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Fluorinated ethylene propylene market to garner appreciable valuation from tube sales over 2019-2025, chemical processing industry to drive the application landscape

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The global fluorinated ethylene propylene market is slated to experience immense growth prospects in the coming years owing to the product’s extensive use across the automotive, electronics, food & beverage, and medical industries. In the automotive sector, FEPs are widely used in compact and small-sized cars, in the tubing, bellows, and pressure hoses. The increasing shift among car buyers from sedans to more compact cars, especially in emerging economies will thus propel the growth of FEP industry.

U.S. Granules Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene (FEP) Market Size, 2018 & 2025, (Kilo Tons)

Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene Market

Small cars are also the most affordable vehicles to get on to the road and are easy to park as they don’t take up much space. For a middle-class family in emerging nations, a compact car facilitates savings since they are more fuel-efficient compared to sedans and SUVs. Hatchbacks also serve as the best option, in terms of passenger and driver safety with advanced collision control at affordable prices. In 2018, car manufacturers in India invested heavily on small cars to enhance sales records in smaller parts of the country.

For instance, Hyundai, relaunched its most loved hatchback Santro to appeal to Tier 1 and 2 cities where per capita vehicle ownership is still significantly small. Therefore, increasing demand for small vehicles from emerging and low-to-middle income nations will boost the global FEP market outlook.

Growing product demand for automotive ball bearings, paints, and adhesives, and sealants from the construction sector will also help the global FEP market gain traction in the coming years. Latest data from The Bureau of Labor Statistics and Timetric’s Construction Intelligence Center, estimates the construction industry to grow at a modest rate over the next several years. Industry professionals further predict one of the largest increase in real output for the construction space, with the business hitting the trillion-dollar remuneration space by 2020. This would remarkably surge the need for adhesives and sealants, driving FEP industry share.

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Construction of residential housing will witness growth in the years to come owing to the rising population in the United States. Government spending to support homeownership, housing developments and a sustainable community in a bid to provide access to affordable housing will further increase the demand for construction projects. The development in the construction industry will massively boost the demand for paints, adhesives, and sealants, which will eventually drive the fluorinated ethylene propylene market in the coming years.

Fluorinated ethylene propylene tubing is a robust engineering fluoropolymer which offers excellent fluid visibility, low-temperature resistance, and low coefficient of friction and is perfect for flow control monitoring. Hence, the product finds significant use in chemical processing applications as well as the petroleum and oil & gas industry.

For instance, the Indian government has come out with new policy reforms, which makes drastic changes in the country’s Hydrocarbon Exploration Licensing Policy and the Open Acreage Licensing Policy in a bid to garner more domestic and foreign investment for exploration of oil and gas, which if successfully implemented could drive the demand for FEP tubes. According to a report by Global Market Insights, Inc., FEP tubes market from chemical processing application is estimated to register more than 6% over 2019-2025.

These materials are also commonly used in solar panel applications. Fluorinated ethylene propylene films serve as the perfect protective front sheet for solar panels due to their smooth, flexible and light-weight features. The material also makes sheets stronger, thereby improving the durability and life span of solar panels, while enhancing its looks as compared to traditional glass. The adoption of these glasses will be fueled by growing energy consumption and issues concerning energy-efficiency.

Increasing efforts to generate energy from renewable sources, stringent government regulations and the benefits pertaining to efficient energy use and affordability of solar panels will further propel the solar power industry. Recently, in an effort to become America’s leading rooftop solar company, automotive and energy giant Tesla, slashed prices of solar panels. Such moves will accelerate the adoption of solar energy, which will boost the demand for FEP films, thereby driving the global FEP market growth over 2019-2025.

Fluorinated ethylene propylene will continue to attract huge demand from numerous industries owing to its vast benefits. According to Global Market Insights, Inc., the fluorinated ethylene propylene market valuation is anticipated to reach $1.2 billion by 2025.

Author NameKrithika Krishnan

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Waterborne automotive paints and coatings market to amass substantial returns by 2025, industry contenders to tap innovative technologies to retain dominance

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The proliferation of positive growth trends in the global automotive paints and coatings market has been rather evident from the recent acquisition of the Germany-based automotive coatings manufacturer Hemmelrath by U.S.-based global supplier of paints and coatings – PPG Industries. Hemmelrath is renowned for manufacturing coatings for automotive OEMS and supplies coating materials to automotive plants across the world with 7 million vehicles being coated with Hemmelrath products every year. Both PPG and Hemmelrath are looking to expand their operations with this acquisition that has been making the headlines recently.

