Colloidal Metal Particles Market

Colloidal Metal Particles Market: High Demand from Chemical Industry for Nano-scaled Catalysts to Drive Revenue Growth: Global Industry Analysis 2013-2017 and Forecast 2018-2028


Metal particles, in a stable dispersion, that are small enough to resist gravity from causing settling of the particles but large enough to be restricted from passing through a membrane are referred to as colloidal metal particles. These colloidal metal particles have their particle sizes in the range of 1 – 100 nm. Colloidal Metal Particles are primarily used as catalysts and/or photocatalysts, adsorbents. They are used in drug delivery applications and in dietary supplements, either directly or in combination with other ingredients.

Among product types, the market is classified into 12 different segments: aluminium oxide colloidal metal particles, silver colloidal metal particles, gold colloidal metal particles, zinc colloidal metal particles, copper colloidal metal particles, platinum colloidal metal particles, iridium colloidal metal particles, silicon colloidal metal particles, iron oxide colloidal metal particles, titanium dioxide colloidal metal particles, palladium colloidal metal particles and other (manganese, cerium, indium, tin) colloidal metal particles.

In terms of value, the gold colloidal metal particles segment is estimated to account for a significant proportion of the market. However, in terms of volume, the segment holds single digit share in the overall market. This is mainly due to the vast disparity in prices of these product types. Types, such as silver colloidal metal particles, have proven to be effective against allergens and pathogenic infections. Colloidal silver particles are also noted to be effective in the treatment of various skin conditions, such as acne, chickenpox, among others.

Colloidal copper is noted to be an antioxidant and serves blood cleansing purposes. The OTC (Over the Counter) availability of majority of colloidal metal particles allows these particles to reach a wider audience.

Catalysis & Photocatalysis to Remain One of the Prominent Applications of Colloidal Metal Particles

Application wise, the market is segregated into catalysis & photocatalysis, adsorbents, drug delivery and dietary supplements. The use of colloidal metal particles as catalysts is gaining prominence as their better surface area to volume ratio escalates their efficiency in rapid and controlled reactions. The end use industry has been noted to be making a transition towards such catalysts, thereby propelling the market of colloidal metal particles.

The overall market is assessed to have been valued at US$ 14,542.6 Mn at the end of 2018 and is anticipated to reach a value of more than US$ 32 Bn by the end of the forecast period. The colloidal metal particles market is estimated to expand at a growth rate of over 8.3%, representing an incremental $ opportunity of over US$ 17 Bn between 2018 and 2028.

China Is Estimated to Remain a Prominent Region in Terms of Consumption of Colloidal Metal Particles

From a regional perspective, China alone is anticipated to consume a substantial proportion of the colloidal metal particles production throughout the forecast period, registering 7.6% growth between 2018 and 2028. Countries in North America and Western Europe are also noted to hold sizeable market share. The Latin America colloidal metal particles is estimated to witness fastest growth in the market and will expand at a value CAGR of 10.4%.

Global Colloidal Metal Particles Market Is Fairly Consolidated

The prominent players involved in the colloidal metal particles marketplace are aiming to adopt greenfield investment strategies. The companies are engaging in product launches and capacity expansion activities, with the aim of improving their market share and geographic presence of their products. For example, AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals (while it was still a part of AkzoNobel) has invested over US$ 4.5 Mn for capacity expansion projects.

Purest Colloids, Inc. is noted to periodically announce product launches pertaining to the colloidal metal particles. Due to the consolidation in the colloidal metal particles market, the market entry of new participants is estimated to be moderately easy.

Key Trends

The supply and demand of colloidal metal particles in several regions depends on macro-economic factors, including mining and recycling of metals. Such activities are highly monitored by the regulatory authorities and a controlled mining scenario may hinder the production of colloidal metal particles.

Key Players

Some of the market participants reported in this study of the colloidal metal particles market study are Nouryon BV, Purest Colloids, Inc., Tanaka Holdings Co., Ltd., Evonik Industries AG, IMRA America, Inc, W. R. Grace & Co., SunForce Health & Organics Inc. and BBI Solutions, among others.

Key Questions Answered in the Colloidal Metal Particles Report

  • How has the colloidal metal particles market evolved in the past four years?
  • What shape is the colloidal metal particles market expected to take in terms of volume and value during the study period?
  • What are some of the prevailing market dynamics in the colloidal metal particles market?
  • What are the competition developments and trends in the colloidal metal particles market?
  • What are some of the underlying macro-economic and industry factors impacting the growth of the colloidal metal particles market?
  • What are the important key challenges, opportunities and improvement factors for the colloidal metal particles market players?
  • What are the important market positioning and key strategies of key manufacturers as per the colloidal metal particles market taxonomy?
  • How is the competition structured at present and how has it evolved in the colloidal metal particles market over the past few years?

Key Segment

Product Type

  • Aluminium Oxide
  • Silver
  • Gold
  • Zinc
  • Copper
  • Platinum
  • Iridium
  • Silicon
  • Iron Oxide
  • Titanium Oxide
  • Palladium
  • Others (manganese, cerium, indium, tin)


  • Catalysis & Photocatalysis
  • Adsorbent
  • Drug Delivery
  • Dietary Supplements

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