The key drivers behind the growing demand of defoamers include increase in water treatment application, up surging demand for paints and coatings application, growing demand in paper and pulp application, and up surging demand in food and beverages application. However, the regulatory issue in various countries is expected to hamper the growth of the global defoamers market.
A defoamer is a chemical additive that diminishes and hinders the formation of foam in industrial process liquids. Foam is also known as bubbly liquid, which is usually produced as an undesirable byproduct during the manufacture of several substances. Foam usually creates difficulties in the flow of liquid and stops the movement of oxygen from air. Therefore, defoamers are used to solve the problems caused due to foam. Defoamers possess the most essential characteristics, which include low viscosity and could be easily spread on the foamy surface.
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The global defoamers market can be segmented on the basis of products and applications.
On the basis of product, the global defoamers market can be segmented into oil based defoamers, silicone based defoamers, water based defoamers, and others. The “others” section of defoamers product segment include ethylene oxide (EO)/propylene oxide (PO) based defoamers. The major product segments of defoamers are silicone based and oil based defoamers, which together accounted for around 66% of the market share in the global defoamers market during 2014. The major factors driving the growth of the silicone based defoamers market are its versatility and acceptability in various conditions. The silicone based defoamers dominated the global defoamers market during 2014, in terms of demand. Water based defoamers accounted for one of the fastest growing product segment in the global defoamers market during 2014, due to its characteristics. Water based deafoamers are considered best at releasing entrapped air. Oil based defoamers is expected to witness steady growth, during the forecast period.
On the basis of application, the global defoamers market can be segmented into paints and coatings, paper and pulp, water treatment, food and beverages, and others. The paper and pulp industry accounted for the largest market share in the application segment of the global defoamers market during 2014. In paper mills industry, the formation of foam leads to create number of defects in the final product and hampers the proper functioning of machinery. Some of the major difficulties include the development of bacteria, creation of deposits, formation of paper, and drainage problem. Moreover, the effectiveness of pumps also gets affected. The usage of defoamers reduces the problems.
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Geographically, Asia-Pacific is the largest market for defoamers, followed by Europe and North America. During the forecast period, the Asia-Pacific defoamers market is expected to grow at the fastest rate, which is driven by lenient government regulations, large consumption base, and significant growth of various end-user industries. Japan, China, and India are expected to dominate the defoamers market within Asia-Pacific, in terms of demand. The growth of the European defoamers market is expected to be steady during the forecast period, owing to stringent regulatory policies imposed by the European Union.
Some of the major competitors in the global defoamers market include Ashland Inc., Evonik Industries AG, BASF SE, Air Products and Chemicals Inc., KCC Basildon, Elementis PLC, Dow Corning Corporation, Kemira Oyj, Wacker Chemie AG, and Bluestar Silicones.
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