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    Polymer Microspheres Market Report

    Polymer Microspheres Market Report
    Report code - SRAM319 Published On : Aug,2020 No. of Pages: 232
    Polymer Microspheres Market Size, Share, Trend, Forecast, & Industry Analysis: 2020-20 See more...

    Market Insights

    Polymer microspheres are small spherical plastic particles mainly made up of polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polystyrene (PS), polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), or other polymers, range in size from 1-1,000 micrometers. There are two types of polymer microspheres: expanded polymer microspheres and solid polymer microspheres. Expanded polymer microsphere can expand up to 5 times its original diameter with 50-120 times increase in volume. Expanded polymer microspheres consist of a polymer shell encapsulating a gas; when heated, the internal pressure from the gas increases and the thermoplastic shell softens, resulting in a dramatic increase in the volume of the microspheres.

    Over the past few eons, biodegradable polymer microspheres are gradually becoming the center of attraction because of their increased popularity of controlled drug delivery. Their small particle size makes them ideally suited for medical treatments in which the particle size is of critical importance. Further, these microspheres improve the bioavailability of conventional drugs, minimize the side effects, and enhance the solubility of the poorly soluble drug.

    Polymer microspheres are also mixed with resins to add a variety of desirable characteristics and features to the material, such as reduced weight, enhanced flexibility, thermal insulation, dimensional stability, and solar reflectivity. Their compressible nature is a unique feature suitable for elastomeric products. When used in elastomeric roof coatings, they can lower the external surface temperature of a building as much as 15°C and can save up to 70% of residential energy consumption.

    Impact of COVID-19 on the Polymer Microspheres Market

    The year 2020 is estimated to be extremely challenging for all the advanced materials including microsphere family. Polymer microsphere, a diminutive subset, is also witnessing a huge plunge in its demand in several major end-use industries including paints & coatings, plastics & rubber, and construction materials. The huge decline in the demand for polymer microspheres is partially offset by few good-performing applications, especially life sciences & pharmaceuticals.

    Despite short-term demand fiasco caused by production halts, supply-chain disruptions, etc., the long-term growth prospects still seem favorable for the market participants. It is estimated the market will mark a healthy rebound from 2021 onwards then maintaining sequential growth till the forecast period, assisting the market to cross the landmark figure of US$ 1.6 billion by 2025.

    Segments' Analysis


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    Polymer Microspheres Market by Microsphere Type

    Based on the microsphere type, the polymer microspheres market is segmented as expanded polymer microspheres and solid polymer microspheres. Expanded polymer microsphere is likely to remain the most dominant microsphere type in the market during the forecast period. Expanded polymer microspheres have lower emissivity spectrum than commercial paints (λ = 0.35 – 4 µm vs λ = 4 – 40 µm), which means that absorbent of less solar radiation than the commercial paints, resulting in better performance during the daylight.

    Further, expanded polymer microspheres can expand without any discoloration and outgassing issues of chemical foaming agents, or breakage which is common with hollow glass microspheres. Also, by adding as little as 2%-3% by weight, it can reduce the product’s weight by as much as 50%.  They can easily mix and achieve density reduction levels between 10%-30% in injection molding.

    Polymer Microspheres Market by Application Type

    Based on the application type, the market is classified as life sciences & pharmaceutical, paints & coatings, plastics & rubber, construction materials, and others. Similar to other microspheres, polymer microspheres are used in a multitude of applications addressing different purposes. The life sciences & pharmaceutical segment is estimated to remain the most dominant application type in terms of value, in the polymer microspheres market during the forecast period.

    Life sciences & pharmaceutical is the least-impacted application type by the COVID-19 pandemic. In biological research, polymer microspheres can be used as size standards for absorbing macromolecules. Also, in life sciences & pharmaceutical, polymer microspheres improve the solvency of the ineffectively dissolvable drug and decrease the occurrence or intensity of adverse effects and reactivity of the core according to the outside condition.

    Paint & coatings to be the fastest-growing application in the years to come. Key trends towards high performance, smart functionality, improved productivity, and abrasion- or scratch-resistant smart coatings, have made polymer microspheres a preferred choice in the paint & coatings industry. Polymer microspheres reduce the need for solvents in solvent-based paint, leading to the reduction of VOC emission. Further, expanded polymer microspheres are replacing hollow glass microspheres in paint application, owing to its elasticity property.

    Regional Insights

    The pandemic may not spare any region in the short-term, estimating gigantic collapse in the demand for polymer microspheres across regions, especially in 2020. However, the long-term perspective is still plausibly good with sustainable demand across regions. Europe is estimated to maintain its lead in the global market in the coming five years. Post pandemic, Germany is expected to rebound quickly and will act as the growth engine of the European polymer microspheres market. Polymer microspheres are widely used in Europe as the region is one of the major markets for automotive, plastics & rubber, and building & construction. Also, the European regulatory system for medicines to protect public health ensuring the availability of high quality, safe, and effective medicines for European citizens, would help in healing the dented growth of polymer microspheres market in the region.


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    Asia-Pacific, a market that is efficacious in catching the consequential attention of all the market participants, is likely to heal up with the greatest pace in the post-pandemic market scenario. China is estimated to maintain its lead in the region’s market and is also expected to further reinforce its position in the global marketplace. On the other side, India is to emerge as the next big market with significant growth potential with expecting some shift of manufacturing base from China and other regions in the long run.


