Global Silicones

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This study examines the global market for silicones by product, market, function, and world region. Historical data for 2010, 2015, and 2020 and forecasts for 2025 and 2030 are provided for silicone demand in current dollars for each of the products, markets, and function. Volume data (in metric tons) are also provided for each country and region, as well as for each market and product at the global level.

In addition, the key strategic and competitive variables affecting the global silicone industry are discussed, the industry’s key players are identified, and global market share is evaluated. The entire study is framed within the silicone industry’s economic and market environments.

For the purposes of this study, silicones are defined as polymers of silicon and oxygen. To avoid double counting, silicone demand is determined at the producer level and includes only basic products such as elastomers, fluids, resins, and gels:

  • elastomers
    • room temperature (RTV)
    • high temperature/high consistency (HTV or HCR)
    • liquid silicone rubber (LSR)
  • fluids (including both basic siloxane fluids and more specialized products such as emulsions, organically functionalized fluids, and fluorosilicone fluids)
  • resins
  • gels
  • foams
  • pastes

Siloxanes used as silicone products themselves (as in personal care product formulations) are also included. Foam control agents used in foam insulation are included in the chemicals – rather than the construction – market.

Excluded are:

  • downstream silicone products such as adhesives, sealants, lubricants, defoamers, and molded rubber goods
  • siloxanes used as raw materials for silicones, although siloxanes used as silicone products themselves (as in personal care product formulations) are included
  • silanes, including chlorosilane intermediates and silane coupling agents, which are not defined as silicone polymers
  • fluids used as intermediates in the production of other silicone product types, including gels, elastomers, and resins

Market segments include:

  • construction (residential buildings, commercial buildings, and nonbuilding construction)
  • transportation equipment (e.g., motor vehicles, aircraft and space vehicles, boats and ships, railroad equipment, snowmobiles, golf carts, military equipment)
  • electrical equipment (including solar panels cells, semiconductor components, electromechanical equipment, high-voltage insulators, transformers, and ceramic, porcelain, and glass insulators)
  • electronic products (e.g., computer equipment, instruments, electronic components, tablet computers and smartphones, wireless communications equipment, telephone apparatus, radio and television broadcasting equipment, LEDs)
  • personal care (e.g., antiperspirants, deodorants, cosmetics, hair care products, shaving products, shower and bath products, skin care products, sun care products)
  • chemical (including manufacture of polyurethane foam, slips agents, additives, foam control agents)
  • medical and healthcare
    • surgical appliances and suppliers (e.g., artificial joints and limbs, wound dressings, orthopedic braces and supports, implants
    • surgical and medical instruments (e.g., catheters)
    • dental supplies and equipment
    • ophthalmic goods
    • laboratory apparatus
    • pharmaceutical preparations
  • other markets
    • industrial (e.g., machinery, textiles, paper)
    • consumer (vehicle and furniture polishes, toys, housewares, etc.)

Demand is also analyzed by function:

  • adhesives, sealants, and caulks
  • elastomeric components (e.g., gaskets and seals, hosing and tubing)
  • paints and coatings
  • lubricants and greases (e.g., heat transfer fluids, dielectric fluids, transmission/hydraulic fluids)
  • other functions
    • emollient and conditioning agents
    • surfactants
    • polishes
    • defoamers (antifoaming agents and defoaming agents)
    • smaller volume function (e.g., silicone-based cleaners, mold release agents, tissue fillers, coupling agents)

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