U.S. Automotive Paints & Coatings Market, By Vehicle, 2018 & 2025, (USD Million)
U.S. Automotive Paints & Coatings Market, By Vehicle, 2018 & 2025, (USD Million)

PPG Industries, one of the most recognized names in the automotive paints and coatings market, also recently announced that it is working on devising a new technology to coat a car’s touchscreen infotainment systems that would reduce smudges and fingerprints. The new PPG coating is seemingly at par with what the latest smartphones like iPhone X use on their screens to remain smudge free and easy to clean. The difference is that the PPG coating is sprayed over the screen surface or the piano black interior finish of the vehicles rather than a coating film being applied. According to PPG, all major car makers will be using such smudge-resistant coatings in the near future.

On the other hand, Hemmelrath has been making further in-roads into the automotive paints and coatings market with plans to invest in expanding its subsidiaries in the U.S. and China. Hemmelrath produces waterborne primers in the USA and China but only in its own plants. However, the company is looking to be able to manufacture the entire range of products in these important automotive regions besides expanding in to the manufacturing of clearcoats, basecoats and primer-less systems.

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Since 2015 Hemmelrath has been producing its products at the Changchun site in China and has made the necessary preparations in 2018 for a much bigger production facility in north-east of China which is twice the size of Hemmelrath’s main production plant in Klingenberg in Germany. Hemmelrath is also expanding its Duncan, South Carolina production facility with the aim of supplying customers in the NAFTA region. A production facility for primerless systems, basecoats and clearcoats is being built in Duncan besides expansion of laboratories, warehousing space and construction of an in-house application center. The move has been planned to make further expansion possible in parallel with customers’ requirements indicating Hemmelrath’s projection for consolidating its stance in the automotive paints and coatings market.

Robust innovation in coatings technologies is yet another driving factor for the automotive paints and coatings market. Rising awareness about the eco-friendliness of various materials has been a transformative factor for several industries and the automotive paints and coatings market has been no exception. Automobile coatings producers and their suppliers have become increasingly versatile innovators in order to stay competitive in a fast-evolving market. Paints have now transformed from being solvent borne to water borne to low volatile organic compounds (VOC). As market leaders move to waterborne and other solutions, the use of new complex molecules that can make thinner coatings, last longer, and need lower temperature to apply at lesser cost has also become more popular. Besides, waterborne, low VOC coatings have been found to be much more productive as they offer better color reproduction and color consistency.

The automobiles themselves are evolving, moving from being driven by fossil fuels to being powered by electricity, thus leading to a change in their paint and coating requirements. For instance, batteries and motors are the two most critical elements in EVs and the batteries have to be efficient for heat dissipation, cooling, longer battery and motor life. Coatings also play a significant part in ensuring that the batteries are able to insulate heat and withstand corrosion. Also, with the advent of autonomous vehicle, the automotive industry will be in the need of new types of paints and coatings that do not interfere with LIDARs or sensors but protect these sensitive devices just as well.

With paints and coatings industry giants like PPG, BASF, AkzoNobel, Nerolac, Axalta, 3M etc. gearing up to be competitive in an evolving automotive market landscape, the automotive paints and coatings market is expected to surpass $27.5 billion 2025.

Author NameParoma Bhattacharya

Sodium hydrosulfide market to amass remarkable proceeds from wastewater treatment applications, Asia Pacific to emerge as a prominent revenue pocket

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The expansive consumer spending has encouraged rapid industrialization around the world, fueling the sodium hydrosulfide market size, with increased manufacturing activities giving rise to environmental concerns. Sodium hydrogen sulfide, chemically known as NaHS, has been found to be critical in treating industrial waste and is utilized for effective wastewater treatment to remove heavy metal contamination. Important uses in the leather tanning, chemical processing and mining sectors have been driving the sodium hydrosulfide market growth for many years. However, it is expected that industrial cleaning and waste management would be a considerable revenue source in the near future, owing to the escalating need to prevent river and soil pollution.

