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Smart Coatings Markets 2016-2025

  • ID: 3771249
  • Report
  • June 2016
  • 250 Pages
  • n-tech Research
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The Smart Coatings Market Will Grow to Just Over $8.1 Billion By 2021


  • 3M
  • Axalta
  • Dow Chemical
  • Hempel
  • NEI Corporation
  • Reactive Surfaces
  • MORE

This research is a compendium report on the smart coatings business since 2011. And while we have issued more focused studies on more specific coatings and applications this study provides a unique collection of market analysis and forecasting that provides companies a single source of comprehensive smart coatings data.

The 2016 study will continue its evolution by focusing on where we see significant applications for coatings (vs surfaces and applied films) across targeting industry sectors. The forecasts will be even more granular than in past years.

We see smart coatings as a key opportunity for coatings companies looking to find new growth opportunities in current and new markets. This report will provide an invaluable resource to companies who supply base materials and additives, coatings and paints, manufacturers within the supply chain and the end users themselves.

Fully-focused on coatings: Electrochromic coatings, hydrophilic coatings, hydrophobic and omniphobic coatings, microencapsulation and vascular self-healing coatings, multifunctional coatings, other self-dimming and color shifting coatings, photovoltaic coatings, piezoelectric and piezo-magnetic, self-healing polymers polymer foams and hydrogels, smart anti-corrosion/anti-fouling, smart antimicrobial and antifungals.

Industries covered: Aerospace, Automotive, Construction, Consumer Products, Energy, Marine, Medical & Healthcare. Military.

Manufacturing emphasis: The report will give special emphasis to novel coating technologies (how the coating is put on the substrate) and formulation/synthesis (how the coating is actually made) approaches for coatings and especially how these can be scaled up to volume production.

High-level of granularity in forecasts in lengthy report: We anticipate that this report will be 250 pages plus, with heavy emphasis on detailed forecasts constructed from end user demand, industry and market specific factors.

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  • 3M
  • Axalta
  • Dow Chemical
  • Hempel
  • NEI Corporation
  • Reactive Surfaces
  • MORE

Executive Summary
E.1 Changes since n-tech’s 2015 report on smart coatings
E.2 Emerging opportunities by type of smart coating
E.2.1 Self-healing coatings
E.2.3 Self-cleaning and anti-corrosion coatings
E.2.4 Self-dimming and color-shifting coatings
E.2.5 Smart antimicrobial and antifungal coatings
E.2.6 Photovoltaic coatings
E.2.7 Piezoelectric coatings
E.2.8 Aerogels
E.3 Manufacturing: Opportunities and challenges
E.3.1 Formulation and synthesis of smart coatings
E.3.2 Novel coatings technologies for smart coatings
E.4 Changes in the smart coatings supply chain
E.5 A note on military markets
E.6 Sources of funding for smart coatings startups
E.7 Forecasting methodology and summary of ten-year forecasts for smart coatings markets
E.7.1 Sources of data
E.7.2 Economic assumptions
E.7.3 Alternative Scenarios
E.7.4 Summary of ten-year forecasts of smart coatings market by end-user sector
E.7.5 Summary of ten-year forecast of smart coatings by end-user sector

Chapter One: Introduction
1.1 Background to the report
1.2 Objectives and scope of this report
1.3 Methodology of this report
1.4 Plan of this report

Chapter Two: Smart Coatings: Materials, Products and Technologies
2.1 Self-healing coatings
2.1.1 Reversible polymers
2.1.2 Polymer foams
2.1.3 Role of hydrogels and shape memory polymers
2.1.4 Microencapsulated and vascular-embedded coatings
2.2 Self-cleaning, smart anti-corrosion and smart anti-fouling coatings
2.2.1 Hydrophilic coatings
2.2.2 Hydrophobic, oleophobic and omniphobic coatings
2.2.3 Novel catalysts for self-cleaning coatings
2.2.4 Electrostatic coatings for self-cleaning
2.2.5 Smart anti-corrosion and wear-resistant coatings
2.2.5 Smart anti-fouling coatings
2.3 Smart antimicrobials and antifungals
2.3.1 Smart Silver as an antimicrobial
2.3.2 Hydrogels as a smart antimicrobial coating
2.3.4 Other materials as smart antimicrobial coatings
2.3.5 Making smart antimicrobials smarter
2.4 Self-dimming and color-shifting coatings
2.4.1 Electrochromic coatings
2.4.2 Other self-dimming coatings
2.4.3 Color-shifting paints and inks
2.5 Photovoltaic coatings
2.6 Piezoelectric and piezomagnetic coatings
2.7 The trend towards multifunctional coatings
2.8 Environmental issues
2.9 Key points from this chapter

