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Boron Minerals and Chemicals Market - By Product Type (Boron Minerals, Boron Chemicals), By Application (Glass and Ceramics, Alloys and Metals, Detergents and Bleaches, Agrochemicals, Adhesives) & Forecast, 2021-2027

  • Report ID: GMI4144
  • Published Date: Nov 2021
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Boron Minerals and Chemicals Market Size

Global Boron Minerals and Chemicals Market size exceeded USD 3.3 Billion in 2020 and is estimated to grow at over 4% CAGR from 2021 and 2027 driven by a rising usage of boron compounds in wide-ranging applications that include, glass and ceramics, detergents, alloys and metals, agrochemicals supported by favourable government laws that encourage the use of energy-efficient semiconductor and glass fibre products.

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Boron is a non-phosphate, ecologically safe, borate-based used in household cleaning agent that poses no health risks. Boron minerals are natural compounds that contain boron oxide in varying concentrations. Chemical residues from petrochemical detergents remain on the laundry, limiting its usable life.  In terms of commercial relevance, colemanite and ulexite are the most important boron minerals. Textile glass fibre, insulating glass fibre, enamels and glazes, and agriculture are few of the major consuming industries for boron compounds.

The market for detergents and bleaches is expected to grow significantly owing to the eco–friendly property of borate–based compounds used in detergents. However, the cleaning product leaves no residues when used. Also, colemanite, ulexite, and tourmaline are all its important minerals. Colemanite is in great demand due to its growing usage in the creation of heat-resistant glass, as well as a variety of industrial, medicinal, and cosmetic uses.

The market for glass and ceramics is expected to hold a considerable share in the overall boron minerals and chemicals market, owing to its greater durability and applications. With these excellent chemical properties boron glass is more preferred over other raw material chemicals for glass manufacturing. The growing application scope of glass and ceramics in a number of building and construction activities is expected to boost the market in the upcoming years.

Boric acid and borate salts act as pesticides, herbicides, algaecides, and fungicide. They are preferred above other pesticides for its efficacy in agrochemicals. Moreover, boric acid and sodium borate salt compounds limit pest invasion by blocking pest metabolism at the cellular level. Another popular boron chemical is borate, which absorbs infrared radiation and aids in the reduction of heat loss by infrared transmission in building materials like glass wool and other insulation materials. However, increasing constraints on its in personal care products may curtail its related compounds.

Boron Minerals and Chemicals Market Analysis

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The demand for colemanite mineral products surpassed USD 175 million in 2020 and is anticipated to surpass USD 235 million by 2027 due to its increasing use in the production of heat-resistant glass, as well as various industrial, medical, and cosmetic applications. Colemanite, tincal, and ulexite are of interest in many application areas due to their great properties. Colemanite and ulexite was used individually as fillers to prepare epoxy composites

Colemanite is a calcium borate mineral that contains water and is made up of boronite and borax. For decades, colemanite has been a favored natural source of insoluble boron. In terms of oxide contribution to glazes, it is similar to ulexite. In industry, frits are employed as boron sources, whereas potters and small businesses have relied on colemanite. Colemanite ore, a borate mineral, has been used in ceramic glaze recipes due to its low melting point, low solubility, and its smoothness on unleaded glazes. One of the main reasons for the use of glaze recipes in floor tiles ?s to make the porous and uneven surface much smoother.

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Global boron minerals and chemicals market from glass and ceramics applications is anticipated to account for around USD 3,000 million by 2027. Borax and boric acid are primarily used in the glass and ceramics industries. Boric acid is used in heat-resistant boro-silicate glass, glass fibres, along with industrial and optical glass. The two largest consuming markets, glass, and ceramics are intricately linked to the construction industry and, as a result, have suffered tremendously during the construction industry crises in North America and Europe.

However, both the markets have progressively recovered from the recession, and the market has risen at a healthy pace, mainly due to the growing demand in Asia, followed by, Central and South America, Africa, and the Middle East.

Boric oxide, silica sand, soda ash, and alumina are combined and melted to make borosilicate glass. As borosilicate glass melts at a greater temperature than conventional silicate glass, industrial manufacture requires certain novel procedures. The production process differs according to the product geometry and can be classified as floating, tube drawing, or molding.

