Polycarboxylate Ether Market Report, by Product Type (Solid and Liquid), by Construction Industry (Residential, Infrastructure, and Non-residential), by Region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East & Africa) - Size, Share, trends, and Forecast to 2025

  • Published On : Jul 2018 |
  • Pages : 336 Pages |
  • Format : CMI Insight PPT Format CMI Insight PDF Format

Global Polycarboxylate Ether Market – Insights

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. Polycarboxylate ether-based superplasticizer is used to achieve specific concrete properties such as enhanced flow properties. It 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.

Other superplasticizing 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.

Among product type, liquid segment accounted for largest revenue share of 57.4% in the global polycarboxylate ether market in 2017. The segment was valued at US$ 4,637.6 Mn in 2017 and 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.

Asia Pacific held a dominant position in the polycarboxylate ether market in 2017 with a revenue of US$ 3875.0 Million and is expected to retain its dominance over the forecast period. This is attributed to the growth of construction industries in the region. According to the Union Budget 2018-19 of India, the government of India invested US$ 92.22 Billion for infrastructure development. Moreover, the State Council of China announced expansion of transport network during the 13th Five-year Plan period (2016-2020), which includes 150,000 kilometers of railway lines, 5 million km of roads, and 260 airports.

Figure 1. Global Polycarboxylate Ether Market Share (%), By Region, 2017

Figure 2. Global Polycarboxylate Ether Market Share (%), By Construction Industry, 2017

Infrastructure segment was the largest market for polycarboxylate ether with a market share of 33.7% in 2017, owing to the growth of construction industries in emerging economies of Asia Pacific. According to the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), annual investment of around US$ 6.9 trillion is required, globally for infrastructure projects between 2016 and 2030 for sustainable economic development.

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. For instance, in January 2018, the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) of India partnered with DP World, a UAE-based company, to use investment of US$ 3 billion in the development of terminals, ports, transportation, and logistics businesses in India.

Key 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.

Market Dynamics

Among product type, liquid segment accounted for the highest revenue share in the global polycarboxylate ether market in 2017. Asia Pacific held dominant position in the market in 2017 and is projected to be the fastest growing region in the global polycarboxylate ether market over the forecast period. The growth of Asia Pacific polycarboxylate ether market is attributed to the growth of construction industries in this region.

Key features of the study:

  • This report provides in-depth analysis of polycarboxylate ether market and provides market size (US$ Million & KT) and compound annual growth rate (CAGR %) for the forecast period (2018–2025), considering 2017 as the base year
  • It elucidates potential revenue opportunities across different segments and explains attractive investment proposition matrix for this market
  • This study also provides key insights about market drivers, restraints, opportunities, new product launches or approval, regional outlook, and competitive strategies adopted by the leading players
  • It profiles leading players in the global polycarboxylate ether market on the basis of the following parameters – company overview, financial performance, product portfolio, geographical presence, distribution strategies, key developments and strategies, and future plans
  • Key companies covered as a part of this study include Sika AG, BASF SE, Abadgaran Group, Arkema SA, Mapei S.P.A., Sakshi Chem Sciences Private Ltd., and Fosroc International Limited.
  • Insights from this report would allow marketers and the management authorities of companies to make informed decisions regarding their future product launch, technology upgrade, market expansion, and marketing tactics
  • The global polycarboxylate ether market report caters to various stakeholders in this industry including investors, suppliers, polycarboxylate ether manufacturers, distributors, new entrants, and financial analysts
  • Stakeholders would have ease in decision-making through the various strategy matrices used in analyzing the polycarboxylate ether market

Detailed Segmentation:

