Formation of foam is one of major factor affecting many industrial processes. Defoamers help to reduce and hinder the formation of foam in industrial process liquids. Defoamers are insoluble in the foaming medium and have surface active properties. An important feature of a defoamer is it has low viscosity and a facility to spread rapidly on foamy surfaces. Thus, the defoamer is used in end-user industries where foam formation significant threat.
The report provides a comprehensive view of the global defoamers market. The report explains the detailed value chain analysis for defoamers market. To understand the competitive landscape in the market, an analysis of Porter’s Five Forces model for the defoamers market has also been included. The study covers a market attractiveness analysis, wherein the product and end-user segments are benchmarked based on their general attractiveness growth rate and market size. The report also analyzes various restrains and drivers, and the impact they have on the market during the forecast period.
Growing demand from paper & pulp industry mainly in Asia Pacific region is projected to drive the demand for the defoamers market during the forecast period. Moreover, increased demand from other end-user industries such as food & beverages and paints & coatings are expected to drive the growth of global defoamers market. However, concerns regarding the health problems that defoamers may cause and stringent regulations on VOC containing defoamers can act as possible restrain the growth of defoamers market. Nonetheless, rising demand for defoamers in Asia-Pacific region is likely to accelerate the growth of the market in the forecast period.
Based on the product type global defoamers market is segmented into silicone based, water based, oil based and others. Silicone based and water-based defoamer are two major type of defoamer used globally. Based on the end-user industry global defoamers market is segmented into paper & pulp, waste water treatment, paints & coatings, food & beverages, and others. Paper & pulp industry and waste water treatment industry are two major end-user industries contributing to the growth of global defoamers market.
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Asia-Pacific was the largest regional market for the defoamers in 2015. Europe followed Asia Pacific in terms of demand for defoamers globally. However, strict regulations concerned with the use of VOC containing defoamers are restraining market growth in this region. Asia-Pacific is projected to be the fastest regional market for defoamers as a result of the growth of various end-user industries, large consumption base, and relaxed governmental regulations. Countries such as India, China, and Japan are chiefly contributing for the growth of defoamers in this region. North America is projected to witness modest growth. Latin America is expected to witness visible growth, while the Middle East & Africa is estimated to expand at a slow growth rate.
Key players operating in the defoamers market include Elementis plc, Clariant, KCC Basildon, BASF SE, Dow Corning Corporation, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., Evonik Industries AG Ashland, Inc., Kemira Oyj, and Wacker Chemie AG, Bluestar Silicones among others.