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

The market is segmented by Type (Precipitated Silica, Silica Gel, Fumed Silica, Colloidal Silica, and Fused Silica), by Application (Rubber, Personal Care, Food & Feed, Chemicals, Plastics, Paints, Coatings & Inks, Metal & Refractories, and Other Applications), and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle-East & Africa).

Market Snapshot

Specialty Silica Market Overview
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: >5 %
Specialty Silica Market Key Players

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Market Overview

The market for Specialty Silica is anticipated to register a CAGR of over 5% during the forecast period. Specialty Silica is produced in the form of round pebbles and sawed or trimmed blocks or fine powder which is further used as a key additive in the formulation of several products for various range of end-user industries including automotive, electronics, inks, coatings, personal care products amongst others.

  • The number of new tire plants and expansion projects has increased in various parts of the United States, with South Carolina getting a high share of investments, thereby augmenting the growth of the market.
  • Growing preference of fumed silica over precipitated silica (internal substitution) is likely to hinder the market’s growth.
  • Growing emergence of green tires is projected to act as an opportunity for the market in future.

Scope of the Report

The specialty silica market report includes:

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

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Key Market Trends

Increasing Demand from the Rubber Industry

  • Specialty Silica is majorly used in the tire production owing to its extremely high purity and low moisture absorption. It brings superior electrical properties to rubber products.
  • Specialty Silica has an excellent reinforcing effects especially enhancing the tear resistance.
  • Additionally, specialty silica is commonly used in Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) and High Temperature Vulcanized (HTV) rubber, that 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.
  • Precipitated Silicas have been used in tire compounds as a minor portion of the filler, coupled with carbon black as the major filler. The substitution of low levels of silica for carbon black helps in enhancing tear resistance, cut growth and adhesion properties.
  • All the aforementioned factors is expected to drive the global market during the forecast period.
Specialty Silica Market Key Trends

India to dominate Asia-Pacific region

  • India is a growing economy and holds great potential for future market opportunities. Despite demonetization and GST reforms affecting the national production volume, the impact of such reforms is slowly waning.
  • Moreover, the country’s government has been taking initiatives to attract FDIs in the manufacturing sector, to make India a manufacturing hub.
  • Indian roadways are the second largest in the world. Owing to the increasing number of vehicles and traffic, the government is planning to further extend the roadways in the coming years.
  • Growing investments in the infrastructure sector, and other strategic initiatives of the government, are expected to boost the paints and coatings demand in construction sector in the country.
Specialty Silica Market Growth by Region

Competitive Landscape

The specialty silica market is fragmented. In terms of market share, few of the major players currently dominate the market. Key players in the specialty silica market include W. R. Grace & Co., Cabot Corporation, 3M (Ceradyne Inc.), Denka Company Limited, Evonik Industries AG, Merck KGaA, and Wacker Chemie AG, 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 Increasing Demand for Precipitated Silica from the Food Industry

      2. 4.1.2 Other Drivers

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Growing Preference of Fumed Silica over Precipitated Silica (Internal Substitution)

      2. 4.2.2 Declining Automotive Industry

    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


    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 & Feed

      4. 5.2.4 Chemicals

      5. 5.2.5 Plastics

      6. 5.2.6 Paints, Coatings & Inks

      7. 5.2.7 Metal & 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 & Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle East & 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

      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 W. R. Grace & Co.

      14. 6.4.14 Wacker Chemie AG

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Growing Emergence of Green Tires

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Specialty Silica Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

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

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

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2020.

Nouryon, Evonik Industries, Imerys S.A., W. R. Grace & Co., Cabot Corporation are the major companies operating in Specialty Silica Market.

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