The global silicone additives market is projected to reach USD 2.68 billion by 2028, at a CAGR of 7.5% during the forecast period. Silicone additives are substances, which are added to paints, coatings, and plastics, among others to improve their properties, such as defoaming, wetting, dispersing, etc. Silicone additives are used in paints, coatings, and ink to provide special properties such as mar resistance, improved slip, foam control, and leveling.

Global Silicone Additives Market
Global Silicone Additives Market

Based on function, the silicone additives market has been segmented into defoamers, rheology modifiers, surfactants, wetting & dispersing agents, lubricating agents, and others. In the manufacturing of polyolefins such as polyethylene and polypropylene, silicone additives help in the processability of resin while maintaining their mechanical properties. Moreover, they prevent the accumulation of dust, which gathers on the surface due to the accumulation of organic waxes. Silicone additives impart various benefits such as water inhibition, UV resistance, and flame retardancy to resins. The defoamers function segment is expected to lead the market due to their important application in many related industries to prevent the formation of foam, which causes defects in products. Rheological modifiers are used in paints and coatings to reduce the sag. Sag is defined as the tendency of a substance to flow vertically due to gravity. This feature of silicone rheological modifiers is one of the main reasons for the growth of the rheology modifiers segment. Moreover, vendors in the market are increasingly using silicone rheological modifiers in their products. However, a key restraint in using silicone additives in paints and coatings is the usage of expensive platinum catalyst in their production.

Global Silicone Additives Market
Global Silicone Additives Market

Additives are increasingly being used in plastics and composites to either improve their properties or make them cheaper or both. Silicone is mainly used as a filler in plastics and composites to reduce the material cost, as it is cheaper than the plastic materials and does not change the properties of the end product. Hence, with the increasing use of composites in various end-use industries such as automotive, construction & building, etc., the demand for silicone additives in the plastic & composites application is expected to increase.

Furthermore, the rising demand for cosmetics is expected to drive this market due to various uses of silicone additives such as wetting, conditioning, and emulsifying agents in cosmetics. These additives offer durability, superior texture, appearance, moisture resistance, and color to personal care products. 3D printing technology has been gaining popularity. Silicone additives are widely used in additive manufacturing using 3D printing as a filler material. Thus, the 3D printing application segment is expected to increase the demand for silicone additives during the forecast period.

The silicone additives in Asia Pacific region is expected to witness the highest growth due to the easy availability of raw materials used for manufacturing silicon additives and growth of related sectors as a result of the increase in disposable income of consumers. The paints & coatings market in the Asia Pacific region is expected to grow at a CAGR of over7.5%, which is expected to fuel the demand for silicon additives in the region.

Key Factors Impacting Market Growth:

  • Offers several advantages to the final product
  • High demand for use in cosmetics and paints & coatings applications
  • Rapid urbanization and increasing disposable income of consumers in the Asia Pacific region
  • Use of silicone additives in 3D printing

Key Developments:

  • In September 2017, Evonik Industries inaugurated a new plant dedicated to specialty silicone in Shanghai to meet the growing demand in the Asia Pacific region.
  • In July 2017, DowCorning launched an anti-slip silicone with superior mar and abrasion resistance for use in waterborne wood coatings.
  • In November 2017, DowDuPont introduced a new silicon additive for use in architectural facade coatings.
  • On November 2017, Wacker Chemie AG introduced their non-postcuring liquid silicone rubber. 

What Does This Report Provide?

This report provides a detailed understanding of the global silicone additives market from qualitative and quantitative perspectives during the forecast period. The report also provides dynamic indicators with potential impact on the market during the forecast period and an in-depth analysis of the leading companies operating in the market.

Market Segmentation:

By Function:

  • Defoamers
  • Rheology Modifiers
  • Surfactants
  • Wetting & Dispersing Agents
  • Lubricating Agents
  • Others

By Application:

  • Agriculture
  • Paper & Pulp
  • Painting & Coatings
  • Personal & Home-care
  • Plastics & Composites
  • Food & Beverages
  • Chemical Manufacturing
  • Oil & Gas
  • 3D Printing
  • Others

By Region:

  • North America
    • By Country (US, Canada, Mexico)
    • By Function
    • By Application
  • Western Europe:
    • By Country (Germany, UK, France, Spain, Rest of Western Europe)
    • By Function
    • By Application
  • Eastern Europe:
    • By Country (Russia, Turkey, Rest of Eastern Europe)
    • By Function
    • By Application
  • Asia Pacific
    • By Country (China, Japan, India, Rest of Asia Pacific)
    • By Function
    • By Application
  • Middle East:
    • By Country (UAE, Qatar, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Rest of Middle East)
    • By Function
    • By Application
  • Rest of the World
    • By Region (Latin America, Brazil, Rest of the World)
    • By Function
    • By Application

Companies Covered: Shin-Etsu, Evonik Industries, Dow DuPont, Wacker Chemie AG, Elkem, BYK Additives, Momentive Performance Materials, KCC Corporation, and BRB International… 

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