Manufacturers of pulp and paper are extensively using defoamers in order to achieve efficient production and to reduce the unnecessary expenditure on operational costs and energy. The use of antifoaming agents helps in mitigating issues such as the formation of deposits, development of bacteria, and most importantly drainage problems, thereby reducing the damage to the machinery. Defoamers are primarily used in the manufacture of pulp and paper to improve the drainage of sulfite stock and kraft pulp stock in pulp mills. As the demand for paper continues to surge in the packaging and other industries it is expected to result in the growth of the defoamers market as well. 

Transparency Market Research states in its latest publication that the global defoamers market will be worth US$4.10 bn by 2023 climbing up from US$2.76 bn in 2014. The market is projected to expand at a CAGR of 4.5% between the forecast years of 2015 and 2023 in terms of revenue. This growth will also be supported by the increasing demand for defoamers in the water treatment industry as well. The demand for treat wastewater, including sludge, along with treating raw water to make compatible with regulatory reforms will have a positive impact on the global defoamers market in the near future. 

The demand for defoamers has also grown to a sizeable extent in the food and beverages industry due to their increasing usage in the production of fried food items and other beverages. Their ability to improve the quality of food and beverages and increase their shelf-life has made defoamers a preferred additive in this industry. 

India and China Steer Demand for Defoamers in Asia Pacific

Asia Pacific is expected to surpass the demand for defoamers in all other regions such as North America, Europe, and Latin America during in the forecast period. The demand and consumption of defoamers will be primarily driven by China as industries such as agricultural chemicals, pharmaceuticals, water treatment, and paints and coatings undergo an unprecedented rate of expansion. Asia Pacific is also leading the global market in terms of manufacturing defoamers as the regional vendors are catering to the global demand of defoamers. 

Analysts predict that the Asia Pacific defoamers market will account for a share of 37.9% in the global market in terms of volume. India and China will remain at the forefront of this emergence as the countries are on the cusp of unprecedented industrial and financial progress. 

Silicone-based Defoamers Gaining Demand in Oil and Gas Sector

The various products available in the global defoamers market are water-based defoamers, silicone-based defoamers, oil-based defoamers, and others such as PO-based defoamers and EO. Out of these, the silicone-based defoamers will witness a strong demand as they are known to be heavy duty defoamers that are excellent for cracking down surface foam and releasing entrained air. Thus, they are extensively used in non-aqueous foaming systems such as crude oil and oil refining activities. The growing activities in the oil and gas sector are expected to have a direct impact on the demand for silicone-based defoamers in the near future. TMR projects that the silicone-based defoamers market will rise at a CAGR of 4.6% between 2015 and 2023. 

Some of the key players operating in the global defoamers market are Bluestar Silicones, Dow Corning Corporation, Air Products and Chemicals Inc., Ashland, Inc., Evonik Industries AG., and Kemira Oyj. These players are expected to stretch their operations through mergers and acquisitions in the coming years. Tapping into growing demand for defoamers in Asia Pacific as industries such as pharmaceuticals, water treatment, paints and coatings, and agricultural chemicals pick up pace, will enable the players to rise above the competitive in the highly fragmented market.

The report analyzes and forecasts the defoamers market on the global and regional level. The study provides historical data of 2014 along with forecast from 2015 to 2023 based on volume (Kilo Tons) and revenue (US$ Mn). The study includes drivers and restraints for the defoamers market along with their impact on demand during the forecast period. The report also analyzes opportunities in the defoamers 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.
We have included a detailed analysis of the value chain to provide a comprehensive view of the defoamers market. Value chain analysis provides details such as integration in the market, distribution channels, product segments, and end-users. Analysis of Porter’s Five Forces model has also been included to help understand the competitive landscape of the defoamers market. The study encompasses market attractiveness analysis, wherein application segment of the market is benchmarked based on market size, compound annual growth rate (CAGR), general attractiveness, and company market share. We have also incorporated company market share analysis to provide detailed analysis of the market.
The study provides a decisive view of the defoamers market by segmenting it on the basis of products and applications. Product and application segments have been analyzed based on current and future trends, and the market has been estimated from 2015 to 2023 in terms of volume (Kilo Tons) and revenue (US$ Mn). Regional segmentation includes current and forecast demand in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa. It also includes demand for individual products and applications in major countries in the respective regions.
The report provides detailed competitive outlook that includes profiles of key players operating in the global defoamers market. Key players profiled in the report include BASF SE, Dow Corning Corporation, Ashland, Inc., Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., Evonik Industries AG, Wacker Chemie AG, Kemira Oyj, Bluestar Silicones, Elementis plc, CLARIANT, and KCC Basildon. Company profiles include attributes such as company overview, brand/product portfolio, financial overview, business strategy, and key/recent developments related to the market.
Constant currency rates have been considered while forecasting the market. Prices of defoamers and application segments vary in each region; hence, a similar volume-to-revenue ratio does not follow for each individual region. Regional average price has been considered while breaking down the market by product segment and application in each region. Models and estimates have been used to produce comprehensive data sets when hard data was not available. We have used the bottom-up approach by considering individual product and application segments and integrating them to arrive at the global market. Product segment and applications have been further divided using the top-down approach to derive the consumption of products in the regional market.
In order to compile the research report, we conducted in-depth interviews and discussions with a wide range of key industry participants and opinion leaders. Primary research represented the bulk of research efforts, supplemented by an extensive secondary research. We reviewed key players’ product literature, annual reports, press releases, and relevant documents for competitive analysis and market understanding. Secondary research includes a search of recent trade, technical writing, Internet sources, and statistical data from government websites, trade associations, and agencies. This has proven to be the most reliable, effective, and successful approach for obtaining precise market data, capturing industry participants’ insights, and recognizing business opportunities.
The defoamers market has been segmented as follows:
Defoamers Market – Product Segment Analysis
  • Water-based Defoamers
  • Oil-based Defoamers
  • Silicone-based Defoamers
  • Others (Including EO/PO-based Defoamers, etc.)
Defoamers Market – Application Segment Analysis
  • Pulp & Paper
  • Water Treatment
  • Paints & Coatings
  • Food & Beverages
  • Others (Including Pharmaceuticals, Mining, Printing, Agricultural Chemicals, etc.)
Defoamers Market – Regional Analysis
  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Rest of North America
  • Europe
    • U.K.
    • Germany
    • France
    • Spain
    • Italy
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • ASEAN
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa
    • GCC
    • South Africa
    • Rest of Middle East & Africa