; Zinc Oxide Market size, share, forecast, 2034

Zinc Oxide Market

Zinc Oxide Market Size, Share, and Analysis, By Process (Indirect Process, Direct Process, Wet Process), By Grade (Standard, Treated, Chemical, Pharma and Others), By Application (Rubber, Ceramics, Chemicals, Cosmetics and Personal Care, Pharmaceuticals, Others) and By Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, And Rest of the World) And Regional Forecast 2024-2034

Published on: Feb-2024
Report Code: FG CHM 01858
No. of Pages: 170-350
Report Format: PDF

Zinc Oxide Market is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 5.7% in the forecast period (2024-2034), with the market size valued at USD 5 billion in 2023 and projected to reach USD 9.3 billion by 2034.

Product Overview

Zinc Oxide is an inorganic compound with a formula ZnO and also known for its versatile applications across different industries. Zinc Oxide is a white insoluble powder, which has some unique physical and chemical characteristic, which includes better transparency, high electron mobility and a strong and better room-temperature luminescence. It is widely used in cosmetics, where it is valued for its sun-protecting and skin properties, making it an essential ingredient in sunscreens and lotions. It is also used in the healthcare industry for its wound healing and antibacterial properties, often used in various bandages. Its applications in different industries are in a wider form. The zinc-oxide market is a diverse and growing sector due to its wider applications, technological advancements have opened new doors for the industry with the element being used in various electronic devices such as semiconductors and solar cells.

Market Highlights

Zinc Oxide Market is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 5.7% during the forecast period, 2024-2034

Zinc Oxide Market is anticipated to reach USD 9.3 billion, growing at a CAGR of 5.7% during the forecast period, owing to its increasing applications in industries such as rubber, cosmetics and agriculture accompanied by various technological advancements. Zinc Oxide is generally extracted from zinc ores with the use of various known process such as Indirect Process, Direct Process, Wet Process. When the chemical is extracted with the use of known prominent process, it is then prepared and settled according to various known grades such as Standard, Treated, Chemical, Pharma and Others. All of these grades are then used in different industries across various applications such as Rubber, Ceramics, Chemicals, Cosmetics and Personal Care, Pharmaceuticals, Others. Whole Zinc Oxide Market is poised for growth, which is supported by innovation and expanding applications in various emerging industries.

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Zinc Oxide Market Segmentation

Standard Grade dominates the market due to its versatile use

By Grade, Zinc Oxide Market is segmented into Standard, Treated, Chemical, Pharma and Others. Zinc Oxide caters to various industries, each with a specific requirement for purity and performance, and may differ accordingly to different regional variations. Standard Grade Zinc Oxide holds a strong position in the market, as it is used in various industries such as rubber, ceramics, paints & coatings and animal feed, this makes it an overall versatile option in the market. In comparison to treated, chemical or pharmaceutical grades, standard grade generally requires very less processing, making it more affordable overall. It is also widely produced and is easily available for manufacturers, which ensures a consistent overall supply. Other grades, such as treated and chemical grades are used for better UV absorption, flame retardancy, chemical grades are often used in meeting various purity standards.

Indirect process is the most reliable process for extracting zinc

By Process, Zinc Oxide Market is segmented into Indirect Process, Direct Process, Wet Process. Indirect Process is the prominently used method for extracting zinc oxides as this process which works with a higher temperature effectively helps in removing impurities and leading to a high purity zinc oxide. Generally, indirect process utilizes readily available metallic zinc as its starting material, which makes it relatively cheaper compared to other methods, widely used for large scale production, helps in meeting the high industrial demand, with a well-established and optimized technology.

