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Silicon Metal Market (Application - Aluminum Alloys, Silicones/Silanes, Semiconductors, Solar Panels) - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2016 - 2024

Silicon Metal Market: Snapshot

The oligopolistic market for silicon metal might have to battle quite a few challenges in the coming years, including high entry barriers, high production cost, and market volatility, but it receives strong support in the form of government regulations and policies. Backed by this, there has been large-scale deployment of solar panels across various developed and developing countries, furthering the demand for silicon metal.

Registering a 5.2% CAGR from 2016 to 2024, the opportunity in the global silicon metals is projected to be worth US$3.4 bn by the end of the forecast period. Transparency Market Research predicts that the increasing economic growth of several emerging economies is sure to bring the silicon metal market steady demand over the years.

 

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Favorable Properties of Silicon Metal Spurring Demand from Various End Uses

Silicon metals find application in silicones and silanes, solar panels, aluminum alloys, laboratory reagents, and stainless steel, among others. The use of silicon metal in aluminum alloys is the highest and this segment of the overall silicon metal market held a share of over 40% in 2015 in terms of volume. Introducing silicon in aluminum alloys improves the latter’s properties of thermal conductivity, machinability, castability, and corrosion resistance. The demand for silicon metals to be used in silanes/silicones has also been significant over the years. This can be attributed to the application of silicones in the manufacturing of various chemicals and materials used in personal care products, building and construction, electronics, plastics, and textiles.

The use of silicon metal in semiconductors is projected to surge at the most rapid pace from 2016 to 2024. The favorable properties of silicon, such as low processing and extraction costs, reduced temperature susceptibility, easy doping, and low current leakage, make it the most preferred metal for the production of semiconductors.

Rapid Growth of Building and Construction Sector Boosts Silicon Metal Demand in APAC

The global market for silicon metal comprises North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East and Africa. Asia Pacific dominates the global market by volume and in 2015, the region held a share of over 40%. It will also be the fastest growing regional market for silicon metal, TMR predicts. The demand for silicon metal in the APAC region is anticipated to augment in the coming years owing to optimistic economic growth, the easy availability of raw materials, and cheap labor and power costs. In addition, there has been a surge in government policies directed at increasing the production of domestic energy by using solar panels. This factor also has the potential to spur the demand for silicon metal in Asia Pacific in the coming years. The rapid growth in the building and construction sector in countries such as India and China is also likely to translate into a high demand for silicon metal, further supporting the expansion of the APAC silicon metal market.

North America is anticipated to witness moderate growth in the coming years owing to the medium demand for silicon metal in aluminum alloys. Latin America, on the other hand, is projected to experience considerable growth over the next eight years thanks to the increasing demand for silicone-based defoamers in the food and beverages industry.

Table of Contents

1. Preface
    1.1. Report Description 
    1.2. Report Scope    
    1.3. Assumptions    
    1.4. Market Segmentation
    1.5. Research Methodology

2. Executive Summary
    2.1. Global Silicon Metal Market, 2015–2024 (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)
    2.2. Global Silicon Metal Market: Snapshot

3. Industry Analysis
    3.1. Introduction
    3.2. Value Chain Analysis
    3.3. Market Dynamics
    3.4. Market Drivers
          3.4.1. Driver 1 – Growth in demand for solar panels is likely to boost Silicon metal market 
          3.4.2. Driver 2 – Increasing application of aluminum alloys in transportation segment is expected to boost Silicon metal market 
    3.5. Restraints
          3.5.1. Restraint – High dependency on power costs, transportation, availability of raw material and production costs
    3.6. Opportunity – Innovation in production process of solar grade silicon will reduce costs, increase penetration of solar modules
    3.7. Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
    3.8. Global Silicon Metal Market Attractiveness, by Application, 2015
    3.9. Global Silicon Metal Market Attractiveness, by Country, 2015
    3.10. Global Silicon Metal Market Share, by Company, 2015

