Inorganic Pigments Market – Snapshot

Inorganic pigments are widely employed in paints and coatings, printing inks, plastics, personal care products, and construction materials. They impart color to paints, inks, plastics, papers, cosmetics, rubbers, concrete blocks, tiles, etc. Inorganic pigments impart vibrant colors to substrates, thereby making products look appealing. Inorganic pigment molecules contain electrons that can attain different energy levels when exposed to light. Inorganic pigments possess the ability to reflect or absorb light of specific wavelengths. This results in the appearance of colors.

inorganic pigments market

Inorganic pigments are manufactured by using petrochemical sources or natural resources. These are the oldest pigments used across the world. Based on phenomenon of refraction, these pigments provide iridescent effect, complex effect, pearlescent effect, metallic effect, and florescent effect. They possess properties such as good color strength, heat and light stability, opacity, weather and chemical resistance, and durability to substrates. Inorganic pigments are more durable than organic pigments. They have the capacity to hold color for a longer period of time. Additionally, they can withstand exposure to chemicals and sunlight for a longer period of time, as they contain mineral compounds. Inorganic pigments offer high abrasion resistance. This is driving the demand for these pigments. Furthermore, they have the tendency to become opaque, due to their capability of making the molecule highly rigid. This helps in preventing light from entering objects.

Based on the product type, inorganic pigment market is classified as titanium dioxide, iron oxide, carbon black, chromium compounds and other products. Among the various types of inorganic pigments titanium dioxide holds the major share owing to its performance characteristics as well as growing demand for white pigments in the painting and coating industry. Iron oxide pigments and carbon black also possess significant shares owing to the increasing demand from the automotive sector. On the basis of end user, inorganic pigment market is classified as paints & coatings, plastics, printing inks, personal care and other applications. Demand for paints and coatings in from the architectural and automotive sectors are on the rise and it is anticipated to provide growth opportunities for the inorganic pigments in the upcoming years

The inorganic pigments market in Asia Pacific is expanding at a rapid pace. This provides immense opportunities to regional as well as global manufacturers. Rapid growth in construction and automotive industries and rise in population in Asia Pacific are factors projected to propel the market in the region during the forecast period. The market in Europe and North America is expanding at a moderate pace. Significant investments in technological advancements and rise in renovation work in the building & construction industry are expected to propel the market in these regions during the forecast period. The market in Latin America and Middle East & Africa is expanding at a sluggish pace compared to that in mature regions. However, increase in automotive production in countries such as Mexico and growth in construction activities in GCC are likely to boost the demand for inorganic pigments during the forecast period.

Global inorganic pigment market is driven by increasing consumption of paints and coatings from various end user industries. Inorganic pigments are preferred in the paints and coatings industry mainly due to the demand for properties such as anti-corrosion, durability and high gloss. Increasing number of construction and infrastructure projects are likely to drive global inorganic pigments market. Demand for decorative and industrial paints is anticipated to increase significantly in the upcoming years due to housing and infrastructure development. Major automotive manufacturers are focusing on strengthening their presence in BRIC nations. Increase in consumer preference for cars with excellent optical effects plays a key role in driving the demand for automotive OEM coatings. Rise in demand for high-quality automotive repair coatings has propelled the demand for inorganic pigments for usage in coatings employed in automotive refinishes.

The global inorganic pigments market is facing stiff competition from substitutes such as organic pigments and specialty pigments. Thus, market leaders may seek to adopt different measures such as strategic pricing and product improvement to strengthen their position. Brand promotions and launch of new products are likely to raise sales of manufacturers in the market. For instance, in 2017, LANXESS, a leading company in the field of specialty chemicals, launched an extensive range of iron oxide red pigments with high chromaticity and tinting strength. Technological breakthrough in the development of nanomaterials has opened new growth avenues for several industries. This is expected to offer lucrative opportunities to the market in the next few years. The usage of nanotechnology in the production of pigments improves their tribological, mechanical, and optical properties. Various companies are investing in the development of nano-pigments, as these pigments offer improved performance and can be used in several industries.

Inorganic Pigments Market - Overview

Inorganic pigments are manufactured by using petrochemical sources or natural resources. These are the oldest pigments used across the world. On the basis of phenomenon of refraction, these pigments provide an iridescent effect, complex effect, pearlescent effect, metallic effect, and florescent effect. They have properties such as good color strength, heat and light stability, opacity, weather and chemical resistance. Titanium dioxide is a highly consumed inorganic pigment as it possesses good thermal stability. Inorganic pigments are used extensively in the formulation of paints and coatings.

