Boric Acid Market Research Report—Global Forecast till 2030

Boric Acid Market: By End Use (Tiles, Ceramics, Fiberglass, Flame Retardants, Agriculture, Wood Preservation, Pharmaceuticals, Cosmetics), By Application (Industrial, Household), and Region (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe) - Forecast till 2030

ID: MRFR/CnM/5825-CR | 140 Pages | Published By Anshula Mandaokar on November 2022         

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Boric Acid Market

Boric Acid Market is projected to be worth USD 1530.2 million by 2030, registering a CAGR of 6.1% during the forecast period (2022- 2030).

By End Use Tiles Ceramics Fiberglass Flame Retardants Agriculture Wood Preservation Pharmaceuticals Cosmetics
By Application Industrial Household
Key Players
Companies Profiled   3M (US)    Avantor    Inc (US)    BASF SE (Germany)    Borax (US)    Eti Maden (US)    Gujarat Boron Derivatives (India)    Minera Santa Rita (Argentina)    Russian Bor Concern OJSC (Russia)    and Borax Morarji Ltd (India)    and Tomiyama Pure Chemical Industries    Ltd (Japan)
Market Driving Forces   Construction industry is growing at a higher pace in this region    which is driving the market
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Boric Acid Market Overview

The global boric acid market is projected to register healthy growth during the forecast period, 2022–2030. The market was valued at USD 873.9 million in 2020 and is projected to register a CAGR of 6.1% to reach USD 1530.2 million by the end of 2030. In terms of volume, the market was sized at 1,216.2 kilotons in 2021 and is likely to exhibit a CAGR of 4.9% to reach 1,855.3 kilotons by the end of 2030.

The global boric acid market is prominently influenced by the global demand for insulation materials drives the boric acid market with an increase in demand for residential and commercial applications. The boric acid market has also expanded because of the rise in building and construction brought on by macroeconomic variables such as an increase in per capita income. Additionally, the market growth has been significantly helped by the rising demand for boric acid in fiberglass insulation, and this trend is anticipated to last in the upcoming years. Opportunities for growth in the boric acid market are probably provided by the expanding demand for boron and borate products in the oil and gas industry as viscosity and pH modifiers.

COVID-19 Impact on the Boric Acid Market:

The outbreak has significantly impacted the chemicals & materials supply chains, international trade, and manufacturing operations worldwide. Boric Acid production declined amidst the COVID-19 pandemic as market players had to shut production facilities or operate the facilities below the optimal production capacities to avoid the spread of the novel coronavirus. Additionally, the lack of availability of raw materials owing to supply disruptions due to border and trade restrictions have impacted boric acid production. However, some large market players have continued operations at their production facilities. Furthermore, the declining prices of raw materials and low demand from the end-use industries have resulted in surplus stocks and, thus, reduced production.

The primary raw materials used to manufacture boric acid are borax (Sodium Tetraborate), Sulphuric acid, boron trihalides, and diborane. The outbreak caused a huge impact on the supply of raw materials. The global COVID crisis badly hit the chemical industry, which affected the price margins of raw materials and end products. Thus, the outbreak has resulted in the disruption of the supply-demand of raw materials, which affected the production of chemicals to a huge extent. 

The manufacturers cannot run down their products to the application industries due to a reduction in logistics. The manufacturers are providing products to local areas. With the ease of lockdown across many regions, companies are developing more secure and hygienic ways to deliver products. On the other hand, the suppliers are back to business, and distribution channels have re-opened. The sales & distribution channel comprises distributors, retailers, wholesalers, and e-commerce merchants who have signed long-term agreements with the manufacturer to ensure the final product's availability at different locations as and when required.

Market Dynamics


  • Growing infrastructure owing to an increase in demand for boric acid: The demand for boric acid in energy-saving applications such as insulation for commercial and residential buildings is rising. Declining unemployment and stable income levels are boosting construction activity. This factor, along with increasing consumer spending, boosts the demand for boric acid, propelling the market growth during the forecast period.


  • Potential health issues: The usage of boric acid poses human health hazards. Boric acid is a dangerous poison. Poisoning due to this chemical can be acute or chronic. Acute boric acid poisoning usually occurs when swallowing powdered cockroach control products containing chemicals. Boric acid is a caustic chemical. Touching tissue may cause injury. Boric acid in the form of borax is corrosive to the eye. Borax can also irritate the skin. Direct or indirect consumption of boric acid results to nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Diarrhea and vomiting can be a blue-green color. Eating too much will result in a red "cooked lobster"-like rash followed by skin loss. People who inhaled borax had dry mouth, nose, and throat. Coughing, sore throat, shortness of breath and nosebleeds have also been reported. Infants are more sensitive to pesticide exposure. Some infants who ate large amounts of boric acid also had effects on the nervous system. These included abnormal postures, convulsions, confusion, and coma.


