Protective Coatings Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The market is segmented by Product Type (Epoxy, Polyurethane, Vinyl Ester, Polyester, and Other Product Types), by Technology (Water-borne, Solvent-borne, Powder, and Other Technologies), by End-user Industry (Oil and Gas, Mining, Power, Infrastructure, and Other End-user Industries), and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle-East and Africa). The report offers market size and forecasts for Protective Coatings in revenue (USD million) for all the above segments.

Market Snapshot

Protective Coatings Market - Market Summary
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: 3.4 %

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Market Overview

The Global Protective Coatings Market was valued at USD 11,873.11 million in 2020 and is estimated to grow with a CAGR of 3.40% during the forecast period (2021-2026).

The market is negatively impacted by COVID-19 in 2020. The oil and gas (including the chemical industry) sector is one of the major end-users of protective coatings. Moreover, Protective coatings are also used in the Mining and Ore Processing industry for the wear protection of metal equipment. Additionally, these coatings are also used in the infrastructure sector, in order to protect the exposed surfaces from deterioration. Above mentioned sectors were temporarily halted during the government-imposed lockdown, such that to curb the spread of new COVID-19 cases, thereby, negatively impacted on the growth of the studied market, for the short term. However, as the lockdowns were lifted, these end-user sectors started to pick the pace to reach the pre-COVID level, which is expected to enhance the demand for the market studied, through the years to come.

  • Over the short term, growing infrastructure and industrialization in the Asia-Pacific region and growing green coatings demand are likley to drive the market's growth.
  • On the flipside, regulations related to the VOC emissions is expected to restrain the growth of the protective coatings market.
  • Potential replacement by powder coatings is likely to act as opportunity to the market.
  • Globally, the Asia-Pacific region is expected to dominate the market, due to high consumption in countries, such as China and India.

Scope of the Report

The protective coatings market is segmented by product type, technology, end-user industry, and geography. By product type, the market is segmented into Epoxy, Polyurethane, Vinyl Ester, Polyester, and Other Product Types. By technology, the market is segmented into Water-borne, Solvent-borne, Powder, and Other Technologies. By end-user industry, the market is segmented into Oil and Gas, Mining, Power, Infrastructure, and Other End-user Industries. The report also covers the market size and forecasts for the protective coatings market in 15 countries across major regions. For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done on the basis of revenue (USD million).

Product Type
Vinyl Ester
Other Product Types
Other Technologies
End-user Industry
Oil and Gas
Other End-user Industries
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South America
Rest of South America
Middle-East and Africa
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

The Increasing Demand from the Infrastructure Industry

  • The infrastructure industry accounts for the largest share of the market. Surface deterioration of exposed structures is a major problem in the infrastructure industry. Surface deterioration may lead to structural problems, due to the loss of cover and leading to corrosion of surface reinforcements. To minimize the deterioration, protective coatings are used. The coating material used should be durable, bond well to the surface of the substrate, and be compatible if there is an expansion or a contraction during temperature changes.
  • 100% solid/rigid structural polyurethane coating is likely to be the technology of choice, for infrastructure protection in harsh environments. 100% solid/rigid structural polyurethane coating is also used as an anti-corrosive coating for virtually any type of steel structure. 
  • Countries such as India, Germany, the United States, China, among others are witnessing increasing numbers of projects, investments, in the infrastructure sector. Hence, witnessing consumptions of protective coatings. ​
  • For instance, in August 2020, the government of India has identified and listed about 6,835 projects under National Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP), an effort to attract investments in infrastructure development. The NIP aims to invest about Rs 111 lakh crore by 2025 in a range of projects across sectors such as energy, social and commercial infrastructure, communication, water, and sanitation.​
  • The government of China planned to increase infrastructural investment, in order to ensure the stability of its sagging economy. According to the report presented in the annual session of the National People’s Congress, in March 2019, CNY 1.8 trillion of investment was planned for road construction and waterway projects​. As the infrastructure projects are rapidly increasing across the globe, the demand for protecting coatings during the forecast period. ​
  • However, the slowing down of R&D activities due to the economic slowdown and lockdowns due to the COVID 19 outbreak have a negative impact on the growth of the infrastructure market, thereby affecting the protective coatings market in the short/mid-term. However, post-COVID 19 the market is expected to recover and grow substantially during the forecast period
Protective Coatings Market - Segmentation

