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Superplasticizers Market Analysis

ID: MRFR//9076-CR | 185 Pages | Author: Priya Nagrale| March 2023

The Superplasticizers market showcases several promising opportunities that open avenues for growth and innovation within the construction industry. One significant opportunity lies in the increasing demand for sustainable and eco-friendly construction materials. Superplasticizers, known for their ability to enhance concrete performance and durability while reducing water content, align with the industry's sustainability goals. The rising focus on green construction practices, including LEED certification and sustainable building standards, presents an opportunity for superplasticizer manufacturers to cater to the demand for eco-conscious construction materials.

Moreover, the rapid advancements in infrastructure development and construction technologies offer an opportunity for the adoption of high-performance superplasticizers. Large-scale construction projects, such as bridges, highways, dams, and commercial structures, increasingly require high-strength and durable concrete mixes. Superplasticizers play a pivotal role in producing high-performance concrete, meeting the evolving needs of complex infrastructure projects and presenting an opportunity for market expansion.

Furthermore, the surge in urbanization and the need for affordable housing drive the demand for cost-effective construction solutions. Superplasticizers offer the advantage of optimizing concrete mix designs, reducing cement content, and improving workability, which contributes to cost efficiency in construction projects. As urban populations continue to grow, the demand for affordable and efficient construction materials like superplasticizers presents a significant opportunity for market players.

Additionally, the technological advancements and innovations in superplasticizer formulations create opportunities for enhanced product performance. Manufacturers continuously develop advanced superplasticizer additives that offer improved compatibility with various cement types, enhanced workability, and extended concrete durability. These innovations cater to the evolving needs of construction projects, driving the adoption of superior superplasticizers and presenting opportunities for market growth.

Moreover, the increasing emphasis on infrastructure rehabilitation and repair activities presents an additional opportunity for superplasticizer applications. Renovation and retrofitting projects often require the enhancement of existing concrete structures. Superplasticizers, when used in repair mortars or overlays, improve the bond strength and durability of repaired structures, offering a lucrative opportunity within the construction repair segment.

In summary, the Superplasticizers market holds promising opportunities driven by the demand for sustainable construction materials, infrastructure development, cost-effective solutions, technological advancements, and infrastructure repair activities. Capitalizing on these opportunities allows superplasticizer manufacturers to innovate, meet diverse construction needs, and contribute to the evolution of efficient and sustainable construction practices.

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Segment Outlook Type, Form, Application, and Region

Global Superplasticizers Market Overview

Superplasticizers Market Size was valued at USD 5.71 billion in 2021. The Superplasticizers industry is projected to grow from USD 5.89 Billion in 2022 to USD 10.32 billion by 2030, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.24% during the forecast period (2023 - 2030). Growing demand for poly-carboxylates (PCE) superplasticizer and growing use of precast concrete and Ready-mix concrete are driving the market growth.Superplasticizers Market Overview

  Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review

Superplasticizers Market Trends

  • Growing demand for poly-carboxylates (PCE) superplasticizer

The poly-carboxylates (PCE) are the new generation superplasticizer which is in high demand in the concrete admixture market at present as it offers the workability enhancement at low water to cement ratios, resulting in the production of durable and flowable concrete, better adaptability with cement, gypsum & other materials, Reduces surface defects to improve aesthetic appearance and better performance of slump protection. Additionally, it does not contain chlorides or other steel corrosion promoting ingredients. PCE is a kind of surfactant containing carboxyl grafted copolymer in molecules, and due to its unique molecular structure, it has various advantages, such as low dosage, high water reduction rate, significant early strength growth, satisfactory keeping slump, less impact on the shrinkage of concrete, and performance is not affected by the order of addition. Hence due to its extensive properties it is widely used in construction sector which propels the growth of global superplasticizer market.

In addition, PCE can be used to reduce the environmental impact of concrete, mainly by enabling concrete mix designs with reduced amounts of cement or increased use of secondary cementitious materials such as slag, fly ash or limestone. All high performing PCE superplasticizers are monomers derived from crude oil. As an alternative to crude oil other materials, biobased materials, have been considered such as organic materials that are available on a renewable or recurring basis such as crop residues, wood residues, grasses, and aquatic plants. For instance, in 2020 Sika has launched its first bio-based superplasticizer on the market, Sika has replaced over 85% of the petroleum-based raw materials which are used in production of superplasticisers with raw materials that are obtained from renewable vegetable substances. Increasing demand for high-strength, high-performance concrete, self-compacting concrete, and high strength self-compacting concrete (HSC/HPC/SCC/HS-SCC) has increased demand for the high-rise building construction, which is driving the growth of the construction industry, which in turn affect the global superplasticizer market. Thus, the extensive properties of PCE superplasticizers and the growing construction industry with increasing purchasing power are factors expected to boost the demand for superplasticizers and fuel the global market growth during the forecast period. Thus, growing demand for poly-carboxylates (PCE) superplasticizer is a factor driving the growth of the Superplasticizers market revenue.

