Diatomite Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Diatomite Market is segmented by Source (Fresh Water Diatomite and Salt Water Diatomite), Process (Natural Grades , Calcined Grades, and Flux-Calcined Grades), Application (Filter Media, Cement Additive, Filler, Absorbent, Insecticides, and Others), and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle-East and Africa)

Diatomite Market Snapshot

Diatomite Market
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: North America
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: >5 %

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Market Overview

The market is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 5% during the forecast period. One of the main factors driving the market is growing demand of diatomite as filter media. However, availability of substitutes of diatomite such as expanded perlite and silica sand is expected to hinder the growth of the market studied.

  • Growing demand of diatomite in manufacturing of insecticides is likely to act as an opportunity for the market studied in the coming years.
  • By application, diatomite as filter media for water treatment is expected to dominate the market over the forecast period.
  • North America region is expected to dominate the market with the largest consumption from countries, such as United States and Canada.

Scope of the Report

The diatomite market report includes:

Fresh Water Diatomite
Salt Water Diatomite
Natural Grades
Calcined Grades
Flux-Calcined Grades
Filter Media
Cement Additive
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South America
Rest of South America
Middle-East and Africa
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Growing Demand of Diatomite as Filter Media

  • Diatomite, also known as diatomaceous earth, is naturally occurring fossilized remains of diatoms. It is a very porous rock with a fine particle size and a low specific gravity. These properties make it useful as a filter media, an absorbent, and as lightweight filler for rubber, paint, and plastics.
  • High degree of porosity combined with its low density and inertness, makes diatomite an excellent filtration medium, providing the ability to economically remove microscopically small suspended solids from large volumes of liquid.
  • With the ever-increasing requirement for power across the world, the demand for water treatment chemicals is likely to increase in the future.
  • Increasing health concerns over the consumption of freshwater have driven the market for membrane water system in household water treatment for drinking purposes. thus increasing the consumption of diatomite.
  • Hence, owing to the above-mentioned factors, the application of diatomite in surfactants is likely to dominate during the forecast period.
Diatomite Market Revenue Share

North America Region to Dominate the Market

  • North America region is expected to dominate the market for diatomite during the forecast period. The rising demand of water filter media with growing population and technologies in developed countries like United States, and Canada is expected to drive the demand for diatomite in this region.
  • The largest producers of diatomite are located in North America region. Some of the leading companies in the production of diatomite are Imerys S.A,EP Minerals,Calgon Carbon Corporation,Showa Chemical Industry Co., Ltd and Diatomit CJSC among others.
  • According to the State Oceanic Administration (SOA), the country has around 131 seawater desalination plants, which produce 66.6% of the desalinated water for industrial purposes, and the remainder for residential use.
  • Presence of large deposits of diatomite in California, Nevada, Washington and Oregon makes North America the major producer of diatomite.
  • Owing to the above-mentioned factors, the market for diatomite in the North America region is projected to grow significantly during the study period.
Diatomite Market Regional Trends

Competitive Landscape

The global diatomite market is partially fragmented in nature with only few major players dominating the market. Some of the major companies are Imerys S.A, EP Minerals, Calgon Carbon Corporation, Showa Chemical Industry Co., Ltd and Dicalite Management Group, Inc among others.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Growing Demand of Diatomite as Filter Media

      2. 4.1.2 Other Drivers

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Availability of Substitutes of Diatomite Such as Expanded Perlite and Silica Sand

      2. 4.2.2 Other Restraints

    3. 4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Degree of Competition

    5. 4.5 Raw Material Analysis


    1. 5.1 Source

      1. 5.1.1 Fresh Water Diatomite

      2. 5.1.2 Salt Water Diatomite

    2. 5.2 Process

      1. 5.2.1 Natural Grades

      2. 5.2.2 Calcined Grades

      3. 5.2.3 Flux-Calcined Grades

    3. 5.3 Application

      1. 5.3.1 Filter Media

      2. 5.3.2 Cement Additive

      3. 5.3.3 Filler

      4. 5.3.4 Absorbent

      5. 5.3.5 Insecticides

      6. 5.3.6 Others

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.4.2 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      3. 5.4.3 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Italy

        5. Rest of Europe

      4. 5.4.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.4.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Market Share/Ranking Analysis**

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Imerys S.A.

      2. 6.4.2 EP Minerals

      3. 6.4.3 Calgon Carbon Corporation

      4. 6.4.4 Showa Chemical Industry Co., Ltd

      5. 6.4.5 Diatomit CJSC

      6. 6.4.6 Dicalite Management Group, Inc.

      7. 6.4.7 Jilin Yuan Tong Mineral Co., Ltd.

      8. 6.4.8 Diatomite Direct

      9. 6.4.9 Qingdao Best diatomite co.ltd.,

      10. 6.4.10 CECA

      11. 6.4.11 Shenzhou Xinglong Products of Diatomite Co,.Ltd

      12. 6.4.12 Chuanshan inte

      13. 6.4.13 U.S. SILICA

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Growing Demand of Diatomite in Manufacturing of Insecticides

    2. 7.2 Other Opportunities

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Diatomite Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Diatomite Market is growing at a CAGR of >5% over the next 5 years.

North America is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2020.

Imerys S.A, EP Minerals, Calgon Carbon Corporation, Showa Chemical Industry Co., Ltd, Dicalite Management Group, Inc. are the major companies operating in Diatomite Market.

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