High Purity Quartz Market – Snapshot

High purity quartz is also known as HPQ. The industry standard for HPQ is defined by a product marketed as IOTA, mined by Sibelco. IOTA has set a high-purity benchmark for the rest of the HPQ market. It contains 20 ppm per million as a standard, equating to 99.998% of SiO2. The IOTA brand is the industry standard for high-quality fused quartz products. High purity quartz is a vital industrial component required in the production of all high-end electronics applications, semi-conductors, and photovoltaic (PV) solar panels. None of these products can be manufactured without reliable supply of consistent-purity HPQ. The processing required to produce HPQ depends on the amount and type of impurities present in raw quartz and it may include crushing, screening, floatation, acid washes by using hydrofluoric acid (which is a waste product from a phosphoric acid plant), magnetic separation, and/or other physical, chemical, and thermal techniques. Lower the level of transitional elements, purer the material extracted from the ground and lesser the processing required to produce a valuable product. Processing of raw quartz into high purity quartz involves advanced comminution technology as well as physical, thermal and chemical steps. High purity quartz is used in solar panels and semiconductors. It is geologically rare and costlier than the lower-grade material. Deposits of HPQ are rare and the largest known occurrence is in Alaskite igneous rocks near Spruce Pine, North Carolina (the U.S.). Only a few deposits of quartz can present contamination levels lower than 0.003%. Currently, only two or three large-sized companies based in the U.S. and Europe are producing high purity quartz.

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In terms of application, the high purity quartz market has been segmented into semiconductors, solar, lightening, optics, and others. The semiconductors segment accounts for a dominant share of the market. High purity quartz products are ideal for use in the semiconductor industry, due to their superior quality and excellent purity. High purity quartz is used in the semiconductor industry to produce crucibles and quartz glass products such as windows, rods, and tubes. High purity quartz is also used in the production of silicon metal, which is the base for semiconductor wafers manufactured by employing the Czochralski process. High purity quartz enables parts of a semiconductor to withstand extreme temperatures of wafer processing. Rising use of new-generation wafers in semiconductors is driving the demand for high purity quartz. Solar is the second-largest application segment of the global high purity quartz market. High purity quartz is used primarily for Czochralski crucibles and for photovoltaic cells, tubes, and other hardware used in the photovoltaic industry. High purity quartz is employed in several manners in the manufacture of c-Si cells and modules including in crucibles; in quartz glass for tubes, rods, and widows; and in silicon metal, which the base material for all c-Si PV modules. HPQ is used in all types of quartz lightening including automotive xenon, halogen, HID, and UPH lamps. The glass used in halogen lamps must have excellent optical transmission properties and ability to withstand extreme temperatures and thermal shocks, without getting deformed. The tungsten filament glows at a temperature of 2500°C, only a few mm away from the glass wall. Only high purity quartz glass can be used for this application.

Based on region, the global high purity quartz market has been divided into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. In terms of both revenue and volume, Asia Pacific dominated the global high purity quartz market in 2017. Increasing number of solar plants and fabrication plants in the region drives the market in Asia Pacific. China and Japan hold a major share of the Asia Pacific market, owing to presence of a promising semiconductor industry in these countries. Key players prefer investing in Asia Pacific, as the region has presence of natural reserves such as mineral deposits and abundant availability of labor. North America is another significant consumer of high purity quartz, with the presence of a large number of players, high-purity deposits, and manufacturing facilities in the region. The Quartz Corp is a major supplier of high purity quartz sand from sites in Spruce Pine (the U.S.), which is the source of the world's purest quartz, and Drag (NO).

The global high purity quartz market is dominated by only a few players. Only two producers i.e. Quartz Corporation and Sibelco hold more than 80% share of the global production. Key players operating in the global high purity quartz market are The Quartz Corporation, Sibelco, Jiangsu Pacific Quartz Co., Ltd., Momentive Performance Materials Inc., High Purity Quartz Pty Ltd, Russian Quartz, I-Minerals Inc., Creswick Quartz, and Nordic Mining ASA. Most companies are focused on improvement and innovation in the manufacture of high purity quartz.

