Fairfield Market Research Specialty Silica Market Size, Share, Report, Trends, 2023-2030

Specialty Silica Market

Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2023-2030 - By Product, Technology, Grade, Application, End-user, Region: (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Middle East and Africa)

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Specialty Silica Market: Overview

The size of the specialty silica market globally was estimated at USD 5,294.1 million in 2021, and it is anticipated to increase at a CAGR of 6.5%. The rise in demand for rubber, paints, and coatings across numerous industries, including construction and electric vehicles, is credited with driving the expansion of the specialty silica market. The tire industry is likely to benefit from a large increase in the manufacturing of electric vehicles (EVs), which is anticipated to have a beneficial impact on demand for specialty silica. The number of EVs sold globally in 2021 was 6.6 million, more than twice as many as in 2020. When specialized silica is coupled with tire rubbers, the rolling resistance of the tires can be reduced by further improving the grip, resulting in a reduction in fuel consumption. During the anticipated period, this is probably going to boost the market. The ability of specialized silica to function as an anti-blocking, anti-caking, polishing, clarifying, etc. agent is anticipated to drive market growth in the upcoming years. Growing consumer demand for cosmetic and oral care products will fuel market expansion.

New businesses' increasing investment and introducing innovative silica are creating market opportunities. Specialty silica filler is extremely hard, which wears down polymer production equipment. Nouryon announced plans to expand the capacity of its Levasil colloidal silica manufacturing factory in the United States in November 2021. The expansion is intended to satisfy the rising demand from the construction and packaging industries. Over the next few years, product demand from various application industries, including packaging, rubber, paints, and coatings, is anticipated to drive market expansion. Additionally, developing nations like China and India are experiencing rapid growth in the infrastructure and building industries, driving the demand for paints and coatings. These are one of the main uses for specialized chemicals, and their demand has increased in developing countries.

Specialty Silica Market: COVID-19 Impact

The COVID-19 pandemic's widespread impact has affected businesses and their production and manufacturing facilities. The major players in the strength specialty silica market are currently focusing on improving their businesses to increase the scale of their operations. This development aims to reduce risk factors and hazards while also enduring the dynamic that the recent Covid pandemic has brought about. With the lack of a skilled workforce, the weight of an insufficient or complete lockdown, and other practical restrictions, the malls, retail squares, and numerous associations that depend on the market for their goods and services have been forced to cease operations. The COVID-19 pandemic impacts the primary interest group and recognizable members of the strongest silica substance market patterns. Since the pandemic emerged, development and demand have decreased significantly, impacting these patterns. The perfect market population will likely see a similar extension of in-market products and global portfolios. The growth is helping the industry use online entryways to fulfill the expanding demand and interest.

Specialty Silica Market: Drivers

Demand for Specialty Silica Market to Rising due to Automotive Industry

The market has risen tremendously due to the rising usage of specialized silica in green tires and the high global demand in the automotive industry. Rising automotive demand in emerging markets, particularly in the Asia Pacific region. The automobile industry's increased demand for cleaner and faster vehicles has greatly increased the specialty silica market globally. The global population's growing awareness of the need to minimize carbon emissions has also fueled the market for green tires, which will further fuel demand for specialty silica. A typical passenger car's annual carbon dioxide emissions are around 4.6 metric tonnes. This figure can change depending on the fuel type, fuel efficiency, and annual mileage of a vehicle. During the forecast period, increasing demand for fumed silica due to advancements in chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) will also aid in the growth of the global specialty silica market.

Introducing New Products to Help Market Grow

The tire industry has increased its demand for silica to produce green tires. To successfully meet this demand, Evonik Industries SE announced the shipping of ULTRASIL 7800 GR. It is silica that Evonik has specially tailored for use in extra-large SUV tires, such as high-mileage all-season tires. The greater explicit surface area of ULTRASIL 7800 GR increases the tread compound's solidity while maintaining processing ease. The growing use of silica for coatings applications and the manufacturer's new silica products designed specifically for the coating sector will likely drive market expansion in the upcoming year. For instance, the ingredients and specialty chemicals distributor DKSH's Business Unit Performance Materials announced in March 2019 the expansion of the performance range of silica from Evonik for use in coating and ink applications to Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar, and Cambodia.

Specialty Silica Market: Restraints

Reduced Demand From Various Sectors due to Availability of Alternatives to Restrict Market Growth

Specialty silica is a consumable material with applications in various end-use sectors rather than a single finished product. Some end-use sectors, like the automotive industry, exhibit cyclical demand patterns, which may impact the need for specialty silica. With the derived demand from end-use industries, the expansion and profitability of the specialty silica market are reliant on those of the end-user industries. This could pose a serious issue for market participants who compete in the worldwide market. Specialty silica filler's main drawback is that it is extremely hard, which causes increased wear in polymer processing equipment. Additionally, it is anticipated that the availability of silica gel and colloidal silica as affordable substitutes will restrain the market expansion for specialty silica throughout the anticipated time frame.

Specialty Silica Market: Segment Overview

Precipitated Silica to Dominated Market due to Its Application in Various Sector

In the forecast period, the segment with the highest revenue share was precipitated silica. The substance increases abrasion and tear resistance and serves as a reinforcing agent. Additionally, it is frequently used in PVC sheets, serving as a separating agent, enhancing color dispersion, and increasing tensile strength. The primary drivers of this industry are the need for products in the food processing industry, agrochemicals, and toothpaste manufacturing. Additionally, the production of pesticides uses precipitated silica. It is a chemical component in various agriculturally important products, including fungicides, pesticides, insecticides, and herbicides. With its anti-cracking properties, it is also utilized in urea. Another significant market driver is this.

