Activated alumina Market Report

Activated alumina Market Analysis, By Application (Catalyst, Desiccant, Fluoride Adsorbent, Bio ceramics), By End Use (Water Treatment, Oil & Gas, Plastics, Healthcare, Others), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2018 - 2025

  • Published Date: Sep, 2017
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2016
  • Report ID: GVR-1-68038-611-0
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2014 - 2016
  • Number of Pages: 120

Industry Insights

The global activated alumina market size was estimated at USD 831.7 million in 2016. Increasing need for pure and safe water and the growing application scope of the product in plastics industry is expected to be key factors driving the global market growth over the forecast period.

Activated alumina is a highly porous substance that exhibits tremendous surface area and is used in various end-use industries. The key applications of activated alumina include its use as a catalyst, desiccant, fluoride adsorbent, and in bio ceramics. The activated alumina market is mainly driven by the demand from the water treatment industry due to its ability to be used as an adsorbent for the effective removal of fluoride and other impurities from water.

U.S. activated alumina market

The U.S. activated alumina market was estimated at USD 217.0 million in 2016 and is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 4.8% from 2017 to 2025. The increasing research being conducted in the field of activated alumina has helped in increasing the application scope of activated alumina over the years. The demand for activated alumina as catalyst in key end-use verticals such as oil & gas and plastics has increased over the years, and is expected to witness significant growth in emerging markets such as China and India.

Activated alumina has different applications such as its use in the oil & gas industries for gas and liquid drying applications. Various types of activated alumina are used for producing different products and are useful for different end-use industries. This ability has helped in augmenting demand of activated alumina over the last few years. The use of activated alumina is increasing on account of its properties such as thermal, shock, and abrasion resistance. Activated alumina is now widely being used in the healthcare sector for bone and dental implants, and thus is expected to increase its demand over the forecast period

With increasing population, water pollution is on the rise, which in turn is generating the need for water purification. The use of activated alumina for water purification is seen as an efficient way to purify water. The alumina can be regenerated, which significantly reduces the cost of water purification. In addition, the support provided by the Environmental Protection Agency for the use of activated alumina in water purification has led to widespread use of the product. These factors together are expected to fuel the demand for water purification using activated alumina, which in turn is expected to propel the demand for activated alumina over the forecast period.

The use of activated alumina is approved by various governing bodies and can be used while following the required restrictions and regulations. Regulatory frameworks and agencies such as The National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) and The Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA), among others, have laid down guidelines regarding the storage and use of activated alumina for companies that are into the manufacturing and use of activated alumina.

Application Insights

Fluoride adsorbent accounted for the largest share of industry revenues in 2016, among applications, and this dominance is expected to continue over the forecast period. The growing use of the product as adsorbent in water treatment applications for fluoride removal is expected to contribute heavily to this trend over the concerned period.

The catalyst application segment accounted for the second-largest share in 2016. The increasing application scope of the product as catalyst in oil & gas and plastic industries is expected to have significant impacts on the growth of this segment over the forecast period.

The rapid growth of investments in R&D for the healthcare industry, across emerging as well as developed regions, is expected to have positive impacts on the use of activated alumina for bio ceramics. This function of the product finds use primarily in bone and dental replacements in the healthcare industry.

End-use Insights

The water treatment industry is expected to continue its dominance in the overall industry during the period from 2017 to 2025. The increasing demand for clean and safe water for domestic as well as industrial functions is expected to drive the water treatment industry over the coming years, thereby driving the demand for activated alumina.

The oil & gas and plastics industries have been witnessing steady growth over the past years, most notably in key emerging economies such as China and India. The growth of these industries is expected to drive the demand for the product in catalyst applications, thereby driving the overall product market growth during the forecast period.

The rising application scope of the product in bio ceramics applications for bone and dental replacement surgeries, among other end uses, is expected to drive the product demand in the healthcare industry, thereby contributing to the overall industry growth during the forecast period.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific dominated the overall activated alumina industry in terms of revenue in 2016, and this trend is expected to continue over the forecast period. The regional segment is also projected to grow at the highest CAGR of 6.2% from 2017 to 2025. The increasing demand for the product from rapidly-growing end-use sectors, such as water treatment, oil & gas, and plastics is expected to propel the product demand growth over the forecast period.

Global activated alumina market

North America accounted for the second-largest share of the overall market in 2016, followed by Europe. The growth of the water treatment industry in the region, along with supportive government policy frameworks, can be regarded as the prime factor driving the growth of the activated alumina industry in the region.

The rapid growth of end-use verticals such as water treatment, oil & gas, and plastics in emerging economies such as Brazil, South Africa, and African economies is expected to have significant impacts on the product demand growth in Central & South America and the Middle East & Africa regions over the forecast period.

Competitive Insights

The key players in the global market include BASF SE, Honeywell International Inc., Sumitomo Chemical Co., Porocel Industries LLC, Dynamic Adsorbents Inc., and Axens SA. The companies are emphasizing on new product developments and acquisitions to increase their shares and strengthen their competitive edge in the industry.

In January 2017, Axens SA acquired shares of Heurtey Petrochem S.A. with the objective of enhancing their competitive position in the industry. Such acquisitions are expected to drive the aforementioned key companies towards stronger competitive positions over the forecast period.

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2014 - 2016

Forecast period

2017 - 2025

Market representation                             

Volume in ton; Revenue in USD Million; and CAGR from 2017 to 2025

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America, Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S., Germany, UK, China, India, Japan, Brazil, South Africa

Report coverage         

Revenue forecast, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

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Segments covered in the report

This report forecasts revenue and volume 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 global activated alumina market on the basis of application, end use, and region:

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

    • Catalyst

    • Desiccant

    • Fluoride Adsorbent

    • Bio ceramics

    • Others

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

    • Water Treatment

    • Oil & Gas

    • Plastics

    • Healthcare

    • Others

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

    • North America

      • U.S.

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • UK

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

    • Middle East & Africa

      • South Africa

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