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Silicones Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2021-2026

Market Overview:

The global silicones market reached a value of US$ 15.1 Billion in 2020. Looking forward, IMARC Group expects the market to exhibit moderate growth during 2021-2026. Keeping in mind the uncertainties of COVID-19, we are continuously tracking and evaluating the direct as well as the indirect influence of the pandemic on different end-use industries. These insights are included in the report as a major market contributor.

Silicones, also known as polysiloxanes, refer to polymeric synthetic materials which are formulated from inorganic-organic monomers. Due to their molecular structure, silicones can be manufactured in several forms such as oil, solid, rubber, liquid, grease or semi-viscous paste. They are generally manufactured by first reacting silicon with methyl chloride and then with water. This reaction results in the production of polymers with advantageous properties such as flexibility, and resistance to moisture, chemicals, UV rays, and both high and low temperatures. As a result, silicones find diverse applications ranging from use in pressure sensitive adhesives to protection of electronic devices from extreme temperatures and contamination.

Global Silicones Industry Drivers:

  • Silicone does not cause skin irritations and has a smooth feel, low surface tension and anti-foaming properties. On account of this, silicone polymers are incorporated in personal care products, deodorants, and make-up items. Increasing demand for cosmetics across the globe is fostering the growth of the silicones market.
  • As silicone-based materials, such as sealants, adhesives and protective coatings, are strong, durable, and weather resistant, they are widely used in construction activities. Apart from this, they are also used in the manufacturing of polyurethane foam which provides insulation and increases the energy-efficiency of buildings. With rising infrastructural development and growing construction industry, the demand for silicones is augmenting at a rapid pace. 
  • Earlier, the consumption of silicone products was largely confined to the Western countries. However, the Asia Pacific region now consumes more than a half of the silicones in the world with China being the dominant consumer. The increasing production of silicones in the Asian and Middle Eastern countries along with economic growth, expanding middle class population, rapid urbanization and rising consumption of end-products containing silicones, are expected to catalyze the market growth.


Key Market Segmentation:

IMARC Group provides an analysis of the key trends in each sub-segment of the global silicones market report, along with forecasts for growth at the global, regional and country-level from 2021-2026. Our report has categorized the market based on product type, application and region.

Breakup by Product Type:

On the basis of product types, the global silicones market is divided into elastomers, fluids, gels and resins. At present, elastomers represent the most popular type of silicones as they are generally stable and non-reactive in nature. They find diverse applications in cooking, baking and footwear manufacturing.

Breakup by Application:

Based on applications, the market is segregated into industrial processes, construction materials, home and personal care products, transportation, energy, healthcare, electronics, and others. As silicones are resistant to high pressure, temperature and chemicals, they majorly find applications in industrial processes.

Regional Insights:

On a geographical front, Asia Pacific enjoys the leading position in the global silicones market. Rising construction and automotive industries are propelling the demand for silicones in the region. Other regions include North America, Europe, Latin America, and Middle East and Africa.

Competitive Landscape:

The market is concentrated in nature with the presence of a few manufacturers who compete against one another in terms of prices and quality. Some of these key players include:

  • DOW
  • Elkem
  • ShinEtsu
  • WACKER
  • Momentive


This report provides a deep insight into the global silicones 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 market in any manner.

1   Preface
2   Scope and Methodology

    2.1    Objectives of the Study
    2.2    Stakeholders
    2.3    Data Sources
        2.3.1    Primary Sources
        2.3.2    Secondary Sources
    2.4    Market Estimation
        2.4.1    Bottom-Up Approach
        2.4.2    Top-Down Approach
    2.5    Forecasting Methodology
3   Executive Summary
4   Introduction

