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The global bitumen emulsifier market size was USD 46.37 million in 2020. The market is projected to grow from USD 49.51 million in 2021 to USD 72.54 million in 2028 at a CAGR of 5.6% in the 2021-2028 period. The global impact of COVID-19 has been unprecedented and staggering, with bitumen emulsifiers witnessing a negative impact on demand across all regions amid the pandemic. Based on our analysis, the global market exhibited a lower growth of 1.15% in 2020 as compared to the average year-on-year growth during 2017-2019. The sudden decline in CAGR is attributable to this market’s demand and growth, returning to pre-pandemic levels once the pandemic is over.
Due to the growing demand from the construction industry, the global market is predicted to rise. The emulsifying agents or additives used to make bitumen emulsions are known as bitumen emulsifiers. The nature of these additions can be anionic, cationic, or non-ionic. They operate as surface-active agents, preventing the emulsion from coagulating and remaining in the state of fine droplets. They also aid in the reduction of VOC emissions, making them more environmentally friendly and sustainable.
COVID-19 Pandemic: Serious Impact on Construction Sector
The COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact on the financially sensitive construction sector. The pandemic severely disrupted the economic cycles at the global level with distressing effects on industrial establishments, financial institutions, infrastructural companies, businesses, and even households. Construction projects and infrastructural development had been jeopardized in various aspects, and the businesses were closed. Additionally, due to lack of transportation system, labor unavailability, and lower cash liquidity, the construction sector took a terrible turn. Overall, the construction industry had been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, the construction sector is expected to turn around again due to various strategies planned by companies and remedial measures suggested by governments to stop the spread of the virus.
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Development of Environment-Friendly Resins is an Emerging Trend in Market
As people become more conscious of the harmful effects of chemical compounds and VOCs on the environment, there has been a considerable increase in market research and development of eco-friendly alternatives. The latest market trend is the development of environment-friendly emulsifiers to lessen the impact of the chemical ones. These emulsifiers are made from sustainable bio-based resources and have chemical and physical qualities similar to chemical emulsifiers. Vinsol resin, for example, is a DRT Firmenich Group product that is made from the wood rosin of pine trees in the southern U.S. and is 100% natural.
Increasing Demand for Bitumen Emulsion to Drive Market
One of the most important materials used in road construction is bitumen emulsions. The usage of this emulsion has practical relevance in high-construction projects, according to Frontiers Organization's research. According to recent data, China's apparent consumption of such emulsion exceeded 32 million tons in 2018, with applications including road building, airport construction, housing, and water conservancy construction. Asphalt emulsions have a lower heating temperature than hot asphalt and use 50% less energy to heat. Attributed to their nature, these emulsions are more cost effective than cut back bitumen. Cut back is made up of 70% bitumen and 30% petroleum solvents like naphtha, diesel, kerosene, and others. Emulsions are made up of 60% bitumen and 40% water. Furthermore, bitumen emulsion production minimizes dangerous VOC emissions by a large margin and is unaffected by weather conditions. This is predicted to boost the demand for bitumen emulsion, which will, in turn, surge the demand for such emulsifiers.
Increasing Road Construction Activities to Propel Market Growth
Bitumen emulsions are used extensively in the construction industry. Bitumen and its emulsions are widely employed in the construction of roads and national highways around the world. For example, due to China's rapid development and investment in road construction, asphalt used in road construction now accounts for about 75% of the country's total emulsifiers usage. Furthermore, many qualities of asphalt emulsions, including ease of handling, environment-friendliness, and high mixing ability with cement and latex, have boosted the demand for such emulsions, boosting the market growth.
Corrosive Nature of Certain Bitumen Emulsifiers May Hamper the Market
The nature of some emulsifiers is corrosive. Cationic bitumen emulsions have pH as low as 1, making them very acidic and gently corroding emulsion plant steel. As a result, the market growth is projected to slow down.
Cationic Segment to Hold Key Share Owing to Better Performance
The market is divided into cationic, anionic, and non-ionic types of bitumen emulsifiers. The cationic bitumen emulsifier segment is expected to hold the prime share in the market owing to better emulsifying performance and exceptional adhesion to the mineral aggregates. As most of the aggregates are negatively charged, the positively charged cationic emulsions are largely employed due to molecular attraction. The anionic segment is expected to show significant growth by the end of the forecast period.
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Unmodified Bitumen Segment to Hold Significant Share Due to Rapid Urbanization
The market is segmented into unmodified and modified bitumen in terms of applications. The unmodified bitumen segment accounted for the highest revenue in 2020. The rising demand from the construction sector is expected to propel the segment growth.
Asia Pacific Bitumen Emulsifier Market Size, 2020 (USD Million)
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The market size in Asia Pacific stood at USD 12.68 million in 2020. Asia Pacific is one of the rapidly developing and emerging regions. The availability of raw materials and skilled laborers in countries like China and India is expected to influence the construction sector. Additionally, various government initiatives to develop public infrastructures, including roadways, highways, airports, and others are likely to drive market growth.
Europe is expected to show significant growth attributed to high demand for cationic emulsions. Additionally, the large manufacturing base present in countries such as Germany, France, Italy and Netherlands is likely to contribute significantly to the market.
The market in North America is predicted to grow considerably owing to increasing adoption of bitumen emulsions. Attributed to increasing awareness of environmental stress and adoption of eco-friendly products, the regional market is experiencing high demand for eco-friendly emulsions, further driving this market.
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The Middle East & Africa and Latin America are expected to show sensible growth by the end of the forecast period. Rapid industrialization and urbanization in Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, the UAE, and Saudi Arabia is expected to foster the market growth.
Key Companies to Adopt Strategies and Broaden their Market Presence
With a large number of global players, the market is consolidated in nature. Arkema, Nouryon, Evonik, and Croda International are the key manufacturers.
The industry players mostly operate based on their product's price and application features. Several large firms have formed numerous strategic alliances to promote their brand and sales to get a competitive edge and increase their bitumen emulsifier market share.
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The research report assessed the industry in particular, focusing on key factors such as major protagonists, products, and raw materials. Furthermore, the study investigated important industry advancements and offers insights into global bitumen emulsifier market trends. The research covers a variety of aspects that have contributed to the market's robust growth in addition to the ones listed above.
This research explores the industry's most recent market dynamics and opportunities as well as historical data and revenue growth estimates at the global, regional, and national levels.
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Fortune Business Insights says that the global market size was USD 46.37 million in 2020 and is projected to reach USD 72.54 million by 2028.
In 2020, the Asia Pacific market size was valued at USD 12.68 million.
Growing at a CAGR of 5.6%, the market will exhibit steady growth during the forecast period (2021-2028).
Unmodified bitumen is expected to be the leading segment in this market during the forecast period.
Growing demand for bitumen emulsions is expected to drive the market.
Arkema, Nouryon, Evonik, and Croda International are the major players in the global market.
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