Specialty Silica Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The report covers Global Specialty Silica Market Analysis and it is segmented by Type (Precipitated Silica, Silica Gel, Fumed Silica, Colloidal Silica, and Fused Silica), by Application (Rubber, Personal Care, Food and Feed, Chemicals, Plastics, Paints, Coatings and Inks, Metal and Refractories, and Other Applications), and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle-East and Africa). The market size and forecasts for the specialty silica market are provided in terms of volume (tons) for all the above segments.

Specialty Silica Market Size

Specialty Silica Market Summary
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Study Period 2018 - 2028
Market Volume (2023) 1.50 Million tons
Market Volume (2028) 1.81 Million tons
CAGR (2023 - 2028) 3.77 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia Pacific
Largest Market Asia Pacific

Major Players

Specialty Silica Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Specialty Silica Market Analysis

The Speialty Silica Market size is expected to grow from 1.50 million tons in 2023 to 1.81 million tons by 2028, at a CAGR of 3.77% during the forecast period (2023-2028).

COVID-19 had a negative influence on the market. Because of the pandemic scenario, various governments around the world established lockdowns to prevent the virus from spreading. Numerous companies and factory closures had disrupted global supply networks. However, the market has recovered from the COVID-19 outbreak and is growing rapidly.

  • The growing demand from the rubber industry is notably driving market growth. Moreover, the increasing utilization of specialty silica in personal care products is also pushing the market forward.
  • However, the expensive nature of specialized silica and the availability of substitute products is expected to hinder market growth.
  • Nevertheless, the growing emergence of green tires is projected to act as an opportunity for the market in the future.
  • The Asia-Pacific region is expected to be the largest and fastest-growing market for specialty silica during the forecast period.

Specialty Silica Market Trends

Increasing Demand from the Rubber Industry

  • Specialty silica is commonly used in Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) and High-Temperature Vulcanized (HTV) rubber, which requires high mechanical strength and good electrical insulation.
  • In industrial rubber goods, specialty silica is used for reducing hysteresis loss in conveyor belts or as an active filler in colored rubber particles or in products with good contact.
  • According to the United States Bureau of Economic Analysis, the value added by rubber products (plastic products included) in the country during 2022 was more than USD 382 billion, approximately 11% more than the value added during the previous year.
  • Specialty Silica is mainly used in rubber for tire production due to its extremely high purity and low moisture absorption. It has superior electrical properties to rubber products.
  • In North America, according to the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles (OICA), automotive production in 2022 accounted for 14.8 million units, an increase of 9.88% compared to the production in 2021, which was reported to be 13.4 million units.
  • Further, OICA also stated that, in 2022, Germany produced 3.7 million vehicles which increased by 11% compared to 3.3 million vehicles in the same period in 2021, thereby indicating an increased demand for tires from the automotive industry.
  • According to the Modern Tire Dealer, in 2022, overall shipments of United States tires amounted to around 335 million units. The majority of tire units shipped in 2022 were replacement passenger tires, with some 222 million units. The increasing tire industry would eventually enhance the demand from the rubber industry, thereby benefiting the specialty silica market.
  • Therefore, all the aforementioned factors are expected to drive the global market during the forecast period.
Specialty Silica Market: Value Added By Rubber and Plastic Products, In USD Billion, United States, 2021-2022

Asia-Pacific to Dominate the Market

  • The Asia-Pacific region is expected to dominate the market for specialty silica during the forecast period. In countries like China, India, and Japan, owing to the increasing demand from applications such as tire manufacturing, industrial rubber manufacturing, paints and coatings, and the personal care industry.
  • In 2022, according to the World Paint & Coatings Industry Association, the Asia-Pacific paints and coatings industry was estimated to be worth USD 63 billion. China dominated the region's market, which is growing at a CAGR of 5.8%. In 2022, the Chinese market is expected to have grown by 5.7%. According to current trends, China's total sales of paints and coatings exceeded USD 45 billion in 2022. In East Asia, the country had the largest market share of 78%.
  • India is the fourth-largest consumer of rubber in the world as of 2022. Rubber usage per capita in India is currently 1.2 kilograms, compared to 3.2 kilograms globally. The rubber industry in India generates revenue of approximately INR 12 thousand crores (~USD 1.4 billion). The tire sector consumes the majority of India's rubber production, accounting for over half of the country's total output.
  • Owing to the growing rubber industry in the country, in 2023, Yokohama, the Indian arm of the Japanese Yokohama Rubber Company, announced that it would invest USD 82 million (~INR 679 crore) to expand its passenger car tire production capacity in India to meet the rising demands from the local market. The production facility at Visakhapatnam will be completed and start operations by the end of 2024.
  • Moreover, China is the largest producer and consumer of automotive vehicles. The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) reported that, compared to the prior year, China's automobile production increased by about 3.4% in 2022. In comparison to the 26.08 million automobiles produced in the year 2021, around 27.02 million were produced in 2022. This increase would lead to growth in the demand for tires in the industry thereby impacting the specialty silica market.
  • In India, about 12% of rubber is used to produce footwear. The Indian footwear industry is estimated to grow at 4.5% in the coming years. Under the sports footwear category, running shoes are the most consumed category, with a 1.5X spike compared to the previous year. Bata, one of the leading footwear brands in the country, has set out a plan to open 500 new franchise stores by the end of the year 2023.
  • According to the Malaysian Rubber Board, Malaysia's exports have room for growth in terms of tire products as they registered a 6% increase from MYR 832.8 million (~USD 188.9 million) to MYR 883.2 million (~USD 200.39 million) during the first half of 2022. The council is trying to focus more on new investments, technological advances, and greener products to boost the country's exports.
  • Hence, all such market trends are expected to drive the demand for the specialty silica market in the region during the forecast period.
Specialty Silica Market - Growth Rate by Region