    4.1    Overview
    4.2    Properties
    4.3    Key Industry Trends
5   Global Silicones Market
    5.1    Market Overview
    5.2    Market Performance
        5.2.1    Volume Trends
        5.2.2    Value Trends
    5.3    Impact of COVID-19
    5.4    Market Breakup by Product Type
    5.5    Market Breakup by Application
    5.6    Market Breakup by Region
    5.7    Market Forecast
    5.8    SWOT Analysis
        5.8.1    Overview
        5.8.2    Strengths
        5.8.3    Weaknesses
        5.8.4    Opportunities
        5.8.5    Threats
    5.9    Value Chain Analysis
        5.9.1    Overview
        5.9.2    Research and Development
        5.9.3    Raw Material Procurement
        5.9.4    Manufacturing
        5.9.5    Marketing
        5.9.6    Distribution
        5.9.7    End-Use
    5.10    Porters Five Forces Analysis
        5.10.1    Overview
        5.10.2    Bargaining Power of Buyers
        5.10.3    Bargaining Power of Suppliers
        5.10.4    Degree of Competition
        5.10.5    Threat of New Entrants
        5.10.6    Threat of Substitutes
    5.11    Price Analysis
        5.11.1    Price Trends
        5.11.2    Price Indicators
        5.11.3    Margins Analysis
6   Market Breakup by Product Type
    6.1    Elastomers
        6.1.1 Market Trends
        6.1.2 Market Forecast
    6.2    Fluids
        6.2.1 Market Trends
        6.2.2 Market Forecast
    6.3    Gels
        6.3.1 Market Trends
        6.3.2 Market Forecast
    6.4    Resins
        6.4.1 Market Trends
        6.4.2 Market Forecast
7   Market Breakup by Application
    7.1    Industrial Processes
        7.1.1 Market Trends
        7.1.2 Market Forecast
    7.2    Construction Materials
        7.2.1 Market Trends
        7.2.2 Market Forecast
    7.3    Home and Personal Care
        7.3.1 Market Trends
        7.3.2 Market Forecast
    7.4    Transportation
        7.4.1 Market Trends
        7.4.2 Market Forecast
    7.5    Energy
        7.5.1 Market Trends
        7.5.2 Market Forecast
    7.6    Healthcare
        7.6.1 Market Trends
        7.6.2 Market Forecast
    7.7    Electronics
        7.7.1 Market Trends
        7.7.2 Market Forecast
    7.8    Others
        7.8.1 Market Trends
        7.8.2 Market Forecast
8   Market Breakup by Region
    8.1    North America
        8.1.1 Market Trends
        8.1.2 Market Forecast
    8.2    Europe
        8.2.1 Market Trends
        8.2.2 Market Forecast
    8.3    Asia Pacific
        8.3.1 Market Trends
        8.3.2 Market Forecast
    8.4    Latin America
        8.4.1 Market Trends
        8.4.2 Market Forecast
    8.5    Middle East and Africa
        8.5.1 Market Trends
        8.5.2 Market Forecast
9   Feedstock Analysis
    9.1    Supply and Demand of Key Feedstock
        9.1.1    Global Silicon Metal Market
            9.1.1.1    Market Performance
            9.1.1.2    Price Trend
            9.1.1.3    Market Forecast
            9.1.1.4    Market Breakup by Region
            9.1.1.5    Market Breakup by End Use
            9.1.1.6    Key Suppliers
10  Silicones Manufacturing Process
    10.1    Product Overview
    10.2    Raw Material Requirements
    10.3    Manufacturing Process
    10.4    Key Success and Risk Factors
11  Competitive Landscape
    11.1    Market Structure
    11.2    Key Players
    11.3    Profiles of Key Players
        11.3.1    Dow
            11.3.1.1    Company Overview
            11.3.1.2    Description
            11.3.1.3    Product Portfolio
            11.3.1.4    Financials
        11.3.2    Wacker
            11.3.2.1    Company Overview
            11.3.2.2    Description
            11.3.2.3    Product Portfolio
            11.3.2.4    Financials
            11.3.2.5    SWOT Analysis
        11.3.3    ShinEtsu
            11.3.3.1    Company Overview
            11.3.3.2    Description
            11.3.3.3    Product Portfolio
            11.3.3.4    Financials
            11.3.3.5    SWOT Analysis
        11.3.4    Momentive
            11.3.4.1    Company Overview
            11.3.4.2    Description
            11.3.4.3    Product Portfolio
            11.3.4.4    Financials
            11.3.4.5    SWOT Analysis
        11.3.5    Elkem
            11.3.5.1    Company Overview
            11.3.5.2    Description
            11.3.5.3    Product Portfolio
            11.3.5.4    Financials

