In the past few decades, significant progress has been made in concrete technology, primarily driven by the introduction of highly improved concrete with specific properties and characteristics, including self-compacting concrete and high performance concrete, etc. Organic-based admixtures have played a key role, as they are even more substantial than cement in such developments.
In the early 19th century, dispersive admixtures were used. However, in the 1960s, sulphonated melamine formaldehydes and analogous naphthalene derivatives were introduced. Nowadays, new admixtures based on polycarboxylate ethers are being developed. Polycarboxylate ethers possess structural characteristics that provide more fluid concrete, which is more resistant to segregation and exudation as compared to that prepared with the previously known superplasticizers. Polycarboxylate ethers have been commonly utilized to enhance the flow ability of cementitious materials. Moreover, polycarboxylate ether is one of the most effective types of plasticizers, water reducer, and disperser which promotes excellent flow ability, high strength, workability, and pump ability, and efficient dispersion for gypsum, cement, and ceramic materials.
Global Polycarboxylate Ether Market: Segmentation
Globally, the polycarboxylate ether market has been segmented on the basis of product form, grade, and application.
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Based on product form, the global polycarboxylate ether market has been segmented into:
Based on grade, the global polycarboxylate ether market has been segmented into:
Based on application, the global polycarboxylate ether market has been segmented into:
- Concrete Admixtures
- Precast Concrete
Global Polycarboxylate Ether Market: Dynamics
The growing construction industry in developing regions such as MEA, Asia Pacific and Latin America is expected to fuel the growth of concrete admixtures as well as polycarboxylate ethers across the globe. Countries in MEA and Asia Pacific are focussing on increasing their construction spending and infrastructure over the forecast period.
The increasing number of infrastructure and housing projects, and enhancement of public transportation facilities, including roadways and railways, are anticipated to result in investments towards road and tunnelling development projects across India, Brazil, and Mexico, among others.
However, the dearth of awareness pertaining to the utilization of construction chemicals is one of the major factors which is expected to restrain the demand for polycarboxylate ether in the near future. Construction chemicals (concrete admixtures, etc.) are specialty chemicals that require relatively higher precision while usage. The addition of the proper amount of product and proper method of application are important factors that determine their effectiveness.
Reduction in water usage and time of construction is are major concerns of contractors and manufacturers, that could be correctly addressed by making effective use of concrete admixtures. Further, prominent manufacturers of polycarboxylate ether are found to be involved in the improvement of construction quality activities.
Global Polycarboxylate Ether Market: Regional Outlook
Considering regions, the global polycarboxylate ether market is expected to be dominate by the Asia Pacific region, owing to the growing demand for concrete-based products, supported by escalating construction industry growth in developing countries such as India and China. Middle East & Africa, spearheaded by GCC Countries, is expected to show significant growth opportunities in the polycarboxylate ether market, owing to the rising demand from new construction. The polycarboxylate ether markets in North America and Europe are expected to grow at moderate rates over the near future. The polycarboxylate ether market in Latin America is expected to grow at an above-moderate rate over the forecast period.
Global Polycarboxylate Ether Market: Market Participants
Examples of some of the market participants involved in the global polycarboxylate ether market include Arkema, BASF SE, Finnsementti Oy, Sintez Kimya, KG Chemical Corporation, KZJ New Materials Group Co., Ltd., Himadri Speciality Chemical Ltd., Ruia Chemicals Pvt. Ltd., Sakshi Chem Sciences Pvt. Ltd., B & B Specialities (India) Pvt. Ltd., ASP Chemisch, CICO Technologies Limited, and others.
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The global polycarboxylate ether market is found to be one of the most consolidated in nature, owing the presence of a limited number of players in the market.