Chapter Three: Smart Coatings: Formulations, Synthesis and Coating Technologies
3.1 Current trends in formulation and synthesis of smart coatings
3.2 Coating technology trends: Implications for smart coatings
3.3 Growing role of nanotechnology in the smart coatings business
3.3.1 Use of nano-patterning in smart coatings
3.3.2 Smart nanocoatings
3.4 Printed smart inks?
3.5 Self-assembly and self-stratification as a way to reduce manufacturing costs
3.5.1 Self-assembled monolayers
3.6 Scaling up novel coating technologies to high volumes
3.7 Key points from this chapter

Chapter Four: Markets for Smart Coatings in the Aerospace Industry
4.1 Key drivers for smart coatings in the aerospace industry: Implications for smart coatings
4.1.1 Increased military budgets
4.1.2 Fuel prices and light-weighting: Balancing each other
4.1.3 Competition in the airline industry
4.1.4 Rise of the UAVs
4.2 Smart windows coatings for the aerospace industry
4.3 Smart-anticorrosion coatings for the aerospace industry
4.4 Smart coatings for aircraft interiors
4.5 Smart coatings from leading aircraft manufacturers
4.6 Ten-year forecasts of smart coatings use by type of coatings
4.6.1 Civil aviation
4.6.2 Military aircraft and helicopters
4.6.3 Space vehicles and UAVs
4.6.4 Forecast by world region
4.6.5 Summary of forecasts
4.7 Key points from this chapter

Chapter Five: Markets for Smart Coatings in Marine Applications
5.1 Smart anti-fouling coatings
5.1.1 The downside of copper
5.1.2 Smart coating alternatives to copper for anti-fouling applications
5.2 Other potential applications for smart coatings in marine markets
5.2.1 Interior surfaces
5.3 Ten-year forecasts of smart coatings use by type of coatings
5.3.1 Large ships
5.3.2 Small craft
5.3.3 Naval vessels
5.3.4 Forecast by world region
5.3.5 Summary of forecasts
5.4 Key points from this chapter

Chapter Six: Markets for Smart Coatings in the Automotive Industry
6.1 Key drivers for smart coatings in the automotive industry: Implications for smart coatings
6.1.1 Fuel prices and light-weighting
6.1.2 More glass
6.1.3 Driverless cars
6.1.4 Design competition in the automotive industry
6.2 Coatings for smart windows and mirrors
6.2.1 SPD
6.2.2 Alternatives to SPD in the automotive space
6.2.3 Electrochromic mirrors
6.3 Coatings for self-healing auto glass
6.4 Exterior paints and coatings
6.4.1 From scratch-resistant coatings to self-healing body coatings
6.4.2 From polish to self-cleaning coatings
6.5 Smart anti-corrosion coatings for car exteriors and engines
6.5.1 Car bodies and underseals
6.5.2 Braking and suspension systems
6.5.3 Smart coatings as lubricants
6.6 Smart coatings for car and truck interiors
6.7 Current smart coatings projects by leading car and truck makers
6.8 Ten-year forecasts of smart coatings use by type of coatings
6.8.1 Luxury vehicles
6.8.2 Family vehicles
6.8.3 Trucks, buses and military vehicles
6.8.4 Forecast by world region
6.8.5 Summary of forecasts
6.9 Smart coatings in the automotive aftermarket
6.10 Key points from this chapter

