Defoamers Market Report

Defoamers Market Analysis By Product (Water-based, Oil-based, Silicone-based), By Application (Pulp & paper, Coatings, Agrochemicals, Water Treatment, Food & Beverages), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2018 - 2025

  • Published Date: May, 2017
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2016
  • Report ID: GVR-1-68038-467-3
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2014 - 2016
  • Number of Pages: 92

Industry Insights

The global defoamers market size was valued at USD 2.93 billion in 2016. Rising demand in pulp & paper production is expected to propel the growth over the forecast period. Promising trends in water treatment industry is predicted to drive the growth over the next few years.

They are extensively used in various end-user industries to prevent foam formation. Foams are formed due to dispersion of gas in liquid medium, during various industrial processes. Surface active properties of defoamers help to destabilize existing foam. Distinct surface energy of water, mineral oil, paraffinic oil, and naphthenic oil allows them to destabilize foam. Water-based, oil-based, silicone-based, EO-based, and PO-based defoamers are widely used in the industry

U.S. defoamers market revenue by product, 2014 - 2025 (Million)

U.S. defoamers market

Water-based are free from organic solvent and do not have detrimental effect on environment. Increased environmental awareness and focus on sustainability has resulted in rising popularity of water-based products in developed countries. Oil-based 6+exhibited sluggish growth owing to release of VOC from paraffinic and naphthenic mineral oils.

Key raw materials used in the production process include mineral oil; vegetable oil; wax; ethylene glycol; propylene glycol; and various types of silicone compounds such as siloxane, polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), silicone glycols, and silicone fluids. Manufacturers of silicone compounds have integrated their operation by entering in defoamers production.

Rising focus on municipal and industrial wastewater treatment appeared to be the key driver for the growth. Increasing demand for processed water coupled with environmental awareness has fueled the water treatment segment. Treatment of municipal and industrial wastewater stream leads to improvement in sanitation and safety, which in turn fueled the defoamers growth.

Capital expenditure on water & wastewater infrastructure has increased significantly over the past few years across the globe. Developing countries of Asia Pacific have significantly increased their budget on wastewater projects. Furthermore, water treatment in developed countries including U.S., Canada, Germany and UK has experienced considerable growth. Thus, promising trend in global water treatment industry has driven the defoamers usage over the past few years.

Pulp & paper industry played the key role in driving defoamers growth. Prolific growth in e-commerce industry has fueled the demand for pulp & paper in packaging application. Moreover, rising rate of literacy in developing countries propelled the demand for paper in printing application. Spurring demand for pulp & paper in Asia Pacific region compensated for the stagnant growth in developed regions such as Europe and North America. Shift of pulp & paper production base in growing Asia Pacific region has accelerated the demand for defoamers in the recent past.

Regulatory organizations such as U.S. FDA, U.S. EPA, USDA, and European Commission have specified the usage limits of various components in defoamers formulation. Manufacturers thrive to meet the stringent regulatory standards, which entail to high cost of production and quality control. As a result, enactment of stringent regulations regarding product composition restrained the growth.

Technological advancement in product development process is expected to create lucrative opportunities in the near future. Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) is the key raw material used in defoamers production. Manufacturers are focusing on research and innovation to synthesize modified and advanced molecules of PDMS to improve the product performance.

Product Insights

Water-based, silicone-based, and oil-based are the most widely used product varieties in industrial sector. Silicone-based defoamers dominated the global market in 2016, accounting for more than 38% share. Pulp & paper industry has pushed the demand for silicone-based products owing to its versatility and process friendliness.

Water-based product segment is anticipated to witness the fastest growth rate from 2017 to 2025. Environmental benefits associated with water-based defoamers have fueled their demand in various applications. Being free from hydrocarbon oil, they do not lead to the release of volatile organic content in the air.

Industry players across the globe are strengthening to reduce their environmental footprint. Thus, environmental sustainability coupled with biodegradability of water-based products has resulted in their wide acceptance in various end-user industries. As a result, water-based products emerged as the second largest segment, accounting for more than 28% of the overall revenue in 2016.

