The global silicon metal market has been foreseen to be oligopolistic with eight companies, Ferroglobe PLC being a larger share holder, securing a colossal share of more than 56.0%. With a company value of US$3.1 bn, Ferroglobe PLC is looking forward to become a prominent producer of silicon-based specialty alloys, ferroalloys, and silicon metals. Achieving economies of scale and operating across the value chain is deemed to be the mantra for gaining a competitive edge in the market. High product differentiation and focus on quality with competitive pricing could intensify the degree of competition. Players could be relieved from the threat of substitutes as it has been prognosticated to be low with only germanium capable of replacing silicon in electrical and electronic applications.
The global silicon metal market has been envisaged to earn approximately US$3.4 bn by 2024 at a CAGR of 5.2% from US$2.3 bn in 2016, according to a report published by Transparency Market Research (TMR). With an important application of silicon metal in aluminum alloys for the production of internal combustion engine parts, the aluminum alloys market could rise to US$1.5 bn by the last year of the forecast period. Asia Pacific has been envisioned to attract a king’s share of just above 47.0% in 2024 due to the elevating demand for aluminum alloys and silicones.
Demand for Aluminum-Silicon Alloys and Solar Panels Increases Silicon Production
Much demanded properties such as machinability, high corrosion resistance, high thermal conductivity, and excellent actability can be achieved with silicon added to aluminum. With the automotive sector witnessing a high penetration of aluminum-silicon alloys, the global silicon metal market has been forecasted to benefit significantly. Engine brackets and mufflers can be efficiently manufactured with the use of aluminum-silicon alloys boasting a high thermal conductivity.
The awareness about renewable resources as beneficial alternatives to fossil fuels and unfavorable effects of the use of fossils raising eyebrows have supported the idea of employing solar panels in electrical fences, satellites, calculators, and watches. Since solar panels and silicon-based photovoltaic modules are manufactured with the use of high purity polysilicon, the growth in the global silicon metal market could gain a telling momentum.
Costlier Production of Silicon Delays Growth
The only restraint that has been projected so far by the analysts is the dependence of the world silicon metal market on the cost of vital variables such as transportation, labor, raw materials, and power. As a result, the growth could be impeded due to the high cost of production and any volatility experienced by the market.
Nonetheless, manufacturers operating in the international silicon metal market have been predicted to receive advancement opportunities in the form of regulatory approvals, fiscal initiatives, and government support to reduce the production cost. Moreover, latest innovations in silicon production could control transportation cost and power requirements, thus minimizing capital constraints. Producers could also benefit monetarily with the sale of by-products.
Besides this, processes such as Silicor Materials can be implemented to manufacture advanced solar silicon at a low cost without compromising on performance and efficiency. Silicor Materials has had a phenomenal success in yielding aluminum-based products that are sizable and salable and actively used in building, automotive, and aerospace materials. Thankfully, the process does not produce damaging by-products or toxic materials, which cancels the need for further treatment.
The study presented here is based on a report by TMR, titled “Silicon Metal Market (Application - Aluminum Alloys, Silicones/Silanes, Semiconductors, Solar Panels, Stainless Steel, and Laboratory Reagents) - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2016 - 2024.”
The global silicon metal market has been segmented as presented below:
Global Silicon Metal Market – Application Analysis
- Aluminum Alloys
- Solar Panels
- Stainless Steel
- Laboratory Reagents
Global Silicon Metal Market – Regional Analysis
- North America
- Rest of North America
- Rest of Europe
- Asia Pacific
- Rest of Asia Pacific
- Latin America
- Rest of Latin America
- Middle East and Africa
- South Africa
- Rest of MEA
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