Wollastonite Powder Market
Wollastonite Powder Market (Application: Ceramics, Polymers, Paints, Metallurgy, Friction Products, Construction, and Others) - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast, 2020-2030
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Fiber-reinforced Concrete and Cement Boards Generate Revenue Opportunities for Manufacturers
Wollastonite is gaining increased applicability in ceramics, plastics, and rubber applications. Since wollastonite powder is an excellent lightweight reinforcing filler, it is being used in producing cement boards and fire-resistant insulating boards. The ever-increasing construction industry is generating incremental opportunities for companies in the wollastonite powder market, where the market is expected to advance at a CAGR of ~8% during the assessment period. On the other hand, manufacturers are focusing in fiber-reinforced concrete.
Wollastonite is acquiring popularity as a cost-efficient reinforcement material in ceramics and whitewares. Its advantageous attributes such as low loss ignition and low carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are being highly preferred by ceramics manufacturers. Hence, companies in the wollastonite powder market are increasing their production capacities to meet end user demands. They are producing fiber-cement boards and structural clay bodies to broaden their revenue streams.
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Weather and Stain Resistance in Coatings Highly Preferred by Customers
A steady demand for paints and coating products has catalyzed the need for wollastonite powder. Hence, Imerys - a French multinational industrial minerals company is strengthening its distribution chains in countries of North America, South America, and Asia Pacific. It has been found that wollastonite helps to improve the cohesive strength of paints and coatings. This helps to enhance the corrosion and barrier properties of coatings. Prolonged in-can stability and improved thermal stability is highly preferred in paints and coatings.
Companies in the wollastonite powder market are increasing their R&D efforts to engineer the particle size, shape, and color of wollastonite to meet the exact quality and performance requirements of clients. As such, weather and stain resistance is becoming increasingly important in paints and coatings. Manufacturers in the wollastonite powder market are increasing the availability of minerals that can be easily incorporated into both waterborne and solvent-borne systems.
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Substitutes Such as Steel Fibers Pose Stiff Competition to Wollastonite Powder
The wollastonite powder market is currently valued at US$ 361 Mn and is expected to mature up to a revenue of ~US$ 821 Mn by the end of 2030. However, substitute materials such as steel fibers, ceramic fibers, and glass fibers are hampering market growth. Hence, wollastonite powder manufacturers are expanding their business in countries of Asia Pacific where there is a high demand for calcium silicate. They are increasing the production for adhesives and sealants, since wollastonite powder is a highly effective functional filler.
The demand for high temperature and pressure sensitive adhesives and sealants is surging in the market landscape. Hence, companies in the wollastonite powder market are broadening their product portfolio in UV curable adhesives and sealants to tap into value-grab opportunities. As such, low resin demand and chemical purity of wollastonite makes it ideal for thermosets and elastomers.
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COVID-19 Causes Major Interruptions in Business Activities for Wollastonite Powder Manufacturers
The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has caused a slowdown in global economic activities. Countries such as India, China, and Japan were expected to witness exponential demand for wollastonite powder in the construction industry are now experiencing a slump in market growth, since construction sites had been temporarily shut down due to the pandemic. This has majorly hampered growth for the wollastonite powder market in the construction sector. However, analysts at the Transparency Market Research opine that construction activities will gain momentum by the end of 2020.
In order to abide by guidelines issued by the local and government authorities, construction workers are practicing social distancing norms and are adopting thermal scanning to contain the spread of coronavirus. Companies in the wollastonite powder market are also streamlining their production activities according to the demand raised by clients.
Long-term Manufacturing Knowhow Helps in Gaining Competitive Edge in Global Market
It has been found that wollastonite helps to improve the mechanical properties of various plastic compounds. Hence, leading limestone company in Northern Europe Nordkalk is increasing its marketing capabilities for its W-Series products that are made from high-quality wollastonite powder that help to enhance the wear resistance of plastic compounds. High degree of whiteness and high pH value of wollastonite is highly preferred in ceramic and friction materials. Hence, manufacturers in the wollastonite powder market are increasing efforts to maintain a consistent quality in wollastonite products in order to gain global recognition in the market landscape.
Companies in the wollastonite powder market with a long-term manufacturing knowhow are at an advantage as compared to other market players. Manufacturers are exploring revenue opportunities in plastic components of car interiors, engine compartments, and electrical insulation plastics to broaden their revenue streams.
