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Global Markets for Inorganic Nanoporous and Microporous Adsorbents

The North American market for inorganic nanoporous and microporous adsorbents reached $2.2 billion in 2011. It is expected to reach nearly $2.4 billion in 2012 and it will further grow to $2.9 billion by 2017, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.3%.

The zeolite segment reached $1.2 billion in 2011. It is expected to reach nearly $1.3 billion in 2012 and it will further grow to $1.5 billion by 2017, a compound CAGR of 3.5%.

The granular activated carbon segment reached $494.6 million in 2011. It is expected to reach $517.5 million in 2012 and it will further grow to $642.2 million by 2017, a compound CAGR of 4.4%.

SUMMARY FIGURE
NORTH AMERICAN MARKET GROWTH OF INORGANIC NANOPOROUS AND
MICROPOROUS ADSORBENTS BY TYPE, 2011-2017
($ MILLIONS)

Source: BCC Research

STUDY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

This report is an updated edition of a BCC report published in April 2005. The goal of this study is to provide the reader with a comprehensive understanding of recent advances in microporous inorganic adsorbent materials manufacturing, their commercial applications, and worldwide markets. For the purposes of this report, these materials are defined to include granular activated carbon; the special type of molecular sieves known as zeolites, clays, activated alumina, and silica gel; and miscellaneous adsorbents such as iron oxide.

In this report, several objectives will be met. The major types of adsorbents will be described, including key physical and chemical properties, raw materials, and manufacturing processes. Commercial applications in which these adsorbents are used will be discussed. Present consumption and future demand for these materials will be evaluated for the North American and worldwide regions. Trends in technology will be analyzed and forecast. The impact of governmental regulations will be ascertained. Finally, the structural dynamics of the adsorbent industry will be outlined along with profiles of important manufacturers.

REASONS FOR DOING THE STUDY

The nanoporous and microporous adsorbents industry is mature, with a wide variety of products satisfying the requirements of well-established applications. However, expanded scope and applicability of environmental regulations along with improving living standards around the world are stimulating significant increases in demand for these products. In addition to environmental applications, newly invented specialized nanoporous sorbent products are creating novel market opportunities in electronics manufacturing and biomedical industry sectors.

Corporations involved with microporous adsorbents must understand the significance of these trends to effectively manage their enterprises and resources. Stakeholders in these competitive technologies and products must understand the impact of these trends upon their operations. End users of microporous adsorbents must consider the effect of these changes to select the most cost-effective options among newly available products and technologies prior to committing significant capital resources.

SCOPE AND FORMAT

This report covers the technological, economic, and environmental considerations of the inorganic microporous adsorbent industry. Although this report is primarily a study of U.S. markets, analysis and forecasts are also provided for global markets.

The North American markets are presented by adsorbent type and by commercial application with growth forecasts through 2017. The driving forces in the industry and the structure of the industry are also examined.

International aspects of the inorganic microporous adsorbent industry are discussed with respect to major geographic markets, types of adsorbents, and available manufacturing capacity. Lastly, brief profiles of the major manufactures in the North American markets are presented.

ANALYST'S CREDENTIALS

The original report on which this update is based was prepared by market research analyst Ravindra Deshpande, who has more than 12 years of research and product development experience in the manufacturing industry. Mr. Deshpande holds a Ph.D in Chemical Engineering along with an MBA. He has published several papers in peer-reviewed journals and is the lead inventor on several patents.

The analyst responsible for updating the report is Andrew McWilliams, a partner in 43rd Parallel LLC, the Boston - based international technology and marketing consulting firm.

Table of Contents

Global Markets for Inorganic Nanoporous and Microporous Adsorbents

Chapter - 1: INTRODUCTION - Complimentary

  • STUDY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
  • REASONS FOR DOING THE STUDY
  • INTENDED AUDIENCE
  • SCOPE AND FORMAT
  • METHODOLOGY
  • INFORMATION SOURCES
  • ANALYST'S CREDENTIALS
  • RELATED BCC REPORTS
  • BCC ON-LINE SERVICES
  • DISCLAIMER

Chapter - 2: EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  • Table Summary: NORTH AMERICAN MARKET GROWTH FOR INORGANIC NANOPOROUS AND MICROPOROUS ADSORBENTS BY TYPE, THROUGH 2017
  • Figure Summary: NORTH AMERICAN MARKET GROWTH OF INORGANIC NANOPOROUS AND MICROPOROUS ADSORBENTS BY TYPE, 2011-2017

Chapter - 3: INDUSTRY AND MARKET OVERVIEW

  • NORTH AMERICAN MARKETS
  • GLOBAL MARKETS
  • EMERGING TECHNOLOGY NEEDS
  • INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

