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US Specialty Silica Market

  • January 2016
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  • Freedonia
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  • 256 pages

US demand to rise 5.9% annually through 2019

Demand for specialty silicas in the US is forecast to grow 5.9 percent per annum to $2.1 billion in 2019. Gains are expected to be strong by historical standards, though moderating slightly from the robust post-recession growth of the 2009- 2014 recovery period. Demand will benefit as silicas gain wider appeal through changing market trends, such as increased usage in tires, or by an improvement in certain segments of the economy, particularly the housing and construction industry. Advances will be limited, however, by market maturity in a number of products, including toothpaste and cat litter.

Precipitated silica to offer best growth opportunities

Demand for specific silica products is closely tied to the outlook for key enduse industries. For example, demand for silica gel, which finds application in a variety of paint and coatings, will see its most significant gains on the back of a strong rebound in building and construction spending. As resource conservation trends make their way into the tire industry, silica is finding greater use as a filler and reinforcement agent in tires, offering improved fuel economy over conventional tires.

Precipitated silica will remain the leading segment of the specialty silica market in both volume and value terms. This silica type is expected to be the fastest growing specialty silica product through 2019, promoted by robust gains in the large tire rubber sector as well as coatings and inks. Overall market value will benefit from the ongoing development of more expensive and higher-performance precipitated silicas, such as highly dispersible grades for tire reinforcement.

Rubber market to expand at most rapid annual pace

Among specialty silica markets, the rubber market is forecast to expand at the most rapid pace through 2019, further increasing its position as the major outlet for specialty silicas. Though advances in US rubber consumption will slow as domestic production of motor vehicles and other manufactured goods face weak growth, in the tire rubber segment precipitated silica will find higher usage and increased loadings in low rollingresistance tires. Demand for these tires will be promoted by efforts on the part of vehicle manufacturers to improve fuel efficiency in order to comply with ever more stringent governmental regulations, as well as to satisfy consumer demand for improved gas mileage. The nontire rubber segment is forecast to rise at a moderate pace, compared to its gains in the 2009- 2014 period. Nontire rubber applications for silica include industrial rubber, silicone rubber, footwear soles, and carrying agents.

Cosmetics and toiletries represent the next largest market for specialty silicas in both volume and value terms through the forecast period. Silica will remain a key ingredient in toothpaste formulations, serving as a thickener and/or abrasive polishing and cleaning agent. In other cosmetic and toiletry applications, silica suppliers are introducing products as alternatives to plastic microbeads, which are increasingly coming under environmental scrutiny. Above average gains are also expected for specialty silicas in the coatings and inks market, fueled by a strong acceleration in paint and coatings production.

Table Of Contents

US Specialty Silica Market
INTRODUCTION viii
I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1
II. MARKET ENVIRONMENT 4
General 4
Macroeconomic Outlook 5
Demographic Trends 9
Manufacturing Outlook 13
Historical Market Trends 17
Pricing and Product Mix 20
Technology 22
Environmental and Regulatory Issues 26
World Market Overview 28
Foreign Trade 30
Imports 32
Exports 34
III. PRODUCTS 36
General 36
Precipitated Silica 40
Supply and Demand 41
Markets 43
Capacity and Producers 48
Fumed Silica 52
Supply and Demand 53
Markets 54
Capacity and Producers 58
Silica Gel 61
Supply and Demand 63
Markets 65
Capacity and Producers 69
Silica Sol 72
Supply and Demand 72
Markets 74
Capacity and Producers 78
Fused Silica 81
Supply and Demand 82
Markets 84
Capacity and Producers 86
IV. MARKETS 89
General 89
Rubber 93
Rubber Outlook 94
Silica Demand 96
Tire Rubber 97
Nontire Rubber 101
Cosmetics and Toiletries 104
Cosmetic and Toiletry Outlook 105
Silica Demand 108
Chemicals 111
Chemical Product Outlook 112
Silica Demand 114
Coatings and Inks 118
Coatings and Inks Outlook 119
Silica Demand 121
Electrical and Electronic Equipment 124
Electrical and Electronic Equipment Outlook 125
Silica Demand 129
Plastics 133
Plastics Outlook 134
Silica Demand 136
Food and Beverages 140
Food and Beverage Outlook 141
Silica Demand 144
Agriculture and Animal Health 148
Agriculture Outlook 150
Silica Demand 152
Metals and Refractories 156
Metal and Refractory Outlook 157
Silica Demand 159
Paper and Textiles 162
Paper and Textile Outlook 163
Silica Demand 165
Other 169
Adhesive and Sealants 171
Packaging 172
All Other 174
V. INDUSTRY STRUCTURE 176
General 176
Market Share 178
Acquisitions and Divestitures 184
Competitive Strategies 185
Cooperative Agreements 188
Manufacturing 192
Marketing and Distribution 193
Company Profiles 195
Air Products and Chemicals Incorporated 196
Akzo Nobel NV 197
AZ Electronic Materials, see Merck
Bayer AG 200
Cabot Corporation 201
Cabot Microelectronics Corporation 205
Ceradyne, see 3M
Covestro, see Bayer
Denka Company Limited 207
DENTSPLY International Incorporated 209
Ecolab Incorporated 211
Evonik Industries AG 213
Fujimi Incorporated 216
Fuji Silysia Chemical Limited 218
Glassven CA 220
Grace (WR) and Company 222
Huber (JM) Corporation 225
Imerys SA 227
Kemira Oyj 229
Merck KGaA 231
Multisorb Technologies Incorporated 235
Nissan Chemical Industries Limited 236
Orisil Limited 238
PEMCO, see Precision Electro Minerals
PPG Industries Incorporated 239
PQ Corporation 241
Precision Electro Minerals Company Incorporated 243
Qingdao Makall Group Incorporated 244
Ransom and Randolph, see DENTSPLY International
Sigma-Aldrich, see Merck
Solvay SA 246
3M Company 248
Tokuyama Corporation 250
Tosoh Corporation 251
Wacker Chemie AG 253
Other Companies Mentioned in the Study 256

