Curing in polymer chemistry refers to hardening of a polymer material by linking of polymer chains, carried out by chemical additives, electron beam or by heat. Epoxy curing is a substance that is mixed with epoxy polymer to get better effects from epoxy polymer. Curing agents are available in various types such as amidoamine, aliphatic, polyamide, cycloaliphatic and others with different basicity, functional groups, and molecular structure. Selection of curing agent is an important role in determining the properties such as penetration, pot life, wetting ability and dry time of the absolute cured epoxy. Epoxy curing agents has various applications in automobile, marine, oil & gas sectors, composites, civil engineering and construction, industrial coatings, electronic potting. In marine, epoxy curing agents are used to improve adhesion property of the coated part, especially at the surfaces which are important to safeguard from corrosion and chemical resistance.
Global Epoxy Curing Agents Taxonomy
The global epoxy curing agents market is classified on the basis of the following segments:
Prevalent Scenario in Epoxy Curing Agents Market
In 2016, Coating was the largest segment in the application of the epoxy curing agents market. The market of the epoxy curing agent is expanding with the substitution of dicyandiamide curing agent with low volatile organic compound and phenol. Companies are capitalizing in Research & Development to innovate new products. Dow Chemical has made an investment of about US$ 1.6 billion in the Research & Development part to provide extensive range of high quality epoxy curing agents. Companies such as Dow Chemicals and Huntsman are introducing waterborne and low emission curing agents to meet the demand of increasing requirement for environmental friendly designs. Technological advancements made in the production and use of epoxy curing agents give rise to the considerable market growth in North America.
The key drivers fueling the growth of this market are the increase in demand for high performance resin preparations for epoxy resin in the electrical & electronic applications, composites, and in the paint & coatings industry. Cycloaliphatic curing agents provides better water resistance, low viscosity and color films, low blush, better chemical resistance and water spotting and are widely used in coatings & floorings. Amidoamine curing agent provides low viscosity, room temperature cure, and better adhesion and are basically used in potting, concrete coatings, in adhesives, and in high solid coatings. Aliphatic amine curing agents have the properties of low color and viscosity, rapid room temperature cure, high degree of rapid resistance and are used for solvent-less coatings, composites, tooling, casting, industrial flooring and chemical-resistant coatings. Waterborne curing agents are manufactured for coating uses such as corrosion resistant coating, chemical resistant coating, which includes floor toppings, and masonry coatings. Polyamide is widely used in adhesive industry for the applications such as midcoat, primer and topcoat applications on industrial equipment, ships, automotive, bridges and industrial flooring. Amino group curing agents are designed for blush-free film, surface tolerant, low temperature curing and has an applications in pipe lining, marine & industrial maintenance, coating and civil engineering.
Rules are imposed on the controlled use of volatile organic solvents in Europe is the restraining factor for the growth of epoxy curing agents market in Europe. For the growth of the market, reports intimates the requirement of innovation and development of new product to achieve good color stability, faster and lower temperature cure, release of lower volatile organic compound,
The global epoxy curing agents market is highly fragmented due to the presence of many established and local players across the world. Major players involved in the market include Huntsman Corporation (U.S.), Evonik Industries (Germany), Dow Chemical Company (U.S.), BASF SE (Germany), Cargill, Inc. (U.S.), Cardolite Corporation (U.S.), Hexion, Inc. (U.S.), Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (U.S.),Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (Japan),Aditya Birla Chemicals (India).
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