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PC-based Concrete Superplasticizer Market

PC-based Concrete Superplasticizer Market Size, Share, Competitive Landscape and Trend Analysis Report by Form, by Application : Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2023-2032

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Author's: Devashree Ravindra Patwardhan | Eswara Prasad
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PC-based Concrete Superplasticizer Market Research, 2032

The global pc-based concrete superplasticizer market size was $13.0 billion in 2022, and is projected to reach $30.6 billion by 2032, growing at a CAGR of 9.1% from 2023 to 2032.The primary driver is the rising demand of polycarboxylate (PC)-based concrete superplasticizer from modern construction projects. However, the availability of alternatives to  PC-based concrete superplasticizers poses a significant restraint in the PC-based concrete superplasticizers market. Moreover, the growing emphasis on sustainable construction practices and green building certification programs offers an excellent growth opportunity for the expansion of the PC-based superplasticizers market.

 

PC-based Concrete Superplasticizer Market

Polycarboxylate (PC)-based concrete superplasticizer are vital additives used in the construction industry to enhance the workability and performance of concrete mixes. These chemical admixtures are primarily designed to reduce water content while maintaining the desired fluidity or slump of concrete, thereby improving its flowability, strength, and durability. PC-based concrete superplasticizers play a crucial role in the production of high-performance concrete (HPC) and self-consolidating concrete (SCC). These advanced concrete types offer enhanced mechanical properties, increased durability, and reduced permeability compared to conventional concrete mixes.

Key Takeaways

  • The PC-based concrete superplasticizer market study covers 20 countries. The research includes a segment analysis of each country in terms of value ($Million) and volume (Kilotons) for the projected period 2023-2032.
  • The study integrated high-quality data, professional opinions and analysis, and critical independent perspectives. The research approach is intended to provide a balanced view of global markets and to assist stakeholders in making educated decisions in order to achieve their most ambitious growth objectives.
  • Over 3,700 product literature, annual reports, industry statements, and other comparable materials from major industry participants were reviewed to gain a better understanding of the market.
  • The PC-based concrete superplasticizer market is highly fragmented, with several players including Sika AG, Arkema, MAPEI S.p.A., KZJ New Materials Group, JIAHUA CHEMICALS INC., TSC, Shandong Zovae High-tech Material Co., Ltd., Metro Chemicals, MUHU (China) Construction Materials Co., Ltd., and Sakshi Chem Sciences Private Limited.

Market Dynamics

Increased investment in infrastructural projects drives the growth of PC-based concrete superplasticizers industry. The need for high-performance concrete (HPC) increases in parallel with the amount of funds that governments and private organizations spend on the construction of infrastructure. HPC, known for its superior strength, durability, and versatility, is often preferred for infrastructure projects such as bridges, tunnels, dams, and high-rise buildings. However, achieving the desired performance characteristics of HPC requires precise control over its rheological properties, particularly workability.

According to the World Economic Forum, global investment in infrastructure is expected to reach a staggering $79 trillion by 2040. The G20 countries committed a substantial $3.2 trillion of stimulus funding to infrastructure investment in August 2021. Approximately 90% of this sum will be allocated for expenditure during the next two years, indicating a major push toward infrastructure development. PC-based concrete superplasticizers are essential additives in HPC formulations due to their ability to significantly enhance workability without compromising other essential properties such as strength and durability. This is achieved by dispersing cement particles more effectively, thereby reducing the water-to-cement ratio while maintaining workability. The significance of PC-based concrete superplasticizers becomes prominent when concrete mixtures for infrastructure projects need to be more manageable, flexible, and compactible. Thus, rise in infrastructural investments is expected to boost the growth of the PC-based concrete superplasticizer market.

The emphasis on sustainability in construction and the promotion of green building practices drives the growth of the PC-based concrete superplasticizer market. In a survey of international contractors, builders, and developers, half expect to build more than 50% of their projects as green buildings by 2022. This trend indicates a positive shift toward environmentally conscious construction practices. Furthermore, according to the RubyHome, a luxury real estate company, the U.S. invested over $86 billion in green building projects in 2021. PC-based concrete superplasticizers play a key role in reducing water content in concrete mixes, resulting in decreased reliance on cement. This reduction not only minimizes greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption during cement production but also improves the workability and flow properties of the concrete mixture.

Moreover, the use of PC-based admixture concrete superplasticizers enables the incorporation of supplementary cementitious materials such as fly ash, slag, and silica fume, thereby boosting the overall sustainability of concrete construction projects. PC-based superplasticizers allow to produce high-performance concrete with lower water-to-cement ratios. This means that less cement is required to achieve the desired strength and workability of concrete mixes, leading to lower overall cement consumption. Since cement production is a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions, reducing cement usage contributes to sustainability efforts by lowering carbon footprints. Thus, focus on sustainability within construction and the encouragement of green building initiatives are anticipated to fuel the growth of the PC-based concrete superplasticizer market during the forecast period.