Boron Minerals and Chemicals Market by Region

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The Asia Pacific region is projected to register gains at over 4.5% CAGR from 2021 to 2027. In the building and construction industry, Asia market, led by Japan, South Korea, Australia, China, and India, is predicted to grow rapidly. Residential constructions and dwellings are expected to be in high demand as per capita income and population rise. High government spending on public infrastructure, such as bridges, dams, roads, and highways, is expected to boost the regional boron minerals and chemicals market growth.

Rapidly growing population along with surge in consumer disposable income are expected to augment the demand for glass and ceramics products, thus supporting business expansion. High government investment on public infrastructure development, such as bridges, dams, roads, and highways, might help to drive regional product demand. Besides, increased domestic demand for agrochemicals is anticipated to further boost the regional industry size.


Boron Minerals and Chemicals Market Share

Boron minerals and chemicals industry is slightly competitive due to the large presence of domestic manufacturing companies. The major players are 

  • Eti Maden
  • Rio Tinto
  • Gremont Chemical Company Limited
  • American Borate Co.
  • Orocobre Limited Pty Ltd. 

Other industry participants include 

  • Inkabor
  • Searles Valley Minerals Inc
  • Boron Specialities LLC.
  • Minera Santa Rita SRL

Manufacturers are involved in strategies such as acquisitions, and new product development, targeting a specific application to enhance their market share. For instance, in 2021, American Borates Co. verified its updated mine plan, which includes improved head-grade and the potential for significant boron upside.

In January 2021, U.S. Borax has launched two new fertilizers to meet the zinc and boron deficiency challenges faced by consumer. The products are introduced by the brand name ANHYBOR and ZINCUBOR based on boron and zinc formulation respectively.

In December 2020, a new liquid detergent based on borax raw material has been launch in turkey. The product will be marketed under the brand name BORON and is developed by the R&D department of Eti Maden.


In April 2020, American Borate Co. has started the operation of its 10% owned Fort Cady Borate Mine located in California. Fort Cady is the world's largest known conventional contained borate occurrence and is a highly rare and huge source of colemanite deposit.

Boron minerals and chemicals market report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of volume in Thousand Tonnes and revenue in USD Million from 2016 to 2027, for the following segments:

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By Product Type

  • Boron minerals
    • Colemanite
    • Ulexite
    • Tourmaline
  • Boron chemicals
    • Boric Acid
    • Anhydrous Borates
    • Borax
    • Anhydrous Borax
    • Boron Halides
      • Boron trichloride
      • Boron trifluoride
      • Boron tribromide
      • Others
    • Boric Acid Esters
    • Boron Hydrides
      • Closo borane
      • Nido Borane
      • Arachno Borane
    • Boron Carbide
    • Boron Nitride
      • Hexagonal Boron Nitride
      • Cubic Boron Nitride
      • Wurtzite Boron Nitride
    • Others

By Application

  • Glass and Ceramics
  • Alloys and Metals
  • Detergents and Bleaches
  • Agrochemical
  • Adhesives
  • Others

The above information has been provided on a regional and country basis for the following:

By Region

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Russia
    • Poland
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • Thailand
    • Malaysia
    • Indonesia
    • Australia
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Argentina
    • Mexico
  • Middle East & Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
    • South Africa
Authors: Kunal Ahuja, Tushar Malkani

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The global boron minerals and chemicals market share crossed USD 3.3 billion in 2020 and will record a 4% CAGR up to 2027 owing to growing usage in glass, ceramics, detergents, alloys, metals, and agrochemicals applications.

Colemanite, ulexite, and tourmaline are some of the commonly used boron minerals. Among these colemanite mineral products which accounted for over USD 175 million in 2020 owing to rising adoption in industrial, medical, and cosmetic applications and the production of heat-resistant glass.

The boron minerals and chemicals industry share from glass and ceramics applications will exceed USD 3,000 million by 2027 with higher adoption in heat-resistant boro-silicate glass, glass fibers, as well as industrial and optical glass.

Colemanite boron minerals and chemicals industry size is anticipated to strike gains of over 4.5% CAGR through 2027 due to the fast-growing building and construction sectors in Japan, South Korea, Australia, China, and India.

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  • Base Year: 2020
  • Companies covered: 11
  • Tables & Figures: 272
  • Countries covered: 23
  • Pages: 300
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