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Microspheres Market By Type (Hollow, Solid), Application (Construction Composites, Medical Technology, Paints & Coatings,Cosmetics, Oil & Gas, Automotive, Aerospace)& Raw Material (Glass, Ceramic & Others) - Global Trends & Forecasts to 2018

By: marketsandmarkets.com
Publishing Date: June 2013
Report Code: AD 1540

 

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Rising demand for efficiency and better materials with superior structural properties will drive the global microspheres market to $5.2 billion by 2018. U.S. leads the world in terms of usage of advanced materials to increase the efficiency and reliability of operations which makes it the biggest market for microspheres. The market here is expected to experience highest revenue growth during the next five years.

The factors driving growth in the global microspheres market are: high demand from current & emerging applications, superior structural properties, recyclable & reusable, development & modernization of infrastructure, and increased demand for efficiency. The factors hindering the growth of this market are the fluctuating cost of raw materials, lack of quality control across developing countries, and huge investment in R&D.

The market is growing slowly in Europe & Eurasia but it will continue to grow at significant rate in the Asia-Pacific region. Asia-Pacific is driven by countries such as China, the fastest growing country in global microspheres market. The microspheres market is still in infancy stage in Latin America. But this region is experiencing high growth on account of increased infrastructure spending. On the whole, it is evident that North America and Asia-Pacific are the most lucrative microspheres market.

Most players in this industry are very small and manufacture highly customized products focusing on particular end user industry. U.S-based 3M is the largest player in terms of volume sales. Every company, big or small, wants to penetrate deeper into the existing market and at the same time expand into new and emerging markets to increase their sales margin; thereby increasing overall revenue. The companies involved in microspheres business adopted this strategy by expanding into emerging markets such as Asia-Pacific and South America. Most of the major companies manufacturing microspheres are headquartered in the U.S. and Europe.

Medical technology will emerge as the most dominant application of the microspheres globally. Within raw material types, glass microspheres offer significant advantages over others and have wide applications in almost all industries such as cosmetics & personal care, paints & coatings, oil & gas and aerospace. Hence these are the market leaders in terms of size. Hollow microspheres being the most used microspheres in the market, captured most of the market.

The global microspheres market is analyzed in terms of revenue ($million) for all regions and their respective major countries. Revenues from each region have been broken down by types of microspheres, raw materials used, and their applications such as construction composites, medical technology, life sciences & biotechnology, paints & coatings, cosmetics & personal care, oil & gas, etc. The report forecasts revenue of the global microspheres market and its various submarkets with respect to five main regions such as North America, Europe & Eurasia, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. The countries such as U.S., China, Germany, and Canada were analyzed.

For this report, various secondary sources such as chemical & material magazines, encyclopedia, directories, technical handbooks, company annual reports, industry association publications, articles, trade websites, and databases have been referred to identify and collect information useful for this extensive commercial study. The primary sources — experts from related industries and suppliers — have been interviewed to obtain and verify critical information as well as to assess the future prospects and market estimations.

This report analyzes various marketing trends and establishes the most effective growth strategy in the market. It identifies market dynamics such as drivers, restraints, opportunities, burning issues, and winning imperatives. Major companies such as 3M (U.S.), Potters Industries (U.S.), Sigmund Lindner GmbH (Germany), etc. have also been profiled in this report.

Scope of the report

On the basis of geography:

  • North America
  • Europe & Eurasia
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa
  • Latin America

On the basis of applications:

  • Construction Composites
  • Medical Technology
  • Life Sciences & Biotechnology
  • Paints & Coatings
  • Cosmetics & Personal Care
  • Oil & Gas
  • Automotive
  • Aerospace
  • Other applications

On the basis of types:

  • Hollow
  • Solid

On the basis of raw materials:

