Adhesives Magazine

A Growing Market

May 1, 2008
New study on Asian coatings additives reveals China to be the largest consumer of coatings additives in Asia, followed by Japan.

Figure 1. Asian Coatings Additives by Country ($MM)

Figure 2. Coating Additives by Type in Asia ($MM)

Figure 2 shows additive consumption by type in Asia. Biocides are the largest type, with 28% of the additive value. Most biocides are consumed in marine anti-fouling coatings, with architectural in-can preservatives and dry film fungicides the other major outlet. Rheology modifiers are the second largest type, with 23% of the dollars. Cellulosics, WB synthetic, and organoclays. are among the numerous rheology-modifier types. Dispersants are next in value, with 13% of total dollars. Dispersing titanium dioxide and fillers in architectural paints is a large-volume outlet. More sophisticated dispersants are used for the specialized pigments found in industrial coatings.

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