Chapter Seven: Markets for Smart Coatings in the Construction Industry
7.1 Key drivers for smart coatings in the construction industry: Implications for smart coatings
7.1.1 Green building and LEED design
7.1.2 Energy efficiency
7.1.3 Demographics
7.2 Self-cleaning coatings for the construction industry
7.2.1 The future of coatings for self-cleaning window glass
7.2.2 Self-cleaning exterior building paints and coatings
7.2.3 Potential for self-cleaning interior wall and floor coatings
7.3 Markets and products for self-healing building coatings
7.3.1 Interior
7.3.2 Exterior
7.4 Coatings for smart windows
7.4.1 Electrochromic coatings
7.4.2 Alternatives to electrochromic coatings for smart windows
7.5 Color-shifting paints: What type of buildings need them?
7.6 Protecting building surfaces with smart antimicrobials
7.7 Smart coatings for BIPV
7.8 Ten-year forecasts of smart coatings use by type of coatings
7.8.1 Prestige buildings
7.8.2 Commercial and industrial buildings
7.8.3 Residential buildings
7.8.4 Forecast by world region
7.8.5 Summary of forecasts
7.9 Smart coatings in the building materials supply chain
7.10 Key points from this chapter

Chapter Eight: Smart Coatings in Consumer Product Markets
8.1 Key drivers for smart coatings in the construction industry: Implications for smart coatings
8.1.1 Trend towards smart devices and wearables
8.1.2 Fashion and consumer product design trends
8.1.2 Demographics
8.2. Price/performance trade offs for smart coatings in the consumer sector
8.3 Self-cleaning and antimicrobial coatings for consumer products
8.3.1 Consumer electronics and appliances
8.3.2 Furniture
8.3.3 Consumer electronics
8.3.4 Textiles, clothing and carpets
8.4 Smart antimicrobials for consumer products
8.4.1 Consumer electronics and appliances
8.4.2 Furniture
8.4.3 Textiles and clothing
8.4.4 Textiles and clothing
8.5 Self-healing coatings as an alternative to anti-scratch coatings in consumer products
8.5.1 Consumer electronics and appliances
8.5.2 Furniture and self-healing wood
8.6 Special considerations for clothing and textiles
8.6.1 Preserving color and smart color shifting coatings
8.6.2 Breathability
8.7 Smart consumer glass coatings
8.7.1 Self-cleaning display screens
8.7.2 Smart coatings for mirrors
8.8 Ten-year forecasts of smart coatings use by type of coatings
8.8.1 Furniture
8.8.2 Commercial and industrial buildings
8.8.3 Residential buildings
8.8.4 Forecast by world region
8.8.5 Summary of forecasts
8.9 Smart coatings as a retail product
8.10 Key points from this chapter

Chapter Nine: Markets for Smart Coatings in Medical and Healthcare Markets
9.1 Drivers for smart coatings in medical/healthcare markets: Implications for smart coatings
9.1.1 Strain-resistant microbes
9.1.2 Hospital acquired infections
9.1.3 Demographics: Aging populations
9.1.4 Short hospital stays and bringing medicine closer to the patient
9.1.5 New payment and insurance arrangements
9.2 The business case for smart antimicrobials
9.3 Materials platforms for smart antimicrobials
9.3.1 Silver Nanoparticles
9.3.2 Peptides
9.3.3 Hydrogels for bioactive coatings
9.3.4 Smart polymers and smart antimicrobials together at last
9.3.5 Nanotechnology and antimicrobials
9.3.6 Other selective antimicrobials and smart anti-inflammatories
9.4 Self-cleaning antimicrobials
9.4.1 Antimicrobials and super-hydrophobic materials
9.5 Smart coatings for drug delivery
9.6 Smart coatings and biocompatibility
9.7 Ten-year forecasts of smart coatings use by type of coatings
9.7.1 Implants
9.7.2 Surgical instruments
9.7.3 Surfaces in healthcare facilities
9.7.4 Medical uniforms and medical monitoring clothing
9.7.5 Forecast by world region
9.7.6 Summary of forecasts
9.8 Key points from this chapter

