Specialty Silicas

Gains will be fueled by strong growth in the sizable precipitated silica segment, as well as aboveaverage gains for fumed silica, both driven by renewed growth in the large rubber market.

US demand to rise 5.8% annually through 2015

US demand for specialty silicas is forecast to rise 5.8 percent annually to $1.7 billion in 2015. Market volume will also climb at a healthy clip, rebounding from the declines of the recessionimpacted 2005-2010 period. Specialty silica demand will benefit as the economy recovers and growth in manufacturing output resumes. Market expansion will be fueled by strong growth in the sizable precipitated silica segment, as well as above-average gains for fumed silica. Advances for both product types will primarily stem from renewed growth in the large rubber market, as production levels in key sectors, such as motor vehicles and industrial machinery, increase robustly.

Fumed silica to be fastest growing product

Fumed silica is expected to be the fastest-growing segment of the specialty silica market through 2015. Gains will be fueled by a strong rebound in nontire rubber consumption following the significant declines experienced between 2005 and 2010. Precipitated silica will remain the leading segment of the specialty silica market in both volume and value terms.

This silica type is expected to advance roughly in line with the overall market through 2015, promoted by above-average gains in the large rubber sector. In particular, advances will be supported by the growing utilization of precipitated silica in silicareinforced low rolling-resistance tires, which offer greater fuel efficiency than conventional tires. Precipitated silica will also find use in a number of other markets. Among these, plastics and chemicals are projected to offer the best opportunities for growth.

Rubber market to offer best growth opportunities

Among specialty silica markets, the rubber market is forecast to expand at the most rapid pace through 2015, when it will reclaim its position as the leading outlet for specialty silicas in dollar terms. This market can be divided into tire and nontire applications, with the better growth prospects expected for nontire rubber. This segment -- which includes the production of silicone rubber and industrial rubber products -- is forecast to rise at a double-digit annual pace from a depressed 2010 base.

Advances will be fueled by increased US rubber consumption, as domestic production of motor vehicles and other manufactured goods improves considerably. In the tire segment, precipitated silica will increasingly find use in low rolling-resistance tires, demand for which 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.

Study Scope

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.

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  1. Specialty Silicas

    $4,800.00

    1. 1 INTRODUCTION

      $111.00

    2. 2 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

      $190.00

      1. Table | SPECIALTY SILICA DEMAND (million dollars)

    3. 3 MARKET ENVIRONMENT

      $1,222.00

      1. 3.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 3.2 Macroeconomic Outlook

        $239.00

        1. Table | MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS (billion 2005 dollars)

      3. 3.3 Manufacturing Outlook

        $205.00

        1. Table | MANUFACTURERS' SHIPMENTS

      4. 3.4 Historical Market Trends

        $102.00

        1. Table | SPECIALTY SILICA MARKET, 2000-2010

      5. 3.5 Pricing & Product Mix

        $129.00

        1. Table | SPECIALTY SILICA PRICING (dollars per pound)

      6. 3.6 Technology

        $82.00

      7. 3.7 World Demand

        $146.00

      8. 3.8 Foreign Trade

        $266.00

        1. Table | SPECIALTY SILICA FOREIGN TRADE (million pounds)

        2. 3.8.1 Imports

          $124.00

        3. 3.8.2 Exports

          $82.00

    4. 4 PRODUCTS

      $2,520.00

      1. 4.1 General

        $128.00

        1. Table | SPECIALTY SILICA DEMAND BY TYPE (million dollars)

      2. 4.2 Precipitated Silica

        $628.00

        1. 4.2.1 Supply & Demand

          $136.00

          1. Table | PRECIPITATED SILICA SUPPLY & DEMAND (million pounds)

        2. 4.2.2 Markets

          $236.00

          1. Table | PRECIPITATED SILICA MARKETS (million pounds)

        3. 4.2.3 Capacity & Producers

          $198.00

          1. Table | PRECIPITATED SILICA PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COMPANY, 2010 (million pounds per year)