List of Figures

Figure 1: Global: Silicones Market: Major Drivers and Challenges
Figure 2: Global: Silicones Market: Sales Volume (in Million Tons), 2015-2020
Figure 3: Global: Silicones Market: Sales Value (in Billion US$), 2015-2020
Figure 4: Global: Silicones Market: Breakup by Product Type (in %), 2020
Figure 5: Global: Silicones Market: Breakup by Application (in %), 2020
Figure 6: Global: Silicones Market: Breakup by Region (in %), 2020
Figure 7: Global: Silicones Market Forecast: Sales Volume (in Million Tons), 2021-2026
Figure 8: Global: Silicones Market Forecast: Sales Value (in Billion US$), 2021-2026
Figure 9: Global: Silicones Industry: SWOT Analysis
Figure 10: Global: Silicones Industry: Value Chain Analysis
Figure 11: Global: Silicones Industry: Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
Figure 12: Silicones Average Prices: D5 Price Trends (in US$/MT)
Figure 13: Silicones Average Prices: Emulsion Price Trends (in US$/MT)
Figure 14: Silicones Price Structure Analysis (in US$/Ton)
Figure 15: Silicones Price Structure Analysis (in %)
Figure 16: Global: Elastomers Market: Sales Volume (in Million Tons), 2015 & 2020
Figure 17: Global: Elastomers Market Forecast: Sales Volume (in Million Tons), 2021-2026
Figure 18: Global: Fluids Market: Sales Volume (in Million Tons), 2015 & 2020
Figure 19: Global: Fluids Market Forecast: Sales Volume (in Million Tons), 2021-2026
Figure 20: Global: Gels Market: Sales Volume (in Million Tons), 2015 & 2020
Figure 21: Global: Gels Market Forecast: Sales Volume (in Million Tons), 2021-2026
Figure 22: Global: Resins Market: Sales Volume (in Million Tons), 2015 & 2020
Figure 23: Global: Resins Market Forecast: Sales Volume (in Million Tons), 2021-2026
Figure 24: Global: Silicones Market (Applications in Industrial Processes): Sales Volume (in Million Tons), 2015 & 2020
Figure 25: Global: Silicones Market Forecast (Applications in Industrial Processes): Sales Volume (in Million Tons), 2021-2026
Figure 26: Global: Silicones Market (Applications in Construction Materials): Sales Volume (in Million Tons), 2015 & 2020
Figure 27: Global: Silicones Market Forecast (Applications in Construction Materials): Sales Volume (in Million Tons), 2021-2026
Figure 28: Global: Silicones Market (Applications in Home and Personal Care): Sales Volume (in Million Tons), 2015 & 2020
Figure 29: Global: Silicones Market Forecast (Applications in Home and Personal Care): Sales Volume (in Million Tons), 2021-2026
Figure 30: Global: Silicones Market (Applications in Transportation): Sales Volume (in Million Tons), 2015 & 2020
Figure 31: Global: Silicones Market Forecast (Applications in Transportation): Sales Volume (in Million Tons), 2021-2026
Figure 32: Global: Silicones Market (Applications in Energy): Sales Volume (in Million Tons), 2015 & 2020
Figure 33: Global: Silicones Market Forecast (Applications in Energy): Sales Volume (in Million Tons), 2021-2026
Figure 34: Global: Silicones Market (Applications in Healthcare): Sales Volume (in Million Tons), 2015 & 2020
Figure 35: Global: Silicones Market Forecast (Applications in Healthcare): Sales Volume (in Million Tons), 2021-2026
Figure 36: Global: Silicones Market (Applications in Electronics): Sales Volume (in Million Tons), 2015 & 2020
Figure 37: Global: Silicones Market Forecast (Applications in Electronics): Sales Volume (in Million Tons), 2021-2026
Figure 38: Global: Silicones Market (Other Applications): Sales Volume (in Million Tons), 2015 & 2020
Figure 39: Global: Silicones Market Forecast (Other Applications): Sales Volume (in Million Tons), 2021-2026
Figure 40: North America: Silicones Market: Sales Volume (in Million Tons), 2015 & 2020
Figure 41: North America: Silicones Market Forecast: Sales Volume (in Million Tons), 2021-2026
Figure 42: Europe: Silicones Market: Sales Volume (in Million Tons), 2015 & 2020
Figure 43: Europe: Silicones Market Forecast: Sales Volume (in Million Tons), 2021-2026
Figure 44: Asia Pacific: Silicones Market: Sales Volume (in Million Tons), 2015 & 2020
Figure 45: Asia Pacific: Silicones Market Forecast: Sales Volume (in Million Tons), 2021-2026
Figure 46: Latin America: Silicones Market: Sales Volume (in Million Tons), 2015 & 2020
Figure 47: Latin America: Silicones Market Forecast: Sales Volume (in Million Tons), 2021-2026
Figure 48: Middle East and Africa: Silicones Market: Sales Volume (in Million Tons), 2015 & 2020
Figure 49: Middle East and Africa: Silicones Market Forecast: Sales Volume (in Million Tons), 2021-2026
Figure 50: Global: Silicon Metal Market: Consumption Volume (in Million Tons), 2015-2020
Figure 51: Global: Silicon Metal Market: Average Prices (in US$/Ton), 2015-2020
Figure 52: Silicon Metal Market Forecast: Consumption Volume Trends (in Million Tons), 2021-2026
Figure 53: Global: Silicon Metal Market: Breakup by Region (in %)
Figure 54: Global: Silicon Metal Market: Breakup by End-Use (in %)
Figure 55: Silicones Manufacturing: Process Flow

