Rubber additives refer to those agents or chemicals which are added during the synthesis and processing of rubber polymers. Rubber additives are added with raw rubber polymers to improve and enhance overall mechanical and structural properties as well as improve the overall quality and performance of rubber. Several types of rubber additives include vulcanization inhibitors & accelerators, adhesion promoters, processing aids, antiozonants, fillers and chemical blowing agents. Vulcanization accelerators enhance the cross-linking efficiency whereas the inhibitors slow down the process of vulcanization. Processing aids are employed to reduce the total viscosity of rubber. This in turn helps in fabricating the rubber with other such components and thus helps in reduction of overall energy required during the time of fabrication. Moreover, adhesion promoters are widely used to enhance the rubber to metal adhesion bond during the time of manufacturing of tires. Other rubber additives such as fillers are basically deployed to increase the total stiffness of unvulcanized rubber. Tubing & tire, construction, consumer goods and electrical insulation industries are some of the key end-users of rubber additives. Tire & tubing industry accounted for the highest market share in the global rubber additives market in 2014 and is anticipated to maintain its dominance over the forecast period. Rubber is a polymer which is categorized as synthetic and natural rubber.
Increasing demand for rubber additives across the globe is significantly fueled by the growing consumption of rubber polymers especially in the manufacturing of tire and in electrical insulation industries. Tire manufacturing industry is expected to be the largest consumer of rubber throughout the forecast period. Process aids, vulcanization accelerators and oil extenders are some of the major rubber additives employed in the manufacturing of tires. Accelerators which are commonly used to increase the cross-linking efficiency over the time of vulcanization include thiazole, guanidine, sulfur and thiuram among others. In addition, processing aids including some plasticizers and chemical peptizers aids in reducing the overall viscosity for easy stabilization and fabrication. Extenders used during the designing of tire treads include calcium carbonate and clay. Electrical insulation especially in industrial and household constructions is another key factor anticipated to drive the global demand for rubber additives thus driving the global rubber additives market. Since rubber is considered as a bad conductor of electricity, it is also considered as one of the most favored insulation materials in the construction industry. Oil extenders are widely used rubber additives which help in reducing the overall cost of insulation. Various stabilizers such as esters made up of fatty acids are also added to rubber in order to improve the voltage and heat resistance of rubber. However, several environmental concerns along with stringent governmental regulations are some key factors anticipated to hamper the growth of global rubber additives market.
The global rubber additives market can be segmented on the basis of type, application and region. On the basis of type, the global rubber additives market can be segmented into tire and non-tire. On the basis of application, the global rubber additives market can be segmented into anti-degradants, accelerators and others. On the basis of geography, the global rubber additives market can be segmented into North America, Latin America, Europe, Middle East & Africa (MEA) and Asia-Pacific.
Major players operating in the global rubber additives market are focusing on some key market strategies such as mergers and acquisitions to keep hold in the ever competitive market. Moreover, they are concentrating on collaborating with local players to increase their market reach as well as strengthen their goodwill in the global market. Some of the key players involved in the manufacture and supply of rubber additive products include Akzo Nobel N.V., King Industries, Inc., Arkema SA, Eastman Chemical Company, Thomas Swan & Co., Ltd., and Lanxess Corporation among others.
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o Rest of Europe
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· Latin America
o Rest of Latin America
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o South Africa
o Saudi Arabia
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