• Japanese
  • Korean
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World Industrial Silica Sand to 2016

Global demand to total 278 million metric tons in 2016

Global demand for silica sand is forecast to climb 4.4 percent annually through 2016 to 278 million metric tons, valued at $8.5 billion. Hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) is expected to represent by far the fastest growing market, spurred by a large increase in its use as a well stimulation technique, particularly in the US. The building products market will see the next fastest gains, bolstered principally by rising construction expenditures in the Asia/Pacific region. Consumption will be further stimulated by increases in world glass production and foundry output.

China to remain largest in volume, with the US leading in value terms

The Asia/Pacific region will account for the largest share (56 percent) of additional silica sand demand between 2011 and 2016, driven by increased construction expenditures and foundry output, particularly in China and India. Robust increases in the use of silica sand in glass production will also contribute to sales advances in the region. North America will contribute nearly one-fourth of additional silica sand demand between 2011 and 2016, spurred by gains in the hydraulic fracturing market, as silica sand is expected to remain the dominant proppant material in terms of volume, largely due to its low cost compared to other proppants. China will continue to represent the largest national market for industrial sand, accounting for 34 percent of all global demand in volume terms in 2016. However, the US will remain the most significant silica sand market in value terms, with product demand totaling $2.3 billion in that year. Overall sales gains will be tempered by meager growth in Western Europe, hindered by nominal increases in glass output and minimal fracking activity.

Hydraulic fracturing, glass markets tops in value

Demand for silica sand can be segmented into five major markets: glass, foundries, hydraulic fracturing, building products, and chemicals, as well as other smaller markets. Glass is the largest market, accounting for 37 percent of global silica sand consumption (in volume terms) in 2011. With 32 percent of overall sales,

foundries represent the next largest market, followed by hydraulic fracturing, building products, and chemicals, with other applications (such as abrasives and recreation) accounting for the remainder of demand. However, due to the disparity in silica sand prices, the glass and foundry markets are less significant in value terms when compared to the hydraulic fracturing segment. Additionally, in 2016 the glass and hydraulic fracturing markets will be equivalent in terms of market value, and they will account for the majority of the industrial sand market in dollar terms 27 percent share ($2.3 billion) of overall sales.

International trade limited

International trade in silica sand is limited due to the high cost of transporting silica sand relative to its value. As a result, quarries and processing facilities are typically located near major centers of demand. However, foreign markets are important to producers in such countries as the US, Australia, Italy, and Germany, which were the four largest exporters of industrial sand in 2011.

Study coverage

This Freedonia industry study, “World Industrial Silica Sand”, presents historical data (2001, 2006, 2011) plus forecasts for 2016 and 2021 for supply and demand, as well as demand by market, for six regions and 18 countries. The study also assesses market environment factors, examines industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles global industry players.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

II. MARKET ENVIRONMENT

  • General
  • World Economic Overview
    • Recent Historical Trends
    • World Economic Outlook
  • World Demographic Outlook
  • World Manufacturing Outlook
  • World Glass Outlook
    • Container Glass
    • Flat Glass
    • Glass Recycling
  • World Crude Steel Outlook
  • World Oil & Gas Outlook
    • Drilling Outlook
    • Hydraulic Fracturing & Shale Development
  • World Construction Outlook
  • Silica Sand Pricing Trends
  • Environmental & Regulatory Issues

III. WORLD SUPPLY & DEMAND

  • General
  • Regional Overview
    • Demand
    • Production
    • International Trade
  • Demand by Market
    • Glass
      • Container Glass
      • Flat & Other Glass
    • Foundries
    • Hydraulic Fracturing
    • Building Products
    • Chemicals
    • Other

IV. NORTH AMERICA

  • General
  • Silica Sand Supply & Demand
  • Silica Sand Outlook
  • United States
  • Canada
  • Mexico

V. WESTERN EUROPE

  • General
  • Silica Sand Supply & Demand
  • Silica Sand Outlook
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • France
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom
  • Other Western Europe

VI. ASIA/PACIFIC

  • General
  • Silica Sand Supply & Demand
  • Silica Sand Outlook
  • China
  • Japan
  • India
  • South Korea
  • Australia
  • Other Asia/Pacific

