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Article Title: World Demand for Specialty Silicas to Reach 2,8 Mt in 2016
Publication: Refractories Worldforum, 10/5/2012
Freedonia Study: World Specialty Silicas (2906)

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World demand for specialty silicas – which include precipitated silica, fumed silica, silica gel, and silica sol – will grow at a healthy 5,6 % annual pace to 2,8 Mt in 2016. Volume demand will be bolstered by rising use in the rubber market due to increasing use of silica in tire treads and higher levels of tire production, and by recovery in the manufacturing sector. In both value and volume terms, the market will improve from the 2006–2011 period, when it was negatively impacted by the global economic recession of 2009.
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