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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

A regional overview of Barite Market: APAC and North America to emerge as prominent investment avenues

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The recent news about Suricate Minerals looking out for hydrothermal barite deposits in North Mauritania depicts the reach of Barite Market across the globe. Mauritania reportedly represents extensive mining investment opportunities, pertaining to the socio-economic and political conditions affiliated with the region. The government has also initiated a favorable mining policy, which is a major factor that may drive the global barite industry. In the milieu of this background, Suricate Minerals has planned to invest USD 4 million for the development of barite, gold, quartz, and lithium projects.

U.S. barite market size, by application, 2013 – 2024 (USD Million)
U.S. barite market size, by application, 2013 - 2024 (USD Million)

Barite is basically a naturally occurring, barium-based mineral, and is found extensively across United States, Morocco, China, and India. Endowed with the properties of chemical inertness and high density, barite finds utilization across a humongous range of applications, across pharmaceuticals, adhesives, oil & drilling, rubber & plastics, paints & coatings, and textiles. Subject to its widespread application terrain, barite market size was pegged at USD 2.2 billion in 2016, and is apparently poised to cross a valuation of USD 4.1 billion by 2024.

It is noteworthy to mention that some of the African countries also serve as major mining grounds for barite, which are heavily imported by the countries across the North America belt. As per surveys, Asia Pacific and North America are expected to be major growth avenues for barite industry. This is obvious from the slew of mining and export activities that are being undertaken in both the regions.

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Barite market trends across North America

Here’s a breakdown of the contributions made by the regional players toward the growth of North America barite industry in the years 2016 and 2017 (until now)

Year – 2016
Companies involved Contribution toward barite market
Schlumberger Texas-based Schlumberger’s M-I Swaco unit had proposed to develop a classic barite resource in Scotland, which had been approved by the local regulatory authority. The initiative aimed to mine 120,000 tons of barite annually.
Voyageur Minerals Ltd. Canada-based Voyageur Minerals Ltd. strengthened its position in regional barite market by executing 3 prime projects for barite exploration project. The firm had then, planned to drill 500,000 tons of industrial grade barite at Frances Creek, undertake drilling beyond 100 m of the mined-out zones at Jubilee Mountain, and perform geological research to mine 20,000 to 50,000 ton of barite at Pedley Mountain.

 

Year – 2017
Companies involved Contribution toward barite market
Honey Badger Exploration Honey Badger Exploration recently announced the acquisition of three essential zinc and barite assets in Quebec, thereby contributing its bit toward the regional barite market growth.
Voyageur Minerals Ltd. Voyageur Minerals Ltd. built a strong portfolio of three wholly-owned BaSO4 (barium sulfate) deposits in British Columbia.
Benz Mining Corp.

Silver Range Resources Ltd.,

Benz Mining Corp. entered into a partnership with Silver Range Resources Ltd., though which the former can buy 100% of the latter’s Mel zinc-lead-barite project, for a valuation of CAD 2.7 million in southeast Yukon.

 

North America barite market size was valued over USD 1 billion in 2016. This comes as no surprise, considering the enormous number of shale gas exploration and oil drilling activities in the area. The region will continue to remain a major contributor of barite industry, with U.S. retaining its paramount position. The continent has also experienced the usage of unconventional energy sources to meet the never-ending demand across the power generation, automotive, and oil & gas sectors, on the grounds of which, analysts claim North America barite market to register a growth rate of 4.5% over 2017-2024.

Barite deposits in North America:

Country Regions
United States Missouri, Tennessee, Georgia, Nevada
Mexico Durango, Hermosillo, Pueblo, and Monterrey
Canada Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and Yukon Territory

 

One of the major states that has been achieving great heights in barite production is Nevada. Barite production in this state had risen by more than 20% from 2010 to 2013. In 2012, the numbers had increased to more than 740,000 tons from that of around 690,000 tons in 2011. With the continued shale gas boom and the robustly growing oil & drilling industry North America barite industry will carve out a lucrative roadmap over the years ahead.

Barite Market Trends across the Asia Pacific

Here’s a breakdown of the contributions made by the regional players toward the growth of Asia Pacific barite industry in the years 2015, 2016, and 2017 (until now)

 

Year – 2015
Companies involved Contribution toward barite market
AsiaPhos

LY Resources (LYR Group)

AsiaPhos, the mineral resource group had declared the acquisition of LY Resources for USD 36.8 million. The deal aimed to acquire the ownership of 55% of Deyang Fengtai Mining, which held the license for the barite rocks in Sichuan.
Year – 2016
Companies involved Contribution toward barite market
Andhra Pradesh Mineral Development Corp. (APMDC) Andhra Pradesh Mineral Development Corp. had announced the approval of the Indian barite tender that provided the company with exclusive rights to mine and sell barite for a 12-month period. The govt. approval was a major milestone in the development of the regional barite market.
Year – 2017
Companies involved Contribution toward barite market
Thermax

Barite Investment

Thermax recently acquired Denmark-based Barite Investment with a view to establish barite facilities in the region.

 

Asia Pacific barite market is expected to emerge as one of the most lucrative growth avenues for barite market, given that the region has been experiencing a commendable growth across numerous sectors. As per analysts, the continent is anticipated to generate substantial revenue from the sales of white and off-white barite, which is slated to grow at a CAGR of 3% over 2017-2024. This is primarily due to the growing prominence of the paints & coatings sector in the region, since the product is heavily utilized in this industry.

APAC barite market is expected to register a CAGR of 7% over 2017-2024, with India and China at the helm. The substantial shale gas exploration activities in China, say experts, will serve to be one of the major drivers pushing the growth of the regional barite market. Besides, the ever-growing construction, automotive, paints & coatings, and consumer goods will prove to make a marked impact on the growth path of APAC barite industry.

Experts predict that major companies operating in global barite market will make substantial investments toward the global revenue in the future. Having established its footprints across major geographies, barite market is also likely to tap into the areas on lesser potential, especially across Europe. Considering the fact that the mineral is used across numerous sectors, barite market is slated to exhibit an appreciable growth rate over the forthcoming years of 2017-2024.

Author Name : Saipriya Iyer