Segments


  • Standard
    •  Below 1/2 Inch
    •  1/2 - 1 Inch
    •  1 - 1.5 Inch
    •  1.5 - 2 Inch
    •  Above 2 Inch
  •  Customized


  • Steel
    •  Stainless Steel
    •  Carbon Steel
  •  Cast Iron
  •  Thermoplastics
  •  Others


  • Plain
  •  Taper Lock


  • Simplex
  •  Duplex
  •  Triplex


  • Conveyors
  •  Rotor Roller
  •  Other Drives

End Use Vertical

  • Bicycles
  •  Motorcycles
  •  Building & Construction
  •  Food & Beverages
  •  Glass & Plastic
  •  Textiles
  •  Agricultural Equipment
  •  Others


  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • East Asia
  • South Asia & Oceania
  • Middle East & Africa (MEA)

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Fact.MR projects the global sprocket market to portray an impressive growth of around 7% CAGR across the 2021-2031 assessment period. High demand from the automotive sector is anticipated to drive market growth in a positive direction.
Regulatory pressures, consumer awareness, and growing prominence of next-gen tech automobile companies will influence the industry. These would result in facilitating numerous growth opportunities for sprocket manufacturers, as sales will rise.
Prominent players operating in the market include Rexnord Corporation, Regal Beloit, SKF Group, Renold PLC, and PT international.

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