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Microspheres: Technologies and Global Markets

  • September 2015
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  • BCC Research
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  • 159 pages

In this report, BCC analyzes the global market for microspheres from both the manufacturing and demand points of view. The report provides detailed analysis and market forecasts by industry, microsphere type and geographic region through 2020. It describes major industry players and examines recent advances in technology, newly evolving markets, companies and other factors influencing supply and demand.

REPORT HIGHLIGHTS

The global market for microspheres reached nearly $2.3 billion in 2014. This market is expected to reach $2.4 billion by 2015 and $3.5 billion by 2020, registering a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.8% from 2015 to 2020.

This report provides:
• An overview of the global market and technologies for microspheres, which are spherical microparticles used as components in many advanced materials and composites, in the healthcare and personal care industries, and in many specialty research and development applications.
• Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2014, estimates for 2015, and projections of CAGRs through 2020.
• Identification of a variety of types of microspheres available on the market, as well as relevant industries, technologies and applications.
• Examination of demand for microspheres in six major industries: composites, paints and coatings, oil and gas, cosmetics and personal care, biotechnology and life sciences, and medicine and medical devices.
• Descriptions of different types of microspheres with respect to their chemical composition, including glass, ceramic, and polymer microspheres, and unique material properties that make them suitable for specific industries and applications.
• Profiles of major players in the industry.

SCOPE OF THE REPORT

In this report, BCC analyzes the global market for microspheres from both the manufacturing and demand points of view. Since there are several types of microspheres that vary drastically in quality, chemical properties, functionality and price, each type of microsphere is discussed in detail, including materials, manufacturing processes, advantages, prices and primary applications. Similarly, due to these variations, microsphere use in six major industries are discussed and analyzed in detail.
The report provides detailed analysis and market forecasts by industry, microsphere type and geographic region through 2020. It describes major industry players and examines recent advances in technology, newly evolving markets, companies and other factors influencing supply and demand.

This report analyzes microspheres—homogeneous microparticles of 1 micron to 1,000 microns in diameter. Microspheres can be solid or hollow and made from a variety of raw materials.

This report does not include:

• Particles less than 1 micron in diameter, which are often referred to as nanospheres.
• Particles of more than 1,000 microns in diameter, which are often referred to as balls or beads.
• Microcapsules in which one material is used to encapsulate or form a shell around another.

