North America Hydrophobic Coatings Market size exceeded USD 350 million in 2019 and is estimated to witness over 6% CAGR from 2020 to 2026.
Hydrophobic coatings are used for providing low surface energy which helps in repelling. It is utilized in applications including aircraft and automotive windshields, textiles, healthcare devices and machines, and surgical tools. Hydrophobic coatings are made compounds like manganese oxide as well as zinc oxide polystyrene, fluorinated silanes, and fluoropolymer coatings. Some of the chemicals that exhibit hydrophobic properties are polysiloxanes, fluoropolymers, fluoro-alkylsilanes, and titanium dioxide.
Hydrophobic coatings have lower stiffness with water as compared to stiffness between water and traditional materials. Some hydrophobic coatings are used for avoiding growth of microorganisms on surface and preventing surface corrosion. Hydrophobic coatings have gained traction in automotive as well as aerospace and defense industries owing to their use for windshields.
Fluoropolymers is a carbon–fluorine containing polymer and is utilized against a wide range of solvents owing to its high resistance against solvent, corrosion resistance, hydrophobic properties, and chemical inertness. Hydrophobic coatings obtained from fluoropolymer is used in maritime, aerospace, and automotive applications for helping pilots and driver with problems related to visibility during rain provide a clear view.
The utilization of fluoropolymer hydrophobic coatings has gained traction among manufacturers as these offers high corrosion resistance and are chemically inert. Rising investment in development of new coating technologies is likely to create new opportunities for fluoropolymer hydrophobic coatings market.
Hydrophobic coatings repel water and other solvents as they have lower surface energy with water. As these prevent a direct contact between water and surface, hydrophobic coatings prevent corrosion. The demand for anti-corrosion coatings has soared rapidly in recent years owing to growing emphasize on reducing the damage caused by corrosion to equipment surfaces.
Damages due to corrosion are of high concerns among companies, which has driven their focus on adopting new anti-corrosion coating technologies. This trend in among manufacturers and product develops is likely to trigger the demand for anti-corrosion hydrophobic coatings. Also, rising use of anti-corrosion coatings in applications like marine vessels, automotive bodies, and industrial equipment is anticipated to simulate the market growth.
Growth in the automotive and aerospace industries in Canada due to increasing investment from government in enhancing defence capabilities and rising demand for commercial as well as passenger vehicles has accelerated the demand for anti-corrosive coating as well as anti-icing coatings.
Prominent industry players include BASF SE, DuPont de Nemours, Inc., Aculon, PPG Industries, 3M Group, DryWired, Akzo Nobel, NeverWet, LLC, and Nippon Paint Holdings Co. Ltd.
Companies are focusing on product development and launches to attract customers. In July 2020, PPG Industries released SURFACE SEAL hydrophobic coating, which has UV resistant and is also compatible with cleaning and maintenance fluids used in aerospace industries.