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  • Published In : Mar 2024
  • Code : CMI6735
  • Pages :145
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  • Industry : Advanced Materials

Market Size and Trends

The wollastonite powder market is estimated to be valued at USD 246.9 Mn in 2024 and is expected to reach USD 442.8 Mn by 2031, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.7% from 2024 to 2031.

Wollastonite Powder Market Key Factors

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The demand for wollastonite powder is expected to grow during the forecast period due to the increasing usage of wollastonite as a reinforcing filler in the plastics, polymers, and ceramics industries. Wollastonite powder is increasingly being used as a substitute to talc and mica in plastics, polymers, and paints & coatings. Properties, such as high tensile strength, non-combustible nature, and chemical stability, promote the use of wollastonite as a versatile mineral admixture in various applications such as polymer composites, friction products, insulation, ceramic applications, and paints & coatings. Increasing R&D activities for novel applications and growth in end-use industries like construction and automotive are expected to drive the wollastonite powder market growth during the forecast period.

Rising Demand from the Construction Industry

The construction industry has been a major consumer of wollastonite powder over the past few years. Growing construction industry is expected to drive the market. For instance, according to data published by the Canadian Construction Association in 2023, the industry contributes about US$ 151 billion to the economy annually, accounting for 7.4% of Canada's gross domestic product (GDP).Wollastonite finds various applications in the construction sector such as in concrete and plaster work. It is commonly used as an additive in concrete and plaster to enhance their workability, strength, and impermeability. With properties like high hardness, chemical inertness, and temperature stability, wollastonite makes concrete and plaster more durable even under extreme climatic conditions. The global construction industry has witnessed steady growth over the past decade on account of rapid urbanization, rising population, and increasing investments in infrastructure development projects across both developed and emerging economies. Mega infrastructure projects related to housing, transportation, water supply, and energy are continuously coming up. At the same time, maintenance and renovation activities of existing buildings and structures have increased significantly. All these factors have boosted the consumption of cement, concrete, and other construction materials. With higher consumption of construction materials, the demand for additives and supplements like wollastonite has also risen accordingly.

Market Concentration and Competitive Landscape

Wollastonite Powder Market Concentration By Players

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Increasing Demand from the Ceramics Industry

The global ceramics industry has emerged as another major end-user industry driving the growth of the wollastonite powder market. Ceramics have widespread applications across various sectors including building materials, sanitaryware, refractories, electrical equipment, and automotive components. Wollastonite ceramic is commonly used where high mechanical strength, chemical inertness, and thermal shock resistance properties are required. Some key properties of wollastonite that have led to its increased usage in ceramics are uniform particle size, high aspect ratio, pseudocrystalline structure, and lack of cleavage planes. These attributes allow wollastonite to enhance mechanical properties of ceramics while reducing thermal expansion and shrinkage during firing.

Key Takeaways From Lead Analyst

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Market Challenges: Fluctuating raw material prices

One of the key challenges the wollastonite powder market currently faces is the availability of high-quality raw materials. As wollastonite deposits are found in limited locations around the world, producers are facing issues in sourcing raw materials consistently in terms of quality and quantity. Fluctuating raw material prices further hinder capacity expansion plans and impact production costs. Substitute materials also pose a threat as manufacturers in end-use industries explore alternatives to reduce overall costs.

Market Opportunities: Increasing application of wollastonite in various industries

Increasing application of wollastonite in various industries. Rapid development and urbanization in emerging economies are driving market growth in key end-use sectors such as construction, plastics, and metallurgy. Rising penetration of wollastonite composites to replace more expensive materials provides a huge growth potential.

Wollastonite Powder Market By Application

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Insights, By Application: Durability and Cost-Effectiveness Drive Nonwoven Adoption

The ceramics segment accounts for the 32% share in the global wollastonite powder market. Wollastonite finds wide usage in ceramics production primarily due to its excellent dielectric and mechanical properties. It is highly adaptive for ceramic applications because of its high modulus of elasticity, low thermal expansion, and good thermal shock resistance. Wollastonite powder is extensively utilized as a substitute for kaolin in producing ceramic tile bodies and glazes. Its addition enhances physical and mechanical qualities of ceramic tiles such as strength, impermeability, and resistance to crazing. The demand for wollastonite from the tile industry has surged significantly over the past few decades owing to large-scale infrastructure developments and rapid urbanization particularly in developing nations. Moreover, rising consumer spending on residential and commercial construction has augmented the consumption of ceramic tiles globally. Wollastonite powder plays a crucial role in manufacturing ceramic sanitaryware as well by improving the durability and lifecycle of products. It reinforces vitreous china and minimizes breakage during firing. Sanitaryware finds wide application in bathroom fittings and fixtures industry which has grown in tandem with the booming real estate business.

