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Attapulgite (Colloidal and Sorptive) Market for Cat Litter Absorbent, Oil & Gas, Agriculture, Paints & Coatings, Medical & Pharmaceutical and Other End-use Industries - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2014 - 2020

Attapulgite is a crystalline hydrated magnesium aluminosilicate that contains three dimensional chain structures, which give it unique colloidal and sorptive properties. Attapulgite is a naturally occurring clay mineral that belongs to the fuller’s earth family of minerals. Attapulgite offers high porosity and unique colloidal properties such as resistance to higher concentration of electrolytes and high surface area. Based on its physical and chemical characteristics, attapulgite is primarily classified as colloidal grade (gelling grade) and sorptive grade (non-colloidal sorbent grade). Attapulgite finds applications in end-use industries such as paints & coatings, oil & gas, cat litter, medical & pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, paper and chemical. 

Attapulgite is primarily used to manufacture cat litter absorbents. Cat litter absorbents manufactured using attapulgite offer prompt absorption of litter and unpleasant odor. In addition, the growing preference of pet owners for organic and natural cat litter absorbents is expected to boost demand for attapulgite, especially in developed countries such as the U.S and UK Increase in drilling activities is likely to augment the growth of the attapulgite market. Attapulgite is used in drilling applications solely because of its suspending properties in oil and grease. It is used for drilling mud of a higher salinity than seawater. Thus, growth in drilling activities, especially in oil and gas extraction and construction activities is anticipated to boost the demand for attapulgite in the coming years. At the end of 2013, the U.S. was the largest producer of attapulgite due to the presence of large mineral reserves in the country. However, stringent mining regulations in the U.S. are expected to hamper the growth of the attapulgite market in the near future. Increasing demand in various end-use industries is also likely to open new avenues for the attapulgite market in the next few years.  

The colloidal grade attapulgite (gelling grade) segment dominated the global attapulgite market, accounting for over 65% share in 2013 in terms of volume. Colloidal grade attapulgite is consumed in large quantities in end-use industries such as oil and gas, chemicals, cosmetics, and paints and coatings. The segment is expected to witness the fastest growth during the forecast period due to its use in a wide range of applications such as adhesives, sealants, caulks, drilling mud, liquid pesticides, liquid detergents, animal feed and suspension fertilizers to provide reinforcement, suspension and binding.

Cat litter absorbent and oil & gas were the largest end-use industries in the global attapulgite market in 2013. These segments together accounted for over 60% of the global attapulgite market in 2013 in terms of volume. Development of innovative cat litter absorbents that are eco-friendly, neutralize bad odor and quickly congeal after soiling is expected to augment the cat litter absorbent segment during the forecast period. The oil & gas segment is likely to witness the fastest growth in the attapulgite market during the forecast period due to increasing drilling activities across the world. Furthermore, the medical & pharmaceutical segment is anticipated to witness the second-fastest growth in the attapulgite market due to rising consumer preference for naturally derived products over synthetic medicines. Additionally, the paints & coatings segment is projected to exhibit above average growth, as traditional organic thickeners are being replaced with attapulgite in the manufacture of water insensitive films.

North America dominated the global attapulgite market, accounting for approximately 35% share in 2013. Abundant attapulgite-rich fuller’s earth deposits in North America are expected to boost demand for attapulgite in the next few years. Restrictions on the use of synthetic chemicals due to stringent environmental regulations are anticipated to favor the use of natural products such as attapulgite. However, Asia Pacific is projected to witness the fastest growth in the attapulgite market during the forecast period due to rapid industrialization, which would lead to an increase in construction and drilling activities. Furthermore, growth of the healthcare sector in the region is likely to drive the attapulgite market in the next few years.