      3. 4.3 Fumed Silica

        $481.00

        1. 4.3.1 Supply & Demand

          $85.00

          1. Table | FUMED SILICA SUPPLY & DEMAND (million pounds)

        2. 4.3.2 Markets

          $166.00

          1. Table | FUMED SILICA MARKETS (million pounds)

        3. 4.3.3 Capacity & Producers

          $163.00

          1. Table | FUMED SILICA PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COMPANY, 2010 (million pounds per year)

      4. 4.4 Silica Gel

        $515.00

        1. 4.4.1 Supply & Demand

          $123.00

          1. Table | SILICA GEL SUPPLY & DEMAND (million pounds)

        2. 4.4.2 Markets

          $158.00

          1. Table | SILICA GEL MARKETS (million pounds)

        3. 4.4.3 Capacity & Producers

          $157.00

          1. Table | SILICA GEL PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COMPANY, 2010 (million pounds per year)

      5. 4.5 Silica Sol

        $471.00

        1. 4.5.1 Supply & Demand

          $82.00

          1. Table | SILICA SOL SUPPLY & DEMAND (million pounds)

        2. 4.5.2 Markets

          $189.00

          1. Table | SILICA SOL MARKETS (million pounds)

        3. 4.5.3 Capacity & Producers

          $168.00

          1. Table | SILICA SOL PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COMPANY, 2010 (million pounds per year)

      6. 4.6 Fused Silica

        $298.00

        1. 4.6.1 Supply & Demand

          $82.00

          1. Table | FUSED SILICA SUPPLY & DEMAND (million pounds)

        2. 4.6.2 Markets

          $82.00

          1. Table | FUSED SILICA MARKETS (million pounds)

        3. 4.6.3 Capacity & Producers

          $106.00

          1. Table | FUSED SILICA PRODUCTION CAPACITY BY COMPANY, 2010 (million pounds per year)

    5. 5 MARKETS

      $4,830.00

      1. 5.1 General

        $139.00

        1. Table | SPECIALTY SILICA DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars)

      2. 5.2 Cosmetics & Toiletries

        $382.00

        1. 5.2.1 Cosmetic & Toiletry Outlook

          $194.00

          1. Table | COSMETIC & TOILETRY SHIPMENTS

        2. 5.2.2 Silica Demand

          $158.00

          1. Table | COSMETIC & TOILETRY MARKET FOR SPECIALTY SILICAS BY TYPE (million pounds)

      3. 5.3 Chemicals

        $505.00

        1. 5.3.1 Chemical Product Outlook

          $189.00

          1. Table | CHEMICAL PRODUCT SHIPMENTS

        2. 5.3.2 Silica Demand

          $285.00

          1. Table | CHEMICAL MARKET FOR SPECIALTY SILICAS BY TYPE & APPLICATION (million pounds)

      4. 5.4 Rubber

        $689.00

        1. 5.4.1 Rubber Outlook

          $98.00

          1. Table | RUBBER CONSUMPTION (million pounds)

        2. 5.4.2 Silica Demand

          $514.00

          1. Table | RUBBER MARKETS FOR SPECIALTY SILICAS BY TYPE (million pounds)

          2. Table | TIRE RUBBER MARKET FOR SPECIALTY SILICAS

          3. Table | NONTIRE RUBBER MARKET FOR SPECIALTY SILICAS

      5. 5.5 Coatings & Inks

        $288.00

        1. 5.5.1 Coating & Ink Outlook

          $92.00

          1. Table | COATING & INK SHIPMENTS

        2. 5.5.2 Silica Demand

          $171.00

          1. Table | COATING & INK MARKET FOR SPECIALTY SILICAS BY TYPE (million pounds)

      6. 5.6 Electrical & Electronic Equipment

        $429.00

        1. 5.6.1 Electrical & Electronic Equipment Outlook

          $113.00

          1. Table | ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT SHIPMENTS (billion dollars)

        2. 5.6.2 Silica Demand

          $265.00

          1. Table | ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT MARKET FOR SPECIALTY SILICAS BY TYPE (million pounds)

      7. 5.7 Plastics

        $416.00

        1. 5.7.1 Plastics Outlook

          $176.00

          1. Table | PLASTICS INDICATORS (billion pounds)

        2. 5.7.2 Silica Demand

          $214.00

          1. Table | PLASTICS MARKET FOR SPECIALTY SILICAS BY TYPE & APPLICATION (million pounds)

      8. 5.8 Food & Beverages

        $429.00