Chapter Ten: Markets for Smart Coatings in Energy-Related Markets
10. 1 Key drivers for smart coatings in energy-related markets: Implications for smart coatings
10.1.1 Energy price trends and energy efficiency
10.1.2 Shift to alternative energy sources
10.2 Photovoltaics
10.2.1 Photovoltaic coatings
10.2.2 Self-cleaning coatings for solar panels
10.2.3 Smarter anti-reflective coatings for solar panels
10.3 Fuel cells, batteries and smart coatings
10.4 Smart coatings for wind and gas turbines
10.5 Smart coatings for oil slick removal
10.6 Ten-year forecasts of smart coatings use by type of coatings
10.6.1 Oil industry
10.6.2 Traditional electricity generation
10.6.3 Wind generation
10.6.4 Photovoltaics
10.6.5 Fuel cells and batteries
10.6.6 Forecast by world region
10.6.7 Summary of forecasts
10.7 Key points from this chapter

Chapter Eleven: Other Military Markets for Smart Coatings
11.1 The military’s role in funding smart coatings
11.2 Military applications covered in previous chapters
11.3 Smart coatings for camouflage
11.4 Smart coatings for the detection of toxic substances
11.5 Smart coatings for military uniforms
11.6 Ten-year forecasts of smart coatings use by type of coatings
11.6.1 Camouflage
11.6.2 Toxin detection
11.6.3 Military uniforms
11.6.4 Forecast by world region
11.6.5 Summary of forecasts
11.7 Key points from this chapter

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  • 3M
  • Axalta
  • Dow Chemical
  • Hempel
  • NEI Corporation
  • Reactive Surfaces
  • MORE

The report suggests that smart coatings have reached a stage of technological maturity where they can replace traditional anti-corrosion, anti-icing, anti-fouling, and other industrial protective coatings. These smart protective coatings will reach approximately $2 billion in sales by 2021, based on their ability reduce downtime and maintenance costs for vehicles, marine vessels, buildings and large pieces of industrial machinery

The research also sees a new opportunity opening up for smart coatings in the consumer sector, where sales of these coatings to consumer electronics, furniture, textiles, etc., will be worth around $1 billion by 2021. Low-end self-cleaning and self-healing sprays have been available to the consumer market for many years. But durable smart consumer coatings are now reaching price points that will make them attractive to high-income consumer markets with strong use cases that can compete with anti-scratch coatings and other polishes.

Despite these advances, it is believed that commercialization of some of the manufacturing and formulation of smart coatings still have a way to go, especially in terms of scalability. Some inherently smart manufacturing technologies such as self-assembly, layer-by-layer have high potential for creating smart coatings, but the details are sill being worked out. In addition, the research sees the smart coatings business finding new commercial directions through the use of the latest nanomaterials and notes that developing smart coatings has become one focus for firms developing applications for carbon nanotubes and graphene.

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  •  3M
  •  AK Coatings
  •  AkzoNobel
  •  AnCatt
  •  Arkema
  •  ATFI
  •  Autonomic Materials
  •  Axalta
  •  BASF
  •  Cardinal Glass
  •  Clariant
  •  Corning
  •  Covestro
  •  Devan
  •  Dow Chemical
  •  Dow Corning
  •  Drywired
  •  DSM Coatings
  •  DSM Biomedical
  •  DuPont
  •  Evonik
  •  Hempel
  •  INI Worldwide (Industrial Nanotech)
  •  IoLiTec
  •  Kimberly-Clark
  •  Life Material Technology
  •  Lonza Industrial Solutions
  •  Lubrizol
  •  Microban
  •  NanoTex
  •  NEI Corporation
  •  nGimat
  •  Nolla
  •  NSG/Pilkington
  •  Parx Plastics
  •  P2i
  •  PPG
  •  PPG Architectural Coatings
  •  Reactive Surfaces
  •  Saint-Gobain
  •  Schoeller Tech
  •  Sciessent
  •  Sensor Coatings Systems
  •  Sherwin-Williams
  •  SLIPS Technologies
  •  Specialty Coating Systems
  •  Tesla Nanocoatings
  •  Valspar
  •  Vestagen
  •  Yangfeng Interiors (formerly Johnson Controls)
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