Based on product, the global inorganic pigments market has been classified into titanium dioxide, iron oxide, carbon black, chromium compounds, and others. In terms of end-user industry, the market has been segmented into paints & coatings, plastics, printing inks, and personal care. Rising use of paints and coatings in automotive refinishes is likely to augment the demand for inorganic pigments during the forecast period, owing to excellent color effect and anti-corrosive properties of inorganic pigments. Application of inorganic pigments on automotive bodies gives tinting strength, brightness, and fastness. The global automotive industry has been expanding significantly over the last few years. Developing economies such as China, India, and Mexico have been experiencing significant rise in automotive production for the last few years.

Use of inorganic pigments in the formulation of paints and coatings improves aesthetic features and impart a glossy effect to surfaces. Usage of inorganic pigments helps impart brightness, heat stability, and optical stability to the paint. Significant growth of the paints & coatings industry in developing economies is likely to drive the global inorganic pigments market during the forecast period. The increased per capita consumption of paints and coatings in India, China, ASEAN, Singapore, GCC, and South Korea fuels the demand for inorganic pigments in these countries. Among paints and coatings, the demand for decorative and industrial paints is anticipated to increase significantly in the near future, owing to advancements in housing construction and infrastructural development. Growth of marine, furniture, and consumer goods sectors fuels the demand for industrial paints.

Based on region, the global inorganic pigments market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. Asia Pacific dominates the global inorganic pigments market. Several favorable government policies and public–private partnership programs have propelled construction and infrastructure activities in countries such as China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and India. Furthermore, rise in purchasing power of consumers is propelling the automotive industry in Asia Pacific. Demand for inorganic pigments in the printing inks industry is anticipated to increase during the forecast period, due to increasing utilization of these inks for digital printing.

The report analyzes and forecasts the market for inorganic pigments at the global and regional levels. The market has been projected in terms of volume (kilo tons) and revenue (US$ Mn) from 2017 to 2026. The study includes drivers and restraints for the global inorganic pigments market. It also covers the impact of these drivers and restraints on the demand for inorganic pigments during the forecast period. The report also highlights opportunities for growth of the inorganic pigments market at the global and regional levels.

The report comprises a detailed value chain analysis, which provides a comprehensive view of the global inorganic pigments market. Porter’s five forces model for the inorganic pigments market has also been included to help understand the competition landscape of the market. The study encompasses market attractiveness analysis, wherein end-user segments have been benchmarked based on their market size, growth rate, and general attractiveness.

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

The study includes profiles of major companies operating in the global inorganic pigments market. Key players profiled in the report include The Chemours Chemical Company, CRISTAL, TRONOX Limited, and Huntsman Corporation. These players account for a major share of the total production of inorganic pigments. Also, they are forward integrated. Brand promotions and launch of new products are likely to raise sales of inorganic pigments in the next few years. Market leaders look for different measures such as strategic pricing and product improvement to increase their profit margin.

The report provides the estimated market size of the global inorganic pigments market for 2017 and forecast for the next nine years. The size of the global inorganic pigments market has been provided in terms of revenue. Market numbers have been estimated based on end-user and regional segments. Market size and forecast for each end-user segment have been provided for global as well as regional markets.

Global Inorganic Pigments Market – by Product

  • Titanium Dioxide
  • Iron Oxide
  • Carbon Black
  • Chromium Compounds
  • Others

Global Inorganic Pigments Market – by End-user

  • Paints & Coatings
    • Architectural
    • Automobile
    • Others
  • Plastics
  • Printing Inks
  • Personal Care
  • Others

Global Inorganic Pigments Market – by Region

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • France
    • U.K.
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Russia & CIS
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • ASEAN
    • South Korea
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa
    • South Africa
    • Egypt
    • Rest of Middle East & Africa

Key Takeaways

  • The report provides extensive analysis of market trends from 2017 to 2026 in order to identify opportunities and market developments
  • It provides comparative analysis of various end-user industries wherein inorganic pigments are used
  • It offers analysis of inorganic pigment production processes
  • It identifies key factors to build a roadmap for upcoming growth opportunities for the inorganic pigments market at the global, regional, and country levels
  • The report offers comprehensive analysis with respect to investments and regulatory scenario that would subsequently impact the outlook and forecast for the global inorganic pigments market between 2018 and 2026
  • The report provides a detailed competition landscape of key players operating in the market in order to understand the competition level
  • The report provides detailed information on the manufacturing/extraction process of iron oxide and titanium dioxide
  • It covers supply–demand scenario in the global market for inorganic pigments
  • The report provides information on the production output of inorganic pigments
  • It provides a list of customers of inorganic pigments along with their contact details
  • The report provides detailed pricing analysis based on region, product, and key players
  • The report offers Porter’s five forces analysis and SWOT analysis to highlight the power of buyers and suppliers
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