Liquid Synthetic Rubber Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Liquid Synthetic Rubber Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (Isoprene, Butadiene, Styrene Butadiene), By Application (Tire, Industrial Rubber, Adhesive), And Segment Forecasts, 2019 - 2025

  • Published Date: Jan, 2019
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2017
  • Report ID: GVR-2-68038-769-8
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2014 - 2016
  • Number of Pages: 138

Industry Insights

The global liquid synthetic rubber market size was estimated at USD 3.51 billion in 2017, projected to expand at a CAGR of 4.6% from 2017 to 2025. Increasing demand for isoprene, butadiene, and styrene butadiene across the globe in tire manufacturing, adhesives, sealants and coatings, and industrial rubber products manufacturing is expected to drive growth.

Raw materials used for manufacturing liquid synthetic rubber (LSR) are polymer compounds, such as cis-1,4-polyisoprene, cis-1,4-polybutadiene, and styrene. Major polybutadiene suppliers include petrochemical companies such as Sibur, Sinopec, and Exxon Mobil, which are integrated across the value chain; i.e. from petroleum refining to polybutadiene manufacturing.

U.S. liquid synthetic rubber market

Raw materials, such as styrene butadiene, is obtained from petrochemical feedstock and the fluctuations in petrochemical prices have major impact on the overall cost of LSR. To ensure premium quality and constant supply of raw materials through efficient distribution channels, manufacturers have long-term tie-ups with the major raw material suppliers.

The LSR manufacturers distribute their products directly to the application industries through internal marketing, sales, and service teams. In addition, there exist distributors, such as Weber & Schaer and Milagro Rubber Co. offering a wide variety of products as well as aid in geographical and clientele expansion.

LSRs have major applications in adhesives, sealants, and coating industries. Liquid isoprene and butadiene rubber are utilized for a range of applications, such as plasticizing and tackifying of hot-melt adhesives. In addition, it finds application in automotive and electronics adhesives, where isoprene grades functionalized with Maleic Anhydride (MAH) by carboxylation or grafting method are used to improve the adhesion.

Natural rubber has found itself losing market share to synthetic rubber owing to numerous factors, such as high cost and low abrasion resistance, which is projected to have a positive impact on the market growth. Furthermore, the macro factors affecting natural rubber market, such as limited availability leading to price volatility, is projected to have a positive impact on liquid synthetic rubber market growth.

Product by Application Insights

Liquid isoprene rubbers are superior in mixing, molding, extrusion, and calendaring processes and is used in a wide range of application industries requiring low water swell, good resilience, high hot and gum tensile strength and good tack. It is majorly used for manufacturing adhesive products, such as solvents, hot-melts, cross-linking agents, and light-curing adhesives. Liquid isoprene rubber is used for a wide range of functions in sealants and coatings industry. This product, when incorporated into sealant formulations for sharp property modifications offer broad cold temperature performance, sound and dampening performance along with longer product life times driving the market growth.

Liquid isoprene rubber is used in manufacturing of wide variety of industrial components including drive belts, hoses, seals, gaskets, bushings, motor mounts, and tank linings. Rising penetration of the product in industrial rubber component manufacturing coupled with increasing manufacturing industries growth across the major economies is anticipated to propel growth.

Liquid butadiene rubber is used in high-performance cross-linked rubber applications owing to its high temperature operating ability ranging from 120°C to 156°C, varying with grades. It is incorporated in Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM) rubbers to obtain processability, high-hardness compound, metal adhesion, low VOCs, and excellent curing kinetics. Tire manufacturing is the dominant application segment on account of its properties, such as high resilience with low heat buildup, abrasion and cut growth resistance, and low-temperature flexibility that makes them ideal for use in tires. It is blended with styrene-butadiene or natural rubber and used as tread rubber, sidewall, and bead filler.

Global liquid butadiene rubber market

It finds application in sealants and coatings and is used as a structural adhesive for improving adhesion to metal surfaces. Increasing application scope in coatings, binders, adhesives, potting agents, and casting and laminating resins, as well as a vulcanizable plasticizer for rubber, is expected to boost market growth over the forecast period.

Liquid styrene butadiene rubber is majorly used in the production of tires and tire components, such as tread, apex/rim/flange, and carcass among several others. Increased focus on enhanced durability and superior performance of tires along with adoption of tire labelling regulations is driving its demand from tire manufacturing industry.

Styrene-butadiene rubber is used for modification of several polyolefins to introduce new functional groups and other blends, as well as to change the undesired properties including polarity, adhesion to other materials, and resistance to aging of rubbers, resins, and plastics. It is majorly used as asphalt modifier and consumed in the preparation of polymer modified asphalt.

Liquid styrene butadiene rubber when used as an adhesive for cement bond coats, concrete, and mortars; improves the bond strength and chemical resistance, thereby reducing cracking and increasing durability, tensile strength, and wear resistance. An increasing application of adhesives in end-use industry is expected to drive the market growth over the forecast period.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific accounted for the largest market share in terms of volume as well as revenue owing to the presence of major tire manufacturing companies in China and Japan. The presence of numerous manufacturers, availability of raw materials, low manufacturing cost, and wide scope of application industries is expected to drive the regional market growth over the forecast period.

Growing automotive industry in Europe is a lucrative end-user of LSR, aiding the market growth. The presence of major tire manufacturing companies including Bridgestone, Michelin, Goodyear, Pirelli, and Apollo and innovative manufacturing techniques incorporated by the manufacturers are expected to complement market growth.

Commencement of infrastructure and commercial projects in North America is projected to drive the demand for adhesives and sealants and coatings. The surplus of opportunities has impelled coating manufacturers to resolve issues with the product, such as chemical resistance, mechanical strength, and weatherability, which is likely to aid market growth.

China is the world’s largest producer of synthetic rubber as well as raw materials, such as butadiene, styrene, and solvents, and catalysts. Rapid development of manufacturing sector in the country; primarily automotive and construction materials, is expected to drive the market over the projected period.

Liquid Synthetic Rubber Market Share Insights

The global market is niche and fragmented with the presence of very few manufacturers. The competitive edge lies with the increased regional presence and growing investment in the downstream applications. Manufacturers are expanding in the developing countries to gain advantage from the low labor costs and on improving products to enhance their product offerings.

Synthomer plc, Royal Adhesives & Sealants, TER HELL & Co. GmbH and Kuraray Co., Ltd. are the major players. Manufacturers are actively involved in R&D as the low product differentiation has forced the manufacturers to focus on the product quality development.

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2014 - 2016

Forecast period

2017 - 2025

Market representation

Volume in kilo tons, revenue in USD million and CAGR from 2017 to 2025

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America & Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S., Canada, Mexico, Germany, U.K., France, Russia, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Argentina, South Africa

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the 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 liquid synthetic rubber market report on the basis of product by application and region:

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

    • Liquid Isoprene

      • Adhesive

      • Sealants & Coatings

      • Industrial Rubber Components

      • Tire Manufacturing

      • Others

    • Liquid Butadiene

      • Industrial Rubber Manufacturing

      • Polymer Modification

      • Tire Manufacturing

      • Others

    • Liquid Styrene Butadiene

      • Tire Manufacturing

      • Polymer Modification

      • Adhesives

      • Others

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

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • France

      • Germany

      • U.K.

      • Russia

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

      • South Korea

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

      • Argentina

    • Middle East & Africa

      • South Africa

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