Silicon Metal Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Silicon Metal Market is segmented by Product Type (Metallurgy Grade and Chemical Grade), Application (Aluminum Alloys, Semiconductors, Solar Panels, Stainless Steel, and Other Applications), and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle-East and Africa).

Market Snapshot

Silicon Metal Market Overview
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: >4 %
Silicon Metal Market Major Players

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Market Overview

The silicon metal market was valued at over 2.9 million ton in 2020, and the market is projected to register a CAGR of 4% during the forecast period (2021-2026).

COVID-19 has affected both the demand and supply of silicon all around the world. Due to restrictions, there could not be a regular material supply, while most of the silicon metal plants stopped production temporarily. The price reversal due to COVID-19 and the recent commerce imposition of preliminary duties on all silicon metal imports may further affect the market negatively.

  • Over the mid-term, one of the major factors driving the market studied is the increasing demand for aluminum-silicon alloys.
  • The high cost of production is expected to hinder the growth of the market studied.
  • In the short and long run, there is no visible option to reduce the cost of silicon metal production, as the implementations on taxes are increasing over time.
  • Asia-Pacific dominated the market across the world, with the largest consumption from countries, such as China and India.

Scope of the Report

Silicon is a hard, crystalline, and brittle solid with a blue-grey metallic luster. The silicon metal market is partially consolidated. The market is segmented by product type into metallurgy grade and chemical grade, among which metallurgy grade dominates the market. The market is segmented by application into aluminum alloys, semiconductors, solar panels, stainless steel, and other applications. The report also covers the market size and forecasts for the silicon metal market in 15 countries across major regions. For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done on the basis of volume (kiloton).

Product Type
Metallurgy Grade
Chemical Grade
Aluminum Alloys
Solar Panels
Stainless Steel
Other Applications
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South America
Rest of South America
Middle East & Africa
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

Increasing Demand from Semiconductor Application

  • Silicon is commonly used as a semiconductor in electronics: devices, such as printed circuit boards, transistors, integrated circuits, and many more, due to its properties that help in achieving the desired conductive efficiency.
  • Silicon conducts electricity under some conditions and acts as an insulator under others.
  • Silicon’s electrical properties can be modified through a process called doping. These characteristics make it an ideal material for making transistors, which amplify electrical signals.
  • Silicon wafer is the most common type of electronic component that is used in numerous electronic devices.
  • Silicon possesses a moderate energy bandgap of 1.12eV at 0 K. This makes silicon a stable element compared to germanium and reduces the chance of leakage current.
  • Global semiconductor sales stood at USD 439 billion in 2020 due to the growing demand for chips across the markets.
  • In recent times, research has been conducted in the field of silicon photonics, which combines photonics and electronics to create ultra-fast optical data processing.
  • Owing to the aforementioned reasons, the usage of silicon metals in semiconductor applications is increasing globally.
Silicon Metal Market Key Trends

Asia-Pacific Region to Dominate the Market

  • Asia-Pacific accounts for the largest share in the market, with China being the world's largest producer of silicon metal.
  • China is the world’s largest producer of silicon. According to the silicon branch of China Non-ferrous Metals Industry Association (CNIA), China wants to reposition its domestic silicon metal sector as a strategic source of raw material for the nation due to the persistent overseas anti-dumping policies imposed against the import of silicon from China.
  • The Chinese silicon metal sector has high energy and resource consumption, along with a high polluting industry. Although some regional governments have preferential policies for their local silicon players to lift their completeness, due to expected limited room for a further fall in rigid costs, domestic silicon prices are likely to be stable in the future.
  • China, with a production volume of around 5.4 million metric ton in 2020, is the largest silicon producer.
  • There exists a strong competition among various key Chinese silicon production zones, especially between Yunnan Province, Central China, and Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Northwest China.
  • The aforementioned factors are expected to drive the market in the region during the forecast period.
Silicon Metal Market Growth Rate by Region

Competitive Landscape

The silicon metal market is partially consolidated. The major companies include Ferroglobe, Mississippi Silicon, RIMA Industrial, Sil'tronix Silicon Technologies, and Silicon Metal Industries, among others.

Recent Developments

  • In December 2019, Hoshine silicon expanded its silicon metal capacity by adding 800,000mt/year.
  • In October 2019, PCC SE started silicon metal production at Húsavík (Island) with a production capacity of 32,000mt/year.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Increasing Demand for Aluminum-silicon Alloys

      2. 4.1.2 Increasing Use in the Solar Industry

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 High Cost of Production

      2. 4.2.2 Unfavorable Conditions Arising due to the Impact of COVID-19

    3. 4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services

      5. 4.4.5 Degree of Competition

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size in Volume)

    1. 5.1 Product Type

      1. 5.1.1 Metallurgy Grade

      2. 5.1.2 Chemical Grade

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Aluminum Alloys

      2. 5.2.2 Semiconductors

      3. 5.2.3 Solar Panels

      4. 5.2.4 Stainless Steel

      5. 5.2.5 Other Applications

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.3.2 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      3. 5.3.3 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. Italy

        4. France

        5. Rest of Europe

      4. 5.3.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle East & Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle East & 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 Ferroglobe PLC

      2. 6.4.2 Elkem

      3. 6.4.3 HC Starck

      4. 6.4.4 Liasa

      5. 6.4.5 Mississipi Silicon

      6. 6.4.6 Panadyne Inc.

      7. 6.4.7 RIMA Industrial

      8. 6.4.8 Rusal

      9. 6.4.9 Sil'tronix Silicon Technologies

      10. 6.4.10 Silicon Metal Industries

      11. 6.4.11 Simcoa Operations Pty Ltd

      12. 6.4.12 Sumco Corporation

      13. 6.4.13 The Quartz Corporation

      14. 6.4.14 Wynca Group

      15. 6.4.15 Zhejiang Kaihua Yuantong Silicon Industry Co. Ltd

      16. 6.4.16 PCC SE

      17. 6.4.17 Hoshine Silicon Industry Co., Ltd

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Rising Demand for Solar Panel in Asia-Pacific

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Silicon Metal Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Silicon Metal Market is growing at a CAGR of >4% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2020.

Ferroglobe, Mississippi Silicon, Sil'tronix Silicon Technologies, Silicon Metal Industries, RIMA Industrial are the major companies operating in Silicon Metal Market.

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