U.S. Sodium Hydrosulfide Market Size, By Application, 2017 & 2024, (Kilo Tons)
U.S. Sodium Hydrosulfide Market Size, By Application, 2017 & 2024, (Kilo Tons)

Individual heavy metals like nickel or chromium can be released from wastewater through precipitation process, an application that has transformed the sodium hydrosulfide industry tremendously. NaHS has gradually earned the position of an affordable alternative for water treatment in metal, glass, printing and ceramic industries. These industries generate large amounts of waste and if it reaches nearby lands or water bodies, it could end up polluting the ecosystem. As companies will look to adopt efficient treatment systems for managing their waste, with environmental agencies imposing stringent rules, the sodium hydrosulfide market is expected to garner immense momentum going forward.

In essence, meeting regulatory requirements and enhancing the overall community health can be a major driver for the sodium hydrosulfide industry. Asia-Pacific (APAC), in particular, would be needing a greater number of industrial and sewage waste treatment solutions over the next few years, as the region is immensely populated and promises to exhibit an incredible industrialization rate. It is estimated that over 2 billion people would be added to the world population before 2050, with a majority people living in APAC and creating enormous demand for food, consumables and automobiles.

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A key source of heavy metal contamination in industrial waste is the automobile and associated segments such as glass and battery. Flat glass is commonly utilized across the automotive and construction industries as it can be easily adapted to doors, windows, mirrors, among other parts. Apparently, glass manufacturing and processing requires high purity water and various types of wastewater is generated from mirror production, polishing plants, and other areas. This waste mostly contains several pollutants, including heavy metals, indicating the need for water treatment and a lucrative potential for the APAC sodium hydrosulfide market.

Reports predict that by 2025, construction sector would be one of the biggest contributors to the global industrial output, accounting for nearly 13.5% share. China, India and Indonesia would be among the top seven countries in the world that will be responsible for up to 72% of the projected growth, underscoring the massive opportunities in APAC over the forecast period.  The region will also witness growing automobile production, a segment which also entails the progress of the glass production industry. Subsequently, the sodium hydrosulfide industry will take advantage of the mounting demand for glass and other products that release hazardous wastewater during production.

Worldwide, the speedy recovery of the chemical sector and the rising exports of specialty chemicals has also bolstered the sodium hydrosulfide industry, as NaHS is extensively used for chemical processing by manufacturers. APAC is a well-known chemicals market and China is the main driver of chemicals demand around the globe. In 2016, China had also exported chemicals worth more than USD 54.29 billion, demonstrating its prowess the critical segment, establishing itself as a viable target for the sodium hydrosulfide market.

On the whole, the accelerated growth of chemical, automobile and construction industries in APAC region will certainly propel the use of NaHS across the application spectrum, supported by the consistent demand for metals, paper and leather goods world over. Comprising key industry participants like AkzoNobel, Cayman, Genesis Energy, Henan Tianshui Chemical, Merck, Solvay and TCI Chemical, the sodium hydrosulfide market revenue is anticipated to surpass USD 350 million globally by 2024.

Author NamePankaj Singh

Sodium silicate market to hit the coveted 10-billion-dollar frontier by 2024, fueled by a widespread demand for biodiesels

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Sodium silicate market, an inherent vertical of the specialty chemicals space, has already established its name in the billion-dollar league, owing to the extensive demand of the chemical compound across myriad end-use domains. Pertaining to the product’s low cost and ease of use, it has been deployed as a detergent, adhesive, cleaning compound, cement ingredient, binder, coagulating agent, and anticorrosive agent in numerous sectors, propelling sodium silicate market size. Indeed, the compound’s widespread and almost all-encompassing presence has facilitated sodium silicate industry to maintain a steady growth graph. The compound is also used as a catalyst, thus generating another profitable growth avenue for sodium silicate market. With continuous research and development programs being conducted to expand the area of application of the compound, it is certain that sodium silicate industry will continue to uphold its profitable position over 2017-2024.Detergents are one of the prime application arenas of sodium silicate industry since decades. This chemical compound is rather to incorporate into the detergent paste and helps in maintaining the viscosity and desired density of the detergent. The product is highly effective in removing spots, neutralizing acidic stains, dispersing proteins and suspending greasy particles in the wash liquid, thus impelling sodium silicate industry size from the detergent manufacturing sector.