Table Of Contents

Microspheres: Technologies and Global Markets
CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION 2
STUDY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES 2
REASONS FOR CONDUCTING THE STUDY 2
SCOPE OF THE REPORT 3
INTENDED AUDIENCE 3
INFORMATION SOURCES 4
ANALYST'S CREDENTIALS 4
RELATED BCC RESEARCH REPORTS 4
BCC RESEARCH WEBSITE 5
DISCLAIMER 5
CHAPTER 2 SUMMARY 7
SUMMARY TABLE GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES BY INDUSTRY, THROUGH
2020 ($ MILLIONS) 8
SUMMARY FIGURE GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES BY INDUSTRY, 2014-2020
($ MILLIONS) 8
CHAPTER 3 OVERVIEW 11
DEFINITION OF MICROSPHERES 11
INDUSTRY OVERVIEW 11
TABLE 1 MICROSPHERE MARKETS AND APPLICATIONS 12
HISTORY OF THE MICROSPHERE INDUSTRY 14
ADVANTAGES OF MICROSPHERES 14
BALL-BEARING EFFECT 14
HIGH FILLER LOADING 15
SURFACE QUALITY 15
WEIGHT REDUCTION 15
TABLE 2 SELECTED BENEFITS OF MICROSPHERES 15
PRICING STRUCTURE 16
CHAPTER 4 GLOBAL MICROSPHERES MARKET ANALYSIS BY INDUSTRY 18
COMPOSITES INDUSTRY 18
SYNTACTIC FOAMS 19
CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS 20
Thermosets 20
Panel Systems 21
Cement Additives 21
Flooring, Grout and Caulk 21
OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION 21
TRENDS IN THE COMPOSITES INDUSTRY 22
INDUSTRY FORECAST 24
North America 24
Europe, Africa and the Middle East 24
Asia-Pacific 24
Rest of World 25
GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERE IN COMPOSITES BY REGION, RAW
MATERIAL AND APPLICATION 25
Global Market for Microspheres in Composites by Region 25
TABLE 3 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES IN COMPOSITES BY REGION, 2015
($ MILLIONS, %) 25
TABLE 4 GLOBAL MARKET FORECAST FOR MICROSPHERES IN COMPOSITES BY
REGION, 2020 ($ MILLIONS, %) 25
TABLE 5 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES IN COMPOSITES BY REGION,
THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS) 26
Global Market for Microspheres in Composites by Raw Material 26
TABLE 6 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES IN COMPOSITES BY RAW MATERIAL,
2015 ($ MILLIONS, %) 26
TABLE 7 GLOBAL MARKET FORECAST FOR MICROSPHERES IN COMPOSITES BY RAW
MATERIAL, 2020 ($ MILLIONS, %) 26
TABLE 8 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES IN COMPOSITES BY RAW MATERIAL,
THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS) 27
Global Market for Microspheres in Composites by Application 27
TABLE 9 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES IN COMPOSITES BY APPLICATION,
2015 ($ MILLIONS, %) 27
TABLE 10 GLOBAL MARKET FORECAST FOR MICROSPHERES IN COMPOSITES BY
APPLICATION, 2020 ($ MILLIONS, %) 27
TABLE 11 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES IN COMPOSITES BY APPLICATION,
THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS) 28
MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY 28
TREATMENTS, DEVICES AND DIAGNOSTICS 28
SOFT AND HARD TISSUE FILLER: COSMETIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE
SURGERY AND UROLOGY 29
EMBOLIZATION THERAPIES 30
DRUG DELIVERY VEHICLES: CANCER TREATMENTS 31
MEDICAL DEVICES 32
TRENDS IN THE INDUSTRY 33
INDUSTRY FORECAST 34
GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES IN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY BY
REGION, RAW MATERIAL AND APPLICATION 36
Global Market for Microspheres in Medical Technology by Region 36
TABLE 12 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES IN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY BY
REGION, 2015 ($ MILLIONS, %) 36
TABLE 13 GLOBAL MARKET FORECAST FOR MICROSPHERES IN MEDICAL
TECHNOLOGY BY REGION, 2020 ($ MILLIONS, %) 36
TABLE 14 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES IN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY BY
