Diatomite Market Size, Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Growth Potential, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2020 - 2026

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Diatomite Market size is likely to grow significantly in the coming years due to its increasing usage in the filtration and additive applications. Diatomite is also known as Diatomaceous Earth (D.E.), a naturally occurring mineral, available in the form of sedimentary rock. These rocks can be easily converted into fine powder due to its lower particle size ranging from 3 micron to 1 millimeter. Rising usage of diatomite for filtration applications is likely to increase the diatomite market demand in the coming years. Food & beverages will be a key end-user industry where the product will be used for filtration applications. The product possesses filtering properties due to its distinctive physical structure. Diatomite is also being increasingly used in the production of Portland cement. The product contains more than 75% of silica which enhances the silica content during cement manufacturing.

Another key growth enabling factor for the diatomite market is its superior product characteristics. The product possesses key properties including inertness, high silica content, high surface area, low density, high porosity, insulating properties, abrasiveness, high absorption, brightness, etc. Rising demand for filtration systems in a wide range of end-user industries such as agriculture, medical, food & beverages, industrial, cosmetics, etc. will drive the product market growth in the coming years.


Though the product is used for a range of filtration applications, some challenges associated with diatomite is likely to hamper diatomite market demand in the coming years. Diatomite reserves can be difficult to preserve due to degradation by the effect of microorganisms and abrasion. These microorganisms such as bacteria are able to accelerate its rate of dissolving silica in diatoms thereby degrading the available reserves. Growing safety and health concerns over the inhalation of silica during manufacturing of diatomite will further increase the government regulations which may slow down the diatomite market growth in the coming years.


The product diatomite market has been segmented based on source, application and region. Salt-water and freshwater are commonly available source of diatomite. Diatoms absorbs SiO2 available in the water in order to produce shells. Saltwater DE is mainly used for filtration applications while freshwater DE is utilized for agricultural applications due to its high adsorption and lower silica content.

Based on application, the diatomite market has been classified into filtration, aggregators, absorbents, fillers and others. Other application segment includes dental moldings, pharmaceuticals, etc. Filtration segment is likely to grow at a significant rate in the forecast timeframe due to rising product usage in end-user industries. Diatomite possesses key properties that enhances the filtration process and helps in improving the quality of the end-product. Absorbent application segment is also likely to have significant share in the industry due to its rising usage as an absorbent during the spillage of ethylene gas, oil and toxic liquids. Diatomite is also used as absorbents in medical & healthcare industry.

North America will be a key region in the diatomite market due to increasing product demand in the end-user industries such as agriculture, industrial, medical, etc. According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the country’s diatomite production was estimated to be over 750 kilo tons in 2018. Rising product demand in the end-user industry will further increase the production of diatomite in the coming years due to its adequate reserves across the world. Asia Pacific will also have substantial product demand in the coming years due to increasing usage in major countries including Japan, China, Australia, India, South Korea, etc. Middle East and Africa will also have considerable share in the industry due to increasing product usage in the oil & gas industry.

Some of the key diatomite market players include E.P. Minerals, Dicalite Management Group, IMERYS, Calgon Carbon, Caltron Clays & Chemicals, Oracle Chemical, Diatomite CJSC, Reade International Corp, Jilin Yuantong Mineral, Showa Chemical Industry, Hudson Resources and Chuanshan inte.

 Diatomite Market, By Source, 2014-2025 (USD Million)

  • Salt-water
  • Freshwater

Diatomite Market, By Application, 2014-2025 (USD Million)

  • Filtration
  • Aggregators
  • Absorbents
  • Fillers
  • Others (dental moldings, pharmaceuticals, etc.)

The above information has been provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Russia
  • APAC
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • Australia
    • Indonesia
    • Malaysia
    • South Korea
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
  • MEA
    • Saudi Arabia
    • South Africa
    • UAE
    • Kuwait

Company Profiles:

  • E.P. Minerals
  • Dicalite Management Group
  • Calgon Carbon
  • Caltron Clays & Chemicals
  • Oracle Chemical
  • Diatomite CJSC
  • Reade International Corp
  • Jilin Yuantong Mineral
  • Showa Chemical Industry
  • Hudson Resources
  • Chuanshan inte

What Information does this report contain?

Historical data coverage: 2015 to 2019; Growth Projections: 2020 to 2026.
Expert analysis: industry, governing, innovation and technological trends; factors impacting development; drawbacks, SWOT.
6-7 year performance forecasts: major segments covering applications, top products and geographies.
Competitive landscape reporting: market leaders and important players, competencies and capacities of these companies in terms of production as well as sustainability and prospects.

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