GVR Report cover Fast Curing Nitrile Butadiene Rubber (NBR) Market Report

Fast Curing Nitrile Butadiene Rubber (NBR) Market Analysis By Product (Hoses, Cables, Belts, Seals & O-rings, Rubber Compounds, Adhesives & Sealants, Gloves, Foamed Products), By Application, And Segment Forecasts, 2018 - 2025

  • Report ID: GVR-1-68038-827-5
  • Number of Pages: 110
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)

Industry Insights

The global fast curing NBR market size was estimated at 415.9 kilotons in 2016. Rising importance of high-temperature molding during polymer processing for the manufacturing of goods for automotive, construction, and oil & gas industries is expected to drive the market.

Fast curing NBR is one of the most valuable polymers, processed from using hot polymerization processes. The product has exceptional properties that include excellent oil resistance, good sealing retention along with providing short curing time intervals and reducing mold fouling in shop floors.

Russia fast curing NBR market, by product, 2014 - 2025 (Kilo Tons)

Russia fast curing NBR market

Fast curing NBR is used for molded rubber parts including seals (or rubber-to-metal composites), interior membranes, vibration dampers and hoses of passenger and commercial vehicles. The product is used on account of providing exceptional properties including excellent cost/performance ratio, high compression modulus, and good sealing force retention. Therefore, growing automobile production on a global level is expected to remain a key driving force.

Fast cured nitrile polymers also find application in a wide range of products including hoses, gaskets, conveyor belts, adhesives, and sealants which are used in upstream and downstream oil & gas sectors. The excellent oil resistance, better compression modulus, and good sealing properties of fast curing NBR are expected to promote the application in manufacturing consumables used in drilling and exploration equipment.

The European Commission provided a budgeting of USD 74.3 billion for 2014-2020, with the aim of R&D for the production of naturally derived polymers including bioplastics. This policy is expected to force rubber manufacturers to procure raw materials derived from soy and sugarcane for the production of finished goods.

NBR manufacturers are likely to increase spending towards the development of bio-based butadiene for the manufacturing NBR over the next eight years. In December 2015, the government of India announced the reframing of Draft National Chemical Policy with the aim of the plan for integrating the refineries to polymer processing facilities.

Product Insights

Seals & O-rings dominated the market, accounting for 19.4% of global fast curing NBR market share in 2016. Fast cured seals are expected to find applications in hydraulic engines where oil resistance is one of the major concerns among buyers in the automotive, construction, and manufacturing sectors.

Rising use of lightweight conveyor belts in the power, mining, and manufacturing sectors on account of improving process automation practices on a global level is expected to remain a key driving factor over the next eight years. Furthermore, increasing importance of polymer-based conveyor belts in food contact applications owing to the implementation of stringent regulations to prevent chemical contamination to finished product is expected to promote the open new markets for fast curing NBR products.

Molded & extruded products are expected to account for 17.1% of the global fast curing NBR industry by the end of 2025. Rising spending on high-temperature injection molding for the production of goods related to automotive and construction industries on account of application growth in emerging markets including China and India is expected to promote the usage of fast curing NBR over the projected period.

Application Insights

The automotive industry dominated the market in terms of market share, accounting for 35.9% of the global fast curing NBR market in 2016. The global light vehicle production is anticipated to exceed 100 million units by 2021 from 85 million units in 2013. The implementation of regulations by the European Commission and EPA for ensuring safety and comfort to drivers is expected to result in increasing usage of lightweight polymer materials including vibration dampeners and gaskets

Fast curing NBR market volume, by application, 2016 (%)

Fast curing NBR market

Fast curing NBR is widely used in a range of equipment as sealing valves, rubber seals, and precision diaphragms on account of providing excellent sealing force retention. Rising concerns over seal leakages in hydraulic systems due to extreme operating pressure and high lead times are expected to force OEMs to use fast cured product forms as an excellent sealing protective agent.