  • Glass
  • Ceramic
  • Fly Ash
  • Polymer
  • Metallic
  • Others


Table Of Contents 
 
1 Introduction (Page No. - 20)
  1.1 Key Take-Aways
  1.2 Report Description
  1.3 Markets Covered
  1.4 Stake Holders
  1.5 Research Methodology
      1.5.1 Market Size
      1.5.2 Key Data Points Taken From Secondary Sources
      1.5.3 List Of Secondary Data Sources
      1.5.4 Key Data Points Taken From Primary Sources
      1.5.5 Assumptions Made For This Report

2 Executive Summary (Page No. - 27)

3 Premium Insights (Page No. - 30)
  3.1 Market Segmentation
  3.2 North America - Best Market To Invest
  3.3 North America To Continue Driving The Microspheres Market
  3.4 Medical Technology – The Largest Application In Microspheres Market
  3.5 Glass Microspheres Dominate The Market
  3.6 China – Fastest Growing Market
  3.7 Most Active Year For Patents Registration – 2012
  3.8 Most Companies Relied On New Products Launch For Growth
  3.9 Dominant Player In Microspheres Market - 3M
 
4 Market Overview (Page No. - 40)
  4.1 Introduction
  4.2 Value Chain Analysis
  4.3 Market Dynamics
      4.3.1 Drivers
            4.3.1.1 High Demand From Current And Emerging Applications
            4.3.1.2 Superior Structural Properties
            4.3.1.3 Recyclable And Reusable
            4.3.1.4 Development And Modernization Of Infrastructure
            4.3.1.5 Increasing Demand For Efficiency
      4.3.2 Restraints
            4.3.2.1 Fluctuating Cost Of Raw Materials
            4.3.2.2 Lack Of Quality Control Across Developing Countries
            4.3.2.3 Huge Investment In R&D
      4.3.3 Opportunity
            4.3.3.1 Emerging Economies
  4.4 Winning Imperatives
      4.4.1 Focus On Product Innovation & Modification
      4.4.2 Expansion Into New And Emerging Markets
  4.5 Major Players – Market Share Analysis
  4.6 Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
      4.6.1 Buyers’ Power
      4.6.2 Suppliers’ Power
      4.6.3 Threat Of New Entrants
      4.6.4 Threat Of Substitutes
      4.6.5 Competitive Rivalry Within An Industry
  4.7 Patent Analysis

5 Manufacturing Process (Page No. - 69)
  5.1 Introduction
  5.2 Glass Microspheres
  5.3 Polymer Microspheres
  5.4 Cenospheres
  5.5 Ceramic Microspheres
  5.6 Metallic Microspheres

6 Microspheres Market, By Types (Page No. - 79)
  6.1 Introduction
      6.1.1 Market Analysis
            6.1.1.1 Microspheres Market Revenue Lead By Hollow Type
            6.1.1.2 Hollow Microspheres
                    6.1.1.2.1 Hollow Microspheres: Used For Numerous Applications
                    6.1.1.2.2 North America: The Dominant Market
            6.1.1.3 Solid Microspheres
                    6.1.1.3.1 Solid Microspheres Have High Crush Strength
                    6.1.1.3.2 Increased Demand Driving Revenue Growth

7 Microspheres Market, By Applications (Page No. - 88)
  7.1 Introduction
  7.2 Market Analysis
      7.2.1 Medical Technology Applications To Experience Maximum Growth
      7.2.2 Construction Composites Market
            7.2.2.1 Versatile Nature Of Microspheres Market Makes Them An Ideal Filler
            7.2.2.2 Huge Investment In Infrastructure Fuelling Market Growth
      7.2.3 Medical Technology Market
            7.2.3.1 Microspheres: Widely Used In Drug Delivery
            7.2.3.2 Rise In Healthcare Expenditure Globally
      7.2.4 Life Sciences & Biotechnology Market
            7.2.4.1 Microspheres: Excellent Tracer Materials
            7.2.4.2 Healthcare R&D: Experiencing A Boom
      7.2.5 Paints & Coatings Market
            7.2.5.1 Better Compressive Strength Of Microspheres Driving The Market Growth
            7.2.5.2 Growth In Paints & Coatings Industry Driving The Microspheres Market
      7.2.6 Cosmetics & Personal Care Market
            7.2.6.1 Growth Driven By Ball Bearing Effect Provided By Microspheres
            7.2.6.2 Rising Demand For Beauty Products Industry Fuelling Market Growth
      7.2.7 Oil & Gas Market
            7.2.7.1 Definition & Description
            7.2.7.2 Revenue Estimates
      7.2.8 Automotive Applications Market
            7.2.8.1 Microspheres: Extensively Used In Automobiles
            7.2.8.2 Microspheres: Demand Driven By Rising Automobile Production
      7.2.9 Aerospace Market
            7.2.9.1 Light Weighting Of Components Fuelling Market Growth
            7.2.9.2 Structural Properties Of Microspheres Make It Ideal For Aerospace Industry
      7.2.10 Other Applications Market
            7.2.10.1 Several Applications Of Microspheres Still To Be Commercialized
            7.2.10.2 Specialty Applications: In The Infancy Stage

