Global Statistics Representing Fluorosilicic Acid Market Scenario
Fluorosilicic acid is a by-product of phosphoric acid and hydrogen fluoride and organic in nature. It is mainly produced as a byproduct of the manufacture of phosphate fertilizers where phosphate rock, which is high in fluorides and silica, is treated with sulfuric acid. Gases released during the chemical process are sprayed with water in condensing towers and dissolved in water, forming an aqueous solution of fluorosilicic acid, which is the crude form of fluorosilicic acid. The purified form of fluorosilicic acid is obtained by distillation of the crude acid or by reacting pure silica with hydrofluoric acid.
Fluorosilicic acid is used by toothpaste manufacturers and municipal corporations to maintain the levels of fluorides to prevent tooth decay in the population. It is commercially available as an aqueous solution and hence, is easy to handle. Rising demand for dental floss, mouth rinse solutions, chewing gums, and toothpaste, which maintain fluoride levels and help mitigate tooth decay, is expected to contribute to market growth. Fluorosilicic acid is also used in the tanning of animal hides and skins, in paints, ceramics, and glass for the sterilization of equipment at brewing and bottling establishments, and in electroplating. Additionally, it finds application in the preservation of wood and the removal of mold, rust, and stain in textiles.
The global fluorosilicic acid is expected to witness significant growth during the forecast period, owing to the acid’s array of end-use applications. Increasing demand for fluoridisation in drinking water all over the world is likely to be a major driver for the market. Another driver for this market is the textile industry, where fluorosilicic acid is used for the removal of stains and rust from fabrics. Increasing consumer awareness about dental care and oral hygiene is also likely to boost the growth of the fluorosilicic market.
On the flip side, fluorosilicic acid’s corrosive nature and health issues caused by its inhalation may hamper demand. The symptoms of inhalation of fluorosilicic acid include the burning of the eyes and numbness of the lips. Long term exposure of the acid results in bone corrosivity, coughing, edema, and fluorosis, among others, which may impede the growth of the market.
North America is the largest consumer of fluorosilicic acid. Government regulations are making it mandatory for municipal cooperations to use fluorosilicic acid in public drinking water to prevent tooth decay, which may, in turn, boost the growth of the fluorosilicic acid market. Commercial laundry and textile industries in the U.S. and Canada will also impart to the growth momentum.
European countries use fluorosilicic acid in drinking water and the tanning of animal skins and hides. Rising demand from these end-use industries will fuel the market growth in the region. Government regulations in Europe are making it mandatory for municipal corporations to use fluorosilicic acid as a fluoridation agent in public drinking water to increase the fluoride level in the target population to prevent tooth decay. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has decided the levels pertaining to natural mineral water and other sources of fluoride. The Scientific Committee on Consumer Products (SCCS) has also set certain levels for fluoride in dental products.
According to a recent study by Atlas Dental, around USD 87 million is spent on dental treatment in the European Union. There were around 512 million EU citizens in 2018, which is equivalent to about USD 171 per capita, and this figure continues to rise. According to the WHO, there is a high prevalence of dental diseases in European countries. The main conditions affecting dental health are dental (acid) erosion, caries, and periodontal diseases. Growing awareness about dental hygiene and dental health has boosted the sales of toothpaste, mouth wash, dental floss, and in turn, accelerated the growth of the fluorosilicic market.
In Asia-Pacific, China is the leading producer of fluorosilicic acid due to the presence of raw material and many market players in the region. The textile industry is growing at an enormous pace in the region, which in turn has a positive impact on the demand for fluorosilicic acid. Changing lifestyles, an increase in disposal income, rising consumer awareness about dental health, and increasing demand for clothing and textile are likely the drive the demand in the coming years.
Key market players include Fencheng Chemical, Occidental and Chemtech, Sanmei, Dalian Junma Group, Dow Chemical Company, Liaoning Jiayuan, Searles, Da Shi Qiao Huaxin, Eti, Russian Bor, SRL, Zibo Aosi Chemical Co. Ltd, Mosaic, Weaver Fertilizer, Dongyue, Sinochem Yunlong, Mosaic, Halopolymer, Solvay, IMC fertilizer, Texagulf, and PhoAgro.
Fluorosilicic Acid Market Segmentation
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