Albany - NY, Oct. 20, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rise in demand for defoamers in pulp & paper, paints & coatings, and water treatment applications in Asia Pacific has been driving the defoamers market. Defoamers are used to reduce and prevent formation of foam. Foam poses difficulties to various industries such as chemicals, especially during the biochemical process. It hampers flow of liquid and blocks transfer of oxygen from air. Therefore, defoamers such as silicone oils are added to prevent the problem of foaming. Silicone-based defoamers are the most widely used defoamers across the globe in various applications including pulp & paper, water treatment, paints & coatings, food & beverages, and others. Growth in various application industries especially in Asia Pacific is driving the global defoamers market. However, stringent regulatory policies are estimated to hamper the market growth in the near future.
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Silicone-based defoamers was the largest product segment, accounting for more than 40% share of the global defoamers market in 2014. Silicone-based defoamers are considered heavy-duty defoamers and are good at both cracking down surface foam and releasing entrapped air. Oil-based defoamers constituted the second-largest share of the global defoamers market in 2014. Oil-based defoamers have an oil carrier; oil may be mineral oil, vegetable oil, white oil, or any other oil that is insoluble in the foaming medium, except silicone oil. Water-based defoamers are also among the major product segments of the global defoamers market.
In terms of demand, pulp & paper has been dominating the defoamers market since the past few years. Defoamers used in the pulp and paper industry include water-based defoamers, oil-based defoamers, powder defoamers, silicone-based defoamers, and alkyl polyacrylates defoamers. Defoamers used in the pulp and paper industry tackle problems of surface foam and entrapped air. In terms of demand, water treatment accounted for the second-largest share of the defoamers market in 2014. Hydrocarbon-based defoamers are widely used in sewage treatment applications. Silicone-based defoamers are usually not preferred due to their high cost. Other major applications of defoamers include food & beverages and paints & coatings.
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In terms of demand, Asia Pacific has been dominating the defoamers market during the past few years. The region held over 30% share of the global demand for defoamers in 2014. This trend is estimated to continue during the forecast period. Rise in demand for defoamers in pulp & paper, water treatment, and paints & coatings are key factors driving the defoamers market in Asia Pacific. North America and Europe are projected to exhibit moderate increase in demand for defoamers due to stringent governmental regulations in these regions. Growth of the defoamers market in Latin America and the Middle East & Africa is likely to be sluggish during the forecast period.
The report provides a comprehensive view of the defoamers market in terms of volume and revenue. It includes current demand analysis and forecast for product segments and application segments in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa. Furthermore, the report provides detailed country-wise analysis of the defoamers market in the regions mentioned above.
The defoamers market has been divided into the following segments:
Defoamers Market - Product Segment Analysis
- Water-based Defoamers
- Oil-based Defoamers
- Silicone-based Defoamers
- Others (Including EO/PO-based Defoamers, etc.)
Defoamers Market - Application Segment Analysis
- Pulp & Paper
- Water Treatment
- Paints & Coatings
- Food & Beverages
- Others (Including Pharmaceuticals, Mining, Printing, Agricultural Chemicals, etc.)
Defoamers Market - Regional Analysis
- Rest of North America
- Rest of Europe
- Rest of Asia Pacific
- Rest of Latin America
Middle East & Africa
- South Africa
- Rest of Middle East & Africa
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