Silicone is an eminent component in various industries, given its umpteen benefits such as high durability, foam control, UV stability, radiation resistance and adhesion. Non-toxicity of silicone drives its application in the food sector where optimum quality is imperative.
Over the last few years, silicone have been a key component in the automobile industry for reducing overall weight of vehicles which further enhances fuel-efficiency. Further, the excellent properties of silicone allows market players to develop customized solutions as per end users’ requirement.
Global Silicone Market – Competitive Landscape
The global silicone market is fairly consolidated comprising limited number of players. These market leaders are continuously focusing upon expansion activities and R&D projects to widen the application of silicone materials. For instance,
- Wacker Chemie AG (Germany) and Shin-Etsu Chemical Co. Ltd. (Japan) are expanding their manufacturing units in APAC, owing to low cost production and cheap labors.
- In June 2020, Shin-Etsu developed a new technology – Reduced-Platinum Reaction Curing System Technology – for reducing the usage of platinum in silicone release coatings.
Players in global silicone market includes
- Dow Corning
- Wacker Chemie.
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Impact of COVID-19 on Global Silicone Market
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a steep downfall in world economy by halting manufacturing processes and disrupting supplies in global trade.
Silicone is commonplace material in several industries – cosmetics, automotive and construction – as such, drastic reduction in demand from these end-use industries is severely hitting the profit margins of manufacturers.
Consequently, manufacturers are partially or completely halting their production units, further causing turmoil in the supply chain.
On the other hand, demand for silicone from health care sector have seen a significant uptake amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Medical gloves derived from silicone cause none to minimal allergic reactions.
Moreover, rising concerns regarding virus spread are fueling the usage of silicone gloves for common use, and this demand will continue for a long period.
Global Silicone Market – Growth Drivers
The electronics industry will remain the primary consumer of silicone material, where it is mainly used as a semiconductor.
Owing to high conductivity, silicone materials are used to maximize the performance of several devices such as transistors, printed circuit boards (PCB), and integrated circuits (IC). Recent study reveals that the electronics industry is anticipated to grow at 4% CAGR.
With a smooth texture, silicone finds application in the cosmetics industry. Silicone-based cosmetic products are used for hair and skin conditioning. The material works as an emulsifier, which helps in combining other ingredients in cosmetic products.
Going forward, emollient qualities of silicone makes its ideal in production of moisturizers. The global cosmetic industry is estimated to reach US$ 648 Mn, growing at 6% CAGR. Furthermore, silicone sealants are becoming commonplace in construction industry as they offer better characteristics compared to conventional polyurethane (PU) polysulfide, and acrylic sealants.
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Global Silicone Market – Growth Restraints
Fluctuating prices of raw materials are majorly hampering the silicone market growth. Government agencies such as the UK Competent Authorities and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has impose reduction on the usage of cyclosiloxanes D4 and D5, used in cosmetic and personal care industry.
Both the silicone products are expected to be limited to concentration of 0.1% by weight in cosmetic formulations.
In medical sector, silicone are considered medical-grade only if they meet the standards of USP Class V and VI. Furthermore, silicone manufacturers have to fulfil various regulations including, Restriction of Use of Hazardous Substances (RoHS), the Dodd-Frank Act, and the US government’s International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) for production of silicone rubber used in healthcare sector. The entire process is time-intensive, thus, putting strain on market revenue pool.
Global Silicone Market – Regional Analysis
Asia Pacific (APAC) would remain in the vanguard of the global silicone market both in terms of revenue share and CAGR. The market growth in the region is majorly driven by well-established electronics and automotive industry.
High adoption of renewable energy and fast uptake of electric vehicles (EV) are providing lucrative opportunities for silicone manufacturers. China, Japan, India, and Australia are attracting huge stakeholders’ attention, given presence of large manufacturing sector in these countries.
Emergence of automotive sector in Mexico is driving the silicone market in North America. Rising demand for minimally-invasive surgeries in tandem with well-developed healthcare infrastructure is further propelling the regional market.
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Global Silicone Market – Segmentation
The global silicone market is segmented on the basis of following,
By End Users
- Industrial Application
By Curing Method
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