Polyisobutylene (PIB) or Butyl rubber is a commercial rubber with unique chemical and physical properties. Butyl rubber’s impermeability to moisture and gases makes it ideal for manufacturing tubeless tires. Butyl rubber has wide range of applications including protective clothing, chewing gum and pharmaceutical medications. Butyl rubber has superior impermeability, and the long Polyisobutylene segment of its polymer chain gives it excellent flex property. In addition, butyl rubber has good chemical resistance, outstanding heat resistance, excellent aging stability, superior damping properties and excellent ozone and weather resistance. Furthermore, butyl rubber has superior electrical insulation properties, fast cure rate requiring lower amounts of vulcanizing agents and good adhesion to other types of rubber.

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Butyl Rubber is used in production of wide range of products such as tires, adhesives, sealants, tubes, inner liners of tires, additives for motor oils, adhesive tapes, sealants, stoppers for medical bottles, sports equipment and so on. This product is a co-polymer of Isobutylene and Isoprene with high electrical resistivity and greater resistance which is predominantly in used in manufacturing of tires and tubes.PIB is one of the most rapidly growing segments of the rubber industry

Market Growth Reasons:

  • Various industries use the PIB on account of its excellent impermeability, thermal stability and flexibility.
  • The growing transportation industry has facilitated the hike in the market.
  • The increasing demand for superior materials for adhesives, sealants, stoppers and similar others will drive the market in the future in pharmaceutical and adhesives applications.
  • Furthermore, the evolving environmental regulations are expected to spur innovations aiming to bring out eco-friendly products.

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Insight on Major Players:

The Butyl Rubber Market is dominated by few players which constitute more than 50% of the share in 2014. ExxonMobil and Lanxess AG are the top two players in the market, which are continuously making efforts to widen their share in the market. ExxonMobil has announced its plans in 2014 to construct a large production plant, whereas Lanxess AG has invested in China on construction of a production plant in 2013.  Asia-Pacific is estimated to witness highest growth, with China being the frontier of growth with a forecast to grow at 7.7% CAGR from 2015-2020! To mention few key players:

  • BASF SE,
  • Chevron Oronite,
  • ExxonMobil Corporation,
  • Infineum, Lanxess,
  • TPC Group and
  • Lubrizol Corporation.

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Tires and Tubes were the largest application of butyl rubber in 2014. Different innovations and changing trends in the tire technology have led to the growing demand for Polyisobutylene in the automotive industry. Polyisobutylene is increasingly being used to manufacture durable tires. This segment constitutes 80% and is estimated to exhibit striking growth owing to the progression in automotive industry. The Adhesives and Pharmaceutical applications are forecast to showcase the highest growth in the wake of increasing demand of high elastic and high resistive products in those applications. The butyl rubbers at very high temperatures are not stable and pose risk. Innovations focused on this drawback will further propel the market. The market structure is oligopoly, where the top five constituting more than 50% in 2014.

Geographical analysis in the report:

  • North America
  • Asia Pacific
  • Europe
  • Rest of the World

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