        1. 5.8.1 Food & Beverage Outlook

          $165.00

          1. Table | FOOD & BEVERAGE SHIPMENTS

        2. 5.8.2 Silica Demand

          $235.00

          1. Table | FOOD & BEVERAGE MARKET FOR SPECIALTY SILICAS BY TYPE & APPLICATION (million pounds)

      9. 5.9 Agriculture & Animal Health

        $487.00

        1. 5.9.1 Agriculture Outlook

          $220.00

          1. Table | AGRICULTURE INDICATORS

        2. 5.9.2 Silica Demand

          $214.00

          1. Table | AGRICULTURE & ANIMAL HEALTH MARKET FOR SPECIALTY SILICAS BY TYPE

      10. 5.10 Paper & Textiles

        $447.00

        1. 5.10.1 Paper & Textile Outlook

          $145.00

          1. Table | PAPER & TEXTILE PRODUCT SHIPMENTS

        2. 5.10.2 Silica Demand

          $272.00

          1. Table | PAPER & TEXTILE MARKET FOR SPECIALTY SILICAS BY TYPE (million pounds)

      11. 5.11 Metals & Refractories

        $374.00

        1. 5.11.1 Metal & Refractory Outlook

          $143.00

          1. Table | METAL & REFRACTORY SHIPMENTS

        2. 5.11.2 Silica Demand

          $198.00

          1. Table | METAL & REFRACTORY MARKET FOR SPECIALTY SILICAS BY TYPE

      12. 5.12 Other

        $362.00

        1. Table | OTHER MARKETS FOR SPECIALTY SILICAS BY TYPE & APPLICATION (million pounds)

        2. 5.12.1 Adhesives & Sealants

          $82.00

        3. 5.12.2 Packaging

          $106.00

        4. 5.12.3 Insulation

          $83.00

        5. 5.12.4 Water Treatment

          $82.00

    6. 6 INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

      $4,465.00

      1. 6.1 General

        $123.00

        1. Table | US SPECIALTY SILICA SALES BY COMPANY, 2010 (million dollars)

      2. 6.2 Market Share

        $287.00

      3. 6.3 Acquisitions & Divestitures

        $82.00

      4. 6.4 Competitive Strategies

        $162.00

      5. 6.5 Cooperative Agreements

        $178.00

        1. Table | SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS

      6. 6.6 Manufacturing

        $82.00

      7. 6.7 Marketing & Distribution

        $124.00

      8. 6.8 Company Profiles

        $3,428.00

        1. 6.8.1 Akzo Nobel NV

          $145.00

        2. 6.8.2 AZ Electronic Materials Sarl

          $88.00

        3. 6.8.3 Bayer AG

          $107.00

        4. 6.8.4 Cabot Corporation

          $194.00

        5. 6.8.5 Cabot Microelectronics Corporation

          $99.00

        6. 6.8.6 Ceradyne Incorporated

          $107.00

        7. 6.8.7 Denki Kagaku Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha

          $82.00

        8. 6.8.8 DENTSPLY International Incorporated

          $111.00

        9. 6.8.9 DuPont (EI) de Nemours

          $102.00

        10. 6.8.10 Evonik Industries AG

          $237.00

        11. 6.8.11 Fuji Silysia Chemical Limited

          $82.00

        12. 6.8.12 Glassven CA

          $111.00

        13. 6.8.13 Grace (WR) & Company

          $178.00

        14. 6.8.14 Huber (JM) Corporation

          $133.00

        15. 6.8.15 Imerys SA

          $87.00

        16. 6.8.16 Industrias Quimicas del Ebro SA

          $82.00

        17. 6.8.17 Kemira Oyj

          $82.00

        18. 6.8.18 Merck KGaA

          $104.00

        19. 6.8.19 Multisorb Technologies Incorporated

          $104.00

        20. 6.8.20 Nalco Holding Company

          $133.00

        21. 6.8.21 Nissan Chemical Industries Limited

          $106.00

        22. 6.8.22 Orisil Limited

          $82.00

        23. 6.8.23 PPG Industries Incorporated

          $172.00

        24. 6.8.24 PQ Corporation

          $139.00

        25. 6.8.25 Precision Electro Minerals Company Incorporated

          $82.00

        26. 6.8.26 Qingdao Makall Group Incorporated

          $82.00

        27. 6.8.27 Rhodia SA

          $142.00

        28. 6.8.28 Tokuyama Corporation

          $139.00

        29. 6.8.29 Wacker Chemie AG

          $177.00

      9. 6.9 Other Companies Mentioned in the Study

        $82.00

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