Silica Sand Market Report and Forecast 2017–2022


Silica sand, commonly known as industrial sand, is one of the most common varieties of sand found in the world. It is mainly composed of silica or silicon dioxide with general impurities such as metal oxides and lime. The high silica content, high strength and non-reactive properties make it an indispensable constituent in the production of thousands of goods in everyday life. Today, silica sand is being used across the world in well diversified applications which include paving roads, glass making, foundry, coal burning boilers, silica filters for oil and water, sand finishes in paints and coatings, etc. During 2009-2016, the global silica sand market grew at a CAGR of around 6%. In North America, Latin America and Western Europe, the market is currently being driven by increasing hydraulic fracturing activities that use silica sand as a proppant, while in emerging markets such as India and China, the demand is mainly coming from the foundry and construction industries. This report by Expert Market Research entitled “Silica Sand Market Report and Forecast 2017–2022” provides a comprehensive analysis for anyone who plans to foray into the silica sand market.

Historical market trends for the silica sand industry have been provided from 2009-2016 and forecasts have been presented till 2022. On a regional level, the report has segmented the global silica sand market into the following countries – the United States, Italy, Germany, Turkey, Australia and others. The United States currently represents the largest market. Additionally, the report has analysed the global silica sand market on the basis of end-use. Glass industry represents the biggest end-use market followed by foundry.

The value chain analysis of silica sand has also been covered in this report encompassing all the activities in the value chain such as procurement, manufacturing, sales and distribution. Furthermore, the study assesses the market based on Porter’s five forces model, which evaluates the level of competition in the market by analysing factors such as bargaining power of buyers and suppliers, threat from substitutes and new entrants. A thorough evaluation of the competitive landscape of the silica sand industry has also been provided. Some of the key players in this market include Sibelco, US Silica, Fairmount Minerals, Quarzwerke GmbH and Badger Mining.

This report provides an exhaustive insight for setting-up and running a silica sand manufacturing plant. Factors such as land requirement, construction requirement, raw material requirement, labour requirement, machinery requirement, manufacturing process, utility requirement, total capital investment, total operating costs, prices, income projections, expenditure projections, profit margins, net present value, return on investment, payback period, etc. have been comprehensively covered in this report.

The following are the key questions answered by this report:

  • What are the market trends for the global silica sand market?
  • Which are the biggest markets (regions) for silica sand?
  • What are the major types of silica sand? Which are the most popular?
  • What are the key application areas for silica sand?
  • Who are the key manufacturers in the silica sand market?
  • What are the land and construction requirements to start a silica sand manufacturing plant?
  • What are the machinery requirements to start a silica sand manufacturing plant?
  • How are silica sand priced? What are the profit margins at various stages of the supply chain?
  • What is the total capital investment required to start a silica sand manufacturing plant?
  • What are the running costs of a silica sand manufacturing plant?
  • How much revenue can a silica sand manufacturing plant generate?

In order to prepare this research report, Expert Market Research conducted face to face and telephonic interviews with numerous industry participants in the silica sand industry. They included manufacturers, distributors, end users, consultants, marketing professionals, researchers, etc. Primary research accounted for the bulk of the research efforts, complimented by an extensive secondary research. Secondary sources included annual reports, press releases, books, journals, white papers, newspapers, magazines, government sources and various proprietary databases.

Expert Market Research uses its comprehensive database of macroeconomic and industry specific data to produce its market forecasts. The initial baseline forecast is produced with the most recent market data. After an initial baseline forecast, all future macroeconomic and sector specific events and assumptions are taken into account to generate the final forecast.

