Surface Treatment Chemicals Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The Report Covers Surface Treatment Chemicals Market Analysis and it is segmented by Chemicals Type (Plating Chemicals, Cleaners, Conversion Coatings, and Other Chemical Types (Coolants, Paint Strippers)), Base Material (Metals, Plastics, and Other Base Materials (Glass, Alloys, Wood)), End-User Industry (Automotive and Transportation, Construction, Electronics, Industrial Machinery and Others (Oil and Gas Pipeline, Power, Military, Packaging, etc.)) and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle-East and Africa). The market sizes and forecasts for the Surface Treatment Chemicals market are Provided in Revenue (USD million) for all the above segments.

Surface Treatment Chemicals Market Size

Surface Treatment Chemicals Market Summary
Study Period 2019 - 2029
Base Year For Estimation 2023
CAGR > 5.00 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia-Pacific
Largest Market Asia-Pacific
Market Concentration Low

Major Players

Surface Treatment Chemicals Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Surface Treatment Chemicals Market Analysis

The Surface Treatment Chemicals market is expected to register a CAGR of over 5% during the forecast period.

The outbreak of COVID-19 has positively impacted the market growth for surface treatment chemicals. During the COVID-19 pandemic, new surface treatment chemicals were developed to counteract the virus. For example, ALANOD GmbH's MIRO UV-C product effectively destroyed the COVID-19 virus and is utilized as a material for reflectors in sanitizing equipment. Another significant development in the fight against the COVID-19 virus has been the availability of high-performance and medical-grade transparent film to produce face shields.

  • Over the short term, the growth in the automotive industry due to the demand for consumers and the use of surface treatment chemicals to reduce the impact of infections is propelling the market growth during the forecast period.
  • However, the growth in concerns regarding the effects of chemical surface treatment has led to the shift from chemicals to bio-based (green) products to abide by the regulations brought into the industry. Environmental sustainability, energy efficiency, and multiple application capabilities restrain manufacturers in niche product development and will further hamper market growth.
  • Nevertheless, using surface-treating chemicals in construction for commercial and residential infrastructure and growing interest in bio-based and chromium-free surface-treatment chemicals will provide ample growth opportunities in the future. They will likely create lucrative opportunities for the market over the forecast period.
  • In terms of revenue, Asia-Pacific is expected to dominate the global market during the forecast period and dominate the highest market share in the global surface treatment chemicals market.

Surface Treatment Chemicals Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Surface Treatment Chemicals Market according to our research experts:

The Automotive and Transport Segment is Anticipated to Hold a Significant Share

  • The automotive sector is through the most disruptive journey, with advances in electric vehicles, lightweight vehicles, autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, and connectivity. The materials used to manufacture automobiles and their components proved critical in achieving overall vehicle performance.
  • Surface treatment chemicals are thought to have a significant impact on the overall performance of automobile parts.
  • Among numerous industries, the automotive industry has long been the most significant demand generator for surface treatment chemicals. All the major firms supply surface treatment chemicals to the car sector.
  • According to the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles (OICA), world motor vehicle production in 2021 was about 80.15 million, compared to 77.71 million units in 2020.
  • According to the World Trade Organization (WTO), with a value of about USD 286 billion in 2021, the United States was the second largest importer of automotive products. Simultaneously, the country exported automotive products worth around USD 126 billion.
  • All the factors above are expected to drive the automotive and transport segment, enhancing the demand for surface treatment chemicals during the forecast period.
Surface Treatment Chemicals Market - Motor Vehicle Production, Global, 2019-2021

Asia-Pacific Region to Dominate the Market

  • Asia-Pacific dominates the surface treatment chemicals market in terms of market share and market revenue. The region is set to continue to flourish in its dominance over the forecast period.
  • The growing adoption of surface treatment chemicals in construction for commercial as well as residential infrastructure in the region, especially in China, is expected to boost the market in the region.
  • Rising demand for long-lasting and wear-resistant products is employed in a variety of industries, including wood, glass, jewelry, medicine, and others. In construction ratings, the product is in high demand. Surface treatment chemicals are experiencing greater expansion as the automobile sector expands.
  • According to the National Bureau of Statistics of China, China's construction industry has been continuously expanding, with a total production value of roughly CNY 25.9 trillion (USD 3.82 trillion) in 2021. Taking advantage of growing urbanization, China's construction sector generated more than CNY 29 trillion (USD 4.28 trillion) in production that year.
  • According to the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles (OICA), motor vehicle production in China was 26.08 million units in 2021, compared to 25.22 million units in 2020.
  • The industrialization has also had an impact on market demand. Heavy machinery requires regular protection, so producers coat it with surface treatment chemicals to prevent rust and other problems.
  • Furthermore, countries like India and Japan have also been contributing to the growth of the market studied. This is expected to further drive the demand for the surface treatment chemicals market over the forecast period.
Surface Treatment Chemicals Market - Growth Rate by Region 2022 - 2027

Surface Treatment Chemicals Industry Overview

The Surface Treatment Chemicals market is fragmented in nature. Some major manufacturers in the market include PPG Industries Inc., Atotech Deutschland GmbH, Henkel AG & Co. Ltd., DOW, Chemetall Inc., and others (in no particular order).