Specialty Silica Industry Overview

The specialty silica market is fragmented in nature. In terms of market share, few of the major players currently dominate the market. Some of the key players in the specialty silica market include W. R. Grace & Co., Cabot Corporation, Imerys, Evonik Industries AG, and Nouryon, among others.

Specialty Silica Market Leaders

  1. Nouryon

  2. W. R. Grace & Co.

  3. Cabot Corporation

  4. Evonik industries AG

  5. Imerys

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Specialty Silica Market Concentration

Specialty Silica Market News

  • In January 2023, Solvay announced an investment at its Livorno, Italy, plant to establish the company's first unit of circular highly dispersible silica (HDS) created using bio-based sodium silicate generated from rice husk ash. When combined with renewable energy integration at the facility, Solvay will be able to achieve a 50% decrease in CO2 emissions per tonne of silica. In terms of CO2 footprint, this will make the Livorno location Europe's best-in-class silica manufacturing site. The new product's production is planned to begin by the end of 2024.
  • In September 2022, Evonik Industries AG, a silica producer, established a strategic collaboration with the Pörner Group and Phichit Bio Power to offer sustainable Ultrasil precipitated silica to various tire manufacturers. Pörner will use biomass energy to power its own process for producing silicate from RHA. This will allow Evonik to reduce its CO2 footprint by 30% when compared to the company's regular silica.

Specialty Silica Market Report - 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 from the Rubber Industry

      2. 4.1.2 Increasing Utilization of Specialty Silica in Personal Care Products

      3. 4.1.3 Other Drivers

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Expensive Nature of Specialized Silica

      2. 4.2.2 Availability of Substitute Products in the Market

    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 Consumers

      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 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Precipitated Silica

      2. 5.1.2 Silica Gel

      3. 5.1.3 Fumed Silica

      4. 5.1.4 Colloidal Silica

      5. 5.1.5 Fused Silica

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Rubber

      2. 5.2.2 Personal Care

      3. 5.2.3 Food and Feed

      4. 5.2.4 Chemicals

      5. 5.2.5 Plastics

      6. 5.2.6 Paints, Coatings and Inks

      7. 5.2.7 Metal and Refractories

      8. 5.2.8 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 and Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Mergers & 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 3M (Ceradyne Inc.)

      2. 6.4.2 Cabot Corporation

      3. 6.4.3 Clariant

      4. 6.4.4 Denka Company Limited

      5. 6.4.5 Evonik Industries AG

      6. 6.4.6 Fuji Silysia Chemical

      7. 6.4.7 Fuso Chemical Co. Ltd

      8. 6.4.8 Glassven C.A.

      9. 6.4.9 Imerys

      10. 6.4.10 Merck KGaA

      11. 6.4.11 Nouryon

      12. 6.4.12 Orisil

      13. 6.4.13 Tata Chemicals

      14. 6.4.14 W. R. Grace & Co.

      15. 6.4.15 Wacker Chemie AG

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Growing Emergence of Green Tires

    2. 7.2 Other Opportunities

**Subject to Availability

Specialty Silica Industry Segmentation

Specialty silica is a very pure kind of silicon dioxide that is utilized in rubber, plastics, and other industrial products as a reinforcing agent. It helps to increase these materials' mechanical qualities and lengthen their useful lives. The specialty silica market is segmented by type, application, and geography. By type, the market is segmented into precipitated silica, silica gel, fumed silica, colloidal silica, and fused silica. By application, the market is segmented into rubber, personal care, food & feed, chemicals, plastics, paints, coatings and inks, metal and refractories, and other applications. The report also covers the market size and forecasts for the specialty silica market in 15 countries across major regions. For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done based on volume (tons).

Precipitated Silica
Silica Gel
Fumed Silica
Colloidal Silica
Fused Silica
Personal Care
Food and Feed
Paints, Coatings and Inks
Metal and Refractories
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 and Africa
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Specialty Silica Market Research FAQs

The Specialty Silica Market size is expected to reach 1.50 million tons in 2023 and grow at a CAGR of 3.77% to reach 1.81 million tons by 2028.

In 2023, the Specialty Silica Market size is expected to reach 1.50 million tons.

Nouryon, W. R. Grace & Co., Cabot Corporation, Evonik industries AG and Imerys are the major companies operating in the Specialty Silica Market.

Asia Pacific is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2023-2028).

In 2023, the Asia Pacific accounts for the largest market share in Specialty Silica Market.

Specialty Silica Industry Report

Statistics for the 2023 Specialty Silica market share, size and revenue growth rate, created by Mordor Intelligence™ Industry Reports. Specialty Silica analysis includes a market forecast outlook to 2028 and historical overview. Get a sample of this industry analysis as a free report PDF download.

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