Defoamers Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2020 - 2025)

The market is segmented by Type (Antifoams, Oil-based, Water-based, Silicone-based, Powder, EO/PO-based, and Alkyl Polyacrylates), Application (Paints and Coatings, Petroleum, Pulp and Paper, Food and Beverages, Water and Wastewater Treatment, Textiles, Agricultural Chemicals, Mining, and Other Application), and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle East & Africa)

Market Snapshot

Study Period:


Base Year:


Fastest Growing Market:

Asia Pacific

Largest Market:

Asia Pacific


4 %

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Market Overview

The market for defoamers is expected to register a CAGR of over 4% during the forecast period. One of the major factors driving the market studied is the increasing demand for defoamers in Asia-Pacific due to rapid industrialization. However, the market is likely to be restrained by the stringent environmental regulations on VOC-containing defoamers.

  • The introduction of new and innovative products is also likely to boost the demand for defoamers.
  • Asia-Pacific accounted for the major share of the market globally.
  • The growing demand for eco-friendly defoamers is likely to act as an opportunity for the market in future.

Scope of the Report

The defoamers market report includes:

Oil-based Defoamers
Water-based Defoamers
Silicone-based Defoamers
Powder Defoamers
EO/PO-based Defoamers
Alkyl Polyacrylates
Paints and Coatings
Pulp and Paper
Food and Beverages
Water and Wastewater Treatment
Agricultural Chemicals
Other Applications
South Korea
ASEAN Countries
Rest of Asia-Pacific
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of the Europe
South America
Rest of South America
Middle East & Africa
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle East & Africa (MEA)

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Key Market Trends

Anitfoams to Dominate the Market

  • Antifoams are chemicals that are widely used for controlling foams, which otherwise causes a lot of problems. The existence of foams poses a lot of serious problems in the operation of industrial process, transportation, filling, and ultimately, the quality of the finished products.

  • Therefore, many industries widely utilize the services of antifoams. Antifoam formulations are generally available in compound, emulsion, and powder forms, for both aqueous and non-aqueous systems, in the market.

  • Antifoams are broadly categorized into two types, which are silicone antifoams and non-silicone antifoams. Out of these, silicone antifoams are more well-known and considered the ideal antifoam, as they have low surface and interfacial tension.

  • Antifoams find applications in dozens of end-user industries, such as food and beverages, chemical and plastics, pulp and paper, oil and mining, construction, water treatment, mechanical fluids, and paints and coatings, among others.

  • In terms of consumption, North America is currently the largest market of antifoams, closely followed by Europe. The growth in the consumption of antifoams in the pulp and paper and the food processing industries in the United States is primarily responsible for such a high consumption of antifoams in North America.

  • Hence, antifoams are likely to dominate the market during the forecast period.

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Asia-Pacific to Dominate the Market

  • Asia-Pacific accounted for the major market share, owing to the high demand from countries like China and India.
  • China is one of the largest consumers of defoamers in the Asia-Pacific region. This could be attributed to the fact that the country is the largest producer of automobiles, and has the largest market share in the growth of the SUV market.
  • Moreover, the country is the largest construction market in the region. This growth in the construction sector is expected to lead to an increase in the demand for paints and coatings, and in turn, is likely to push the growth for defoamers in the country.
  • The country is the largest producer and exporter of textiles in the world. The textile industry in China diminished a little in recent years but still offers significant opportunities. According to the China National Textile and Apparel Council, the Chinese textile industry is expected to grow at a healthy annual rate of 7%. The Council is also planning to boost the exports of fiber products to USD 400 billion by 2020.
  • Owing to the aforementioned reasons, Asia-Pacific is likely to witness the highest growth rate during the forecast period.

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Competitive Landscape

The market for defoamers is moderately consolidated, as the majority of the market is occupied by a few key companies. Some of the major players of the maket include Baker Hughes, Merck KGaA, Ashland, Evonik Industries AG, Clariant etc.

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Table Of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Increase in Demand in Asia-Pacific due to Rapid Industrialization

      2. 4.1.2 Introduction of Innovative and New Products

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Stringent Environmental Regulations on VOC Containing Defoamers

      2. 4.2.2 Decline in Usage in Printing Industry Due to Digitalization

    3. 4.3 Industry Value-chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services

      5. 4.4.5 Degree of Competition


    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Antifoams

      2. 5.1.2 Oil-based Defoamers

      3. 5.1.3 Water-based Defoamers

      4. 5.1.4 Silicone-based Defoamers

      5. 5.1.5 Powder Defoamers

      6. 5.1.6 EO/PO-based Defoamers

      7. 5.1.7 Alkyl Polyacrylates

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Paints and Coatings

      2. 5.2.2 Petroleum

      3. 5.2.3 Pulp and Paper

      4. 5.2.4 Food and Beverages

      5. 5.2.5 Water and Wastewater Treatment

      6. 5.2.6 Textiles

      7. 5.2.7 Agricultural Chemicals

      8. 5.2.8 Mining

      9. 5.2.9 Other Applications

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. ASEAN Countries

        6. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.3.2 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      3. 5.3.3 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. France

        3. United Kingdom

        4. Italy

        5. Rest of the Europe

      4. 5.3.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle East & Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle East & Africa (MEA)


    1. 6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis**

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Accepta

      2. 6.4.2 Air Products and Chemicals, Inc

      3. 6.4.3 Apollo Chemical Co. LLC

      4. 6.4.4 Aqua Clear Inc.

      5. 6.4.5 Ashland

      6. 6.4.6 Baker Hughes, a GE company LLC

      7. 6.4.7 BASF SE

      8. 6.4.8 Buckman

      9. 6.4.9 Clariant

      10. 6.4.10 Dow

      11. 6.4.11 Eastman Chemical Company

      12. 6.4.12 ELEMENTIS PLC

      13. 6.4.13 Elkem Silicones

      14. 6.4.14 Evonik Industries AG

      15. 6.4.15 GEO Specialty Chemicals Inc.

      16. 6.4.16 Kalo

      17. 6.4.17 Kemira

      18. 6.4.18 Lubrizol Corp.

      19. 6.4.19 Momentive

      20. 6.4.20 MUNZING Corporation

      21. 6.4.21 NALCO India

      22. 6.4.22 SAN NOPCO LIMITED

      23. 6.4.23 Om Tex Chem Private Limited

      24. 6.4.24 Hydrite Chemical

      25. 6.4.25 PMC Group, Inc.

      26. 6.4.26 Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd

      27. 6.4.27 Merck KGaA

      28. 6.4.28 Siltech Corporation

      29. 6.4.29 SUEZ

  7. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Growing Demand for Eco-friendly Defoamers

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