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Bitumen Emulsifiers Market Size - By Product (Anionic, Cationic, Non-ionic), Setting Type (Rapid, Medium, Slow), Application (Spray, Mixing [Cold Mix, Grave Emulsion, Slurry Seal & Micro Surfacing]), End-use & Forecast, 2021 - 2027

  • Report ID: GMI2248
  • Published Date: Oct 2021
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Bitumen Emulsifiers Market Size

Bitumen Emulsifiers Market size was valued at around USD 245 million in 2020 and is anticipated to exhibit a CAGR of over 4.6% from 2021 to 2027. Growing applications of bitumen emulsions over conventional emulsions owing to their superior characteristics will fuel industry development throughout the forecast timeline.

Bitumen emulsion is a mixture of fine droplets of bitumen, emulsifier, and water. These are used as a binder in road construction and maintenance activities. Their extensive usage for road development applications will drive the bitumen emulsifiers market share during the forecast timeframe. Increasing road construction activities in the emerging economies of Asia Pacific and Latin America will fuel bitumen emulsifier demand in paving applications. The Asia Pacific infrastructure market is expected to grow at a substantial rate over the forecast timeframe, which is expected to represent nearly 60% of the world’s total infrastructure industry by 2025.

Bitumen Emulsifiers Market Outlook

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In addition, the superior characteristics of bitumen emulsion over other conventional bitumen are further enabling the industry expansion. Along with wet aggregates, it can be used in a damp environment as well. Bitumen emulsion is suitable for any road repair work and requires minimum time. It is environmental-friendly as heating is not required to work with bitumen emulsion; hence, they do not contaminate the air. Moreover, the cold application of bitumen emulsions makes them the handiest and efficient material in road construction & maintenance.

The COVID-19 pandemic had a severe impact on the industry in 2020. The coronavirus outbreak caused a worldwide lockdown and had a significant economic impact. Almost all industries were forced to close to stop the spread of coronavirus that had already claimed many lives. The pandemic caused a fall in several markets that plays an important part in road building and maintenance.

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Bitumen Emulsifiers Market by Product

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Cationic bitumen emulsifier is a preferable product for various road and building development & maintenance activities. Attributable to this, the segment acquired more than 75% share in the global bitumen emulsifiers market in 2020 and is expected to showcase promising growth during the projected period. They have good coating and adhesion properties with a wide range of aggregates, making them the most widely used product type in the world. As most of the aggregates used with bitumen emulsions are negatively charged, cationic bitumen emulsifiers are the most suitable to be used with them.

Bitumen Emulsifiers Market by Setting Type

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Slow setting type bitumen emulsifier will contribute over USD 100 million to the overall market by 2027. The segment is anticipated to emerge as the fastest-growing market over the forecast timeframe. Slow setting bitumen emulsifiers are relatively stable and used in bitumen emulsions where the desired rate of evaporation is slow, leading to slow setting & curing. The wide usage of this product in cold mix, cold recycling, stabilization, and waterproofing & roofing applications will support the bitumen emulsifiers market segment over the assessment timespan.

Unmodified bitumen is a major end-user in the bitumen emulsifiers market and will hold a dominating spot throughout the assessment timeline while reflecting a CAGR of around 4.4% through 2027. The market growth can be ascribed to several factors, such as ease in the manufacturing process of unmodified bitumen, low cost, product availability, and growing consumption in developing economies. Increasing road construction activities in many countries of Asia Pacific and Latin America to enhance their domestic logistics network will augment the demand for bitumen emulsifiers for use in unmodified bitumen emulsions.

Bitumen Emulsifiers Market by Region

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North America is a major consumer of bitumen emulsifiers. The region will generate a demand of over 55 kilo tons by 2027. The maintenance and repair of these roads require a high volume of bitumen emulsions, which will drive the demand for emulsifiers. New road development projects initiated by the U.S. government will also contribute to the bitumen emulsifiers market growth.

For instance, in March 2021, the U.S. government unveiled its USD 2 trillion investment plan for infrastructure. Out of which, USD 600 billion will be invested in the upgrading of physical infrastructures such as bridges, roads, water systems, airports, and railways.

Bitumen Emulsifiers Market Share

The market players involved in the bitumen emulsifiers industry are adopting several strategic developments to gain a competitive edge and reinforce their industry foothold. Acquisitions, mergers, product launches, geographical expansion, and partnerships, among others are some of the key initiatives taken by these manufacturers.

For instance, in May 2020, Ingevity advanced its adsorbed natural gas program by acquiring the assets of ANGP, Inc. and initiated new pilot initiatives with several natural gas utilities. This move resulted in a rise in the revenue of performance materials segment by 4% while EBITDA was up by 17% compared to the previous year.

Some of the major producers of bitumen emulsifiers are

  • Ingevity Corporation
  • Nouryon
  • Arkema Group
  • Opal Paints Products Pvt. Ltd.
  • Petrochem Specialities
  • Kao Corporation
  • Vialit
  • The Dow Chemical Company
  • Evonik
  • Chemoran
  • RX Marine International
  • Pinova, Inc.
  • Shaoxing Shangyu Simo Research Institute of Organic Chemistry
  • Vizag Chemicals
  • G R Infraprojects Ltd. (GRIL).

The bitumen emulsifiers market report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of volume in tons and revenue in USD thousand from 2017 to 2027 for the following segments:

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By Product

  • Anionic
  • Cationic
  • Non-ionic

By Setting Type

  • Rapid
  • Medium
  • Slow

By Application

  • Spray
    • Surface dressing
    • Prime coat
    • Tack coats
    • Others
  • Mixing
    • Cold mix
    • Gravure emulsion
    • Slurry seal & micro surfacing
    • Others

By End-user

  • Polymer modified bitumen
  • Unmodified bitumen

The above information is provided on a regional and country basis for the following:

By Region

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • Australia
    • Indonesia
    • Malaysia
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
  • Middle East & Africa
    • South Africa
    • GCC
Authors: Kiran Pulidindi, Akshay Prakash

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The global bitumen emulsifiers market share was over USD 245 million in 2020 and will observe a CAGR of more than 4.6% through 2027 driven by higher application scope to exhibit superior characteristics in comparison to conventional emulsions.
Bitumen emulsion, which is a mixture of fine droplets of bitumen, emulsifier, and water, is widely adopted as a binder in road construction and maintenance activities.
Cationic bitumen emulsifier products held over 75% of the overall industry remuneration in 2020 due to increasing penetration in a vast number of road and building development & maintenance activities.
Revenue of the slow setting type bitumen emulsifiers industry is expected to surpass USD 100 million through 2027 due to higher usage in cold mix, cold recycling, stabilization, and waterproofing & roofing applications.
North America bitumen emulsifiers market will cross 55 kilo tons in terms of volume by 2027 driven by the rise in the number of maintenance and repair activities of roads in the region.

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  • Base Year: 2020
  • Companies covered: 15
  • Tables & Figures: 492
  • Countries covered: 17
  • Pages: 320
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