Market Trends: Silicones

U.S. silicones demand to approach $3.7 billion in 2008

The medical market for silicones will achieve strong gains, such as in the expanding transdermals market.
Demand for silicones in the United States is forecast to increase 6% per year to nearly $3.7 billion in 2008. These low-volume, relatively high-priced materials are used in an extensive number of applications due to performance characteristics such as high heat resistance, chemical resistance and water repellence. Growth will be driven by intense product development activities and a favorable environmental profile compared to competitive materials. In addition, gains will be promoted by an acceleration in production levels of key durable goods, such as aerospace equipment, electronic components and industrial machinery.

These and other trends are presented in Silicones, a new study from The Freedonia Group Inc., a Cleveland-based industrial market research firm.

Among silicone products, silicone gels are projected to achieve the strongest gains, benefiting from a recovery in electronic component shipments from a weak 2003 performance. Silicone foams and other products will also achieve above-average gains, partially arising from favorable opportunities in various transportation segments. Demand for silicone fluid, the largest category, will be boosted by expanding applications in the cosmetic and toiletry markets. Consumer preferences for higher-end, branded products will promote greater use of silicone in formulated personal care items such as shampoo, hair styling products, sun-care lotions and skin-care lotions.

Average gains are forecast for the resin and elastomer product segments. Silicone resins are gaining market share over acrylic resins in masonry coatings. Increased demand for high-heat-resistant coatings will promote silicone resin use. In the elastomer segment, the strongest gains are projected for liquid silicone elastomers, which will benefit from their versatility. Silicones find use across a range of markets that can be categorized as industrial, consumer, construction and medical. Of these, the medical market will achieve the strongest gains, benefiting from the aging U.S. population (where medical devices that consume silicone will likely be used more often) and expanding applications (e.g., silicone adhesives in transdermal drug delivery systems and silicone elastomers in contact lenses, as well as the anticipated return of silicone-gel-filled breast implants to the U.S. market).

For more information, contact Corinne Gangloff, The Freedonia Group Inc., 767 Beta Drive, Cleveland, OH 44143-2326; phone (440) 684-9600; fax (440) 646-0484; e-mail; or visit

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Adhesives & Sealants Industry Magazine.

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

ASI April 2014 Photo Gallery

Our April 2014 issue is now available!


ExxonMobil Tackifier Expansion

Dwight Tozer, vice president of ExxonMobil’s Adhesion Industry business, discusses the company’s latest tackifier expansion project with Editor-in-Chief Susan Sutton.

More Podcasts

Adhesives & Sealants Industry Magazine

ASI June 2015 cover

2015 June

Welcome to our annual Dispensing & Curing Equipment Directory!
Table Of Contents Subscribe

"Cultural Fit"

A recent opinion piece in the New York Times observed that new employees are often hired based on the personal similarities they share with their interviewers. How important is “cultural fit” when hiring someone?
View Results Poll Archive


Handbook of Sealant Technology

The Handbook of Sealant Technology provides an in-depth examination of sealants, reviewing their historical developments and fundamentals, adhesion theories and properties, and today’s wide range of applications.

More Products

ASI 2014 Buyers GuideASI's Buyers' Guide

Annual purchasing resource for equipment used in the manufacture/formulation of adhesives, sealants, pressure sensitives, tapes and labels and for application of finished adhesives. 


facebook_40px twitter_40  youtube_40pxlinkedin_40 google+ icon ASI 30px

Clear Seas Research

With access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications, Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.