The global attapulgite market was highly consolidated, with the top two players accounting for approximately 57% share of the total market in 2013. Active Minerals International was the largest attapulgite manufacturer in 2013, followed by BASF. Other key players operating in the attapulgite market include MinTech International, Inc., Oil-Dri Corporation of America, Gunjan Minerals Pvt. Ltd., Geohellas S.A., Gujarat Minechem, Ashwa Minerals Private Limited and Manek Minerals.
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Chapter 1 Preface
1.1 Report description
1.2 Market segmentation
1.3 Research scope and assumptions
1.4 Research methodology

Chapter 2 Executive Summary
2.1 Global attapulgite market, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
2.2 Global attapulgite market snapshot, 2013 and 2020

Chapter 3 Attapulgite – Industry Analysis
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Value chain analysis
3.3 Market Drivers
      3.3.1 Increase in drilling activities boosts the growth of attapulgite market
               3.3.1.1 Global oil and gas rig counts, 2009 – 2014 (till September)
      3.3.2 Growing demand for cat litter absorbent in developed countries fuels the growth of attapulgite market
               3.3.2.1 Global cat litter absorbent industry revenue, 2013 – 2020 (USD Billion)
3.4 Restraints
      3.4.1 Stringent mining regulations, especially in the U.S. are expected to hamper the overall growth of the market
3.5 Opportunities
      3.5.1 Novel applications of attapulgite to open new avenues for attapulgite market
3.6 Porter’s Five Forces analysis
      3.6.1 Bargaining power of suppliers
      3.6.2 Bargaining power of buyers
      3.6.3 Threat from new entrants
      3.6.4 Threat from substitutes
      3.6.5 Degree of competition
3.7 Market attractiveness analysis
      3.7.1 Global attapulgite market attractiveness, by end-use industries
3.8 Company market share analysis
      3.8.1 Global attapulgite market, company share analysis, 2013
      3.8.2 Global key attapulgite production facilities, by region

Chapter 4 Attapulgite Market - Product Segment Analysis
4.1 Global attapulgite market volume share, by product, 2013 & 2020
4.2 Colloidal grade
      4.2.1 Global colloidal grade attapulgite market, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
4.3 Sorptive grade
      4.3.1 Global sorptive grade attapulgite market, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)

Chapter 5 Attapulgite - End-Use Industry Analysis
5.1 Global attapulgite market volume share, by end-use industry, 2013 & 2020
5.2 Cat litter absorbent
      5.2.1 Global attapulgite market for cat litter absorbent, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
5.3 Oil & gas
      5.3.1 Global attapulgite market for oil & gas, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
5.4 Agriculture
      5.4.1 Global attapulgite market for agriculture, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
5.5 Paint & coatings
      5.5.1 Global attapulgite market for paint & coatings, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
5.6 Medical & pharmaceutical
      5.6.1 Global attapulgite market for medical & pharmaceutical, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
5.7 Others (chemical, paper, cosmetics, etc.)
      5.7.1 Global attapulgite market for other end-use industries, 2013 - 2020, (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)

Chapter 6 Attapulgite Market - Regional Analysis
6.1 Global attapulgite market volume share, by region, 2013 & 2020
6.2 North America
      6.2.1 North America attapulgite market volume, by product, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons)
      6.2.2 North America attapulgite market revenue, by product, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)
      6.2.3 North America attapulgite market volume, by end-use industries, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons)
      6.2.4 North America attapulgite market revenue, by end-use industries, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)
6.3 Europe
      6.3.1 Europe attapulgite market volume, by product, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons)
      6.3.2 Europe attapulgite market revenue, by product, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)
      6.3.3 Europe attapulgite market volume, by end-use industries, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons)
      6.3.4 Europe attapulgite market revenue, by end-use industries, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)
6.4 Asia Pacific
      6.4.1 Asia Pacific attapulgite market volume, by product, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons)
      6.4.2 Asia Pacific attapulgite market revenue, by product, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)
      6.4.3 Asia Pacific attapulgite market volume, by end-use industries, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons)
      6.4.4 Asia Pacific attapulgite market revenue, by end-use industries, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)
6.5 Rest of the World
      6.5.1 Rest of the World attapulgite market volume, by product, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons)
      6.5.2 Rest of the World attapulgite market revenue, by product, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)
      6.5.3 Rest of the World attapulgite market volume, by end-use industries, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons)
      6.5.4 Rest of the World attapulgite market revenue, by end-use industries, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)

