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Perfluoropolyether Market By Product (PFPE-K, PFPE-M, PFPE-Z, PFPE-Y, PFPE-D), By Type (Grease, Oil), By End-Use (Automotive, Aerospace, Electronics, Chemical & Petrochemical, Food Processing, Metal Processing, Medical Industry Equipment, Power Generation, Textile, Pulp & Paper), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Application Potential, Price Trend, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2021 – 2027

  • Report ID: GMI1625
  • Base Year: 2020
  • Report Format: PDF

Industry Trends

Global perfluoropolyether market size exceeded USD 540 million in 2020 and is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 6% between 2021 and 2027 owing to rising demand for synthetic oils for passenger cars as it provides improved fuel economy. Growing awareness about the benefits of synthetic lubricant products will accelerate PFPE growth.

Perfluoropolyether (PFPE) is segmented based on its molecular structures into PFPE K, PFPE M, PFPE Z, PFPE Y and PFPE D which are lubricants used for industrial application including electronics, automotive and aerospace industry. Each fluid type is made of different materials, processes and offers different viscosity and temperature for its application in slides and engines. The difference in their viscosity and temperature provides them ability to offer differences in their volatility, lubricity, and resistivity.

Perfluoropolyether Market Outlook

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The PFPE K molecules are fluids made of pendant molecules which are used as lubricants for industrial applications including automotive industry. The PFPE K lubricants has viscosity ranging between 25 to 510 cST at 400C and service temperature between -54 to 2500C for its application in slides, gears, and bearings.

Government regulation are rising towards the carbon footprint which should stimulate the business growth. PFPE is low cost and offers high strength which provides protection in heavy load conditions which is one of the major drivers for the perfluoropolyether (PFPE) market growth. Increased application of the PFPE K in the manufacturing of engines and machines should drive the product demand.

PFPE M fluids are linear molecules which has low volatility, plastic compatibility and elastomer. Moreover, rising demand for non-flammable lubricants from automotive and chemical industries should stimulate the demand for the product. PFPE M type of synthetic product offers long term lubrication and stability even at constant high temperature pertaining to its wide application in aerospace industry. Due to all the above characteristics the product is used for its application in high temperature grease applications, heavy duty greasers and bushing which should positively impact on the perfluoropolyether market share.

Increased demand for oil and grease for machinery application should drive product demand

PFPE Market from Grease type

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Grease type perfluoropolyether segment surpassed USD 395 million in 2020 and should register substantial gains in the forecasted period. The PFPE grease is heat resistant, nontoxic and non-inflammable which indicates suitability for its applications in plastic and steel bearings. PFPE grease offers smooth functioning and reduces friction owing to its application in engines and machines in aerospace industry. PEPF grease protects the engines from corrosion and prevents against wear and tear of machines. Increasing demand for high quality lubricants with long term use from aerospace industry is likely to drive the perfluoropolyether market demand.

In 2019, the oil type was PFPE estimated to be over USD 130 million which should positively impact the product market growth. PFPE oil are synthetic lubricants composed of oxygen, fluorine and carbon atoms which offer low toxicity, chemical inertness, low surface tension and high dielectric properties. PFPE oils reduces the maintenance cost of the machines by holding the temperature of the machine during its functioning which should accelerate the perfluoropolyether market sales.

Low vapour pressure of the oil is highly suitable for its application as semi-conductor in electronic industry. Rising advancements in machine manufacturing along with increasing demand for synthetic lubricants owing to its enhanced benefits shows healthy growth opportunities for perfluoropolyether market growth.

Increased demand for lubricants from pulp and paper industry should augment business growth

PFPE Market from Pulp and Paper Applications

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Pulp and paper applications segment should surpass USD 1.85 million by 2027.  PFPE is resistant to high temperatures, and chemicals as well as maintains lubricity which has application in pulp and paper industry thereby accelerating perfluoropolyether market growth. Perfluoropolyether lubricants reduces the need for re-lubricating the machines thereby reducing the maintenance cost of the machines. Furthermore, longer lubricating gaps neglects the exposure of workers to machines which reduces the risk of accidents. Increased application of paper for labelling and packaging purpose should drive the pulp and paper industry.