VII. OTHER REGIONS

  • Central & South America
    • Silica Sand Supply & Demand
    • Silica Sand Outlook
    • Brazil
    • Other Central & South America
  • Eastern Europe
    • Silica Sand Supply & Demand
    • Silica Sand Outlook
    • Russia
    • Poland
    • Other Eastern Europe
  • Africa/Mideast
    • Silica Sand Supply & Demand
    • Silica Sand Outlook
    • Turkey
    • South Africa
    • Other Africa/Mideast

VIII. INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

  • General
  • Market Composition
  • Market Share
  • Production
  • Marketing
  • Distribution
  • Cooperative Agreements
  • Mergers & Acquisitions

COMPANY PROFILES

  • Adwan Chemical Industries Company Limited
  • Atlas Resin Proppants, see Badger Mining
  • Auschina Industrial Corporation Pty Limited
  • Badger Mining Corporation
  • Bathgate Silica Sand Limited
  • Canis Madencilik, see Türkiye Sise ve Cam Fabrikalan
  • Caobar SA
  • Carmeuse Group SA
  • CEMEX SAB de CV
  • Duchang County Xinshiji Sculpt Materials
  • Company Limited
  • Earth Commodities Bundaberg Pty Limited
  • Egyptian International Industrial Minerals, see Gruppo
  • Minerali Maffei
  • EOG Resources Incorporated
  • EUROQUARZ GmbH
  • Fairmount Minerals Limited
  • flexFrac Proppant Sand Suppliers
  • FTS International Services LLC
  • Grupo Villar Mir SLU
  • Gruppo Minerali Maffei SpA
  • Haryana Ceramic & Allied Products Industries
  • Hedrick Industries Incorporated
  • Holcim Limited
  • JSC KGOK
  • Kyshtym Mining, see JSCOK
  • Lianyungang Dawnbright International Trade
  • Company Limited
  • Manley Brothers of Indiana
  • Minerali Industriali, see Gruppo Minerali Maffei
  • Momentive Performance Materials Holdings LLC
  • Nugent Sand Company
  • Pattison Sand Company LLC
  • Pioneer Natural Resources Company
  • Preferred Sands LLC
  • Premier Silica, see Pioneer Natural Resources
  • Quarzwerke GmbH
  • Saint-Gobain
  • SAMIN, see Saint-Gobain
  • SamQuarz, see Grupo Villar Mir
  • Santrol, see Fairmount Minerals
  • SCR-Sibelco NV
  • Short Mountain Silica Company
  • Simplot (JR) Company
  • Sisecam Group, see Turkiye Sise ve Cam Fabrikalan
  • Taiwan Glass Industry Corporation
  • Turkiye Sise ve Cam Fabrikalan AS
  • Unimin, see SCR-Sibelco
  • US Silica Holdings Incorporated
  • Xinyi Golden Ruite Quartz Materials Company Limited
  • Xuzhou Shihang Silica Sand Company Limited
  • Zhuzhou Kibing Group Company Limited
  • Other Companies in the World Silica Sand Industry

LIST OF TABLES

SECTION I -- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  • Summary Table

SECTION II -- MARKET ENVIRONMENT

  • World Gross Domestic Product by Region
  • World Population by Region
  • World Manufacturing Value Added by Region
  • World Container Glass Demand by Region & Product
  • World Flat Glass Production by Region
  • World Crude Steel Production by Region
  • World Oil & Gas Output by Region
  • World Oil & Gas Wells Drilled by Region
  • World Construction Expenditures by Type & Region
  • World Silica Sand Prices

SECTION III -- WORLD SUPPLY & DEMAND

  • World Industrial Silica Sand Demand by Region
  • World Silica Sand Production by Region
  • World Silica Sand Net Exports by Region
  • World Silica Sand Demand by Market
  • World Glass Demand for Silica Sand by Type & Region
  • World Container Glass Demand for Silica Sand by Region
  • World Flat & Other Glass Demand for Silica Sand by Region
  • World Foundry Demand for Silica Sand by Region
  • World Hydraulic Fracturing Demand for Silica Sand by Region
  • World Building Products Demand for Silica Sand by Region
  • World Chemical Demand for Silica Sand by Region
  • World Demand for Silica Sand Used in Other Markets by Region

