Silicone Fluid Market size is forecast to reach $2.1 Billion by 2025, after growing at a CAGR of 4.5% during 2020-2025. Silicone fluids have low surface tension, no change in viscosity across a wide range of temperatures and have virtually no harmful effects on metals and other materials, owing to which it has an increasing demand across a wide range of applications. Furthermore, the excellent heat resistant property, thermal stability and solubility leading toward the rise in construction activities, are further expected to create new opportunities for the growth of the global silicone fluid industry in the forecast era.
Silicone Fluid Market Segment Analysis – By Type
Common dimethyl silicone fluid is physiologically inert and has water repellence qualities, defoaming properties, thermo-oxidant stability and chemical stability. Specific products which enhance the advantages of dimethyl polysiloxane by integrating different organic groups into some methyl groups are modified silicone fluids. Modification adds properties such as organic compatibility or reactivity, water solubility, emulsification properties, water repellence, paint ability, anti-static properties, softening properties, and lubricity. Modified silicone fluids are used in a wide variety of applications, such as cosmetics ingredients, resin modifications, textile treatment agents, wax additives, water repellents for building applications, and release agents. Modified silicone fluids are also used to enhance the working of existing polymeric materials and to create new materials in various industries. Owing to these properties the demand for silicone fluids will rise in the forecast period.
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Silicone Fluid Market Segment Analysis – By Application
Personal care held the largest share in the Silicone Fluid Market in 2019 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 5.1% during the forecast period 2020-2025. Silicone fluid used for cosmetics is normally transparent, odorless, physiologically inertness that is highly secure for human body. Owing to its benefits of water repellence, lubrication, low surface tension, protection, great usability and appliance, shine, great moisturizing effect and nontoxic, silicone is widely used in personal care. Silicone fluid can be applied for skin care cream, lotion, make-up, lip stick, hair care shampoo, body care / body lotion, and body cream. Silicone fluid is useful for enhancing the cosmetics quality and efficiency due to its high spread ability, appliance, sticky less, water repellence, heteroplastic, inertness of other materials. Also, Due to their ability to reduce the oily and sticky skin feel associated with high levels of organic sunscreen oils, silicone fluids are widely used in sunscreen formulations. Thus, increasing use of silicone fluid in cosmetics will drive the market in the forecast period.
Silicone Fluid Market Segment Analysis – Geography
The Asia Pacific held the largest share with 38.6% in Silicone Fluid Market in 2019. The growing activities in the construction of infrastructure are major drivers for the construction industry in Asia-Pacific. Rapid urbanization has resulted in several infrastructure projects primarily in China and India. China has dominated the market share of Asia-Pacific. China is the region’s largest user of lubricants, and the consumption rates are expected to remain the same in the region, regardless of the slow-growing economy. China is the world’s largest producing and exporting textiles nation. With its rapid growth over the past two decades, China’s textile industry has become one of the country’s main pillars of economy, contributing 7 percent to China’s GDP. Owing to all these factors, the market for silicone fluids in the APAC region is anticipated to rise in the forecast period.
Silicone Fluid Market Drivers
The growing demand from lubricants and greases
Silicone fluids or silicone oils have low thermal surface tension, low volatility and excellent shear resistance due to which it is highly preferred in lubricants & greases. Silicone Fluid also offers excellent lubricating properties and is used as a base fluid for lubricants. Due to the non-polar, non-reactive, and semi-inorganic composition of silicone fluids, their use as release agents and lubricants results in a relative high incompatibility with chemicals. Silicone fluids provide lubrication for interfaces of steel-bronze, stainless steel-aluminum, steel-zinc, and for various plastics. Also, the demand for silicone fluids is likely to rise with the rising demand for lubricants across the world, from various industries such as automotive and transportation, and heavy equipment. Thus, owing to the above factors the demand for silicone fluids is expected to increase in lubricants application, over the forecast period.
Increasing use of silicone fluid in the automotive industry
Silicone fluids are used as vehicle polishing additives, dressings and sealants. The automobile industry uses a variety of silicone fluid additives, ranging from tire shine products, upholstery cleaning and conditioning, waxing, water repellent screens for headlights, doors, sunroofs and windows. Silicone Fluids are compounds of silicone (dimethcone) polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), which provide superior protection against penetration of water and moisture. Dimethyl silicone fluid has been used in automotive waxes as a gloss enhancer, as a filling material in rubber dampers, and as a damping medium in instrument meters. It is also used as a fill material in sensors and a damping medium for auto seats in more wide-ranging applications. In addition, the heat-resistant silicone fluids have increased oxidation stability, which is achieved by adding improvers in heat-resistance to dimethyl silicone fluid. They are used as fan coupling fluids, as well as in other applications for torque transmission, and as heating medium in cars. Owing to these factors the demand for silicone fluid market is anticipated to rise in the projected period.
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Silicone Fluid Market Challenges
Effects of silicone fluid
Silicone fluid can cause problems affecting almost all of the ocular structures, including corneal decompense, keratopathy of the band, acute and chronic IOP, lens opacity, epiretinal membrane, retinopathy, optic neuropathy and extraocular extension. Though ingestion is not known to cause adverse effects, it can also affect the individual’s health after ingestion, especially if there is clear damage to the pre-existing organ (e.g. liver or kidneys). Silicone fluid can have a laxative effect and induce depression in the central nervous system. In a substantial number of individuals, silicone fluid content may also cause eye irritation. Long eye contact can cause a temporary conjunctive redness (similar to windburn) inflammation. Thus, all these factors will impede the growth of the market in the forecast era.
Technology launches, acquisitions, and R&D activities are key strategies adopted by players in the silicone fluid market. In 2019, the market of silicone fluid market has been consolidated by the top five players accounting for xx% of the share. Major players in the silicone fluid market are, ChemChina, DowDuPont, KCC CORPORATION, Momentive, Shin-Etsu Chemical, Wacker Chemie, Gelest Incorporated, Quantum Silicones, Clariant International limited, Caledonia Investments and Saint Gobain among others.
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Effect of COVID-19 has a direct impact on various industries, impacting supply of raw materials, upsetting the value chain of the triggering commodity inflation risks. The disruption has led to a retardation of remote work and will affect the growth of Silicone Fluid Market in the forecast period.
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