The global microspheres market was valued at >USD 4.0 billion in 2019 and is expected to grow more than CAGR 8.5% over the forecast period. Over the past few years, the market has seen strong growth due to the growing demand from the paints and coatings, manufacturing, and healthcare industries. A key factor for rising market growth has been the cost-effective existence of microspheres. Increasing technical advancement in terms of improving the microsphere characteristics has contributed to market expansion. Nevertheless, increasing concerns about the effect on the ecosystem of micro beads and strengthening the regulatory structure are expected to negatively impact industry growth.
Rising demand from the paints and coatings sector is expected to have a positive effect over the forecast period due to the rising growth in emerging economies and the expansion of the manufacturing industry. In the near future, the development of the construction industry will remain a significant growth contributing factor for microspheres. Primary drivers of market expansion include growing knowledge and needs of the healthcare industry, economic growth, rising population, increasing overall spending, and developments in the healthcare sector. Increasing investment and development within the polymer industry also define the microspheres industry. Efforts to make improvements in molecular properties are essential reasons for investments in Micro and Nanomaterials science as a whole.
Key segments of the global microspheres market
End-Use Overview, 2015-2025 (USD Billion)
- Construction Composites
- Paints & Coatings
- Oil & Gas
- Cosmetics & Personal Care
Material Overview, 2015-2025 (USD Billion)
- Fly ash
Regional Overview, 2015-2025 (USD Billion)
- North America
- Rest of Europe
- Asia Pacific
- Rest of Asia Pacific
- Central & South America
- Rest of Central & South America
- Middle East & Africa
- Rest of Middle East & Africa
Reasons for the study
- Increasing urbanization and infrastructure development in developing economies
- Rising construction activities all around the world
- Rising vehicle demand for developing economies
What does the report include?
- The study on the global microspheres market includes analysis of qualitative market indicators such as drivers, restraints, challenges and opportunities
- Additionally, the market competition has been evaluated using the Porter’s five forces analysis
- The study covers qualitative and quantitative analysis of the market segmented on the basis of end-use and type. Moreover, the study provides similar information for the key geographies.
- Actual market sizes and forecasts have been provided for all the considered segments
- The study includes the profiles of key players in the market with a significant global and/or regional presence
Who should buy this report?
- The report on the global microspheres market is suitable for all the players across the value chain including raw material suppliers, microspheres manufacturers, distributors, suppliers and retailers
- Venture capitalists and investors looking for more information on the future outlook of the global microspheres market
- Consultants, analysts, researchers, and academicians looking for insights shaping the global microspheres market
The global microspheres market is competitive in nature as a large number of well-established healthcare and automotive companies are operating in this industry. Some prominent manufacturers are 3M, Nouryon, Asia Pacific Microspheres, Bangs Laboratories Inc., Chase Corp, Cospheric LLC, Luminex Corporation, Matsumoto Yushi Seiyaku Co., Ltd, Merit Medical Systems Inc., Mo-Sci Corporation, Momentive, SIR-Spheres, and Trelleborg.
Leading players operating in this industry are adopting merger & acquisition, research & development, new product development, and facility expansion strategies in order to strengthen their geographical reach and increase customer base. For instance, in July 2019, Varian Medical Systems, an American company engaged in radiation oncology treatment announced a purchase agreement of microsphere division from Boston Scientific.
Integration across the supply chain is expected to be a key element in the industry because most manufacturers are trying to reduce costs and thus retrograde and forward integration would be necessary. The relationship between producer and supplier is getting stronger, and there are tie-ups at several rates of distribution.
By type, the market size of the microspheres is categorized as hollow spheres and solid spheres. Hollow spheres had the largest share of overall sales in 2018 and represent more than 50% of total market share. Hollow microspheres help to save production costs relative to other resins and thus have resulted in increased penetration of the industry over the past few years.
Increasing penetration of hollow spheres as sensitizers in mining and construction for emulsions and gel explosives is further expected to drive the demand for the industry. Rising penetration in the coating sector due to excellent properties including reduced water absorption, reduced staining, improved abrasion and scratch resistance is expected to increase solid spheres market concentration in the coming years.
Owing to the growing investment in research and development in drug delivery systems, the healthcare sector will remain the most dominant industry. Because of the ability of the microspheres to impart superior capabilities in construction composites, the construction industry is projected to be the fastest-growing market. In emerging economies such as India and China, the expansion of the construction industry is expected to be a crucial factor in driving growth.
Growth in the healthcare sector in emerging economies in the Asia Pacific region, such as Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Thailand, aside from South Korea, India, and China, is expected to increase industry expansion over the coming years. Also, increased investment by international companies is projected to further increase the penetration of the healthcare industry in rising economies.
North America dominates the market at large and is expected to contribute more than 45% of the share of sales. The prevalence of accessible healthcare services combined with increasing construction sector is projected to contribute to an expansion of the microspheres industry mainly in the U.S. and Mexico. Europe is another critical commodity market and is projected to see rapid growth due to increased demand from the construction industry.
Asia Pacific area is expected to see the lucrative growth rate due to increased buying power, increased government spending on healthcare, longer life expectancies, knowledge of consumer health, and the rising incidence of chronic developed-world diseases associated with changing lifestyles. Developing countries such as Southeast Asia, India, China, and Brazil are also projected to see steady growth in other fields of application such as cosmetics and the coatings and paint industries. Industry players such as The 3M Company and AkzoNobel are investing and conducting advanced microsphere activities to help end-use industries such as healthcare and coatings, and others.