Acrylic Polymer Market

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Acrylic Polymer Market Expected to reach a high CAGR of 3.90% By 2029: DataM Intelligence

Acrylic Polymer Market Growth Rate Insights:

Acrylic Polymer Market size is expected to record significant growth by reaching up to USD million by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 3.90% during the forecast period (2022-2029).

An acrylic or polyacrylate polymer is any of a class of polymers made from acrylate monomers. These plastics are known for their transparency, strength and elasticity. Acrylic polymer is a strong, stiff, transparent plastic that comes in various colors and finishes. The material is frequently used in architecture and construction for lighting, electronics screens, automotive components and outdoor glazing. Perspex, Acrylite, Europlex, Optix, Duraplex and Plexiglass are some of the trade names used in the market. Acrylate polymer is also used as an adhesive in cosmetics such as nail polish.

Acrylic Polymer Market Growth Dynamics

Increasing growth in applying acrylic polymers in construction is a major market driver for the global acrylic polymer market. However, harmful effects and sustainability concerns could be a major market restraint.

Increasing growth in the application of acrylic polymers in construction

Acrylic polymers are widely used in the construction industry. Roof cooling products are used in residential, industrial and commercial buildings. Acrylic polymers prevent asphalt from leaking into roof coatings. It is also used in weather-resistant paints for outdoor use. Rapid industrialization and urbanization occur globally, particularly in emerging markets such as India and China. Around the world, new residential complexes, commercial office spaces, recreational centers, stadiums, bridges, tunnels and mass transit systems are being built.

China has the world's largest construction industry. Another factor driving growth in this region is China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a global infrastructure spending strategy. BRI is actively funding the construction of ports, highways, industrial zones and other infrastructure in emerging markets such as Indonesia, Thailand, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and South Korea. Another major emerging market that is investing heavily is the public infrastructure in India. In March 2021, U.S. Government unveiled the Build Back Better (BBB) plan to boost the economy following the COVID-19 pandemic shock. The plan calls for US$ 621 billion in transportation systems to be built or repaired, including highways, roads and airports.

Harmful effects and sustainability concerns

Though acrylic emulsion has found wide-ranging industrial and engineering applications such as construction, automotive, aerospace and defense due to its excellent properties, acrylic polymers are also known to contain heavy metals such as cadmium, chromium and arsenic, which bioaccumulate in human and animal tissue and lead to heavy metal poisoning.

The health risks associated with acrylic polymers are a significant market restraint. The widespread use of acrylic polymers raises concerns about their environmental impact and sustainability. VOCs are emitted during the manufacturing and use of acrylic polymers. VOCs are a common source of groundwater contamination. Careless industrial practices, primarily metal processing, paints and chemicals, cause the compounds to leach into the water.

VOC-induced water pollution is extremely difficult to clean up and has long-term negative effects on the local ecosystem. Acrylic polymers are also long-lasting and non-biodegradable. The widespread use of acrylic polymers in modern life has resulted in massive amounts of industrial waste, causing disposal issues. Given the rising environmental impact and damage to natural ecosystems, the current approach to using acrylic polymers is questionable in the long run. Alternatives to acrylic polymers that are environmentally friendly and biodegradable are being researched and developed. As a result, the harmful effects and sustainability concerns associated with acrylic emulsions are significant market restraints.

COVID-19 Impact Analysis

The pandemic COVID-19, like any other market, had a negative impact on the global acrylic polymer market during its initial waves. The following are the key drivers of the market's steady decline during the pandemic:

• Because the production of the acrylic polymer has been disrupted, industrial-scale synthesis requires massive machinery, large-scale industrial reagents and skilled workers. During the pandemic, industry lockdowns and social distancing requirements severely hampered production.

• The global lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic hampered both the supply of raw materials necessary to manufacture acrylic polymer and the supply of finished products. As a result, the demand-supply dynamics in the acrylic polymer market were severely impacted.

• Acrylic polymers are primarily used in the laundry and detergent industries, dishwashing, industrial and institutional cleaning, hard surface cleaning and other related industries. Lockdowns and a lack of raw materials in these industries reduced overall activity in these application sectors, lowering the overall demand for acrylic polymer. However, the global acrylic polymer market has grown tremendously as the ban was lifted.

Acrylic Polymer Market Scope



Market CAGR


Segments Covered

  By Type, By Application, and By Region

Report Insights Covered

Competitive Landscape Analysis, Company Profile Analysis, Market Size, Share, Growth, Demand, Recent Developments, Mergers and acquisitions, New Product Launches, Growth Strategies, Revenue Analysis, and Other key insights.

Fastest Growing Region

Asia Pacific

Largest Market Share 

North America

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Acrylic Polymer Market Segment Analysis

The global acrylic polymer market is classified based on type, application and region.