REGION, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS) 37
Global Market for Microspheres in Medical Technology by Raw
Material 37
TABLE 15 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES IN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY BY
RAW MATERIAL, 2015 ($ MILLIONS, %) 37
TABLE 16 GLOBAL MARKET FORECAST FOR MICROSPHERES IN MEDICAL
TECHNOLOGY BY RAW MATERIAL, 2020 ($ MILLIONS, %) 37
TABLE 17 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES IN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY BY
RAW MATERIAL, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS) 38
Global Market for Microspheres in Medical Technology by Application 38
TABLE 18 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES IN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY BY
APPLICATION, 2015 ($ MILLIONS, %) 38
TABLE 19 GLOBAL MARKET FORECAST FOR MICROSPHERES IN MEDICAL
TECHNOLOGY BY APPLICATION, 2020 ($ MILLIONS, %) 38
TABLE 20 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES IN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY BY
APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS) 39
LIFE SCIENCES INDUSTRY 39
LIFE SCIENCES PARTICLE TYPES 41
Calibration Standards/Size Standards/Control Particles 41
High-Contrast Dyed and Fluorescent Microspheres/High Visibility
Particles 42
Flow Cytometry Particles 43
Magnetic Particles 44
Density Marker Beads 45
Clinical Diagnostics/Specialty Application Particles 45
COATINGS IN LIFE SCIENCES 46
TRENDS IN THE INDUSTRY 47
Customer Requirements 47
Industry Growth 48
INDUSTRY FORECAST 49
GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES IN THE LIFE SCIENCES BY REGION
AND RAW MATERIAL 50
Global Market for Microspheres in the Life Sciences by Region 50
TABLE 21 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES IN THE LIFE SCIENCES BY REGION,
2015 ($ MILLIONS, %) 50
TABLE 22 GLOBAL MARKET FORECAST FOR MICROSPHERES IN THE LIFE SCIENCES
BY REGION, 2020 ($ MILLIONS, %) 50
TABLE 23 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES IN THE LIFE SCIENCES BY REGION,
THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS) 50
Global Market for Microspheres in the Life Sciences by Raw Material 51
TABLE 24 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES IN THE LIFE SCIENCES BY RAW
MATERIAL, 2015 ($ MILLIONS, %) 51
TABLE 25 GLOBAL MARKET FORECAST FOR MICROSPHERES IN THE LIFE SCIENCES
BY RAW MATERIAL, 2020 ($ MILLIONS, %) 51
TABLE 26 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES IN THE LIFE SCIENCES BY RAW
MATERIAL, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS) 52
PERSONAL CARE INDUSTRY 52
TRENDS IN THE INDUSTRY 55
INDUSTRY FORECAST 56
GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES IN PERSONAL CARE BY REGION,
RAW MATERIALS AND APPLICATIONS 58
Global Market for Microspheres in Personal Care by Region 58
TABLE 27 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES IN PERSONAL CARE BY REGION,
2015 ($ MILLIONS, %) 58
TABLE 28 GLOBAL MARKET FORECAST FOR MICROSPHERES IN PERSONAL CARE BY
REGION, 2020 ($ MILLIONS, %) 58
TABLE 29 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES IN PERSONAL CARE BY REGION,
THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS) 58
Global Market for Microspheres in Personal Care by Raw Material 59
TABLE 30 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES IN PERSONAL CARE BY RAW
MATERIAL, 2015 ($ MILLIONS, %) 59
TABLE 31 GLOBAL MARKET FORECAST FOR MICROSPHERES IN PERSONAL CARE BY
RAW MATERIAL, 2020 ($ MILLIONS, %) 59
TABLE 32 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES IN PERSONAL CARE BY RAW
MATERIAL, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS) 60
Global Market for Microspheres in Personal Care by Application 60
