Polycarboxylate ether (PCE) is composed of methoxy-polyethylene glycol copolymer (side chain) grafted with methacrylic acid copolymer (main chain). It is commonly used in the construction industries, especially as super plasticizer in cement and concrete. Polycarboxylate ether-based super plasticizer is used to achieve specific concrete properties such as enhanced flow properties.
Global polycarboxylate ether market was valued at US$ 11456.0 Million in 2021 in terms of revenue, exhibiting a CAGR of 7.01% during the forecast period (2022 to 2030).
Polycarboxylate ether (PCE) is used in the construction of building slabs, bridges, roads, and general civil construction. The main and side chains of the PCE can be modified to obtain desired properties in polycarboxylate ether product. The properties that can be optimized includes adsorption speed, water reduction with high initial liquefaction or workability, slump retention without retardation, early strength development with workability time, stickiness, stability, viscosity, and combinations of these properties. High water reducing ability, easy to use with any cement grade, and faster recycle of formwork, owing to accelerated early strength development are some of the advantages of polycarboxylate ether that are expected to drive growth of the market.
The growing construction industry in emerging regions such as MEA, Asia Pacific and Latin America is expected to fuel the growth of concrete admixtures as well as polycarboxylate ethers across the globe. Countries in MEA and Asia Pacific are focusing on increasing their construction spending and infrastructure over the forecast period. The increasing number of infrastructure and housing projects, and enhancement of public transportation facilities, including roadways and railways, are anticipated to result in investments towards road and tunneling development projects across India, Brazil, and Mexico, among others.
The recent outbreak of coronavirus had a negative impact on the polycarboxylate ether market. The severe disruptions in various manufacturing and supply-chain operations due to the various precautionary lockdowns imposed by governments to curb the spread of disease les to huge financial setbacks for the market.
Figure 1. Global Polycarboxylate Ether Market Value Share (%), By Region, 2021
Other plasticizing chemicals such as lignosulphonates, sulphonated melamine product typealdehyde (SMF), and sulphonated naphthalene product typealdehyde (SNF) are available in the market. Therefore, availability of different alternatives for polycarboxylate ether is restraining growth of the global polycarboxylate ether market.
|Base Year:||2021||Market Size in 2021:||US$ 11456.0Mn|
|Historical Data for:||2017-2020||Estimated Year:||2022|
|Forecast Period 2022 to 2030 CAGR:||7.01%||Forecast Period:||2022-2030|
Sika AG, BASF SE, Abadgaran Group, Arkema SA, Mapei S.P.A., Sakshi Chem Sciences Private Ltd., and Fosroc International Limited.
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Polycarboxylate ether is fundamentally a high range water reducer, polymerized by various types of organic polymers. It is a new generation admixture of concrete, which is eco-friendly and consists of a copolymer of carboxylic acid.
Rising construction activities coupled with infrastructure development is propelling the demand for polycarboxylate ethers. Growing emphasis on sustainable and stronger construction materials is also projected to boost the PCEs market, as it possesses high water reducing .Polycarboxylate ether, a major ingredient used in the manufacturing of concrete, is thereby projected to witness high demand from concrete industry. Easy availability and usage of the construction elements is accelerating its demand in the cement industry, which in turn is boosting the polycarboxylate ethers (PCEs) market.
Figure 2. Global Polycarboxylate Ether Market Value Share (%), By Construction Industry, 2021
Major players operating in the global polycarboxylate ether market include Sika AG, BASF SE, Abadgaran Group, Arkema SA, Mapei S.P.A., Sakshi Chem Sciences Private Ltd., and Fosroc International Limited.
Polycarboxylate ether (PCE) is composed of methoxy-polyethylene glycol copolymer (side chain) grafted with methacrylic acid copolymer (main chain). It is commonly used in the construction industries, especially as superplasticizer in cement and concrete. Superplasticizer admixtures are used for the improvements they make in the rheological properties of fresh concrete. High water reducing ability, easy to use with any cement grade, faster recycle of formwork, owing to accelerated early strength development are some of the advantages of polycarboxylate ether.
Polycarboxylate ethers have been commonly utilized to enhance the flow ability of cementitious materials. Moreover, polycarboxylate ether is one of the most effective types of plasticizers, water reducer, and disperser which promotes excellent flow ability, high strength, workability, and pump ability, and efficient dispersion for gypsum, cement, and ceramic materials.
According to Coherent Market Insights in 2021, among product type, liquid segment accounted for largest revenue share of 57.4% in the global polycarboxylate ether market in 2021. The segment is expected to witness a CAGR of 11.3% over the forecast period. Liquid polycarboxylate ether is usually used in a water reducing concrete admixture. Polycarboxylate ether is supplied as liquid formulation with active solid content in varying ranges such as 30% and 40%, especially to be used as superplasticizer.
Demand for public and private infrastructure from increasing population in the emerging economies such as Brazil, India, China, Argentina, Mexico, South Africa, and others is increasing significantly. Therefore, the demand for highly efficient superplasticizers, namely polycarboxylate ether for application in the construction section is expected to increase over the forecast period. Infrastructure segment includes construction activities in the transportation, public health, and energy sector. Increasing government investments and initiatives for infrastructure development is fuelling growth of this segment, thereby driving growth of the polycarboxylate ether market.
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