4. Manufacturing process and Price Trend Analysis
    4.1. Manufacturing process 
    4.2. Silicon Metal Price Trend Analysis

5. Silicon Metal Market: Application Analysis
    5.1. Silicon Metal Market: Application Overview
    5.2. Global Silicon Metal Market for Aluminum Alloys (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn), 2015–2024 
    5.3. Global Silicon Metal Market for Silicones/ Silanes (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn), 2015–2024 
    5.4. Global Silicon Metal Market for Semiconductors (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn), 2015–2024 
    5.5. Global Silicon Metal Market for Solar Panels (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn), 2015–2024 
    5.6. Global Silicon Metal Market for Others (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn), 2015–2024 

6. Silicon Metal Market – Regional Analysis
    6.1. Silicon Metal Market: Regional Overview
    6.2. North America Silicon Metal Market, by Regional Sub-Segment, 2015–2024
    6.3. North America Silicon Metal Market (Kilo Tons), 2015–2024
    6.4. North America Silicon Metal Market (US$ Mn), 2015–2024
    6.5. US Silicon Metal Market (Kilo Tons), 2015–2024
    6.6. US Silicon Metal Market (US$ Mn), 2015–2024
    6.7. Rest of North America Silicon Metal Market (Kilo Tons), 2015–2024
    6.8. Rest of North America Silicon Metal Market (US$ Mn), 2015–2024
    6.9. Europe Silicon Metal Market, by Regional Sub-Segment, 2015–2024
    6.10. Europe Silicon Metal Market (Kilo Tons), 2015–2024
    6.11. Europe Silicon Metal Market (US$ Mn), 2015–2024
    6.12. UK Silicon Metal Market (Kilo Tons), 2015–2024
    6.13. UK Silicon Metal Market (US$ Mn), 2015–2024
    6.14. Germany Silicon Metal Market (Kilo Tons), 2015–2024
    6.15. Germany Silicon Metal Market (US$ Mn), 2015–2024
    6.16. France Silicon Metal Market (Kilo Tons), 2015–2024
    6.17. France Silicon Metal Market (US$ Mn), 2015–2024
    6.18. Spain Silicon Metal Market (Kilo Tons), 2015–2024
    6.19. Spain Silicon Metal Market (US$ Mn), 2015–2024
    6.20. Italy Silicon Metal Market (Kilo Tons), 2015–2024
    6.21. Italy Silicon Metal Market (US$ Mn), 2015–2024
    6.22. Rest of Europe Silicon Metal Market (Kilo Tons), 2015–2024
    6.23. Rest of Europe Silicon Metal Market (US$ Mn), 2015–2024
    6.24. Asia Pacific Silicon Metal Market, by Regional Sub-Segment, 2015–2024
    6.25. APAC Silicon Metal Market (Kilo Tons), 2015–2024
    6.26. APAC Silicon Metal Market (US$ Mn), 2015–2024
    6.27. China Silicon Metal Market (Kilo Tons), 2015–2024
    6.28. China Silicon Metal Market (US$ Mn), 2015–2024
    6.29. Japan Silicon Metal Market (Kilo Tons), 2015–2024
    6.30. Japan Silicon Metal Market (US$ Mn), 2015–2024
    6.31. ASEAN Silicon Metal Market (Kilo Tons), 2015–2024
    6.32. ASEAN Silicon Metal Market (US$ Mn), 2015–2024
    6.33. Rest of APAC Silicon Metal Market (Kilo Tons), 2015–2024
    6.34. Rest of APAC Silicon Metal Market (US$ Mn), 2015–2024
    6.35. Latin America Silicon Metal Market, by Regional Sub-Segment, 2015–2024
    6.36. Latin America Silicon Metal Market (Kilo Tons), 2015–2024
    6.37. Latin America Silicon Metal Market (US$ Mn), 2015–2024
    6.38. Brazil Silicon Metal Market (Kilo Tons), 2015–2024
    6.39. Brazil Silicon Metal Market (US$ Mn), 2015–2024
    6.40. Rest of Latin America Silicon Metal Market (Kilo Tons), 2015–2024
    6.41. Rest of Latin America Silicon Metal Market (US$ Mn), 2015–2024
    6.42. Middle East & Africa Silicon Metal Market, by Regional Sub-Segment, 2015–2024
    6.43. Middle East & Africa Silicon Metal Market (Kilo Tons), 2015–2024
    6.44. Middle East & Africa Silicon Metal Market (US$ Mn), 2015–2024
    6.45. GCC Silicon Metal Market (Kilo Tons), 2015–2024
    6.46. GCC Silicon Metal Market (US$ Mn), 2015–2024
    6.47. South Africa Silicon Metal Market (Kilo Tons), 2015–2024
    6.48. South Africa Silicon Metal Market (US$ Mn), 2015–2024
    6.49. Rest of MEA Silicon Metal Market (Kilo Tons), 2015–2024
    6.50. Rest of MEA Silicon Metal Market (US$ Mn), 2015–2024

