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Industrial Silica Sand Market

Industrial Silica Sand Market

Industrial Silica Sand Market Analysis by Type (Sodium Silicate, Potassium Silicate), by Particle Size (less than 40 Mesh, 40-100 Mesh, greater than 100 Mesh), by Application (Metal Casting, Hydraulic Fracturing, Construction Additives), By Region - Global Insights 2021-2031

Industrial Silica Sand Market

Market Outlook for Industrial Silica Sand

According to Fact.MR’s market analysis, the global market for industrial silica sand was valued at US$ 11 Bn in 2020, and is expected to accelerate at a CAGR of 5% to top US$ 15 Bn by 2031. Demand for sodium silicate is projected to rise at a CAGR of 4% across the assessment period of 2021 to 2031.

Industrial Silica Sand Consumption Analysis 2016-2020 Vs Future Outlook 2021-2031

As per Fact.MR – a market research and competitive intelligence provider, the global market for industrial silica sand thrived at a CAGR of over 3% from 2016 to 2020 to reach US$ 11 Bn.

Market growth is attributed to rapid expansion of conventional markets such as glass manufacturing. Silicon dioxide is an important component for glass manufacturing, which is present in impressive amounts in industrial silica sand.

Most specialty and standard glass products contain a large amount of industrial silica sand, which continues to act as a key industrial silica sand market growth driver.

Apart from growing applications of industrial silica sand in glass manufacturing, the demand for industrial silica sand is rising in metal casting, hydraulic fracturing, construction additives, filter media, and others. In recent years, use of industrial silica sand in hydraulic fracturing has been influencing manufacturers’ growth strategies, owing to the rise in shale oil production.

Considering these factors, the market is projected to witness growth of the industrial silica sand over the coming years, registering a CAGR of 5% to reach above US$ 15 Bn by 2031.

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Which Properties of Industrial Silica Sand are Driving its Demand?

Industrial silica sand is a term generally applied to high purity silica sand products with closely controlled sizing.  It is a more precise product than common concrete and asphalt gravels. Silica is the name given to the two most common elements in the earth's crust, a group of minerals consisting solely of silicon and oxygen.

Since silica sand is resistant to heat and chemicals, different applications of industrial silica sand are found in buildings & construction. Besides this, it is also used in sandblasting, water filtration, industrial casting, building roads, paints, and coatings worldwide.

For industrial and manufacturing applications, deposits of silica yielding products of at least 95% SiO2 are preferred. Due to the strength of the bonds between the atoms, Silica is rigid, chemically inert and has a high melting point. In applications such as foundries and filtration systems, these are coveted attributes.

What Key Restraints are Being Faced by Industrial Silica Sand Manufacturers?

The development of sand-free construction products and illegal mining of sand will hamper the development of the market.

Sand is heavy, and because of its value, transporting and processing it is expensive and difficult. Government regulations on the use of silica, fluctuations in raw material supply, and product cost instability are expected to limit demand growth in the coming years. Illegal sand mining and the production of sand-free construction goods can also hamper the global market growth.

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Country-wise Analysis

Which Region Offers Lucrative Opportunity for Industrial Silica Sand Suppliers?

North America leads with 50% of the share in the global market for industrial silica sand. Due to rising awareness among the people about advanced development in glass, rapid economic recovery, growth in population & urbanization and rising awareness among the people about advanced development in coatings.

Recoveries in building construction and manufacturing activity, including a turnaround in flat glass output, will stimulate renewed demand for industrial sand in the region. These factors are expected to contribute to regional growth over the coming years.

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Country-wise Analysis

What is the Industrial Silica Sand Demand Outlook for the U.S.?

The market in the U.S. was valued at over US$ 6 Bn in 2020. The market in the U.S. is assessed to grab the largest share over the decade, owing to the robust growth of oil and gas sector, rising consumption of industrial silica sand in the U.S, and increasing activities in the hydraulic fracturing industry in the country.

As per the United States Energy Information Administration, the country exported about 8.51 MMb/d and imported about 7.86 MMb/d of petroleum in the year 2020. In that same year, the U.S. produced about 18.40 million barrels per day (MMb/d) of petroleum and consumed about 18.12 MMb/d.

Rising trends of industrial silica sand in foundry sector, industrial applications of sodium silicate & potassium silicate, and rising use of industrial silica sand in masonry products in the country have further boosted sales of industrial silica sand.

What are the Growth Opportunities for Industrial Silica Sand Providers across China?

By 2031, China is expected to have a market of roughly US$ 8 Bn. China’s massive glass industry, the largest worldwide, will continue to bolster industrial sand consumption for the production of windows, electronic display screens, photovoltaic panels, and other flat glass products.

The country’s container glass industry will drive further silica sand sales, supported by rising production of glass bottles, particularly in the alcoholic beverage sector.

Applications of industrial silica sand for glass making in China have been growing rapidly which increases the consumption of industrial silica sand.

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Why is Sodium Silicate Stimulating Market Growth?

Sodium silicate is projected to reach around US$ 9 Bn by 2031. Sodium silicate, commonly known as “water glass,” is prominent due to its wide commercial and industrial application. It is often composed of an oxygen-silicon polymer backbone housing water in molecular matrix pores.

Sodium silicate is used in soaps, detergents and in the manufacture of silica gel. It is used as an adhesive, cement, binder and filler. Sodium silicates are used for application over concrete floors for hardening making dustless concrete floors and protecting pervious building materials against the effects of moisture.

