Plastics additives are chemicals that are used to polymerize, process or help achieve desired properties in end use of plastics. Plastic additives used in the plastic industry are most often chemical compounds, except for monomer, polymer, co-polymer or physical mixture of two polymeric components. Plastic additives offer various characteristics such as improved resistance to chemicals, water, and scratches reduced coefficient of friction, enhancement of gloss, improved water repellency, suppression of shark-skin, and lowered surface roughness.
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Plastic additives are also used to improve the ease of processing of plastic, by increasing its flow ability. Internal lubricants help to improve the melt flow of material by dropping the heat dissipation and viscosity. Plastic additives prevent the risk of microbiological deterioration of plastic materials that are prone to staining, odor, discoloration, and aesthetic loss. Plastic additives are most importantly effective on materials with electrical insulating properties and mechanical properties.
Plastic Additives Market Taxonomy
On the basis of product type, the global market is classified into:
- Impact Modifiers
- Flame Retardants
- UV Stabilizers
On the basis of function, the global market is classified into:
- Property Modifiers
- Property Extenders
- Property Stabilizers
- Processing Aids
On the basis of application, the global market is classified into:
- Consumer goods
Plastic additives are widely used in automobile and construction industries, owing to properties such as improved strength of impact, improved coupling, higher elongation, reduced brittleness and higher plasticity. In the automotive industry, these additives have gained increased acceptance in applications such as interior scratch resistance in trims or panels for interior scratch resistance, and in high glossy panels for the decoration of middle consoles. Plastic additives are extensively being used in the consumer goods industry due to the easy process involved in recycling it. In the construction industry plastic additives are used to maintain appearance and properties, thermal protection, long-term durability, and for maintenance of integrity of polymer properties during processing. Plastic additives also extend the lifetime of UV sensitive construction applications.
Plastic Additives Market Outlook – Increasing Demand for Recyclable Materials to be the Major Market Driver
Asia Pacific and North America are expected to be the most potential markets for plastic additives manufacturers. Asia Pacific is projected to witness relatively high growth in terms of value over the forecast period. This is mainly attributed to the anticipated growth in various end-use industries such as automotive and construction, especially in developing countries such as China and India. According to IBEF, US$ 300 billion is projected to be generated by the Indian automotive industry by 2026. India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF) is a Trust established by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Department of Commerce in collaboration with the Government of India, with the aim to promote and create international awareness of goods manufactured in India. On the other hand, Europe also provides lucrative opportunities for plastic additives manufacturers due to increasing use of plastic material in automobile, consumer goods, and construction industries among others.
Reusable applications of plastic additives are fueling the demand for plastic additives, especially in the Asia Pacific and Middle East regions. Stringent rules and regulations on the use of plastic products is expected to be one of the restraining factors for growth of the plastic additives market over the forecast period. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has implied safety concerns with the use of recycled plastic materials in food-contact for contaminants occurring from the post-consumer material in the final food-contact product made from the recycled material. Developing plastic additives adhering to environmental concerns is a key strategy adopted by the major players. Some of the major companies operating in the global plastic additives market include BASF SE, Songwon Industrial Co. Ltd., Clariant AG, Albemarle Corporation, and The Dow Chemical Company.
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