Defoamers Market - Snapshot

Defoamers, or antifoaming agents, are chemical additives that reduce and hamper the formation of foam in industrial processes. Defoamers are generally insoluble in the foaming medium and possess surface active properties. They offer low viscosity and spread rapidly on the foamy surface. This is an essential characteristic of defoamers. They have affinity to air-liquid surfaces, where they threaten the foam lamellas. This results in rupture of air bubbles and breakdown of the surface foam.

global defoamers market

There are various types of defoamers available in the market such as oil-based, water-based, and silicone-based. Oil-based defoamers possess an oil carrier. The oil may be mineral oil, vegetable oil, white oil, or any other oil that is insoluble in the foaming medium, except silicone oil. Generally, wax or hydrophobic silica are added to oil-based defoamers in order to boost performance. Water-based defoamers are different types of waxes and oils dispersed in water base. These waxes are long chain fatty alcohols, fatty acid soaps, or esters, while the oils are often white oils or vegetable oils. Silicone-based defoamers are polymers based on silicon backbones. These can be delivered as oil or water-based emulsions. Silicone-based defoamers consist of hydrophobic silica dispersed in silica oil. Powder defoamers are oil-based defoamers on a particulate carrier such as silica. These are added to powdered products such as cement, plasters, and detergents in order to control foam. EO/PO-based defoamers contain copolymers such as polyethylene glycol and polypropylene glycol. These copolymers offer favorable dispersing properties and are delivered as oils, water solutions, or water-based emulsifiers. Alkyl poly-acrylates are usually utilized as defoamers in non-aqueous systems, wherein release of air is more important than the breakdown of surface foam. Alkyl poly-acrylates are delivered in solvent carriers such as petroleum distillates.

Paper & pulp is an important application industry for defoamers. Defoamers used in the paper & pulp industry include water-based defoamers, oil-based defoamers, powder defoamers, silicone-based defoamers, and alkyl polyacrylates defoamers. These defoamers tackle both problems of surface foam and entrained or entrapped air.

Defoamers are widely utilized in the water treatment industry. Hydrocarbon-based defoamers are widely employed in sewage treatment applications. Silicone-based defoamers are generally not preferred due to their high cost. Polyethylene glycol monoalkyl ether defoamers are used for desalination of water. Silicone-based defoamers are also utilized in this application to some extent.

The problem of foaming in water-based paints is primarily found during the pigment stage of paint manufacture. The entrapped air within the pigment is displaced as wetting occurs and becomes entrapped in the mill base. It is also common in water-based printing inks and with solvent-based paints and inks. Silicone-based, silicone-free, oil-based, or wax-based defoamers can be used in paint and coating applications as per formulation requirements.

Usually, defoamers are extensively utilized in the sugar beet industry. They are used in fried foods such as potato chips and various other fried snacks. They are employed in the fast food industry for products such as fried chicken, chicken nuggets, and French fries. Silicone-based defoamers are used in most aerated drinks and in cooking oil for the prevention of foaming, while deep frying. Defoamers can be employed directly or incorporated in low-foaming cleansing agents.

Silicone and non-silicone-based defoamers such as polyethylene oxide and propylene oxide-based defoamers are used extensively in the pharmaceutical industry. Silicone-based defoamers are utilized in the petroleum processing industry as most foaming problems are involved with non-aqueous systems. Both silicone and non-silicone-based defoamers are used in the construction industry, and a number of powder-based defoamers have been especially developed to be included in concrete powder mix before wetting.

Major demand for defoamers is from water treatment and paints & coatings industries. Defoamers play an important role in industrial manufacturing and processing of liquid paints and coatings. They are effective in application of coatings with brushes, rollers, or more sophisticated application methods such as spray or curtain coating. Stringent environmental regulations have led to the replacement of solvent-based system to waterborne coating system. Increased amount of special surfactants are utilized in waterborne coatings. This has led to the need for highly efficient defoamers. Excessive foam formation is likely to result in inefficiency; long grinding time, storage instability of paints and coatings formulation, and other issues such as crater formation, loss of adhesion, gloss reduction, and loss of opacity. Silicone-based, silicone-free, oil-based, or wax-based defoamers can be used in paints and coatings applications as per the formulation requirements. Higher usage of defoamers in the paints & coatings industry is expected to augment the defoamers market during the forecast period considering the positive outlook for the industry.

The defoamers market is highly fragmented; the top five manufacturers accounted for nearly 20% share of the market in 2016. Major companies operating in the defoamers market are large chemical companies with dedicated manufacturing technologies along with experience and expertise to manufacture defoamers. Most of the production of defoamers is focused on Europe. Major manufacturers and suppliers of silicone defoamer are primarily located in the U.S., Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, and the U.K. Manufacturers operating in the market are widening their distribution channels across developing economies in order to cater to the rising demand for defoamers in these countries.