Regional Insights

Wollastonite Powder Market Regional Insights

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North America has been the dominant region with 44.2% share in the global wollastonite powder market over the past decade. The major country leading the North America market is the U.S., which accounts for over 60% of the regional demand. The widespread presence of the paints & coatings industry coupled with a strong automotive manufacturing sector has been the key driver of growth. Wollastonite finds significant usage as a filler in products such as architectural coatings and automotive coatings due to its high brightness and excellent coverage properties. It is also gaining popularity as an alternative to talc in plastics and polymers applications. The consumption of wollastonite powder is significantly high in end-use industries located in the Midwest and Southern states such as Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, and Texas due to their industrial prominence. Local production from mines located in these regions ensures easy availability and stable supply chains. This has helped manufacturers achieve cost competitiveness by reducing supply chain inefficiencies. Key players operating in the country include Nyco Minerals, Resco Products, and Xinyu South Wollastonite which are expanding production capacities to meet the growing demand in North America.

The Asia Pacific region has emerged as the fastest growing market for wollastonite powder globally in recent years, primarily driven by China. Growth in the infrastructure and construction activities along with a burgeoning automotive industry has boosted the consumption of wollastonite as a filler and reinforcing agent.

Market Report Scope

Wollastonite Powder Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2023 Market Size in 2024: US$ 246.9 Mn
Historical Data for: 2019 To 2023 Forecast Period: 2024 To 2031
Forecast Period 2024 to 2031 CAGR: 8.7% 2031 Value Projection: US$ 442.8 Mn
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 & Africa: GCC Countries, Israel, and Rest of Middle East & Africa
Segments covered:
  • By Application: Ceramics, Polymers, Paints, Friction Products  , Construction  , Metallurgy, and Others (including Glass & Fiberglass, Welding Electrodes, Plant Fertilizers,, Adhesives, and Sealants, etc.)
Companies covered:

Wolkem, R.T. Vanderbilt Holding Company, Inc., Changxing Earth New Type of Material Co., Ltd., Nordkalk Corporation, Jilin Shanwei Wollastonite Mining CO., LTD., ACBM JSC, Imerys, Canadian Wollastonite, Xinyu South Wollastonite Co., Ltd., Karnataka Silicates, MCA International, Garg Mineral & Chemicals, Swapnil Minerals Export Co., S V Minerals, and Fitech

Growth Drivers:
  • Rising Demand from the Construction Industry
  • Increasing Demand from the Ceramics Industry
Restraints & Challenges:
  • Fluctuating Raw Material Prices
  • Strict Environmental Regulations

Key Developments

  • In 2020, Imerys, a leading player in the mineral-based specialty solutions industry, expanded its distribution partnership with IMCD throughout the U.S. And Canada. IMCD became the preferred distributor for Imerys Performance Minerals across these countries, providing customers with access to Imerys' extensive multi-mineral product portfolio, backed by IMCD's technical sales expertise, laboratory support, and extensive footprint in the region.
  • Definition: The wollastonite powder market involves the manufacturing and sales of wollastonite powder, which is a naturally occurring calcium inosilicate mineral that can be widely utilized as an industrial mineral. Wollastonite powder has high tensile strength, low thermal expansion, chemical inertness, and aesthetic properties. It is used as a functional filler in plastics, paints, rubber, and ceramics to improve insulation, chemical resistance, and physical properties.

Market Segmentation

  • Application Insights (Revenue, USD Mn & KT, 2019 - 2031)
    • Ceramics  
    • Polymers
    • Paints
    • Friction Products 
    • Construction 
    • Metallurgy
    • Others (including Glass & Fiberglass, Welding Electrodes, Plant Fertilizers,
    • Adhesives, and Sealants, etc.)
  • Regional Insights (Revenue, USD Mn & 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
      • GCC Countries
      • Israel
      • Rest of Middle East                        
  • Key Players Insights
    • Wolkem
    • R.T. Vanderbilt Holding Company, Inc.
    • Changxing Earth New Type of Material Co., Ltd.
    • Nordkalk Corporation
    • Jilin Shanwei Wollastonite Mining CO., LTD.
    • ACBM JSC
    • Imerys
    • Canadian Wollastonite
    • Xinyu South Wollastonite Co., Ltd.
    • Karnataka Silicates
    • MCA International
    • Garg Mineral & Chemicals
    • Swapnil Minerals Export Co.
    • S V Minerals
    • Fitech

Frequently Asked Questions

The CAGR of Wollastonite Powder Market is projected to be 8.7% from 2024 to 2031.

Rising demand from the construction industry and the increasing demand from the ceramics industry are the major factors driving the growth of the wollastonite powder market.

Fluctuating raw material prices and strict environmental regulations are the major factor hampering the growth of the wollastonite powder market.

In terms of Application, ceramic, estimated to dominate the market revenue share 2024.

Wolkem, R.T. Vanderbilt Holding Company, Inc., Changxing Earth New Type of Material Co., Ltd., Nordkalk Corporation, Jilin Shanwei Wollastonite Mining CO., LTD., ACBM JSC, Imerys, Canadian Wollastonite, Xinyu South Wollastonite Co., Ltd., Karnataka Silicates, MCA International, Garg Mineral & Chemicals, Swapnil Minerals Export Co., S V Minerals, and Fitech are the major players operating in the market.

North America is expected to lead the wollastonite powder market.

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