Oil-based is the conventional form of defoamers which can use different types of oils such as mineral oil, white oil, vegetable oil, and native oil as carrier. They deliver excellent performance in controlling macro foam and exhibit outstanding efficiency. However, negative impact of oil carrier on environment attributed to the sluggish growth of oil-based product segment. Polyethylene glycol and polypropylene glycol copolymers(EO/PO) are also used in defoamers formulation.

Application Insights

Pulp & paper accounted to be the leading application segment of global market in 2016, followed by coatings. Pulp & paper application segment constituted around 28% of the total revenue in 2016. The segment is predicted to continue as the leading segment over the forecast period.

Global defoamers market revenue by application, 2016 (%)

Global defoamers market

Defoamers are broadly used to address the foaming issues in pulp & paper production units. Their use in pulp & paper mills leads to increased production, improved product quality, and improved drainage and washing systems. Focus on digitalization has slowed down the demand for paper in developed economies. However, spurring growth of e-commerce has boosted the pulp & paper demand in e-commerce packaging. Pulp & paper manufacturers in Asia Pacific are expected to drive significant demand over the next few years.

Agrochemicals is projected to be the fastest growing application segments over the forecast period. Rising demand for high value crop coupled with growing awareness among farmers is predictedto bolster the agrochemicals segment growth. Use of defoamers during the production and application agrochemicals is expected to increase owing to their functional efficiency.

Demand from coatings application segment is estimated to grow at a rapid pace over the forecast period. Positive outlook of construction and automotive industries has boosted the coatings market in developing countries including China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brazil, and South Africa. Furthermore, coatings segment has witnessed a sharp rise in the demand for waterborne coatings which require advanced defoamers. As a result, demand for defoamers in coatings segment is projected to increase at a fast pace over the forecast period.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific accounted for the leading share of the global market, accounting for around 42% share of the total revenue in 2016. Developing economies in this region including India, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore has experienced robust industrial growth. Emerging number of pulp & paper manufacturers, rising focus on water recycling, and promising growth of coatings industry has propelled the growth in Asia Pacific.

Rising environmental awareness in developing countries of Asia Pacific is expected to drive significant demand for water-based products. China is estimated to dominate the Asia Pacific region over the next few years, owing to rapid growth in pulp & paper and coatings industries.

Asia Pacific was followed by North America which accounted for more than 21% of the total revenue in 2016. U.S. was the major consumer in North America, followed by Canada. Requirement for high-end products in end-user industries coupled with stringent environmental regulations was the key trend prevalent in North America. Water-based defoamers accounted to be the largest product segment in North America, owing to its environmental advantages. Europe is expected to exhibit a sluggish growth over the forecast period owing to mature trend in major end-user industries.

Competitive Insights

The global defoamers market is highly competitive and fragmented in nature. The market is characterized by the presence of numerous players of equal share. The global market has significant presence of various regional producers along with international players, who constitute considerable share.

Key players include BASF SE, Applied Material Solutions, Wacker Chemie AG, Kemira Oyj, Shin Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd, Dow Corning Corp, Air Products and Chemicals Inc., Ashland Inc., and Evonik Industries AG. Large number of producers has vertically integrated their operations by entering in production of silicone compounds and defoamers.

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2014 - 2016

Forecast period

2017 - 2025

Market representation                                            

Revenue in USD Million and CAGR from 2017 to 2025

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America, Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S., Canada, Mexico, Germany, UK, China, India, Brazil

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Revenue forecast, company share, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

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Segments covered in the report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional & country levels and provides an analysis on the industry trends in each of the segments from 2014 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global defoamers market on the basis of product, application, and region:

  • Product Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Water-based

    • Oil-based

    • Silicone-based

    • Others

  • Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Pulp & paper

    • Coatings

    • Agrochemicals

    • Water treatment

    • Food & beverages

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • UK

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

    • Middle East & Africa

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