Defoamers, also known as antifoaming agents, are chemicals that prevent foam from developing during various industrial processes. They possess surface-active properties and do not dissolve in a foaming medium. A key characteristic of a defoamer is that it has low viscosity, spreads quickly on a foaming surface, and shows a low affinity for air-liquid surfaces.
Potential global defoamers market drivers are the high demand for environmentally friendly or biodegradable deformers and the usage of deformers to manufacture fried foods and beverages as additives to increase the food quality and increase lifespan of these products. Apart from this, growing populations, enhanced social status, and rising GDP are forecasted to propel the growth of the defoamers market, especially that of paints and coatings defoamers. However, the lack of innovation and government regulation on defoamers containing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are some of the factors restraining the growth of the defoamer market.
By product type, the defoamers market is subdivided into water-based, silicon-based, oil-based, powder defoamers, alkyl polyacrylates, and EO/PO-based polypropylene glycol copolymers and polyethylene glycol. Silicon-based deformers have the largest market share, owing to the growing demand for silicone deformers in the pulp and paper industry. Because of environmental regulations enacted by governments in North America and Europe, silicone-based defoamers with fewer volatile organic compounds (VOC) are gaining popularity. Another major usage of silicone defoamers is in crude oil refineries, where it helps reduce frothy crude oil production by eliminating foam from tanks, gas scrubbers, etc. In addition to this, silicone-based deformers are in high demand as compared to other chemicals due to their optimal reactivity with process ingredients, long operation life, and low surface tension. By application, the global deformers market is segmented into paper and pulp, painting and coatings, wastewater management, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, oil and gas, and others such as agrochemicals, chemicals, etc. Among these applications, the use of defoamers in the wastewater treatment industry is tremendously high due to the demand for pure water and the decreased biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) of the water discharged by the industry, especially in Asia Pacific. Wastewater treatment is the fastest-growing industry segment.
On the basis of geography, the global defoamers market is categorized into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa. North America and Europe are the two largest markets both in value and volume terms; however, Asia-Pacific is anticipated to show the highest growth during the forecast period. Growth of the defoamers industry in Asia Pacific is largely driven by China and India, mainly due to the high demand for defoamers for water treatment and in the paint industry, coupled with favorable macroeconomic factors. On the other hand, North America and Europe are forecasted to witness sluggish growth, mainly attributed to stringent government laws regarding the usage of environmentally friendly materials. For instance, the US Environment Protection Agency and the Paris Commission issued regulations in the US and Europe on defoamers that contain VOC, which are harmful to health. Furthermore, if defoamers are used for an extended period of time, they can cause health problems such as severe eye irritation. This is expected to slow down the growth of the market for defoamers.
The global market for defoamers is segmented as below:
- Powder defoamers
- Alkyl Polyacrylates
- Polyethylene glycol and polypropylene glycol copolymers (EO/PO-based)
- Paper and pulp
- Paints and coatings
- Wastewater treatment
- Food and beverage
- Oil and gas
- Others (agrochemicals, chemicals, metalworking, etc.)
- North America
- Rest of Europe
- Rest of Asia-Pacific
- Latin America
- Rest of Latin America
- Middle East and Africa
- GCC Countries
- South Africa
- Rest of Middle East and Africa
Key players across the global defoamer’s market value chain are:
Dow Corning Corporation, BASF SE, Evonik Industries AG, Ashland, KCC Basildon, Aqua Clear, Buckman Laboratories, Apollo Chemical, Eastman Chemical Company, and GEO Specialty Chemicals, among others.
This report offers the following:
- Assessment of global defoamers market trends for the period 2016–2026
- Historical (past) information for 2016 and 2017 and projections with CAGRs from 2018 to 2026, considering 2017 as the base year for the market.
- Market drivers, restraints, future prospects, and competitive analysis (market positioning) of key market players
- Overview of the global defoamers market value chain
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