SECTION IV -- NORTH AMERICA

  • North America: Silica Sand Supply & Demand
  • North America: Silica Sand Demand by Market
  • United States: Silica Sand Supply & Demand
  • United States: Silica Sand Demand by Market
  • Canada: Silica Sand Supply & Demand
  • Canada: Silica Sand Demand by Market
  • Mexico: Silica Sand Supply & Demand
  • Mexico: Silica Sand Demand by Market

SECTION V -- WESTERN EUROPE

  • Western Europe: Silica Sand Supply & Demand
  • Western Europe: Silica Sand Demand by Market
  • Germany: Silica Sand Supply & Demand
  • Germany: Silica Sand Demand by Market
  • Italy: Silica Sand Supply & Demand
  • Italy: Silica Sand Demand by Market
  • France: Silica Sand Supply & Demand
  • France: Silica Sand Demand by Market
  • Spain: Silica Sand Supply & Demand
  • Spain: Silica Sand Demand by Market
  • United Kingdom: Silica Sand Supply & Demand
  • United Kingdom: Silica Sand Demand by Market
  • Other Western Europe: Silica Sand Supply & Demand
  • Other Western Europe: Silica Sand Demand by Market

SECTION VI -- ASIA/PACIFIC

  • Asia/Pacific: Silica Sand Supply & Demand
  • Asia Pacific: Silica Sand Demand by Market
  • China: Silica Sand Supply & Demand
  • China: Silica Sand Demand by Market
  • Japan: Silica Sand Supply & Demand
  • Japan: Silica Sand Demand by Market
  • India: Silica Sand Supply & Demand
  • India: Silica Sand Demand by Market
  • South Korea: Silica Sand Supply & Demand
  • South Korea: Silica Sand Demand by Market
  • Australia: Silica Sand Supply & Demand
  • Australia: Silica Sand Demand by Market
  • Other Asia/Pacific: Silica Sand Supply & Demand
  • Other Asia/Pacific: Silica Sand Demand by Market

SECTION VII -- OTHER REGIONS

  • Central & South America: Silica Sand Supply & Demand
  • Central & South America: Silica Sand Demand by Market
  • Brazil: Silica Sand Supply & Demand
  • Brazil: Silica Sand Demand by Market
  • Other Central & South America: Silica Sand Supply & Demand
  • Other Central & South America: Silica Sand Demand by Market
  • Eastern Europe: Silica Sand Supply & Demand
  • Eastern Europe: Silica Sand Demand by Market
  • Russia: Silica Sand Supply & Demand
  • Russia: Silica Sand Demand by Market
  • Poland: Silica Sand Supply & Demand
  • Poland: Silica Sand Demand by Market
  • Other Eastern Europe: Silica Sand Supply & Demand
  • Other Eastern Europe: Silica Sand Demand by Market
  • Africa/Mideast: Silica Sand Supply & Demand
  • Africa/Mideast: Silica Sand Demand by Market
  • Turkey: Silica Sand Supply & Demand
  • Turkey: Silica Sand Demand by Market
  • South Africa: Silica Sand Supply & Demand
  • South Africa: Silica Sand Demand by Market
  • Other Africa/Mideast: Silica Sand Supply & Demand
  • Other Africa/Mideast: Silica Sand Demand by Market

SECTION VIII -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

  • World Silica Sand Sales by Company, 2011

LIST OF CHARTS

SECTION III -- WORLD SUPPLY & DEMAND

  • World Silica Sand Demand by Region, 2011
  • World Silica Sand Demand by Market, 2011

SECTION IV -- NORTH AMERICA

  • North America: Silica Sand Demand by Country, 2011
  • North America: Silica Sand Demand by Market, 2011

SECTION V -- WESTERN EUROPE

  • Western Europe: Silica Sand Demand by Country, 2011
  • Western Europe: Silica Sand Demand by Market, 2011

SECTION VI -- ASIA/PACIFIC

  • Asia/Pacific: Silica Sand Demand by Country, 2011
  • Asia/Pacific: Silica Sand Demand by Market, 2011

SECTION VII -- OTHER REGIONS

  • Central & South America: Silica Sand Demand by Market, 2011
  • Eastern Europe: Silica Sand Demand by Country, 2011
  • Eastern Europe: Silica Sand Demand by Market, 2011
  • Africa/Mideast: Silica Sand Demand by Country, 2011
  • Africa/Mideast: Silica Sand Demand by Market, 2011

SECTION VIII -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

  • World Silica Sand Market Share, 2011
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