Natural Zeolites Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Natural Zeolites Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Application (Soil Remediation, Animal Feed, Construction Material), By Region (Europe, APAC), And Segment Forecasts, 2018 - 2025

  • Published Date: Dec, 2018
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2017
  • Report ID: GVR-2-68038-648-6
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2014 - 2016
  • Number of Pages: 79

Industry Insights

The global natural zeolites market size was estimated at USD 6.47 billion in 2017. It is projected to witness a CAGR of 2.7% from 2017 to 2025. The construction industry is the major application market for natural zeolites. However, the product is expected to witness rapid growth, in terms of demand, from soil amendment and water purification applications.

The increasing demand for lightweight concrete in construction industry is anticipated to propel the use of the product. Lightweight concrete is preferred over ordinary concrete owing to many reasons such as improved fire resistance, less thermal expansion, and better sound absorption. Other than concrete, the use of natural zeolites is prevalent in dimension stones, lightweight aggregates, and soil stabilizers under construction materials.

China natural zeolites market

Soil amendment and water treatment applications are gaining importance across the globe on account of increasing environmental concerns. The groundwater contamination caused by soluble nitrogen-based fertilizers is a major environmental concern. Natural zeolites restrict the nitrification of ammonium to nitrate, which results in reduced nitrate leaching. In addition, natural zeolites enrich the soil and contribute to the development of a healthy plant.

The presence of heavy metals and metalloids in water bodies poses a significant threat to the environment owing to their toxic nature. Natural zeolites possess ion exchange property, which helps absorption of heavy metals in their honeycomb structure. Also, natural zeolites are an economical option in water purification and separation processes.

Demand for the product persists across various end-use industries, however, the availability of several substitutes is likely to hinder its growth over the forecast period. Diatomite, perlite, and bentonite are among the key substitutes of the product in concrete, pet litter, water purification, and soil amendment applications.

Application Insights

Construction materials were the largest application segment in 2017, accounting for 54.3% share, in terms of revenue. The growth of construction industry, especially in the emerging economies, is leading toward increased demand for the product in construction materials. For instance, according to Lê Quang Hùng, the Deputy Minister of Construction of Vietnam, the country’s construction industry expanded at a rate of 8.7% in 2017 owing to an increase in tourism, urbanization, and renovation of old buildings. Favorable government policies are also propelling demand from construction industry.

Animal feed was the second largest application in 2017. The animal feed production is significant in North America. Mexico and U.S. are among the top feed producing countries in the world. Natural zeolites are extensively used in animal feed in the form of additives as they facilitate the proper growth and weight development of animals. In addition, they help in improving the nutrient absorption in feed and prevent various diseases.

The product has also gained popularity in soil remediation, water treatment, and odor control applications over the past years. It helps in the development of a healthy plant when added to the soil. It also helps in eliminating harmful elements from soil and water. It is very effective in odor control and hence used in pet litter, deodorizers, and fresheners.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific dominated the global natural zeolites market, accounting for 64.1% market volume share in 2017. The market in emerging economies such as India is gaining momentum, especially in soil amendment application. Considering the importance and vastness of India’s agricultural industry, natural zeolite manufacturers are extending their reach in the country.

In terms of revenue, Central and South America market is anticipated to progress at a CAGR of 2.6% over the forecast period. The demand for the product is prevalent in Central and South America owing to the increasing soil and water contamination and animal feed production. The region had over 4,287 mills for feed production, as of 2016, and due to the increasing urbanization, the region is in immediate need for water treatment projects as well.

Global natural zeolites market

The U.S. is a major consumer of natural zeolites in North America. Animal feed is the major application segment in the U.S. market, on account of high animal feed production. According to the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), there were about 6,232 mills including animal feed mills and pet food manufacturing facilities in U.S. and the total animal feed consumption was 236.3 million tons in 2016.

Natural Zeolites Market Share Insights

The global market is highly competitive and fragmented. The widespread deposits across the world have led to their large-scale production. The market is dominated by major players such as Zeocem a.s., Zeotech Corporation, KMI Zeolite, and United States Antimony Corporation.

Capacity expansion is a key strategy adopted by major market players. For instance, in June 2016, the United States Antimony Corporation announced the addition of a production line to its Bear River Zeolite plant. In October 2018, SDIC Shengshi and Xiao Ben formed a joint venture, which is expected to help both the companies extend their global reach and increase their market share.

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2014 - 2016

Forecast period

2018 - 2025

Market representation

Revenue in USD million, volume in kilotons, & CAGR from 2017 to 2025

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America

Country scope

U.S., Germany, U.K., China, Japan, Brazil

Report coverage      

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

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue and volume growth at global, country, and regional levels and provides an analysis of the latest 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 natural zeolites market report on the basis of application and region:

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

    • Construction Materials

    • Animal Feed

    • Soil Remediation

    • Others

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

    • North America

      • U.S.

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • U.K.

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • Japan

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

    • Middle East & Africa

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