  • Global Polycarboxylate Ether Market, By Product Type:
    • Solid
    • Liquid
  • Global Polycarboxylate Ether Market, By Construction Industry:
    • Residential
    • Infrastructure
    • Non-residential
  • Global Polycarboxylate Ether Market, By Geography:
    • North America
      • U.S.
        • By Product Type:
          • Solid
          • Liquid
        • By Construction Industry:
          • Residential
          • Infrastructure
          • Non-residential
      • Canada
        • By Product Type:
          • Solid
          • Liquid
        • By Construction Industry:
          • Residential
          • Infrastructure
          • Non-residential
    • Europe
      • U.K.
        • By Product Type:
          • Solid
          • Liquid
        • By Construction Industry:
          • Residential
          • Infrastructure
          • Non-residential
      • Germany
        • By Product Type:
          • Solid
          • Liquid
        • By Construction Industry:
          • Residential
          • Infrastructure
          • Non-residential
      • Italy
        • By Product Type:
          • Solid
          • Liquid
        • By Construction Industry:
          • Residential
          • Infrastructure
          • Non-residential
      • France
        • By Product Type:
          • Solid
          • Liquid
        • By Construction Industry:
          • Residential
          • Infrastructure
          • Non-residential
      • Russia
        • By Product Type:
          • Solid
          • Liquid
        • By Construction Industry:
          • Residential
          • Infrastructure
          • Non-residential
      • Spain
        • By Product Type:
          • Solid
          • Liquid
        • By Construction Industry:
          • Residential
          • Infrastructure
          • Non-residential
      • Rest of Europe
        • By Product Type:
          • Solid
          • Liquid
        • By Construction Industry:
          • Residential
          • Infrastructure
          • Non-residential
    • Asia Pacific
      • China
        • By Product Type:
          • Solid
          • Liquid
        • By Construction Industry:
          • Residential
          • Infrastructure
          • Non-residential
      • India
        • By Product Type:
          • Solid
          • Liquid
        • By Construction Industry:
          • Residential
          • Infrastructure
          • Non-residential
      • Japan
        • By Product Type:
          • Solid
          • Liquid
        • By Construction Industry:
          • Residential
          • Infrastructure
          • Non-residential
      • ASEAN
        • By Product Type:
          • Solid
          • Liquid
        • By Construction Industry:
          • Residential
          • Infrastructure
          • Non-residential
      • Australia
        • By Product Type:
          • Solid
          • Liquid
        • By Construction Industry:
          • Residential
          • Infrastructure
          • Non-residential
      • South Korea
        • By Product Type:
          • Solid
          • Liquid
        • By Construction Industry:
          • Residential
          • Infrastructure
          • Non-residential
      • Rest of Asia Pacific
        • By Product Type:
          • Solid
          • Liquid
        • By Construction Industry:
          • Residential
          • Infrastructure
          • Non-residential
    • Latin America
      • Brazil
        • By Product Type:
          • Solid
          • Liquid
        • By Construction Industry:
          • Residential
          • Infrastructure
          • Non-residential
      • Mexico
        • By Product Type:
          • Solid
          • Liquid
        • By Construction Industry:
          • Residential
          • Infrastructure
          • Non-residential
      • Argentina
        • By Product Type:
          • Solid
          • Liquid
        • By Construction Industry:
          • Residential
          • Infrastructure
          • Non-residential
      • Rest of Latin America
        • By Product Type:
          • Solid
          • Liquid
        • By Construction Industry:
          • Residential
          • Infrastructure
          • Non-residential
    • Middle East
      • GCC
        • By Product Type:
          • Solid
          • Liquid
        • By Construction Industry:
          • Residential
          • Infrastructure
          • Non-residential
      • Israel
        • By Product Type:
          • Solid
          • Liquid
        • By Construction Industry:
          • Residential
          • Infrastructure
          • Non-residential
      • Rest of Middle East
        • By Product Type:
          • Solid
          • Liquid
        • By Construction Industry:
          • Residential
          • Infrastructure
          • Non-residential
    • Africa
      • Northern Africa
        • By Product Type:
          • Solid
          • Liquid
        • By Construction Industry:
          • Residential
          • Infrastructure
          • Non-residential
      • Central Africa
        • By Product Type:
          • Solid
          • Liquid
        • By Construction Industry:
          • Residential
          • Infrastructure
          • Non-residential
      • South Africa
        • By Product Type:
          • Solid
          • Liquid
        • By Construction Industry:
          • Residential
          • Infrastructure
          • Non-residential
  • Company Profiles
    • BASF SE*
      • Company Overview
      • Product Portfolio
      • Financial PerTypeance
      • Key Strategies
      • Recent Developments
      • Future Plans
    • Sika AG
    • Arkema SA
    • Mapei S.P.A.
    • Abadgaran Group
    • Sakshi Chem Sciences Private Ltd.
    • Fosroc International Limited

 “*” marked represents similar segmentation in other categories in the respective section.