7. Company Profiles
    7.1. Dow Corning Corporation
    7.2. RIMA Group
    7.3. MINASLIGAS
    7.4. Ferroglobe PLC
    7.5. Simcoa Operations Pty Ltd
    7.6. Wacker Chemie AG
    7.7. Yunnan Yongchang Silicon Industry Co., Ltd.
    7.8. Wynca Group
    7.9. China National Bluestar (Group) Co, Ltd.
    7.10. RW silicium GmbH

List of Figures

Figure 1: Market Segmentation
Figure 2: Global Silicon Metal Market, 2015–2024 (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)
Figure 3: Value Chain Analysis
Figure 4: Market Dynamics of Global Silicon Metal Market
Figure 5: Global Aluminum Alloys Market for Transportation, (Kilo Tons), (2016–2024)
Figure 6: Global Photovoltaic Capacity, (2004-2014) (Gigawatts)
Figure 7: Global Silicon Metal Market Attractiveness, by Application
Figure 8: Global Silicon Metal Market Attractiveness, by Country
Figure 9: Global Silicon Metal Market Share, by Company, 2015
Figure 10: Silicon Metal Market: Application Overview
Figure 11: Global Silicon Metal Market for Aluminum Alloys (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn), 2015–2024 
Figure 12: Global Silicon Metal Market for Silicones/ Silanes (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn), 2015–2024 
Figure 13: Global Silicon Metal Market for Semiconductors (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn), 2015–2024 
Figure 14: Global Silicon Metal Market for Solar Panels (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn), 2015–2024 
Figure 15: Global Silicon Metal Market for Others (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn), 2015–2024 
Figure 16: Silicon Metal Market: Regional Overview
Figure 17: North America Silicon Metal Market, by Regional Sub-Segment, 2015–2024
Figure 18: North America Silicon Metal Market Volume Share, 2015 and 2024
Figure 19: North America Silicon Metal Market Revenue Share, 2015 and 2024
Figure 20: US Silicon Metal Market Volume Share, 2015 and 2024
Figure 21: US Silicon Metal Market Revenue Share, 2015 and 2024
Figure 22: Rest of North America Silicon Metal Market Volume Share, 2015 and 2024
Figure 23: Rest of North America Silicon Metal Market Revenue Share, 2015 and 2024
Figure 24: Europe Silicon Metal Market, by Regional Sub-Segment, 2015–2024
Figure 25: Europe Silicon Metal Market Volume Share, 2015 and 2024
Figure 26: Europe Silicon Metal Market Revenue Share, 2015 and 2024
Figure 27: UK Silicon Metal Market Volume Share, 2015 and 2024
Figure 28: UK Silicon Metal Market Revenue Share, 2015 and 2024
Figure 29: Germany Silicon Metal Market Volume Share, 2015 and 2024