TABLE 33 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES IN PERSONAL CARE BY
APPLICATION, 2015 ($ MILLIONS, %) 60
TABLE 34 GLOBAL MARKET FORECAST FOR MICROSPHERES IN PERSONAL CARE BY
APPLICATION, 2020 ($ MILLIONS, %) 60
TABLE 35 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES IN PERSONAL CARE BY
APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS) 61
SPECIALTY MICROSPHERES INDUSTRY 61
MICROSPHERES IN OTHER INDUSTRIES 61
ADDITIVES/SPECIALTY CHEMICALS/MATERIALS 62
PAINTS 62
COATINGS 63
TABLE 36 BENEFITS OF MICROSPHERES IN PAINTS AND COATINGS 65
ELECTROMAGNETIC INTERFERENCE SHIELDING 65
TECHNICAL TEXTILES AND NONWOVEN MATERIALS 66
LEATHER 66
PRINTING INKS/TONERS 66
REFRACTORY 67
AEROSPACE 67
SPACERS 67
RETROREFLECTIVE/HIGHWAY SAFETY 68
CONSUMER PRODUCTS 68
EXPLOSIVES 68
GRINDING AND DISPERSION MEDIA 68
Paint and Coatings Industry 68
Ceramics Industry 69
Pest Control 69
Cosmetics and Pharmaceuticals 69
BLASTING APPLICATIONS 69
SUMMARY OF THE GLOBAL MICROSPHERES MARKET BY INDUSTRY 70
TABLE 37 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES BY INDUSTRY, 2015 ($ MILLIONS,
%) 71
TABLE 38 GLOBAL MARKET FORECAST FOR MICROSPHERES BY INDUSTRY, 2020 ($
MILLIONS, %) 71
TABLE 39 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES BY INDUSTRY, THROUGH 2020 ($
MILLIONS) 72
CHAPTER 5 GLOBAL MICROSPHERES MARKET ANALYSIS BY TYPE 74
OVERVIEW OF MICROSPHERES 74
SOLID GLASS MICROSPHERES 74
PRIMARY APPLICATIONS AND BENEFITS 74
Fillers for Plastics 74
Retroreflective Media 75
Blasting and Grinding Media 75
Medicine and Life Sciences 76
MANUFACTURING PROCESSES 76
HOLLOW GLASS MICROSPHERES 76
PRIMARY APPLICATIONS AND BENEFITS 76
Lightweight Filler 77
MANUFACTURING PROCESSES 78
SOLID POLYMER MICROSPHERES 79
PRIMARY APPLICATIONS AND BENEFITS 79
Polyethylene Microspheres 79
Eco-friendly Manufacturing 79
Safety of Polyethylene in Cosmetics 79
PMMA Microspheres 80
Polystyrene Microspheres 80
Polyamide (Nylon) Microspheres 80
Acetal Microspheres 81
Polytetrafluoroethylene/Teflon (PTFE) Microspheres 81
Polypropylene Microspheres 81
Biodegradable Microspheres 81
Fluorescent Microspheres 82
Opaque Microspheres 83
Colored Microspheres 83
MANUFACTURING PROCESSES 84
Emulsion Polymerization 84
Spray-Drying Process 85
Prilling/Melt Spraying 86
HOLLOW POLYMER MICROSPHERES 86
PRIMARY APPLICATIONS AND BENEFITS 86
MANUFACTURING PROCESS 88
SOLID CERAMIC MICROSPHERES 88
PRIMARY APPLICATIONS AND BENEFITS 88
Silica Microspheres 88
Zirconium Oxide Microspheres 89
Aluminum Oxide Microspheres 89
MANUFACTURING PROCESSES 90
HOLLOW CERAMIC MICROSPHERES 90
PRIMARY APPLICATIONS AND BENEFITS 90
Lightweight Filler 91
Low Density 91
High Melting Point 91
Low Thermal Conductivity 91
Low Oil Absorption 92
Inertness 92
Hardness 92
Electrical Properties 92
Good Packing Factor 92
Typical Applications 92
MANUFACTURING PROCESSES 94
METAL AND METAL-COATED MICROSPHERES 95
METAL 95
METAL-COATED MICROSPHERES 95
MANUFACTURING PROCESSES 96
MAGNETIC MICROSPHERES 96
PARAMAGNETIC MICROSPHERES 97
MANUFACTURING PROCESSES 98
Mechanical Attrition 98
Nozzle-Reactor Systems 99
SPECIALTY COATINGS FOR MICROSPHERES 99
SURFACE TREATMENT 100
IRON OXIDE COATING 100
TITANIA COATING 100
FLOW VISUALIZATION COATING 100
GLOBAL MARKET BY TYPE OF MICROSPHERES 101
CERAMIC MICROSPHERES 101
TABLE 40 GLOBAL MARKET FOR CERAMIC MICROSPHERES BY INDUSTRY, 2015 ($
MILLIONS, %) 101
TABLE 41 GLOBAL MARKET FORECAST FOR CERAMIC MICROSPHERES BY INDUSTRY,
2020 ($ MILLIONS, %) 101
TABLE 42 GLOBAL MARKET FOR CERAMIC MICROSPHERES BY INDUSTRY,
THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS) 102
GLASS MICROSPHERES 102
TABLE 43 GLOBAL MARKET FOR GLASS MICROSPHERES BY INDUSTRY, 2015 ($
MILLIONS, %) 103
TABLE 44 GLOBAL MARKET FORECAST FOR GLASS MICROSPHERES BY INDUSTRY,
