Definition of Market/Industry:
Alumina trihydrate (ATH) is a non-corrosive and non-toxic chemical compound that is widely used as a flame retardant and smoke suppressant in various elastomeric applications due to its excellent thermodynamic properties. It effectively absorbs heat and releases water that reduces the risk of fire and prevents oxygen from reaching the flame. It has four polymorphs namely gibbsite, doyleite, bayerite, and nordstrandite. Alumina trihydrate is highly functional and versatile pigment and beneficial in a number of coatings, adhesives, inks, caulks and sealant applications.
The global alumina trihydrate market
is estimated to account for US$ 3,900 Mn
in terms of value and 6,700 MT
in terms of volume by the end of 2019
Growing demand for alumina trihydrate from the pharmaceutical industry in the formulation of antacid medicine is expected to foster market growth. Additionally, rising demand for alumina trihydrate from water treatment application where it acts as flocculants in water purification is also expected to foster the market growth.
Increasing usage of alumina trihydrate in the production of batteries as alumina trihydrate can be recycled to produce new aluminum anode, which makes the battery rechargeable. Therefore, usage of alumina trihydrate in the li-ion batteries can open new doors of opportunity to the market of alumina trihydrate.
Growing usage of magnesium hydroxide as an alternative of alumina trihydrate from the pharmaceutical industry in the preparation of antacid formulation as it effectively reduces the stomach acid and increases water in the intestine. This factor is expected to hinder the market growth of Alumina trihydrate.
The growing application of Alumina Trihydrate-based Adjuvants in vaccines is a major trend that has been observed in the market. Alumina trihydrate adjuvants compose has a mechanism of the repository effect, pro-phagocytic effect, and activation of pro-inflammatory NLRP3 is expected to offer enormous growth opportunity to the market.
Rising usage of alumina trihydrate in phosphate binders is gaining popularity traction in the market. Phosphate binders bind phosphate in the blood that limits its circulation with blood. Therefore, rising usage of Alumina trihydrate phosphate binders for the treatment of hyperphosphatemia is projected to offer lucrative growth opportunity to the market.
Alfa Aesar, Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd., Albemarle Corporation, Nabaltec AG, Huber Engineered Materials (J. M. Huber Corporation), Showa Denko K.K., NALCO, MAL Zrt., Alcoa Inc., and Aluminum Corp. of China Ltd.
Few Recent Developments
Huber Engineered Materials
- In February 2016, the company announced the establishment of a wholly-owned subsidiary in Tokyo, Japan, to cater to demand from the Asia Pacific region.
Showa Denko K.K
- In February 2016, the company acquired Albemarle Corporation’s specialty chemical business and Martinswerk Mineral flame retardant businesses
- In June 2015, Huber Engineered Materials acquired the Safire nitrogen and phosphorus fire retardant technology from Floridienne Group
- In October 2018, the Fire Retardant Additives (FRA) business unit, part of the Huber Engineered Materials (HEM) division of J.M. Huber Corporation, announces its Fine Precipitated Hydrate (FPH) phase two capacity expansion project at the Martinswerk Plant. The MARTINAL® LEO fine precipitated alumina hydrate grades offer consistently superior processing properties and serve as the company’s global product platform for its customers.
- In February 2015, Indonesia Chemical Alumina (ICA), a joint corporation owned by Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) and PT ANTAM (Persero) Tbk (ANTAM), of Indonesia, has started commercial operation of its new chemical alumina plant established in the Tayan District, West Kalimantan, Indonesia.
- The company is focusing on expanding its facilities to focus on its core industrial products—hydrates and alumina
- It focuses on restructuring its manufacturing operation with an aim to strengthen its market position in Europe
- Plastics Industry
- Paper Industry
- Paints and Coatings Industry
- Adhesives Industry
- Chemicals Industry
- Pharmaceuticals Industry
- North America
- Latin America
- Western Europe
- Eastern Europe
- Middle East and Africa
- Asia Pacific excluding Japan