US demand for specialty silicas is forecast to rise 5.8 percent annually through 2015. Fumed silica will be the fastest growing type, fueled by a strong rebound in nontire rubber consumption. Precipitated silica will remain the leading segment, based in part on gains in silica-reinforced low rolling-resistance tires, which offer greater fuel efficiency than conventional tires.
This study analyzes the $1.3 billion US specialty silica industry. It presents historical demand data for the years 2000, 2005 and 2010, and forecasts for 2015 and 2020 by product (precipitated silica, fumed, silica, silica gel, silica sol, fused silica) and market (e.g., cosmetics and toiletries, chemicals, rubber, coatings and inks, electrical and electronic equipment).
The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles 29 industry players, including PPG Industries, Evonik Industries and Cabot.