Chapter - 4: TECHNOLOGY OVERVIEW

  • MAJOR TYPES OF INORGANIC NANOPOROUS AND MICROPOROUS ADSORBENTS
  • MANUFACTURING OF INORGANIC NANOPOROUS AND MICROPOROUS ADSORBENTS

Chapter - 5: COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS OF INORGANIC NANOPOROUS AND MICROPOROUS ADSORBENTS

  • CONSUMER GOODS MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY
  • HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY
  • ENVIRONMENTAL INDUSTRY APPLICATIONS
  • CHEMICAL AND PROCESS INDUSTRY APPLICATIONS
  • PETROLEUM AND GAS REFINING INDUSTRY
  • BUILDING MATERIALS INDUSTRY
  • OTHER MISCELLANEOUS INDUSTRY APPLICATIONS

Chapter - 6: TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT TRENDS

  • PATENT ANALYSIS
  • TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT TRENDS

Chapter - 7: INTERNATIONAL ASPECTS OF INORGANIC NANOPOROUS AND MICROPOROUS ADSORBENTS BUSINESS

  • Table 29: WORLDWIDE MARKETS FOR INORGANIC NANOPOROUS AND MICROPOROUS ADSORBENTS BY TYPE AND REGION, 2011
  • Figure 26: GLOBAL MARKET SHARE OF INORGANIC NANOPOROUS AND MICROPOROUS ADSORBENTS BY TYPE, 2011
  • Figure 27: WORLDWIDE MARKETS FOR INORGANIC NANOPOROUS AND MICROPOROUS ADSORBENTS BY TYPE AND REGION, 2011
  • Figure 28: GLOBAL INORGANIC NANOPOROUS AND MICROPOROUS ADSORBENT MARKETS BY WORLD REGIONS, 2011
  • Table 30: WORLDWIDE MARKET FOR INORGANIC NANOPOROUS AND MICROPOROUS ADSORBENTS BY REGION, THROUGH 2017
  • Figure 29: WORLDWIDE MARKET FOR INORGANIC NANOPOROUS AND MICROPOROUS ADSORBENTS BY REGION, 2011 - 2007

Chapter - 8: PROFILES OF KEY MANUFACTURERS

  • ALMATIS GMBH
  • AMCOL INTERNATIONAL
  • APYRON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
  • ARKEMA, INC.
  • AXENS NORTH AMERICA, INC.
  • BASF AG
  • CALGON CARBON CORP.
  • CARBOCHEM CORP.
  • CARBON ACTIVATED CORP.
  • CPL CARBON LINK CORP.
  • CRITERION CATALYST CO.
  • EXXONMOBIL OIL CORP.
  • FILTERCOR, INC.
  • FILTERSPUN, INC.
  • GENERAL CARBON CORP.
  • GSA RESOURCES, INC.
  • J.M. HUBER CORP.
  • MARTIN MARIETTA MAGNESIA SPECIALITIES, INC.
  • MEADWESTVACO, INC.
  • MONSANTO ENVIRO-CHEM SYSTEMS, INC.
  • MULTISORB TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
  • NANOPORE CORP.
  • NORIT AMERICAS, INC.
  • NUCON INTERNATIONAL, INC.
  • POROCEL CORP.
  • PQ CORP.
  • RESINTECH, INC.
  • SHELL OIL CO.
  • STEELHEAD SPECIALTY MINERALS
  • SUD-CHEMIE ADSORBENTS
  • TEAGUE MINERAL PRODUCTS
  • TIGG CORP.
  • UOP LLC
  • VIC MANUFACTURING CO.
  • W.R. GRACE & CO.
  • WESTATES CARBON, INC.
  • ZEOCHEM
  • ZEOLYST INTERNATIONAL

