Globally, the expenditure on water and wastewater treatment has increased significantly over the past few years. Developing countries, particularly in Asia-Pacific (APAC), have increased their budgetary allocation on wastewater projects. Besides, several water treatment projects in developed countries such as the U.S., Canada, Germany, and the U.K. have been at the forefront of integrating innovative solutions and making capacity additions to existing facilities. In coherence, the application of defoamers in these plants has considerably increased in recent times. Thus, the increasing expenditure on waste treatment is expected to offer substantial mileage to the defoamers market to grow in the near future.
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Foam, also known as bubbles in the liquid phase, is generally produced as a by-product during chemical reactions and manufacturing of several chemicals. A defoamer is a chemical additive that diminishes and hinders the formation of foam in industrial process liquids. Defoamers are characterized by low viscosity and can easily spread on the foamy surface in a solution. In the report, the defoamers market is segmented on the basis of product type, end-use industry, and region.
On the basis of end-use industry, the defoamers market is classified into the paper and pulp; water treatment; paints and coatings; food and beverage; oil and gas; agrochemicals; pharmaceuticals; chemicals; and metal working industries. Defoamers are widely employed in the paper and pulp industry, as they help lower the production of foam in the production lines of paper mills. Defoamers are employed in these mills, as foam production in paper mills hinders paper production and results in the creation of deposits, development of bacteria, and drainage issues.
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Based on region, the defoamers market is categorized into North America, Europe, APAC, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa. Geographically, APAC is expected to occupy a significant share in the market during the forecast period. Furthermore, favorable government regulations, presence of a large customer base, and growth in end-use industries are expected to drive the market in the region. The European defoamers market is expected to witness low-to-moderate growth during the forecast period, owing to stringent regulatory policies imposed by the European Union on the use of defoamers in industrial applications.
Growth in end-user industries is one of the key drivers for the defoamers market. This is reflected by the increasing demand for defoamers in projects aimed at the treatment of wastewater and the production of paints and coatings, paper and pulp, and food and beverages.
Water-based defoamers are devoid of organic solvents and, therefore, do not have any detrimental effect on the environment. Thus, increased environmental awareness and focus on sustainability have led to increased preference for water-based products in developed countries.
Technological advancements and product development are expected to create lucrative opportunities for the players in the defoamers market in the near future. For instance, research is being conducted on polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), a key raw material used in the production of defoamers, to synthesize the modified molecules of PDMS to improve the product performance.
Defoamers Market Competitive Landscape
Some of the major players operating in the global defoamers market are 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.
The study provides the historical as well the forecast market size data for various countries, including the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, the U.K., Italy, Spain, Japan, China, India, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, and South Africa.
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