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  • Published In : Mar 2024
  • Code : CMI6733
  • Pages :140
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  • Industry : Advanced Materials

Market Size and Trends

The washed silica sand market is estimated to be valued at USD 18.56 Bn in 2024 and is expected to reach USD 27.25 Bn by 2031, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.6% from 2024 to 2031.

Washed Silica Sand Market Key Factors

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The market is driven by the increasing demand from various end-use industries such as glass, hydraulic fracturing, construction, and foundry among others. Washed silica sand offers better quality and purity as compared to natural sand, thereby making it a preferable choice for various industrial applications. The washed silica sand market is expected to witness positive trends over the forecast period supported by increasing crude oil exploration and production activities around the world. Also, the revival of construction activities post the COVID-19 pandemic along with rapid industrialization and urbanization in developing countries will boost the market growth. However, stringent environmental regulations pertaining to mining and processing activities may hamper the market expansion to some extent over the coming years.

Growing Construction Industry

The demand for washed silica sand is being propelled by the steady rise in construction activities all over the world. For instance according to data published by Invest India in 2023, the construction industry in India is expected to reach US$ 1.4 Tn by 2025. Various types of construction projects, such as buildings, roads, and bridges, require concrete as the primary construction material. Concrete is produced by mixing cement, sand, gravel and water together which sets to form a hard material. Silica sand forms a crucial ingredient as it provides strength to the concrete mixture. Many countries are witnessing significant investments in infrastructure development to boost economic growth. Both developed and developing nations are pouring billions of dollars into ambitious projects for transportation networks, energy infrastructure, civil engineering structures, and residential & commercial construction. The ever-growing urban population is translating into more housing, commercial, and institutional buildings coming up in cities and suburbs. Additionally, the rebuilding and retrofitting of aging infrastructure is another major undertaking globally. All these construction activities would drive up the need for concrete production and subsequently push the demand for washed silica sand higher.

Market Concentration and Competitive Landscape

Washed Silica Sand Market Concentration By Players

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Industrial Activity and Manufacturing Expansion

Rebounding industrial activity in many regions combined with the ongoing shift of manufacturing bases. Strong economic performance and consumer spending have prompted industries to ramp up production and expand capacity. Various manufacturing sectors heavily rely on washed silica sand for diverse applications. It is an essential raw material used in the production of glass, chemicals, metals, ceramics, and electronics. The prospering automotive, solar, and machinery industries worldwide would bolster consumption. Emerging economies in Asia Pacific and Africa are witnessing massive manufacturing-led development. Their governments are aggressively promoting local manufacturing through incentives and reforms to create jobs as well as lessen economic reliance on other nations. Many global companies have been setting up manufacturing plants in these low-cost locations to cater to regional and international markets. All such industrialization pushes up the demand for manufacturing inputs like washed silica sand. Furthermore, rising affluence is growing the markets for various consumer goods whose manufacturing involves washed silica sand.

Washed Silica Sand Market Key Takeaways From Lead Analyst

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Market Challenges: Environmental regulations around silica sand

The supply of high-quality silica sand suitable for industrial applications is dwindling worldwide. Environmental regulations around silica sand mining have become more stringent in recent years to prevent pollution and protect ecosystems. Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted global supply chains and decreased demand from key end-use industries like construction and automotive manufacturing in 2020.

Market Opportunities: Recovering economies post pandemic

As economies recover post-pandemic, the demand for washed silica sand is projected to increase from the construction and industrial sectors. Additionally, the need for high-purity silica for applications such as glassmaking and water filtration provides a long-term need for washed silica sand. Investments in sustainable mining practices and wastewater treatment can help tackle environmental challenges while ensuring a steady supply of this essential industrial minerals

Washed Silica Sand Market By Fe Content

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Insights, By Fe Content: >0.01% contributes the highest share of the market owning to high demand from major end-use industries

