U.S. Diatomite Market Estimates & Trend Report

U.S. Diatomite Market Estimates & Trend Analysis By Application (Absorbents, Aggregates, Fillers, Filtration), By End-Use (Food & Beverage Processing, Paints & Coatings, Plastic Manufacturing, Medical), And Segment Forecasts, 2014 - 2025

Published: January 2017  |  60 Pages  |  Format: PDF  |  Report ID: GVR-1-68038-735-3

Industry Insights

The U.S. diatomite market size was estimated at USD 701.8 million in 2015 and is expected to witness significant growth over the forecast period due to increasing demand for key applications such as filtration, aggregates, and functional additives in end-use segments including medical, construction and food & beverage processing.

The growing awareness among consumers regarding the benefits associated with diatomite and the wide range of applications of the product from food grade commodities to insecticides is expected to drive the demand for the U.S. High demand of the mineral in growing sectors such as paints & coatings industry as it is used in breaking down the reflecting characteristic of the paints is expected to have a positive impact on the demand for the product over the next nine years.

U.S. diatomite market revenue, by end-use, 2014 - 2025 (USD million)

U.S. diatomite market

The demand for diatomite in the U.S. was highest in filtration application as the mineral is mostly used in beverage processing owing to its high filtration efficiency. The demand for diatomite as filter aid is expected to grow over the forecast period owing to the growing demand for beer coupled with increasing number of breweries.

However, as the production and processing cost of diatomite is high, it is being substituted by other minerals including perlite, silica sand, ground mica, ground lime and talc. Perlite acts as an almost perfect substitute to diatomite as perlite also contains around 85% of silica and can be used as a filter aid, filler, and an absorbent.

Application Insights

The demand for diatomite in filtration application is expected to witness substantial growth on account of the superior properties including high porosity and smaller particle size as compared to its counterparts. Diatomite acts as yeast in the fermentation of beer and wine which provides the drinks with clean taste and texture.

The demand for the mineral is declining in absorbents owing to the substitution of the product with perlite, talc and ground lime among others. The demand for diatomite in aggregates is expected to grow on account of the lightweight of the minerals, which reduces the weight of the concrete and aids in ease of transportation. However, rising substitution of the product in absorbent application owing to the high production cost is likely to restrain growth.

End-Use Insights

The food & beverage processing industry accounted for over 50% of the overall revenue share in 2015 owing to the use of diatomite as a filter aid in filtration applications in the food & beverage industry. The highly porous mineral with the ability to absorb water three times more than its capacity is expected to be the key factor for the use of the product in filtration of beverages and foods such as edible and vegetable oils.

Furthermore, the demand for diatomite in others segment is expected to grow substantially owing to the utilization of the mineral in natural insecticides and manufacturing of insulation bricks. The thermo-stability and thermal resistance of diatomite enable its use as a thermal barrier substance in fire resistant safes, which is expected to have a positive impact on the market growth.

U.S. diatomite revenue share, by application, 2015 (%)

U.S. diatomite

The plastic manufacturing segment accounted for over 8% of the overall revenue in 2015 owing to the use of the powder in the separation of the plastic thin films and bags. The high moisture absorption capacity of the mineral is expected to be the key reason for the use of diatomite in a plastic manufacturing application. Furthermore, the demand for the mineral in medical application is growing owing to the health benefits associated with the mineral as it is a natural source of silica, which is beneficial for blood vessels, bones, cartilage and tendons of the body.

Regional Insights

The number of breweries in the U.S. is growing significantly. The rising demand for craft beer and clean wine is expected to have triggered the growth of the breweries in the U.S., which is expected to be a positive aspect for the growth on account of the increasing use of the mineral as a filter aid in beer processing.

The positive residential real estate sector growth in the U.S. is expected to augment the demand for diatomite in construction application owing to the increasing penetration of the mineral in aggregates as it provides stability and durability to the constructed structure. In addition, growing penetration of the product in paints & coatings industry is expected to drive the market over the forecast period.

Competitive Insights

The strategies adopted by the key players in the industry include mergers & acquisitions, product innovations, and collaborations. The key focus areas of these players are consumer satisfaction, brand preservation, and development of solutions that would help users to ensure efficient compliance. EP Minerals, LLC and Imerys are among the major players of the industry, as of 2015.

Report Scope

Attribute

Details

Base year for estimation

2015

Actual estimates/Historical data

2014 - 2015

Forecast period

2016 - 2025

Market representation

Revenue in USD Million & CAGR from 2016 to 2025

Regional scope

North America

Country scope

U.S.

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Revenue forecast, company share, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

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Segments covered in the report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional & country levels and provides an analysis on the industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the U.S. Diatomite Marketon the basis of product, application, end-use and region:

  • Application Outlook (Volume, Kilo Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Absorbents

    • Aggregates

    • Fillers

    • Filtration

    • Others

  • End-Use Outlook (Volume, Kilo Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Food & beverage processing

    • Paints & coatings

    • Plastic manufacturing

    • Medical

    • Others

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