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Market Dynamics

Growth Drivers

Increasing Demand For Various Industrial Products Influences The Current And Future Demand For Zinc Oxides

Higher demand for industrial products such as rubber, automotives, cosmetics is propelling the zinc oxide market forward. In the automotive sector zinc oxide serves as an essential component as a vulcanizing agent, which enhances the strengths and durability of rubber components. With automotives sector improving with the rise of EV vehicles, the demand for high performance rubber is increasing. While in construction industry zinc oxide's fire-resistant and UV-resistant properties make it vital in materials like roofing membranes and sealants. While global increase in infrastructure development and urbanization is growing the demand for such construction materials, contributing to the growth of the zinc oxide market.  While the growing awareness towards sun protection is an important factor as consumers are prioritizing safe alternatives to chemical sunscreens, zinc oxide emerges as an effective and safe option, positioning with the increasing demand for natural and hypoallergenic personal care product.

Stringent Government Regulations Restricting Lead And Other Harmful Chemicals In Paints And Coatings To Create Growth Opportunities For Zinc Oxides

Hightened government regulations on the use of lead and other hazardous chemicals in paints and coatings are influencing the market for using better and safer alternatives, such as zinc oxide. Environmental concerns and the recognized health risks which are associated with lead-based formulations, strict regulations are pushing for the replacement of these harmful elements with more environmentally friendly options. Zinc oxide emerges as a favourable replacement, not only for its properties that align with regulatory standards but also for its essential performance benefits. Offering qualities such as excellent flame retardancy, and corrosion resistance, zinc oxide is proving to be better alternative in paints and coatings. Furthermore, the growing importance on sustainable construction practices aligns with the adoption of zinc oxide-containing paints, contributing to the broader goals of environmental responsibility and driving its overall use in the market


Increased Production Costs To Hinder Overall Market Development

Higher production costs in the extraction and production of zinc metals, are acting as a major restraint for various manufacturers. There is a direct relation between zinc metal, its primary raw material and other production costs which creates a situation where rising prices of zinc metal significantly reduces the overall profit margins, which leads to hike in consumer prices. While inventory management is becoming more complex as predicting price changes is nearly impossible, which impacts the manufacturers’ overall ability to efficiently manage the zinc metal inventory. This overall impact is challenging various industries such as paint, rubber, and cosmetics, where zinc oxide is an overall essential element. The market uncertainty which arises from various price fluctuations hinders the overall market growth and investments which affect the overall production costs and discourages new market entrants.

Recent Developments

  • In 2023, Umicore have made investment in U.S recycling plant to expand its zinc recycling plant in Hoboken, New Jersey, aiming to increase production capacity and meet the growing demand for sustainable zinc oxide, they have also introduced a new high purity zinc oxide grade “Sphera ZNO Pure”.
  • In 2023, USA Zinc., announced plans to expand its zinc refinery in Mountain Home, Arkansas by 2025, aiming to become North Americas largest producer, they have also partnered with a waste management company to recycle zinc-containing residues, promoting sustainability in its production process.
  • In 2023, Rubamin opened a new production line for high-purity zinc oxide in Duisburg, Germany, catering to the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries, they have also effectively acquired Quimidroga, a Spanish producer of specialty chemicals, expanding its portfolio of zinc oxide products.
  • In 2023, Zinc Oxide LLC, partnered with research institute to develop innovative flame-retardant applications for zinc oxide in various construction materials, they have also enhanced their online sales platform to reach a wider customer base and improve accessibility.
  • In 2023, Grupo Promax, opened a new production facility in Mexico in order to serve the growing demand for zinc oxide in the Latin market, they have also developed new grades specifically formulated for improving the overall tire performance.  

Zinc Oxide Market

Key Players:

  • Umicore
  • Rubamin
  • Pan Continental Chemical
  • Zochem LLC
  • Zinc Nacional
  • Grupo Promax
  • USA Zinc
  • Weifang Longda Zinc Industry Co. Ltd.
  • Yongchang Zinc Industry Co. Ltd.
  • Longli
  • J.G. Chemicals
  • Akrochem
  • ZM Silesia
  • GH Chemicals
  • Silox SA
  • Other Prominent Players (Company Overview, Business Strategy, Key Product Offerings, Financial Performance, Key Performance Indicators, Risk Analysis, Recent Development, Regional Presence, SWOT Analysis)

Regional Analysis

Zinc Oxide Market is segmented based on regional analysis into five major regions: North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East and Africa. The Asia Pacific region dominated the sector, as rapid industrialization and urbanization, particularly in China and India, are driving the rubber demand in rubber, ceramics, paints & coatings and electronics. Rising disposable income, increasing environmental regulations favouring zinc oxide over lead-based alternatives.

