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US Silicone Market

  • March 2016
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  • Freedonia
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  • 278 pages

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Silicones presents historical demand data (2005, 2010 and 2015) plus forecasts (2020 and 2025) by product, market, and application. The study also considers key market environment factors, details the industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles industry players.

Growth in US demand for silicones will moderate from the performance of the 2010-2015 period, which saw strong gains as a result of a broad economic recovery from the 2007-2009 recession. According to Silicones, a new study from The Freedonia Group, ongoing technological developments and continued product innovation will promote gains, as such improvements will further enhance the performance of silicones in a variety of applications. However, opportunities will be limited by market maturity and the increasing tendency among users to regard silicones more as commodities than as specialty materials. Nonetheless, suppliers continue to counter this market view via the development of value-added products and by making inroads into applications that have traditionally used other materials.

Elastomers & fluids account for over 85 percent of market value

Elastomers and fluids are the two leading silicone product types, together accounting for over 85 percent of market value in 2015. Advances for elastomers going forward will be propelled by fast-growing and expanding opportunities in the medical field as well as continued strong and widespread use in the construction sector. Demand will further benefit from the increasing utilization of liquid silicone rubber in electronics, machinery, and medical markets due to its ease of processing, flexibility, and ability to form high precision parts. Silicone resins will achieve healthy gains in the rebounding construction industry, where they are primarily employed in paints and coatings. Opportunities for silicone gels will stem from their use as protective encapsulants in high growth applications such as solar cells and light emitting diodes (LEDs).

Industrial market to benefit from silicones used in motor vehicles

The industrial market is the leading outlet for silicones, due largely to the growing quantities of silicone used in motor vehicles. While growth in the motor vehicle market will decelerate substantially, silicones will continue to find opportunities as producers use them in higher quantities per vehicle to improve vehicle safety and fuel efficiency, as well as to meet consumer preferences for quieter cabins.

Medical market to see fastest gains

Among other outlets, the medical market is forecast to achieve the most rapid gains through 2020, expanding at a pace even faster than that of the 2010-2015 period. Growth will be driven by the superior heat resistance and chemical stability of silicones over competitive materials, and by the ongoing development of new products that will expand the range of medical applications for silicones. The construction market is also forecast to achieve rapid gains, outpacing those of the 2010-2015 period, as the turnaround in building construction activity continues and silicones find greater use in high-performance adhesives, sealants, and coatings.

Table Of Contents

US Silicone Market




Macroeconomic Overview

Consumer Spending

Demographic Trends

Manufacturing Outlook

Historical Market Trends


Environmental and Regulatory Trends

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Environmental Protection Agency

