Foam, a bubbly liquid, is often produced as an unwanted byproduct during the manufacture of various substances. Foam poses difficulties to various industries such as chemicals, especially during the biochemical process. It hampers the flow of liquid and blocks transfer of oxygen from air. Therefore, defoamers such as silicone oils are added to prevent problems due to foam. Defoamers are generally insoluble in the foaming medium and possess surface active properties. One of the essential characteristics of defoamers is that they offer low viscosity and spread rapidly on the foamy surface.

Based on product types, the defoamers market can be classified into water-based defoamers, oil-based defoamers, silicone-based defoamers, and others (EO/PO-based defoamers, etc.) Silicone-based and oil-based defoamers are the major product segment of the defoamers market. The market for silicone-based defoamers is essentially driven by their versatility and acceptability in a wide variety of conditions. Furthermore, growing application of defoamers in different end-user industries is an important factor driving the defoamers market. Thus, demand for defoamers is expected to increase by the end of 2023.

In terms of demand, silicone-based defoamers dominated the defoamers market in 2014. These defoamers combine two essential properties, i.e., involatility and low surface tension. Silicone defoamers are also chemically inert and insoluble in water and other organic systems. Their property of chemical inertness makes them relatively nontoxic to both humans and the environment. Silicone defoamers are best suited for prevention of foam under conditions of high shear and high levels of low surface tension surfactants. Water-based defoamers is one of the fastest-growing product segments. It is anticipated to constitute more than 20% share of the Latin America defoamers market in 2023. Water-based defoamers have different types of waxes and oils dispersed in a water base. They are considered to be the best deaerators, i.e., they are best at releasing entrapped air. Other types of defoamers such as oil-based defoamers are estimated to exhibit steady growth during the next few years.

In terms of demand, the paper and pulp industry was the largest application segment of the defoamers market in 2014. Various types of issues occur due to buildup of foam in a paper mill. These include difficulties in formation of paper, creation of deposits, development of bacteria, and drainage problems. Furthermore, effectiveness of the pump gets hampered.  Defoamers improve drainage in kraft pulp stock and sulfite stock in the pulp mill. Usage of defoamers leads to reduced paper breaking, thus improving the working of the paper machine. The paints and coatings industry was the second-largest application segment of the defoamers in 2014. Other application segments such as water treatment, food and beverages, and others are likely to exhibit higher demand for defoamers in the near future.

In terms of country, Brazil held the largest share of over 60% of the defoamers market in Latin America in 2014. Demand for defoamers in Brazil is estimated to rise at a faster rate by the end of 2023 due to large consumption base and growth of various end-user industries. In terms of demand, Brazil and Argentina are projected to dominate the defoamers market in Latin America. Colombia and Rest of Latin America are estimated to expand at a sluggish rate by the end of 2023.

Companies such as Kemira Oyj, Wacker Química do Brasil Ltda., Bluestar Silicones, Dow Corning Co., EMERALD LATIN AMERICA, The Dow Chemical Company, Allnex Belgium SA/NV, BASF S.A., Ashland Inc., Elementis plc, and Clariant AG. are prominent players of the defoamers.

The report analyzes and forecasts the defoamers market in Latin America on country 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 in Latin America on country 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. 

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). Country level segmentation includes current and forecast demand in Brazil, Colombia, Argentina and Rest of Latin America.

The report provides detailed competitive outlook that includes profiles of key players operating in the Latin America defoamers market. Key players profiled in the report include Kemira Oyj, Wacker Química do Brasil Ltda., Bluestar Silicones, Dow Corning Corporation, EMERALD LATIN AMERICA, The Dow Chemical Company, Allnex Belgium SA/NV, BASF S.A., Ashland Inc., Elementis plc, and Clariant AG. 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 country; hence, a similar volume-to-revenue ratio does not follow for each individual country. Average price has been considered while breaking down the market by product segment and application in each country. 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 to the Latin America market. Product segment and applications have been further divided using the top-down approach to derive the consumption of products for the country level 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 – Latin America Product Segment Analysis

  • Water-based Defoamers
  • Oil-based Defoamers
  • Silicone-based Defoamers
  • Others (EO/PO-based Defoamers, etc.) 

Defoamers Market – Latin America Application Analysis

  • Paper and pulp
  • Water Treatment
  • Paints & Coatings
  • Food & Beverages
  • Others (Pharmaceuticals, Mining, Printing, Agricultural Chemicals, etc.) 

 Defoamers Market – Latin America Country Analysis

  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Colombia
    • Argentina
    • Rest of Latin America