  •  Size of the global construction market (2020-2030)


Superplasticizers Market Segment Insights

Superplasticizers Type Insights

The Superplasticizers Market segmentation, based on reactor type, includes Polycarboxylate (P.C.) Derivatives, Sulfonated Naphthalene Formaldehydes, Sulfonated Melamine Formaldehydes, and Modified Lignosulfonates. The Polycarboxylate (P.C.) Derivatives segment held the majority share in 2021 contribution to around ~43.66% in respect to the Superplasticizers Market revenue. PWRs use ordinary water as both coolant and moderator. The design is distinguished by a primary cooling circuit that flows under high pressure through the core of the reactor, and a secondary circuit in which steam is generated to power the turbine. These are also referred to as VVER, water-moderated, and -cooled reactors.

In July 2023, Sika boosted its macrofiber manufacturing capacity at the Chattanooga plant in Tennessee, which is one of the most critical product lines for Region Americas. Sika strengthens its position as a leading single source provider to mining and sound partner for sustainable construction projects with this exceptional fiber technology.

In October 2023, BASF partners with Oriental Yuhong in China to provide solar rooftop solutions. The announcement was made in October that year when BASF and Oriental Yuhong entered an alliance to develop solar roof top solutions in China. This collaboration aims at improving Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) roofing membranes used in solar installations. It seeks to address the growing demand for rooftop solar panels in China which witnessed a huge increase in solar PV installations reaching 51 GW by 2022.

Superplasticizers Form Insights

The Superplasticizers Market segmentation, based on form, includes liquid, and powder. The liquid segment dominated the market in 2021 and is projected to be the faster-growing segment during the forecast period, 2022-2030. This attributed to the properties offered by the liquid superplasticizers, liquid superplasticizers included around 40% of active substance. Higher dose is used to reduce the water cement ratio. Also, lesser sensitivity to the fluctuations of temperature and its lower cost is driving the market growth.

November 2021: Sika acquired MBCC group to accelerate its growth strategy and reinforce its position as sustainability champion in the global construction industry. This acquisition has further broadened the growth opportunity for the Superplasticizers industry.

Figure 2: Superplasticizers Market, by Form, 2021 & 2030 (USD Million)Superplasticizers Market, by Form, 2021 & 2030

Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review

Superplasticizers Application Insights

The Superplasticizers Market segmentation, based on application, includes Ready-Mix Concrete (RMC), Precast Concrete, High-Performance Concrete (HPC), and Others. The Ready-Mix Concrete (RMC) segment dominated the market in 2021 and is projected to be the faster-growing segment during the forecast period, 2022-2030. Due to the increasing adoption of ready-mix concrete in asia-pacific. this region has adopted this to speed up its overall process of construction, which is predicted to enhance the growth of the Superplasticizers Market.

July 2022: Master Builders Solutions actively took part in a research project initiated by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research that began in July 2022. The goal of the project was to develop innovative admixtures capable of improving the performance of eco-friendly concrete having recycled aggregates.

Figure 2: Superplasticizers Market, by Application, 2021 & 2030 (USD Million)Superplasticizers Market, by Application, 2021 & 2030

Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review

Superplasticizers Regional Insights

By Region, the study segments the market into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Rest of the World. Asia-Pacific Superplasticizers market accounted for USD 1.95 billion in 2021 and is expected to exhibit an 7.75% CAGR during the study period. This is attributed to growth in the construction and infrastructure industry in the major economies of the region. This factor is anticipated to drive the growth of the market in Asia-Pacific.

Further, the major countries studied are: The U.S, Canada, Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, India, Australia, South Korea, and Brazil.


Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review

Europe Superplasticizers market accounts for the second-largest market share due to the presence of key players in the region adopting various market strategies to expand the market footprint in emerging markets. Further, the Germany Superplasticizers market held the largest market share, and the was the fastest growing market in the European region.

The North America Superplasticizers Market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.06% from 2022 to 2030. North America is projected to hold a significant share of the target market owing to increasing buildings and construction industry in the region. Moreover, US Superplasticizers market held the largest market share, and it was the fastest growing market in the North America region

Superplasticizers Key Market Players & Competitive Insights

The Superplasticizers Market is characterized by the presence of many regional and local vendors. In the competitive landscape, the report analyses the degree of competition among the industry players as well as industry growth and market scenario. The Superplasticizers Market is at a growing stage, which represents healthy stats in terms of market value and overall volume. Over the past few years, the Superplasticizers Market has witnessed significant demand in various applications such as ready-mix concrete (RMC), precast concrete, high-performance concrete (HPC), and others like self-compacting concrete (SCC), shotcrete, and fly ash concrete (FAC). The degree of competition among the market players is expected to be moderate-to-high on account of a substantial number of market players across the region. The Superplasticizers Market is fragmented, and it is moving towards growth by specifically adopting partnership, capacity expansion, joint-venture, and product launch strategies.