Defoamers Market – Overview

Defoamers, or antifoaming agents, are chemical additives that reduce and hamper the formation of foam in industrial processes. Defoamers are generally insoluble in the foaming medium and possess surface active properties. They offer low viscosity and spread rapidly on the foamy surface. This is an essential characteristic of defoamers. Defoamers have an affinity toward air-liquid surfaces, where they threaten the foam lamellas. This results in the rupture of air bubbles and breakdown of the surface foam.

Defoamers play a crucial role in pulp and paper mills, as they help lower the problem of foam. Defoamers also hamper the formation of foam. They are surface active agents such as esters or amides of fatty acids and PE glycols. Various types of issues occur due to the build-up of foam in paper mills. These include difficulties in formation of paper, creation of deposits, development of bacteria, and drainage problems. Furthermore, the effectiveness of pump is also hampered. Defoamers improve drainage in kraft pulp stock and sulfite stock in pulp mills. Usage of defoamers leads to reduced paper breaking, thus improving paper machine operation effectiveness. Defoamers facilitate lower steam consumption. This helps save energy and costs. These properties are anticipated to drive the defoamers market.

Demand for defoamers is currently high in water treatment and food & beverages segments. However, the demand for defoamers in paints & coatings and metalworking fluids segments is expected to rise significantly during the forecast period. The paints & coatings industry has been expanding significantly due to the shift in demand toward decorative paints. The metalworking fluids sector is also estimated to remain lucrative during the next few years. Inclination toward innovative products and a constant focus on process R&D are factors driving the demand for specialty chemicals including certain additives and softeners.

Major multinational companies with high production capacities dominate the global defoamers market. These prominent companies have an advantage due to their presence across the value chain, as compared to other manufacturers of defoamers. Large players are highly integrated, which helps reduce production costs and gain a competitive edge in the market. Key players focus on exclusive agreements, strategic acquisitions, and mergers & joint ventures in order to enhance their market share and serve diverse industries. Usage of defoamers has increased across the globe due to the presence of manufacturers of sophisticated defoamer products and high performance of these products.

The report analyzes and forecasts the market for defoamers at the global and regional level. The market has been forecast based on volume (kilo tons) and revenue (US$ Mn) from 2017 to 2025. The study includes drivers and restraints of the global defoamers market. It also covers the impact of these drivers and restraints on the demand for defoamers during the forecast period. The report also highlights opportunities in the defoamers market at the global and regional level.

The report comprises a detailed value chain analysis, which provides a comprehensive view of the global defoamers market. The Porter’s Five Forces model for the defoamers market has also been included to help understand the competitive landscape. The study encompasses market attractiveness analysis, wherein end-users are benchmarked based on their market size, growth rate, and general attractiveness.

The study provides a decisive view of the global defoamers market by segmenting it in terms of product, end-user industry, and region. These segments have been analyzed based on the present and future trends. Regional segmentation includes the current and forecast demand for defoamers in North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Middle East & Africa. The report also covers the demand for individual end-user industry segments in all regions.

The study includes profiles of major companies operating in the global defoamers market. Key players profiled in the global defoamers market include Kemira Oyj, Wacker Chemie AG (silicon), DuPont, DyStar Group, BASF S.E., Clariant AG, PMC Group, and Solvay S.A. Market players have been profiled in terms of attributes such as company overview, business strategies, recent developments, financial details, etc.

The report provides the estimated market size of defoamers for 2016 and forecast for the next nine years. The global size of the defoamers market has been provided in terms of volume and revenue. Market numbers have been estimated based on product, end-user industry, and region. Market size and forecast for each product and end-user industry have been provided in terms of global and regional markets.

Defoamers Market – Product Analysis

  • Oil-based Defoamers
  • Water-based Defoamers
  • Silicone-based Defoamers
  • Others (including Polymer-based and Powder-based Defoamers)

Defoamers Market – End-user Industry Analysis

  • Paper & Pulp
  • Water Treatment
  • Paints & Coatings
  • Food & Beverage
  • Oil & Gas
  • Agrochemicals
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Chemical
  • Metal Working
  • Others (including Automotive, Printing Inks, Detergents, Construction, etc.)

Defoamers Market – Regional Analysis

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • France
    • U.K.
    • Spain
    • Italy
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • ASEAN
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
    • Qatar
    • Iran
    • Nigeria
    • South Africa
    • Rest of Middle East & Africa

Key Takeaways

  • The report provides extensive analysis of market trends and shares from 2016 to 2025 at global as well as regional level, in terms of product and end-user industry segments
  • It also provides detailed country analysis and forecast for key countries and rest of every regions with respect to different segments
  • Detailed Porter’s Five Forces Analysis and Value Chain Analysis, which includes integration between market players; along with identification of potential key customers for the defoamers market
  • The report further analyze various market drivers, inhibitors, current & future market trends and emerging applications
  • It also comprises detailed pricing analysis with respect to products, end-user industries, and regions
  • It includes regional and county level production output, coupled with an understanding of the demand-supply scenario
  • Competition Landscape covers key companies’ profiling, market share analysis, market footprint analysis, competitive business strategies, channels, and competition matrix for key players