List of Tables

  • Summary Table: NORTH AMERICAN MARKET GROWTH FOR INORGANIC NANOPOROUS AND MICROPOROUS ADSORBENTS BY TYPE, THROUGH 2017
  • Table 1: CLASSIFICATION OF INORGANIC ADSORBENTS
  • Table 2: TYPES OF INORGANIC ADSORBENTS
  • Table 3: STRUCTURAL PROPERTIES OF INORGANIC ADSORBENTS
  • Table 4: SURFACE-RELATED PROPERTIES OF INORGANIC ADSORBENTS
  • Table 5: POTENTIAL APPLICATIONS OF INORGANIC ADSORBENTS
  • Table 6: NATURAL RAW MATERIALS USED IN ACTIVATED CARBON MANUFACTURING
  • Table 7: GRANULAR ACTIVATED CARBON MANUFACTURERS' ESTIMATED MARKET SHARE IN NORTH AMERICA, 2011
  • Table 8: KEY CHARACTERISTICS OF MICROPOROUS AND NANOPOROUS ZEOLITES
  • Table 9: ZEOLITE MANUFACTURERS' ESTIMATED MARKET SHARE IN NORTH AMERICA, 2011
  • Table 10: TYPES OF NATURAL CLAYS
  • Table 11: ACTIVATED ALUMINA MANUFACTURERS' ESTIMATED MARKET SHARE IN NORTH AMERICA, 2011
  • Table 12: SILICA GELS MANUFACTURERS' ESTIMATED MARKET SHARE IN NORTH AMERICA, 2011
  • Table 13: NORTH AMERICAN MARKETS FOR INORGANIC MICROPOROUS AND NANOPOROUS ADSORBENTS BY TYPE, THROUGH 2017
  • Table 14: NORTH AMERICAN MARKET FOR INORGANIC NANOPOROUS AND MICROPOROUS ADSORBENTS BY TYPE IN CONSUMER GOODS MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY, THROUGH 2017
  • Table 15: NORTH AMERICAN CONSUMER GOODS MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY APPLICATIONS' MARKET SHARE BY ADSORBENT TYPE, 2011
  • Table 16: NORTH AMERICAN MARKET FOR INORGANIC NANOPOROUS AND MICROPOROUS ADSORBENTS BY TYPE IN THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY, THROUGH 2017
  • Table 17: NORTH AMERICAN HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY APPLICATIONS' MARKET SHARE BY ADSORBENT TYPE, 2011
  • Table 18: NORTH AMERICAN MARKET FOR INORGANIC NANOPOROUS AND MICROPOROUS ADSORBENTS BY TYPE IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL INDUSTRY, THROUGH 2017
  • Table 19: NORTH AMERICAN ENVIRONMENTAL INDUSTRY APPLICATIONS' MARKET SHARE BY ADSORBENT TYPE, 2011
  • Table 20: NORTH AMERICAN MARKET FOR INORGANIC NANOPOROUS AND MICROPOROUS ADSORBENTS BY TYPE IN THE CHEMICAL AND PROCESS INDUSTRY, THROUGH 2017
  • Table 21: NORTH AMERICAN CHEMICAL AND PROCESS INDUSTRY APPLICATIONS' MARKET SHARE BY ADSORBENT TYPE, 2011
  • Table 22: NORTH AMERICAN MARKET FOR INORGANIC NANOPOROUS AND MICROPOROUS ADSORBENTS BY TYPE IN THE PETROLEUM AND GAS REFINING INDUSTRY, THROUGH 2017
  • Table 23: NORTH AMERICAN PETROLEUM AND GAS REFINING APPLICATIONS' MARKET SHARE BY ADSORBENT TYPE, 2011
  • Table 24: NORTH AMERICAN MARKET FOR INORGANIC NANOPOROUS AND MICROPOROUS ADSORBENTS BY TYPE IN THE BUILDING MATERIALS INDUSTRY, THROUGH 2017
  • Table 25: NORTH AMERICAN BUILDING MATERIALS INDUSTRY APPLICATIONS' MARKET SHARE BY ADSORBENT TYPE, 2011
  • Table 26: NORTH AMERICAN MARKET FOR INORGANIC NANOPOROUS AND MICROPOROUS ADSORBENTS BY TYPE IN MISCELLANEOUS INDUSTRIES, THROUGH 2017
  • Table 27: NORTH AMERICAN MISCELLANEOUS INDUSTRY APPLICATIONS' MARKET SHARE BY ADSORBENT TYPE, 2011
  • Table 28: ADSORBENT TECHNOLOGY RELATED U.S. PATENTS ISSUED TO LEADING MANUFACTURERS, 1995-2010
  • Table 29: WORLDWIDE MARKETS FOR INORGANIC NANOPOROUS AND MICROPOROUS ADSORBENTS BY TYPE AND REGION, 2011
  • Table 30: WORLDWIDE MARKET FOR INORGANIC NANOPOROUS AND MICROPOROUS ADSORBENTS BY REGION, THROUGH 2017

