Zeolite Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The report covers Global Zeolites Market Consumption and it is segmented by product type (natural and synthetic), application (adsorbents, catalysts, detergents, and other applications (refining, biogas)), end-user industry (water treatment, air purification, agriculture, petrochemical, construction, and other end-user industries (medical, nuclear industry)), and geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle East & Africa). The report offers market size and forecasts for zeolites in value (USD million) for all the above segments.

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Zeolites Market Summary
Study Period 2019 - 2029
Base Year For Estimation 2023
CAGR > 2.50 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia Pacific
Largest Market Asia Pacific
Market Concentration High

Major Players

Zeolites Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Zeolite Market Analysis

The zeolites market is expected to record a CAGR of over 2.5% during the forecast period.

The COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacted the manufacturing operations of zeolites and their raw materials. Global zeolite production witnessed a decline during the first half of 2021. It is due to the raw materials, labor shortage, and government-mandated plant shutdowns. However, the market is recovering after the pandemic with the growing demand in the water treatment industry.

  • The major factors driving the market studied are increasing demand from the water treatment industry and increasing zeolite use as refrigeration adsorbents.
  • The usage of zeolite substitutes is expected to hinder the market's growth.
  • Moreover, the increasing demand for compact detergents will likely act as an opportunity for the market studied in the forecast period.
  • Asia-Pacific dominated the global market, with the largest consumption from countries such as China and India.

Zeolite Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Zeolites Market according to our research experts:

Agriculture Industry to Dominate the Market

  • Due to their high ion exchange and water retention capacity, natural zeolites are extensively used in fertilizers and soil amendment procedures. Zeolites are also used to increase the ammonia retentively of the soil.
  • In the fertilizer industry, zeolites trap undesirable metals and prevent the intake of heavy metals in the food chain. Zeolites trap metals like copper, cadmium, lead, and zinc. Due to their high ion exchange capacity, zeolites are seen as effective carriers of herbicides, fungicides, and pesticides.
  • The North American agriculture sector is growing steadily, owing to the decrease in the demand for fertilizer and the drop in grain prices in the domestic and global markets. The margin for growers declined, which, in turn, reduced the economic potential of farmers to buy fertilizers for crops.
  • The United States is a major player in the global trade of agricultural products. In 2021, exports of agricultural products were worth some USD 172 billion. In 2021, the net value added of the United States agricultural sector amounted to approximately USD 190 billion. Agriculture, food, and related industries contributed roughly USD 1.26 trillion to the United States' gross domestic product (GDP) in 2021, a 5.4% share.
  • In Europe, there is an increase in biofuel and bioenergy consumption, increasing the demand for fodder crops. As fodder crops are the largest consumers of fertilizers, they are expected to boost the zeolite demand.
  • In Asia-Pacific, the agricultural sector is expected to grow for various reasons. Along with meat and dairy, urban consumers eat more freshly produced and processed fruits, vegetables, juices, etc. Therefore, freshly produced food items will continue to grow as the population shifts from rural areas to cities. In India, agriculture is one of the largest sectors and contributes significantly to the country's GDP.
  • During the second quarter of 2022, the contribution of India's agriculture sector to the country's GDP was valued at over INR 5.7 trillion (~USD 77 billion). Additionally, in FY2022, the export value of agriculture and allied products was over USD 50 billion from India. The agricultural export value was over USD 41 billion during FY2021.
  • The growth above in the global agriculture industry is likely to contribute to the demand for zeolites during the forecast period.
Zeolites Market: Contribution of Agriculture to GDP, in INR Trillion, India, Q1 2021 - Q2 2022

China to Dominate the Market in the Asia-Pacific Region

  • China dominated the Asia-Pacific region's market share. Though the growth in the country remains high, it is gradually diminishing as the population ages, and the economy is rebalancing from investment to consumption, manufacturing to services, and external to internal demand.
  • China became the largest construction market in the world. In 2021, the construction industry value in China amounted to USD 1,117 billion. As the government planned to focus on improving the infrastructure in small and medium-sized cities, the construction industry was forecast to grow continuously at around 5% annually. Thus it is anticipated to increase the usage of zeolites in construction applications.
  • China's most recent environmental report remains negative, suggesting that 61.5% of groundwater and 28.8% of key rivers were classed as 'unsuitable for human contact.' China requires high-grade wastewater treatment technologies to reverse the severe water pollution, thereby increasing the demand for zeolites in the country.
  • In 2015, China released its Water Action Plan, which requires 90% of cities to improve their sludge treatment capacity by the end of 2023. Experts estimate that between 2021 and 2025, China will invest around USD 8 billion to construct and install new sludge processing facilities. China plans to build or renovate 80,000 km of sewage collection pipeline networks and increase sewage treatment capacity by 20 million cubic meters/day between 2021-2025.
  • Similarly, China accounts for approximately 7% of the overall agricultural acreage globally, thus feeding 22% of the world population. The country is the largest producer of various crops, including rice, cotton, potatoes, and many other vegetables. Thus it is expected to boost the zeolite market during the forecast period.
  • Moreover, many refineries in the country have planned to increase their capacities over the next few years to meet the increasing demand for various chemicals and petrochemicals. With the growing demand for various chemicals globally, the demand for zeolites from this sector is projected to grow during the forecast period.
  • In 2021, China's refinery output hit a record up 4.3% from 2020 due to strong fuel demand in the first half of the year and refiners ramping up processing to bridge a supply shortfall after a sizable new tax closed loopholes in blending fuel imports. According to the National Bureau of Statistics, total refinery throughput reached 703.55 million tons or 14.07 million barrels per day (bpd) in 2021.
  • Thus, the factors above are expected to boost the consumption of zeolites in various industries.
Zeolites Market - Growth Rate by Region, 2023-2028