8 Microspheres Market, By Raw Materials (Page No. - 111)
  8.1 Introduction
  8.2 Market Analysis
      8.2.1 With Largest Share, Glass Microspheres Continue To Boost The Market
      8.2.2 Glass Microspheres Market
            8.2.2.1 Superior Properties Of Microspheres: Prime Drivers Of This Market
            8.2.2.2 North America: The Largest Market
      8.2.3 Polymer Microspheres Market
            8.2.3.1 Polymer Microspheres: Used In Diverse Applications
            8.2.3.2 Polymer Microspheres Experiencing High Growth
      8.2.4 Ceramic Microspheres Market
            8.2.4.1 Ceramic Microspheres Provide Durability And Better Wear Resistance
            8.2.4.2 Demand For Better Product And Cost Efficiency To Drive Ceramic Microspheres Market
      8.2.5 Fly Ash (Cenospheres) Microspheres Market
            8.2.5.1 Fly Ash Microspheres Are Generated As By-Products
            8.2.5.2 Extensive Usage Of Cenospheres In Construction Is Driving Market Growth
      8.2.6 Metallic Microspheres Market
            8.2.6.1 Magnetic Properties Of Metallic Microspheres Makes Them Useful In Various Applications
            8.2.6.2 Metallic Microspheres Market: Poised For Better Growth
      8.2.7 Other Microspheres Market
            8.2.7.1 Microspheres: Increasingly Customized For Speciality Applications
            8.2.7.2 North America: Leading The Market Growth
 
9 Microspheres Market, By Geography (Page No. - 133)
  9.1 Market Segmentation
  9.2 Market Analysis
      9.2.1 North America To Drive Global Microspheres Market
      9.2.2 North America
            9.2.2.1 Increased Demand For Advanced Materials Driving The Market
            9.2.2.2 Superior Structural Properties Of Microspheres Driving Its Market Growth
            9.2.2.3 U.S: The Largest Market For Microspheres
            9.2.2.4 U.S.
                    9.2.2.4.1 U.S.: Most Technologically Advanced Country
                    9.2.2.4.2 Microspheres Market Is Driven By Demand From End-User Industries
            9.2.2.5 Canada
                    9.2.2.5.1 Canada - Huge Potential For Microspheres Market
                    9.2.2.5.2 Canadian Market - Experiencing High Growth
      9.2.3 Europe & Eurasia
            9.2.3.1 Europe & Eurasia - The Second Largest Microspheres Market
            9.2.3.2 Drive For Efficiency Is Fuelling Market Growth
            9.2.3.3 Germany Dominates The Microspheres Market In Europe & Eurasia
            9.2.3.4 Germany
                    9.2.3.4.1 German Microspheres Market: Experiencing Better Growth
                    9.2.3.4.2 Strong Demand From End-User Industries
      9.2.4 Asia-Pacific
            9.2.4.1 Driven By Thriving Economies
            9.2.4.2 Asia-Pacific Market To Grow At A Rapid Pace
            9.2.4.3 China Dominates This Market
            9.2.4.4 China
                    9.2.4.4.1 China: Fastest Growing Microspheres Market
                    9.2.4.4.2 Heavy Capital Expenditure Driving The Growth In China
      9.2.5 Middle East & Africa
            9.2.5.1 Infrastructure Development Prevalent In Middle East & Africa
            9.2.5.2 Market Anticipated To Remain Underdeveloped
      9.2.6 Latin America
            9.2.6.1 Market Ready To Be Tapped
            9.2.6.2 The Market Will Grow At The Highest Rate
 
