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Surface Treatment Chemicals Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2023-2028)

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  • 120 Pages
  • April 2023
  • Region: Global
  • Mordor Intelligence
  • ID: 5764036
The Surface Treatment Chemicals market is expected to register a CAGR of over 5% during the forecast period.

The outbreak of COVID-19 has positively impacted the market growth for surface treatment chemicals. During the COVID-19 pandemic, new surface treatment chemicals were developed to counteract the virus. For example, ALANOD GmbH's MIRO UV-C product effectively destroyed the COVID-19 virus and is utilized as a material for reflectors in sanitizing equipment. Another significant development in the fight against the COVID-19 virus has been the availability of high-performance and medical-grade transparent film to produce face shields.

Key Highlights

  • Over the short term, the growth in the automotive industry due to the demand for consumers and the use of surface treatment chemicals to reduce the impact of infections is propelling the market growth during the forecast period.
  • However, the growth in concerns regarding the effects of chemical surface treatment has led to the shift from chemicals to bio-based (green) products to abide by the regulations brought into the industry. Environmental sustainability, energy efficiency, and multiple application capabilities restrain manufacturers in niche product development and will further hamper market growth.
  • Nevertheless, using surface-treating chemicals in construction for commercial and residential infrastructure and growing interest in bio-based and chromium-free surface-treatment chemicals will provide ample growth opportunities in the future. They will likely create lucrative opportunities for the market over the forecast period.
  • In terms of revenue, Asia-Pacific is expected to dominate the global market during the forecast period and dominate the highest market share in the global surface treatment chemicals market.

Surface Treatment Chemicals Market Trends

The Automotive and Transport Segment is Anticipated to Hold a Significant Share

  • The automotive sector is through the most disruptive journey, with advances in electric vehicles, lightweight vehicles, autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, and connectivity. The materials used to manufacture automobiles and their components proved critical in achieving overall vehicle performance.
  • Surface treatment chemicals are thought to have a significant impact on the overall performance of automobile parts.
  • Among numerous industries, the automotive industry has long been the most significant demand generator for surface treatment chemicals. All the major firms supply surface treatment chemicals to the car sector.
  • According to the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles (OICA), world motor vehicle production in 2021 was about 80.15 million, compared to 77.71 million units in 2020.
  • According to the World Trade Organization (WTO), with a value of about USD 286 billion in 2021, the United States was the second largest importer of automotive products. Simultaneously, the country exported automotive products worth around USD 126 billion.
  • All the factors above are expected to drive the automotive and transport segment, enhancing the demand for surface treatment chemicals during the forecast period.

Asia-Pacific Region to Dominate the Market

  • Asia-Pacific dominates the surface treatment chemicals market in terms of market share and market revenue. The region is set to continue to flourish in its dominance over the forecast period.
  • The growing adoption of surface treatment chemicals in construction for commercial as well as residential infrastructure in the region, especially in China, is expected to boost the market in the region.
  • Rising demand for long-lasting and wear-resistant products is employed in a variety of industries, including wood, glass, jewelry, medicine, and others. In construction ratings, the product is in high demand. Surface treatment chemicals are experiencing greater expansion as the automobile sector expands.
  • According to the National Bureau of Statistics of China, China's construction industry has been continuously expanding, with a total production value of roughly CNY 25.9 trillion (USD 3.82 trillion) in 2021. Taking advantage of growing urbanization, China's construction sector generated more than CNY 29 trillion (USD 4.28 trillion) in production that year.
  • According to the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles (OICA), motor vehicle production in China was 26.08 million units in 2021, compared to 25.22 million units in 2020.
  • The industrialization has also had an impact on market demand. Heavy machinery requires regular protection, so producers coat it with surface treatment chemicals to prevent rust and other problems.
  • Furthermore, countries like India and Japan have also been contributing to the growth of the market studied. This is expected to further drive the demand for the surface treatment chemicals market over the forecast period.

Surface Treatment Chemicals Market Competitor Analysis

The Surface Treatment Chemicals market is fragmented in nature. Some major manufacturers in the market include PPG Industries Inc., Atotech Deutschland GmbH, Henkel AG & Co. Ltd., DOW, Chemetall Inc., and others (in no particular order).

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Table of Contents

1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition
1.2 Scope of the Study



4.1 Drivers
4.1.1 Growth in the Automotive Industry
4.1.2 The Use of Surface Treatment Chemicals to Reduce the Impact of Infections
4.2 Restraints
4.2.1 Shift from Chemicals to Bio-based (Green) Products
4.2.2 Strict Environmental Regulations for the Emission of Hazardous Chromium Components
4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis
4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis
4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers
4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants
4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services
4.4.5 Degree of Competition

5 MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size in Value)
5.1 Chemicals Type
5.1.1 Plating Chemicals
5.1.2 Cleaners
5.1.3 Conversion Coatings
5.1.4 Other Chemical Types (Coolants, Paint Strippers)
5.2 Base Material
5.2.1 Metals
5.2.2 Plastics
5.2.3 Other Base Materials (Glass, Alloys, Wood)
5.3 End-User Industry
5.3.1 Automotive and Transportation
5.3.2 Construction
5.3.3 Electronics
5.3.4 Industrial Machinery
5.3.5 Others (Oil and Gas Pipeline, Power, Military, Packaging, etc.)
5.4 Geography
5.4.1 Asia-Pacific China India Japan South Korea Rest of Asia-Pacific
5.4.2 North America United States Canada Mexico
5.4.3 Europe Germany United Kingdom France Italy Spain Rest of Europe
5.4.4 South America Brazil Argentina Rest of South America
5.4.5 Middle-East and Africa South Africa Saudi Arabia Rest of Middle-East and Africa

6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements
6.2 Market Share (%) **/ Ranking Analysis
6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players
6.4 Company Profiles
6.4.1 Aalberts Surface Technologies
6.4.2 ALANOD GmbH & Co. KG
6.4.3 Atotech
6.4.4 Atotech Deutschland GmbH
6.4.5 Bulk Chemicals Inc.
6.4.6 Chemetall Inc.
6.4.7 ChemTech Surface Finishing Pvt. Ltd.
6.4.8 DOW
6.4.9 Henkel AG & Co. Ltd.
6.4.10 IONICS
6.4.11 Nippon Paint Holdings Co. Ltd.
6.4.12 OC Oerlikon Management AG
6.4.13 PPG Industries Inc.
6.4.14 Quaker Chemical Corporation
6.4.15 The Sherwin-Williams Company
6.4.16 YUKEN Surface Technology, S.A. de C.V.

7.1 Use of Surface-treating Chemicals in Construction
7.2 Growing Interest in Bio-Based and Chromium-Free Surface Treatment Chemicals
7.3 Increasing Surface Treatment Chemical Consumption in Printed Circuit Boards

Companies Mentioned (Partial List)

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes, but is not limited to:

  • Aalberts Surface Technologies
  • ALANOD GmbH & Co. KG
  • Atotech
  • Atotech Deutschland GmbH
  • Bulk Chemicals Inc.
  • Chemetall Inc.
  • ChemTech Surface Finishing Pvt. Ltd.
  • DOW
  • Henkel AG & Co. Ltd.
  • Nippon Paint Holdings Co., Ltd.
  • OC Oerlikon Management AG
  • PPG Industries Inc.
  • Quaker Chemical Corporation
  • The Sherwin-Williams Company
  • YUKEN Surface Technology, S.A. de C.V.