In 2018, the global silicones market exceeded a volume of 2.1 Million Tons, whereas the global siloxanes market reached a volume of 2.8 Million Tons. The silicones market is further projected to reach a volume of 2.9 Million Tons by 2024, growing at a CAGR of 6% during 2019-2024. On the other hand, the global siloxanes market is anticipated to reach a volume of 3.9 Million Tons by 2024, projecting a CAGR of 5.3%. Siloxanes refer to volatile organosilicon compounds that are composed of recurring silicon-oxygen (Si-O) bonds, occurring in either cyclic or linear form. They are highly stable and physiologically inert, and have lubricating properties. Silicones are formulated from siloxanes and can take a variety of physical forms ranging from solids and semi-viscous pastes to liquids and oils. Due to their advantageous characteristics such as flexibility, resistance to moisture, stability, inertness, permeability to gases, etc., silicones find a wide array of industrial applications.
Global Silicones and Siloxanes Market Drivers:
Breakup by Type:
Based on type, the silicones market has been segmented into elastomers, fluids, resins and gels. Amongst these, elastomers account for more than a third of the total market share due to their non-reactive nature. This helps them to find applications in cooking, baking, and in the production of footwears, undergarments and cosmetics.
On the other hand, the siloxanes market has been divided into linear and cyclic, wherein linear siloxanes dominate the market. Dimethicones, a form of linear siloxane, is used as a medication to treat minor skin irritations. Apart from this, these siloxanes are majorly used as intermediates in the manufacturing of silicones.
Breakup by Application:
The silicones market has been segregated on the basis of application into construction materials, energy, industrial applications, home and personal care, transportation, healthcare and electronics. Currently, industrial applications represent the largest segment since silicones are used as RTV sealants and anti-foaming agents owing to their resistance to high temperature and pressure.
On the basis of application, the siloxanes market has been bifurcated into silicones and other applications. A dominant share of siloxanes is employed in the production of silicones which are further used in various industries. Other applications of siloxanes include household and cleaning products, deodorants and anti-perspirants.
On a geographical front, Asia Pacific enjoys the leading position in the silicones and siloxanes market on account of thriving construction and automotive industries, supported by surging population, rapid urbanisation and mounting disposable incomes. In addition, availability of raw materials and abundance of labour have created a positive outlook for the market growth. Other major regions include Europe, North America, Central and South America, and Middle East and Africa.
The market is concentrated in nature with the presence of a handful of players who account for the majority of the total production. Some of the leading players operating in the market are:
This report provides a deep insight into the global silicones and siloxanes market covering all its essential aspects. This ranges from macro overview of the market to micro details of the industry performance, recent trends, key market drivers and challenges, SWOT analysis, Porter’s five forces analysis, value chain analysis, etc. This report is a must-read for entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, consultants, business strategists, and all those who have any kind of stake or are planning to foray into the silicones and siloxanes market in any manner.
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