Defoamers, also known as antifoaming agents are chemicals that obstructs foam to develop during various industrial processes. They possess surface active properties and do not dissolve in a foaming medium. Key characteristic of a defoamer is that they have low viscosity, spreads quickly in a foaming surface and show low affinity for air-liquid surfaces.
Potential global defoamers market drivers are high demand for environmental friendly or biodegradable deformers and usage of deformers to manufacture fried foods, beverages as additives to increase the food quality and increase life-span of these products. Apart from this, growing population, enhanced social status and rising GDP are forecasted to propel the growth of defoamers market especially of paints and coatings defoamers. However, lack of innovation and government regulation on defoamers containing volatile organic compounds VOCs are some of the factors restraining the growth of the defoamers market.
By product type, defoamers market is subdivided into water based, silicon based, oil based, powder defoamers, Alkyl Polyacrylates and EO/PO based contain polypropylene glycol copolymers andpolyethylene glycol and . Among these, silicon based deformers contribute for the largest market share mainly due to growing demand for silicone defoamers in the pulp and paper industry. Silicone based defoamers that contain less volatile organic compounds (VOC) is holding more importance due to environmental regulations passed by North America and Europe government. Another major usage of silicone defoamers is in crude oil refinery as it helps in reducing frothy crude oil production by eliminating foam from tanks or gas scrubbers etc. In addition to this, silicone based deformers are in high demand as compared to other chemicals due to its optimal reactivity with process ingredients, long operation life and low surface tension. By application, the global deformers market is segmented into paper and pulp, painting and coatings, waste water management, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, oil and gas and others such as agrochemicals, chemicals, etc. Among these application of defoamers in waste water treatment industry is tremendously high due to demand for pure water and decreased biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) of water discharged by industry especially in Asia Pacific. Waste Water treatment is the fastest growing segment among all.
On the basis of geography, global defoamers market is categorized into North America, Europe, Asia- Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. North America and Europe are the largest markets both in value and volume terms, however, Asia Pacific is anticipated to show the highest growth during the forecast period. Growth of defoamers industry in Asia Pacific is largely driven by China and India mainly due to high demand for defoamers for water treatment and in paint industry coupled with favorable macroeconomic factors. On the other hand, North America and Europe is forecasted to witness sluggish growth mainly attributed to stringent government laws regarding usage of environmental friendly materials. For instance, the US Environment Protection Agency and the Paris Commission issued regulations in the US and Europe on defoamers which contain VOC as it is harmful for health. In addition to this, usage of defoamers leads to amplication of some health defects, for example, severe eye irritation if used for longer period of time. This is expected to slow down the growth of defoamers market.
Global defoamers market is segmented as below:
- By Product
- Water based
- Silicon based
- Oil based
- Powder defoamers
- Alkyl Polyacrylates
- Polyethylene glycol & polypropylene glycol copolymers (EO/PO based)
- By Applications
- Paper and pulp
- Paints and coatings
- Waste water treatment
- Food and beverage
- Oil and gas
- Others (Agrochemicals, chemicals, metal working etc.)
- By Geography
- North America
- Rest of Europe
- Asia Pacific
- Rest of Asia Pacific
- Latin America
- Rest of Latin America
- Middle-East & Africa (MEA)
Key players across the global defoamer’s market value chain are:
Dow Corning Corporation, BASF SE, Evonik Industries AG, Ashland, KCC Basildon, Aqua Clear, Buckman Laboratories, Apollo Chemical, Eastman Chemical Company, GEO Specialty Chemicals, among others.
This report offers:
- Assessment of global defoamers market trends for the period 2016-2026
- Historical (past) information for 2016 & 2017 and projections with CAGRs from 2018 to 2026 considering 2017 as base year for the market
- Market drivers, restraints, future prospects and competitive analysis (market positioning) of key market players
- Overview of the global defoamers market value chain
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