Metallurgical and Friction Applications Fuel Demand for Wollastonite
Pure and unadulterated wollastonite powder is in high demand in India. Hence, Delhi-based manufacturer of wollastonite MCA International uses the best quality materials to produce calcium silicate powder used in the plastics and construction industries. Companies in the wollastonite powder market are increasing their focus in the production of plastics, owing to excellent electrical insulating properties of wollastonite. Improved dimensional stability and fire resistance can be achieved with wollastonite powder in plastic components.
Apart from paints and coatings, wollastonite is also used in metallurgical applications due to its low water solubility and low loss on ignition. Wollastonite is being extensively used to formulate steel casting and welding powders. On the other hand, wollastonite is being used as a reinforcing additive in many friction applications. Manufacturers are tapping opportunities to experiment with semi-metallic and non-asbestos formulations for drum linings and truck blocks.
Since the world economy is beginning to gather momentum during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, suppliers and exporters of wollastonite powder are offering the finest quality of calcium silicate at cost-effective rates. However, wollastonite is found to compete with substitutes such as kaolin, mica, and talc materials that are used in the production of plastics. Hence, manufacturers in the wollastonite powder market should gain efficacy in developing high-quality calcium silicate used in paints, coatings, and ceramics to maintain steady demand for the mineral. They should expand their business in India, China, and Japan where the construction industry is booming.
Enhanced fire resistance characteristics of wollastonite tend to offset the advantages of its substitute materials.
Wollastonite Powder Market: Overview
- Wollastonite comprises silicon, calcium, and oxygen. It has good strength, ability to reduce crazing, and firing characteristics. The global wollastonite powder market is expected to expand at a significant pace during the forecast period, due to increase in demand for wollastonite powder in the construction industry.
- Wollastonite powder is used in various applications such as ceramics, polymers, paints, metallurgy, friction products, and construction. In the tiles industry, wollastonite powder is employed in the manufacture of ceramics to improve the performance of tiles. In polymers, wollastonite powder increases the tensile and flexural strength by reducing the resin consumption. It also improves thermal and dimensional stability at high temperatures. Wollastonite powder is employed as an additive in paints. It is used to increase durability of the paint film. It also acts as a pH buffer. It improves resistance to weather; and reduces gloss and pigmentation; and acts as a flatting and suspending agent. In metallurgy, wollastonite powder can serve as a flux for welding; source of calcium oxide; and slag conditioner. It also protects the surface of the molten metal during continuous casting of steel. Wollastonite powder is also employed as a substitute for asbestos in floor tiles. The powder is resistant to chemical attacks. It is inert and stable at high temperatures.
Key Growth Drivers of Wollastonite Powder Market
- Growth of the global construction industry is a key factor driving the global wollastonite powder market. Wollastonite has industrial significance worldwide. Wollastonite is extensively used in floor and wall tiles. It decreases shrinkage and gas evolution during firing. Wollastonite is employed in small quantities in asbestos cement products as a partial replacement for short fiber asbestos. Rise in demand for renovation of houses in Asia is boosting the demand for wollastonite powder in the region.
- Expansion in the global paint industry is also boosting the global wollastonite powder market. Wollastonite powder is used as an additive in paints. It helps enhance the durability of paint films. In paints, wollastonite also provides reinforcement, hardening, and low oil absorption. It also possesses other competitive advantages over its substitutes. Demand for housing has been increasing in developing countries such as China, India, and ASEAN countries due to growth in urbanization. Governments of these countries aim to increase the number of infrastructure projects to meet the demand for housing. This is estimated to boost the demand for decorative paints, thereby propelling the demand for wollastonite powder.
- Construction projects are increasing in countries such as the UAE, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Qatar in the Middle East. These countries are planning to diversify their economy by developing tourism and infrastructure industries. Through the 'Saudi Vision 2030' scheme, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) plans to double its hotel rooms by 2030. Several noteworthy projects, including large hotel projects by prominent companies, are in pipeline in cities such as Jeddah and Riyadh. This is attracting investors toward the hospitality sector in Saudi Arabia. The Government plans to increase the annual tourist capacity to 30 million by 2030 from 15 million in 2020. This is expected to drive the demand for premium and affordable hotels in the near future. However, lockdown triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic adversely impacted the pace of construction projects in the first half of 2020. Currently, the Government of KSA has started to ease lockdown restrictions in various parts of the country. This is expected to boost tourist footfalls to pre-COVID levels in the second half of the year. This, in turn, is estimated to augment the wollastonite powder market in the country.
