Opacifiers are substances which are added to transparent or translucent cosmetic formulations to render them more impervious to visible light. They are simple to use and lend the products a pleasant, luxurious, creamy appearance with excellent quality and homogeneity. In general, there are three major types of opacifying products including latex copolymers, the pearl shine waxes, and dyes and pigments, like mica and TiO2. Pigments are very efficient as opacifiers and achieve opacity at relatively low levels. Pearlescent waxes, like ethylene glycol distearate (EGDS) for example, create a brilliant milky sheen effect in surfactant systems. Moreover, the latex copolymers, more precisely the water-based styrene/acrylates or styrene/acrylamide copolymers provide a milky, rich, creamy, dense and uniform effect.
The global opacifiers market is witnessing sustainable growth owing to surging demand from paints & coating industry. Paints & coatings have a wide range of applications in end-use industries, such as automotive, aerospace, marine, wood, general industrial, and others. The market is further boosted by the development of advanced technologies for opacifiers and cheap end-products. Furthermore, lack of feasible alternatives to opacifiers and increasing government participation would further provide significant growth opportunities to this market in the future. However, the global opacifiers market is hindered by high capital expenditure and competition from other economical sources.
The report analyses the global opacifiers market based on type, application and geography.
Based on type, the market is segmented into zinc oxide, cerium oxide, antimony trioxide, titanium dioxide, opaque polymers, zircon, tin oxide, arsenic trioxide. Titanium dioxide (TiO2) is a highly effective opacifier in the pigment form. It is employed as a pigment to provide whiteness and opacity to products such as paints, coatings, plastics, papers, inks, medicines, colored makeup as well as most toothpastes. However, their main disadvantage is compatibility which is very much dependent on the viscosity of the end product. For this reason, TiO2 is preferably used by the paint and coating industry and cannot be considered as a viable opacifying solution for most toiletries and other consumer products.
Based on application, this market is categorized into inks, personal care, fibers, home care, paints & coatings, plastics, ceramics, paper, glass and others. Finely-milled zircon provides high whiteness and opacity in ceramic glazes, ceramic pigments, porcelain bodies, sanitaryware and tableware, as well as being used in refractories and friction products. Zircon opacifier is packaged in bulk bags or paper sacks or delivered in tankers as a bulk powder or as a slurry.
By geography, the global opacifiers market is studied across the countries of key regions such as, North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and rest of the world. Asia Pacific accounted for the largest share in 2018, owing to abundant resource availability in this area and increased demand from paints & coatings, plastics, and ceramics industry. Countries such as China and Japan are witnessing substantial growth in the opacifiers market. Increasing activities for expansion is likely to boost the market in the future. In addition to this, North America is projected to grow at a lucrative growth rate over the estimate period. Companies are investing more in R&D to find out applications of opacifiers in the unconventional industry segments to increase their scope and demand.
The leading market players of the global opacifiers market include Alkane Resources Ltd, Apollo Colors Inc, Argex Titanium Inc, Arkema, Ashland Global Holdings Inc., Chemours Company, Cinkarna Celje D.D. (Cicj.Lj), Cristal, Croda International PLC, Dowdupont, En-Tech Polymer Co. Ltd, Evonik Industries AG, Grupa Azoty, Hankuck Latices Co., Ltd., Iluka Resources, Indulor Chemie GmbH, Interpolymer Corporation, Ishihara Sangyo Kaisha Ltd, Junneng Chemical, Kronos Worldwide Inc., Lomon Billions, Organik Kimya A.S., Precheza As, Tayca Corporation, Tronox Limited and Venator. In December 2016, Arkema Coating Resins, a business unit of Arkema, introduced Celocor AF opaque polymer, an ammonia-free product for use in formulating low-odour interior and exterior architectural coatings with excellent hiding properties.
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