The defoamers market was valued at around US$ 2,735 Mn in 2016 is anticipated to expand at a stable CAGR of 4.5% during the forecast period, according to a new report published by Transparency Market Research (TMR) titled “Defoamers Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast, 2017–2025.” Expansion of the defoamers market is primarily driven by the rise in demand from water treatment and paints & coatings industries. Asia Pacific accounts for a major share, accounting for two-fifths, of the defoamers market, with China dominating the demand by accounting for more than half of the regional share of the market.
Increasing demand from pulp & paper and water treatment industries
Defoamers play a crucial role in pulp and paper mills, as they 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 operational effectiveness. Defoamers facilitate lower steam consumption. This helps save energy and costs. These properties are anticipated to drive the defoamers market.
Increasing demand from paints & coatings industry
Mechanical or chemical defoamers play an important role in industrial manufacturing and processing of liquid paints and coatings. Defoamers 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 employed in paints & 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.
Environmental regulations and government legislations for defoamers
Usage of additives such as defoamers in food and drugs is listed in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) under the U.S. government regulations. Rules established by the Food and Drug Administration are mentioned in Title 21, while Title 40 entails the concerns of the Environmental Protection Agency. All regulations are subject to change and CFR is revised at least once in the calendar year. Intent of all the regulatory authorities is the same; however, it differs in different countries. Therefore, every company must comply with the regulations in a particular country in order to protect itself from any loss due to alteration in any such regulations. The WHO is undertaking efforts to establish international guidelines on food additives in order to standardize regulations across the globe. However, most countries prefer to follow their own guidelines in order to protect the interest of consumers.
High fragmentation in the market, with rising demand from developing economies
The market for defoamers is highly fragmented in nature with intense competition among the top players to capture a significant share of the market. Most of the production of defoamers is focused on Europe. Major manufacturers and suppliers of silicone defoamers 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 to cater to the rising demand for defoamers in these countries.
Regional Perspective of the Defoamers Market
North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific are highly attractive markets for defoamers, in terms of both volume and revenue. The market in Asia Pacific is expected to expand at a CAGR of 4.3% during the forecast period, followed by Europe. Global market share held by Asia Pacific, in terms of revenue, is lower than that in terms of volume. The scenario is opposite in North America and Europe. This is due to lower prices of defoamers in Asia Pacific, as compared to the other two regions. Primary industries contributing to the demand for defoamers from Middle East & Africa are paper & pulp, paints & coatings, and oil & gas.
High degree of competition exists among established players
The global defoamers market is highly fragmented; and the top five manufacturers accounted for nearly 20% share 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.
Significant mergers & acquisitions have been taking place in the market over last couple of years. In January, 2017, Evonik acquired the specialty additives business of U.S.-based Air Products Inc. to combine its well-known water-based coatings brand TEGO with AEROSIL silica in order to expand its product portfolio in various other industries. In December, 2016, BASF SE acquired Chemtell Group’s surface treatment business in order to strengthen its coatings division.
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
- Metal Working
- Others (including Automotive, Printing Inks, Detergents, Construction, etc.)
Defoamers Market – Regional Analysis
- North America
- Latin America
- Rest of Latin America
- Rest of Europe
- Asia Pacific
- Rest of Asia Pacific
- Middle East & Africa
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
- Rest of Middle East & Africa
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