Demand for Effective Adsorbents in VOC Removal to Drive Zeolites Market Growth
Use of zeolites as efficient adsorbents has been paving new opportunities for their market growth. Typically, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are hazardous to environment and human health. These by-products from petrochemical processing are present in paints, printing inks, adhesives, sealants, and other consumer products. Their emissions result in problems such as breathing difficulty and nervous system damage, even cancer. Regulatory organisations such as Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have laid stringent norms for regulating and controlling VOC emissions. This has inversely resulted in higher demand for materials with low VOC content, in turn boosting the growth of zeolites market worldwide. Alternatively, zeolites posses several properties such as thermal stability, hydrophobicity, and non-flammability which makes them effective adsorbents for VOC removal. Moreover, they have proven to be highly effective in removal of VOCs as compared to activated carbon. In this backdrop, increasing demand for eco-friendly material has triggered use of zeolites as adsorbents for VOC removal, paving the new opportunistic pathway for the zeolites market.
Agricultural Applications, Particularly Soil Management Demands Use of Effective Nutrient Carriers such as Zeolites
On the back of their higher water retention capacity and ion exchange, zeolites are largely used in soil amendment procedures and fertilizers. They are also effective carriers of fungicides, pesticides and herbicides and are used to retain the content of ammonia in the soil. This has propelled their use in the agriculture sector owing to their efficient soil management. Zeolites are also used to promote and enhance use of nutrients efficiently. This factor coupled with stable growth in the agriculture industry, particularly in the emerging economies is set to have a positive impact on the zeolites market.
Synthetic Zeolites Likely to Gain High Traction
The demand for synthetic zeolites is expected to increase at a significant rate in the years to follow. This is mainly owing to their growing use in the production of detergents. Moreover, about 200 known structures of zeolites can be obtained synthetically in laboratories, making their easy availability for different end uses. Additionally, synthetic zeolites can be recycled and used in various industrial applications such as water filtration, petrochemicals, and animal feed. However, with regards to volume, their natural counterparts dominate them due to their low costs, making them apt choice in the construction industry. This aspect is expected to largely contribute towards value growth of the zeolites market on the global front.
Asia Pacific Poised to Prevail as a Lucrative Revenue Pocket for Zeolites
Growing demand for zeolites in emerging economies of Asia Pacific has been witnessed since past couple of years. This can be largely attributed towards growing construction industry across developing nations in the region coupled with continual government efforts to improve infrastructure development. Moreover, increasing development of new water recycling plants, rising demand for detergents, and growing production of animal feed and cement are few other aspects driving growth of zeolites market in Asia Pacific. That said, the zeolites market across nations such as India, China, and South Korea is expected to reflect high growth potential.
For instance, the construction industry in China is gaining momentum and is poised to remain a lucrative end-use industry for zeolites. According to the National Bureau of Statistics, construction industry in China is a crucial factor for continued development of the country’s economy. The construction output accounted for about 25% of the GDP of the country in 2021, reflecting nearly an 11% increase over 2020 statistics. This factor coupled with ongoing government efforts to improve infrastructure in medium and small sized cities in China is expected to fuel the use of zeolites in various construction-based applications. In addition, rising investments in developing petrochemical plants is expected to augur well for the zeolites market. For instance, in 2021, Kumho Mitsui Chemicals Inc. invested around US$ 358 million for expansion of its chemical manufacturing plant in South Korea. Likewise, Lion Corporation has been planning to carry out expansion of its detergent production facilities in Myanmar, and Thailand by slating an investment of around US$20 Mn. Such developments are expected to trigger demand for zeolites in the region, in turn complementing market growth in Asia Pacific.
Zeolites Market: Competitive Landscape
Few of the major players in the market include BASF SE, Arkema Group, Clariant, Honeywell International Inc., Tosoh Corporation, Shijiazhuang Jianda High-Tech Chemical Co. Ltd., and Blue Pacific Minerals Ltd.
The global zeolites market is segmented as below:
By End Use
Key Elements Included In The Study: Global Zeolites Market
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