Calcium Borate Market By Type (Natural & Synthetic), By Packaging Type (Bag, Bottle, Drum & Others), By Application (Semiconductors, Fertilizers, Reinforced Plastics, Ceramic Flux & Glazes, Binder, Glasses, Tiles, Coatings & Others), By End-Use Industry (Automotive (Passenger Vehicles, Light Commercial Vehicles, Heavy Commercial Vehicles & Others), Building & Construction (Residential, Commercial, Industrial & Infrastructural), Electrical & Electronics (Smartphones, Televisions, Refrigerators & Others), Agriculture, Metallurgy & Others), By Geography - Global Opportunity Analysis & Industry Forecast, 2022-2027
Calcium Borate Market Overview
The Calcium Borate market size is estimated to reach a value of US$427.3 million by the end of 2027 after growing at a CAGR of 6.5% during the forecast period of 2022-2027. Calcium Borate also called Gerstley borate is a chemical compound having a bluish-white crystal appearance that either occurs naturally as a ulexite mineral or is prepared by reacting calcium metal with boric acid. The thermal, flammability and anti-corrosive properties of the compound and its high applicability in flame retardants, reinforced plastics, binder, tiles and glass is driving its demand in sectors such as automotive, agriculture and construction. Factors such as bolstering growth in automotive production, increase in fertilizer consumption, high consumption of semiconductors and rapid increase in construction activities is driving the growth of the calcium borate industry. The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the activities of major end users of calcium borate such as automotive, building & construction and agriculture resulting in a decrease in its market demand, thereby negatively impacting the calcium borate market share.
Calcium Borate Market Report Coverage
The “Calcium Borate Market Report – Forecast (2022 – 2027)” by IndustryARC, covers an in-depth analysis of the following segments in the Calcium Borate Industry.
- Asia-Pacific dominates the calcium borate industry, owing to the rapid increase in automotive production and undertaking of various commercial projects which is influencing the demand for calcium borate in the region.
- The growing consumption of epoxy molding compounds in the electrical & electronics and the automotive sector has accelerated the usage and demand of calcium borate thereby positively impacting the calcium borate industry outlook.
- The growing price of hydrochloric acid which has major usage in preparing calcium borate can hamper the production volume of calcium borate, thereby negatively impacting the calcium borate market size during the forecast period.
Calcium Borate Market Segment Analysis – by Type
Natural type held the largest share in the Calcium Borate market share in 2021 and is forecasted to grow at a CAGR of 6.9% during the forecast period 2022-2027. Calcium borate occurs naturally as ulexite and colemanite mineral and unlike the synthetic type which is made in laboratories using inorganic acid like boric acid, the natural type has rich electrical and mechanical properties. Also, the natural type due to the presence of hydroxyl groups has high thermal stability, strength and excellent electrical insulation due to it has high industrial applicability in automotive, building & construction and electrical & electronics sectors. The advantageous features of nature coupled with rapid development in its major end-users is increasing its preference over synthetic type, thereby contributing to its segment growth.
Calcium Borate Market Segment Analysis – by End-use Industry
The building & Construction sector held the largest share in the Calcium Borate market share in 2021 and is forecasted to grow at a CAGR of 7.3% during the forecast period of 2022-2027. Calcium or Gerstley borate due to its flammability and anti-corrosive properties are used as flame retardant on construction materials and it has high applicability in making ceramic tiles that are used in flooring. The rapid development in the construction sector on account of fueling construction activities and growing investments in the sector. According to Eurostat, in October 2021, building construction increased by 4.6% in major European Union countries like France, Spain, Hungary and Finland. Also, according to Statistics Canada, in November 2021, investments in multi-unit construction increased to 2.4%, whereas commercial construction investments increased by 1.4%. The significant growth of the construction sector will boost the demand for calcium borate for flame retardant and ceramic tiles application, thereby positively impacting the calcium borate industry growth.
