Global Specialty Silica Market: Snapshot

The global specialty silica market is currently being driven by the growth in the global automotive industry and its high demand for green tires. The market is also expanding due to the overall growth of the cosmetics industry and the growth in demand for fumed silica. However, the global specialty silica market is being restrained by factors including high product cost coupled with the availability of cheaper substitutes, and the very low growth rate in demand from the paper industry.

The global specialty silica market is expected to be valued at US$4.62 bn by the end of 2016. Between 2016 and 2024, this market’s value is expected to expand at a CAGR of 5.9% and reach US$7.32 bn by the end of 2024. In terms of volume, the global specialty silica market is expected to reach 5,185.0 kilo tons in 2024.

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Rubber Industry Continues to Dominate Specialty Silica Demand

Based on the applications of specialty silica, its global market is segregated into rubber, crop protection, paints and coatings, electronic components, food and beverage, personal care and cosmetics, animal feed, plastics, and a collective segment of minor or niche applications. Among these, the global specialty silica market has always generated a consistently high demand from rubber manufacturers. In 2015, the rubber industry took up more than 50% of the global specialty silica market in terms of value, owing to the massive scale at which specialty silica is used in the manufacture of tires, industrial tools and equipment, and footwear. The use of specialty silica is especially high in tires as it helps maintain a robust structure while considerably reducing rolling resistance, a phenomenon in friction that is responsible for the usage of at least 20% fuel of all vehicles. This factor puts the global specialty silica market in very high regard for tire manufacturers as growing constraints of depleting fossil fuels and tightening emission norms are forcing the automotive industry to ramp up its efforts in reducing the overall fuel consumption of vehicles.

APAC Shines with Brighter Opportunities for Specialty Silica Producers

Asia Pacific in 2015 was the dominant region among all key regions within the global specialty silica market with a hold over 45% of the market’s value. It is expected that Asia Pacific continue to lead the global specialty silica market over the coming years while also experiencing a substantial growth rate in demand and production. In terms of speed of growth in the global specialty silica market, both Asia Pacific and North America will continue to show high levels of promise for players to expand their revenue generation scales. Both regions currently hold a booming automotive industry in terms of demand for vehicles as well as production rates, upping the overall consumption rate of specialty silica.

Asia Pacific is also showing an especially high rate of consumption as well as development in the consumer electronics industry, thereby providing manufacturers of specialty silica with plenty of opportunities for growth. On the other hand, the sluggish rate of growth of paints and coatings in Europe is expected to provide a much smaller scope of opportunities for players based here. Globally prominent players are also looking towards the burgeoning personal care and cosmetics industries in the Middle East and Africa.

The global specialty silica market has so far shown a moderately consolidated competitive landscape, with the leading players accounting for more than 50% of the market’s value. The list of key players in the market so far includes the names Cabot Corporation, Evonik Industries AG, PPG Industries, Inc., Wacker Chemie AG, Huber Engineered Materials, Tokuyama Corporation, Solvay S.A., Akzo Nobel N.V., and W. R. Grace & Co.

Global Specialty Silica Market: Overview

Specialty silica is silicon dioxide, which is majorly available in the form of quartz in nature. The five basic type of specialty silicas available in the market are: precipitated silica, fumed silica, fused silica, silica gel and colloidal silica. specialty silica are employed in various applications such as  rubber, crop protection, paints & coatings, electronic components, food & beverage, animal feed, plastics, personal care & cosmetics, textile, paper, refractories and others. Rising demand for specialty silica in the tire industry in various regions is likely to propel the specialty silica market in the near future. Specialty silica are also used in paints & coatings, electrical & electronic, and other applications industries. Demand for specialty silica is projected to increase significantly in the next few years considering the extensive growth of the global rubber and microelectronics market.

Asia Pacific dominates the specialty silica market in terms of production and demand. Countries such as China, India, Japan, and South Korea are expected to be the key consumers of specialty silica. North America is the second largest consuming region. Availability of inexpensive substitutes for products such as colloidal silica and silica gel is expected to hamper the specialty silica market in the forecast period. Furthermore, sluggish growth of end-user industries such as paper, cat litter and paints & coatings in the developed regions such as Europe is expected to hinder the specialty silica market in the near future. These factors are projected to unfavorably affect market growth during the forecast period.

Global Specialty Silica Market: Research Methodologies

This report analyzes and forecasts the market for specialty silica 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 specialty silica market. It also covers impact of these drivers and restraints on demand for specialty silica during the forecast period. The report also highlights opportunities in the specialty silica market at the global and regional level.

The report includes detailed value chain analysis, which provides a comprehensive view of the global specialty silica market. Porter’s Five Forces model for the specialty silica 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.

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, Plastemart magazine, BP magazine, Institute of Sciences, FAO, internal and external proprietary databases, and relevant patent and regulatory databases such as ICIS, Hoover’s, oneSOURCE, 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.

Global Specialty Silica Market: Scope of the Study

The study provides a decisive view of the global specialty silica market by segmenting it in terms of product type (precipitated silica, fumed silica, fused silica, silica gel and colloidal silica) and applications such as rubber, crop protection, paints & coatings, electronic components, food & beverage, animal feed, plastics, personal care & cosmetics, and other (textile, paper, etc.). These segments have been analyzed based on present and future trends. Regional segmentation includes current and forecast demand for specialty silica in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa.

The report provides the actual market size of specialty silica for 2015 and estimated market size for 2016 with forecast for the next eight years. The global market size of specialty silica 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 product type and key applications of specialty silica. Market size and forecast for numerous end-users have been provided in terms of global, regional, and country level markets.

Global Specialty Silica Market: Competitive Landscape

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.

The report comprises profiles of major companies operating in the global specialty silica market. The global specialty silica market is partially consolidated. Key players include Evonik Industries AG , Cabot Corporation, Wacker Chemie AG, PPG Industries, Inc., Tokuyama Corporation, Huber Engineered Materials, Akzo Nobel N.V., Solvay S.A. , and W. R. Grace & Co. Market players have been profiled in terms of attributes such as company overview, financial overview, business strategies, and recent developments.

The global specialty silica market has been segmented as follows:

Specialty Silica Market: Product Type Analysis

  • Precipitated Silica
  • Fumed Silica
  • Fused Silica
  • Silica Gel
  • Colloidal Silica

Specialty Silica Market: Application Analysis

  • Rubber
    • Tire
    • Footwear
    • Industrial
  • Crop Protection
  • Paints & Coatings
  • Electronic Components
  • Food & Beverage
  • Animal Feed
  • Plastics
  • Personal Care & Cosmetics
  • Other (textile, paper, etc.)

Specialty Silica Market: Regional Analysis

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