Foam is pockets of gas trapped in a liquid or solid. Industrially, foam is undesirable as it causes a lot of problems. They can lead to defective surface coatings, prevent proper filling of containers and block oxygen transfer from air which in turn blocks microbial respiration in processes like aerobic respiration, thereby making defoamers indispensable to various industries. A defoamer is a substance that is insoluble in the foaming media and has surface acting properties.
Rising demand from Asia-Pacific, especially from the Chinese and Indian markets is a major driving factor for the defoamers market. The largest markets are Europe and North America. But, the fastest growing market is the Asia-Pacific market.
The factors driving the markets around the world are different. The demand in Asia-Pacific is mainly from the water treatment and paint industries. The demand in Europe and North America is shifting towards environment friendly defoamers, especially in view of stringent regulations on VOC containing defoamers, and concerns regarding the health problems that they cause. The US Environment Protection Agency and the Oslo/Paris Commission have issued regulations on the use of such substances in the US and Europe respectively, and more countries are following their example. The dip seen in the paper and pulp industry due to digitalization has resulted in a lowering of demand from this market segment.
Defoamers find application in various industries like petroleum, paints and coatings, paper and pulp, food and beverages, water and waste water treatment, textiles, mining and agricultural chemicals among others. Defoamers can also be classified based on their type as oil based defoamers, water based defoamers, silicone based defoamers, powder defoamers, EO/PO defoamers, and alkyl polyacrylates. In the defoamers market, silicon based defoamers had the largest market share in 2015.
Key players outlined in this report include Air Products & Chemicals Inc., BASF, Dow Chemical Co., Kemira Oyj, Eastman Chemical Company, Ashland Inc. and Bluestar Silicones among several others.
There is a demand for defoaming agents from various industries. This presents a wide and diversified market for defoamers. Rapid industrialization and urbanization in countries in the Asia-Pacific region, especially in China and India have increased the market for various industries like petroleum, paints, water treatment, textiles etc. This has in turn increased the demand for defoamers. There is also a huge demand for new and innovative products.
Stringent regulations on VOC containing defoamers, especially in Europe and North America have affected the market. The increase reliance on digital technologies have affected the paper and pulp market, which in turn has affected the demand for defoamers from this market segment.
What the report contains
The report elucidates the situation of Defoamers around the world and studies its markets by application which includes petroleum, paints and coatings, paper and pulp, food and beverages, water and waste water treatment, textiles, mining and agricultural chemicals among others.; by Type oil based defoamers, water based defoamers, silicone based defoamers, powder defoamers, EO/PO defoamers, and alkyl polyacrylates.
Lastly, the report is divided by geography - North America, Europe, the Asia-Pacific (APAC), South America and Middle-East & Africa (MEA); where-in the market share of each region is analyzed and estimates are provided for the next 5 years.
1.2 Research Methodology
2. Executive Summary
3. Defoamers Market
3.2 Industry Value Chain Analysis
3.3 Industry Attractiveness Porters 5 Force Analysis
3.3.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
3.3.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers
3.3.3 Threat of New Entrants
3.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services
3.3.5 Degree of Competition
4. Market Dynamics
4.1.1 Demand from a Large number of Industries
4.1.2 Demand Due to Strong Industrialization in Asia-Pacific
4.1.3 Introduction of Innovative & New Products
4.2.1 Stringent Environmental Regulations on VOC Containing Defoamers
4.2.2 Dip in Paper & Pulp Industry due to Digitalization
4.3.1 Growing Demand for Eco-Friendly Defoamers
5. Market Segmentation and Analysis
5.1 By Type
5.1.1 Oil Based Defoamers
5.1.2 Water Based Defoamers
5.1.3 Silicone Based Defoamers
5.1.4 Powder Defoamers
5.1.5 EO/PO Based Defoamers
5.1.6 Alkyl polyacrylates
5.2 By Application
5.2.1 Paints & Coatings
5.2.3 Pulp & Paper
5.2.4 Food & Beverages
5.2.5 Water & Waste Water Treatment
5.2.7 Agricultural Chemicals
6. Regional Market Analysis (Market size, growth and forecast)
6.1.4 South East Asia
6.1.5 Rest of Asia-Pacific
6.2 North America
6.2.3 Rest of North America
6.3.4 Rest of Europe
6.4 South America
6.4.3 Rest of South America
6.5 Middle East & Africa
6.5.1 South Africa
6.5.2 Rest of Middle East & Africa
7. Competitive Landscape
7.1 Mergers & Acquisitions
7.2 Joint Ventures, Collaborations and Agreements
7.3 Market Share Analysis
7.4 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players
8. Company Profiles (Overview, Products & Services, Financials, Recent Developments)
8.1 Air Products & Chemicals, Inc.
8.2 Apollo Chemical
8.3 Aqua Clear, Inc.
8.4 Ashland Inc.
8.5 Baker Hughes, Inc.
8.7 Bluestar Silicones
8.8 Buckman Laboratories, Inc.
8.9 Burlington Chemical Co.
8.10 Clariant Ltd
8.11 Dow Chemical Co.
8.12 Dow Corning Corp.
8.13 Eastman Chemical Company
8.14 Elementis plc
8.15 Evonik Industries AG
8.17 GEO Specialty Chemicals, Inc.
8.18 Henkel AG & Company, KGaA
8.19 Huntsman Corp.
8.21 Kemira Oyj
8.22 Lubrizol Corp.
8.23 Munzing Chemie GmbH
8.24 Organic Defoamer Group
8.25 PMC Group, Inc.
8.26 Solvay S.A.