Calcium Borate Market Segment Analysis – by Geography
Asia-Pacific held the largest share in the Calcium Borate market share in 2021 up to 42%. The fueling demand for calcium borate in the major end-users such as automotive and building & construction is having a significant influence on its growth in the region. These major sectors due to rapid urbanization, favoring government policies and growing FDIs have shown significant growth. For instance, according to the Ministry of Commerce, FDI inflow in India’s automotive sector stood at US$4.9 billion during the first four months of 2022 showing a ten-time increase over than first half of 2021. Furthermore, according to the International Trade Administration, the construction sector in China is projected to grow at an average of 8.6% from the year 2022 to 2030. Furthermore, according to Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, in April 2022, the construction orders in Japan increased by 30.5%. Such rapid growth in these sectors will accelerate calcium borate’s demand for flame retardant, binder, reinforced plastics & coating applications in the automotive and building & construction sector, resulting in the positive market growth in the Asia-Pacific region.
Calcium Borate Market Drivers
Bolstering Growth in Automotive Production
Calcium Borate driven from the reaction of calcium and boric acid has high applicability in the automotive sector where it is used in reinforced plastics to provide durability, aesthetic appeal to automotive and weight reduction. Automotive production has shown significant growth over the years due to growing demand for passengers as well as commercial vehicles and technological upgrades shown in automotive manufacturing. According to the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers, in 2021, global automotive production stood at 80.1 million units which showed an increase of 3% in comparison with 2020. Also, according to the same production data provided by the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers, in 2021, South America’s automotive production increased by 18% in comparison to 2020. With the increase in automotive production, the demand for reinforced plastic for automotive frames has increased, which has resulted in a simultaneous increase in calcium borate’s demand to be used with reinforced plastics.
Growing Consumption of Semiconductors
Calcium or Gerstley Borate having high thermal stability and anti-corrosive properties is used as flame retardants on epoxy molding compounds such as semiconductors to protect them from dust and overheating. The growing consumption of consumers and automotive electronics has increased the demand for semiconductors resulting in a simultaneous increase in their consumption. For instance, according to the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics Organization, in April 2022, global semiconductor sales showed an increase of 21.1% in comparison to April 2021. With such an increase in the consumption of semiconductors, the demand for calcium borate for flame retardant application is also anticipated to increase, thereby positively impacting the growth of the calcium borate industry during the forecast period.
Calcium Borate Market Challenge
Growing Price of Hydrochloric Acid
The growing price of ingredients used for preparing Calcium Borate is posing a challenge in the market growth. The production process of Calcium Borate involves the precipitation of an aqueous solution of ulexite which is dissolved with hydrochloric acid and then neutralized to precipitate calcium borate. The price of hydrochloric acid due to its growing demand in end-use industries has increased significantly. For instance, BASF SE, 2020, increased its hydrochloric acid prices by 10% in Europe due to high industrial demand. Furthermore, Chinese manufacturers of hydrochloric acid increased the chemical prices by 14% in Q1 of 2021. Such a price increase will make the whole process of preparing calcium borate costly, which can hamper the preparation volume, thereby negatively impacting the calcium borate market size during the forecast period.
Calcium Borate Industry Outlook
Technology launches, acquisitions and R&D activities are key strategies adopted by players in the Calcium Borate market. The top 10 companies in the Calcium Borate market are:
- Clariant AG
- Shengtai Chemical
- Bayer Material Science
- Du Pont De Nemours
- Hainan Zhongxin Chemical Co. Ltd.
- Albemarle Corporation
- Polynomous Industries
- Qinghai Liyada Chemical
- In January 2020, Spanish multinational Esmalglass-Itaca Group signed an agreement to acquire the Tile Coatings Business of Ferro Corporation and such acquisitions will make it a world leader in the ceramics glaze sector.
- In May 2019, Orient Bell Limited launched a new series of ceramic tiles called the New Horizon tiles series that have contrasting effects which makes them perfect to be used at places such as offices and airports.
- In January 2019, Spicer Spa completed the acquisition of India-based SOL-INK which is a leading supplier of ceramic glaze and compounds. The acquisition will enable Sicer Spa to enter into the Indian ceramic market with high-end ceramic glaze and compounds.
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