It is also used in foundries and welding electrode industries. Sodium silicate is used in refractory industries as an air-setting bond for manufacturing refractory cement and mortars.

High investments by manufacturing companies in R&D to improve the chemical and physical properties of the product are expected to drive the market over the next 10 years.

Why is Industrial Silica Sand Gaining Immense Popularity in the Glass Industry?

The glass industry holds a 40% share of the industrial silica sand. Silica sand is a major ingredient in glassmaking production; silica is the primary component in standard glass products ranging from windows to beer bottles. The purity of the silica sand plays a vital role in determining the final product's color, strength, and clarity.

In addition, the primary ingredient of both regular and specialty glass forms is silica sand. Being an inevitable component of the glass industry, the accounts for over 50% of the total raw materials used in glass production.

In an array of glass materials being produced, including containers, flat and specialty glass, and fiberglass, the material finds use. In this end-user segment, the market is expected to benefit significantly from the growing demand for flat glass and fiberglass to the rapidly growing automotive and construction industries in Asia's emerging economies, notably India and China.

Rising use of industrial silica sand in the glass industry is expected to drive the market.

How Has COVID-19 Impacted Demand for Industrial Silica Sand?

The coronavirus pandemic has brought the whole world to a standstill. Business activities have registered a downturn in the form of dwindling sales due to reduced production and demand.

The same is true for the industrial silica sand market. The ongoing pandemic has led to a decline in all industrial activities, thereby affecting the demand for industrial silica sand.

Extended lockdowns in different countries have reduced the production of industrial silica sand for the past month, as key manufacturing units and factories are shut. Following the uplift of lockdowns, it will take at least a couple of months to restore production to normal.

New strategies adopted by top producers of sodium silicate in Mexico, the latest trends of industrial silica sand in Brazil, and the growing demand for potassium silicate in Russia will all have a positive impact on the global market. The market will gain momentum once the manufacturing sites such as the glass industry begins operating at maximum capacity.

Competitive Landscape

The market is highly competitive with the presence of local as well as global companies.  Top companies in the industrial silica sand market are adopting several growth strategies such as product launches, acquisitions and collaborations, contributing to the growth of the industrial silica market globally.

Top sodium silicate producers and top potassium silicate suppliers are favoring acquisition and collaboration as the growth strategy for building revenue for their firm.

  • In 2021, Canadian Premium Sand Inc. announced a shift in the company's business strategy towards developing its Wanipigow silica sand deposit into a sustainable float glass manufacturing and coating facility. This facility is designed to utilize the best available technology focusing on sustainability initiatives such as waste heat recovery and optimizing the use of Manitoba's abundant and inexpensive renewable electricity to set a new standard for low-carbon-footprint glass manufacturing.

Industrial Silica Sand Market Report Scope



Market size value in 2020

USD 11 Billion

Market forecast value in 2031

USD 15 Billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 5% from 2021 to 2031

Forecast Period


Historical Data Available for


Market Analysis

US$ Mn for Value & ‘000 Units for Volume

Key Regions Covered

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • East Asia
  • South Asia
  • Oceania
  • MEA

Key Countries Covered

  • U.S.
  • Canada
  • Germany
  • U.K.
  • France
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • Russia
  • China
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • India
  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • Argentina
  • GCC
  • South Africa

Key Market Segments Covered

  • Type
  • Particle Size
  • Application
  • Region

Key Companies Profiled

  • Unimin Corporation
  • Fairmount Minerals
  • U.S. Silica
  • Emerge Energy Services LP
  • Badger Mining Corporation
  • Hi-Crush Partners
  • Preferred Sands
  • Premier Silica
  • Pattison Sand
  • Sibelco
  • Quarzwerke Group
  • Aggregate Industries
  • Strobel Quarzsand GmbH
  • Brogardsand


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Key Segments Covered in Industrial Silica Sand Industry Research

  • Type

    • Sodium Silicate
    • Potassium Silicate
  • Particle Size

    • <40 Mesh Industrial Silica Sand
    • 40-100 Mesh Industrial Silica Sand
    • >100 Mesh Industrial Silica Sand
  • Application

    • Industrial Silica Sand for Metal Casting
    • Industrial Silica Sand for Hydraulic Fracturing
    • Industrial Silica Sand for Construction Additives
    • Industrial Silica Sand for Filter Media
    • Industrial Silica Sand for Building & Construction
    • Industrial Silica Sand for Glass Industry
    • Industrial Silica Sand for Foundry

- FAQs -

The global industrial silica sand market is currently worth more than US$ 11 Bn.

From 2016 to 2020, sales of industrial silica sand increased at around 3% CAGR.

Increasing investments by major players for technological advancements and R&D activities are expected to create new opportunities for industrial silica sand.

Unimin Corporation, Fairmount Minerals, U.S. Silica, and Emerge Energy Services LP are key manufacturers of industrial silica sand.

North America, with 50% global market share, will largely contribute to the growth of industrial silica sand revenue.

The U.S., Mexico, China, Brazil, and Germany are the top 5 countries driving demand for industrial silica sand.

According to Fact.MR, sales of industrial silica sand in Germany are set to register a CAGR of 3% through 2031.

The glass industry holds 40% share in the market for industrial silica sand.

The market is anticipated to attain a CAGR of 5% over the forecast period of 2021 to 2031.

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