U.S. Sodium Silicate Market Size, by Application, 2013 – 2024 (USD Million)
U.S. Sodium Silicate Market Size, by Application, 2013 – 2024 (USD Million)

It has been observed that among the varied uses of sodium silicate, the compound is known to efficiently function as a good adhesive. The subsequent deployment of this product as an adhesive has led to a major impetus in the growth graph of sodium silicate market. Sodium silicate adhesives have the inherent ability to easily expand and make contact, forming a rigid layer that is permanent, resistant to tears, and even possesses the capacity to withstand water and heat. The compatibility of sodium silicate adhesives on a varied range of substances like paper, metal and wood besides other materials, has spurred the sodium silicate market share further.

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Of late, sodium silicate has found extensive application as an effective catalyst for the synthesis of biodiesels that have gained popularity as a sustainable fuel. Currently, amidst the backdrop of a scenario where the lookout for alternative fuel sources has become a race against time, manufacturing biodiesels through the transesterification of organic materials has become rather commonplace. In a bid to simplify the process, sodium silicate is used as an effective catalyst, thereby stimulating sodium silicate industry outlook. The ease of procuring the chemical compound has reinforced its position as a catalyst in the transesterification process. As biodiesels will continue to attain increased application in energy generation and alternative fuel source, sodium silicate market trends will continue to witness a dynamic transformation in the ensuing years.

Sodium silicate is used widely in other application domains such as water treatment, casting, coating, textiles, agglomeration, chemical injection, paper treatment and more. In consequence, this would prove to be a rather beneficial for the commercialization graph of sodium silicate market over the next few years. With numerous chemical companies working toward expanding the application scope of this compound, in addition to innumerable research & development programs being conducted to unearth further prospective product uses, sodium silicate market has been forecast to garner commendable profits over 2017-2024.

Author Name : Paroma Bhattacharya

APAC self-compacting concrete market to witness remarkable proceeds over 2017-2024, construction sector to drive the application landscape

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The competitive matrix of self-compacting concrete market is all inclusive of top notch companies that have been heavily investing in strong alliances to come up with innovative solutions that are not only efficient but also environmentally viable. For instance, Tarmac, one of the most acclaimed U.K. based sustainable material group, recently acquired the remaining 50% share of Scottish Power, under the long-standing ScotAsh joint venture. Reportedly, through the deal, the self-compacting concrete market giant would get full proprietorship of ScotAsh. Experts claim this agreement to be highly strategic from Tarmac’s end, given its long term plan of widening its customer base with cutting-edge products, tapping the superfluity of expertise from both the organizations. The pipeline of such innovative projects on-board has undoubtedly sent out waves of expectations in self-compacting concrete industry.

U.S. self-compacting concrete market size, by application, 2013 – 2024 (USD Million)
U.S. self-compacting concrete market size, by application, 2013 - 2024 (USD Million)

Self-consolidating concrete has lately become an indispensable component in modern construction activities, pertaining to some of its exceptional beneficiary features such as high segregation resistance and flowability. It is therefore quite indisputable that the growth in construction domain will leave a perpetual impact on self-compacting concrete market trends. As per estimates, the overall construction spending is forecast to cross USD 13 trillion by 2023, almost double than what is recorded in 2015 (USD 7 trillion). The humungous figure, itself is enough to draw a picture of the growth opportunity of self-compacting concrete industry over the forthcoming period.

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With increasing deployment of self-compacting concrete in constructional activities, the necessity of R&D investments to exploit the material’s fullest potential has become even more crucial. In fact, market giants have been showcasing a great deal of interest in diversifying their product portfolio in sync with the sustainability trends. For instance, an absolutely fresh of the boat concept, dubbed as Eco-friendly self-compacting concrete or Eco-SCC has been introduced in APAC and Europe self-compacting concrete market that is claimed to possess lower cement content. Allegedly, the product is already gaining a mass popularity across the construction domain, pertaining to the fact that Eco-SCC is manufactured by aggregate gradation. In parallel to this, a plethora of driving factors including spreading awareness about sustainable buildings, green certification, and governmental standardization, collectively depicts that Eco-SCC, in all likeliness, would prove to be the next disruptive trend in self-compacting concrete industry space.