Figure 30: Germany Silicon Metal Market Revenue Share, 2015 and 2024
Figure 31: France Silicon Metal Market Volume Share, 2015 and 2024
Figure 32: France Silicon Metal Market Revenue Share, 2015 and 2024
Figure 33: Spain Silicon Metal Market Volume Share, 2015 and 2024
Figure 34: Spain Silicon Metal Market Revenue Share, 2015 and 2024
Figure 35: Italy Silicon Metal Market Volume Share, 2015 and 2024
Figure 36: Italy Silicon Metal Market Revenue Share, 2015 and 2024
Figure 37: Rest of Europe Silicon Metal Market Volume Share, 2015 and 2024
Figure 38: Rest of Europe Silicon Metal Market Revenue Share, 2015 and 2024
Figure 39: APAC Silicon Metal Market, by Regional Sub-Segment, 2015–2024
Figure 40: APAC Silicon Metal Market Volume Share, 2015 and 2024
Figure 41: APAC Silicon Metal Market Revenue Share, 2015 and 2024
Figure 42: China Silicon Metal Market Volume Share, 2015 and 2024
Figure 43: China Silicon Metal Market Revenue Share, 2015 and 2024
Figure 44: Japan Silicon Metal Market Volume Share, 2015 and 2024
Figure 45: Japan Silicon Metal Market Revenue Share, 2015 and 2024
Figure 46: ASEAN Silicon Metal Market Volume Share, 2015 and 2024
Figure 47: ASEAN Silicon Metal Market Revenue Share, 2015 and 2024
Figure 48: Rest of APAC Silicon Metal Market Volume Share, 2015 and 2024
Figure 49: Rest of APAC Silicon Metal Market Revenue Share, 2015 and 2024
Figure 50: Latin America Silicon Metal Market, by Regional Sub-Segment, 2015–2024
Figure 51: Latin America Silicon Metal Market Volume Share, 2015 and 2024
Figure 52: Latin America Silicon Metal Market Revenue Share, 2015 and 2024
Figure 53: Brazil Silicon Metal Market Volume Share, 2015 and 2024
Figure 54: Brazil Silicon Metal Market Revenue Share, 2015 and 2024
Figure 55: Rest of Latin America Silicon Metal Market Volume Share, 2015 and 2024
Figure 56: Rest of Latin America Silicon Metal Market Revenue Share, 2015 and 2024
Figure 57: Middle East & Africa Silicon Metal Market, by Regional Sub-Segment, 2015–2024
Figure 58: Middle East & Africa Silicon Metal Market Volume Share, 2015 and 2024
Figure 59: Middle East & Africa Silicon Metal Market Revenue Share, 2015 and 2024
Figure 60: GCC Silicon Metal Market Volume Share, 2015 and 2024
Figure 61: GCC Silicon Metal Market Revenue Share, 2015 and 2024
Figure 62: South Africa Silicon Metal Market Volume Share, 2015 and 2024
Figure 63: South Africa Silicon Metal Market Revenue Share, 2015 and 2024
Figure 64: Rest of MEA Silicon Metal Market Volume Share, 2015 and 2024
Figure 65: Rest of MEA Silicon Metal Market Revenue Share, 2015 and 2024