Machines in the paper industry are exposed to high stress and requires lubricants which can sustain the stress and reduce the repair costs which should stimulate product demand. Paper manufacturing machines have rotating parts such as pulpers, debarkers and drums which require oil and grease for its smooth functioning which is likely to drive the PFPE market growth. Moreover, high temperature oils protect the wear of the rotating machines and provides protection against corrosion which should accelerate perfluoropolyether market growth.

Increased use of electronic gadgets should accelerate the perfluoropolyether business growth in APAC

Perfluoropolyether Market by Region

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Asia-Pacific perfluoropolyether market should register about 7% gains by the end of 2027. The region is witnessing rising adoption of smartphones pertaining to changing lifestyle and high-quality electronic fluids which should increase the demand for perfluoropolyether. PFPE is widely used as semiconductor and serves as cooling substance in electronic devices including mobile phones. Increasing internet penetration has raised the demand for smartphones which should lead to electronic industry market growth.

PFPE has wide application in household appliances including refrigerators, televisions which has raised the demand for the product in the region. PFPE prevents moisture absorption and is resistant to flash and fire which show wide application of the product in electronic industry. Asia-Pacific region is witnessing rapid urbanization along with demand for household appliances which is the key driving factor for the perfluoropolyether market growth in the region. The product offers non-flammability and enhanced safety which should raise the demand for household appliances in electronic industry.

Strategic acquisition is the primary business strategy adopted by manufacturers

Perfluoropolyether (PFPE) industry is substantially fragmented includes market players such as IKV Tribology, Metalubgroup, Nye Lubricants, Lubrilog SAS, Solvay, Daikin Industries Inc., The Chemours company, Kluber Lubrication and M&I Materials Limited. Companies are primarily engaged in strategic acquisitions to expand production capacity and distribution network.

According to a recent report of February 2021, Solvay company is partnering with vertical aerospace for developing composites for passenger air taxi. Vertical aerospace is a British aerospace manufacturer its headquarters based in Bristol U.K. Solvay company will also supply composites, adhesive technologies and other product portfolio to vertical aerospace which shows opportunity for perfluoropolyether from aerospace application industry. These companies will also work in developing light weight and advanced material portfolio which should positively impact the perfluoropolyether market growth.

Global PFPE market report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of volume (Tons) and revenue in USD million from 2016 to 2027 for the following segments:

By Product

  • PFPE M
  • PFPE K
  • PFPE D
  • PFPE Y
  • PFPE Z

By Type

  • Grease
  • Oil

By End-Use

  • Automotive
  • Aerospace
  • Pulp & Paper
  • Electronics
  • Chemical & Petrochemical
  • Food Processing
  • Metal Processing
  • Medical Industry Equipment
  • Power Generation
  • Textile
  • Others

 The above information has been provided for the following regions:

By Region

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Russia
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • Thailand
    • Malaysia
    • Australia
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
  • Middle East & Africa
    • South Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE


Authors: Kunal Ahuja, Sonal Singh

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The global market for PFPE had surpassed USD 540 million in 2020 and will expand at around 6% CAGR through 2027.

The grease type PFPE industry share was over USD 395 million in 2020 and will grow due to properties like non-toxicity, non-inflammable and heat resistance.

The market share from pulp and paper applications is estimated to exceed USD 1.85 million by 2027 with the need to maintain lubricity and provide resistance to high temperatures and chemicals.

APAC PFPE market size will expand at around 7% CAGR between 2021-2027 owing to the demand for cooling substance in electronic devices and the production of smartphones.

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  • Published Date: Feb 2021
  • Companies covered: 15
  • Tables & Figures: 285
  • Countries covered: 19
  • Pages: 250

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