The high initial cost of PC-based concrete superplasticizers restrains market growth. PC-based superplasticizers are usually more expensive than traditional concrete additives owing to their complex chemical composition and production methods. This elevated cost presents a financial challenge for construction projects, particularly those operating within tight budgets or facing cost-sensitive constraints. Contractors and project managers often prioritize cost-effectiveness in material selection, seeking solutions that offer optimal performance at the lowest possible cost. The higher initial cost of PC-based superplasticizers discourages decision-makers from using them in concrete compositions, particularly in context of affordable substitutes. Thus, high initial cost of PC-based concrete superplasticizers is expected to hinder the market growth during the forecast period.

An increase in awareness for environmental sustainability and eco-friendly construction materials offers a lucrative opportunity in the polycarboxylate (PC)-based concrete superplasticizer market. The importance of sustainable construction and green building certifications is driving the adoption of PC-based superplasticizers. These additives reduce cement content, improve concrete workability, and lower carbon emissions, aligning with sustainability goals. Organizations such as the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) promote green practices, and many Indian cities have adopted green building regulations. PC-based superplasticizers enhance concrete durability, reducing maintenance needs and extending service life. They are favored in projects seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification or other green credentials. As per the U.S. Green Building Council, in Japan, 268 projects covering 29.5 million square feet are currently participating in LEED.

Segments Overview

The PC-based concrete superplasticizer market is segmented on the basis of form, application, and region. By form, the market is bifurcated into powder and liquid. On the basis of application, the market is categorized into ready-mix concrete, precast concrete, high-performance concrete, and others. Region-wise, the market is studied across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA.

PC-based Concrete Superplasticizer Market by Form

By form, liquid segment accounted for the largest share in 2022. Liquid PC-based superplasticizers are extensively used in the production of self-consolidating concrete (SCC), also known as self-compacting concrete. Self-Consolidating Concrete (SCC) relies on the high-flow characteristics imparted by superplasticizers to achieve self-leveling and self-compacting properties without the need for vibration or compaction. The increasing emphasis on sustainable and durable construction materials has led to a growing demand for high-performance concrete (HPC). Liquid PC-based superplasticizers play a crucial role in enhancing the performance of HPC by improving workability, reducing water-cement ratios, and increasing strength and durability. Thus, a rise in demand for liquid PC-based superplasticizers is expected to drive the market during the forecast period.

The powder segment is expected to register the highest CAGR of 9.2%. PC-based superplasticizers in powder form are known for their exceptional water-reducing properties. They significantly reduce the water-to-cement ratio while maintaining desired flow characteristics, leading to enhanced concrete strength, durability, and overall performance. Some of the key players are offering their products in powder form that are widely used in the construction sector. For instance, MUHU (China) Construction Materials Co., Ltd. offers PC-P, a free flowing and spray dried powder of new generation polycarboxylate based polymer that is used as a superplasticizer for cement-based materials. PC-P is superior to naphthalene and melamine-based superplasticizers as‐¯it has a high-water reduction rate of up to 30%, excellent stability that ensures an increased working time, unique homogeneous plasticizing properties that prevent segregation and bleeding, and the ability to disperse various types of cement, gypsum, and minerals.

PC-based Concrete Superplasticizer Market by Application

By application, ready mix concrete segment accounted for the largest share in 2022 and is expected to be fastest growing segment over the forecast period. Ready-Mix Concrete (RMC) is commonly used to produce concrete for road pavements, bridges, and overpasses. The government of various countries are investing in road construction which is beneficial for ready mix concrete superplasticizers as it helps to enhance the workability and durability of concrete mixes, ensuring long-lasting performance under heavy traffic loads and environmental condition. For instance, In March 2022, the Indian government planned to build highways reaching 313 kilometers for $1,338 million to overhaul the road infrastructure in Punjab, Haryana, and Rajasthan. The transfer from the National Investment Fund (NIF) was pegged at $2.61 billion.

PC-based Concrete Superplasticizer Market by Region

By region, Asia-Pacific garnered the largest share in 2022 and is expected to witness a significant growth rate over the forecast period due to increasing construction activities. For instance, according to a report published by the National Investment Promotion and Facilitation Agency of India, the construction sector in India is expected to reach $1.4 trillion by 2025. Polycarboxylate-based concrete superplasticizers have become increasingly popular in the construction industry worldwide, including in the Asia-Pacific region. These chemicals are essential additives in modern concrete production, offering improved workability, durability, and strength characteristics to concrete mixtures.

Competitive landscape

The players operating in the global PC-based concrete superplasticizer market are Sika AG, Arkema, MAPEI S.p.A., KZJ New Materials Group, JIAHUA CHEMICALS INC., TSC, Shandong Zovae High-tech Material Co., Ltd., Metro Chemicals, MUHU (China) Construction Materials Co., Ltd., and Sakshi Chem Sciences Private Limited. Companies are focusing on launching innovative products as well as expanding their production units. For instance, in March 2024, Shandong Zovae High-tech Material Co., Ltd. introduced ZOVAE polycarboxylate superplasticizer powder, a high-performance superplasticizer and water reducer in powder form created using a specialized spray-drying technique, leveraging cutting-edge polycarboxylate (PCE) polymer technology. This product launch is expected to boost the  PC-based concrete superplasticizer market growth. 