List of Figures

  • Summary Figure: NORTH AMERICAN MARKET GROWTH OF INORGANIC NANOPOROUS AND MICROPOROUS ADSORBENTS BY TYPE, 2011-2017
  • Figure 1: SHARE OF NORTH AMERICAN MARKET FOR INORGANIC NANOPOROUS AND MICROPOROUS ADSORBENTS BY TYPE, 2011
  • Figure 2: PROJECTED ADSORBENT MARKET COMPOUND ANNUAL GROWTH RATE (CAGR), 2012-2017
  • Figure 3: NORTH AMERICAN MARKET FOR INORGANIC NANOPOROUS AND MICROPOROUS ADSORBENTS BY COMMERCIAL APPLICATION, 2011
  • Figure 4: PROJECTED AVERAGE ANNUAL GROWTH OF ADSORBENT CONSUMPTION BY APPLICATION, 2012-2017
  • Figure 5: GLOBAL MARKET FOR INORGANIC MICROPOROUS AND NANOPOROUS ADSORBENTS BY TYPE, 2011
  • Figure 6: GLOBAL MARKET FOR INORGANIC MICROPOROUS AND NANOPOROUS ADSORBENTS BY REGION, 2011
  • Figure 7: MARKET SHARE OF GRANULAR ACTIVATED CARBON MANUFACTURERS IN NORTH AMERICA, 2011
  • Figure 8: MARKET SHARE OF ZEOLITES MANUFACTURERS IN NORTH AMERICA, 2011
  • Figure 9: MARKET SHARE OF ACTIVATED ALUMINA MANUFACTURERS IN NORTH AMERICA, 2011
  • Figure 10: SILICA GELS MANUFACTURERS ESTIMATED MARKET SHARE IN NORTH AMERICA, 2011
  • Figure 11: NORTH AMERICAN MARKETS FOR INORGANIC MICROPOROUS AND NANOPOROUS ADSORBENTS BY TYPE, 2011 - 2017
  • Figure 12: NORTH AMERICAN MARKET FOR INORGANIC NANOPOROUS AND MICROPOROUS ADSORBENTS BY TYPE IN CONSUMER GOODS MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY, 2011-2017
  • Figure 13: MARKET SHARE OF ADSORBENTS IN CONSUMER GOODS MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY, 2011
  • Figure 14: NORTH AMERICAN MARKET FOR INORGANIC NANOPOROUS AND MICROPOROUS ADSORBENTS BY TYPE IN THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY, 2011 - 2017
  • Figure 15: MARKET SHARE OF INORGANIC ADSORBENTS IN THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY, 2011
  • Figure 16: NORTH AMERICAN MARKET FOR INORGANIC NANOPOROUS AND MICROPOROUS ADSORBENTS BY TYPE IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL INDUSTRY, 2011 - 2017
  • Figure 17: MARKET SHARE OF INORGANIC ADSORBENTS IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL INDUSTRY, 2011
  • Figure 18: NORTH AMERICAN MARKET FOR INORGANIC NANOPOROUS AND MICROPOROUS ADSORBENTS BY TYPE IN THE CHEMICAL AND PROCESS INDUSTRY, 2011 - 2017
  • Figure 19: MARKET SHARE OF INORGANIC ADSORBENTS IN THE CHEMICAL AND PROCESS INDUSTRY, 2011
  • Figure 20: NORTH AMERICAN MARKET FOR INORGANIC NANOPOROUS AND MICROPOROUS ADSORBENTS BY TYPE IN THE PETROLEUM AND GAS REFINING INDUSTRY, 2011 - 2017
  • Figure 21: MARKET SHARE OF INORGANIC ADSORBENTS IN THE PETROLEUM AND GAS REFINING INDUSTRY, 2011
  • Figure 22: NORTH AMERICAN MARKET FOR INORGANIC NANOPOROUS AND MICROPOROUS ADSORBENTS BY TYPE IN THE BUILDING MATERIALS INDUSTRY, 2011 - 2017
  • Figure 23: MARKET SHARE OF INORGANIC ADSORBENTS IN THE BUILDING MATERIALS INDUSTRY, 2011
  • Figure 24: NORTH AMERICAN MARKET FOR INORGANIC NANOPOROUS AND MICROPOROUS ADSORBENTS BY TYPE IN MISCELLANEOUS INDUSTRIES, 2011 - 2017
  • Figure 25: MARKET SHARE OF INORGANIC ADSORBENTS IN OTHER MISCELLANEOUS INDUSTRIES, 2011
  • Figure 26: GLOBAL MARKET SHARE OF INORGANIC NANOPOROUS AND MICROPOROUS ADSORBENTS BY TYPE, 2011
  • Figure 27: WORLDWIDE MARKETS FOR INORGANIC NANOPOROUS AND MICROPOROUS ADSORBENTS BY TYPE AND REGION, 2011
  • Figure 28: GLOBAL INORGANIC NANOPOROUS AND MICROPOROUS ADSORBENT MARKETS BY WORLD REGIONS, 2011
  • Figure 29: WORLDWIDE MARKET FOR INORGANIC NANOPOROUS AND MICROPOROUS ADSORBENTS BY REGION, 2011 - 2007
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