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Anti-tack agents are the agents that are used to eliminate the self-adhesive property of rubber. These are generally used on unvulcanized rubber which provides the separation and release after storing of rubber during the manufacturing process. Uncured rubber does not have superior adhesive properties like other rubber but possess stickiness which is termed as tack. Rubber contains long chain polymer with helical structure. It forms cohesion with other another rubber surface due to the entangling of uncured rubber surface contact. To prevent the tackiness, anti-tack agents are used.
Increasing demand from rubber industries for anti-tack agents to store uncured, unvulcanised rubber without damaging it is expected to drive the market demand. Additionally, the ample availability of stearic acid that is used to produce stearates, a common anti-tack agent is expected to boost the market growth.
However, the stearates produced using vegetable oils and animal fats are slightly higher in cost. There are continuous fluctuations in prices of oils and fats. This is expected to hinder the market growth.
Based on the product, the market is segmented into fatty acid ester, fatty acid amides, stearates, soaps, and others. Based on application, the market is segmented into rubber industry, and others.
From a geographical standpoint, the market is categorized into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa.
Key Market Driver -
Increasing demand from rubber industry.
Key Market Restraint -
High cost of stearates.
The global anti-tack agents market consists of global & regional players operating. Some of the key players in the market include King Industries Inc, Lion Specialty Chemicals Co., Ltd, H.L. Blachford Ltd., FACI S.p.A, Baerlocher GmbH, Croda International plc, Struktol GmbH, Evonik Industries AG, The HallStar Company, and others.
The market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. Asia Pacific held up to 50% of the total share for anti-tack agent in 2014, attributed to the high demand from ASEAN countries. Additionally, then substantial rubber production from the region is estimated to positively impact the market. North America is estimated to show significant growth due to the ample manufacturing base present in the region. Europe is expected to show considerable growth due to the high demand for rubber from various end-use sectors. Latin America and Middle East and Africa are expected to show sluggish growth by the end of the forecast period.
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