The >0.01% segment in terms of Fe content contributes the largest share to the global washed silica sand market. This segment is highly preferred for glass making applications due to ability to withstand high melting temperatures involved in glass production without imparting color. Over 98% of all soda-lime glass produced worldwide is composed of silica sand with Fe content less than 0.02%. The demand for flat glass from the booming construction industry along with growing automotive glass market is the major factor boosting consumption of high purity silica sand. Additionally, solar glass and special glass used in appliances, electronics and lighting also favors use of silica sand with Fe less than 0.01% due to high clarity and transmittance requirements. Other industries such as ceramics, fiberglass, and paints & coatings employing silica similarly depend on low Fe grades for optimum performance in final products. Stringent purity specifications from premium manufacturers along with growing market penetration of high-end goods has raised the bar for Fe content, increasing dominance of this segment over time. Availability of deposits is another reason for high share as silica deposits with consistent Fe levels under 0.01% suitable for all glass making are limited worldwide. With rising glass demand fueled by global urbanization and industrial development, the >0.01% Fe segment is expected to retain its leading position in the washed silica sand market over the forecast period.

Insights, By Application: Glass contributes the highest share of the market driven by rising construction activities and automotive production

The glass segment accounts for the largest consumption of washed silica sand globally with 41% market share, attributed to expanding construction activities and automotive glass production worldwide. The growing construction industry is expected to drive the segment growth. For instance, construction is a major contributor to the U.S. economy. There were more than 919,000 construction establishments in the U.S. Over the past few decades, enormous infrastructure growth along with rising disposable incomes in developing nations have tremendously boosted the global glass demand, predominantly for flat glass applications. Silica sand remains the prime raw material for soda-lime glass due to ready availability, high melting efficiency, and economical production. Majority of global flat glass output is utilized in architectural applications for windows and façades in commercial and residential buildings. Additionally, with growth in automotive industry, windshield and vehicle glass manufacture is surging rapidly, providing a filling boost to silica sand consumption. Rising environmental awareness is also driving the demand for energy efficient solar control and low-E coated architectural glass, expanding the key end-use base. Regulatory push for energy conservation in buildings along with boom in photovoltaic glass further reinforces the glass industry's reliance on high quality washed silica sand. Other end-uses within construction such as glass fibers, glass wool insulation, and glass containers also support notable silica usage. With continued urbanization worldwide and efforts to reduce building energy usage, the dominance of the glass segment is expected to endure in washed silica sand market over the coming years.

Regional Insights

Washed Silica Sand Market Regional Insights

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North America has established itself as the dominant region in the global washed silica sand market with 42.3%. The U.S. accounts for the major share driven by the presence of key end-use industries such as foundries, glass, hydraulic fracturing, and others. The country has high quality silica sand reserves especially in the states of Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Oklahoma. The availability of ample high-grade silica sand reserves has ensured steady supply to meet the growing domestic demand from various industries. Furthermore, North America is a net exporter of processed silica sand with Mexico and Canada being top export destinations. However, export volumes have been fluctuating since the past few years in line with global economic cycles.

The Asia Pacific region is poised to be the fastest growing market for washed silica sand globally. China is leading the Asia Pacific region due to strong growth in infrastructure development initiatives and the manufacturing sector. Countries such as India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, and Indonesia are also witnessing rising usage of washed silica sand in construction applications. The glass manufacturing industry is expanding in Asia Pacific as well due to the increasing construction of commercial and residential projects. Additionally, these emerging economies are ramping up investments to develop domestic foundry industry infrastructure that uses silica sand as a key raw material. The growth is further complemented by favorable government policies and incentives promoting local manufacturing.

Market Report Scope

Washed Silica Sand Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2023 Market Size in 2024: US$ 18.56 Bn
Historical Data for: 2019 To 2023 Forecast Period: 2024 To 2031
Forecast Period 2024 to 2031 CAGR: 5.6% 2031 Value Projection: US$ 27.25 Bn
Geographies covered:
  • North America: U.S. and Canada
  • Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America
  • Europe: Germany, U.K., Spain, France, Italy, Russia, and Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, ASEAN, and Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East: GCC Countries, Israel, and Rest of Middle East & Africa
Segments covered:
  • By Product Type: Electric Based, Gas Based, and Fuel Based
  • By Application: Glass, Foundry, Oil Well Cement, Ceramic & Refractories, Abrasive, Metallurgy, and Others (Filtration, etc.)
Companies covered:

