Hydrophobing Agents Market Size By Product (Metallic Stearates {Zinc, Aluminum, Calcium and Magnesium}, Hydrophobic Polymers, Silicone Polymers, Fatty Acid Polymers), By Application (Building & Construction {Plastering, Plaster and Fiber boards, Concretes}, Paints & Coatings, Personal Care, and Inks) Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Growth Potential, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2019 – 2026

Published Date: Nov 2019  |  Report ID: GMI4441  |  Authors: Kunal Ahuja, Sonal Singh

Report Format: PDF   |   Pages: 200   |   Base Year: 2018

Summary Table of Contents Industry Coverage Methodology

Widespread application development to encourage hydrophobing agents demand

Hydrophobing agents market size exceeded USD 900 million, globally in 2018 and is estimated to grow at over 6.9% CAGR between 2019 and 2026.

Hydrophobing agents market

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Hydrophobing agents are integral admixtures in building and construction applications that modify the concrete surface so that it becomes less wettable or water repellent. These agents lead to less water absorption and form a dry interior surface over time by lowering the rate of water contact with substrate. Rapid deterioration of concrete structures due to reinforcement corrosion has led to adoption of corrosion prohibiting and water-repellent agents. Considerable resources are used to repair and rehabilitate deteriorated structures globally. Hydrophobic agents form a layer of film on concrete and plaster surfaces and lowers water absorption potential which offers lucrative opportunities for the market growth.

Rise in infrastructural development supported by government initiatives for construction of new buildings and renovation of existing old structures has developed the need for waterproofing and water repellent chemicals. Rapid investments in restoration activities of aging residential, commercial and industrial infrastructures will propel the hydrophobing agents market growth. Additionally, hydrophobic agents are experiencing penetration in paints & coatings, cosmetics, detergents, medical and textile products since it enables uniform distribution of pigments, enhances thermal stability, and increases viscosity of creams.

Growth of construction sector is a key factor in the advancement of both emerging and developed economies owing to its impact on GDP and economic development. Global construction market is anticipated to garner a market size of USD 8 trillion largely driven by China, U.S. and India. Healthy economic growth will support expansion of construction sector in these countries with the demand for efficient hydrophobing construction chemicals is expected to rise.

Booming personal care sector and rising consumer preference for organic cosmetic products to support product penetration among cosmetics. Ongoing product innovations such as usage of silicone compounds in the form of mini-emulsions makes long wear foundations and mascaras elastic and smudge resistance is driving the market trends. In styling products including mousses, gels, creams and sprays, enhance the sensory experience and performance of long wear of a color cosmetic.

Hydrophobing Agents Market Report Coverage
Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2018 Market Size in 2018: 973.4 Million (USD)
Historical Data for: 2014 to 2018 Forecast Period: 2019 to 2026
Forecast Period 2019 to 2026 CAGR: 6.9% 2026 Value Projection: 1,621.2 Million (USD)
Pages: 200 Tables, Charts & Figures: 300
Geographies covered (20): U.S., Canada, Mexico, Germany, UK, Italy, France, Spain, Russia, Turkey, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Australia, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, UAE, South Africa
Segments covered: Product, and Application
Companies covered (13): Dover Chemical, Romonta GmbH, Amsdorf, Kao Chemicals, Elotex, Baerlocher GmbH, Zschimmer & Schwarz, Dow Corning, Rudolf Group Wacker Chemie AG, Peter Greven, FACI S.P.A, Jowat S.E and Brillux GmbH & Co. KG
Growth Drivers:
  • North America: Increasing penetration of hydrophobing agents in concrete admixtures
  • Europe: Accelerating ageing constructions and growing investments in economic and social infrastructure
  • Asia Pacific: Growing personal care sector in Asia Pacific
Pitfalls & Challenges:
  • Stringent regulations regarding the carbon emitted by volatile organic compounds in water repellent chemicals

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Rising penetration of metallic soaps as hydrophobing agents to spur overall market share

Hydrophobing agents market is segmented into product as metallic stearates, hydrophobic polymers, silicone polymers and fatty acid polymers. Metallic stearates market forecasts have been further segmented into aluminum, calcium, magnesium, zinc and others. Metal soaps are derived from long-chain fatty acids and a metal oxide compound. Zinc stearate garnered maximum revenue since product witness it prevents moisture seepage into bricks, plaster and concretes and prolongs life of finished material. Also, antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties of the product have opened new avenues for overall business growth.