High Purity Quartz Market - Overview 

High purity quartz is a vital industrial component required for use in the production of all high-end electronics applications, semi-conductors, and photovoltaic (PV) solar panels. None of these products can be manufactured without reliable supply of consistent-purity HPQ. High purity quartz has been gaining a lot of attention over the last few years. This type of high purity silica is the key raw material used in the manufacture of silica glass, a type of glass used in silicon processing and transparent UV-lamp bulbs. Increasing demand for solar energy augments the demand for high purity quartz. High purity quartz is used in several industries including semiconductor, solar, fiber optics, and lightening. High purity fused quartz, made from high purity quartz sand, offer a wide range of optical, mechanical, and thermal properties which are essential for producing several high-tech products. 

In terms of application, the high purity quartz market has been segmented into semiconductors, solar, lightening, optics, and others. Among these, the semiconductor segment is projected to dominate the global high purity quartz market throughout the forecast period. Increasing demand for HPQ in the semiconductor industry can be attributed to growing number of new fabrication plants (commonly called Fabs). High purity quartz is increasingly being used in the semiconductor industry to produce crucibles and quartz glass products such as windows, rods, and tubes. This factor is expected to drive the demand for high purity quartz in the semiconductor segment during the forecast period. The Paris Agreement, which was signed between more than 190 countries in 2015, calls for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and limiting the rise in global temperature to below 2°C by the end of this century. This factor fuels the global solar power sector. This, in turn, drives the global high purity quartz market. 

In terms of volume, Asia Pacific dominated the global high purity quartz market, accounting for a share of more than 45% in 2017. Increasing number of solar plants and fabrication plants in the region drives the market in the region. China and Japan hold a major share of the Asia Pacific market, owing to presence of a promising semiconductor industry in these countries. North America is another lucrative region of the global market, due to presence of large deposits of high purity quartz in the region. The high purity quartz market in developed countries, such as the U.K., France, the U.S., Italy, and Spain, is estimated to register a low market attractiveness index during the forecast period. 

The report analyzes and forecasts the high purity quartz market at the global and regional levels. The market has been projected in terms of volume (tons) and value (US$ Mn) for the period from 2018 to 2026. The study includes drivers and restraints of the global high purity quartz market. It also encompasses the anticipated impact of these drivers and restraints on the demand for high purity quartz during the forecast period. The report highlights opportunities in the market at the global and regional levels. 

The report comprises detailed value chain analysis, which provides a comprehensive view of the global high purity quartz market. The Porter’s five forces model has also been included to help understand the competition landscape of the global high purity quartz market. The study encompasses market attractiveness analysis, wherein application segments have been benchmarked based on their market size, growth rate, and general attractiveness.

The study provides a decisive view of the global high purity quartz market by segmenting it in terms of application and region. These segments have been analyzed based on the present and future trends. Regional segmentation includes the current and forecast demand for high purity quartz in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. The report also covers individual application segments of the market in every region. 

The study includes profiles of major companies operating in the global high purity quartz market. Key players profiled in the report include The Quartz Corporation, Sibelco, Jiangsu Pacific Quartz Co., Ltd., Momentive Performance Materials Inc., High Purity Quartz Pty Ltd, Russian Quartz, I-Minerals Inc., Creswick Quartz, and Nordic Mining ASA. Market leaders are engaged in strategic pricing and product improvement in order to increase their profit margins. 

The report provides size (in terms of volume and value) of the global high purity quartz market for the base year 2017 and forecast for the period between 2018 and 2026. Market numbers have been estimated based on application and regional segments. Market size and forecast for each application segment have been provided for the global and regional markets. 

Key Takeaways

  • The report provides extensive analysis of market trends from 2018 to 2026 to identify growth opportunities and market developments
  • It provides comparative analysis of various applications, wherein high purity quartz is utilized
  • It identifies key factors that create opportunities for the high purity quartz market at the global, regional, and country levels
  • The report offers comprehensive analysis with respect to investments and regulatory scenario that are likely to impact the outlook for and forecast of the global high purity quartz market between 2018 and 2026
  • It provides a detailed competition landscape of key players operating in the market to help understand the market competition level
  • The report covers the import–export analysis for 2017
  • The report provides detailed pricing analysis based on application and regional segments
  • The report offers Porter’s five forces analysis that highlights the power of buyers and suppliers

The global high purity quartz market has been segmented as follows:

Application

  • Semiconductors
  • Solar
  • Lightening
  • Optics
  • Others (Including Catalysts, Ceramics, and Agrochemicals)

Region

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

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