PVC Additives Market size is forecast to reach $5.5 billion by 2025, after growing at a CAGR of 6% during 2020-2025. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is probably one of the most fascinating, most versatile, and oldest thermoplastic polymers. The increase in market value can be attributed to the high demand for PVC based additives, the replacement of traditional material with PVC and the growing use of stabilizers in pipes & fittings, window profiles and other related applications.
Asia Pacific dominates the PVC Additives market owing to rapid increase in building and construction sector.
Certain applications require higher impact strength than PVC would demonstrate normally.
The market drivers and restraints have been assessed to understand their impact over the forecast period.
The report further identifies the key opportunities for growth while also detailing the key challenges and possible threats.
The other key areas of focus include the various applications and end use industry in PVC Additives market and their specific segmented revenue.
PVC Additives Market Segment Analysis – By Type
Stabilizers held the largest share in the PVC Additives market in 2019. This growth is mainly attributed to the increasing demand for stabilizers in varied applications such as pipes & fittings, rigid & semi-rigid films, and others. Due to their superior properties, such as UV resistance, weathering and heat-aging, stabilizers are increasingly favored over other types of additives. To avoid premature degradation, many polymers are vulnerable to environmental degradation and require the addition of a stabilizer such as an antioxidant or UV absorbent. Hampered phenols and obstructed amine light stabilizers (HALS) deactivate emerging radicals, like air-oxidated peroxy compounds. UV absorbers dissipate UV radiation through the material by a method that is non-destructive. Monomers are added to free radical inhibitors as stabilizers to prevent premature polymerization.
PVC Additives Market Segment Analysis – By Forms
Granules held the largest share in the PVC Additives market in 2019. Granules help to increase the density of the freshly synthesized polymer since it lacks the flowing properties required to be processed by an extruder. Due to their plasticity property, they can be molded or shaped by application of heat. Other characteristics of plastic are its low electrical conductivity, low density, transparency and toughness which allowed it to be used for the creation of different products. In addition, plastic’s versatility has led to its use in a wide array of industries. In order to produce normal and high-strength concretes, 10%, 20%, and 30% replacement ratios by volume of PVC granules and powder are used.
PVC Additives Market Segment Analysis – By Fabrication Process
Extrusion held the largest share in the PVC Additives market in 2019. Extrusion is used mainly for handling large plastic volumes. The pellets, granules, chips, or powders are fed into the extruder and melted under high temperatures. PVC compounding is a process where additives are mixed with the base resin in order to obtain a homogenous mix. The additives are used either to enhance process capabilities or to improve product efficiency. The use of sizing parts will generate any length of profiles to the desired length. Co-extrusion allows the manufacture of semi-finished multi-layer products with special barrier properties.
PVC Additives Market Segment Analysis – By Application
Pipes is projected to witness highest share in PVC Additives market in 2019. This rise is mainly due to the growing demand for pipes & fittings in piping and plumbing, gas pipeline laying, and telecommunication and electrical cable sheathing. Due to the replacement of traditional concrete, iron, and steel-based pipes & fittings with PVC pipes in the building & construction industry, the market for PVC additives in the pipes & fittings segment is expected to witness significant development. The market for building materials is on high demand, with the continually growing population. The prerequisite for housing is pipes and fittings, which are a critical necessity. Urbanization with a large network of connections has contributed to an increase in drainage requirements. There is a growing demand for pipes and fittings to cope with advanced piping links, which in turn drives market growth. Globally, there has been a rising demand for rainwater harvesting system that has helped to heat up the pipe and fit market. In 2019, recently the commercial sector has slowed as the risk for a downturn in global construction increases due to COVID-19 pandemic which led to temporary lockdown of all economic activities across globe.
PVC Additives Market Segment Analysis – By End Use
Building and construction dominates the PVC Additives market growing at a CAGR of 7%. With the growing construction industry and its demand for PVC Additives particularly in the regions of Asia-Pacific, North America and Europe, the demand of PVC Additives for all kinds of buildings is expected to see an upsurge. Residential application segment is witnessing growth due to the rising penetration from untapped markets. First-mover advantage in untapped regions and relatively low acquisition costs remain key driving forces in this application market. Furthermore, R&D in PVC Additives will support the growth of the PVC Additives market.
PVC Additives Market Segment Analysis – Geography
Asia-Pacific (APAC) dominated the PVC Additives market growing at CAGR of 41% followed by North America and Europe. APAC as a whole is set to continue to be one of the largest and fastest growing construction markets globally. Large and more developed markets such China, India, Japan, and South Korea are expected to grow more in the coming years. China is driving much of the PVC Additives market demand in Asia-Pacific region followed by India and Japan. Of the five fastest growing regions in construction sector, other than U.S. all are Asian countries including China and India who majorly drive the demand for construction investment in this regions. The strong and healthy growth in construction sector is associated with growing population and middle class economy, which tend to drive APAC residential construction market further and hence the PVC Additives market. The number of buildings that have illuminated PVC Additives is growing sharply in APAC region. The increasing number of new building constructions, along with the rise in the number of renovation projects has further propelled the market. Currently the construction industry has been affected due to COVID-19 pandemic where most of the industrial activity has been temporarily shut down. In in turn has affected the demand and supply chain as well which has been restricting the growth in year 2020.
PVC Additives Market Drivers
Replacement of conventional material with PVC will drive the market
PVC is replacing traditional building materials such as wood, metal, concrete and clay in many applications. Versatility, cost-effectiveness and excellent use record make it the most important polymer in the construction sector, accounting for 60%. These products are often lighter, less expensive and offer many performance advantages. Making it prominent material than conventional.
Rapid industrialization and infrastructure activity will augment the growth of PVC Additives
Improvement in economic climate along with boom in industrialization and infrastructure activity across the globe is leading the growth of PVC Additives. Oxford Economics has estimated global infrastructure investment needs to be $94 trillion between 2016 and 2040. This is 19 percent higher than would be delivered under current trends. With the increasing rate of industrialization and infrastructure activity, as a result of which PVC Additives growth is augmenting.
PVC Additives Market Challenges
Low R&D expenditure in the emerging markets and high maintenance cost will hamper the market to growth
Innovation is the key to developing new products, but most manufacturers are not investing much into R&D. Rather than cutting-edge technology, they invest in creating relevant technology. These factors are hampering the growth of the market. Because most of the pipes and fittings are located underground in the event of any malfunction or failure, the cost of repairs can be even greater.
Technology launches, acquisitions and R&D activities are key strategies adopted by players in the PVC Additives market. In 2019 the PVC Additives market has been consolidated by the top five players accounting for xx% of the share. Major players in the PVC Additives market are BASF SE, Arkema SA, Akzo Nobel N.V, Adeka Corporation, Clariant AG and Others.
Acquisitions/Technology Launches/ Product Launches
In April 2017, Lanxess Corporation has completed acquisition of Chemtura. With this acquisition, Lanxess significantly expands its market position for PVC additives. A notable sampling includes: the sale of its proprietary OBS (organic-based heat stabilizers) for rigid PVC applications to Baerlocher; the sale of the rest of its PVC additives business to Galata Chemicals.