Food and Drug Administration

Pricing Trends

Foreign Trade

International Activity













Other Silicone Products




Motor Vehicles

Industry Outlook

Silicone Demand


Industry Outlook

Silicone Demand


Industry Outlook

Silicone Demand

Aerospace and Other Transportation

Industry Outlook

Silicone Demand

Other Industrial

Electric Utilities

Plastics Processing

Pulp and Paper

Textile Products

Oil and Gas

All Other


Cosmetics and Toiletries

Industry Outlook

Silicone Demand

Motor Vehicle Polishes

Other Consumer


Industry Outlook

Silicone Demand


Industry Outlook

Silicone Demand

Elastomeric Components






Vehicles and Binders

Adhesives, Sealants, and Caulks

Paints and Coatings


Elastomeric Components


Lubricants and Greases



Conditioning Agents


Other Applications



Market Share

Competitive Strategies

Mergers and Acquisitions

Marketing Strategies

Channels of Distribution

Technology and Manufacturing

Research and Development

Company Profiles

Allergan plc

Amber Chemical, see ICM Products

Arkema SA

Arlon, see Rogers

Ashland Incorporated


Bellofram Silicones, see Marsh Bellofram Group of Companies

Bentec Medical Incorporated

Berkshire Hathaway Incorporated

Bluestar Silicones USA, see China National Bluestar Group

Bostik, see Arkema

Carboline, see RPM International

Chase Corporation

Chemtron International, see RPM International

China National Bluestar Group Company Limited

Clariant International Limited

CRI-SIL Silicone Technologies LLC

CSL Silicones Incorporated

DAP Products, see RPM International

Dongyue Group Limited

Dow Chemical Company

Dow Corning Corporation

Emerald Performance Materials LLC

Evonik Industries AG

Gelest Incorporated

Handy and Harman Limited

Henkel AG and Company KGaA

ICM Products Incorporated

Johnson and Johnson

Kaneka Corporation

KCC Corporation

Kemira Oyj

Lubrizol, see Berkshire Hathaway

Marsh Bellofram Group of Companies

Meguiar's, see 3M

Mentor Worldwide, see Johnson and Johnson

Milliken and Company

Momentive Performance Materials Incorporated

NuSil Technology LLC

Quantum Silicones, see ICM Products

Rogers Corporation

RPM International Incorporated


Sherwin-Williams Company

Shin-Etsu Chemical Company Limited

Sientra Incorporated

Silchem Incorporated

Siovation, see ICM Products

SiVance, see Milliken and Company

Specialty Silicone Products Incorporated

3M Company

Total SA

Tremco Commercial Sealants and Waterproofing, se RPM International

Vesta, see Berkshire Hathaway

Wacker Chemie AG

Zhejiang Xinan Chemical Industrial Grou Company Limited

List of Tables


Summary Table


Macroeconomic Indicators

Personal Consumption Expenditures

Population and Households

Manufacturers' Shipments

Silicone Demand, 2005-2015

Silicone Pricing

Silicone Supply and Demand


Silicone Demand by Product

Silicone Fluid Demand

Silicone Fluid Demand by Application

Silicone Fluid Demand by Market

Silicone Elastomer Demand

Silicone Elastomer Demand by Application

Silicone Elastomer Demand by Market

Silicone Resin Demand

Silicone Resin Demand by Application

Silicone Resin Demand by Market

Silicone Gel Demand

Other Silicone Product Demand by Type and Market


Silicone Demand by Market

Industrial Market for Silicones

Motor Vehicle Indicators

Motor Vehicle Market for Silicones by Application

Electronic and Computer Product Shipments

Electronics Market for Silicones by Application

Machinery Shipments

Machinery Market for Silicones by Application

Aerospace and Other Transportation Equipment Shipments

Aerospace and Other Transportation Equipment Marke for Silicones by Application

Other Industrial Markets for Silicones

Consumer Market for Silicones

Cosmetic and Toiletry Supply and Demand

Cosmetic and Toiletry Market for Silicones by Application

Motor Vehicle Polish Market for Silicones

Other Consumer Markets for Silicones

Construction Expenditures

Construction Market for Silicones

Medical Equipment and Supply Shipments

Medical Product Market for Silicones


Silicone Demand by Application

Silicone Vehicle and Binder Demand by Application

Silicone Elastomeric Component Demand by Application

Silicone Surfactant Demand by Market

Silicone Lubricant and Grease Demand by Application

Silicone Defoamer Demand by Market

Silicone Emollient Demand

Silicone Conditioning Agent Demand

Silicone Polish Demand by Market

Silicone Demand in Other Applications


Silicone Sales by Company, 2015

Selected Cooperative Agreements

Selected Acquisitions and Divestitures

List of Charts


Silicone Market, 2005-2015

Silicone Manufacturing Process Flow Chart

Silicone Exports by Destination, 2015

Silicone Imports by Source, 2015

World Silicone Demand, 2015


Silicone Demand by Product, 2015

Silicone Fluid Demand by Market, 2015

Silicone Elastomer Demand by Market, 2015

Silicone Resin Demand, 2015


Silicone Demand by Market, 2005-2025

Industrial Markets for Silicones, 2015

Consumer Markets for Silicones, 2015


Silicone Demand by Application, 2015


US Silicone Market Share, 2015

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