10 October, 2019
RALEIGH, North Carolina, October 10, 2019 - The global precipitated silica market capacity is currently estimated to be 3.23 million MT, with market demand of 2.9 million MT according to Beroe Inc., a procurement intelligence firm. The market is predominantly driven by the rubber and tire industry, which together constitute more than 60 percent of the downstream demand.
The rising need for eco-friendly alternatives in the automotive industry will fuel the adoption of “Green Tires” in North America and the Asia Pacific region. New tire labeling regulations in the EU, Japan, Brazil, and South Korea are also expected to propel precipitated silica demand. The use of precipitated silica in tire treads is expected to significantly reduce carbon dioxide emission by 45 million MTPA in the US alone.
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The major downstream driver for the precipitated silica industry will continue to be the tires and rubber industry for the next few years, owing to the growing need to reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emission. Demand from other rubber applications (non-tire) in manufacturing conveyor and transmission belts, rice rollers, PVC sheets, shoe soles is also expected to be on the higher side. While the demand for precipitated silica has been growing at a steady pace, the capacity additions have been slow to change, posing a challenge to the growth of the market.
Apart from rubber, other downstream applications of precipitated silica have been gaining in popularity, such as its use as anti-caking and free-flowing in agrochemical and other industrial applications, and its applications in the toothpaste market, as increasing awareness about oral hygiene is expected to fuel the demand from this industry. The use of precipitated silica is projected to grow at a CAGR of 12 percent in the next few years.
The research methodology adopted for the report included:
Precipitated silica occupies a significant 30 percent of sodium silicate’s downstream demand and is one of the major downstream drivers followed by detergents. The largest direct application of sodium silicate is in detergents and paper pulp contributing to around 22 percent and 13 percent, respectively. Nearly, 51 percent of sodium silicate demand is estimated to be arising from the specialty silica segment, which is growing rapidly, owing to strong demand from its derivatives, like precipitated silica, zeolite, and colloidal silica.
The report also includes:
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