The Asia Pacific silica sand market grew at a CAGR of around 5% during 2014-2019. Silica sand, also called industrial sand, is primarily composed of quartz and other materials, such as feldspars, carbonates, clay mineral, iron oxides, etc. Silica sand finds diverse applications in glassmaking, hydraulic fracturing, water filtration, industrial casting, sandblasting, etc. This can be accredited to its several benefits, such as high granularity, strength, durability, better resistance against heat and chemical reactions, etc.
Asia Pacific is amongst the largest consumers of silica sand based on its increasing utilization in the glass and foundry industries. The rising demand for high purity silica sand in manufacturing photovoltaic panels and silicon-metal composite materials is also augmenting the market growth. The rapid development of solar infrastructures in the region is catalyzing the installation of glass-based photovoltaic modules. Additionally, the growing consumer electronics sector in the region has proliferated the use of silica sand in producing specialty glass. The increasing demand for foundry sand in the automobile industry is further fueling the market growth. Apart from this, the expanding construction industry has significantly increased the use of silica sand in manufacturing various building materials. Rapid urbanization has propelled the demand for high-grade construction materials in both residential and commercial sectors. Furthermore, the growing infrastructural investments in various Asia Pacific countries, such as China, India, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, etc., are also driving the market growth. Apart from this, silica sand is also utilized during hydraulic fracturing. Numerous shale gas exploration activities, particularly in China and Australia, are also bolstering the market for silica sand in the region. Looking forward, IMARC Group expects the Asia Pacific silica sand market to continue its moderate growth during the next five years.
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The competitive landscape of the industry has also been examined with some of the key players being Chongqing Changjiang River Moulding Material (Group) Co. Ltd, Diatreme Resources Limited, JFE Mineral Company Ltd., Mangal Minerals, Mitsubishi Corporation, PUM Group, Raghav Productivity Enhancers Limited, Rock Energy International, TOCHU Corporation, VRX Silica Limited, Xinyi Golden Ruite Quartz Materials Co., Limited, etc
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