  • Rising demand from the fiberglass industry: Fiberglass is a fibre-reinforced plastic in which the reinforcing material is glass, and the matrix is either thermoset or thermoplastic. The main raw materials for glass fibre include silica sand, limestone, and soda ash. Glass fibre has properties such as hardness, resistance to chemical attack, inertia, stability, strength, and flexibility, making it suitable for composite materials. Fiberglass is made from different types of glass depending on how the fiberglass is used. These glasses contain silica or silicates with varying amounts of calcium, magnesium, and boron oxides. Fibre optic applications include aircraft, boats, automobiles, bathtubs and enclosures, swimming pools, hot tubs, septic tanks, water tanks, roofs, pipes, siding, castings, surfboards, and outdoor door panels


  • Restriction on the usage of boric acid due to toxicity concern: It can be damaging to the eyes. The skin may also become irritated by borax. Use of Boric acid has been associated with nausea, vomiting, stomach aches, and diarrhea. Studies have revealed that absorbed boric acid from inhalation has severe health impacts on the workers in manufacturing plants. It is unclear how much of the substance enters the lungs directly and how much are expelled and swallowed. Boric acid usually circulates uniformly throughout the body once it is there.


By Application

  • Industrial

  • Household

By End-Use

  • Tiles

  • Ceramics

  • Fiberglass

  • Flame Retardants

  • Agriculture

  • Wood Preservation

  • Pharmaceuticals

  • Cosmetics

  • Others

By Region

  • North America

  • Europe

  • Asia-Pacific

  • South America

  • Middle East & Africa

Regional Analysis

The global boric acid market has been segmented into five main regions North America, Europe, Asia-pacific, Latin America and Middle East & Africa. Asia-Pacific accounted for the largest share of the global boric acid market in 2021. This can be attributed to the increased demand for the product in the pharmaceutical sector, especially in emerging economies such as China, India, Japan, Indonesia, and South Korea. Moreover, the growth of the industrial sector and the need for increasing the efficiency of machines are likely to fuel the growth of the boric acid market during the forecast period. North America and Europe are the other substantial markets for boric acid. North America being the second-largest region in boric acid market, the demand for boric acid is expected to increase in the coming years. North America accounted third largest share of the global boric acid market in 2021. The major countries in Europe contributing to market growth are Germany, the UK, France, and Italy. Lastly, the markets in the Middle East & Africa and Latin America are estimated to witness significant growth during the forecast period owing to technological advancements and the increasing demand for automobiles in these regions.

Competitive Landscape

The global boric acid market is characterized by the presence of many global, regional, and local vendors. The market is highly competitive with all the players competing to gain maximum market share. The growing agrochemical industry boosting the sales of pesticide and fungicide is the key driver of the market. The vendors compete based on cost, product quality, and mainly on availability of the products according to the geographies. It is crucial for the vendors to provide cost-effective and high-quality boric acid to compete in the market. The competitive scenario is fragmented between the tier-1, tier-2, and tier-3 companies, while tier-1 and tier-2 companies in the market hold over 60% the global market share.

The growth of the market players is dependent on market and economic conditions, government regulations, and industrial development. Thus, the players should focus on expanding the production capacity to meet the demand and enhancing their services. 3 M, Avantor Inc, BASF SE, U. S. Borax and Eti Maden are the major companies in the market at the present that are competing in terms of quality, price, and availability. These players are primarily focusing on the development of boric acid. Although the international players are dominating the market, regional and local players with small market shares also have a moderate presence. The international players with presence across the globe, with established manufacturing units or sales offices have strengthened their presence across major regions such as North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa.

Some of the key developments include:

  • In October 2019, 3M successfully acquired all of Acelity Inc.'s interests and those of its KCI subsidiaries. The KCI trademark is used by Acelity, a top global medical technology provider, to market its innovative wound care and specialty surgical products.

Report Overview:

The boric acid market is segmented by additive application, end-use industry and region in the report. In terms of insights, this report has focused on various levels of analysis such as market dynamics, value chain analysis, Porter's five forces, competitive landscape, and company profiles—all of which comprise and discuss views on the global boric acid emerging and fast-growing segments, regions, and countries.

Objectives of the Study

  • To get a comprehensive overview of the global boric acid market

  • To get wide-ranging information about the key factors driving the market and market opportunities

  • To gain information regarding the key players in the industry, their product portfolio, strategies, and key developments

  • To gain insights about the key country/region in which the market is growing

Intended Audience

  • Industrial sector

  • Automotive Industry

  • Packaging sector

Report Scope:

Report Attribute/Metric Details
  Market Size    2030: 1530.2 million
  CAGR   6.1% CAGR (2022-2030)
  Base Year    2021
  Forecast Period   2022-2030
  Historical Data   2019
  Forecast Units   Value (USD Million)
  Report Coverage    Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends
  Segments Covered    Application and End-Use industry
  Geographies Covered   North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, Middle East & Africa
  Key Vendors   3 M, Avantor Inc, BASF SE, U. S. Borax and Eti Maden
  Key Market Opportunities   Rising demand from the fiberglass industry
  Key Market Drivers   Growing infrastructure owing to an increase in demand for boric acid

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The global boric acid market would register a growth of 6.1%. 

Pharmaceuticals industry, will play a crucial role in taking the boric acid market ahead