In terms of production of silica sand in Japan, the production was 2.73 million tons in 2017 and the production will be 2.45 million tons in 2025, due to lack of good silica reserves.
Japan lacks its own good silica reserves by the nature of its geology, primarily volcanic arc mountains. Japan relies heavily on imported silica sand for glass making, especially imports silica sand from Australia, over 50% of imported volume. In addition, the Vietnam, Malaysia, China, Taiwan, USA, Indonesia and other countries, also are import source of silica sand, occupying for the rest import source.
Japan also manufactures the silica sand domestically, with approximately 41% of consumption volume from the local factories, operated by Tochu, Tokai Kogyo, JFE Mineral and Toyoura Keiseki Kogyo etc. Mitsubishi and Toyota Tsusho are two import suppliers for Japan and Asia market, from their plants in Australia, Malaysia and Vietnam, especially the Mitsubishi’s Cape Flattery silica sand operation in North Queensland, about 2 million tons of silica sand annually are shipped from the Site to Japan as well as South Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines and other countries in Asia.
The global market also affects the production and consumption of silica sand in Japan market, especially the market in Australia, USA and China, the consumption and production in the three countries, can influence on the price of silica sand into Japan market. In few future years, the price of silica sand will show a trend of fluctuations.
The Japan market will maintain a steady demand on the silica sand, tilted slightly to the downside, due to the downstream competition of glass making and casting, from China, India and Southeast Asia.
The leading companies own the advantages on better performance, more abundant product’s types, better technical and impeccable after-sales service. Consequently, they take the majority of the market share of high-end market. Looking to the future years, the slow upward price trend in recent years will maintain. As competition intensifies, prices gap between different brands will go narrowing. Similarly, there will be fluctuation in gross margin.
The industry is expected to remain innovation-led, with frequent acquisitions and strategic alliances adopted as the key strategies by the players to increase their industry presence. Market stays in mature period with a clear concentration. Meanwhile, optimize product mix and further develop value-added capabilities to maximize margins.
The Global Silica Sand Market Research Report 2018 report released by QYResearch provides a basic overview of the Silica Sand industry, including definition, classification, application and industrial chain structure. Discuss development policies and plans as well as manufacturing processes and cost structures.
The report then focuses on major industry players in Global, including company profiles, product images and specifications, sales, market share, and contact information. More importantly, the Silica Sand industry development trends and marketing channels were analyzed. Providing the main statistical data on the current status of the industry is a valuable guide and direction for companies and individuals interested in the market.
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