The global drilling polymers market size was valued at USD 2,050.4 million in 2022 and is anticipated to grow at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.5% from 2023 to 2030. This growth is attributed to the ability of the product to enhance drilling operations in end-use industries, such as mining, construction, and oil & gas. These are added to water-based drilling mud to reduce viscosity, improve flow rate, and provide better lubrication to the drill bit. This results in a more efficient drilling process, which can reduce downtime and increase production rates. They are commonly used in the oil and gas industry to aid in the drilling of boreholes. These polymers are designed to improve the drilling process by reducing friction and providing better lubrication to the drill bit. Their use can significantly improve the efficiency of drilling operations, reducing downtime and increasing production rates. The U.S. is the largest consumer of the product in North America with a revenue share of 53.5% in 2022.
This is attributed to the growing oil & gas and mining industries in the country. According to the Council on Foreign Relations, the U.S. fulfills around 90% of its natural gas supply and 75% of its crude oil supply domestically, accounting for 11 million barrels of crude oil and 1 million cubic feet of natural gas per day in 2021. Thus, growing onshore oil & gas exploration activities in the U.S. is anticipated to drive product demand over the forecast period.
Polyacrylamide in the type segment dominated the global industry in 2022 and accounted for the maximum share of over 69% of the overall revenue. This growth is attributed to the fact that polyacrylamide is a water-soluble polymer, which is primarily used as a viscosifier, fluid loss reducer, and inhibitor by encapsulating or coating formations and cuttings. Polyacrylamide is often used in the oil and gas industry to optimize drilling efficiency and production rates.
As drilling demand increases globally, the use of polyacrylamide is expected to continue to grow. Others in the type segment include xanthan gum, guar gum, and starch. These are used as polymers due to their ability to improve the rheological properties of drilling fluids. Each of these products has different properties. Xanthan gum and guar gum, for example, are both natural and biodegradable, which makes them environmentally friendly, whereas starch is a renewable and low-cost source of polymer.
Diamond drilling in the technique segment dominated the global industry in 2022 and accounted for the largest share of 22.6% of the overall revenue. This method uses diamond drill bits to cut and bore through hard rocks, concrete, and other materials. The drill bits have diamond-impregnated tips, which grind away the material as they rotate, allowing for fast and efficient drilling. Polymers are used in diamond drilling to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the drilling operation. The polymers act as viscosifier and also help reduce the friction between the drill bit and the rock surface.
This increases penetration rates reducing wear & tear on the equipment. Reverse circulation drilling is another technique projected to witness significant growth over the forecast period. It is a specialized technique that is used for large-diameter wells on loose alluvial soils, where traditional rotary methods may not be as effective. The addition of polymers improves the ability of the drilling fluid to transport cuttings to the surface and reduces the likelihood of borehole collapse, which can be especially important in reverse circulation techniques where high volumes of cuttings are generated.
The oil & gas end-use segment dominated the global industry in 2022 and accounted for the largest share of over 35% of the overall revenue. The growing demand for oil & gas worldwide has resulted in an increase in drilling activities for the exploration of oil & gas. This has resulted in driving the demand for drilling polymers. According to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, the oil demand is expected to increase by 17.6 million barrels per day between 2020 and 2045 rising from 90.6 million barrels per day in 2020 to 108.2 million barrels per day in 2045.
Mining is another end-use industry that is expected to witness rapid growth over the forecast period. As populations grow and economies develop, the demand for metals and mineral resources rises, which drives growth in the mining sector. In addition, new technologies and processes have made it easier and more cost-effective to extract resources from the ground, which has boosted the productivity and profitability of mining operations.
Asia Pacific emerged as the dominating region with a revenue share of around 39% in 2022. This growth is attributed to the increasing mining and drilling activities across geographies, such as China, India, Japan, and South Korea. According to Trade Commissioner Service, China has over 1,500 major mining operations and is the leading producer of cement, coal, gold, aluminum, graphite, iron, steel, zinc, magnesium, and rare earth elements (antimony, tellurium, and other minerals). The country spends around USD 200 billion per year on its mine supply and services and produces over USD 400 billion per year worth of minerals.