    Market Scope & Segmentation

    Research Scope

    Trend & Forecast Period


    Regions Covered

    North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Rest of the World

    Size in 2026

    US$ 1.6 billion

    Countries/Subregions Covered

    The USA, Canada, Mexico, Germany, France, the UK, Spain, China, India, Japan, Latin America, the Middle East and others

    Figures & Tables



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    The global polymer microspheres market is segmented into the following categories.

    Polymer Microspheres Market Size, Share & Forecast, By Material Type

    • Expanded Polymer Microspheres
      • (Regional Analysis: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and RoW)
      • (Application Type Analysis: Paints & Coatings, Construction Materials, and Others)
    • Solid Polymer Microspheres
    • (Regional Analysis: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and RoW)
    • (Application Type Analysis: Life Sciences & Pharmaceutical and Others)

    Polymer Microspheres Market Size, Share & Forecast, By Application Type

    • Life Sciences & Pharmaceutical (Regional Analysis: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and RoW)
    • Paint & Coatings (Regional Analysis: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and RoW)
    • Plastics & Rubber (Regional Analysis: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and RoW)
    • Construction Materials (Regional Analysis: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and RoW)
    • Others (Regional Analysis: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and RoW)

    Polymer Microspheres Market Size, Share & Forecast, By Region

    • North America (Country Analysis: The USA, Canada, and Mexico)
    • Europe (Country Analysis: Germany, France, the UK, Spain, and Rest of Europe)
    • Asia-Pacific (Country Analysis: China, India, Japan, and Rest of Asia-Pacific)
    • Rest of the World (Sub-Region Analysis: Latin America, the Middle East, and Others)


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    Key Players

    The supply chain of this market comprises raw material suppliers, polymer microsphere manufacturers, and end-use industries.

    The key players in the market are:

    • Chase Corporation
    • Dongjin Semichem Co., Ltd.
    • Kureha Corporation
    • Luminex Corporation
    • Matsumoto Yushi-Seiyaku Co., Ltd.
    • Merck KGaA
    • Nouryon
    • Polysciences, Inc.
    • PolyMicrospheres, Inc.
    • Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd.

    The biggest strategic alliance in the market was Carlyle Group and GIC acquired AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals and relaunched as Nouryon. The newly formed company is working closely with stakeholders to innovate, make a strategic investment, and developing a sustainable solution.

    Research Methodology

    For calculating the market size, our analysts follow either Top-Bottom or Bottom-Top approach or both, depending upon the complexity or availability of the data points. Our reports offer high-quality insights and are the outcome of detailed research methodology comprising extensive secondary research, rigorous primary interviews with industry stakeholders and validation and triangulation with Stratview Research’s internal database and statistical tools. We leverage multitude of authenticated secondary sources, such as company annual reports, government sources, trade associations, journals, investor presentation, white papers, and articles to gather the data. More than 10 detailed primary interviews with the market players across the value chain in all four regions and industry experts are usually executed to obtain both qualitative and quantitative insights.

    Report Features

    This 232-page strategic assessment report, from Stratview Research, provides a comprehensive analysis that reflects today’s polymer microspheres market realities and future market possibilities for the forecast period of 2020 to 2025. After a continuous interest in our paragon reports on the microspheres markethollow microspheres marketglass microspheres market, and cenospheres market, we have come up with another comprehensive study on POLYMER MICROSPHERES, another key member of microspheres family. The report estimates the short- as well as long-term repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic on the demand for polymer microspheres at the global-, regional-, as well as country-level. Also, the report provides the possible loss that the industry will register by comparing pre-COVID and post-COVID scenario. The vital data/information provided in the report can play a crucial role for the market participants as well as investors in the identification of low-hanging fruits available in the market as well as formulate growth strategies.

    The following are the key features of the report:

    • Market structure: Overview, industry life cycle analysis, supply chain analysis.
    • Market environment analysis: Growth drivers and constraints, Porter’s five forces analysis, SWOT analysis.
    • Market trend and forecast analysis.
    • Market segment trend and forecast.
    • Competitive landscape and dynamics: Market share, product portfolio, product launches, etc.
    • Attractive market segments and associated growth opportunities.
    • Emerging trends.
    • Strategic growth opportunities for the existing and new players.
    • Key success factors.

    Report Customization Options

    With this detailed report, Stratview Research offers one of the following free customization options to our respectable clients:

    Company Profiling

    • Detailed profiling of additional market players (up to 3 players)
    • SWOT analysis of key players (up to 3 players)

    Market Segmentation

    • Current market segmentation of any one of the material types or by application type

    Competitive Benchmarking

    • Benchmarking of key players on the following parameters: Product portfolio, geographical reach, regional presence, and strategic alliances

    Custom Research: Stratview research offers custom research services across the sectors. In case of any custom research requirement related to market assessment, competitive benchmarking, sourcing and procurement, target screening, and others, please send your inquiry at sales@stratviewresearch.com.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    The polymer microspheres market is expected to witness an impressive CAGR to reach an estimate value of US$ 1.6 billion in the foreseeable future.

    Chase Corporation, Dongjin Semichem Co., Ltd., Kureha Corporation, Luminex Corporation, Matsumoto Yushi-Seiyaku Co., Ltd., Merck KGaA, Nouryon, Polysciences, Inc., PolyMicrospheres, Inc., Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd. etc. are among the key players in the polymer microspheres market.

    Europe is expected to maintain its lead in the polymer microspheres market during the forecast period of 2020-2025.

    Life sciences & pharmaceutical is expected to remain most dominant application type in the polymer microspheres market in the coming five years.

    Expanded polymer microsphere is expected to remain dominant in the polymer microspheres market in the coming years.

    Paint & coatings is expected to remain the fastest growing polymer microspheres market during the next five years.


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