10 Competitive Landscape (Page No. - 174)
   10.1 Introduction
   10.2 New Product Launch: The Most Popular Growth Strategy
   10.3 Maximum Developments In 2011
   10.4 Momentive & Sigmund Lindner: The Most Active Participant
   10.5 New Products Launch
   10.6 Expansion
   10.7 Supply Contract
   10.8 Merger & Acquisition
   10.9 Others

11 Company Profiles (Page No. - 194)
(Overview, Financials, Products & Services, Strategy, And Developments)* 
   11.1 3M
   11.2 Akzo Nobel Expancel
   11.3 Cospheric LLC
   11.4 Dennert Poraver GMBH
   11.5 Eko Export Sa
   11.6 Henkel Ag & Co. Kgaa
   11.7 Induchem Holding Ag
   11.8 Luminex Corporation
   11.9 Matsumoto Yushi-Seiyaku Co., Ltd.
   11.10 Merit Medical Systems
   11.11 MO Sci Corporation
   11.12 Momentive Performance Materials Inc.
   11.13 Osthoff Omega Group
   11.14 Phosphorex Inc
   11.15 Polysciences Incorporation
   11.16 Potters Industries Llc
   11.17 Sigmund Lindner Gmbh
   11.18 Sinosteel Maanshan Institute Of Minning Research Company Ltd
   11.19 Spherotech Inc
   11.20 Sunjin Chemical Co.
   11.21 Trelleborg Offshore & Construction
*Details Financials Might Not Be Captured In Case Of Unlisted Companies. 
 
List Of Tables  (98 Tables)
 

