Cristobalite is mainly used as an additive and filler in paints & coatings. It is a white, transparent, and highly inert mineral that offers superior properties such as high brightness, chemical resistance, and easy wetting. It is also abrasion and scratch resistant, making it popular in paints & coatings.
The paints & coatings segment held the largest share in the global cristobalite market and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.2% during 2022-2027. The demand for cristobalite in this application is driven by its advantages such as abrasion and scratch resistance, low refractive index, and high inertness.
Asia Pacific is a major consumer of cristobalite, and is expected to lead the global cristobalite market, in terms of volume and value, during the forecast period. The rapid urbanization and industrialization in the region have boosted the growth of the paint, glass & ceramic, and plastic industries.
The building & construction sector is expected to drive the global cristobalite market, due to its advantages such as abrasion and chemical resistance. It is also used as a filler and reinforcing agent in gypsum plaster in residential and commercial construction. It can be used alone or in combination with other materials to create a variety of finishes, such as stucco, paintable plasters, thick coatings, and more.