2020 ($ MILLIONS, %) 103
TABLE 45 GLOBAL MARKET FOR GLASS MICROSPHERES BY INDUSTRY, THROUGH
2020 ($ MILLIONS) 103
POLYMER MICROSPHERES 104
TABLE 46 GLOBAL MARKET FOR POLYMER MICROSPHERES BY INDUSTRY, 2015 ($
MILLIONS, %) 105
TABLE 47 GLOBAL MARKET FORECAST FOR POLYMER MICROSPHERES BY
INDUSTRY, 2020 ($ MILLIONS, %) 105
TABLE 48 GLOBAL MARKET FOR POLYMER MICROSPHERES BY INDUSTRY,
THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS) 105
OTHER MICROSPHERES 106
TABLE 49 GLOBAL MARKET FOR OTHER MICROSPHERES BY INDUSTRY, 2015 ($
MILLIONS, %) 106
TABLE 50 GLOBAL MARKET FORECAST FOR OTHER MICROSPHERES BY INDUSTRY,
2020 ($ MILLIONS, %) 106
TABLE 51 GLOBAL MARKET FOR OTHER MICROSPHERES BY INDUSTRY, THROUGH
2020 ($ MILLIONS) 107
SUMMARY OF GLOBAL MARKET BY MICROSPHERE TYPE 107
TABLE 52 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES BY TYPE, 2015 ($ MILLIONS, %) 108
TABLE 53 GLOBAL MARKET FORECAST FOR MICROSPHERES BY TYPE, 2020 ($
MILLIONS, %) 108
TABLE 54 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES BY TYPE, THROUGH 2020 ($
MILLIONS) 108
CHAPTER 6 MICROSPHERES MARKET ANALYSIS BY REGION 110
NORTH AMERICAN MARKET 110
TABLE 55 NORTH AMERICAN MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES BY INDUSTRY, 2015 ($
MILLIONS, %) 111
TABLE 56 NORTH AMERICAN MARKET FORECAST FOR MICROSPHERES BY
INDUSTRY, 2020 ($ MILLIONS, %) 111
TABLE 57 NORTH AMERICAN MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES BY INDUSTRY,
THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS) 112
EUROPE, AFRICA AND MIDDLE EAST MARKET 112
TABLE 58 EUROPE, AFRICA AND MIDDLE EAST MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES BY
INDUSTRY, 2015 ($ MILLIONS, %) 113
TABLE 59 EUROPE, AFRICA AND MIDDLE EAST MARKET FORECAST FOR
MICROSPHERES BY INDUSTRY, 2020 ($ MILLIONS, %) 113
TABLE 60 EUROPE, AFRICA AND MIDDLE EAST MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES BY
INDUSTRY, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS) 114
ASIA-PACIFIC MARKET 114
TABLE 61 ASIA-PACIFIC MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES BY INDUSTRY, 2015 ($
MILLIONS, %) 115
TABLE 62 ASIA-PACIFIC MARKET FORECAST FOR MICROSPHERES BY INDUSTRY,
2020 ($ MILLIONS, %) 115
TABLE 63 ASIA-PACIFIC MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES BY INDUSTRY, THROUGH
2020 ($ MILLIONS) 116
REST OF WORLD MARKET 116
TABLE 64 REST OF WORLD MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES BY INDUSTRY, 2015 ($
MILLIONS, %) 117
TABLE 65 REST OF WORLD MARKET FORECAST FOR MICROSPHERES BY INDUSTRY,
2020 ($ MILLIONS, %) 117
TABLE 66 REST OF WORLD MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES BY INDUSTRY, THROUGH
2020 ($ MILLIONS) 117
SUMMARY OF GLOBAL MICROSPHERES MARKET BY REGION 118
TABLE 67 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES BY REGION, 2015 ($ MILLIONS, %) 118
TABLE 68 GLOBAL MARKET FORECAST FOR MICROSPHERES BY REGION, 2020 ($
MILLIONS, %) 119
TABLE 69 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES BY REGION, THROUGH 2020 ($
MILLIONS) 119
CHAPTER 7 CRITICAL PARAMETERS FOR SELECTION OF MICROSPHERES 121
COMPOSITION 121
SPECIFIC GRAVITY 121
CRUSH STRENGTH 122
WALL THICKNESS 122
PARTICLE SIZE AND PARTICLE-SIZE DISTRIBUTION 122
ELECTROSTATIC CHARGE 123
OPTICAL CHARACTERISTICS 123
COLOR 124
OPERATING TEMPERATURE 124
COST LIMITATIONS 125
SPECIAL PROPERTIES 125
COMPETING PRODUCTS 125
MICROSPHERES VERSUS TRADITIONAL FILLERS 125
MICROSPHERES VERSUS TRADITIONAL PIGMENTS 125
SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONSIDERATIONS 126
LIMITATIONS 126
CHAPTER 8 COMPANY PROFILES AND PRODUCT OVERVIEW 128
3M CORP. 128
ASIA PACIFIC MICROSPHERES 129
AVEKA MANUFACTURING INC. 130
BANGS LABORATORIES INC. 130
BANGS LABORATORIES PRODUCTS 131
Non-functionalized and Functionalized Polymeric Microspheres 131