Regions like North America and Europe are showing greater resilience with near equal share in the market, as stricter environmental regulations in these regions favours zinc oxide, established automotive industry rely on zinc oxide in tires and other components. Latin America and Middle East& Africa are growing but have a smaller share due to slow growth.

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Impact of Covid-19 on Zinc Oxide Market

The Covid-19 pandemic had a leading impact on the Zinc Oxide Market, pandemic led to disruptions in the global supply chain, affecting raw material availability, while delays in supply chain impacted the manufacturing. Production facilities faced operational interruptions due to worker safety concerns and social distancing measures, with healthcare being the topmost priority, some industries temporarily shifted their priorities, impacting the overall demand for non-essential products. Positively zinc oxide has found its applications in sanitizers, medical devices and personal protective equipment (PPE), boosting specific demand. The pandemic also brought the overall renewed interest on sustainability, favouring environmentally friendly alternatives like zinc oxide over lead-based products. Overall, the pandemic disrupted the market, it also revealed opportunities for zinc oxide in new applications.

Zinc Oxide Market is further segmented by region into:

  • North America Market Size, Share, Trends, Opportunities, Y-o-Y Growth, CAGR – United States and Canada
  • Latin America Market Size, Share, Trends, Opportunities, Y-o-Y Growth, CAGR – Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, and Rest of Latin America
  • Europe Market Size, Share, Trends, Opportunities, Y-o-Y Growth, CAGR – United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Hungary, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, NORDIC, Russia, Turkey, and Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific Market Size, Share, Trends, Opportunities, Y-o-Y Growth, CAGR – India, China, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, New Zealand, Australia, and Rest of APAC
  • Middle East and Africa Market Size, Share, Trends, Opportunities, Y-o-Y Growth, CAGR – North Africa, Israel, GCC, South Africa, and Rest of MENA

Zinc Oxide Market Scope and Segments:



Study Period


Base Year


Forecast Period


Historical Period


Growth Rate

CAGR of 5.7% from 2024-2034


Value (USD Billion)


Main Segments List

By Process

  • Indirect Process
  • Direct Process
  • Wet Process

By Grade

  • Standard
  • Treated
  • Chemical
  • Pharma
  • Others

By Application

  • Rubber
  • Ceramics
  • Chemicals
  • Cosmetics and Personal Care
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Others

By Region

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • U.K.
    • France
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • Australia
    • Southeast Asia
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa
    • GCC
    • South Africa
    • Rest of Middle East & Africa

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

Zinc Oxide Market size was values at USD 5 billion in 2023 and is projected to reach the value of USD 9.3 billion in 2034, exhibiting a CAGR of 5.7% during the forecast period.

Zinc Oxide that is an inorganic compound with a formula ZnO and is known for its versatile applications across different industries. Zinc Oxide is a white insoluble powder, which has some unique physical and chemical characteristic, which includes better transparency, high electron mobility and a strong and better room-temperature luminescence.

The Indirect Process and Standard Materials segment accounted for the largest Zinc Oxide Market share.

Key players in the Zinc Oxide Market include Umicore, Rubamin, Pan Continental Chemical, Zochem LLC, Zinc Nacional, Grupo Promax, USA Zinc, Weifang Longda Zinc Industry Co. Ltd., Yongchang Zinc Industry Co. Ltd., Longli, J.G. Chemicals, Akrochem, ZM Silesia, GH Chemicals, Silox SA and Other Prominent Players.

Factors influencing the zinc oxide market include industrial demand, technological advancements, environmental regulations, raw material availability, and health and safety concerns.

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