Chapter 1    Preface    
1.1    Research Methodology and Market Definitions    
1.2    Introduction    
1.3    Report Summary    
Chapter 2    Global Silica Sand Market: Industry Overview    
2.1    Key Factors Driving the Silica Sand Industry    
2.1.1    Market Trends    
2.2    Market Breakup by Country    
2.2.1    United States    
2.2.2    Italy    
2.2.3    Germany    
2.2.4    Turkey    
2.2.5    Australia    
2.3    Market Breakup by End-Use    
2.3.1    Glass Industry    
2.3.2    Foundry    
2.3.3    Hydraulic Fracturing    
2.3.4    Filtration    
2.3.5    Abrasives    
2.4    Value Chain Analysis    
2.5    Market Outlook    
Chapter 3    Porters Five Forces Analysis    
3.1    Bargaining Power of Suppliers    
3.2    Bargaining Power of Buyers    
3.3    Threat of New Entrants    
3.4    Threat of Substitutes    
3.5    Degree of Competition    
Chapter 4    Competitive Landscape    
4.1    Competitive Structure    
4.3    Market Breakup by Key Players    
4.4    Key Player Profiles    
4.4.1    Sibelco    
4.4.2    US Silica    
4.4.3    Fairmount Minerals    
4.4.4    Quarzwerke GmbH    
4.4.5    Badger Mining    
Chapter 5    Setting Up a Silica Sand Manufacturing Plant    
5.1    Key Success and Risk Factors for Manufacturing Silica Sand    
5.3    Products Manufactured    
5.4    Manufacturing Process Involved    
5.5    Silica Sand Manufacturing Plant: Various Types of Unit Operations Involved    
5.6    Process Flow    
5.7    Raw Material Requirements and Mass Balance    
Chapter 6    Capital Investment    
6.1    Land Requirements and Investment    
6.2    Construction Requirements and Investment    
6.3    Plant Layout    
6.4    Machinery Requirements and Investment    
6.5    Other Capital Requirements and Investment    
Chapter 7    Operating Expenditures    
7.1    Raw Material Requirements and Expenditures    
7.2    Packaging Requirements and Costs    
7.3    Labour Requirements and Costs    
7.4    Transportation Requirements and Costs    
7.5    Utility Requirements and Costs    
7.6    Financial Support    
7.7    Other Operating Expenditures    
Chapter 8    Project Economics    
8.1    Techno-Economic Parameters    
8.2    Product Pricing and Margins    
8.3    Income Projections    
8.4    Expenditure Projections    
8.5    Taxation    
8.6    Depreciation    
8.7    Financial Analysis

List of Figures

Figure 2 1: Global Silica Sand Market: Production Volume Trend (in Million Tons), 2009-2016    
Figure 2 2: Global Silica Sand Market: Production Volume Breakup by Country (in %), 2016    
Figure 2 3: Global Silica Sand Market: Consumption Volume Breakup by Region (in %), 2016    
Figure 2 4: Global Silica Sand Market: Breakup by End-Use (in %), 2016    
Figure 2 5: Global Silica Sand Market: Industrial Uses    
Figure 2 6: Global Silica Sand Market Forecast: Production Volume Trend (in Million Tons), 2017-2022    
Figure 4 1: Global Silica Sand Market: Breakup by Key Players (in %), 2016    
Figure 5 1: Silica Sand Manufacturing Plant: Various Types of Unit Operations Involved    
Figure 5 2: Silica Sand Manufacturing Plant: Detailed Process Flow    
Figure 5 3: Silica Sand Manufacturing Plant: Conversion Rate of Feedstocks    
Figure 6 1: Silica Sand Manufacturing Plant: Breakup of Capital Costs (in %)    
Figure 6 2: Silica Sand Manufacturing Plant: Proposed Plant Layout    
Figure 7 1: Silica Sand Manufacturing Plant: Silica Sand Packaging    
Figure 8 2: Silica Sand Manufacturing Plant: Breakup of Operating Costs (in %)    

List of Tables

Table 4 1: Global Silica Sand Market: Key Players of Silica Sand, 2016    
Table 6 1: Silica Sand Manufacturing Plant: Capital Costs (in USD)    
Table 6 2: Silica Sand Manufacturing Plant: Land Requirements and Costs (in USD)    
Table 6 3: Silica Sand Manufacturing Plant: Construction Requirements and Costs (in USD)    
Table 6 4: Silica Sand Manufacturing Plant: Machinery Requirements and Costs (in USD)    
Table 6 5: Silica Sand Manufacturing Plant: Other Capital Costs (in USD)    
Table 7 1: Silica Sand Manufacturing Plant: Raw Material Requirements and Costs (in Tons/Day)    
Table 7 2: Silica Sand Manufacturing Plant: Labour Requirements and Costs (in USD)    
Table 7 3: Overview of Financial Support    
Table 8 1: Silica Sand Manufacturing Plant: Various Techno-Economic Parameters    
Table 8 2: Silica Sand Manufacturing Plant: Income Projections (in USD)    
Table 8 3: Silica Sand Manufacturing Plant: Expenditure Projections (in USD)    
Table 8 4: Silica Sand Manufacturing Plant: Cash Flow Analysis (Without Considering Taxes)    
Table 8 5: Silica Sand Manufacturing Plant: Cash Flow Analysis (On Considering Taxes)    

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