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APAC sodium metasilicate pentahydrate market to showcase an appreciable CAGR over 2019-2025

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Sodium metasilicate pentahydrate market is gaining immense traction owing to proliferation in the global textile industry. Acknowledged for its fast dissolving capability, sodium metasilicate pentahydrate (SMP) is mainly used as a builder in soaps and detergents. SMP is preferred in liquid detergents due to its high-water solubility (36%). It is also a strong buffering agent which can avoid large changes in pH and can protect surfaces against corrosion. In addition, SMP can be used as hardening accelerator of cement slurry.

U.S. 29% Sodium Metasilicate Pentahydrate Market Size, 2018 & 2025, (Kilo Tons)

  U.S. 29% Sodium Metasilicate Pentahydrate Market Size, 2018 & 2025, (Kilo Tons)

With rapid urbanization and increased standard of living, the demand for washing products, cosmetics, cleaning agents and construction materials has increased significantly in the past couple of years, supporting utilization of SMP. Significant technological advancements and developments of new cleaning products have enhanced the penetration of detergents in developing countries, boosting market share.

In the textile industry, SMP is used as a hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) stabilizer in cotton bleaching processes and jeans & stone washing. Being alkaline, the product used extensively to manufacture various types of detergents pertaining to its grease and oil removal and cleaning capability. It also has a detergent and buffering action which supports removal of oils, soil, and grease from cloth and works as a soil anti-re-deposition agent.

SMP finds growing application in laundry detergent which will stimulate market growth across the healthcare, hospitality and textile industries. Increasing disposable incomes and government regulations promoting hygiene in numerous manufacturing industries will further drive sodium metasilicate pentahydrate market share.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recognized SMP as safe for use in sanitizing solutions for food contact surfaces, denuding agent in boiler water, and as hog scald agent for hair removal. The product is also regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) approved.

Proliferation in textile industry is anticipated to propel product demand in the coming years. For instance, the Indian textiles industry was estimated to reach US$ 250 billion by FY 2019. Whereas the country’s overall textile exports, accounted at US$ 39.2 billion in 2018, was predicted to increase to US$ 82.00 billion by 2021, claims India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF) reports.

Rapid surge in cement consumption will boost sodium metasilicate pentahydrate market size. SMP works as a connecting agent in the production of refractory cements and offers enhanced properties like hardness, mechanical and chemical resistance. It is used to protect components in high temperature manufacturing processes. SMP is also used as an additive to accelerate cement curing process and in the making of fire doors and wall partitions.

With growing application in the construction sector, sodium metasilicate pentahydrate market size will expand significantly over the years ahead. For instance, The ICE (Institution of Civil Engineers) claims that as per a new report ‘Global Construction 2030’, the volume of construction output is expected to grow by 85% to reach $15.5 trillion by 2030 worldwide, with countries including China, U.S. and India accounting for 57% of overall global growth. Shifting focus of government toward increasing infrastructure spending will accelerate market size.

Asia Pacific sodium metasilicate pentahydrate market size is expected to grow significantly owing to increased cement consumption in the residential & non-residential construction sector like development of metro projects across countries comprising India and China. The region’s booming healthcare industry has also stimulated cement demand which is likely to accelerate market growth.

China’s share in the global construction market is increasing marginally in recent years. Global Market Insights, Inc., claims that China 99% sodium metasilicate pentahydrate market share from flameproofing applications hit US$ 12.5 million in 2018. This will augment APAC industry size considerably.

India construction market is anticipated to grow almost twice as fast as China by 2030, providing new growth opportunities for APAC sodium metasilicate pentahydrate market players. Rapid growth in India’s urban population will also escalate cement consumption in the coming years – the UN World Population Prospects 2019 claims India to have a population of 1.65 billion by 2059.

Sodium metasilicate pentahydrate is commonly used as a cleaning agent in dishwasher and laundry detergent. Rapidly growing textile and construction industries across economies like China and India have stimulated business outlook.

