Defoamers: A Global Strategic Business Report
San Jose, California (PRWEB) May 03, 2012
Follow us on LinkedIn – The global defoamers market is passing through a period of sluggish growth. Unlike the drop in consumption that was witnessed prior to the onset of the global recession, the market is currently inching ahead at a lower single digit rate. The slowdown in market growth is an outcome of factors including new regulatory issues, intense pricing competition, fewer pulp mills and a slowdown in the de-icing industry. However, growth in the market is expected to surge in the following years. Pulp & paper, petroleum, paints & coatings and water treatment represent the major end-use markets for defoamers. Petroleum and Paints & coatings segments represent two of the fastest growing end-use markets for defoamers. Due to decreased worldwide demand for the industry, pulp and paper is gradually giving way for petroleum industry the next biggest end-user for defoamers. The paints and coatings industry is also likely to emerge as a strong user of defoamers in future.
Demand for defoamers is increasing in the paints and coatings sector as manufacturers are developing new techniques and reformulating the product to meet federal regulations. More surfactants are used in formulating paints and coatings to reduce the release of hazardous air pollutants and volatile organic compounds. Cost curtailment measures have assumed utmost importance among chemical manufacturers across the globe given the rising competition within the industry. As a part of cost cutting strategy, the majority of the companies have resorted to streamlining their operations by reducing manpower, divesting unprofitable plants, focusing on core business units and forming strategic alliances and partnerships with other companies in the business. The approach became all the more vital in the wake of a slowdown in the largest end-use market for defoamers, the Pulp & Paper industry.
Blended products containing multiple active ingredients including fatty acids, esters, oils and silica in a water base are witnessing strong growth by virtue of being environmentally friendly and having a diminished effect on finished products. These defoamers are compatible with a range of products including aqueous coatings formulations and have lesser adverse environmental ramifications for end-users. Producers are developing defoamers which are more suited to new products and processing climates, in a bid to keep in pace with market demand. New regulatory standards and enhanced product performance are adversely affecting the demand growth for defoamers in the US. Regulations governing emissions of air pollutants and volatile organic compounds are forcing end-user companies to look at even the low-volume additives, including defoamers, from an environmental perspective.
Europe represents the largest regional market for defoamers worldwide, as stated by the new market research report on Defoamers. Pulp and paper mills across Europe are increasingly employing improved manufacturing practices, advanced-technology equipment and superior process additives to minimize foam generation. The trend is adversely affecting the growth in total volume of defoamers consumed by the industry, leading to a slowdown in the defoamers industry. In addition, the widespread consolidation within the pulp and paper industry is resulting in the formation of large-size customers, with significant bargaining power. Asia-Pacific is projected to emerge as the fastest growing regional market for defoamers worldwide through the analysis period 2009-2017. The Pulp & Paper industry represents the largest end-use market for defoamers worldwide. However, growth in the global defoamers market would be spearheaded by the Paints & Coatings end-use industry.
Major players profiled in the report include Air Products & Chemicals, Ashland Inc., BASF SE, Cognis, Dow Chemical Co, Innospec Inc., Kemira Group, King Industries, Inc., Munzing Chemie GmbH, and The Lubrizol Corporation among others.
The research report titled “Defoamers: A Global Strategic Business Report” announced by Global Industry Analysts, Inc., provides comprehensive market overview, trends & issues, impact of recession on the industry, recent industry activity and profiles of market players worldwide. Analysis and overview is provided for the years 2009 through 2017, for major geographic markets, including the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East, and Latin America. End-use markets analyzed include Pulp & Paper, Petroleum, Water Treatment, Paints & Coatings and Others.
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