Specialty Silica Market Size, Share & Trend Report

Specialty Silica Market Size, Share & Trend Analysis Report By Product (Precipitated Silica, Silica Gel, Fused Silica), By Application (Rubber, Food & Healthcare, Coatings), And Segment Forecasts, 2012 - 2022

  • Published Date: Apr, 2018
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2014
  • Report ID: 978-1-68038-794-0
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2012 - 2014
  • Number of Pages: 130

Industry Insights

The global specialty silica market size was estimated at USD 2.66 billion in 2016 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 9.1% over the forecast period. Increasing rubber consumption in tire manufacturing, most notably in Asia Pacific, is expected to have a positive impact on the industry over the forecast period.

U.S. specialty silica market

Specialty silica is used in the production of medicated and transparent toothpastes as it acts as a whitening, cleaning and polishing agent. This product is employed as a thickener and a trivial abrasive cleaner owing to its high fluoride compatibility. Furthermore, the product, when employed with tooth powders, acts as an efficient abrasive agent and helps in efficient cleaning of teeth. In addition, changing lifestyle of consumers, growing awareness regarding green tires, and rising disposable income of the middle class is expected to fuel product demand over the forecast period

The product is prepared by the reaction of alkaline silicate solution with sulfuric or hydrochloric acid. Sodium silicate and sulfuric acid solutions are further added to water. The product is used as non-reactive filler on account of its high absorption capacity and large surface area. It is used as thickening and reinforcing agent in adhesives. The product has profound use in conveyor as well as transmission belts, wherein it provides abrasion resistance, high tensile strength, and improves tear resistance.

The product market is expected to witness surging demand over the forecast period on account of its profound use of in rubber/tire, oral care, plastics, and packaging applications. Growing product use in the rubber/tire industry on account of its properties, such as abrasion resistance, and a few other desirable properties, is expected to drive demand over the forecast period. The product also finds wide use in personal care and cosmetic sectors on account of its oil & sweat absorption property which provides smooth and silky texture to the skin.

The growing automotive industry, coupled with the expanding application scope of the product, is expected to be a driver for the market. In addition, increasing automotive production mainly in China, Germany, Mexico, India, and South Korea is contributing to the market growth. Precipitated silica has profound use in rubber & tire applications, particularly in trucks and heavy equipment vehicles, as it is known to improve adhesion & tear resistance between rubber tire and metallic reinforcements. The product is available in granular as well spray dried powder form.

However, the wide availability of substitutes will restrain product growth. Carbon black has been replacing specialty silica in the tire industry. Carbon black is a refined chemical that is manufactured by burning hydrocarbons in limited air supply. However, green tire manufacturers are replacing specialty carbon black with silica to offer eco-friendly benefits to the users. This is expected to have a positive impact the industry.

The product is used in rubber, food & healthcare, coatings, plastics and abrasives & refractories. Others applications of the product includes its use in agrochemicals, defoamers, plastics, and adhesives & sealants.Growing demand for the product in agrochemical applications is expected to favorably impact the market over the forecast period. Rising use of the product as absorbent carriers and flow conditioners wherein it helps to improve suspension behavior and storage stability in liquids is expected to propel market demand.

Product Insights

Precipitated silica, colloidal silica, fused silica, silica gel, and fumed silica are the major product categories. In 2014, precipitated silica dominated the global market, with a share of 73.5% of the overall revenue. The product is extensively used in the tire and shoe industry. Increasing use of the product in the coatings and refectories & abrasives industries is expected to fuel its growth over the next few years.

In addition, countries such as India and China are expected to witness a significant growth in the tire industry, which is expected to propel market growth over the forecast period. Also, high demand levels have induced higher levels of production in this region.

Silica gel held a significant share of the global market and is expected to witness a fast growth over the forecast period. Silica gel is used in a number application industries including its use in compressed air systems, humidity control, syringes, drug test kits, food additives, water filtration, chromatography, and humidity indicators.

Application Insights

The product is used in a variety of applications, including rubber, plastics, coatings, food & healthcare, and abrasives & refractories. The rubber application segment dominated the global market in 2014 in terms of revenue, and held a share of 33.4% of the overall market. Rubber is majorly used in the manufacturing of tires, which are further used in the automotive industry. Increasing automotive production, especially in India and Mexico, is expected to impact product demand over the forecast period.

Global specialty silica market

In addition, specialty silica also held a significant share in the food & healthcare segment. Silica when used in food products helps in preserving the product, and thus increases its life span. The product is also used in powdered ingredients such as seasonings, fruit powders, and table salts.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific was the largest product market in 2014 and is expected to witness significant growth over the forecast period. Growing automotive industry in emerging economies of Asia Pacific, coupled with increased construction & infrastructure spending by Indian and Chinese governments, is a key factor responsible driving high demand. In addition, growing automotive industry in Japan, Thailand, South Korea, and Indonesia is further expected to fuel market growth.

North America was the second-largest market in terms of revenue. The rubber tire industry has seen significant growth the past few years owing to the increasing automotive demand in the region. In addition, population growth, urbanization and rising disposable incomes in Mexico is expected to play an important role in the growth of the construction sector and thus expected to impact the demand of specialty silica used in the paints & coating industry.

Specialty Silica Market Share Insights

The market is characterized by integration across raw material to manufacturing stages of the industry value chain. Companies such as AkzoNobel N.V., Evonik, Huber Corporation, Imerys SA, Ecolab Incorporated are engaged in manufacturing raw materials for specialty silica. These companies consume raw materials to manufacture the product.

Some of the key companies present in the industry include Tosoh Corporation, Wacker Chemie AG, Oriental Silicas Corporation, Nissan Chemical Industries Limited, Kemira Oyj, Nippon Aerosil Co. Ltd and Evonik Industries.

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2012 - 2014

Forecast period

2015 - 2022

Market representation

Volume in Kilotons, Revenue in USD Million & CAGR from 2015 to 2022

Regional scope

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

Report coverage      

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

Country Scope

U.S., UK, Germany, China, India, Brazil

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Segments covered in the report

This report forecasts revenue growth at a regional & country level and provides an analysis of the industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2015 to 2024. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global specialty silica market report on the basis of product, application, and region:

  • Product Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million; 2012 - 2022)

    • Precipitated silica

    • Silica gel

    • Fused silica

    • Colloidal silica

    • Fumed silica

  • Application Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million; 2012 - 2022)

    • Rubber

    • Food & healthcare

    • Coatings

    • Plastics

    • Abrasives & refractories

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million; 2012 - 2022)

    • North America

      • U.S

    • Europe

      • UK

      • Germany

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

    • Middle East & Africa

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