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Potassium silicates

Potassium silicates (in the form of glassy silicates or potassium water glass) are used as a raw material in the production of plaster and facade paints for construction, welding (production of electrodes), production of detergents, molecular sieves, fertilisers and crop protection chemicals.

The European market for potassium silicate is a mature market with a small growth rate of around 1% per year. The growth of this area is positively affected by segments which are growing at above-average rates: the market for speciality detergents in liquid form and the market of molecular sieves (used for gas cleaning in various chemical processes). There are several glassy potassium silicates producers in the European market, with Van Baerle and PQ holding the dominant market share. We estimate that the production capacity in Europe is around 60 thousand tonnes per annum, including CIECH Group's ca-pacity in CIECH Vitrosilicon of up to 3 thousand tonnes per year.

APPLICATION SEGMENTS OF POTASSIUM SILICATES IN EUROPE
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