No.2427
06/04/2020

Dry-Coating Subcontracting Market in Japan: Key Research Findings 2020

Yano Research Institute (the President, Takashi Mizukoshi) conducted a survey on the domestic dry-coating subcontracting market and found out the market size transition and forecast, trends by method, trends of market players, and future outlook.


Transition and Forecast of Domestic Dry-Coating Subcontracting Market Size
Transition and Forecast of Domestic Dry-Coating Subcontracting Market Size

Market Overview

Dry coating is one of the thin-film coating processes applied to the surface of mainly metallic or metal-compound substrates at which high functionality such as abrasion resistance and other tribology are added. This research calculated the market size of dry-coating subcontracting based on the sum of amounts charged by domestic subcontractors for the following three coating tasks: CVD (chemical vapor deposition), PVD (physical vapor deposition) and DLC (diamond like carbon, i.e. ionization deposition). The dry-coating subcontracting market for FY2018 reached 33,330 million yen.

When observing the market trends by each of three methods, only CVD coating has stayed flat, while PVD and DLC have been on the rise. CVD has been highly trusted in the field of metallic molds, but no new market entry has been seen chiefly because of difficulty in process handling. On the other hand, applications for PVD and DLC have continued expanding, as coating subcontractors strived to cater to user demand by developing film applications.

Noteworthy Topics

Metallic Molds Most High in Demand

The most in demand for dry-coating subcontracting for FY2018 was metallic molds dominating 40.6%, followed by cutting tools occupying 26.3%, auto parts 20.7%, machinery parts 8.3%, and others 4.1%.

When observing only DLC coating, majority of the demand was dominated by auto parts. Therefore, the demand differs by each of the coating methods.

Future Outlook

The dry-coating subcontracting market is forecasted to achieve 43,480 million yen by FY2022*. With enormous influence of COVID-19 pandemics to the global economy including China, the manufacturing industry in Japan is projected to revise down the sales performance figures.

On the other hand, dry coating processes that apply high functionality to metal substrates are considered to be highly demanded by various fields from the mid-term perspectives, which are expected to help support the company operations at coating subcontractors.


*The forecast value does not take into account the influence of COVID 19.

Research Outline

1.Research Period: October 2019 to March, 2020
2.Research Object: Subcontractors of dry coating processes, related organizations including universities and R&D institutions
3.Research Methogology: Face-to-face interviews by the expert researchers and literature research

The Dry-Coating Subcontracting Market

Dry coating in this research refers to the following three coating methods: CVD (chemical vapor deposition), PVD (physical vapor deposition) and DLC (diamond like carbon, i.e. ionization deposition). The research targets metal or metal-compound substrates for coating, and materials of PET bottles and other resins are not included in the target substrates.


Conventionally, CVD and PVD are different from DLC in that the first two are the methods and DLC is a kind of film. Although they exist in different categories, our research has a history of choosing these, as DLC has paid attention as a new-generation film. Therefore, PVD in this research indicate the coating subcontracting that does not include DLC, and CVD in this research refers to the coating subcontracting that does not include DLC.


Size of the dry-coating subcontracting market in this research is calculated based on the sum of amounts charged by domestic subcontractors for dry coating processes for other companies (contractors). No in-house coating at, for instance, automakers and electronics parts makers is included.

<Products and Services in the Market>

Dry-coating subcontracting (coating of metal substrates via CVD and PVD, and by using DLC films)

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