ELMWOOD PARK, NJ – According to Global Coating & Ink Additives, a new study by the consulting firm Kusumgar, Nerlfi & Growney, consumption of the five leading additives for coatings and inks was 1.72 billion pounds, worth $3.47 billion, in 2009. Volume was down 10 percent compared to 2008, with North American and European usage down the most. Additive consumption in the Asia-Pacific region was off a more modest three percent, as growth in China and India partially offset the declines in Japan and South Korea. A five percent annual rate of growth is forecast for global additive consumption through 2014.
Rheology modifiers are the leading additive type with 39 percent of the 2009 dollars. Cellulosics, water-based synthetics, fumed silicas and organoclays are the leading rheology modifiers. Foam-control additives edged out dispersants for second in value in 2009 with the bulk used in water-based paints. Dispersants were 17 percent of the dollars and range from highly specialized polymeric types to higher-volume polyacrylic acid varieties for architectural paints.
Slip-and-rub additives were fourth in value and are comprised of wax products and silicones. Wetting agents were 11 percent of the volume and 12 percent of the value in 2009.
Additives Consumption Study Released
June 1, 2010