Defoamers Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Defoamers Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (Water-based, Oil-based), By Application (Pulp & Paper, Coatings, Water Treatment, Food & Beverages), And Segment Forecasts, 2019 - 2025

  • Published Date: Jun, 2019
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2018
  • Report ID: GVR-1-68038-467-3
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2014 - 2017
  • Number of Pages: 103

Industry Insights

The global defoamers market size was valued at USD 3.2 billion in 2018 and projected to exhibit a CAGR of 4.8% over the forecast period. Rising use of defoamers in several agrochemicals, including fertilizers and pesticides, and significant growth in water treatment infrastructure drives the market.

Defoamers play a significant role in minimizing the carbon footprint caused by manufacturers and end users, which is likely to propel demand for low VoC solvent-free defoamers. Manufacturers are emphasizing on the usage of bio-based and sustainable raw materials instead of petro-based variants. Producers, on the other hand, are stressing on the development of modified and high performance silicone compounds to enhance product performance.

North America defoamers market

Environmental regulations across the globe have stimulated the use of solvent-free defoamers due to low VoC content. Water-based product variants are expected to witness a higher demand owing to their environmental sustainability. Manufacturers are now focusing on research and innovation to develop high-performance silicone compounds as raw materials.

Defoamers are widely used in water treatment infrastructure by municipal and industrial wastewater stream, which helps in reduction of pump cavitations, prevention of loss due to overflow, and improvement of sanitation and safety. Hence, defoamers optimize the sludge dewatering process and can facilitate clarification, filtration, thickening, and floatation processes.

Rising environmental awareness among consumers in developed regions is anticipated to propel the use of water-based defoamers. Growing trend in the agrochemical industry and immense potential in agrochemical formulation is expected to create new opportunities in the market.

Regulatory bodies such as the U.S. FDA and the European Commission have enforced several laws to regulate the composition of defoamers. The organizations have specified usage limits of various components in the product formulation. Some variants contain harsh chemicals used in foods and have the potential to cause health hazards. As a result, stringent regulations by governing bodies in developed countries and associated side-effects could hinder the market during the forecast period.

Product Insights

On the basis of product, the market can be segmented into water-based, oil-based, and silicone-based. The water-based segment is projected to account for a significant share over the forecast period, exhibiting a CAGR of 4.3% during the forecast period.

Oil-based defoamers exhibit high performance in controlling macro foam and reveal outstanding efficiency. The segment is anticipated to exhibit a CAGR of 3.8% over the course of the forecast period. However, the negative impact that these products have on the environment is projected to act as a deterrent to segment growth.

Silicone-based defoamers are a widely used variety across the globe owing to their process-friendliness in numerous applications. Pulp and paper emerged as the largest consumer of silicone-based defoamers, with water treatment, coatings, cement and detergents being major applications of the product.

Application Insights

On the basis of application, the defoamers market can be segmented into pulp and paper, coatings, agrochemicals, water treatment, and food and beverages. Pulp and paper is expected to maintain a dominant position in the global market till 2025. The segment is anticipated to witness steady growth in agrochemical production, which in turn, is likely to propel demand for defoamers in agrochemicals.

Defoamers are used in pulp and paper mills in order to reduce foam formation caused by entrapped air. The industry witnessed sluggish growth owing to increased focus on digitalization in developed economies. However, spurring growth of e-commerce is anticipated to drive the segment.

Global defoamers market

The coatings segment is anticipated to witness a rise in demand from 2018. It is also projected to be the second-largest segment fueled by rapid penetration of waterborne coatings in industrial applications.

Agrochemicals are widely used in the production and application of several agrochemicals, such as fertilizers and pesticides. This segment is expected to register a CAGR of 4.6% over the forecast period. Asia Pacific, Europe, and North America accounted for a major share in the agrochemicals segment owing to rise in demand for high-value crops and increasing awareness among farmers.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific leads the global market and accounted for a revenue share of 42.7% in 2018. The pulp and paper industry are key drivers for regional growth and proliferation of online retailing generates a strong demand for pulp and paper in various packaging applications.

Europe accounted for the second largest share of 24.3% in the global market in 2018. However, the market has witnessed sluggish growth of end-use verticals. Regulatory organizations in Europe are emphasizing on the use of defoamers that meet environmental specifications. The government has strengthened the use of processed water in various municipal and industrial applications.

North America is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 5.0% during the forecast period due to significant presence of coatings, agrochemicals, and pulp and paper industries. Water treatment plays a vital role in shaping the regional market as private and government entities have made significant investments in wastewater recycling programs.

Defoamers Market Share Insights

The market is characterized by the presence of large international companies, with strong distribution networks across the globe. The industry comprises prominent, well-established players that capture a small share of the market. Furthermore, there are several small players operating in the regional markets, which leads to intense competition.

Manufacturers aim to strengthen their market position through new product launches, expansion of existing product portfolios, geographical expansions, and investments in research and development. Companies are focusing on developing products designed for specific applications. In order to strengthen their market positions, companies aim to expand their customer base in various industries. They are focusing on product development to meet varying customer needs.

Some of the key players in the market are Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.; BASF SE; Shin Etsu Chemicals; Kemira Oyj; Wacker Chemie AG; Dow Corning Corporation; Evonik Industries AG; Bluestar Silicones International; and Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2014 - 2017

Forecast period

2019 - 2025

Market representation

Revenue in USD Million & CAGR from 2019 to 2025

Regional scope

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

Report coverage        

Volume forecast, revenue forecast, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

Country Scope

U.S., Canada, Mexico, Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, Denmark, The Netherlands, Belgium, Turkey, Poland, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Australia, Brazil, South Africa

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels, and provides an analysis on latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global defoamers market report based on 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 and beverages

    • Others

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

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • U.K.

      • France

      • Italy

      • Spain

      • Russia

      • Denmark

      • Netherlands

      • Belgium

      • Turkey

      • Poland

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

      • Southeast Asia

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

    • Middle East & Africa

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