Table 1 Microspheres: Market Revenue, By Countries, 2011 – 2018 ($Million)
Table 2 Microspheres: Properties & Advantages 47
Table 3 Effect Of Raw Material Price Fluctuations
Table 4 Top 10 Largest Economies By Gdp In Ppp Terms: 2010 & 2020
Table 5 10 Largest Global Economies’ Total Gdp In Ppp Terms, 2020
Table 6 Innovative Products Launch, 2012
Table 7 Geographic Expansion, 2011 – 2012
Table 8 Global Glass Microspheres Market Share, By Companies, 2012
Table 9 Microspheres: Market Share, By Companies, 2012
Table 10 Microspheres: Patent Analysis, By Years, 2010 – 2013
Table 11 Microspheres: Market Revenue, By Types, 2011 – 2018 ($Million)
Table 12 Companies Offering Hollow Microspheres
Table 13 Hollow Microspheres: Market Revenue, By Geography, 2011 – 2018 ($Million)
Table 14 Companies Offering Solid Microspheres
Table 15 Solid Microspheres: Market Revenue, By Geography, 2011 – 2018 ($Million)
Table 16 Microspheres: Industry Wise Applications
Table 17 Microspheres: Market Revenue, By Applications, 2011 – 2018 ($Million)
Table 18 Construction Composites Microspheres: Market Revenue, By Geography, 2011 – 2018 ($Million)
Table 19 Medical Technology Microspheres: Market Revenue, By Geography, 2011 – 2018 ($Million)
Table 20 Life Sciences & Biotechnology Microspheres: Market Revenue, By Geography, 2011 – 2018 ($Million)
Table 21 Paints & Coatings Microspheres: Market Revenue, By Geography, 2011 – 2018 ($Million)
Table 22 Cosmetics & Personal Care Microspheres: Market Revenue, By Geography, 2011 – 2018 ($Million)
Table 23 Oil & Gas Microspheres: Market Revenue, By Geography, 2011 – 2018 ($Million)
Table 24 Automotive Microspheres: Market Revenue, By Geography, 2011 – 2018 ($Million)
Table 25 Aerospace Microspheres: Market Revenue, By Geography, 2011 – 2018 ($Million)
Table 26 Other Applications Microspheres: Market Revenue, By Geography, 2011 – 2018 ($Million)
Table 27 Microspheres: Market Revenue, By Raw Materials, 2011 – 2018 ($Million)
Table 28 Glass Microspheres: Market Revenue, By Geography, 2011 – 2018 ($Million)
Table 29 Glass Microspheres: Average Price, By Geography, 2011 – 2018 ($/Ton)
Table 30 Glass Microspheres: Market Consumption, By Geography, 2011 – 2018 (Kt)
Table 31 Polymer Microspheres: Market Revenue, By Geography, 2011 – 2018 ($Million)
Table 32 Ceramic Microspheres: Market Revenue, By Geography, 2011 – 2018 ($Million)
Table 33 Ceramic Microspheres: Average Price, By Geography, 2011 – 2018 ($/Ton)
Table 34 Ceramic Microspheres: Market Consumption, By Geography, 2011 – 2018 (Kt)
Table 35 Fly Ash Microspheres: Market Revenue, By Geography, 2011 – 2018 ($Million)
Table 36 Fly Ash Microspheres: Average Price, By Geography, 2011 – 2018 ($/Ton)
Table 37 Fly Ash Microspheres: Market Consumption, By Geography, 2011 – 2018 (KT)
Table 38 Metallic Microspheres: Market Revenue, By Geography, 2011 – 2018 ($Million)
Table 39 Metallic Microspheres: Market Revenue, By Geography, 2011 – 2018 ($Million)
Table 40 Microspheres: Market Revenue, By Geography, 2011 – 2018 ($Million)
Table 41 North America: Microspheres Market Revenue, By End Use Applications, 2011 – 2018 ($Million)
Table 42 North America: Microspheres Market Revenue, By Types, 2011 – 2018 ($Million)
Table 43 North America: Microspheres Market Revenue, By Raw Materials, 2011 – 2018 ($Million)
Table 44 North America: Microspheres Market, By Countries, 2011 – 2018 ($Million)
Table 45 U.S: Microspheres Market Revenue, By End Use Applications, 2011 – 2018 ($Million)
Table 46 U.S: Microspheres Market Revenue, By Types, 2011 – 2018 ($Million)
Table 47 U.S: Microspheres Market Revenue, By Raw Materials, 2011 – 2018 ($Million)
