Global Smart Polymers Market - 2020-2027
Smart polymers are also known as stimuli-responsive products. These products are characterized by unique performance aspects such as good responsiveness to micro and macro-level changes in the surroundings. Also, these innovative materials respond to various stimuli such as pH, temperature and light. Moreover, they are also resilient, which gives them the ability to return to their initial physical or chemical state. In addition, the rise in demand for smart material-based actuators and sensors from the automotive industry at low cost with superior performance and high reliability drives smart polymers' demand.
The global smart polymers market is estimated to reach USD XX billion by 2027 from the recorded market size of worth USD XX billion in 2019, growing at a CAGR of XX% during the forecast period.
The increasing consumption of smart polymer in biomedical applications is expected to drive market growth during the forecast period due to interest in the product steadily gaining momentum, especially in self-regulated and controlled drug delivery fields. Moreover, the increasing awareness about environment-compatible product usage for long-term sustainability across the various sector, including automotive, textile, electronics, biotechnology, is expected to boost the smart polymers' market growth. In addition, smart polymers register a wide range of unique applications in the healthcare industry. This includes medical devices, tissue engineering, gene therapy, medicine, drug delivery systems, pharmaceuticals, and others. In addition, the health care industry in the U.S. places a priority on the areas of medical technology, research, and innovation. The U.S. has generated a revenue of USD 2610 billion in 2020 in the healthcare industry.
Furthermore, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic across the globe has led to an increase in demand for biomedical devices and products such as ventilators and face masks to stop the transmission of coronavirus and treat the afflicted patients. In addition, smart polymers are also utilized in the manufacturing of biomedical devices such as artificial teeth, artificial bones, pacemakers, hip and knee replacements, and dental implants as smart polymers are biocompatible can help achieve the long-term service of these medical devices, which is expected to drive the smart polymer market growth.
However, factors such as the high cost of smart polymers compared to conventional polymers are expected to hinder the smart polymers market's growth. Moreover, the rise in the development of the healthcare sector has led to an increase in demand for smart polymers as these polymers are biocompatible and can help achieve medical devices' long-term service life. This is expected to provide profitable opportunities for the smart polymers market growth during the forecast period.
By type, the market is segmented into physical, chemical, biological, self-heating and others. By technology, the market is segmented into main-chain conjugated polymers, homopolymers, telechelic polymers, block copolymers, dendritic polymers, and supramolecular polymers. By application, the market is segmented into biomedical engineering, textiles, food & packaging and others. By end-user, the market is segmented into food & packaging, electrical & electronics, aerospace, automotive, medical, academic research and others.
Polymers are sensitive to pH acceptance or release protons in response to pH changes and contain basic or acidic groups. Thermo-responsive polymers change their microstructural features in response and are sensitive to temperature. Moreover, light is considered a clean stimulus that allows remote control of the polymers without mechanical apparatus or physical contact. In addition, it enables scientists to change the phot-switching molecule geometry and dipole moment causing, causing macroscopic changes in the structure. This can affect the final properties, including permeability, wettability and color.
Furthermore, scientists have developed synthetic smart polymers with unique characteristics after studying how natural polymers behave in biological systems. Moreover, these new polymeric materials are chemically formulated to sense a distinct change in biological systems' environment and adjust expectedly. In addition, they are becoming gradually more widespread as we discover the chemistry and triggers that alter the polymer structure and find new ways to take advantage of and control them.
Smart polymers' global market value is forecast to grow by more than double from 2019 to 2027. In 2019, smart polymers had a global market value amounting to USD 3.8 billion and are expected to grow nearly USD 9.8 billion in 2027.
North America dominates the largest share in the global smart polymers market and is expected to dominate during the forecast period due to increasing demand in the sector such as healthcare and electronic industry. Moreover, growing demand from the military & defense for camouflage & light-sensitive fabric processing coupled with the rising healthcare sector will drive the smart polymers market demand during the forecast period. European countries, especially Germany and France, are likely to show exponential growth prospects for the smart polymers market on account of stringent government regulations pertaining to the environment & usage of traditional polymers and the rise in research & development initiatives nanomedicines sector.
The Asia Pacific is expected to be the fastest-growing smart polymers market during the forecast period due to the industrialization of major end-user industries such as automobile, textile, electrical & electronics. Moreover, Latin America and Middle East & Africa are witnesses to sluggish growth during the forecast period due to the low product & similar technologies awareness and lack of standardization of product manufacturing process compared to other countries.
The smart polymers market is fragmented with the presence of regional and global players. The competitive contour lies with the increase in the regional company and growing investment in upstream application. BASF SE, Lubrizol, Dow Chemical, Evonik, AkzoNobel, Advanced Polymer Materials, Akina Inc., SMP Technologies Pvt. Ltd., Reactive Surfaces Ltd., NEI Corporation, FMC Corporation, Huntsman Corporation are the major player in the polymer market. The major players adopt several growth strategies such as product launches, acquisitions, and collaborations, contributing to growing the smart polymers market globally.
Lubrizol manufacture Carbopol® SMART 3000 polymers is a nonionic synthetic micro-gel rheology modifier and highly efficient. This polymer is activated by the formulation surfactants and requires no neutralization step. Moreover, the polymer liquid form and the surfactant activation mechanism make this a very simple-to-process polymer with visual clarity and suspension capabilities. In addition, it works across a wide pH range in traditional and in very low pH, organic acid-containing surfactant formulations.