Zeolite Industry Overview

The zeolites market is consolidated in nature. The major companies include BASF SE, Honeywell International Inc., Clariant, Tosoh Corporation, and Arkema Group (not in any particular order).

Zeolite Market Leaders

  1. BASF SE

  2. Honeywell International Inc

  3. Clariant

  4. Tosoh Corporation

  5. Arkema Group

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Zeolites Market Concentration
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Zeolite Market News

  • December 2022: International Zeolite Corp. is pleased to announce an agreement between Niagara College's Horticultural & Environmental Sciences Innovation Centre (HESIC). Under the terms of the agreement, Niagara College will provide priority and support for research projects in relationship to IZ's proprietary grow system NEREA, which HESIC will carry out.
  • February 2022: International Zeolite Corp. and CoTec Holdings Corp. announced that CoTec agreed to make a USD 2 million strategic investment in IZ to support its go-to-market activities in the agricultural and green tech segments. The investment from CoTec is expected to fast-track IZ's ability to move rapidly to full commercialization, marketing, and sales capabilities for its disruptive agricultural products and solutions.

Zeolite 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 Increasing Demand from Water Treatment Industry

      2. 4.1.2 Increasing Use of Zeolite as Refrigeration Adsorbents

      3. 4.1.3 Significant Usage of Zeolites for Catalytic Cracking in the Petroleum Industry

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Usage of Substitutes for Zeolites

    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 Value)

    1. 5.1 Product Type

      1. 5.1.1 Natural

      2. 5.1.2 Synthetic

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Adsorbents

      2. 5.2.2 Catalysts

      3. 5.2.3 Detergents

      4. 5.2.4 Other Applications (Refining, Biogas)

    3. 5.3 End-user Industry

      1. 5.3.1 Water Treatment

      2. 5.3.2 Air Purification

      3. 5.3.3 Agriculture

      4. 5.3.4 Petrochemical

      5. 5.3.5 Construction

      6. 5.3.6 Other End-user Industries (Medical, Nuclear Industry)

    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. Italy

        4. France

        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 & 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 Analysis**/Ranking Analysis

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Arkema Group

      2. 6.4.2 BASF SE

      3. 6.4.3 Clariant

      4. 6.4.4 Honeywell International Inc.

      5. 6.4.5 International Zeolite Corp.

      6. 6.4.6 Interra Global

      7. 6.4.7 KNT Group

      8. 6.4.8 SHOWA DENKO KK

      9. 6.4.9 Tosoh Corporation

      10. 6.4.10 W. R. Grace & Co.

      11. 6.4.11 ZEOCEM AS

      12. 6.4.12 Zeolyst International Inc.

      13. 6.4.13 Zeomex

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Increasing Demand for Compact Detergents

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Zeolite Industry Segmentation

Zeolites are solid minerals composed of aluminum, silicon, and oxygen, forming a framework of cavities that can hold water or other small molecules. This three-dimensional crystalline structure is also known as a molecular sieve due to its gaps. Zeolites are either mined from volcanic rocks or synthesized industrially on a large scale from aluminosilicate gels. The zeolites market is segmented by product type, application, end-user industry, and geography. By product type, the market is segmented into natural and synthetic. Based on application, the market is segmented into adsorbents, catalysts, detergents, and other applications. Based on the end-user industry, the market is segmented into water treatment, air purification, agriculture, petrochemical, construction, and other end-user industries. The report also covers the market sizes and forecasts for the zeolites market in 15 countries across major regions. The market sizing and forecasts are based on each segment's value (USD million).

Product Type
Other Applications (Refining, Biogas)
End-user Industry
Water Treatment
Air Purification
Other End-user Industries (Medical, Nuclear Industry)
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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Zeolite Market Research FAQs

The Zeolites Market is projected to register a CAGR of greater than 2.5% during the forecast period (2024-2029)

BASF SE, Honeywell International Inc, Clariant, Tosoh Corporation and Arkema Group are the major companies operating in the Zeolites Market.

Asia Pacific is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2024-2029).

In 2024, the Asia Pacific accounts for the largest market share in Zeolites Market.

The report covers the Zeolites Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Zeolites Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

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Zeolite Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)