The silica gel industry refers to industries related to the production and application of silica gel. The upstream of the silica gel industry chain is mainly the silica gel raw material and silica gel production equipment industry. The production equipment is mainly silica gel molding equipment. Downstream of the chain is the application field of silicone products.
In terms of application fields, a wide variety of silicone products are widely used in almost all industries such as construction engineering, textiles, electronic appliances, transportation, petrochemicals, aerospace, new energy, medical, machinery, papermaking, daily chemicals and personal care products. It has become an indispensable high-performance material for modern industry and daily life.
According to the analysis of the silicone industry, the global silicone industry has a long history of development, and silicone products can be seen everywhere in the market. From the invention of the silicone tube in the 18th century to the flourishing development of the silicone industry today, the silicone industry has experienced a process from scratch to complexity. Currently in a booming stage.
At present, in the global silica gel, organic silica gel accounts for a large proportion. In 2014, the global organic silica gel production was 1.65 million tons. In 2019, the global organic silica gel production has increased to 2.6 million tons, with an average annual compound growth rate of 9.5%.
Inorganic silica gel is mainly based on sodium silicate products. In 2016, the global sodium silicate market size was 9 billion US dollars. In 2019, the global sodium silicate market size has increased to 9.6 billion US dollars, with an average annual compound growth rate of 2%. At present, China is the world's largest production and sales area of inorganic silica gel, and the market size of China's inorganic silica gel accounts for 59.38% of the global market size.
In the past ten years, the global production capacity of silicone has shifted to China, and my country has become a major producer of silicone monomers. In 2019, China's organic silicon monomer production capacity was 3.28 million tons (including foreign capital and joint venture production capacity), accounting for 59.42% of the global organic silicon monomer production capacity, ranking first in the world.
According to the data released by the National Inorganic Silicide Industry Association, there are currently about 30 inorganic silica gel manufacturers in the country. According to the plan of the National Inorganic Silicide Industry Association, the industry output in 2019 will be around 350,000 tons. In 2019, China's organic silicon monomer production reached 2.31 million tons.