Fumed silica market size is touted to exhibit significant growth numbers over the foreseeable future. Premium insulating capability of the product and wide range of applications across sectors like pharmaceutical, foods & beverages, personal care, and adhesives & sealants are primarily responsible for the increased adoption of fumed silica. It is a highly pure particle with a massive surface area and is amorphous in nature.
Fumed silica tends to form chains during the chemical manufacturing process. These chains are formed owing to the hydrolysis of silicon tetrachloride (SiCl4) under extreme high temperature conditions.
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Fumed silica is predominantly used in coatings, electronics, optical fibers, and paints. Depending on the amorphic nature of the particle, fumed silica is divided into several grades. Industries like cosmetics and pharmaceuticals use fumed silica for enhancing the production flow.
Looking at fumed silica products, the hydrophilic will showcase excellent growth trends in the years to come. Hydrophilic is a polymer based on silica which has moisture-absorbing characteristics. The structure of hydrophilic particles is flexible across industries and applications. Moreover, hydrophilic is used for providing flow to viscous coatings and adhesives.
Application-wise, food & beverages will grow at a CAGR of 4% over the projected timeframe. The European Union (EU) has approved fumed silica as a food additive according to Annexure II and Annexure III of Regulation (EC) on food additives. Such favorable regulations will bolster the Fumed silica market demand to a greater extent.
Fumed silica is used as a thickener in milkshakes. In addition, fumed silica is utilized for converting substances of semi-solid, paste, and liquid form into dry powders. In fact, its thixotropic property enables fumed silica to be used not only as a fragrance and flavor carrier but also as an anticaking agent in powdered foods.
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Speaking of powdered foods, fumed silica prevents their clumping as it holds on to the food particles. This allows powdered food products to maintain their free flow. In case of beverages, fumed silica is utilized as a chill proofing agent, carrier for malt beverages like beer, defoaming agent, and conditioning agent. Even when used in high proportions, fumed silica is non-toxic and is therefore safe as a food additive.
However, the COVID-19 pandemic created a negative impact of fumed silica market revenue. Due to stringent lockdowns imposed to stop the spread of the virus, the product demand decreased moderately. Also, due to the closer of manufacturing plants, the price for fumed silica is also projected to decrease. But, with eth advent of vaccines, the market is recovering gradually. This will emerge as a silver lining for the business space.
Major players associated with the Fumed silica market are Wacker Chemie AG, Cabot Corporation, Henan Xunyu Chemical Co., Ltd., Evonik Industries AG, Tokuyama Corporation, Orisil, Kemitura A/S, Hubei Xingrui Silicon Materials Co., Ltd., OCI Company Ltd, China-Henan Huamei Chemical Co., Ltd., Cabot Sanmar Limited, and Dongyue Group.
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