Hollow glass microspheres market size was estimated to reach over USD 2.5 billion by 2023 and growing at a CAGR of over 5% from 2016 to 2023. This can be primarily attributed to reusability and recyclability. In addition, increasing demand for efficiency is likely to favor the demand growth over the coming few years.
North America glass microspheres market was valued USD 500 million in 2014 and it is likely to attain more than USD 850 million, at a CAGR of 12% from 2016 to 2023. This can be primarily attributed to increasing demand from emerging and current application areas, modernization and development of infrastructure, and superior structural properties.
The industry is likely to see a surge in China, Brazil, Russia and India hollow glass microspheres market, owing to the flourishing manufacturing industries and heavy spending on infrastructure. Latin America is also anticipated to grow over the forecast period. This can be attributed to oil and gas industries in the region which offers significant growth opportunities to the major players.
These microspheres are fabricated with the assistance of soda lime borosilicate glass. The industry is focusing on R&D to develop sophisticated products in order to gain competitive edge. The major advantages offered include light weight, low thermal conductivity, smooth mobility and high compressive strength. The above mentioned factors should drive hollow glass microspheres market demand over the forecast period. The increasing need to operate at bigger depths and also with extended subsea tiebacks is anticipated to spur the expansion of riser insulation and flow line that is stronger, lighter, and provides low heat transfer.
Hollow glass microspheres consists of minute bubbles with walls thicknesses over 1 µm and offers high compressive potency. The diameter ranges between 20 µm to150 µm. The major distinction between low grade and high grade HGMs are their structure. Lower quality HGMs fall short under less predictably and less load as compared to high grade HGMs. Other prime properties include high chemical resistance, radio transparency, low water absorption and low heat conductivity.
Key applications include cementing slurry, rubber, plastics, paint and coatings, glass, artificial stone, steel and putty as weight reducing and filtering agent. In addition, these also act as a superb sensitizer for emulsion explosives as it possess high comprehensive properties. It can also be used to construct low density drilling fluid and low density high strength cement slurry in oil and gas extraction sectors. Moreover, they are employed as lightweight fillers in composite materials such as lightweight concrete and syntactic foam.
Automotive, building and construction, healthcare, cosmetics and personal care, and aerospace & defense are the key end use segments for the hollow glass microspheres market. Building and construction sector hold the dominance in the industry and is expected to grow at 5% over the forecast period. Healthcare sector is anticipated to be the fastest growing end use segment with gains forecast at 6% from 2016 to 2023. The hollow glass microspheres market is suitable in any state which includes high temperature systems, high viscosity systems, extreme processing, low dielectric or loss tangent materials and chemically sensitive systems.
Europe hollow glass microspheres market size is anticipated to observe significant shares owing to rise in investment in the region. The increasing demand from automobiles, manufacturing industries and aerospace is likely to propel the demand growth over the forecast period. Middle East and Africa (MEA) is primarily driven by elevated demand from superior structural properties, modernization and development of infrastructure.
The major participants are continuously trying to update their product portfolio with highly advanced and customized microspheres so as to gain supply contracts which in turn amplifies their shares. Key competitors for holding major global hollow glass microspheres market share includes 3M Company, AkzoNobel, Cospheric, Dennert Poraver, EKO Export, Induchem Holding, Merit Medical Systems, Mo Sci, Momentive Performance Materials , Phosphorex Incorporated, Polysciences, Sigmund Lindner, Sinosteel Maanshan Institute of Mining Research Company, Sunjin Chemical and TRELLEBORG.
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