Global Chemical Resistant Coatings Market Overview
Global Chemical Resistant Coatings Market size is forecast to reach US$8.3 billion by 2026, after growing at a CAGR of 5% during 2021-2026. Chemical resistant coatings are designed to protect against the harshest of chemicals. Various types of chemical resistant coatings such as epoxy, fluoropolymer, ethylene tetrafluoroethylene, and fluorinated ethylene propylene are provided excellent corrosion protection, cost-effectiveness, friction protection, impact resistance, and corrosion-resistant. Due to such properties these coatings are widely used in food & beverages, oil & gas, construction, water treatment, and rubber manufacturing which is growing the chemical resistant coatings market. Chemical-resistant coatings are ideal in low pH levels that can withstand high temperatures and provide long life to the components. In addition, polyvinylidene fluoride is high quality based chemical resistant coatings used for chemical processing applications. Thus, the growing consumption of these coating types for weather protection is estimated to contribute to the chemical-resistant coatings industry growth.
Impact of COVID – 19
Due to COVID-19, the consumption of chemical resistant coatings has been decreased mainly from oil & gas sector. According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), Natural gas production from in the U.S. regions fallen by 316 MMcf/d from March to April 2021. Hence, the decreasing demand of coatings is creating a hindrance for the chemical-resistant coatings.
Global Chemical Resistant Coatings Market Segment Analysis – By Technology
Solvent-based held the largest share of the global chemical resistant coatings market in 2020. Solvent-based coatings technology can be applied directly sprayed or brushed for the floor coatings. Solvent-based technology has various properties such as the popularity of stains, sealers, and high-gloss paints, thus; it is widely used in the architectural industry for paints. Hence, owning to aforementioned factors solvent-based technology led the chemical resistant coatings market.
Global Chemical Resistant Coatings Market Segment Analysis – By Coatings Type
Epoxy coatings type dominated the global chemical resistant coatings market in 2020 followed by polyurethane coatings as they offer excellent impact resistance, corrosion resistance, and abrasion resistance. Epoxy coatings offer excellent barrier protection from alkali and caustic solutions, and other harsh chemicals. Additionally, polyurethane coatings are transparent and flexible at low temperature. Polyurethane is a great coating type which make material more durable. Polyurethane has a high load bearing capacity in both tension and compression which makes them ideal for automotive, construction, electronics, and other industries. Hence, due to such properties, these coatings are widely consumed as chemical-resistant coatings.
U.S. Army combat vehicle coatings provide chemical warfare agent protection as well as camouflage and corrosion resistance. A team from the U.S. Army Research Development and Engineering Command’s Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) provided the Army with a more accurate method for evaluating the protective value of coatings purchased from vendors.
When it comes to protecting warfighters from exposure to chemical agents that have contaminated combat vehicles, determining how much agent gets absorbed into the material matters. That’s what researchers at ECBC discovered and helped the Army fix.
The U.S. Army uses over a million gallons of coating a year on its combat vehicles. One of the key jobs of a coating—in addition to providing corrosion resistance and camouflage—
is protecting its occupants from chemical agent exposure.
The key to this protection is to make sure vapor and contact hazards do not linger after soldiers and maintenance personnel believe they have decontaminated a vehicle. What the Army needs is a coating that resists chemical agent absorption in the first place, so that there is no agent left to resurface after decontamination efforts are completed.
Flaws in the Existing Method
For decades, the method for determining the chemical agent resistance of a coating was to place a known amount of chemical agent on a coating sample under engineering-controlled laboratory conditions, wash it with isopropyl alcohol, then measure how much agent vapor re-emitted from the exposed material in the air above it after 22 hours. However, ECBC researchers who specialize in material decontamination have learned that some coating materials can absorb agent and then re-emit it slowly over a much longer period of time.
By reviewing the Army’s current chemical agent resistance method, ECBC researchers determined that the vapor collection accounted for only 43 percent of the agent actually in the coating sample. The remaining 57 percent was still trapped in the material and would continue to come out long after the 22-hour measurement window. The researchers recognized this as a significant flaw and notified the vehicle coatings commodity area manager, John Escarsega at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory.
“The commodity area manager realized right away that he was relying on a broken metric and was eager for our help in creating an accurate method for measuring agent resistance and retention,” says Brent Mantooth, Ph.D., a lead researcher at ECBC. “The Army was so concerned, that developing a new agent resistance evaluation method became one of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s top 15 programs for 2015.”
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