Reports from Global Market Insights, Inc, estimate sodium metasilicate pentahydrate market to exceed US$ 875 million by 2025.

Author NameMateen Dalal


U.S. fluorosilicic acid market to depict considerable expansion over 2019-2025, escalating demand for dental products to fuel the regional industry landscape

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The global fluorosilicic acid market has registered substantial growth chiefly due to the proliferating usage of the chemical in providing clean drinking water and pervasive application in the textile industry. Due to its ease of application over competing chemicals, use of fluorosilicic acid has increasingly gained traction in the water fluoridation process. It is also used in hardening of masonry and ceramics, cleaning and treatment of metal surface, pH adjustment in industrial laundries or textile processing, and as an intermediate in the manufacturing of other chemicals.

U.S. Fluorosilicic Acid Market Size, By Application, 2018 & 2025, (Kilo Tons)

U.S. Fluorosilicic Acid Market Size, By Application, 2018 & 2025, (Kilo Tons)

Expanding textile and leather industry in India and its impact on fluorosilicic acid market

The fluorosilicic acid market has garnered considerable proceeds from the application of the chemical in a wide range of industries. The textile industry has however emerged as one that has been able to provide significant traction to the growth of the fluorosilicic acid market. The chemical can easily remove mold, stain and rust from fabrics and has found prevalence in the laundry sector. Rising population and increase in consumer income and standard of living across in developing countries like India and China has expanded demand for high-quality fabrics. In addition, abundant availability of raw materials like cotton, jute, silk and others, as well as low cost labor and production, is likely to propel the textile industry across India.

For instance, the Indian textiles industry, is projected to reach $250 billion by 2019, according to India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF). An expansive textile industry in turn is anticipated to supplement the growth of the fluorosilicic acid market in the country.

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Fluorosilicic acid has also found long-term application in the tanning of animal skins and hides. The product is used in an aqueous dispersion layer form during the leather tanning process which eventually helps make hides softer and more compliant. Besides, increased demand for leather clothing and accessories is speculated worldwide which in turn would act as a stimulant to the fluorosilicic acid industry. In fact, the total leather good exports from India was estimated at $3.05 billion in 2018. As the demand for leather continue to rise, fluorosilicic acid industry size from hide processing is likely to be pegged at over 25-kilo tons until 2025.

Increasing cases of tooth decay and its effect on the expansion of fluorosilicic acid market in the U.S. and Europe

Tooth decay remains the most prevalent chronic disorder among children in the U.S. In fact, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics, around 91% of the Americans aged between 20–64 were reported to have dental caries in permanent teeth in 2011–2012. These figures can be reduced significantly by means of undertaking water fluoridation processes which primarily involves the use of fluorosilicic acid to increase fluoride content in water. In fact, decades of research and studies throughout the world have validated that optimally fluoridated drinking water is safe and effective in reducing tooth decay.

Moreover, reports cite that tooth decays can be reduced in children by 40-70%, and in adults by 40-60% following water fluoridation. Indeed, it is a cost-effective and most efficient method of reaching large affected population and CDC claims that, with each dollar spent on water fluoridation, around $38 is saved in reduced costs for dental care. Thus, with favorable cost saving and high clinical offering, the U.S. fluorosilicic acid industry size may register growth at about 5.5% over 2019-2025.

The fluorosilicic acid market has also registered growth in Europe as absorption of fluoride in the region’s groundwater is usually low which has in turn led some countries to add the chemical to public drinking water for health assistance. Reportedly, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has set up consumption levels pertaining to natural mineral water and other sources of fluoride. The Scientific Committee on Consumer Products (SCCS) has also set certain levels for fluoride in dental products, efforts that may accelerate fluorosilicic acid industry growth over the forecast period.

Besides consumption by municipal bodies for public benefit, fluorosilicic acid is also widely used in dental care products. Wide ranging application of the chemical is anticipated to lead the fluorosilicic acid market to surpass USD 1 billion mark by 2025, claim reports.

Author NameMateen Dalal