A blowing agent is a substance which is capable of producing a cellular structure via a foaming process in a variety of materials that undergo hardening or phase transition, such as polymers, plastics, and metals. They are typically applied when the blown material is in a liquid stage. The cellular structure in a matrix reduces density, increasing thermal and acoustic insulation, while increasing relative stiffness of the original polymer. Blowing agents are primarily used for purposes of density reduction, which enables weight reduction in the final product and lower costs. Furthermore, blowing agents has wide range of application in various industries such as in appliances they are used in insulation for refrigerators, freezers, and other appliances. They offer cold temperature performance, reliability, and plastic liner compatibility. In building construction they are used to produce insulating panels for building construction. They are mainly used in the housing sector, for example to insulate floors, saddle roofs or under floor heating systems. In addition, owing to their extensive application and growing demand from end-use industries such as construction, packaging, and automotive is expected to propel the blowing agent market in future.
Factors such as upsurge in demand for polymeric insulation foams for buildings, automotives and appliances and high development in global polymeric foams market are driving the blowing agents market. In addition, rising demand of foam blowing agents in the manufacturing of polyurethane foams is also the factor driving the blowing agents market. However, with respect to environmental regulations, frequent changes in the choice of blowing agents is one of the major factor hampering the growth of blowing agents market globally.
The blowing agents market is classified into chemistry, product type, foaming agent process, foam type, application and geography.
Based on chemistry, the blowing agents market is segmented into physical blowing agents and chemical blowing agents. Chemical blowing agents are added to the polymer either prior to or during plasticization. They consist of organic or inorganic compounds that dissociate gas due to a reaction during processing.
Various product type of blowing agents market were studied in the report such as Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCS), Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), Hydro Carbons (HCS) and Other HCS. The HCFCS segment is further segmented into HCFC-141b, HCFC-142b, HCFC-22 and Others HCFCS. The HFCs segment is bifurcated into HFC-245fa, HFC-134a, HFC-365mfc/227ea and HFC-152a. Furthermore, the N-Pentane, Cyclopentane, Isopentane, Isobutane and N-Butane. Moreover, the others segment is classified into Hydrofluoroolefin (HFOS), Inert Gases and Methyl Formate.
On the basis of foaming agent process, the market is categorized into endothermic chemical foaming agents, exothermic chemical foaming agents and endothermic and exothermic blend chemical foaming agents. Among these, exothermic chemical blowing agents release energy during a reaction, which must be dissipated by an adjusted tempering of the plasticization unit and tool. After the activation temperature is exceeded, the reaction runs its course without more energy being added, and continues until the blowing agent is completely done reacting.
By foam type, the blowing agents market segmented into polyurethane foam, polystyrene foam, phenolic foam, polypropylene foam, polyethylene foam and others. Polyurethane foams are the major type of foams manufactured from blowing agents. They have wide application in various industries such as appliances, apparel, automotive, building & construction and others.
On the basis of application, the blowing agents market is classified into buildings & construction, automotive, furniture, appliances, packaging, apparel and others. The applications of blowing agents in the buildings & construction and automotive industries such as for building insulation and as sealants for windows and doors drive the foam blowing agents market.
The blowing agents market report is studied across the key countries of North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Rest of the World. The Asia Pacific region segment is dominated the blowing agents market in 2018, owing to the surge in the use of blowing agents in various end-use industries in countries such as China, India and Japan. However, Latin America is also expected to show remarkable growth in this market due to developing economic conditions.
The market involves various key companies in the global blowing agents market such Exxon Mobil Corporation, Honeywell International Inc., Solvay SA, Arkema S.A., Daikin Industries, Ltd., E.I. Dupont De Nemours & Company, Haltermann GmbH, Foam Supplies, Inc., HARP International Ltd., Huntsman International LLC, The Linde Group and Zeon Corporation. The majority of companies are aiming towards product launches and mergers & acquisitions to enhance their visibility in the high competitive arena of the market.
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