Global Markets for Inorganic Nanoporous and Microporous Adsorbents
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%.
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.
Andrew McWilliams spent more than 25 years as a consultant with Ernst & Young, McKinsey & Company and A.T. Kearny focused on manufacturing before segueing into research analysis. He has been covering myriad technology categories for BCC Research for more than 15 years. McWilliams has a BA from Princeton University and an MA from Harvard University. He has worked in more than 40 countries and he resides in the greater Boston area.
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The commercial applications market for the top five types of inorganic nanoporous and microporous adsorbents covered presently is more than $1.77 billion. The market is expected to rise at an AAGR (average annual growth rate) of 3.7% to $2.12 billion in 2009.
Zeolites account for nearly 61% of the total market and thus, heavily influence overall market growth rates downward.
Air and water purification applications consume the majority of granular activated carbon (GAC) production. The GAC segment is projected to rise at an AAGR of 4.6%.
Activated alumina adsorbents make common catalyst support in the chemical processing industry while silica gels are the most common desiccants and drying agents.
The market value in North America for the top six types of inorganic microporous adsorbents is nearly $1.78 billion in 2001.
A 3.1% average annual growth rate (AAGR) is forecast for this relatively mature materials class resulting in a market of $2.07 billion by 2006.
Water and air purification applications consume the majority of granular activated carbon production, which constitutes nearly one-fifth of the total market size and is projected to grow at 3.8%.
Zeolites account for nearly 62% of the total market and thus heavily influence overall growth rates. Overcapacity in low-end zeolites and reduced obsolescence of improved high-end products will limits its growth rate to 2.5% through 2006.
Clay usage as adsorbents will be growing at a rate of 3.4% to a market size of $52 million in 2006.