The global market for aerogel-based products increased from $85.1 million in 2010 to $110.5 million in 2011, and is estimated to be valued at $137.5 million in 2012. The total market is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19.3% from 2012 through 2017, reaching global revenues of $332.2 million by 2017.
- Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2010, 2011 and 2012, and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) through 2017.
- Discussion of technological issues, including the latest process developments.
- Examination of the industry on a worldwide basis from the standpoints of both manufacturing and consumption, as well as commercial and public research activities in major regions of the world.
- Delineation of current and emerging applications of aerogels identified and divided by sector (i.e., thermal and acoustic insulation, electronics, chemical and environmental, medical/ biological/pharmaceutical/personal care, sensors and instrumentation, energy, aerospace and space exploration, consumer, and defense).
- A breakdown of the global industry structure, including a complete list of suppliers with descriptions of their products and comprehensive company profiles.
- A patent analysis by region, country, assignee, category, application, and material type.
This study provides an updated review of aerogel technology, including materials and fabrication processes, and identifies current and emerging applications for each type of aerogel.
BCC Research determines the current market status of aerogels, defines trends, and presents growth forecasts for the next 5 years. The aerogel industry is also analyzed on a worldwide basis from the standpoint of both manufacturing and consumption. In addition, technological issues, including key events and the latest process developments, are discussed.
More specifically, BCC’s market analysis is divided into eight sections.
In the first section, a historical review of aerogel technology is provided, including an outline of recent events. In this section, current and emerging applications of aerogels are also identified and divided by sector (i.e., thermal and acoustic insulation, electronics, chemical and environmental, medical/biological/ pharmaceutical/personal care, sensors and instrumentation, energy, aerospace and space exploration, consumer, defense, and others).
The second section of the study provides a technological review of aerogels. This section offers a revised and detailed description of aerogel materials, properties, shapes and sizes; aerogel applications by material type; and typical fabrication methods and recent process upgrades. This section concludes with an analysis of the most important technological developments and improvements since 2009, including examples of significant patents recently issued or applied for.
The third section of the report entails a global market analysis of aerogels. Global revenues (sales data in millions of dollars) are presented by aerogel shape, material, application, and region, with actual data referring to the years 2010 and 2011, and estimates for 2012.
This section concludes with a presentation of market growth trends based on industry growth, technological trends, unit price trends, and regional trends. Projected aerogel revenues are reported, with forecast compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) for the period 2012 through 2017.
Next, three optional sections are offered. These sections provide a more focused discussion of the aerogel market for the three main sectors in which aerogels find application (specifically: thermal and acoustic insulation, life sciences and personal care, and energy and others). In these optional sections, additional details by sector on applications, current market breakdown, industry growth, and key trends and developments are provided; in addition to a market summary for the last three years and growth projections for the next five years by application. Included are also market data by aerogel shape, material, and region for each sector evaluated.
In the next section of the study, covering global industry structure, the report offers a complete list of suppliers of aerogels, together with a description of their products. The analysis includes a description of the geographical distribution of these firms and an evaluation of aerogel production versus consumption, always from a geographical standpoint. Detailed company profiles of all industry players are also provided.
The final section includes an extensive U.S. patent analysis, with a summary of patents related to aerogel materials, formulations, fabrication processes, and applications, issued during the period 2010 through 2012. Patent analysis is performed by region, country, assignee, patent category, application, and material type.
Margareth Gagliardi has extensive experience in the field of advanced materials, specializing in ceramic formulations, materials processing, and new product development. For more than 20 years, she has held management positions in both manufacturing and R&D within U.S. and European firms producing electronic, mechanical, chemical and structural components. She currently works as a consultant serving a variety of organizations and research institutions. She holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and an M.S. in Ceramic Engineering.
- The global market for aerogels was worth $82.9 million in 2008, a figure that is expected to reach $646.3 million in 2013, for a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 50.8%.
- Revenue growth for aerogels is being driven primarily by thermal and acoustic insulation applications. This segment accounts for 70% of all aerogel revenues presently.
- Aerogels made up 1.7% of the market for microporous and nanoporous materials in 2006 and 2.6% of the market in 2008.
The global market for aerogels increased from $24.8 million in 2004 to $35.7 million in 2005. Sales are estimated to reach $62.2 million by the end of 2006. By weight, a total of 253 metric tons of aerogels was produced in 2004, increasing to 392 metric tons in 2005. They are estimated to reach 706 metric tons by the end of 2006.
Aerogel consumption and revenue growth is being driven primarily by the utilization of these materials in the manufacture of thermal insulation products used mainly for building and pipeline insulation. The thermal insulation sector accounts for 57.6% of total revenues in 2006. Other key market sectors include consumer, sensors/instrumentation, and pharmaceutical.
Aerogel manufacturers have placed an emphasis on cost reduction, developing new types of aerogels, and targeting very large commercial markets or markets in rapid expansion (such as textiles, fuel cells, and catalysts). As a result, aerogel consumption will grow very rapidly during the next five years, at an AAGR of 78.1%, with projected consumption in excess of 12,500 metric tons in 2011.