Specialty Silica is Widely Used in Rubber Manufacturing due to Its Enhanced Properties

With its incredibly high purity and negligible moisture absorption, specialty silica is mostly employed in manufacturing tires. It gives rubber products better electrical characteristics. Specialty Silica enhances tear resistance in particular and has great reinforcing effects. Additionally, liquid silicone rubber (LSR) and high-temperature vulcanized (HTV) rubber, which need great mechanical strength and superior electrical insulation, frequently contain specialized silica. Specialty silica is used in industrial rubber goods to improve product contact, reduce hysteresis loss in conveyor belts, and act as an active filler in colored rubber particles. In tire formulations, precipitated silicas have been utilized as a minor filler, with carbon black as the main filler. Low quantities of silica can be used in place of carbon black to improve tear resistance, cut growth, and adhesive qualities. The reasons above are anticipated to drive the global market during the forecast period.

Specialty Silica Market: Regional Landscape

Asia Pacific to Acquire Major Market Share due to Increased Automobiles Production Capacity

In the forecast period, the Asia Pacific region controlled a major revenue share in the specialty silica market. The expanding economies of the region's developing nations are predicted to lead to a major rise in tire production. Additionally, the coatings business is expected to expand due to increased construction activity in the area. Key market competitors are growing the size of their manufacturing facilities in response to rising product demand. For example, Evonik Wynca (Zhenjiang) Silicon Material began operations in October 2021, making it Evonik's first fumed silica facility in China. By establishing a worldwide supply chain for its clients in China and Asia, Evonik hopes to position itself. It is anticipated that the automobile industry's top manufacturers will shift their attention from Europe to China, benefiting China's specialty silica market. In 2021, China manufactured 4.67 million commercial vehicles and about 21.41 million passenger cars. Furthermore, the demand for specialty silica has been positively impacted by the personal care sector's explosive rise.

North America accounted for the second-largest proportion of revenues. The nations in the area are investing in the construction of affordable housing, which is expected to enhance the demand for paints and coatings. In April 2022, the Canadian government made a USD 10 billion five-year commitment to the total housing plan. The United States dominates the specialty silica market in North America. The EV market has experienced substantial growth in the American automobile industry. This has increased demand for modern, highly effective rubber tires. The country's rising vehicle production is anticipated to positively impact the U.S. tire industry's need for specialty silica. Lion Electric revealed plans to build the country's largest medium and heavy-duty EV factory in May 2021. The corporation plans to invest USD 70 million over three years. The factory is expected to have a capacity of 20,000 all-electric buses and vehicles.

Global Specialty Silica Market: Competitive Landscape

In July 2022, WACKER launched a new silicone production facility in Panagarh, India. The plant, located 160 kilometers northwest of Kolkata, will produce silicone rubber and ready-to-use silicone compounds. The location is part of WACKER's new growth strategy, which the Group presented to investors and analysts at the end of March, along with significant investment in its chemical divisions. In June 2021, W. R. Grace & Co., a global pioneer in specialized silica, announced the establishment of a new, cutting-edge analytical lab at its colloidal manufacturing facility in East Chicago, Indiana. Grace's East Chicago facility is one of its global manufacturing sites, where the LUDOX colloidal silica brand is manufactured. To fulfill rising global demand, a new LUDOX colloidal silica mill will open in Worms, Germany. Grace continues to witness year-over-year growth in its flagship colloidal silica trademark, LUDOX, prompting this significant investment in the analytical lab.

Some players in the Specialty Silica Market include Elkem; Evonik Industries AG; Madhu Silica Pvt. Ltd.; Nouryon; Oriental Silicas Corporation; PPG Industries; PQ Corporation; Sinosi Group Corporation; Solvay; Tosoh Corporation; Wacker Chemie AG; W.R. Grace & Co.

Regional Classification of the Global Specialty Silica Market is Described Below:

North America

  • U.S.
  • Canada


  • Germany
  • France
  • Spain
  • U.K.
  • Italy
  • Russia
  • Rest of Europe

Asia Pacific

  • China
  • Japan
  • India
  • Southeast Asia
  • Rest of Asia Pacific

Latin America

  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • Rest of Latin America

Middle East and Africa

  • GCC
  • South Africa
  • Rest of Middle East and Africa

*Regions and countries are subject to change based on data availability

Key Elements Included In The Study: Global Specialty Silica Market

  • Specialty Silica Market by Product/Technology/Grade, Application/End-user, and Region
  • Executive Summary (Opportunity Analysis and Key Trends)
  • Historical Market Size and Estimates, Value and Volume, 2018 - 2022
  • Volume Consumption at Regional and Country Level, 2023 - 2030
  • Market Dynamics and Economic Overview
  • Market Size in Value and Volume, Growth Rates, and Forecast Figures, 2023 - 2030
  • Competitive Intelligence with Financials, Key Developments, and Portfolio of Leading Companies 
  • Regional and Product/Grade/Application/End-user Price Trends Analysis
  • Production Output Analysis (Major Producing Regions)
  • Value Chain and Five Force’s Analysis
  • Regional/Sub-region/Country Market Size and Trend Analysis
  • Company Market Share Analysis and Key Player Profiles

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