Unimin Corporation, Fairmount Minerals, US Silica Holdings, Inc., Emerge Energy Services LP, Badger Mining Corp, Hi-Crush Partners, Preferred Sands, Premier Silica, Pattison Sand, Sibelco, Minerali Industriali, Quarzwerke Group, Aggregate Industries & WOLFF & MÜLLER, VRX Silica Limited, Australian Silica Quartz Group Ltd, Adwan Chemical Industries Company, Refcast Corporation, Zillion Sawa Minerals Pvt. Ltd., TMM India, and Srinath Enterprises

Growth Drivers:
  • Growing construction industry
  • Industrial activity and manufacturing expansion
Restraints & Challenges:
  • Environmental regulations around silica sand
  • Fluctuating raw material prices

Key Developments

  • In June 2022, Sibelco announced a commitment to invest AUD 49 million (approximately USD 33.83 million) in Diatreme Resources Limited, an emerging Australia-based developer of mineral and silica mines based in Brisbane, Australia. This investment consisted of the purchase of Diatreme shares through a private placement and the establishment of a silica sand joint venture between Diatreme and Sibelco in Cape Flattery, Northern Queensland. The investment was subject to approval by Australia's Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB)
  • In June 2023, the high-purity silica sand in southern Jordan is estimated to be worth billions of dollars, providing a strong incentive for both international and domestic investors
  • *Definition: The washed silica sand market refers to the market for silica sand that has been washed to remove impurities like clay, dust, and other fine materials, making it easier to process. Washed silica sand contains at least 95-98% silicon dioxide (SiO2) and is widely used in industrial applications like fracturing sand, glassmaking, foundry work, abrasives, and construction due to its high purity levels. The washed silica sand market has been growing steadily due to rising demand from various.

Market Segmentation

  • Fe Content Insights (Revenue, USD Bn & KT, 2019 - 2031)
    • Greater Than 0.01%
    • Less Than 0.01%
  •  Application Insights (Revenue, USD Bn & KT, 2019 - 2031)
    • Glass
    • Foundry
    • Oil Well Cement
    • Ceramic & Refractories
    • Abrasive
    • Metallurgy
    • Others (Filtration, etc.)
  • Regional Insights (Revenue, USD Bn & KT, 2019 - 2031)
    • North America
      • U.S.
      • Canada
    • Latin America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Mexico
      • Rest of Latin America
    • Europe
      • Germany
      • U.K.
      • Spain
      • France
      • Italy
      • Russia
      • Rest of Europe
    • Asia Pacific
      • China
      • India
      • Japan
      • Australia
      • South Korea
      • ASEAN
      • Rest of Asia Pacific
    • Middle East & Africa
      • GCC Countries
      • Israel
      • Rest of Middle East & Africa
  • Key Players Insights
    • Unimin Corporation
    • Fairmount Minerals
    • US Silica Holdings, Inc.
    • Emerge Energy Services LP
    • Badger Mining Corp
    • Hi-Crush Partners
    • Preferred Sands
    • Premier Silica
    • Pattison Sand
    • Sibelco
    • Minerali Industriali
    • Quarzwerke Group
    • Aggregate Industries & WOLFF & MÜLLER
    • VRX Silica Limited
    • Australian Silica Quartz Group Ltd
    • Adwan Chemical Industries Company
    • Refcast Corporation
    • Zillion Sawa Minerals Pvt. Ltd.
    • TMM India
    • Srinath Enterprises

Frequently Asked Questions

The CAGR of Washed Silica Sand Market is projected to be 5.6% from 2024 to 2031.

Growing Construction Industry and Industrial Activity and Manufacturing Expansion are the major factor driving the growth of Washed Silica Sand Market.

Environmental regulations around silica sand and Availability of substitutes are the major factor hampering the growth of Washed Silica Sand Market.

In terms of Fe Content, Greater Than 0.01%, estimated to dominate the market revenue share 2024.

Unimin Corporation, Fairmount Minerals, US Silica Holdings, Inc., Emerge Energy Services LP, Badger Mining Corp, Hi-Crush Partners, Preferred Sands, Premier Silica, Pattison Sand, Sibelco, Minerali Industriali, Quarzwerke Group, Aggregate Industries & WOLFF & MÜLLER, VRX Silica Limited, Australian Silica Quartz Group Ltd, Adwan Chemical Industries Company, Refcast Corporation, Zillion Sawa Minerals Pvt. Ltd., TMM India, Srinath Enterprises are the major players.

North America is expected to lead the Washed Silica Sand Market.

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