The global plastic antioxidants market size is estimated to be USD 2.0 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach USD 2.6 billion by 2025, at a CAGR of 5.3% during the forecast period. Factors such as plastics replacing conventional materials, increasing demand in medical industry, and rapid urbanization in developing countries will drive the plastic antioxidants market. The major restraint for the market will be adverse effect on health from synthetic plastics antioxidants. However, the untapped demand in the agricultural sector of developing countries will act as an opportunity for the market.
Phosphites & phosphonites are phosphorus-based secondary antioxidants. Secondary antioxidants are known as hydroperoxide decomposers as they react with hydroperoxides to produce non-radical products. They are used in combination with primary antioxidants. Phosphites & phosphonites are among the most effective stabilizers, as they protect both primary antioxidants and the polymers during processing. China and Japan house major players in electronics, automotive, and consumer goods. These industries generate high demand for plastics, and in turn, high demand for plastic antioxidants.
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PP is a thermoplastic polymer with the presence of tertiary carbon atoms. The presence of tertiary carbon atoms makes it susceptible to oxidation and thermal degradation at high temperatures. Polypropylene is processed at temperatures between 428°F and 536°F, and under these conditions, it degrades to form low molecular weight products. Thus, antioxidants are added to PP to stabilize it. Antioxidants are added during the manufacturing process and palletizing.
The key market players profiled in the report include BASF SE (Germany), Songwon (South Korea), Adeka Corporation (Japan), Solvay (Belgium), SK Capital (US), Clariant (Switzerland), Sumitomo Chemical (Japan), 3V Sigma S.p.A (Italy), and Dover Chemical Corporation (US).
Players in the plastic antioxidants market are mainly concentrating on new product launches, merger & acquisition, and expansions to meet the growing demand for plastic antioxidants for various applications. New product launches help companies to strengthen their product portfolio and meet the specific demands of customers.
The growth of the plastic antioxidants market has been largely influenced by new product launches that were undertaken between 2016 and 2020. Companies such as BASF and Sumitomo Chemical have adopted new product launches to enhance their market position.
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BASF (Germany) is one of the major players in the plastic antioxidants market. In order to expand its business, the company is focusing on enhancing its market reach by opening plants to increase the capacity. For instance, in December 2019, BASF (Germany) opened the second phase of the new antioxidant manufacturing plant in Shanghai, China, to support the fast-growing antioxidants market in the country. Similarly, Sumitomo Chemical expanded its Polypropylene Compounds Business with the acquisition of a Turkish compounder, Emas Plastik A.S., and its affiliated companies (Emas Group). This would encourage the growth of the antioxidant business.
The companies also adopted new product launch as a strategy to expand their product portfolio and market presence. For instance, in July 2019, SK Capital launched a new antioxidant product called ULTRANOX 626 for use in PP homopolymers and copolymers. In November 2018, launched a new antioxidant, SONGNOX 5057, for polyols and polyurethanes applications.
In October 2018, SK Capital announced its agreement to acquire the SI group. Through this acquisition, the company is projected to unlock the growth in earnings from both commercial and cost synergies. In May 2017, Clariant undertook mergers with Huntsman Corporation (US) to form HuntsmanClariant, in which Clariant holds a 52% share. The combination of strengths of both the companies created a leading global specialty chemical company, with an improved growth profile in highly attractive regions and end markets.
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