Table 48 Canada: Microspheres Market Revenue, By End Use Applications, 2011 – 2018 ($Million)
Table 49 Canada: Microspheres Market Revenue, By Types, 2011 – 2018 ($Million)
Table 50 Canada: Microspheres Market Revenue, By Raw Materials, 2011 – 2018 ($Million)
Table 51 Europe & Eurasia: Microspheres Market Revenue, By End Use Applications, 2011 – 2018 ($Million)
Table 52 Europe & Eurasia: Microspheres Market Revenue, By Types, 2011 – 2018 ($Million)
Table 53 Europe & Eurasia: Microspheres Market Revenue, By Raw Materials, 2011 – 2018 ($Million)
Table 54 Europe & Eurasia: Microspheres Market, By Countries ($Million)
Table 55 Germany: Microspheres Market Revenue, By End Use Applications, 2011 – 2018 ($Million)
Table 56 Germany: Microspheres Market Revenue, By Types, 2011 – 2018 ($Million)
Table 57 Germany: Microspheres Market Revenue, By Raw Materials, 2011 – 2018 ($Million)
Table 58 Asia-Pacific: Microspheres Market Revenue, By End Use Applications, 2011 – 2018 ($Million)
Table 59 Asia-Pacific :Microspheres Market Revenue, By Types, 2011 – 2018 ($Million)
Table 60 Asia-Pacific: Microspheres Market Revenue, By Raw Materials, 2011 – 2018 ($Million)
Table 61 Asia-Pacific: Microspheres Market, By Countries, 2011 – 2018 ($Million)
Table 62 China: Microspheres Market Revenue, By End Use Applications, 2011 – 2018 ($Million)
Table 63 China: Microspheres Market Revenue, By Types, 2011 – 2018 ($Million) 164
Table 64 China: Microspheres Market Revenue, By Raw Materials, 2011 – 2018 ($Million)
Table 65 Middle East & Africa: Microspheres Market Revenue, By End Use Applications, 2011 – 2018 ($Million)
Table 66 Middle East & Africa: Microspheres Market Revenue, By Types, 2011 – 2018 ($Million)
Table 67 Middle East & Africa: Microspheres Market Revenue, By Raw Materials, 2011 – 2018 ($Million)
Table 68 Latin America: Microspheres Market Revenue, By End Use Applications, 2011 – 2018 ($Million)
Table 69 Latin America: Microspheres Market Revenue, By Types, 2011 – 2018 ($Million)
Table 70 Latin America: Microspheres Market Revenue, By Raw Materials, 2011 – 2018 ($Million)
Table 71 New Product Launch, 2009 – 2013
Table 72 Expansion, 2011 – 2013
Table 73 Supply Contract, 2009 – 2013
Table 74 Merger & Acquisition, 2010 – 2012
Table 75 Others, 2009 – 2012
Table 76 3m: Products, Brands & Its Applications
Table 77 Akzo Nobel: Products, Brands & Its Descriptions
Table 78 Akzo Nobel Pulp & Performance Chemicals: Annual Revenue, By Geography, 2010 – 2012
Table 79 Cospheric: Products & Its Types
Table 80 Poraver: Products & Its Descriptions
Table 81 Henkel: Expandable Products & Properties
Table 82 Henkel: Unexpandable Products & Properties
Table 83 Henkel: Annual Revenues, By Business Segments, 2011 – 2012 ($Million)
Table 84 Induchem Ag: Products & Its Descriptions
Table 85 Luminex: Products & Its Descriptions
Table 86 Matsumoto Yushi-Seiyaku: Products & Its Descriptions
Table 87 Merit Medical Systems: Products & Its Descriptions
Table 88 Mo Sci Corporation: Products & Its Descriptions
Table 89 Momentive Performance Materials: Products & Its Applications
Table 90 Osthoff Omega: Products & Its Descriptions
Table 91 Phosphorex: Products & Its Descriptions
Table 92 Polysciences: Products & Its Descriptions
Table 93 Potters: Products & Its Descriptions
Table 94 Sigmund Lindner: Products & Its Applications
Table 95 Sinosteel Maanshan: Products & Its Descriptions
Table 96 Spherotech: Products & Its Applications
Table 97 Sunjin: Products, Sub-Types, Descriptions & Its Applications
Table 98 Trelleborg: Products & Its Descriptions