Dyed and Fluorescent Polymeric Microspheres 131
Magnetic Microspheres 131
Non-functionalized and Functionalized Silica Microspheres 131
BO KWANG CHEMICAL CO., LTD 131
BTG INTERNATIONAL LTD. 132
CELONOVA BIOSCIENCES INC. 133
CENOSTAR CORP. 133
COSPHERIC LLC 134
EKO EXPORT SA 134
EMD CHEMICALS PERFORMANCE MATERIALS 135
EMD MILLIPORE 135
EVONIK INDUSTRIES AG 136
EXPANCEL (AKZONOBEL) 136
FLORATECH 137
HENKEL 138
INDUCHEM AG 138
KOBO PRODUCTS 139
LIFE TECHNOLOGIES (FORMERLY A BRAND OF THERMO FISHER SCIENTIFIC) 139
LUMINEX CORP. 140
MERCK KGAA 141
MERIT MEDICAL SYSTEMS INC. 143
MERZ NORTH AMERICA INC. 143
MOMENTIVE 144
MO-SCI CORP. 144
PHOSPHOREX 146
POLYMICROSPHERES 146
POLYSCIENCES INC. 147
PORAVER 148
POTTERS INDUSTRIES 148
TABLE 70 POTTERS INDUSTRIES' PRODUCTS BY MARKET 149
PRIZMALITE INDUSTRIES INC. 150
SIGMUND LINDNER GMBH 151
SIRTEX MEDICAL INC. 151
SOVITEC 151
SPHEROTECH 152
SPIRIG PHARMA AG 153
SUNEVA MEDICAL INC. 153
SUNJIN CHEMICAL 153
TERUMO EUROPE 154
TRELLEBORG OFFSHORE BOSTON INC. 154
CHAPTER 9 PATENTS FOR MICROSPHERE-RELATED TECHNOLOGY 157
FORMATION OF METAL NANOSPHERES AND MICROSPHERES 157
COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS USING MICROSPHERES AND NON-IONIC
CONTRAST AGENTS 157
METAL OXIDE OR SEMIMETAL OXIDE SPHERICAL BEADS, A PROCESS FOR
MAKING, AND A PROCESS FOR USING 158
INJECTABLE AND SWELLABLE MICROSPHERES FOR TISSUE BULKING 158
GLASS MICROSPHERES COMPRISING SULFIDE, AND METHODS OF PRODUCING
GLASS MICROSPHERES 158
MICROSPHERES AND THEIR METHODS OF PREPARATION 159
POLYMERIC COMPOSITIONS CONTAINING MICROSPHERES 159
MAGNETIC MICROSPHERES FOR USE IN FLUORESCENCE-BASED APPLICATIONS 159
SYSTEM, FORMULATION AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING CERAMIC VACUUM
MICROSPHERES 160
PREPARATION OF HOLLOW POLYMER MICROSPHERES 160
SUPER-MACROPOROUS POLYMERIC MICROSPHERES AND PREPARATION
METHOD THEREOF 160
PHARMACEUTICAL COMPOSITIONS COMPRISING SILICA MICROSPHERES 161
SWELLABLE AND DEGRADABLE MICROSPHERES 161
PROCESS AND DEVICE FOR THE PREPARATION OF HOLLOW MICROSPHERES
COMPRISING CENTRIFUGAL ATOMIZATION 161
SUSTAINED-RELEASE MICROSPHERES AND METHODS OF MAKING AND USING
SAME 162
POROUS WALL HOLLOW GLASS MICROSPHERES AS A MEDIUM OR SUBSTRATE
FOR STORAGE AND FORMATION OF NOVEL MATERIALS 162
HEAT-EXPANDABLE MICROSPHERES AND A PROCESS FOR PRODUCING THE
SAME 162
PHARMACEUTICAL COMPOSITION OF MICROSPHERES FOR PREVENTING
DIABETIC FOOT AMPUTATION 163
MICROSPHERES FOR ACTIVE EMBOLIZATION 163
MANUFACTURE OF MICROSPHERES USING A HYDROCYCLONE 163
DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MEASURING MICROSPHERES 164
METHOD FOR PREPARING MICROSPHERES AND MICROSPHERES PRODUCED
THEREBY 164
MICROSPHERES FOR TREATMENT OF BRAIN TUMORS 164
EXPANDABLE MICROSPHERES AND METHODS OF MAKING AND USING THE
SAME 165
METHODS FOR PROCESSING MICROSPHERES 165
METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CONTINUOUSLY PREPARING MICROSPHERES, AND
COLLECTION UNIT THEREOF 165
PAVEMENT MARKINGS, REFLECTIVE ELEMENTS, AND METHODS OF MAKING
MICROSPHERES 166
HIGH GLASS TRANSITION TEMPERATURE ABSORBABLE MICROSPHERES 166
METHOD OF PROMOTING NEW TISSUE GROWTH AND/OR WOUND HEALING
USING BIORESORBABLE DRESSING COMPRISING MICROSPHERES OR
MICROPARTICLES 166
THERMALLY EXPANDED MICROSPHERES AND A PROCESS FOR PRODUCING THE
SAME 167
METHOD FOR DELIVERING A THERAPEUTIC AGENT COMPRISING INJECTION OF
MICROSPHERES 167
SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DELIVERING AN AGGLOMERATION OF SOLID BEADS
AND CEMENT TO THE INTERIOR OF A BONE IN ORDER TO FORM AN IMPLANT
WITHIN THE BONE 167
LOW TEMPERATURE METHOD TO ENHANCE DETECTION OF MAGNETIC BEADS 168
TREATMENT OF MELT QUENCHED ALUMINOSILICATE GLASS SPHERES FOR
APPLICATION AS PROPPANTS VIA DEVITRIFICATION PROCESSES 168