LIST OF TABLES

SECTION I -- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Summary Table 3
SECTION II -- MARKET ENVIRONMENT
1 Macroeconomic Indicators 9
2 Population and Households 13
3 Manufacturers' Shipments 17
4 Specialty Silica Market, 2004-2014 19
5 Specialty Silica Pricing 22
6 Specialty Silica Foreign Trade 31
SECTION III -- PRODUCTS
1 Specialty Silica Demand By Type 38
2 Precipitated Silica Supply and Demand 43
3 Precipitated Silica Markets 47
4 Precipitated Silica Production Capacity by Company, 2014 51
5 Fumed Silica Supply and Demand 54
6 Fumed Silica Markets 57
7 Fumed Silica Production Capacity By Company, 2014 61
8 Silica Gel Supply and Demand 65
9 Silica Gel Markets 68
10 Silica Gel Production Capacity By Company, 2014 71
11 Silica Sol Supply and Demand 73
12 Silica Sol Markets 77
13 Silica Sol Production Capacity By Company, 2014 81
14 Fused Silica Supply and Demand 83
15 Fused Silica Markets 85
16 Fused Silica Production By Capacity By Company, 2014 88
SECTION IV -- MARKETS
1 Specialty Silica Demand By Market 91
2 Rubber Consumption 95
3 Rubber Markets For Specialty Silica By Type 97
4 Tire Rubber Market For Specialty Silicas 101
5 Nontire Rubber Market For Specialty Silicas 103
6 Cosmetic and Toiletry Shipments 108
7 Cosmetic and Toiletry Market For Specialty Silcias By Type 111
8 Chemical Product Shipments 114
9 Chemical Market For Specialty Silicas By Type and Application 118
10 Coatings and Inks Shipments 121
11 Coatings and Inks Market For Specialty Silicas By Type 124
12 Electrical and Electronic Equipment Shipments 129
13 Electrical and Electronic Equipment Market For Specialty Silicas By
Type 133
14 Plastics Indicators 136
15 Plastics Market For Specialty Silica By Type and Application 139
16 Food and Beverage Shipments 144
17 Food and Beverage Market For Specialty Silicas By Type and
Application 148
18 Agricultural Indicators 152
19 Agriculture and Animal Health Market For Specialty Silicas By Type
156
20 Metal and Refractory Shimpents 158
21 Metal and Refractory Market For Specialty Silicas By Type 162
22 Paper and Textile Product Shipments 165
23 Paper and Textile Market For Specialty Silicas By Type 169
24 Other Markets For Specialty Silicas By Type and Application 171
SECTION V -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
1 US Specialty Silica Sales by Company, 2014 177
2 US Specialty Silica Sales by Company, 2014 178
3 Selected Acquisitions and Divestitures 185
4 Selected Cooperative Agreements 191

LIST OF CHARTS

SECTION II -- MARKET ENVIRONMENT
1 Specialty Silica Market, 2004-2014 20
2 Specialty Silica Flow Chart 25
3 Specialty Silica Trade by Product, 2014 31
4 Specialty Silica Imports by Source, 2014 33
5 Specialty Silica Exports by Destination, 2014 35
SECTION III -- PRODUCTS
1 Specialty Silica Demand by Type, 2014: Volume and Value 39
2 Precipitated Silica Demand by Market, 2014 48
3 Fumed Silica Demand by Market, 2014 58
4 Silica Gel Demand by Market, 2014 69
5 Silica Sol Demand by Market, 2014 78
6 Fused Silica Demand by Market, 2014 86
SECTION IV -- MARKETS
1 Specialty Silica Demand by Market, 2014: Volume and Value 92
SECTION V -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
1 US Specialty Silica Market by Company, 2014 179

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