In the Superplasticizers Market, Arkema, BASF SE, GCP Applied Technologies Inc., Sika AG, KAO Corporation, and Mapei are the major shareholders. As mentioned earlier, the major market players are taking a strong decision with an aim to raise their profitability, expand their product portfolio, and attain competitive advantage from each other’s core competencies, and these industry players are adopting expansion, joint venture, and product launch strategies to penetrate in the global as well as regional market The Mapei, Sika AG, HA-BE Betochemie, Arkema, and Chembond Chemicals Limited has extensive product portfolio of superplasticizers in the global markets and focuses on offering new products to attract new consumers and strengthen its current consumer base. These players offer a wide range of products as it invests heavily in product launches, focusing on construction materials and therefore, the product launch strategy holds 14.3%.Acquisitions are also part of the company’s strategies to expand in different regions of the world and increase its product portfolio by bagging major brands. For instance, Sika AG is highly focused on the acquisition strategy. By adopting acquisition strategy, the key players can access a wider customer base, have organic growth, obtain product diversification, can have better production or distribution facilities, and increased purchasing power. According to MRFR analysis, acquisitions & mergers accounted for 48.0% of the incremental developments in the market. Key players emphasize acquiring local and regional players to increase productivity, expand product portfolio, enter different regions, and strengthen their distribution channels. Companies in the Superplasticizers Market are investing in R&D to develop new products and diversify their product portfolio and strengthen their consumer base.

SIKA AG is a leading specialty chemicals company in the development and manufacture of systems and products for bonding, sealing, damping, reinforcing, and protecting in the building sector and motor vehicle industry. SIKA AG produces and supplies a full selection of admixtures and additives for manufacturing concrete, cement, and mortar. These products improve certain concrete properties, such as workability, watertightness, durability, load-bearing capacity, and early and final strength, whether the concrete is fresh or has already hardened. Due to the rising performance demands imposed on concrete and mortar, particularly in urban areas and infrastructure construction, the need for admixtures and additives is rising. The company has a presence in 101 countries worldwide with over 300 manufacturer factory units. It also has a global network of over 200,000 distributors across the globe. It works in eight target markets: building finishing, concrete, waterproofing, sealing & bonding, roofing, flooring, refurbishment, and industry.

Also, BASF SE (BASF) is one of the largest chemical producers in the world. The company operates its business through five segments which are chemicals, performance products, functional materials and solutions, agricultural solutions, and others. However, as of January 2019, the company has divided its business into six divisions: materials, industrial solutions, chemicals, surface technologies, agricultural solutions, and nutrition & care. The company operates through 12 divisions that manage 54 global and regional business units and develop strategies for 86 strategic businesses. BASF marks its presence in 80 countries and operates through six Verbund sites, which interlink the working of production plants, energy flows, and infrastructure in different regions. BASF primarily operates in Europe and has an active presence in the Americas, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East & Africa.

Key Companies in the Superplasticizers market include

Superplasticizers Market Developments

June 2022 Sika AG expanded its production by bringing a new manufacturing plant for concrete admixtures on stream in Stafford, Virginia.

May 2022 Sika has opened a new plant in Santa Cruz de la Sierra to double its production capacity for mortar and concrete admixtures in Bolivia.

March 2022 Sika acquired Sable Marco Inc., a manufacturer of cement products and mortars in Canada. Headquartered in Pont Rouge. This acquisition will open up new opportunities for Sika in the Eastern region of Canada.

July 2021: Master Builders Solutions participated in a research project initiated by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research last July 2021 on highly effective admixtures for resource-conserving concretes made from recycled aggregate.

Superplasticizers Market Segmentation

Superplasticizers Type Outlook

  • Polycarboxylate (P.C.) Derivatives

  • Sulfonated Naphthalene Formaldehydes

  • Sulfonated Melamine Formaldehydes

  • Modified Lignosulfonates

Superplasticizers Form Outlook

  • Liquid

  • Powder

Superplasticizers Application Outlook

  • Ready-Mix Concrete (RMC)

  • Precast Concrete

  • High-Performance Concrete (HPC)

  • Others

Superplasticizers Regional Outlook

  • North America

    • US

    • Canada

  • Europe

    • Germany

    • France

    • UK

    • Italy

    • Spain

    • Rest of Europe

  • Asia-Pacific

    • China

    • Japan

    • India

    • Australia

    • South Korea

    • Australia

    • Rest of Asia-Pacific

  • Latin America

    • Mexico

    • Argentina

    • Brazil

    • Rest of Latin America

  • Middle East & Africa

    • GCC Countries

    • South Africa

    • Rest of Middle East & Africa

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