List of Tables

Table 1: Global Silicon Metal Market: Snapshot
Table 2: Government policies and initiatives in major countries expected to boost solar energy industry
Table 3: Comparison of key parameters of Siemens process and Silicor solar silicon process
Table 4: Silicon Metal Price Trend, 2015–2024 (US$/KG)
Table 5: North America Silicon Metal Market (Kilo Tons), 2015–2024
Table 6: North America Silicon Metal Market (US$ Mn), 2015–2024
Table 7: US Silicon Metal Market (Kilo Tons), 2015–2024
Table 8: US Silicon Metal Market (US$ Mn), 2015–2024
Table 9: Rest of North America Silicon Metal Market (Kilo Tons), 2015–2024
Table 10: Rest of North America Silicon Metal Market (US$ Mn), 2015–2024
Table 11: Europe Silicon Metal Market (Kilo Tons), 2015–2024
Table 12: Europe Silicon Metal Market (US$ Mn), 2015–2024 
Table 13: UK Silicon Metal Market (Kilo Tons), 2015–2024
Table 14: UK Silicon Metal Market (US$ Mn), 2015–2024
Table 15: Germany Silicon Metal Market (Kilo Tons), 2015–2024
Table 16: Germany Silicon Metal Market (US$ Mn), 2015–2024
Table 17: France Silicon Metal Market (Kilo Tons), 2015–2024
Table 18: France Silicon Metal Market (US$ Mn), 2015–2024 
Table 19: Spain Silicon Metal Market (Kilo Tons), 2015–2024
Table 20: Spain Silicon Metal Market (US$ Mn), 2015–2024
Table 21: Italy Silicon Metal Market (Kilo Tons), 2015–2024
Table 22: Italy Silicon Metal Market (US$ Mn), 2015–2024
Table 23: Rest of Europe Silicon Metal Market (Kilo Tons), 2015–2024
Table 24: Rest of Europe Silicon Metal Market (US$ Mn), 2015–2024
Table 25: APAC Silicon Metal Market (Kilo Tons), 2015–2024
Table 26: APAC Silicon Metal Market (US$ Mn), 2015–2024
Table 27: China Silicon Metal Market (Kilo Tons), 2015–2024
Table 28: China Silicon Metal Market (US$ Mn), 2015–2024
Table 29: Japan Silicon Metal Market (Kilo Tons), 2015–2024
Table 30: Japan Silicon Metal Market (US$ Mn), 2015–2024
Table 31: ASEAN Silicon Metal Market (Kilo Tons), 2015–2024
Table 32: ASEAN Silicon Metal Market (US$ Mn), 2015–2024 
Table 33: Rest of APAC Silicon Metal Market (Kilo Tons), 2015–2024
Table 34: Rest of APAC Silicon Metal Market (US$ Mn), 2015–2024
Table 35: Latin America Silicon Metal Market (Kilo Tons), 2015–2024
Table 36: Latin America Silicon Metal Market (US$ Mn), 2015–2024
Table 37: Brazil Silicon Metal Market (Kilo Tons), 2015–2024
Table 38: Brazil Silicon Metal Market (US$ Mn), 2015–2024 
Table 39: Rest of Latin America Silicon Metal Market (Kilo Tons), 2015–2024
Table 40: Rest of Latin America Silicon Metal Market (US$ Mn), 2015–2024
Table 41: Middle East & Africa Silicon Metal Market (Kilo Tons), 2015–2024
Table 42: Middle East & Africa Silicon Metal Market (US$ Mn), 2015–2024
Table 43: GCC Silicon Metal Market (Kilo Tons), 2015–2024
Table 44: GCC Silicon Metal Market (US$ Mn), 2015–2024 
Table 45: South Africa Silicon Metal Market (Kilo Tons), 2015–2024
Table 46: South Africa Silicon Metal Market (US$ Mn), 2015–2024
Table 47: Rest of MEA Silicon Metal Market (Kilo Tons), 2015–2024
Table 48: Rest of MEA Silicon Metal Market (US$ Mn), 2015–2024

Silicon metal is derived from quartz (silicon dioxide). It is purified elemental silicon alloyed with significant quantities of other elements such as aluminum and calcium. Key applications of silicon metal include aluminum alloys, silicones/silanes, semiconductors, solar panels, and others (laboratory reagents, etc.). Growth in the building & construction industry in Asia Pacific is projected to boost the consumption of silicones. This, in turn, is anticipated to drive the demand for silicon metal during the forecast period. High production cost of silicon metal in certain regions is estimated to hamper the global silicon metal market during the forecast period. However, rising demand for solar panels and in turn silicon metal in North America, Europe, and emerging economies of Asia Pacific is projected to offer immense opportunities for manufacturers during the forecast period.

