An Overview of the Global Aluminum Pigments Market

Paints and coatings was the largest end-user industry of the global aluminum pigments market in 2015, with a market share of over 45% in terms of volume. Plastics, personal care, and printing inks were the other prime end users of aluminum pigments at the time. Competitively speaking, the global aluminum pigments market is dominated by large and mid-sized players, with little scope of entry for new players. Altana AG, Silberline Manufacturing Co. Inc., Carl Schenk AG, and three others held about 48% of the global aluminum pigments market in 2015, showing the high level of consolidation that new entrants will have to tear through.

In coherence with the above points, the global aluminum pigments market is expected to be valued close to US$581 mn by 2024. It is projected to expand at a CAGR of 6.4% between 2015 and 2024 in terms of revenue, and stood at US$332 mn in 2015. In terms of value, the global aluminum pigments market was estimated at nearly 47 kilo tons in 2015.


Auto Industry’s Demand for Aluminum Pigments Leads Companies to Asia Pacific for Better Opportunities

Aluminum pigments have always witnessed high demand in paints and coatings manufacturing, owing to the wide scope of utility they offer. Aluminum pigments impart smoother surfaces and metallic finishes to paints and coatings along with other highly sought-after physical properties. These pigments are largely concerned with the aesthetic side of paints and coatings, which means that nations with a low economic situation will not hold a feasible market for its consumption. On the other hand, major nations in Asia Pacific and Latin America are currently showing a very high rate of industrial development. China especially is showing a very high demand for aluminum pigments owing to its rapidly growing production and consumption rate of automobiles.

Additionally, consumers in the Asia Pacific region are showing a steadier growth in disposable income, which is allowing them to opt for better quality of products and higher aesthetics. This applies to automobiles as well, consequently creating a much higher demand for aluminum pigments and specialized coatings.

Personal Care Industry Shows Exceptional Growth in Aluminum Pigments Demand

The personal care industry makes a significant use of aluminum pigments in products such as body washes, hair gels, shampoos, lip gloss, nail polishes, and eye shadows. Aluminum pigments are preferred as they provide a highly attractive silver white effect to the personal care products, which can help increase the product sales. Consumers are currently showing a high rate of interest in aesthetically pleasing personal care products and cosmetics, due to which the global aluminum pigments market is finding excellent opportunities of growth in the personal care industry.

Similarly, the global aluminum pigments market is also experiencing growth in demand from the manufacturers of printing inks, as the pigments can be used in a wide array of ink types, including gravure, screen, and flexographic inks. Aluminum pigments can improve the opacity of printing inks on difficult surfaces, thereby enhancing the visual appeal and legibility of the print.

Aluminum pigments are metallic pigments that impart metal effect and gloss to surfaces. The metallic effect on the substrates occurs due to reflection or scattering of light on the surface of aluminum pigments. The ratio of reflected or scattered light describes the intensity of the effect. Aluminum pigments are commonly employed in paints & coatings, plastics, personal care, and printing inks. These pigments are also used in construction materials such as autoclaved concrete blocks. In terms of volume, Asia Pacific dominated the aluminum pigments market in 2015, followed by Europe. 

The report estimates and forecasts the aluminum pigments market on the global, regional, and country level. The study provides forecast between 2016 and 2024 based on volume (tons) and revenue (US$ Thousand). The report comprises an exhaustive value chain analysis for each of the product segments. It provides a comprehensive view of the market. Value chain analysis also offers detailed information about value addition at each stage. The study includes drivers and restraints for the aluminum pigments market along with their impact on demand during the forecast period. The report analyzes opportunities in the aluminum pigments market on the global and regional level. Drivers, restraints, and opportunities mentioned in the report are justified through quantitative and qualitative data. These have been verified through primary and secondary resources. Furthermore, the report analyzes manufacturing process and global average price trend analysis of aluminum pigments. 

The report includes Porter’s Five Forces Model to determine the degree of competition in the aluminum pigments market. The report comprises a qualitative write-up on market attractiveness analysis, wherein end-users and countries have been analyzed based on attractiveness. Growth rate, market size, raw material availability, profit margin, impact strength, technology, competition, and other factors (such as environmental and legal) have been evaluated in order to derive the general attractiveness of the market. The report includes price trend analysis for aluminum pigments between 2015 and 2024. 

The study provides a comprehensive view of the aluminum pigments market by dividing it into end-user and geography. The aluminum pigments market has been segmented into paints & coatings, plastics, personal care, printing inks, and others. End-user segments have been analyzed based on historic, present, and future trends, and the market has been estimated in terms of volume (tons) and revenue (US$ Thousand) from 2016 to 2024. 

Regional segmentation includes the current and forecast demand for aluminum pigments in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa (MEA). Additionally, the report comprises country-level analysis in terms of volume and revenue for application segments. Key countries such as the U.S., Germany, the U.K., France, Italy, Spain, China, India, Brazil, and South Africa have been included in the study. Market segmentation includes demand for individual end-user in all the regions and countries. 

The report covers detailed competitive outlook that includes market share and profiles of key players operating in the global market. Key players profiled in the report include Asahi Kasei Corporation, Altana AG, BASF SE, Carl Schlenk AG, Carlfors Bruk AB Metaflake Ltd., Toyal America Inc., Zhangqiu Metallic Pigment Co. Ltd., and Silberline Manufacturing Co. Inc. Company profiles include attributes such as company overview, number of employees, brand overview, key competitors, business overview, business strategies, recent/key developments, acquisitions, and financial overview. 

Secondary research sources that were typically referred to include, but were not limited to company websites, financial reports, annual reports, investor presentations, broker reports, and SEC filings. Other sources such as internal and external proprietary databases, statistical databases and market reports, news articles, national government documents, and webcasts specific to companies operating in the market have also been referred for the report. 

In-depth interviews and discussions with a wide range of key opinion leaders and industry participants were conducted to compile this research report. Primary research represents the bulk of research efforts, supplemented by extensive secondary research. Key players’ product literature, annual reports, press releases, and relevant documents were reviewed for competitive analysis and market understanding. This helped in validating and strengthening secondary research findings. Primary research further helped in developing the analysis team’s expertise and market understanding. 

The global aluminum pigments market has been segmented as follows:

Aluminum Pigments Market – End-user Analysis

  • Paints & Coatings
  • Plastics
  • Personal Care
  • Printing Inks
  • Others (Including Construction Materials, etc.) 

Aluminum Pigments Market – Regional Analysis

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Rest of North America
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • France
    • U.K.
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • ASEAN
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa
    • GCC
    • South Africa
    • Rest of Middle East & Africa