Defoamers market analysis


Defoamers market analysis


Defoamers are specialty chemicals used in various industries like pulp and paper, oil & gas, textiles, pharmaceuticals, detergents, lubricants, food & beverage and others to control foam generated during the production process. It increases the efficiency of the machines by destroying the excess foam formed during the production activity. A defoamer causes the foam bubbles to coalesce in order to reduce or completely eliminate them. The report takes into account the global defoamers market and provides in-depth analysis by three segments: type, application and geography.

Defoamers can be broadly classified into two types - silicone defoamers and non-silicone defoamers. Silicone based defoamers are polymers having silicone as backbone. It has silicone as the main chain concatenated with carbon and hydrogen molecules. Non-Silicone defoamers includeoil, ester and water bases. Defoamers are also segmented by their utility in different applications such as paper and pulp, paints & coatings, oil & gas, textiles, pharmaceuticals, detergents, lubricants, food and beverage and others.

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The global defoamers market revenue was $2.76 billion in 2014 and is growing at a CAGR of 4.1% from 2015 to 2020.

Researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology have come up with a new type of foam called ‘Capillary Foam’. The research was sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). These capillary foams were developed by a graduate student named Yi Zhang, co-advised by the mentors Behrens and Carson Meredith.

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The capillary foam is different from the traditional foam because along with the air and water as the main ingredients, a small amount of oil is added into the water-based foams for foam stability. Oil in water-based foams can lead to exceptional stability because neither the oil nor the particles alone can stabilize the foams. The symbiotic combination of oil and particulate helps in foam stability because oil is usually used as a defoaming agent. The stability in the capillary foam comes from the oil that acts as a bridge between the particles of the foam. Lightweight foams can be used in many industrial applications from construction to automobile and airplane manufacturing.

One of the driving factor is the cost effectiveness of defoamers in pulp and paper industry; for example, a quality defoamer in a brown stock washing in a pulp station will be able to improve cleaning efficiency, which will decrease pulp rejects, increase black liquor solids content and increase the green liquor salts that can be recycled back to the pulp digester. For each added solids percentage in the black liquor, the pulp mill can increase their revenue by $1 million. The paper mill will be driven by this added value approach, rather than a low cost basis.

Defoamers are used in an eclectic mix of applications. The usage of defoamers in all the applications is at the production stage predominantly. Hence if there are fluctuations in the end user industry it directly impacts the defoamer used in that particular industry; for example, paints and coatings industry is growing very rapidly due to humongous demand from the construction sector in APAC region, and defoamers are used in paints and coatings during its formulations. But in case of the textile production in China, it has plummeted in 2015 and hence the market of defoamers in textile applications in China has decreased. These examples delineate the restraints for defoamer.

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