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Activated Alumina Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

  • ID: 5025803
  • Report
  • January 2022
  • Region: Global
  • 120 Pages
  • Mordor Intelligence


  • Axens
  • Camfil
  • Chempack Co. Ltd
  • Devson Catalyst
  • Dynamic Adsorbents, Inc.

The Activated Alumina Market is projected to register a CAGR of over 5% during the forecast period (2021-2026).

The market was negatively impacted due to COVID-19 in 2020. Owing to the pandemic scenario, several countries went into lockdown. This affected various industries such as oil and gas, chemicals, and others due to supply chain disruptions, work stoppages, and labor shortages. Further, the condition is expected to recover in 2021, thereby restoring the growth trajectory of the market over the forecast period. However, some end-user industries such as healthcare and water treatment sectors witnessed positive growth, due to rising awareness for hygiene and clean water in various regions across the globe.

Key Highlights

  • Over the medium term, the market is majorly driven by factors, like increasing concerns related to water pollution by fluorine and gaining significance in the pharmaceutical industry.
  • On the flipside, the available substitutes such as activated carbon and zeolites that exhibits relatively same performance characteristics and negative impact of COVID-19 pandemic are hampering the growth of the market.
  • Increasing demand for hydrogen peroxide in the post-COVID situation is likely to offer various opportunities for the grow of the market.
  • Asia-Pacific region represents the largest market and is also expected to be the fastest-growing market over the forecast period owing to the consumption from countries such as China, India, and Japan.

Key Market Trends

Increased Demand from Oil & Gas Industry

  • The activated alumina market is driven by oil and gas industry demand due to its ability to be used as an adsorbent.
  • In the oil and gas industry, activated alumina is used in the adsorption of water from natural gas streams. Natural gas is regarded as the fastest-growing source of domestic energy production. Establishment of new refinery projects is anticipated to be the key driver for the segment growth.
  • Activated alumina also works as a Claus catalyst in the oil and gas industry for sulfur recovery in the oil and gas industry.
  • China produced 177.6 billion cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas in 2019, up 9.9% or 16 bcm from 2018. However, owing to COVID-19 impact, in the first quarter of 2020, oil demand in China suffered the most with a year-on-year fall of 1.8 million barrels per day (mb/d). Global demand dropped by 2.5 mb/d.
  • Although, India is a major oil importing country, it is also set to witness a moderate growth in the oil and gas industry, as it focuses on reducing its reliance on oil imports. Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), has come up with a new blueprint, in order to increase the crude oil production by 4 Million Metric Ton and to double its natural gas production by 2021.
  • Overall, global oil demand is expected to rise by a total of 5.7 mb/d (million barrels per day), with China and India accounting for about half of growth through 2025. At the same time, the world’s oil production capacity is expected to rise by 5.9 mb/d. Non-OPEC supply will rise by 4.5 mb/d while OPEC builds another 1.4 mb/d of crude and natural gas liquids capacity.
  • Owing to the all above-mentioned factors for activated alumina, its market is expected to grow at a significant rate post recovery over the forecast period.

Asia Pacific Region to Dominate the Market

  • The key countries including India and China is anticipated to witness significant growth in their refining capacities, thereby boosting the product demand. Increasing demand for freshwater supply owing to population growth in the region will drive the market.
  • Rising expenditure in water treatment infrastructure, combined with the increasing demand for gaseous and liquid drying in the oil and gas industry, will accelerate the activated alumina market in the region.
  • Additionally, the increased use of activated alumina in water treatment industries for the removal of fluoride, lead and heavy metals coupled with the growing concerns for water scarcity is expected to drive the demand.
  • Furthermore, India and other Southeast Asian countries are further propelling the market demand in the region on account of numerous government initiatives for water treatment.
  • For instance, several active and ongoing schemes like development of Smart Cities, the Namami Gange Mission, and the Swachh Bharat Mission have been implemented in India.
  • The Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), in association with the 2030 Water Resources Group, is planning to improve wastewater management in India, along with increasing private investments to build wastewater treatment plants.
  • In addition, China has one of the largest healthcare sectors across the world. In 2018, around CNY 82.6 billion (USD 11.95 billion) was invested in the Chinese healthcare sector, which was 78.64% higher than the investment made in the previous year. In 2019, Chinese health expenditure was recorded to be ~USD 750 billion, which accounted for ~5.3% of the country’s GDP. Also, the Chinese government promulgated Healthy China 2030, which is a blueprint that outlines its ongoing intents to prioritize health as a precondition for sustained social and economic development.
  • The aforementioned factors, coupled with government support, are contributing to the increasing demand for activated alumina during the forecast period.

Competitive Landscape

The global activated alumina market is consolidated in nature with a few major players dominating a significant portion of the market. Some of the major companies are BASF SE, Huber Engineered Materials (HEM), Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd., Axens, and Honeywell International Inc. among others.

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  • Axens
  • Camfil
  • Chempack Co. Ltd
  • Devson Catalyst
  • Dynamic Adsorbents, Inc.

1.1 Study Assumptions
1.2 Scope of the Study
4.1 Drivers
4.1.1 Increasing Concerns Related to Water Pollution by Fluorine
4.1.2 Gaining Significance in Pharmaceutical Industry
4.2 Restraints
4.2.1 Presence of Substitutes
4.2.2 Negative Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic
4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis
4.4 Porters Five Forces Analysis
4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers
4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants
4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services
4.4.5 Degree of Competition
5.1 Application
5.1.1 Adsorbent
5.1.2 Desiccant
5.1.3 Catalyst
5.1.4 Other Applications
5.2 End-user Industry
5.2.1 Oil and Gas
5.2.2 Water Treatment
5.2.3 Chemical
5.2.4 Healthcare
5.2.5 Other End-user Industries
5.3 Geography
5.3.1 Asia-Pacific China India Japan South Korea Rest of Asia-Pacific
5.3.2 North America United States Canada Mexico
5.3.3 Europe Germany United Kingdom France Italy Rest of Europe
5.3.4 South America Brazil Argentina Rest of South America
5.3.5 Middle-East and Africa Saudi Arabia South Africa Rest of Middle-East and Africa
6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements
6.2 Market Share Analysis**/Ranking Analysis
6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players
6.4 Company Profiles
6.4.1 Axens
6.4.2 BASF SE
6.4.3 Camfil
6.4.4 Chempack Co. Ltd
6.4.5 Devson Catalyst
6.4.6 Dynamic Adsorbents, Inc.
6.4.7 Evonik Industries AG (Porocel Group)
6.4.8 Honeywell International Inc.
6.4.9 Huber Engineered Materials (HEM)
6.4.10 Jiangsu Jingjing New Material Co. Ltd
6.4.11 KIN Filter Engineering Co.,Limited.
6.4.12 Petrosadid
6.4.13 Sorbead India
6.4.14 Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd.
7.1 Increasing Demand for Hydrogen Peroxide in the Post-COVID Situation
7.2 Other Opportunities
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A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • Axens
  • Camfil
  • Chempack Co. Ltd
  • Devson Catalyst
  • Dynamic Adsorbents, Inc.
  • Evonik Industries AG (Porocel Group)
  • Honeywell International Inc.
  • Huber Engineered Materials (HEM)
  • Jiangsu Jingjing New Material Co. Ltd
  • KIN Filter Engineering Co.,Limited.
  • Petrosadid
  • Sorbead India
  • Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd.
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