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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

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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