List of Tables

Table 1: Silicones: General Properties
Table 2: Global: Silicones Market: Key Industry Highlights, 2020 and 2026
Table 3: Global: Silicones Market Forecast: Breakup by Product Type (in Million Tons), 2021-2026
Table 4: Global: Silicones Market Forecast: Breakup by Application (in Million Tons), 2021-2026
Table 5: Global: Silicones Market Forecast: Breakup by Region (in Million Tons), 2021-2026
Table 6: Silicones: Raw Material Requirements
Table 7: Global: Silicones Market Structure
Table 8: Global: Silicones Market: Key Players

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Key Question Answered in this Report

 

The global silicones market was valued at US$ 15.1 Billion in 2020.

 

Extensive utilization of silicone-based materials, such as sealants, adhesives, and protective coatings, in numerous construction activities based on its strong, durable, and weather resistant properties, is one of key factors catalyzing the global silicones market.

 

Sudden outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic had led to the implementation of stringent lockdown regulations across several nations resulting in the temporary shutdown of numerous end use industries for silicones. 

 

Based on the product type, the global silicones market has been bifurcated into elastomers, fluids, gels, and resins. Among these, elastomers currently hold the largest market share.

 

Based on the application, the global silicones market can be segmented into industrial processes, construction materials, home and personal care products, transportation, energy, healthcare, electronics, and others. Currently, industrial processes represent the largest segment.

 

On a regional level, the market has been classified into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, and Latin America, where Asia Pacific currently dominates the global market. 

 

Some of the major players in the global silicones market include DOW, Elkem, ShinEtsu, WACKER, and Momentive.

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