Chapter 7 Company Profiles
7.1 Active Minerals International, LLC
      7.1.1 Company overview
      7.1.2 Business strategy
      7.1.3 SWOT analysis
      7.1.4 Recent developments
7.2 Ashapura Group
      7.2.1 Company overview
      7.2.2 Financial overview
      7.2.3 Business strategy
      7.2.4 SWOT analysis
7.3 Gunjan Minerals Pvt. Ltd.
      7.3.1 Company overview
      7.3.2 Business strategy
      7.3.3 SWOT analysis
7.4 Geohellas S.A.
      7.4.1 Company overview
      7.4.2 Business strategy
      7.4.3 SWOT analysis
7.5 MinTech International, Inc.
      7.5.1 Company overview
      7.5.2 Business strategy
      7.5.3 SWOT analysis
7.6 Oil-Dri Corporation of America
      7.6.1 Company overview
      7.6.2 Financial overview
      7.6.3 Business strategy
      7.6.4 SWOT analysis
7.7 KPL International Limited
      7.7.1 Company overview
      7.7.2 Financial overview
      7.7.3 Business strategy
      7.7.4 SWOT analysis
7.8 Gujarat Minechem
      7.8.1 Company overview
      7.8.2 Business strategy
      7.8.3 SWOT analysis
7.9 BASF Corporation
      7.9.1 Company overview
      7.9.2 Business strategy
      7.9.3 SWOT analysis
7.10 Manek Minerals
      7.10.1 Company overview
      7.10.2 Business strategy
      7.10.3 SWOT analysis
7.11 Ashwa Minerals Private Limited
      7.11.1 Company overview
      7.11.2 Business strategy
      7.11.3 SWOT analysis

List of Figures 

FIG. 1 Global attapulgite market segmentation by product, end-use industries and region
FIG. 2 Global attapulgite market, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
FIG. 3 Value chain analysis: Attapulgite market
FIG. 4 Global oil and gas rig counts, 2009 - 2014 (till September)
FIG. 5 Global cat litter absorbent industry revenue, 2013 - 2020 (USD Billion)
FIG. 6 Porter’s Five Forces analysis: Attapulgite market
FIG. 7 Global attapulgite market attractiveness, by end-use industries
FIG. 8 Global attapulgite market: Company share analysis, 2013
FIG. 9 Global attapulgite market volume share, by product, 2013 & 2020
FIG. 10 Global colloidal grade attapulgite market, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
FIG. 11 Global sorptive grade attapulgite market, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
FIG. 12 Global attapulgite market volume share, by end-use industry, 2013 & 2020
FIG. 13 Global attapulgite market for cat litter absorbent, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
FIG. 14 Global attapulgite market for oil & gas, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
FIG. 15 Global attapulgite market for agriculture, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
FIG. 16 Global attapulgite market for paint & coatings, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
FIG. 17 Global attapulgite market for medical & pharmaceutical, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
FIG. 18 Global attapulgite market for other end-use industries, 2013 - 2020, (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
FIG. 19 Global attapulgite market volume share, by region, 2013 & 2020

List of Tables 

TABLE 1 Global attapulgite market snapshot, 2013 and 2020
TABLE 2 Drivers for attapulgite market: Impact analysis
TABLE 3 Restraints of attapulgite market: Impact analysis
TABLE 4 North America attapulgite market volume, by product, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons)
TABLE 5 North America attapulgite market revenue, by product, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)
TABLE 6 North America attapulgite market volume, by end-use industries, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons)
TABLE 7 North America attapulgite market revenue, by end-use industries, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)
TABLE 8 Europe attapulgite market volume, by product, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons)
TABLE 9 Europe attapulgite market revenue, by product, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)
TABLE 10 Europe attapulgite market volume, by end-use industries, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons)
TABLE 11 Europe attapulgite market revenue, by end-use industries, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)
TABLE 12 Asia Pacific attapulgite market volume, by product, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons)
TABLE 13 Asia Pacific attapulgite market revenue, by product, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)
TABLE 14 Asia Pacific attapulgite market volume, by end-use industries, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons)
TABLE 15 Asia Pacific attapulgite market revenue, by end-use industries, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)
TABLE 16 Rest of the World attapulgite market volume, by product, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons)
TABLE 17 Rest of the World attapulgite market revenue, by product, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)
TABLE 18 Rest of the World attapulgite market volume, by end-use industries, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons)
TABLE 19 Rest of the World attapulgite market revenue, by end-use industries, 2013 – 2020 (USD Million)

