The global defoamers market is considerably fragmented, with the top 6 market players accounting for just 20.7% of the global market in 2014. These companies, namely Bluestar Silicones, Dow Corning Corporation, Ashland Inc., Air Products and Chemicals Inc., Evonik Industries AG, and Kemira Oyj, have benefited from their early entry into the defoamers market and have built up widespread distribution as well as manufacturing networks. This is likely to remain a key factor in the growth of the global defoamers market, with acquisitions and mergers expected to remain an important tool for market players to expand their presence in the coming years.
According to Transparency Market Research (TMR), the global defoamers market is likely to rise to a total volume of 3,550 kilo tons by the end of 2023. The global market’s volume was 2,550 kilo tons in 2014 and is expected to exhibit a steady 3.8% CAGR between 2015 and 2023.
Pulp and Paper Industry to Remain Leading Consumer of Defoamers
The global defoamers market is segmented by application into the pulp and paper, paints and coatings, water treatment, and food and beverage industries, and others. Of these, the pulp and paper industry is the leading consumer of defoamers and is likely to retain its dominance over the coming years, with the industry’s share in the global defoamers market expected to rise slightly over the forecast period, ending up at 32% by the end of 2023.
The water treatment and paints and coatings industries are also likely to remain key application segments of the global defoamers market; both are likely to account for around 25% of the market by the end of 2023.
Regionally, Asia Pacific is set to remain the overwhelmingly dominant regional market for defoamers in the coming years. The region is expected to account for close to 38% of the global defoamers market by the end of 2023. Europe’s share in the global defoamers market is also likely to rise in the 2015-2023 forecast period, though the market is unlikely to challenge Asia Pacific’s dominance.
Steady Growth of Paints and Coatings, Food and Beverage Industries to Benefit Defoamers Market
Since defoamers are only utile in the manufacture of other products, the growth of the global defoamers market is dependent on the growth of its end-use segments. The growth of the global paints and coatings and food and beverage industries in the last few years has thus been the prime driver for the global defoamers market.
The paints and coatings industry has been driven by the incessant rise of the construction industry in developing regions and is thus likely to benefit from the consistent urbanization observed in countries such as India, China, Brazil, Argentina, South Korea, and Mexico. This is likely to remain a key driver for the global defoamers industry in the coming years, as the rising demand for premium paints has led to a corresponding demand for upgrades in the defoamers industry.
The consumption of defoamers in the food and beverage industry has been driven in the recent past by the rising demand for processed food. The urban demographic is thus also likely to benefit the global defoamers market in this regard, as the hectic lifestyle observed in urban areas is a key demand driver for processed food.
On the other hand, the increasingly stringent regulatory process for the approval of defoamers is likely to be the key restraint on the global defoamers market in the coming years.
The information in this previews comes from a Transparency Market Research report titled ‘Defoamers Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2015 - 2023.’
The global defoamers market is 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
Defoamers Market – Geographical Segment Analysis
- Asia Pacific
- North America
- Latin America
- Middle East and Africa
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