Surface Treatment Chemicals Market Leaders

  1. PPG Industries Inc.

  2. Atotech Deutschland GmbH

  3. Henkel AG & Co. Ltd.

  4. DOW

  5. Chemetall Inc.

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Surface Treatment Chemicals Market Concentration
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Surface Treatment Chemicals Market News

  • February 2022: PPG announced the acquisition of Arsonsisi's powder coatings branch. Arsonsisi is a well-known exporter of specialist powder coatings for residential and commercial use. PPG will be able to expand its powder coatings portfolio throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Africa due to the acquisition. It also contains metallic bonding, one of the fastest growing sectors for powder coatings, which are widely used in specific treatments for automobiles, homes, and general industrial usage.
  • October 2021: Aalberts Surface Technologies GmbH established a comprehensive partnership with Hoeller Electrolyzer GmbH in highly effective electrolyzer surface treatment. The collaboration's goal was to significantly reduce the cost of hydrogen generation while also improving its accessibility. The incredibly effective prolonged coatings will be sprayed on in-line machines in Lübeck for large yields, exposing Hoeller to Europe's limited production capacity.
  • September 2021: At SURCAR 2021, Henkel presented innovative coating methods for EV battery manufacture and aluminum pre-treatment for automobile exteriors. Aluminum's high corrosion resistance and thermoelectric conductivity make it ideal for recycling. Henkel, a pioneer in adhesives, lubricants, and functional coatings for the automotive industry, makes aluminum more widely available for improved quality, ecology, and operational effectiveness.

Surface Treatment Chemicals Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Growth in the Automotive Industry

      2. 4.1.2 The Use of Surface Treatment Chemicals to Reduce the Impact of Infections

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Shift from Chemicals to Bio-based (Green) Products

      2. 4.2.2 Strict Environmental Regulations for the Emission of Hazardous Chromium Components

    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

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size in Value)

    1. 5.1 Chemicals Type

      1. 5.1.1 Plating Chemicals

      2. 5.1.2 Cleaners

      3. 5.1.3 Conversion Coatings

      4. 5.1.4 Other Chemical Types (Coolants, Paint Strippers)

    2. 5.2 Base Material

      1. 5.2.1 Metals

      2. 5.2.2 Plastics

      3. 5.2.3 Other Base Materials (Glass, Alloys, Wood)

    3. 5.3 End-User Industry

      1. 5.3.1 Automotive and Transportation

      2. 5.3.2 Construction

      3. 5.3.3 Electronics

      4. 5.3.4 Industrial Machinery

      5. 5.3.5 Others (Oil and Gas Pipeline, Power, Military, Packaging, etc.)

    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. France

        4. Italy

        5. Spain

        6. 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. South Africa

        2. Saudi Arabia

        3. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Mergers and 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 Aalberts Surface Technologies

      2. 6.4.2 ALANOD GmbH & Co. KG

      3. 6.4.3 Atotech

      4. 6.4.4 Atotech Deutschland GmbH

      5. 6.4.5 Bulk Chemicals Inc.

      6. 6.4.6 Chemetall Inc.

      7. 6.4.7 ChemTech Surface Finishing Pvt. Ltd.

      8. 6.4.8 DOW

      9. 6.4.9 Henkel AG & Co. Ltd.

      10. 6.4.10 IONICS

      11. 6.4.11 Nippon Paint Holdings Co., Ltd.

      12. 6.4.12 OC Oerlikon Management AG

      13. 6.4.13 PPG Industries Inc.

      14. 6.4.14 Quaker Chemical Corporation

      15. 6.4.15 The Sherwin-Williams Company

      16. 6.4.16 YUKEN Surface Technology, S.A. de C.V.

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Use of Surface-treating Chemicals in Construction

    2. 7.2 Growing Interest in Bio-Based and Chromium-Free Surface Treatment Chemicals

    3. 7.3 Increasing Surface Treatment Chemical Consumption in Printed Circuit Boards

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Surface Treatment Chemicals Industry Segmentation

The technique of changing the surface of aluminum with chemicals is known as chemical surface treatment. This surface treatment is typically used to prepare for subsequent finishing operations such as powder coating or anodizing. Chemical surface treatments include chemical polishing, chromatin/phosphating, and pickling. Chemical treatment accelerates aluminum corrosion. Chemical treatments all have the trait of exceedingly thin chemical conversion layers. The surface treatment chemicals market is segmented by chemicals type, base material, end-user industry, and geography. The market is segmented by chemical type: plating chemicals, cleaners, conversion coatings, and other chemical types (coolants, paint strippers). The market is segmented by base materials: metals, plastics, and other base materials (glass, alloys, wood). By end-user industry, the market is segmented into automotive and transportation, construction, electronics, industrial machinery, and others (oil and gas pipeline, power, military, packaging, etc.). The report covers the market size and forecast for the surface treatment chemicals market in 16 countries across major regions. For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done based on Revenue (USD million) for all the above details.

Chemicals Type
Plating Chemicals
Conversion Coatings
Other Chemical Types (Coolants, Paint Strippers)
Base Material
Other Base Materials (Glass, Alloys, Wood)
End-User Industry
Automotive and Transportation
Industrial Machinery
Others (Oil and Gas Pipeline, Power, Military, Packaging, etc.)
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
South Africa
Saudi Arabia
Rest of Middle-East and Africa
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Surface Treatment Chemicals Market Research FAQs

The Surface Treatment Chemicals Market is projected to register a CAGR of greater than 5% during the forecast period (2024-2029)

PPG Industries Inc., Atotech Deutschland GmbH , Henkel AG & Co. Ltd., DOW and Chemetall Inc. are the major companies operating in the Surface Treatment Chemicals Market.

Asia-Pacific is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2024-2029).

In 2024, the Asia-Pacific accounts for the largest market share in Surface Treatment Chemicals Market.

The report covers the Surface Treatment Chemicals Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Surface Treatment Chemicals Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

Surface Treatment Chemicals Industry Report

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Surface Treatment Chemicals Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)