Key Benefits For Stakeholders

  • This report provides a quantitative PC-based concrete superplasticizers market analysis, market segments, current trends, estimations, PC-based concrete superplasticizers market share, dynamics of the PC-based concrete superplasticizer market analysis from 2022 to 2032 to identify the prevailing PC-based concrete superplasticizer market opportunities.
  • The market research is offered along with information related to key drivers, restraints, and opportunities.
  • Porter's five forces analysis highlights the potency of buyers and suppliers to enable stakeholders make profit-oriented business decisions and strengthen their supplier-buyer network.
  • In-depth analysis of the pc-based concrete superplasticizer industry segmentation assists to determine the prevailing market opportunities.
  • Major countries in each region are mapped according to their revenue contribution to the global market.
  • Market player positioning facilitates benchmarking and provides a clear understanding of the present position of the market players and also strategies to strengthen their position in PC-based concrete superplasticizers market.
  • The report includes the PC-based concrete market analysis of the regional as well as global, PC-based concrete superplasticizer market trends, key players, market segments, application areas, and PC-based concrete superplasticizers market forecast.

PC-based Concrete Superplasticizer Market Report Highlights

Aspects Details
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Market Size By 2032

USD 30.6 billion

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Growth Rate

CAGR of 9.1%

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Forecast period

2022 - 2032

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Report Pages

315

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By Form
  • Liquid
  • Powder
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By Application
  • Ready Mix Concrete
  • Precast Concrete
  • High-Performance Concrete
  • Others
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By Region
  • North America  (U.S., Canada, Mexico)
  • Europe  (Germany, France, Italy, UK, Spain, Rest of Europe)
  • Asia-Pacific  (China, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • LAMEA  (Brazil, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Rest of LAMEA)
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Key Market Players

MUHU (China) Construction Materials Co., Ltd., MAPEI S.p.A., JIAHUA CHEMICALS INC., KZJ New Materials Group, TSC, Sika AG, Arkema, Sakshi Chem Sciences Private Limited, Metro Chemicals, Shandong Zovae High-tech Material Co., Ltd.

Analyst Review

According to the opinions of various CXOs of leading companies, an increase in demand for construction projects is expected to drive the growth of the PC-based concrete superplasticizer market. The growing demand for high-performance concrete in construction projects, such as high-rise buildings, bridges, and infrastructure, drives the need for advanced concrete additives such as polycarboxylate-based superplasticizers. High-performance concrete typically requires lower water-to-cement ratios to achieve the desired properties. Polycarboxylate-based superplasticizers are highly effective in reducing the water content of concrete mixes while maintaining or even improving workability, resulting in higher compressive strengths and enhanced durability.  

 As per the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, in March 2022, 144.7 million square feet of office space were under construction in the U.S., accounting for 2.2% of total stock where PC-based concrete superplasticizer witnessed rise in popularity for improved workability, strength, durability, and cost-effectiveness, making them a valuable tool for contractors and engineers. Furthermore, 93% of the space in construction is Class A or A+, indicating that businesses are continuing to prioritize high-quality projects to retain their workforce.

However, the high cost of polycarboxylate-based concrete superplasticizer is expected to hamper the growth of the market. Polycarboxylate-based superplasticizers typically command a higher price compared to traditional concrete admixtures, such as lignosulfonates or naphthalene-based superplasticizers. This higher initial cost is a deterrent for contractors or project owners, especially in budget-constrained projects where minimizing upfront expenses is a priority.  The CXOs further added that the use of PC-based concrete superplasticizer in the renewable energy sector offers lucrative opportunities for growth.

Author Name(s) : Devashree Ravindra Patwardhan | Eswara Prasad
Frequently Asked Questions?

Polycarboxylate (PC)-based concrete superplasticizer market attained $ 13.0 billion in 2022 and is projected to reach $30.6 billion by 2032, growing at a CAGR of 9.1% from 2023 to 2032.

The players operating in the global PC-based concrete superplasticizer market are Sika AG, Arkema, MAPEI S.p.A., KZJ New Materials Group, JIAHUA CHEMICALS INC., TSC, Shandong Zovae High-tech Material Co., Ltd., Metro Chemicals, MUHU (China) Construction Materials Co., Ltd., and Sakshi Chem Sciences Private Limited.

Region-wise, Asia-Pacific is projected to register robust growth during the forecast period and expected to continue its dominance over the forecast period

By application, ready to mix concrete segment accounted for largest share in 2022 and expected to be fastest growing segment over the forecast period

Emerging trends include sustainable formulations, increased use in infrastructure projects, digitalization for efficiency, and innovative application methods.

The primary driver is the rising demand of polycarboxylate (PC)-based concrete superplasticizer from modern construction projects. However, the availability of alternatives to polycarboxylate (PC)-based concrete superplasticizers poses a significant restraint in the market

The growing emphasis on sustainable construction practices and green building certification programs offers an excellent growth opportunity for the expansion of the PC-based superplasticizers market

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PC-based Concrete Superplasticizer Market

Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2023-2032