Ultraviolet (UV) curable resins consist of monomers (acts as a diluents), oligomers, initiators (Photo polymerization initiators & co-initiators), and additives (pigments, plasticizers, antioxidants, & stabilizers). Ultraviolet curable resins are gaining popularity over conventional resins, owing to excellent physical & chemical properties offered by UV curable resins.

Market Dynamics:

  • Increasing environmental concern & stringent government regulations regarding emission of volatile organic compound (VOC) have led resin manufacturers to focus on developing low volatile resins such as UV curable resins. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Ozone Transport Commission (OTC), California Air Resources Board (CARB), and South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) have set restrictive limits on the Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) content in architectural and industrial maintenance coatings. According to EPA, limit for exterior coatings has been set as 250 grams of VOC per Liter. Such factors are fueling growth of global Ultraviolet (UV) curable resins market.
  • However, technical limitation of UV curing technology such as oxygen inhibition and initial yellowing are some of the key challenges for market growth.

Global Ultraviolet (UV) Curable Resins Market Outlook:

  • Among application, coating segment dominated global ultraviolet (UV) curable resins market in 2017. In coating, UV curable resins offers multiple advantages such as less or no VOC emission, high speed curing at low temperature, heat & moisture resistance, less energy consumption, reduced waste. Such factors are boosting demand for ultraviolet (UV) curable resins in metal, plastic, and wood coating applications.
  • Asia Pacific is projected to be the fastest growing region in global ultraviolet (UV) curable resins market over the forecast period (2018-26). Favorable growth of end use industries of UV curable resins such as paint & coatings and adhesives in China and India is fueling growth of the market. According to Coherent Market Insights analysis, paint & coatings market in Asia Pacific is projected to reach US$ 103.54 billion by end of 2025.

Key players:

  • Key players operating in global ultraviolet (UV) curable resins market include BASF SE, Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd, Allnex Group, Arkema Group, Royal DSM N.V., The Nippon Synthetic Chemical Industry Co., Ltd., Covestro AG, IGM Resins B.V., Miwon Specialty Co. Ltd., and Jiangsu Sanmu Group Corporation.

Global Ultraviolet (UV) Curable Resins Market Taxonomy:

On the basis of composition, the global ultraviolet (UV) curable resins market is segmented into:

  • Monomer
  • Oligomer
  • Photo-initiator
  • Others

On the basis of application, the global ultraviolet (UV) curable resins market is segmented into:

  • Coatings
  • Graphic Arts (3D Printing Inks, Overprint Varnish)
  • Industrial (Adhesives, Packaging, Optical)
  • Others

On the basis of region, the global ultraviolet (UV) curable resins market is segmented into:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • South America
    • Brazil
    • Argentina
    • Rest of South America
  • Europe
    • U.K.
    • Germany
    • Italy
    • France
    • Spain
    • Russia
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • ASEAN
    • Australia
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East
    • GCC
    • Rest of Middle East
  • Africa

Global Ultraviolet (UV) Curable Resins Market Key Development:

  • In July 2018, Arkema launched a new U.V. curable resin for 3D printing application named N3D I-2105, N3D F-2115, and N3D P-2125 under the N3xtDimension line. These resins are designed to meet key requirements for end-use applications such as impact resistance, flexibility, resolution etc.
  • In June 2019, Azelis extended distribution agreement with BASF SE for dispersions, resins & additives in Turkey. With this agreement, Azelis is expected to become largest distributor of chemicals for CASE applications in Turkey. 
  • In April 2019, DSM-AGI started production of UV curable resins in Changbin, Taiwan. The new facility meet the requirements for global safety and quality standards. 
  • In March 2019, IGM Resins established a new product development lab in North Carolina, U.S. This new facility is dedicated to produce new monomers & oligomers for UV inks & coatings market. Also, this facility expanded IGM’s capacity to scale up, commercialization & technical services to its customers.
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