U.S. liquid sodium silicate market is expected to grow at a moderate rate owing to high demand for end-use industries

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The liquid sodium silicate market in the U.S. is expected to grow at a moderate rate owing to increasing demand for the product in detergents, elastomers and catalyst industry. The region has significant number of raw material suppliers and geographical advantages in terms of the raw material availability, which is likely to have a positive impact on the market growth.

Increasing concern towards environment in the country are likely to compel manufacturers to use bio-based products such as rice husk. Abundant availability of the rice husk in the region, especially in the rice producing states including Texas, California, Arkansas and Mississippi is expected to open new avenues for the industry growth over the next eight years.

Sodium silicate is a key source of reactive silica and has high demand for manufacturing its derivatives including precipitated silica, zeolites, and silica gels is expected to have a positive impact on the industry growth.

The market is segmented on the basis of applications, which primarily include detergents, pulp and paper, catalyst, and elastomers. In addition to these applications, the product is distributed into a number of applications, which account for a small share in the overall market, however have high potential in terms of growth. These applications include cements, ceramics, welding rods, agriculture, mining and water treatment.

Liquid silicates are generally stored in drums or bulk quantities. The safety concerns associated with the storage and handling of the liquid sodium silicates is expected to be the key challenge faced by the manufactures. The bulk shipments of liquid sodium silicates are transported by truck, rail, or tanker; large volumes are transferred by gravity or pumping. Also, the liquid silicates tend to be more expensive mainly because they are shipped at least with 50% water with the product. Which is likely to impact international trades of the product.

The LLS A grade covers the SiO2/NO2O ratio ranging from 3.22 to 3.5, whereas the liquid LSS B and LSS C represents SiO2/NO2O rations ranging from 2.6 to 3.21 and 1.6 to 2.5 respectively. LSS A is expected to be the dominating product segment owing to its high demand in wide range of industries.

                                               "Table: U.S. Liquid Sodium Silicate Product Grades"

Product Grade

Application

LSS A

Abrasive wheels, acid-proof cement, adhesive formulations, coating formulations, corrosion control in water lines, drilling muds, hardening concrete, engine coolants, manufacture of titanium dioxide, manufacture of gels and catalysts, manufacture of detergents and soaps, soil stabilization, slurry thinner, De-inking paper, engine coolants, pulp bleaching,

LSS B

Coating roofing granules, drilling muds, foundry molds and cores, furnace and stove cements, leak sealing compounds; manufacture of soaps, detergents, industrial cleaners; ore flotation, pulp bleaching

LSS C

Drilling muds, foundry molds and cores, furnace and stove cements, leak sealing compounds; manufacture of soaps, detergents, industrial cleaners; ore flotation, and pulp bleaching

 

The sodium silicate was first commercially produced in the U.S. to replace rosin in laundry products. Detergents has been the largest application segment for the product over the past few decades. However, the market share for sodium silicate in detergent application has been declining over the last few years, owing to emergence of liquid detergents and this trend is expected to continue over the projected period.

Arkansas is one of the key states for LSS market in the U.S. and has several mining operations plants for the production of industrial sand. Majority of the sand produced in the region is used for the applications such as foundry, glass manufacturing and chemical synthesis. In addition, the state is on the major producer for rice, which is expected to result into adequate availability of the rice husk, which is a potential raw material for liquid sodium silicate. As a result, abundant availability of the raw materials in the region is expected to be the key factor compelling manufacturers to invest in to the manufacturing of sodium silicate and its derivative products.

  In-depth report on U.S. liquid sodium market by Grand View Research:

http://www.grandviewresearch.com/industry-analysis/us-liquid-sodium-silicate-lss-market

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