Major Challenges for Wollastonite Powder Market
- High cost of processing of wollastonite in the commercial form is a key challenge for the global wollastonite powder market. Associated minerals in wollastonite ores such as tremolite, garnets, vesuvianite, and calcite need to be removed to produce a pure form of wollastonite. These unwanted associated minerals consist of 60% of wollastonite ore in in volume composition. Wollastonite must be processed in order to be used in various applications.
- The processing of wollastonite into commercial grades often requires beneficiation to reduce or remove unwanted minerals. The ore is first crushed and milled to segregate mineral phases. Some unwanted minerals present in wollastonite ore, such as garnets and diopsides, are weakly magnetic and can be removed with high intensity magnetic separators. Calcite is removed by flotation. Extraction of these unwanted minerals present in wollastonite ore requires high capital. This issue has prompted several wollastonite producing companies to produce low-cost alternatives of wollastonite powder.
Lucrative Opportunities for Players in Wollastonite Powder Market
- Major players operating in the wollastonite powder market have adopted mergers & acquisitions as a key strategy to expand their network. For instance, in 2017, the filtration & performance additives business group of Imerys acquired Damolin, a Denmark-based company that specializes in oil and chemical absorbents.
- Launch of new products and facilities is likely to be a long-term strategy of wollastonite powder manufacturers. In 2017, Imerys launched two new JetFil talc products: JetFil V625C and V700C. These products offer outstanding lamellarity and reinforcement performance. The company has invested in the new beneficiation technology that has low impact on the surrounding areas with low energy usage.
Asia Pacific Dominates Wollastonite Powder Market
- In terms of region, North America, Asia Pacific, and Europe are key regions of the global wollastonite powder market. Asia Pacific was the rapidly expanding region of the global wollastonite powder market in 2019. Growth of the market in the region can be ascribed to strong presence of manufacturers in Japan, China, and India.
- China is a key country of the wollastonite powder market in Asia Pacific, due to high usage of ceramics in the country
Leading Players in Wollastonite Powder Market
- Prominent players operating in the global wollastonite powder market are -
- Nordkalk Corporation
- ACBM JSC
- R.T. Vanderbilt Holding Company, Inc.
- Canadian Wollastonite
- Xinyu South Wollastonite Co., Ltd
- Changxing Earth New Type of Material Co., Ltd.
- Jilin Shanwei Wollastonite Mining CO., LTD.
Wollastonite Powder Market – Scope of the Report
The latest study collated and published by Transparency Market Research (TMR) analyzes the historical and present-day scenario of the global wollastonite powder market to gauge its growth potential. The study presents detailed information about important growth factors, restraints, and key trends that are creating a landscape for growth of the global wollastonite powder market. The study also identifies growth avenues for market stakeholders. The report provides insightful information about how the global wollastonite powder market is likely to expand during the forecast period of 2020 to 2030.
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This study covers a detailed segmentation of the global wollastonite powder market, along with key information and competition landscape. The report mentions company profiles of major players operating in the global wollastonite powder market, wherein various market developments and growth strategies practiced and implemented by leading players have been presented in detail.
Key Questions Answered in TMR’s Report on Global Wollastonite Powder Market
The report provides detailed information about the global wollastonite powder market on the basis of comprehensive research on various factors that are playing a key role in accelerating the growth of the market. Information mentioned in the report answers path-breaking questions for companies that are currently operating in the market and are looking for innovative methods to create a unique benchmark in the global wollastonite powder market, which would help them design successful strategies and make target-driven decisions.
- Which application segment of the global wollastonite powder market would emerge as a leading revenue generator during the forecast period?
- What would be the Y-o-Y growth rate of the global wollastonite powder market between 2020 and 2030?
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Research Methodology – Wollastonite Powder Market
The research methodology adopted by analysts for compiling the report on the global wollastonite powder market is based on detailed primary as well as secondary research. With the help of in-depth insights of the market-affiliated information that is obtained and legitimated by market-admissible resources, analysts have offered riveting observations and authentic forecasts of the global wollastonite powder market.
For primary research, analysts have interviewed market stakeholders, investors, brand managers, vice presidents, and sales and marketing managers. Based on data obtained through interviews of genuine resources, analysts have emphasized the changing scenario of the global wollastonite powder market.
For secondary research, analysts have scrutinized numerous annual report publications, white papers, market association publications, and company websites to obtain the necessary understanding of the global wollastonite powder market.
Wollastonite Powder Market – Segmentation
TMR’s research study segments the global wollastonite powder market in terms of application and region. This report presents extensive market dynamics and growth trends associated with different market segments and explains how they are influencing the global wollastonite powder market.