Table of Contents

  1. Research Objective and Assumption
    • Research Objectives
    • Assumptions
    • Abbreviations
  2. Market Purview
    • Report Description
      • Market Definition and Scope
    • Executive Summary
      • Market Snippet, By Product Type
      • Marketf Snippet, By Construction Industry
      • Market Snippet, By Region
    • Coherent Opportunity Map (COM)
  3. Market Dynamics, Regulations, and Trends Analysis
    • Market Dynamics
      • Drivers
        • Supply Side Drivers
        • Demand Side Drivers
        • Economic Drivers
      • Restraints
      • Market Opportunities
      • Regulatory Scenario
      • Market Trend
      • PEST Analysis
      • PORTER’s Analysis
      • Merger and Acquisitions
      • New Product Approvals/Launch
      • Promotion and Marketing Initiatives
  4. Global Polycarboxylate Ether Market, By Product Type, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
    • Introduction
      • Market Share Analysis, 2016 and 2025 (%)
      • Y-o-Y Growth Analysis, 2016–2025
      • Segment Trends
    • Solid
      • Introduction
      • Market Size and Forecast, and Y-o-Y Growth, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
    • Liquid
      • Introduction
      • Market Size and Forecast, and Y-o-Y Growth, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
  5. Global Polycarboxylate Ether Market, By Construction Industry, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
    • Introduction
      • Market Share Analysis, 2016 and 2025 (%)
      • Y-o-Y Growth Analysis, 2016–2025
      • Segment Trends
    • Residential
      • Introduction
      • Market Size and Forecast, and Y-o-Y Growth, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
    • Infrastructure
      • Introduction
      • Market Size and Forecast, and Y-o-Y Growth, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
    • Non-residential
      • Introduction
      • Market Size and Forecast, and Y-o-Y Growth, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
  6. Global Polycarboxylate Ether Market, By Regions, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
    • Introduction
      • Market Share Analysis, By Region, 2016 and 2025 (%)
      • Y-o-Y Growth Analysis, For Regions, 2016–2025
    • North America
      • Market Share Analysis, By Country, 2016 and 2025 (%)
      • Y-o-Y Growth Analysis, By Country, 2016–2025
        • U.S.
          • Country Trends
          • Market Size and Forecast, By Product Type, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
          • Market Size and Forecast, By Construction Industry, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
        • Canada
          • Country Trends
          • Market Size and Forecast, By Product Type, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
          • Market Size and Forecast, By Construction Industry, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
    • Europe
      • Market Share Analysis, By Country, 2016 and 2025 (%)
      • Y-o-Y Growth Analysis, By Country, 2016–2025
        • U.K.
          • Country Trends
          • Market Size and Forecast, By Product Type, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
          • Market Size and Forecast, By Construction Industry, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
        • Germany
          • Country Trends
          • Market Size and Forecast, By Product Type, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
          • Market Size and Forecast, By Construction Industry, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
        • Italy
          • Country Trends
          • Market Size and Forecast, By Product Type, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
          • Market Size and Forecast, By Construction Industry, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
        • France
          • Country Trends
          • Market Size and Forecast, By Product Type, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
          • Market Size and Forecast, By Construction Industry, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
        • Russia
          • Country Trends
          • Market Size and Forecast, By Product Type, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
          • Market Size and Forecast, By Construction Industry, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
        • Spain
          • Country Trends
          • Market Size and Forecast, By Product Type, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
          • Market Size and Forecast, By Construction Industry, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
        • Rest of Europe
          • Country Trends
          • Market Size and Forecast, By Product Type, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
          • Market Size and Forecast, By Construction Industry, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
    • Asia Pacific
      • Market Share Analysis, By Country, 2016 and 2025 (%)
      • Y-o-Y Growth Analysis, By Country, 2016–2025
        • China
          • Country Trends
          • Market Size and Forecast, By Product Type, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
          • Market Size and Forecast, By Construction Industry, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
        • India
          • Country Trends
          • Market Size and Forecast, By Product Type, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
          • Market Size and Forecast, By Construction Industry, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
        • Japan
          • Country Trends
          • Market Size and Forecast, By Product Type, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