LIST OF TABLES

SUMMARY TABLE GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES BY INDUSTRY, THROUGH
2020 ($ MILLIONS) 8
TABLE 1 MICROSPHERE MARKETS AND APPLICATIONS 12
TABLE 2 SELECTED BENEFITS OF MICROSPHERES 15
TABLE 3 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES IN COMPOSITES BY REGION, 2015 ($
MILLIONS, %) 25
TABLE 4 GLOBAL MARKET FORECAST FOR MICROSPHERES IN COMPOSITES BY
REGION, 2020 ($ MILLIONS, %) 25
TABLE 5 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES IN COMPOSITES BY REGION,
THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS) 26
TABLE 6 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES IN COMPOSITES BY RAW MATERIAL,
2015 ($ MILLIONS, %) 26
TABLE 7 GLOBAL MARKET FORECAST FOR MICROSPHERES IN COMPOSITES BY RAW
MATERIAL, 2020 ($ MILLIONS, %) 26
TABLE 8 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES IN COMPOSITES BY RAW MATERIAL,
THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS) 27
TABLE 9 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES IN COMPOSITES BY APPLICATION,
2015 ($ MILLIONS, %) 27
TABLE 10 GLOBAL MARKET FORECAST FOR MICROSPHERES IN COMPOSITES BY
APPLICATION, 2020 ($ MILLIONS, %) 27
TABLE 11 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES IN COMPOSITES BY APPLICATION,
THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS) 28
TABLE 12 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES IN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY BY
REGION, 2015 ($ MILLIONS, %) 36
TABLE 13 GLOBAL MARKET FORECAST FOR MICROSPHERES IN MEDICAL
TECHNOLOGY BY REGION, 2020 ($ MILLIONS, %) 36
TABLE 14 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES IN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY BY
REGION, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS) 37
TABLE 15 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES IN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY BY RAW
MATERIAL, 2015 ($ MILLIONS, %) 37
TABLE 16 GLOBAL MARKET FORECAST FOR MICROSPHERES IN MEDICAL
TECHNOLOGY BY RAW MATERIAL, 2020 ($ MILLIONS, %) 37
TABLE 17 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES IN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY BY RAW
MATERIAL, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS) 38
TABLE 18 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES IN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY BY
APPLICATION, 2015 ($ MILLIONS, %) 38
TABLE 19 GLOBAL MARKET FORECAST FOR MICROSPHERES IN MEDICAL
TECHNOLOGY BY APPLICATION, 2020 ($ MILLIONS, %) 38
TABLE 20 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES IN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY BY
APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS) 39
TABLE 21 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES IN THE LIFE SCIENCES BY REGION,
2015 ($ MILLIONS, %) 50
TABLE 22 GLOBAL MARKET FORECAST FOR MICROSPHERES IN THE LIFE SCIENCES
BY REGION, 2020 ($ MILLIONS, %) 50
TABLE 23 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES IN THE LIFE SCIENCES BY REGION,
THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS) 50
TABLE 24 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES IN THE LIFE SCIENCES BY RAW
MATERIAL, 2015 ($ MILLIONS, %) 51
TABLE 25 GLOBAL MARKET FORECAST FOR MICROSPHERES IN THE LIFE SCIENCES
BY RAW MATERIAL, 2020 ($ MILLIONS, %) 51
TABLE 26 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES IN THE LIFE SCIENCES BY RAW
MATERIAL, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS) 52
TABLE 27 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES IN PERSONAL CARE BY REGION,
2015 ($ MILLIONS, %) 58
TABLE 28 GLOBAL MARKET FORECAST FOR MICROSPHERES IN PERSONAL CARE BY
REGION, 2020 ($ MILLIONS, %) 58
TABLE 29 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES IN PERSONAL CARE BY REGION,
THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS) 58
TABLE 30 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES IN PERSONAL CARE BY RAW
MATERIAL, 2015 ($ MILLIONS, %) 59
TABLE 31 GLOBAL MARKET FORECAST FOR MICROSPHERES IN PERSONAL CARE BY
