India Silicone Defoamer Market: Snapshot
The easy availability of silicone defoamer in a wide range of viscosities and its ability to work at higher temperatures and pH has been driving the market for silicone defoamers in India substantially. Its insolubility in foaming medium and superior surface active properties compared to organic defoamers are another significant factors that are fueling its demand in this country. In addition, the growing popularity of silicone defoamer, supported by its chemically inert nature and flexibility to work in dramatic climate changes, is likely to propel this market over the next few years.
The India market for silicone defoamer was worth US$197.4 mn in 2015. Rising at a steady CAGR of 4.90% between 2016 and 2024, the market’s opportunity is likely to reach US$299.4 mn by the end of 2024. In terms of volume, the market is expected to touch 64,605.2 tons over the same time period.
Demand for Silicone Defoamer to Remain High in Water Treatment Processes
The water treatment, paints and coatings, pharmaceuticals, metalworking fluids, and the food and beverages industries are the main application areas of silicone defoamers. Apart from this, it is also widely utilized in the pulp and paper, textile, oil and gas, and the detergents industries. The demand for silicone defoamer is higher in the water treatment industry compared to other application segments and the scenario is anticipated to remain same over the next few years.
With the growing scarcity of fresh drinking water and the rising concern over water, the demand for silicone defoamer for wastewater, boiler water, or effluent treatment is increasing substantially. However, silicone defoamer, if added in high dose and if not disposed of properly, may affect water table quality, leading to severe hindrance in the market’s growth trajectory.
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Increasing Number of New Residential Projects to Boost Demand for Silicone Defoamer in Paints and Coatings
The metalworking fluids, pharmaceuticals, paints and coatings, and the food and beverages industry are also anticipated to witness an increasing demand for silicone defoamer in the next few years. The demand for silicone defoamer in the paints and coatings industry is expected to be driven by the increasing population density across urban regions, surge in new residential projects, and the growth of the automotive sector in this country. In the metalworking fluids segment, the demand for this defoamer is projected to be driven by the increasing need to reduce foam accumulation in metal working operations.
The pharmaceutical industry experiences a significant demand for silicone defoamer due to critical parameters, which manufacturer came across during production of varied drugs and fermentation process. On account of its superior properties, silicone defoamer, are widely used in antacid production, bottle filling operations, fermentation, and antibiotics production. However, the demand for it in the pharmaceutical industry expected to slow down in the near future due to stringent regulations on non-biodegradable products and the increasing focus on eco-friendly products.
With a very few number of local participants, the India market for silicone defoamer is majorly led by international players. Wacker Chemie AG, Ashland Global Holdings Inc., BASF SE, Bluestar Silicones International, Clariant International AG, Dow Corning Corp., Momentive Performance Materials Inc., Evonik Industries AG, Shin-Etsu Chemical Co. Ltd., Elkay Chemicals Private Ltd., Chempro India Pvt. Ltd., Om Tex Chem Private Ltd., Resil Chemicals Pvt. Ltd., and Supreme Silicones are some of the prominent vendors of silicone defoamer in India.
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