List Of Figures (48 Figures)
 
Figure 1 Microspheres: Market Share, By Geography, Applications, Types & Raw Materials, 2012
Figure 2 Microspheres: Market Segmentation
Figure 3 Microspheres Market: Growth Matrix
Figure 4 Microspheres: Market Revenue Trend, By Geography,2011 – 2018 ($Million) 32
Figure 5 Microspheres: Market Revenue, By Geography & Applications, 2012 ($Million)
Figure 6 Microspheres: Market Size, By Raw Materials, 2013 – 2018
Figure 7 Microspheres: Market Size, By Countries, 2012 – 2018
Figure 8 Patents Registration, By Years, 2010 – 2013
Figure 9 Competitive Developments, By Types, 2009 – 2013
Figure 10 Growth Strategies Of Top 5 Companies, 2009 – 2012
Figure 11 Value Chain For Microspheres Market
Figure 12 Impact Analysis – Drivers, 2013 – 2018
Figure 13 Impact Analysis – Restraints, 2013 – 2018
Figure 14 Impact Analysis – Opportunity, 2013 – 2018
Figure 15 Microspheres Market: Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
Figure 16 Microsphere: Patents, By Geography/Countries, 2010 – 2013
Figure 17 Microspheres: Patent Analysis, By Companies, 2010 – 2013
Figure 18 Glass Microspheres: Manufacturing Flow Diagram
Figure 19 Glass Microspheres: Manufacturing Process Diagram
Figure 20 Polymer Microspheres: Manufacturing Flow Diagram
Figure 21 Polymer Microspheres: Manufacturing Process Diagram
Figure 22 Cenospheres: Manufacturing Flow Diagram
Figure 23 Cenosphere: Manufacturing Process Diagram
Figure 24 Ceremic Microsphere: Manufacturing Flow Diagram
Figure 25 Ceramic Microspheres: Manufacturing Process Diagram
Figure 26 Metallic Microspheres: Manufacturing Flow Diagram
Figure 27 Metallic Microspheres: Manufacturing Process Diagram
Figure 28 Microspheres Market, By Types
Figure 29 Microspheres: Market Share, By Types, 2012
Figure 30 Microspheres: Market Share, By Types, 2018
Figure 31 Microspheres: Market Segmentation, By Applications
Figure 32 Microspheres: Market Share, By Applications, 2012
Figure 33 Microspheres: Market Share, By Applications, 2018
Figure 34 Microspheres: Market Segmentation, By Raw Materials
Figure 35 Microspheres: Market Share, By Raw Materials, 2012
Figure 36 Microspheres: Market Share, By Raw Materials, 2018
Figure 37 Microspheres: Market Segmentation, By Geography
Figure 38 Microspheres: Market Share, By Geography, 2012
Figure 39 Microspheres: Market Share, By Geography, 2018
Figure 40 Major Growth Strategies In The Global Microsphere Market, 2009 – 2013
Figure 41 Competitive Developments, By Years, 2009 – 2013
Figure 42 Competitive Developments, By Companies, 2009 – 2013
Figure 43 Growth Strategies Of Top 5 Companies, 2009 – 2012
Figure 44 New Products Launch, 2009 – 2012
Figure 45 Expansion, 2011 – 2013
Figure 46 Supply Contracts, 2009 – 2013
Figure 47 Merger & Acquisition, 2010 – 2012
Figure 48 Others, 2009 – 2012

Global microspheres market is witnessing very high growth on account of rising demand from existing and new applications that would become significant in the future, especially in the North America region. North America holds major market share followed by Europe & Eurasia and the Asia-Pacific. In terms of individual countries, the market is dominated by U.S. due to the constant innovations of micro particles that help in optimizing and enhancing the present components and processes.

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MICROSPHERES MARKET SHARE, BY APPLICATIONS, 2012

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Microspheres are also known as micro particles, micro beads, beads, and micro balloons. Globally there has been a surge in the development of infrastructure, especially in the under developed and the growing economies. Even developed countries have been constantly modifying and revamping their existing infrastructure facilities to ensure efficient and effective utilization of scarce resources. Today every structure built, right from a simple automobile to a space station, is made up from advanced materials which are efficient and environment friendly to ensure minimal damage to the surrounding. In short, efficiency along with recyclability and reusability is the need of the hour.

U.S. commands the maximum share of the microsphere patents registered worldwide. It is followed by Europe for the overall patents filed from 2010 to 2013. Least number of patents was registered in Japan; with relatively less share of the total number of patents.

In terms of global market, the industry comprises of many small market participants with only a few major companies globally. The industry is highly fragmented in terms of the segments in which the products are offered. Due to presence of a large number of small players, companies are constantly fighting to capture more and more market share.

In 2012, 3M (U.S.) dominated the global microspheres market with around a quarter of the market share, followed by Sigmund Linder GmbH (Germany) and Potters Industries LLC (U.S.), each capturing around 5% to 7% of the market. Rest of the companies captured only marginal market shares.

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