Asia Pacific is slated to be one of the most lucrative avenues for self-compacting concrete industry growth, given the strong pipeline of constructional projects across major countries like China. Statistics depict, with China at the forefront, APAC belt is forecast to account for almost 60% of the overall construction expenditure by 2025. Furthermore, Asia Pacific self-compacting concrete market is governed by a stringent regulatory frame of reference enforced by authorized bodies that have implemented favorable policies under the structural reform plan. Pertaining to the massive industrialization and urbanization across the continent, APAC self-compacting concrete market pegged a valuation of USD 14 billion in 2016 and is likely to record a decent growth pace over 2017-2024.

High raw materials price trends compared to its conventional counterparts along with limited utilization of the product in the infrastructural domain are claimed to be the two major constraints deterring self-compacting concrete market penetration across some of the geographies. Nonetheless, renowned biggies are set to explore various opportunities and challenges of the business fraternity in the ensuing years by investing in advanced technologies that not only ensures improved functionality but also competitive pricing. Driven by the considerable developments on the product front in tandem with expansive application landscape, the self-compacting concrete industry is forecast to exceed a valuation of USD 30 billion by 2024.

Author Name : Satarupa De

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) Market to gain substantial revenue via personal care product sales, APAC to impel the global demand over 2016-2024

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The rising requirement to maintain workplace & household cleanliness will stimulate sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) market, pertaining to the fact that SLS is one of the main constituents of various detergents and cleaners. Of late, there has been a growing concern among consumers regarding environmental cleanliness and a healthy livelihood, which will undeniably enhance the product demand. Regional governments have also been undertaking initiatives regarding the same and have deployed strict regulations to maintain cleanliness, thereby propelling sodium lauryl sulfate industry share. The increasing requirement of household detergents and cleaners in various sectors is also slated to create lucrative opportunities for SLS industry giants.

China Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) Market size, by application, 2013 – 2024 (USD Million)
China Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) Market size, by application, 2013 – 2024 (USD Million)

According to Global Market Insights, Inc. “Worldwide Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) Market, having had a revenue of USD 450 million in 2015, will generate a significant valuation by 2024, growing at a CAGR of more than 5% over 2016-2024.” Emerging nations across the globe are fueling the requirement for personal care products and detergents on a large scale subject to the improving purchase parity of consumers. This factor will also impel Asia Pacific sodium lauryl sulfate industry size, which was worth more than USD 100 million in 2015. This regional business is anticipated to generate significant revenue by 2024, with an annual growth rate of 5% over 2016-2024, owing to the implementation of strict norms to maintain cleanliness and hygiene.

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Escalating commercialization of hair care and dermal products across the world will stimulate the demand for personal care products noticeably. Consumers have been giving preference to personal care products such as soaps, scrubs, shampoos, facial creams, bath bombs, which will augment SLS industry growth, owing to the fact that SLS is primarily used in various personal care products. As per estimates, sodium lauryl sulfate market share from personal care applications generated a revenue of USD 90 billion in 2015 and will register considerable annual growth rate over the coming timeframe. Moreover, growing consciousness among the people about their personal health and hygiene will influence the market share positively.

North America sodium lauryl sulfate market, with U.S. at the helm, covered over 15% of the business share in 2015 and will collect considerable revenue by 2024. The expanding personal care products and detergents sectors will stimulate the industry size. Shifting trends toward the usage of organic personal care products will also influence the regional SLS market share, and the U.S. is undoubtedly slated to be the major revenue pocket. It has been observed that industry giants prefer to manufacture liquid products rather dry products, due to the high miscibility factor of the former coupled with its cost-effectiveness. On that note, sodium lauryl sulfate industry size from liquid forms was valued at USD 200 million in 2015, and is slated to collect a revenue of more than USD 350 million by the end of 2024. The growth can be attributed to the prominent use of liquid products in personal care and detergents applications.

The noteworthy players in sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) market are Huntsman Corporation, Dow Chemical Company, Sasol, BASF SE, Oxiteno, Solvay S.A., Galaxy Surfactants, Xiamen Ditai Chemicals Co. Ltd., Croda International, Godrej Industries, Taiwan NJC Corp., Stepan Company, Miwon Commercial Co. Ltd., Clariant Corp., Kao Corporation, and Melan Chemical Co., Limited.

Author Name : Sunil Hebbalkar