LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Technavio has announced the top eight leading vendors in their recent global silica gel market report until 2020. Vendors are identified based on their revenue and market dominance in terms of experience, geographical presence, product portfolio, financials, and R&D.
Silica gel finds high consumption in pharmaceutical packaging to protect medicines from moisture and other impurities. The strong pharmaceutical manufacturing base in North America and Europe, due to supportive government regulations and high R&D expenditure in the healthcare industry in these regions, has had positive impact on the demand for silica gel in the pharmaceutical industry.
Competitive vendor landscape
The global silica gel market is highly fragmented and intensely competitive. Large global vendors such as BASF, Clariant, Evonik, Solvay, and W.R. Grace dominate the market. These players have vast geographical presence with large production facilities located globally. A sizeable number of small regional vendors also operate in the market and have significant shares.
“The competitive environment in the market will further intensify over the next five years with the increase in product extensions in terms of innovation in technology and the size of the silica gel,” says Swapnil Tejveer Sharma, a lead analyst at Technavio for research on specialty chemicals.
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Top eight silica gel market vendors
BASF produces Sorbead which is made of alumina-silica gel adsorbents and is used for moisture control. These alumina-silica gels are hard, spherical beads and have a high resistance to crushing and a low attrition rate. The gel is used as an adsorbent in the chemical, automotive, natural gas, and steel processing industries as well as in many power stations. Depending on application, type, and grain size, BASF provides a range of silica gel products including Sorbead R, Sorbead WS, Sorbead Orange CHAMELEON, and Sorbead H.
Clariant provides silica gel desiccant bags under the brand name Sorb-It. These silica gels are used in semiconductor dry packing, the automotive industry, equipment packaging, food packaging, and many other industries.
Evonik provides silica gels under the brand AEROSIL. These are used in the cosmetic industry, such as to increase the temperature stability of lipsticks. The silica gel is also used in paints and coatings, catalysts, silicone profiles, and others.
Solvay provides silica gel under the brand name Tixosil. The product is used in oral care, food applications, and animal nutrition. The silica gels that are used for oral care applications are Tixosil 63, Tixosil 73, and Tixosil SoftClean. In the animal nutrition industry, Micropearl Tixosil 68 and Tixosil 38X are used.
Grace manufactures a broad range of silica products including synthetic amorphous silica gel, colloidal silica, and precipitated silica. The company sells its silica gel products under the brand name SYLOBEAD. Some of its products are SYLOBEAD SG125, SYLOBEAD SG 127, SYLOBEAD SG 59, SYLOID 72 FP, SYLOID 244 FP, and SYLOID 9005 PC.
Merck provides silica gel through its biopharmaceutical manufacturing segment. Its primary product in the market is Silica gel 60.
Sorbead is one of the leading manufacturers of desiccants and absorbers in India. Its products incudes silica gel, molecular sieves, alumina balls, and others. Three types of silica gels manufactured by the company are silica gel blue, silica gel orange, and silica gel white.
Fuji Silysia Chemical
Fuji Silysia Chemical deals in the manufacture of silica gel and other products for various end-use industries such as cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and plastics.
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