          • Market Size and Forecast, By Construction Industry, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
        • ASEAN
          • Country Trends
          • Market Size and Forecast, By Product Type, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
          • Market Size and Forecast, By Construction Industry, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
        • Australia
          • Country Trends
          • Market Size and Forecast, By Product Type, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
          • Market Size and Forecast, By Construction Industry, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
        • South Korea
          • Country Trends
          • Market Size and Forecast, By Product Type, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
          • Market Size and Forecast, By Construction Industry, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
        • Rest of Asia Pacific
          • Country Trends
          • Market Size and Forecast, By Product Type, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
          • Market Size and Forecast, By Construction Industry, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
    • Latin America
      • Market Share Analysis, By Country, 2016 and 2025 (%)
      • Y-o-Y Growth Analysis, By Country, 2016–2025
        • Brazil
          • Country Trends
          • Market Size and Forecast, By Product Type, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
          • Market Size and Forecast, By Construction Industry, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
        • Mexico
          • Country Trends
          • Market Size and Forecast, By Product Type, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
          • Market Size and Forecast, By Construction Industry, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
        • Argentina
          • Country Trends
          • Market Size and Forecast, By Product Type, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
          • Market Size and Forecast, By Construction Industry, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
        • Rest of Latin America
          • Country Trends
          • Market Size and Forecast, By Product Type, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
          • Market Size and Forecast, By Construction Industry, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
    • Middle East
      • Market Share Analysis, By Country, 2016 and 2025 (%)
      • Y-o-Y Growth Analysis, By Country, 2016–2025
        • GCC
          • Country Trends
          • Market Size and Forecast, By Product Type, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
          • Market Size and Forecast, By Construction Industry, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
        • Israel
          • Country Trends
          • Market Size and Forecast, By Product Type, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
          • Market Size and Forecast, By Construction Industry, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
        • Rest of Middle East
          • Country Trends
          • Market Size and Forecast, By Product Type, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
          • Market Size and Forecast, By Construction Industry, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
    • Africa
      • Market Share Analysis, By Country, 2016 and 2025 (%)
      • Y-o-Y Growth Analysis, By Country, 2016–2025
        • Northern Africa
          • Country Trends
          • Market Size and Forecast, By Product Type, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
          • Market Size and Forecast, By Construction Industry, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
        • Central Africa
          • Country Trends
          • Market Size and Forecast, By Product Type, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
          • Market Size and Forecast, By Construction Industry, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
        • South Africa
          • Country Trends
          • Market Size and Forecast, By Product Type, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
          • Market Size and Forecast, By Construction Industry, 2016–2025, (US$ Million & KT)
  7. Competitive Landscape
    • Heat Map Analysis
    • Market Share Analysis (3x3 Matrix)
    • Company Profiles
      • BASF SE
        • Company Overview
        • Product Portfolio
        • Financial Performance
        • Recent Developments/Updates
        • Future Plans
      • Sika AG
        • Company Overview
        • Product Portfolio
        • Financial Performance
        • Recent Developments/Updates
        • Future Plans
      • Arkema SA
        • Company Overview
        • Product Portfolio
        • Financial Performance
        • Recent Developments/Updates
        • Future Plans
      • Mapei S.P.A.
        • Company Overview
        • Product Portfolio
        • Financial Performance
        • Recent Developments/Updates
        • Future Plans
      • Abadgaran Group
        • Company Overview
        • Product Portfolio
        • Financial Performance
        • Recent Developments/Updates
        • Future Plans
      • Sakshi Chem Sciences Private Ltd.
        • Company Overview
        • Product Portfolio
        • Financial Performance
        • Recent Developments/Updates
        • Future Plans
      • Fosroc International Limited
        • Company Overview
        • Product Portfolio
        • Financial Performance
        • Recent Developments/Updates
        • Future Plans
    • Analyst Views
  8. Section
    • References
    • Research Methodology
    • About Us and Sales Contact

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