- 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%.
NORTH AMERICAN MARKET GROWTH OF INORGANIC NANOPOROUS AND
MICROPOROUS ADSORBENTS BY TYPE, 2011-2017
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
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.
Both primary and secondary research methodologies were used in preparing this
study. Estimates of current market demand are made for 2011 and projected
over the 5 years from 2012 to 2017. Projections are made in terms of constant
2011 dollars. The growth rates are presented as average annual rates.
Market values were calculated simply by multiplying the number of pounds of
material sold by the average price per pound. Confirmation of the numbers was
obtained by contacting several representative manufacturers in the nanoporous
and microporous adsorbents industry and analyzing published reports.
The information in this report was derived from interviews with individuals in
the industry; searches of online and print media, including electronic
databases, conference proceedings, patent literature, trade journals and
newsletters; company publications, filings with SEC, and websites.
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
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.