manufactured from aluminum hydroxide, works by absorbing water from the air and thus keeping things dry. Activated alumina is produced by means of dehydroxylating aluminum hydroxide in a way that produces a highly porous material. The compound which is mainly used as a desiccant, also finds application as a filter of fluoride, selenium and arsenic. The compound has a very high surface-area-to-weight ratio.
Activated alumina finds use in a wide range of catalyst and adsorbent applications including the adsorption of catalysts in production of polyethylene, in hydrogen peroxide production, as a selective adsorbent for a number of chemicals, and in sulfur removal from gas streams.
The rising demand for water treatment globally coupled with the rising awareness for purification of drinking water in the developing regions is expected to drive the global activated alumina market
during the forecast period. The demand for water treatment chemicals and technology is partly driven by legislation. In Europe, for example, it is mandatory for all quarries to have water recycling facilities. Furthermore, government directives such as the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive, aims at protecting the aquatic ecosystem and thereby proving to be a vital driver for growth of the global activated alumina market. Moreover, development in reverse osmosis (RO) membrane technology and strict government legislations are further analyzed to bolster the demand for activated alumina globally, during the forecast period. However, reduced surface lift of activated alumina owing to high level of impurities is expected to hinder the market worldwide.
The global activated alumina market is classified into applications as follows:
The global activated alumina market is further bifurcated on the basis of physical appearance into:
- Filtering Substance
- Medical Applications
- Catalyst Support
- Drying Agent
- Others (Vacuum Systems, etc.)
Lastly, the global activated alumina market is bifurcated by regions into North America, Asia Pacific (APAC), Europe and Rest of the World (RoW). Asia Pacific is expected to dominate the global activated alumina market in terms of demand during the forecast period, followed by North America. Furthermore, Europe constitutes a substantial share in the global activated alumina market currently and is expected to be another major market for activated alumina during the forecast period.Some of the key players in the global activated alumina market include:
- BASF SE (Germany)
- Bee Chems (India)
- Garg Chemical Company (India)
- Shadong Zhongxin New Material Technology Co. Ltd. (China)
- Sigma-Aldrich Corporation (U.S.) among others.