Increase in drilling activities coupled with growing demand for cat litter absorbents in developed countries is expected to drive the global attapulgite market between 2014 and 2020. Attapulgite is a naturally occurring clay mineral that belongs to the fuller’s earth family of minerals. It is a crystalline hydrated magnesium aluminosilicate that consists of three-dimensional chain structures, which gives it unique sorptive and colloidal properties. Attapulgite offers high porosity and unique properties such as resistance to higher concentration of electrolytes and high surface area. It is employed in a wide range of applications in several end-use industries such as paints & coatings, oil & gas, cat litter absorbents, medical & pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, paper and chemical. 

This report provides a detailed view of the global attapulgite market, considering 2013 as the base year. It provides forecast for the global attapulgite market from 2014 to 2020. The report includes in-depth analysis of the global attapulgite market in terms of volume (Kilo Tons) and revenue (USD Million) from 2013 to 2020. It also comprises several tables and graphs that provide a detailed explanation of various facts and findings about the global attapulgite market. Various authenticated sources have been used to refine and provide a comprehensive and accurate research on the attapulgite market. Interviews with key industry leaders were conducted along with secondary research during the course of the study. Various governmental regulations and their effects on the attapulgite market were studied in detail. 

The report also provides key drivers and restraints, and their impact on the global attapulgite market during the forecast period. It highlights new avenues for key industry participants in the attapulgite market. The report also helps understand business strategies of leading companies in the market. Furthermore, it provides market attractiveness analysis of various end-use industries to help understand the potential of attapulgite in the near future.

The study segments the attapulgite market based on products such as colloidal grade (gelling grade) and sorptive grade (non-colloidal sorbent grade) attapulgite. It also segments the market based on end-use industries such as cat litter absorbent, oil & gas, agriculture, paints & coatings, medical & pharmaceutical, and others. Each product and end-use industry is further studied based on the regional demand from 2013 to 2020. The report includes analysis of major geographical regions: North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Rest of the World.

The report uses analytical tools such as the Porter’s five forces model to provide a detailed view of the competition in the overall attapulgite market. Porter’s five forces model provides in-depth analysis of the impact of buyers, new entrants, suppliers, substitutes and degree of competition in the global attapulgite market. The report also includes value chain analysis, which provides information by studying the various components of the attapulgite market. Value chain analysis offers the degree of integration exhibited by the leading companies in the market. Major raw material manufacturers and suppliers are identified using this tool. Major supply agreements signed among companies are also mentioned in detail in the report. Value chain analysis provides information of the distribution channels employed by major players in the market.

The study includes profiles of major market participants such as Active Minerals International, LLC, BASF Corporation, Oil-Dri Corporation of America, MinTech International, Inc., Geohellas S.A., Gunjan Minerals Pvt. Ltd., Ashapura Group, KPL International Limited, Manek Minerals, Ashwa Minerals Private Limited and Gujarat Minechem. Company profiles comprise attributes such as company overview, financial overview, business strategies, SWOT analysis and recent developments. These could help companies formulate appropriate strategies to achieve competitive advantage and expand their market share. 

The market has been segmented as below:

Attapulgite Market - Product Segment Analysis
  • Colloidal grade (gelling grade)
  • Sorptive grade (non-colloidal sorbent grade)
Attapulgite Market – End-use Industry Analysis
  • Cat litter absorbent
  • Oil & gas
  • Agriculture
  • Paints & coatings
  • Medical & pharmaceutical
  • Others (Including chemical, paper and cosmetics)
Attapulgite Market - Regional Analysis
  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Rest of the World (RoW)


 
 
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