Metallic stearates witness increasing market demand in preparation of eyeliners, shampoos, lipsticks, medicated ointments, foot and body powders. Metallic stearates are added in small dosages from 0.05 to 1% in pharmaceutical and cosmetic applications. The hydrophobic properties of metallic stearates inhibit powdered pharmaceutical and cosmetic products to absorb water and thus form agglomerates.   

Robust consumption in the construction sector to drive hydrophobing agents market demand

Building and Construction Application Market

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Application market segmentation includes building & construction, paints & coatings, personal care, inks and others. Building & Construction accounted for a maximum revenue market share of nearly 53.6% in 2018 owing to the increasing application of water repellent chemicals in concrete surfaces. Concrete structures are exposed to heavy weathering and de-icing salts with possibilities of dampness in walls. Hydrophobing agents lower the water absorption levels and protect the surface effectively against consequential damages. 

Silicone compounds market demand is based on its impregnation in architectural paints owing to its long lasting and pronounced water-beading effect. Additionally, strict adherence of these agents complies to international stringent requirements and laws including ecolabel and Blue Angel will foster product demand in architectural sectors. Ongoing efforts by coating leader such as Evonik to include innovative silicone resin in its hydrophobing product line since it protects high quality facades from water, dirt and weather conditions will foster product growth by 2026.

Booming construction and personal care sector to support Asia Pacific hydrophobing agents industry growth

China Hydrophobing Agents Market

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China hydrophobing agents market share is anticipated to witness growth at over 10.8% CAGR from 2019 to 2026. Supportive Chinese government policies including The China National Urbanization Plan on New Urbanization has envisaged settlement of 100 million urban residents by 2020, thereby increasing the urbanization rate by more than 60%. Other key industry trends include shifting government policies towards real estate as a tool for booming economy accompanied by growth of building and construction market growth relies widely on government strategies Access to social housing will spur the development of new buildings and public services which is anticpated boost the market demand in Asia Pacific.

Shifting manufacturers attention towards building efficacy and properties such as low VOC and zero VOC content in their hydrophobing agent with better abrasion and heat resistance will stimulate market demand. Industry trends such as stringent governmental regulations especially over the adoption of eco-friendly products will escalate the global hydrophobing agents market outlook. Strict government standards and laws pertaining to VOC content in the paints and coatings has shifted focus towards innovation in hydrophobing agents industry among manufacturers

Excessive R&D and new product launch to remain key strategies among market leaders for industry growth

Some of the major market players operating in the industry report are Baerlocher GmbH, Zschimmer & Schwarz, Dow Corning, Rudolf Group, Wacker Chemie AG, Peter Greven, FACI S.P.A, Jowat S.E, Brillux GmbH & Co. KG, Romonta GmbH, Amsdorf and Kao Chemicals.

Market players are adopting strategies such as product launches, product innovations and partnerships, to enhance their existing offerings and target a wider customer base and strengthen its market position. In December 2017, Dow Chemicals (one of the market leaders) launched DOWSIL 904H Coating Additive which is a BTX-free functional polydimethylsiloxane. This is developed for its application as water repellent and hydrophobing agent in high PVC, dark colored paints for architectural facade coatings. Latest addition of Dow Chemicals to its product profile is projected to cement its position in the overall market outlook.

The hydrophobing agents market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry, with estimates & forecast in terms of volume (Kilo Tons) and revenue (USD Million) from 2015 to 2026, for the following segments:

By Product

  • Metallic Stearates
    • Aluminum
    • Calcium
    • Magnesium
    • Zinc
    • Others
  • Hydrophobic Polymers
  • Silicone Polymers
  • Fatty acid Polymers

By Application

  • Building & Construction
    • Plastering
    • Plaster and Fiber boards
    • Concretes
    • Others
  • Paints & Coatings
  • Personal Care
  • Inks
  • Others

The above information has been provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Russia
    • Turkey
  • APAC
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • Australia
    • Malaysia
  • LATAM     
    • Brazil
  • MEA
    • Saudi Arabia
    • South Africa
    • UAE


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Hydrophobing agents are integral admixtures in building and construction applications that modify the concrete surface so that it becomes less wettable or water repellent.
Rapid demand for metallic stearates in the construction application and rising penetration in personal care products for its application as a water proofing chemical will fuel the global industry demand.
Building & construction, paints & coatings, personal care and inks are the major industry applications.

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  • Published Date: Nov 2019
  • Pages: 200
  • Tables: 279
  • Charts / Figures: 21
  • Companies covered: 13
  • Countries covered: 20

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