RAW MATERIAL, 2020 ($ MILLIONS, %) 59
TABLE 32 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES IN PERSONAL CARE BY RAW
MATERIAL, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS) 60
TABLE 33 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES IN PERSONAL CARE BY
APPLICATION, 2015 ($ MILLIONS, %) 60
TABLE 34 GLOBAL MARKET FORECAST FOR MICROSPHERES IN PERSONAL CARE BY
APPLICATION, 2020 ($ MILLIONS, %) 60
TABLE 35 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES IN PERSONAL CARE BY
APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS) 61
TABLE 36 BENEFITS OF MICROSPHERES IN PAINTS AND COATINGS 65
TABLE 37 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES BY INDUSTRY, 2015 ($ MILLIONS, %) 71
TABLE 38 GLOBAL MARKET FORECAST FOR MICROSPHERES BY INDUSTRY, 2020 ($
MILLIONS, %) 71
TABLE 39 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES BY INDUSTRY, THROUGH 2020 ($
MILLIONS) 72
TABLE 40 GLOBAL MARKET FOR CERAMIC MICROSPHERES BY INDUSTRY, 2015 ($
MILLIONS, %) 101
TABLE 41 GLOBAL MARKET FORECAST FOR CERAMIC MICROSPHERES BY INDUSTRY,
2020 ($ MILLIONS, %) 101
TABLE 42 GLOBAL MARKET FOR CERAMIC MICROSPHERES BY INDUSTRY, THROUGH
2020 ($ MILLIONS) 102
TABLE 43 GLOBAL MARKET FOR GLASS MICROSPHERES BY INDUSTRY, 2015 ($
MILLIONS, %) 103
TABLE 44 GLOBAL MARKET FORECAST FOR GLASS MICROSPHERES BY INDUSTRY,
2020 ($ MILLIONS, %) 103
TABLE 45 GLOBAL MARKET FOR GLASS MICROSPHERES BY INDUSTRY, THROUGH
2020 ($ MILLIONS) 103
TABLE 46 GLOBAL MARKET FOR POLYMER MICROSPHERES BY INDUSTRY, 2015 ($
MILLIONS, %) 105
TABLE 47 GLOBAL MARKET FORECAST FOR POLYMER MICROSPHERES BY INDUSTRY,
2020 ($ MILLIONS, %) 105
TABLE 48 GLOBAL MARKET FOR POLYMER MICROSPHERES BY INDUSTRY, THROUGH
2020 ($ MILLIONS) 105
TABLE 49 GLOBAL MARKET FOR OTHER MICROSPHERES BY INDUSTRY, 2015 ($
MILLIONS, %) 106
TABLE 50 GLOBAL MARKET FORECAST FOR OTHER MICROSPHERES BY INDUSTRY,
2020 ($ MILLIONS, %) 106
TABLE 51 GLOBAL MARKET FOR OTHER MICROSPHERES BY INDUSTRY, THROUGH
2020 ($ MILLIONS) 107
TABLE 52 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES BY TYPE, 2015 ($ MILLIONS, %) 108
TABLE 53 GLOBAL MARKET FORECAST FOR MICROSPHERES BY TYPE, 2020 ($
MILLIONS, %) 108
TABLE 54 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES BY TYPE, THROUGH 2020 ($
MILLIONS) 108
TABLE 55 NORTH AMERICAN MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES BY INDUSTRY, 2015 ($
MILLIONS, %) 111
TABLE 56 NORTH AMERICAN MARKET FORECAST FOR MICROSPHERES BY INDUSTRY,
2020 ($ MILLIONS, %) 111
TABLE 57 NORTH AMERICAN MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES BY INDUSTRY, THROUGH
2020 ($ MILLIONS) 112
TABLE 58 EUROPE, AFRICA AND MIDDLE EAST MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES BY
INDUSTRY, 2015 ($ MILLIONS, %) 113
TABLE 59 EUROPE, AFRICA AND MIDDLE EAST MARKET FORECAST FOR
MICROSPHERES BY INDUSTRY, 2020 ($ MILLIONS, %) 113
TABLE 60 EUROPE, AFRICA AND MIDDLE EAST MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES BY
INDUSTRY, THROUGH 2020 ($ MILLIONS) 114
TABLE 61 ASIA-PACIFIC MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES BY INDUSTRY, 2015 ($
MILLIONS, %) 115
TABLE 62 ASIA-PACIFIC MARKET FORECAST FOR MICROSPHERES BY INDUSTRY,
2020 ($ MILLIONS, %) 115
TABLE 63 ASIA-PACIFIC MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES BY INDUSTRY, THROUGH 2020
($ MILLIONS) 116
TABLE 64 REST OF WORLD MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES BY INDUSTRY, 2015 ($
MILLIONS, %) 117
TABLE 65 REST OF WORLD MARKET FORECAST FOR MICROSPHERES BY INDUSTRY,
2020 ($ MILLIONS, %) 117
TABLE 66 REST OF WORLD MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES BY INDUSTRY, THROUGH
2020 ($ MILLIONS) 117
TABLE 67 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES BY REGION, 2015 ($ MILLIONS, %) 118
TABLE 68 GLOBAL MARKET FORECAST FOR MICROSPHERES BY REGION, 2020 ($
MILLIONS, %) 119
TABLE 69 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MICROSPHERES BY REGION, THROUGH 2020 ($
MILLIONS) 119
TABLE 70 POTTERS INDUSTRIES' PRODUCTS BY MARKET 149

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