Opaque Polymer Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The market is segmented by Application (Paints & Coatings, Cosmetics & Personal Care, and Detergents) and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, and Rest of the World)

Market Snapshot

opaque polymer market
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: >9 %
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Market Overview

The market for opaque polymer is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 9% globally during the forecast period. 

  • High cost and increasing need for scattering efficiency in titanium dioxide pigment, along with rising demand for architectural paints & coatings are driving the market growth.
  • Less hiding powder of opaque polymer than titanium dioxide is expected to hinder the market growth.

Scope of the Report

The Opaque Polymer Market report include: 

Paints & Coatings
Cosmetics & Personal Care
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
North America
United States
Rest of North America
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Rest of the World
South America
Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Growing Demand from Paints & Coatings Segment

  • Opaque polymers are highly efficient, voided latex products that improve hiding and whiteness in paints & coatings. Its sufficient resistant to solvents used in paint formulations helps to retain particle integrity. 
  • Moreover, its usage allows for a significant reduction in titanium dioxide usage while maintaining opacity, which further helps to reduce the cost of paint formulation in most scenarios. 
  • Growing paints and coatings production is thus expected to drive the market for opaque polymers through the years to come. Various coating manufacturers across the world are increasing their production capacities or product lines to meet the increasing demand for coatings from the construction, transportation, and consumer goods industries.
  • Companies such as BASF and Nippon Paint in 2019 decided to expand their production capacities of automotive paints & coatings in China and United States respectively. Other companies such as Akzo Nobel too is expanding its wood coatings production to serve the demand from the growing furniture industry.
  • Additionally, other major paints & coatings manufacturers such as PPG, The Sherwin-Williams Company, and RPM International Inc. too are expanding their product lines or increasing their capacities to cater to the increasing demand in the market.
  • Such aforementioned factors are expected to drive the production of paints & coatings, and hence the demand for opaque polymers through the years to come.
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North America Region to Register Significant Growth in the Market

  • North America region is expected to register significant growth in the global market owing to the increasing demand for opaque polymer in countries such as United States and Canada.
  • United States boost some of the major manufacturers of paints & coating producers worldwide. 
  • In 2018, the country shipped more than USD 11.7 billion of architectural coatings, which further increased through 2019. The country further sold USD 7.7 billion of industrial coatings to customer industries. Increasing demand from the construction and transportation sector is rising the paints & coatings demand, which in turn is rising the demand for opaque polymers in the country. 
  • The paint and coatings industry in Canada include 230 manufacturers and nearly 3000 retail stores. According to the Canadian Paint & Coatings Association, the industry’s economic output was around USD 12 billion at present. Even the printing inks production is rising in the country and companies such as INX International Ink Co. are launching newer product lines of printing inks in the country. 
  • Such growth in these countries are expected to drive the opaque polymer market in North America through the years to come.
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Competitive Landscape

The global opaque polymer market is consolidated in nature with the major players dominating a significant portion of the market. Some of the major companies are Arkema, Ashland, Dow, Zschimmer & Schwarz, and Organik Kimya among others. 

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 High Cost and Increasing Need for Scattering Efficiency in Titanium Dioxide Pigment

      2. 4.1.2 Rising Demand for Architectural Paints & Coatings

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Less Hiding Power than Titanium Dioxide

      2. 4.2.2 Other Restraints

    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 Buyers

      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 Application

      1. 5.1.1 Paints & Coatings

      2. 5.1.2 Cosmetics & Personal Care

      3. 5.1.3 Detergents

    2. 5.2 Geography

      1. 5.2.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.2.2 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Rest of North America

      3. 5.2.3 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. Spain

        4. Italy

        5. Rest of Europe

      4. 5.2.4 Rest of the World

        1. South America

        2. Middle-East and Africa


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

    2. 6.2 Market Share/Ranking Analysis**

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Arkema

      2. 6.4.2 Ashland

      3. 6.4.3 Dow

      4. 6.4.4 En-Tech Polymer Co.,Ltd

      5. 6.4.5 HANKUCK LATICES Co., Ltd.

      6. 6.4.6 Organik Kimya

      7. 6.4.7 Paras Enterprises

      8. 6.4.8 Pexi Chem Private Limited

      9. 6.4.9 Visen Industries Limited

      10. 6.4.10 Zschimmer & Schwarz

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Rising Use of Opaque Polymer in Personal Care Applications

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Opaque Polymer Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Opaque Polymer Market is growing at a CAGR of >9% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2021.

Arkema, Ashland, Dow, Zschimmer & Schwarz, Organik Kimya are the major companies operating in Opaque Polymer Market.

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