This report analyzes and forecasts the market for silicon metal at the global and regional level. The market has been forecast based on volume (kilo tons) and revenue (US$ Mn) from 2016 to 2024, considering 2015 as the base year. The study includes drivers and restraints of the global silicon metal market. It also covers impact of these drivers and restraints on demand for silicon metal during the forecast period. The report also highlights opportunities in the silicon metal market at the global and regional level.

The report includes detailed value chain analysis, which provides a comprehensive view of the global silicon metal market. Porter’s Five Forces model for the silicon metal market has also been included to help understand the competitive landscape in the market. The study encompasses market attractiveness analysis, wherein applications are benchmarked based on their market size, growth rate, and general attractiveness.

The study provides a decisive view of the global silicon metal market by segmenting it in terms of application such as aluminum alloys, silicones/silanes, semiconductors, solar panels, and others. These segments have been analyzed based on present and future trends. Regional segmentation includes current and forecast demand for silicon metal in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. The report also covers demand for applications of silicon metal in all the regions.

The report provides the estimated market size of silicon metal for 2016 and forecast for the next eight years. The global market size of silicon metal has been provided in terms of volume and revenue. Market volume has been defined in kilo tons, while market revenue is in US$ Mn. Market numbers have been estimated based on key applications of silicon metal. Market size and forecast for products and applications have been provided in terms of global and regional markets.

In order to compile the research report, we conducted in-depth interviews and discussions with a number of key industry participants and opinion leaders. Primary research represents the bulk of research efforts, supplemented by extensive secondary research. We reviewed key player’s product literature, annual reports, press releases, and relevant documents for competitive analysis and market understanding. Secondary research includes a search of recent trade, technical writing, Internet sources, and statistical data from government websites, trade associations, and agencies. This has proven to be the most reliable, effective, and successful approach for obtaining precise market data, capturing industry participants’ insights, and recognizing business opportunities.

Secondary research sources that are typically referred to include, but are not limited to company websites, annual reports, financial reports, broker reports, investor presentations, SEC filings, GUNTHER Portfolio, REN21, Forbes, internal and external proprietary databases, and relevant patent and regulatory databases such as ICIS, Hoover’s, oneSOURCE, Factiva, Bloomberg, national government documents, statistical databases, trade journals, market reports, news articles, press releases, and webcasts specific to companies operating in the market.

Primary research involves e-mail interactions, telephonic interviews, and face-to-face interviews for each market, category, segment, and sub-segment across geographies. We conduct primary interviews on an ongoing basis with industry participants and commentators to validate data and analysis. Primary interviews provide firsthand information on market size, market trends, growth trends, competitive landscape, outlook, etc. This help validate and strengthen secondary research findings. This also helps develop the analysis team’s expertise and market understanding.

The report comprises profiles of major companies operating in the global silicon metal market. Key players profiled in the report include China National Bluestar (Group) Co, Ltd., Dow Corning Corporation, MINASLIGAS, RW silicium GmbH, Simcoa Operations Pty Ltd, Wacker Chemie AG, Ferroglobe PLC, and Yunnan Yongchang Silicon Industry Co., Ltd. The companies have been profiled in terms of attributes such as company overview, financial overview, business strategies, and recent developments.

The report segments the global silicon metal market as follows:

Silicon Metal Market – Application Analysis

  • Aluminum Alloys
  • Silicones/Silanes
  • Semiconductors
  • Solar Panels
  • Others (Including Stainless Steel, Laboratory Reagents, etc.)

Silicon Metal Market – Regional Analysis

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Rest of North America
  • Europe
    • France
    • U.K.
    • Spain
    • Germany
    • Italy
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • ASEAN
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa (MEA)
    • GCC
    • South Africa
    • Rest of MEA


 
 
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