North America is another region witnessing growth over the forecasted period. The advancing oil & gas and mining activities in countries, such as Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. are anticipated to drive the demand for the product market over the forecast period. For instance, according to Canada’s Oil & Natural Gas Producers, the country is the 4th-largest producer of oil and 6th-largest producer of natural gas globally, with Alberta being the largest oil- and natural gas-producing province accounting for around 80% of the total oil production in Canada in 2021. Thus, all these factors are contributing to the growth of the product market in the region.
The drilling polymers market is characterized by intense competition, with a significant number of both large-scale and small-scale manufacturers and suppliers operating within the industry. Key players in the market typically focus on innovation and product development, while smaller participants tend to compete primarily on pricing strategies.
Players are entering into partnerships, mergers, and product innovations to establish their position in the market. For instance, in March 2022, Baker Hughes, Inc. announced the signing of an agreement to acquire Altus Intervention, a well intervention and down-hole oil & gas technology specialist. This move was taken by the company to strengthen its existing portfolio of oilfield and integrated solutions. Some of the prominent players in the industry include:
Baroid Industrial Drilling Products
Baker Hughes, Inc.
Global Drilling Fluids and Chemicals Ltd.
Market size value in 2023
USD 2,117.3 million
Revenue forecast in 2030
USD 2,705.4 million
CAGR of 3.5% from 2023 to 2030
Base year for estimation
2018 - 2021
2023 - 2030
Revenue in USD million, volume in kilo tons, and CAGR from 2023 to 2030
Revenue forecast, volume forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends
Type, technique, end-use, region
Key companies profiled
SINO MUD; Baroid Industrial Drilling Products; Baker Hughes, Inc.; Halliburton, Inc.; Chevron Corp.; Schlumberger Ltd.; Global Drilling Fluids; Chemicals Ltd.; Global Envirotech; Di-Corp.
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This report forecasts revenue growth and provides an analysis of the latest trends in each of the sub-segments from 2018 to 2030. For this report, Grand View Research has segmented the drilling polymers market based on type, technique, end-use, and region:
Type Outlook (Volume, Kilo Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)
Technique Outlook (Volume, Kilo Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)
Down The Hole Drills (DTH)/Rotary Air Blast Drilling (RAB)
Top Hammer Drilling
Reverse Circulation Drilling
Others (Auger Drill, Calyx Drill, Rotary Drill)
End-Use Outlook (Volume, Kilo Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)
Oil & Gas
Others (Geothermal, Water Wells, Military Operations, etc.)
Regional Outlook (Volume, Kilo Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)
Central & South America
Middle East & Africa
b. The global drilling polymers market size was estimated at USD 2,050.4 million in 2022 and is expected to reach USD 2,117.3 million in 2023.
b. The global drilling polymers market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 3.5% from 2023 to 2030 to reach USD 2,705.4 million by 2030.
b. Oil & gas in the end-use segment dominated the global market with a revenue share of over 35% in 2022. The growing demand for oil & gas worldwide has resulted into increase in drilling activities for the exploration of oil & gas as a result driving the demand for drilling polymers.
b. Some key players operating in the drilling polymers market include SINO MUD, Baroid Industrial Drilling Products, Baker Hughes, Inc., Halliburton, Inc., Chevron Corporation, Schlumberger Limited, Global Drilling Fluids and Chemicals Limited, and Global Envirotech, Di-Corp
b. Key factors that are driving the drilling polymers market growth is attributed to their ability to enhance drilling operations in end-use industries such as mining, construction, and oil & gas growth for the product market is attributed to their ability to enhance drilling operations in end-use industries such as mining, construction, and oil & gas
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