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Zinc Oxide Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2023-2028)

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  • 120 Pages
  • April 2023
  • Region: Global
  • Mordor Intelligence
  • ID: 5176780
The zinc oxide market is expected to reach over 2,200 kilotons by the end of this year and is projected to register a CAGR of over 4% during the forecast period.

The market was negatively impacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Major tire manufacturers shut down plants due to the losses that occurred in 2020. However, the global tire industry witnessed a significant recovery in 2021 and maintained a similar trend in the first half of 2022.

Key Highlights

  • Over the medium term, the growing demand from the rubber industry is expected to drive market growth.
  • However, the poisonous nature of zinc oxide fumes, the exposure to which can cause metal fume fever - a flu-like illness with symptoms of a metallic taste in the mouth, headache, fever, and chills - is likely to hinder the growth of the studied market.
  • Increasing application of zinc oxide in the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries will create new opportunities in the near future.
  • The Asia-Pacific region dominates the market, owing to the growing application in the rubber and ceramic sectors. Asia-Pacific accounts for more than 90% of the world's natural rubber production and engages in rubber processing activities at a large scale. Moreover, India and China are the major consumers with favorable contribution from other Asian countries like Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia.

Zinc Oxide Market Trends

The Rubber and Tire Industry Dominate the Market

  • Zinc oxide is used as a vulcanizing agent in the process of vulcanization of rubber to increase durability. As rubber is used to manufacture tires, which are extensively utilized in the transportation industry, the consumption of zinc oxide is expected to increase during the forecast period.
  • Similarly, the higher loadings of zinc oxide can improve hot air/heat ageing properties, and if the concentration of zinc oxide is too low, it can lead to scorching problems. Furthermore, it reduces heat build-up and wears in tires. Thus, with the growth in the tire and rubber industry, the consumption of zinc oxide also increases concurrently.
  • According to the International Rubber Study Group, up to the third quarter of 2022, global rubber production increased by 0.6% to 21.8 million tons, up from 21.6 million tons in the same period in 2021. The ratio of natural rubber (NR) to synthetic rubber (SR) produced in 2022 was 48:52.
  • The global demand for natural rubber remains positive. Global output of natural rubber in 2022 was around 14.624 million tons, up 3.6% from the previous year. In 2022, global consumption was around 14.415 million tons, up 1.5% from the previous year.
  • The United States Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) forecasted total tire shipments in the United States to be 334.8 million units in 2022, compared with 335.2 million units in 2021 and 332.7 million units in 2019.
  • In January 2023, Nokian Tyres announced an investment of USD 174 million to double the Dayton factory output. A 600,000-tire warehouse is part of Nokian's Dayton factory expansion. The expansion and warehouse are in line with Nokian Tyres' initial investment, which called for the facility to be able to hold up to four million tires.

The Asia-Pacific Region is Expected to Dominate the Market

  • The Asia-Pacific region stands to be the dominating market for zinc oxide. Factors such as the growing consumption of zinc oxide in the rubber, tires, and ceramic sectors will drive market growth.
  • According to the National Bureau of Statistics of China, in 2021, approximately 900 million tires were produced in China. Also, investments in expanding tire manufacturing in the country may increase the demand for zinc oxide during the forecast period.
  • According to the rating agency ICRA, domestic demand growth in volumes for the Indian tire industry is expected to be 13-15 percent for the fiscal year 2022 and 7-9 percent for the FY 22-25 period.
  • ICRA's sample of tire manufacturers saw 25% year-on-year (Y-o-Y) growth, with all-time high revenues in Q2 FY2022 due to favorable replacement and export sales volumes. With the increasing acceptance of Indian tires in overseas markets, tire exports have increased sharply this year, owing to strong demand from destinations such as the United States and Europe.
  • The Indian pharmaceutical industry is very important globally. India ranks third in terms of volume and 14th in terms of value. The country is the world's largest supplier of generic medicines, accounting for 20% of global supply by volume, and the world's leading vaccine manufacturer. India also has the most US-FDA-compliant pharma plants outside of the US and is home to over 3,000 pharma companies with a strong network of over 10,500 manufacturing facilities and a highly skilled resource pool.
  • According to Invest India, India’s pharmaceutical industry is expected to be worth USD 65 billion by 2024 and USD 120 billion by 2030. India’s pharmaceutical industry is currently worth USD 50 billion. India is a major pharmaceutical exporter, with over 200 countries served by Indian pharmaceutical exports. India meets more than half of Africa’s generics demand, 40% of generic demand in the United States, and 25% of total medicine in the United Kingdom.
  • Furthermore, the Asia-Pacific region is the largest automotive manufacturing hub, registering almost 60% production share of the world. According to OICA, in 2021, the total production of vehicles stood at 46.73 million units, an increase of 6% compared to the same period last year, increasing the demand for tires in the region.

Zinc Oxide Market Competitor Analysis

The zinc oxide market is partially fragmented in nature with a large number of players operating in the market. Some of the major companies (not in any particular order) are Zochem, Inc., EverZinc, Weifang Longda Zinc Industry Co. Ltd, and Silox SA, among others.

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Table of Contents

1.1 Study Assumptions
1.2 Scope of the Study



4.1 Drivers
4.1.1 Growing Demand from the Rubber and Tire Industry
4.1.2 Other Drivers
4.2 Restraints
4.2.1 Fluctuation in Raw Material Prices
4.2.2 Other Restraints
4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis
4.4 Porter's 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
4.4.5 Degree of Competition

5 MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size in Volume)
5.1 Process
5.1.1 Indirect Process (French Process)
5.1.2 Direct Process (American Process)
5.1.3 Wet Process
5.2 Application
5.2.1 Rubber and Tires
5.2.2 Ceramics and Glass
5.2.3 Pharmaceuticals and Cosmetics
5.2.4 Agriculture
5.2.5 Paints and Coatings
5.2.6 Other Applications (Chemicals and Food)
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 (%)**/Ranking Analysis
6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players
6.4 Company Profiles
6.4.1 Akrochem Corporation
6.4.2 EverZinc
6.4.4 Hanil
6.4.5 Hindustan Zinc Limited
6.4.6 Pan-Continental Chemical
6.4.7 Rubamin
6.4.8 Silox SA
6.4.9 Suraj Udyog
6.4.10 Weifang Longda Zinc Industry Co. Ltd
6.4.11 Zinc Nacional SA
6.4.12 Zinc-Co-India
6.4.14 Zochem Inc.

7.1 Increasing Application of Zinc Oxide in the Pharmaceutical and Cosmetics Industry

Companies Mentioned (Partial List)

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes, but is not limited to:

  • Akrochem Corporation
  • EverZinc
  • Hanil
  • Hindustan Zinc Limited
  • Pan-Continental Chemical
  • Rubamin
  • Silox SA
  • Suraj Udyog
  • Weifang Longda Zinc Industry Co. Ltd
  • Zinc Nacional SA
  • Zinc-Co-India
  • Zochem Inc.