Growing R&D investments and increasing industrial applications of acrylic polymer

The end-user segment of the global acrylic polymer market is dominated by the industrial and institutional sectors. Acrylic polymers are widely used as a paint and varnish additive to improve washability, resistance to abrasion and resistance to fungi and algae. Acrylic produces high-quality paints with sustained adhesion, stain and tannin blocking properties across all construction materials. Painters and consumers are increasingly looking for exterior coating systems that last longer in the decorative coatings market. According to proprietary painter and consumer market research, adhesion and durability are major challenges for painters in outdoor paints. Painters increasingly need paints with improved multi-substrate adhesion as multiple substrates become common.

At the same time, as the global climate crisis worsens, external coatings are more vulnerable than ever to cracking due to harsh weather, which causes surfaces to contract and expand more severely. Companies are introducing new products to help their customers meet their performance and environmental goals. Covestro, for example, developed Decovery SP-8310 in 2021, an acrylic resin designed to form multi-purpose paints with up to 37 % bio-based content. The resin's UV and water resistance and low dirt pick-up ensure long-term outdoor durability, ideal for architectural and industrial applications. Because of its broad adhesion profile, the product is also suitable for a broader range of substrates and application locations.

Geographical Analysis

Increasing construction activities and the need for sustainable polymers in the respective sector

The Asia-Pacific acrylic polymer market was worth USD million in 2021 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of XX percent over the forecast period, reaching USD million by 2029.

Regarding value, Asia-Pacific is the world's second-largest consumer and producer of acrylic polymer and the world's largest in terms of volume. Asia- Pacific is also the fastest-growing region in the market. Growing consumer awareness of VOCs and demand for green coatings drive global demand for acrylic polymer. For example, the Indian government is expected to invest approximately US$ 1.3 trillion in housing over the next seven years. The government intends to build 60 million new homes, increasing the demand for acrylic polymer.

Furthermore, the Indian government announced in 2017 a US$ 31,650 billion investment to build 100 cities under the smart cities plan. Furthermore, one hundred smart and 500 cities are expected to attract investments totaling approximately US$ 28.18 billion. Infrastructure services account for approximately 9% of India's GDP. The Indian government has given the infrastructure sector tremendous impetus by allocating US$ 92.22 billion in Union Budget 2018-2019.

The Chinese government has various construction plans, including proposals to relocate 250 million people to new megacities. According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), real estate investment in China will increase by 7.0 percent in 2020, up from 6.8 percent in the first 11 months of 2020. ASEAN countries' commercial and residential construction industries are expanding due to increased government and private sector investment. As a result of these factors, Asia-Pacific is expected to grow rapidly during the forecast period.

Competitive Landscape

In terms of global and local producer numbers and strengths, the global acrylic polymer market is extremely competitive due to the presence of major players such as Toagosei Co., Ltd, BASF SE, Nippon Shokubai Co. Ltd, Sumitomo Seika Chemicals Co., Ltd, Arkema, Dow, Ashland Global Holdings, Halliburton, Nouryon and Kemira. The market is fragmented and pivotal market stakeholders use market tactics such as mergers, acquisitions, product launches, contributions and collaborations to gain a competitive advantage and recognition in their respective markets.

For instance, on September 27, 2019, Archer Daniels Midland Co (ADM) and LG Chem signed a partnership to develop biobased acrylic acid, a key component in producing superabsorbent polymers (SAP), which are used in a variety of hygiene products. While ADM intends to diversify its portfolio through this collaboration, LG Chem primarily focuses on developing its bio-based product portfolio.


Overview: Dow is a multinational corporation that manufactures plastics, chemicals and hydrocarbons. The company's product portfolio is divided into 22 categories: automotive and transportation, beauty and personal care, building, construction, infrastructure, chemical manufacturing and industrial, consumer goods and appliances and other industries. In April 2019, Dow completed separating its materials science business and Dow Inc., becoming the parent company of TDCC and its consolidated subsidiaries. Dow operates via its 106 manufacturing facilities spread across 31 countries in the Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe and Africa.

Product Portfolio:

  • EXP-5750 Acrylic Polymer: Acrylic co-polymer formed for trim paints with high gloss potential, improved open time and flow and applications in architectural specialty coatings.
  •  FASTRACK: Technology provides excellent durability and enhanced retention of glass beads, resulting in increased reflectivity and visibility at night. It also has a low volatile content (Low-VOC), making it easier to formulate coatings to meet stringent environmental standards. FASTRACK Technology benefits workers' health and safety while reducing air pollution as a water-based system. Traditional traffic paint systems were solvent-based and hot melt, requiring a lot of energy (200 °C). FASTRACK Technology is used at room temperature and spray equipment is easily cleaned with water.

Key Development:

  • On October 22, 2022, Dow Thailand Group (Dow) launched a unique, non-flammable, non-hazardous water-based traffic paint technology in Thailand. FASTRACK Technology provides low-cost, water-based, quick-drying, long-lasting coatings that improve driver safety, particularly at night. FASTRACK Technology is now available in Thailand. FASTRACK Technology is a waterborne traffic paint innovation developed by Dow's international research laboratories. Excellent key features include 100 percent acrylic polymer technology, allowing fast drying even in high humidity or low air circulation conditions.
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