Asia-Pacific Region to Dominate the Market

  • The Asia-Pacific region dominated the global market. China is estimated to hold the largest market share, globally.
  • The Chinese infrastructure industry is estimated to hold the largest market share in the country. The country has the largest construction market in the world, encompassing 20% of all construction investments globally. For instance, according to the National Bureau of Statistics of China, the construction output value in the country increased from CNY 9.6 trillion in 2010 to CNY 26.39 trillion in 2020 and the country spent about USD 8 trillion on infrastructure investment in 2020.
  • China is a hub for chemical processing, accounting for a major chunk of the chemicals produced globally. With the rising demand for various chemicals worldwide, the demand for protective coating from this sector is projected to increase during the forecast period.
  • Furthermore, China is the largest producer of crude steel in the world. According to the world steel association, China produced 1,052,999 thousand tons of steel in 2020 compared to 1,001,306 thousand tons in 2019, which registered a growth of 5.2% despite the pandemic. The strong growth of steel production in the country due to the growing demand from various industries is estimated to drive the market studied during the forecast period.
  • China, under its 14th Five Year Plan (2021-2025), has set the target for coal-power capacity to about 1,100 GW. Thus, the network operator, State Grid, and the China Electricity Council have been targeting to develop hundreds of new coal-fired power stations in the country. The country has been looking forward to developing power plants despite overcapacity in the sector, where more than half of the coal-power plants have been witnessing loss and few plants have been running at less than 50% of their capacity.
  • Furthermore, in India, the infrastructure sector is an important pillar of the country's economy. The government is taking various initiatives to ensure the timely creation of excellent infrastructure in the country. The government is focusing on railways, road development, housing and urban development, and airport development.
  • In this regard, the Indian government announced a target of USD 400 billion investment in infrastructure by 2020, including USD 120.5 billion for developing 27 industrial clusters and USD 75.3 billion for road, railway, and port connectivity projects.
  • Besides, the government has been planning to allot investment of about INR 103 lakh crore on infrastructure over the next five years. In this regard, the government has introduced a National Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP), which consists of about 6,500 projects across sectors. These projects would include infrastructure development for housing, healthcare, educational institutes, railway stations, bus terminals, airports, metro and railway transportation, logistics and warehousing, etc.
  • In the protective coatings segment, Kansai Nerolac is the clear leader in the country followed by AkzoNobel India, Berger Paints and Nippon Paints.
  • India produces about 95 minerals, including 10 metallic minerals, three atomic minerals, four fuel-related minerals, 23 non-metallic minerals, and 55 minor minerals. This makes India one of the major mining countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Many private players are investing actively to boost the mining sector.
    • Vedanta Limited is planning a USD 20 billion investment over the coming years across its operations, including increase silver production and steel capacity.
  • All the aforementioned factors are likely to significantly impact the demand for protective coatings in the region, over the forecast period.
Protective Coatings Market - Regional Trend

Competitive Landscape

The global protective coatings market is fragmented in nature, where the top 6 players cater to about 32.94% share of the global demand during 2020. The major market players include Akzo Nobel N.V., The Sherwin Williams Company, PPG Industries, Inc., Jotun, and Hempel A/S, among others.

Recent Development

  • In October 2021, PPG Industries, Inc. has announced the expansion of its coatings offering for wastewater facilities. The expanded portfolio includes solutions for a range of wastewater management processes designed to resist aggressive corrosion and provide long-lasting performance.
  • In July 2021, RPM International Inc. has announced the acquisition of Dudick Inc., by its Carboline subsidiary. Dudick Inc. is a provider of high-performance coatings, flooring systems, and tank linings. The acquisition will allow Carboline to strengthen its position in the market.
  • In June 2021, Hempel A/S has introduced the fire protection coating Hempafire Pro 400, a Passive fire protection (PFP) coating that insulates steel during a fire.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Growing Infrastructure and Industrialization in the Asia-Pacific Region

      2. 4.1.2 Growing Green Coatings Demand

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Regulations Related to the VOC Emissions

    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 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Product Type

      1. 5.1.1 Epoxy

      2. 5.1.2 Polyurethane

      3. 5.1.3 Vinyl Ester

      4. 5.1.4 Polyester

      5. 5.1.5 Other Product Types

    2. 5.2 Technology

      1. 5.2.1 Water-borne

      2. 5.2.2 Solvent-borne

      3. 5.2.3 Powder

      4. 5.2.4 Other Technologies

    3. 5.3 End-user Industry

      1. 5.3.1 Oil and Gas

      2. 5.3.2 Mining

      3. 5.3.3 Power

      4. 5.3.4 Infrastructure

      5. 5.3.5 Other End-user Industries

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.4.2 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      3. 5.4.3 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. Italy

        4. France

        5. Rest of Europe

      4. 5.4.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.4.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Mergers, 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 Akzo Nobel N.V.

      2. 6.4.2 Axalta Coating Systems, LLC

      3. 6.4.3 Hempel​ A/S

      4. 6.4.4 Jotun

      5. 6.4.5 Kansai Paint Co. Ltd

      6. 6.4.6 Nippon Paints

      7. 6.4.7 PPG Industries, Inc.

      8. 6.4.8 RPM International

      9. 6.4.9 The Sherwin Williams Company

      10. 6.4.10 Asian Paints PPG Pvt Limited

      11. 6.4.11 Sika AG

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Potential Replacement by Powder Coatings

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Protective Coatings Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Protective Coatings Market is growing at a CAGR of 3.4% over the next 5 years.

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

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2020.

The Sherwin Williams Company, PPG Industries, Akzo Nobel N.V., Hempel A/S, Jotun are the major companies operating in Protective Coatings Market.

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