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Published Date: 2014-11-10Number of Pages: 76

Synthetic Zeolite Market for Detergents, Adsorbents, Catalysts and Other Applications - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2014 - 2020

Zeolite is a group of natural and synthetic hydrated aluminosilicate minerals that contains alkaline and alkali metals. The zeolite molecular structure has a framework that consists of enclosed interconnected cavities. These cavities are occupied by water molecules and metal cations that are ion exchangeable. Zeolite is available in both natural as well as synthetic forms. Natural zeolites are available in abundance; however, these offer a limited range of atomic structures and properties. On the other hand, synthetic zeolites offer larger cavities, and hence, a wide range of properties than that of their natural counterparts. Thus, more than 100 zeolites are manufactured annually across the globe for a wide range of applications. Synthetic zeolites are manufactured using the technique of slow crystallization of silica alumina gel in the presence of organic templates and alkalis. Sol gel processing is an important step involved in the manufacture of synthetic zeolites. Ease of scaling-up the sol gel manufacturing process makes it the most efficient and suitable route for zeolite synthesis. Zeolite is used in a wide range of industrial and domestic applications. It is used in petrochemical, nuclear and biogas manufacturing and processing industries. Most synthetic zeolites are used in the detergents industry. Adsorbents and catalysts are the other primary applications of synthetic zeolites.

With over 65% share in total volume consumption, detergents was the largest outlet for synthetic zeolites in 2013. The synthetic zeolite market is driven by the demand from the detergents market, primarily owing to government regulations against the usage of phosphorus as detergent builders. Synthetic zeolites with attractive physic-chemical properties cashed in on the regulations against the widely used phosphorus compounds in detergents. Phosphorous, which is one of the key plant growth promoters, found its way into the lakes and rivers through drained laundry water. This resulted in the growth of aquatic algae and other aquatic plants, especially phytoplanktons. Excessive amount of phosphorous in water causes epidemic growth of aquatic plants, which is ecologically unsustainable and ultimately results in water pollution and contamination. Since drinking water is mostly sourced from these natural water bodies, phosphate pollution acts as a serious threat to water quality. Excessive growth of aquatic plants also reduces oxygen levels in water bodies, thereby impairing aquatic life. Rising demand for petroleum products has also acted in favor of synthetic zeolites, as substantial demand is generated from fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) process in petrochemical refineries. Petrochemical refineries also account for a considerable demand for zeolitic molecular sieves for adsorption. 

Asia Pacific accounted for over 40% share of the volume demand in 2013 and was the largest market for synthetic zeolites in the world, followed by Europe and North America. However, the growth of the application segments in each of the regions has varied over the past few years. The growth rate of detergents application has dipped in North America and Europe, while it is expected to be the fastest growing segment in Asia Pacific in the coming years. Adsorbents were estimated to be the fastest growing application segment in Europe and North America, followed closely by the catalysts application.

The global synthetic zeolite market is highly fragmented with many regional companies competing for a larger market share. Most established chemical manufacturing companies are involved in the production of superior grade synthetic zeolite for adsorbents and catalysts applications. Major companies dominating the market include Honeywell International, Inc., Clariant AG, BASF SE, Albemarle Corporation, Huiying Chemical Industry (Quanzhou) Co., Ltd and W.R. Grace & Company. Apart from these companies, there are various small- and medium-scale manufacturing companies in Asia Pacific, especially in China.


This report analyzes and forecasts the synthetic zeolite market on global and regional level. The study provides historic data of 2013 along with the forecast from 2014 to 2020 based on both volume (Kilo Tons) and revenue (USD Million). It includes drivers and restraints of the synthetic zeolite market along with their impact on demand and production during the forecast period. Additionally, the report comprises the study of opportunities available in the market on the global and regional level. 

We have included a detailed value chain analysis in order to provide a comprehensive view of this market. Porter’s five forces analysis has also been included to help understand the competitive landscape in the market. The study encompasses market attractiveness analysis, wherein application segments are benchmarked based on market size, growth rate and general attractiveness.

The study provides a decisive view of the synthetic zeolite market by segmenting it based on regions. Regional segmentation includes current and forecast production for North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Rest of the World (RoW). Segmentation includes demand for different grades of zeolite for individual application segments in all the regions.

Inflation is not a part of pricing in the report. Prices of different grades of synthetic zeolite vary in each region. Hence, a similar volume-to-revenue ratio does not follow for each individual region. The same price for each application type has been taken into account while estimating and forecasting market revenue on the regional basis. Regional average price has been considered while breaking down the market by application in each region.

The report provides market size of synthetic zeolite for 2013 and the forecast for the next six years. The global synthetic zeolite market size is provided in terms of both volume as well as revenue. Market volumes are defined in kilo tons, while market revenue is in USD million. Market numbers are estimated based on demand for synthetic zeolite from different applications such as detergents, adsorbents, catalysts and others. Each application requires a separate grade of synthetic zeolite. The market size and forecast for each major application is provided in the context of global and regional markets. Numbers provided in the report are derived based on demand for different grades of zeolite and subsequently the production for zeolite materials in various regions.

Market estimates for this study are based on volumes, with revenues derived through regional pricing trends. The price for commonly utilized grades of synthetic zeolite for each application has been considered, and customized product pricing has not been included. The price range of catalysts and adsorbents grade of zeolite varies across regions and within regions. Cost for the most commonly available grade of synthetic zeolite for the application has been considered. Prices considered for calculation of revenue are average regional prices obtained through primary quotes from numerous regional suppliers, distributors, and direct selling regional producers, based on manufacturer feedback and application requirement. Forecasts are based on expected production for different application segments, primarily detergents, adsorbents, catalysts and others. We have used the bottom-up approach by considering individual application segments and integrating these to arrive at the global market. Application segments have been further bifurcated using the top-down approach to derive the regional product market consumption. The study covers manufacturers of synthetic zeolite. We have not included unorganized sectors of the market due to lack of secondary or primary data on the segment. Inflation was not part of the study while estimating and calculating market demand.

The report provides a detailed competitive outlook including market shares and company profiles of key participants operating in the global market. Key players profiled in the report include Albemarle Corporation, BASF SE, Honeywell International, Inc., Clariant AG and W.R. Grace & Company. Company profiles include attributes such as company overview, financial overview, business strategy and recent developments.
Synthetic Zeolite Market - Application Analysis
  • Detergents
  • Adsorbents
  • Catalysts
  • Others (Including dietary supplements, wound care, silver zeolite, etc.)
Synthetic Zeolite Market - Regional Analysis
  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Rest of the World

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