Global Rice Husk Ash Market: Snapshot

Rice Husk Ash (RHA) is a product obtained from burning rice husk or hull. Rice husk is an ideal source for electricity generation which is used in different industries. Rice husk is around 20% of the paddy and 25% of the husk is the ash obtained after burning rice husk. The RHA contains high content of silica. The global market for RHA stood at US$ 1.06 Bn and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5% in terms of value to reach US$ 1.64 Bn by 2025. RHA is commercially available different forms such as nodule, granule and powder.

Based on the temperature used for energy generation, nodules and granules of RHA is obtained. Nodules and granules of RHA is further processed to form powder form of RHA.  Nodule form of RHA occupies the major market share with more than 40% share globally, followed by granules and powder. Powder form of RHA is the most expensive one. Though, powder RHA is a very high-grade product, its transportation may result in loss of ash by ~20%, whereas granule and nodule forms do not cause a loss. Also, the handling of powder RHA is prone to cause environmental pollution.

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Rising Use of Rice Husk Ash in Building and Construction Gives Market Significant Impetus

RHA is used in several applications due to its unique properties. However, not all the RHA, is used at a commercial scale due to lack of awareness. Less than half of the available RHA is utilized by the end users and remaining is either discarded or used domestically for household purposes. RHA is used in different applications such as building & construction, steel, ceramic & refractory, silica manufacturing, and others. Use of RHA in building & construction industry dominates the market with more than 40% in terms of applications. In cement industry, RHA is used for its amorphous silica to manufacture concrete. Here, RHA is used as a substitute for ordinary Portland cement (OPC), which is the most expensive component of concrete. Use of RHA helps in producing low cost building blocks. Low-cost building blocks is preferred in under-developed countries such as Kenya, Nigeria, etc. Also, RHA is used in production of high strength concrete by replacing silica fume, which is the commonly used mineral admixture. RHA to be used in powder form as an admixture in concrete.

Asia Pacific Emerges Dominant among Key Regional Segments

Among the key regional segments, Asia Pacific held lead in the global rice husk ash market. The Asia Pacific market held nearly 65% of the global market in 2016 and is likely to remain at the market’s fore through the forecast period. The region is the largest producer of paddy and generates rice husk ash in significant account. This has pushed it at the fore of the global market. However, a very little percentage of rice husk ash produced in Asia Pacific is commercially used. A majority of the produce is exported to countries such as the Italy, US, and Germany. Besides this, the Asia Pacific market is also expected to gain from the rising demand for silica and specialty silica.

In addition, the demand for rice husk ash is likely to remain considerably high among developed regions. For instance, in North America several players are likely to focus on deriving biomass energy from rise husk. The region’s inclination toward developing green technologies is likely to give the global rice husk ash market significant impetus in the coming years. TMR expects the rice husk ash market in North America to exhibit steady growth through the forecast period.

Major companies operating in the global rice husk ash market include Usher Agro Ltd, Wadham Energy Limited Partnership, Agrilectric Power, Agrisil Holding., Yihai Kerry Investments Co Ltd, Refratechnik Italia S.r.L and Jasoriya Rice Mill Pvt. Ltd among the others.

Global Rice Husk Ash Market: Overview

Rice Husk Ash (RHA) is a product obtained by burning rice husk, which is the outer covering of rice harvested from a paddy field. Rice husk is used to generate renewable energy. The RHA obtained from rice husk is as valuable as the rice husk in numerous applications. However, extensive R&D is required to increase the commercial consumption of RHA, as the addressable market is more of than half of the current RHA demand.

Nodule form of RHA has a greater demand compared to granule and powder form. Asia Pacific produces and consumes more than 60% of RHA followed by Europe, North America, Middle East & Africa, and Latin America. Building & construction accounts for the maximum market share in terms of application followed by steel, ceramic & refractories, silica manufacturing and others. Major companies in RHA market include Usher Agro Ltd, Wadham Energy Limited Partnership, Agrilectric Power, Agrisil Holding., Yihai Kerry Investments Co Ltd, Refratechnik Italia S.r.L and Jasoriya Rice Mill Pvt. Ltd.

Global Rice Husk Ash Market: Scope of Study

This report analyzes and forecasts the market for Rice Husk Ash at the global and regional level. The market has been forecast based on volume (Tons) and revenue (US$ Mn) from 2017 to 2025, considering 2016 as the base year. The study includes drivers and restraints of the global Rice Husk Ash market. It also covers impact of these drivers and restraints on demand for Rice Husk Ash during the forecast period. The report also highlights opportunities in the Rice Husk Ash market at the global and regional level.

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

Global Rice Husk Ash Market: Market Segmentation

The study provides a decisive view of the global RHA market by segmenting it in terms of type of Product such as nodule, granule and powder RHA. These segments have been analyzed based on present and future trends. The study also provides segmentation of RHA market based on applications such as building & construction, steel, ceramic & refractories, silica manufacturing and others. Regional segmentation includes current and forecast demand for Rice Husk Ash in Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa.

The report provides the actual market size of RHA for 2016 and estimated market size for 2017 with forecast for the next eight years. The global market size of RHA has been provided in terms of volume and revenue. Market volume has been defined in tons, while market revenue is in US$ Mn. Market numbers have been estimated based on key applications of RHA. Market size and forecast for numerous end-users have been provided in terms of global, regional, and country level markets.

Global Rice Husk Ash Market: Research Methodology

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 represented the bulk of research efforts, supplemented by extensive secondary research. We reviewed key players’ 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, CSA Global, FAO, internal and external proprietary databases, and relevant patent and regulatory databases such as ICIS, Hoover’s, one SOURCE, Factiva and Bloomberg, national government documents, statistical databases, trade journals, market reports, news articles, press releases, and webcasts specific to companies operating in the market. We conduct primary interviews on an ongoing basis with industry participants and commentators to validate data and analysis. These help validate and strengthen secondary research findings. These also help develop the analysis team’s expertise and market understanding.

Global Rice Husk Ash Market: Competitive Landscape

The report comprises profiles of major companies operating in the global Rice Husk Ash market. The global Rice Husk Ash market is fragmented, however few global producers dominate the market. Key players include Usher Agro Ltd, Wadham Energy Limited Partnership, Agrilectric Power, Agrisil Holding., Yihai Kerry Investments Co Ltd, Refratechnik Italia S.r.L and Jasoriya Rice Mill Pvt. Ltd. Market players have been profiled in terms of attributes such as company overview, financial overview, business strategies, and recent developments.

The global Rice Husk Ash market has been segmented as follows:

Rice Husk Ash Market: By Product Type (Volume Tons, Revenue US$ Mn; 2017-2025)

  • Nodules
  • Powder
  • Granules

Rice Husk Ash Market: By Application (Volume Tons, Revenue US$ Mn; 2017-2025)

  • Building & Construction
  • Steel
  • Ceramics & Refractories
  • Silica Manufacturing
  • Others ( Water Purification, Soil Fertilizers & 0il absorbents etc.,)

Rice Husk Ash Market: Regional Analysis (Volume Tons, Revenue US$ Mn; 2017-2025)

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