Rapid industrialization in emerging economies including China, India, and Mexico is expected to result in increasing the construction spending on a domestic level. These factors will contribute significantly to the increasing demand for the product in the form of seals, extruded, and molded products for home interiors and commercial spaces.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific was the largest market, accounting for 56.1% of global fast curing NBR market volume in 2016. The firm foothold of automotive manufacturing companies in China and India in light of vast customer base coupled with low production cost is expected to remain a key favorable factor for the market.

Government initiatives for infrastructural development in China and India are foreseen to promote the application growth in building and bridge construction. In May 2015, the government of India announced an investment of USD 946 million for constructing 100 smart cities which are expected to augment the demand for fast curing NBR in sealants in the near future.

North America is expected to account for 20.8% of the total share by the end of 2025. The emergence of Mexico as a manufacturing hub of the automotive industry coupled with gains in the construction sector of the U.S. is expected to promote the usage of fast curing NBR as sealing materials over the projected period.

The firm foothold of automotive manufacturers in the presence of major automobile manufacturers in countries such as Germany, the UK, France, Spain, and Italy is expected to provide impetus fast curing NBR manufacturers. However, the sluggish growth rate in the manufacturing sector of developed economies including Germany and UK is expected to remain a challenging factor for the industry over the next eight years.

In October 2016, Petrobras and Statoil ASA formed a partnership to enhance the production of crude oil from aging wells in offshore Campos Basin, Brazil. This partnership is expected to open new markets for hydraulic engines in appraisal drilling of well to enhance the productivity which is likely to upscale the requirements of seals and hose pipes derived from fast curing NBR.

MEA is expected to foresee revenue growth at a CAGR of 2.1% from 2017 to 2025. In 2013, the government of Saudi Arabia announced the “National Industrial Development Cluster Program” which focuses on setting up new vehicle manufacturing units. This program is expected to increase the use of fast cured nitrile polymers in sealing materials.

Market Share Insights

As of 2016, Lanxess, Zeon Chemicals, JSR, and Kumho Petrochemicals were the leading manufacturers of fast curing NBR products on a global level. Germany-based Lanxess was the largest manufacturer of fast curing NBR manufacturer. The company markets its fast curing NBR under the brand name, Perbunan. Lanxess through its High-Performance Elastomers business division.

The manufacturers aim to achieve optimum business growth and strong market position through the implementation of various strategies such as acquisitions, distribution & marketing, production capacity expansion, product licensing, and intensive investments in research & development. A technological breakthrough is likely to offer significant scope for market consumption of fast curing NBR products.

The rise in the demand for fast curing NBR products in the form of hose, belts, and rubber compounds in automotive, oil & gas, and personal protective equipment applications is expected to fuel market growth. Emerging regional players or new entrants especially in developing countries are estimated to gain opportunities to enter the market.

An increasing number of government initiatives coupled with foreign investment in the developing automotive sectors mainly in China, India, and Mexico is further expected to open new markets for fast curing NBR.

Report Scope



Base year for market estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2014 - 2016

Forecast period

2017 - 2025

Market representation

Volume in Kilo Tons; revenue in USD Million & CAGR from 2017 to 2025

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, CIS, Central & South America & MEA

Country scope

U.S., Germany, UK, Russia. China, India, Brazil

Report coverage

Revenue & volume 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 sub-segments from 2014 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the fast curing NBR market on the basis of product, application, and region:

  • Product Outlook (Volume, Kilo Tons; Revenue, USD Million; 2014 - 2025)

    • Hoses

    • Belts

    • Cables

    • Molded & Extruded Products

    • Seals & O-rings

    • Rubber Compounds

    • Adhesives & Sealants

    • Gloves

    • Foamed Products

    • Others

  • Application Outlook (Volume, Kilo Tons; Revenue, USD Million; 2014 - 2025)

    • Automotive

    • Mechanical Engineering

    • Oil & Gas

    • Metallurgy & Mining

    • Construction

    • Medical

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Volume, Kilo Tons; Revenue, USD Million; 2014 - 2025)

    • North America

      • The U.S.

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • UK

    • CIS

      • Russia

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • Japan

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

    • MEA

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