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Nitrile Butadiene Rubber (NBR) Powder Market Size By Particle Size (Less Than 0.075, 0.075 – 0.15, 0.15 – 0.30, 0.30 – 0.70, 0.70 – 1.00), By Grade (Pre-cross Linked, Cross Linked, Linear), By Application (Water Resistant Products, Adhesives, Abrasion Resistant Compounds, PVC Modifications, Friction Materials), By End-user (Automotive, Construction, Footwear, Consumer Goods), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Growth Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2020 – 2026

  • Report ID: GMI2480
  • Published Date: Jun 2020
  • Report Format: PDF

Industry Trends

Nitrile Butadiene Rubber (NBR) Powder Market size was USD 697.8 million in 2019 and will grow at a CAGR of over 7.2% and reach USD 698.4 million in 2026. Minimal increase in the market size in 2026 as compared to 2019 is due to the considerable drop of NBR powder demand in 2020 due to COVID-19 implications. However, increasing construction activities will drive the market over the study timeframe.

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NBR power is the granulate form of nitrile butadiene rubber i.e., an unsaturated copolymer of 2-propenenitrile and several butadiene monomers. The product provides high resistance to chemicals, oils, fatigue and abrasion, which makes it one of the key components for frictional compounds.

Swelling demand from various end-user industries, such as automotive, construction, footwear, consumer goods, etc., will positively influence its demand for PVC modification. It offers elastomeric properties to PV  blends, that enhances their flexibility and applicability across various end-use sectors. NBR power imparts several desirable properties such as impact resistance, low temperature flexibility, wear resistance, resistance to oil, chemical & grease, etc. that will further drive the nitrile butadiene rubber powder market growth for various end products.

Large application scenario to drive 0.30 to 0.70 segment size

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Nitrile butadiene rubber powder with particle size between 0.30 to 0.70 is likely to witness around 4.0% CAGR during the forecast spell owing to its wide application for PVC modification. Particle size of the powder plays a major role during the initial degradation stage. After empirical testing by various manufacturers, the maximum accepted size or diameter for NBR powder was set at 1 mm.

The required diameter of powder particles also varies according to the application. While manufacturing products for dry applications are finer and induce a higher friction coefficient, whereas the trend is reversed for oil-lubricated conditions such as couple plates. These factors will positively influence the nitrile butadiene rubber powder market penetration for various applications across several end-use sectors over the forecast period.

Superior properties to drive Cross Linked NBR powder demand

In 2019, cross linked NBR powder accounted for more than 50% of the nitrile butadiene rubber powder market share and is likely witness a significant growth from 2020 to 2026. Cross linked NBR powder is the most widely used grade in the segment that finds application in myriad end-user industries. Cross linked NBR grade is extensively used in soft PVC compound modification for calendaring processes. Some products manufactured from this grade include coated fabrics, hoses, cable covers, footwear soles, conveyor belts, crash pads, brake pads, linings, etc.

Superior properties such as higher tensile strength, flexural strength, elongation modulus and excellent dimensional stability, along with increasing end-use production rate and improving the final product surface will further support the NBR powder market across various end-use sectors.

Escalating use of PVC across various end-use industries to drive growth in the market

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PVC modification lead the application segment with over 45% share in nitrile butadiene rubber powder market in 2019. This is owing to wide usage of product in PVC modification. Addition of NBR powder to PVC imparts important characteristics to resultant compounds such as impact resistance, low temperature flexibility, chemical resistance, and superior mechanical properties. Thus, NBR-modified PVC products finds extensive usage in making a wide range of products including hoses, cable sheathings, automotive and other machinery parts, shoe soles, printing rolls, etc.

The typical blending ratio of PVC and NBR powder lies around 7:3 by weight, and the components retain their individual properties, enhancing the overall product quality. These blended polymers have excellent resistance to ozone, oil, and abrasion, while maintaining superior extrusion properties.

Rising popularity across various automotive applications will surge growth

The automotive sector leads the NBR powder market as it installs various parts and components based on NBR powder blends. NBR powder is directly used in making friction materials for vehicle brake pads, linings, coupling plates, fuel pipes, as well as interior parts such as dashboards, steering wheels, panels, etc. This segment accounted for more than half of product volume in 2019 and is anticipated to grow with the significant rate during the coming years.

The construction sector will be another key end-user sector due to the need for NBR-blended wire insulation materials. The rising popularity of the product in providing heat and flame resistance will boost the nitrile butadiene rubber powder market segment in the coming years.

Asia Pacific to lead nitrile butadiene rubber powder growth

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Asia Pacific will witness over 7.5% CAGR over the study timeframe owing to the vast number of industries present in the region. The region is anticipated to exhibit growth at the highest rate owing to the fast-developing countries such as China, South Korea, and India. Large number of small and unorganized players operate in Asia Pacific pose competition for product growth in the coming years.

PVC modification and frictional material sectors majorly account for demand for NBR powder in the region. Growth in the transportation sector in Asia Pacific is likely to be a key driving factor for the nitrile butadiene rubber powder market.

Strategic merger and acquisition are key competences among manufacturers

Well-established companies such as Saudi Aramco (ARLANXEO), SIBUR, and Zeon Chemicals, LG Chem, Sinopec together signifies strong competition in global nitrile butadiene rubber powder industry. Product differentiation and strategic expansion among top players increases competition in the market.

For instance, Saudi Aramco has been producing NBR powder products though ARLANXEO with high focus on frictional materials. ARLANXEO was a JV formed between two companies, LANXESS and Saudi Aramco. In December 2018, LANXESS sold its 50% stake to Saudi Aramco making it the sole owner of ARLANXEO, one of the key manufacturers of synthetic rubber business.

The Nitrile Butadiene Rubber Powder market report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of volume in kilo tons and revenue in USD Million from 2016 to 2026, for the following segments:

By Partial Size

  • Less Than 0.075 mm
  • 0.075 – 0.15 mm
  • 0.15 – 0.30 mm
  • 0.30 – 0.70 mm
  • 0.70 – 1.00 mm

By Grade

  • Pre-cross Linked
  • Cross Linked
  • Linear

By Application

  • Water Resistance
  • Adhesives
  • Abrasion Resistant Compounds
  • PVC Modifications
  • Friction Materials
  • Others

By End-User

  • Automotive
  • Construction
  • Footwear
  • Consumer Goods
  • Others

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
    • Russia
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • Australia
    • Indonesia
    • Malaysia
    • South Korea
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
  • Middle East & Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
    • South Africa
    • Kuwait
Authors: Kiran Pulidindi, Sayan Mukherjee

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The valuation of nitrile butadiene rubber powder market in the year 2019 was USD 697.8 million.
The overall nitrile butadiene rubber powder market is anticipated to record a crcr of 7.2% through 2026
According to the report published by Global Market Insights Inc., the NBR powder market is supposed to attain $698.4 million by 2026.
Increasing use of frictional material in automotive sector and rising usage of seals, gaskets and adhesives in various end-user industries are major factors expected to drive the growth of global market.
Lanxess, LG Chem, Zeon Chemicals, Nitriflex S.A., OMNOVA Solutions, Taprath Polymers Pvt. Ltd., Huangshan Hualan Technology Co. Ltd, JSR Corporation, Nabco Microtech are some of the top contributors in the industry.
The automotive industry segment registered a major market share in 2019 and is projected to record a remarkable growth rate throughout the forecast period.

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  • Companies covered: 9
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