Marine coatings market size worth over EUR14 billion by 2024
Asia Pacific shipbuilding industry, led by China, will be the principal driver for the global marine coatings market in the forecast spell. In 2015, China shipbuilding industry registered over 20 gross tons, followed by other countries of the region including Japan, South Korea, Philippines, and Taiwan. Mandatory use of the products to enhance the performance and longevity of the ship will promote the application of good quality and environment friendly coatings, hence boosting the overall industry in the coming years.
Maintenance and overhauling activities are key issues
In addition to the new orders, there is also a significant amount of drydocking activities, increasing the anti-fouling marine coatings market demand in the forecast span. Though, there may be a decline in the new shipbuilding demand, several vessels manufactured in the past decade will require maintenance in the recent future. Maintenance and overhauling activities will likely account for the majority of the market in the next few years.
Fluctuating raw material prices restrain the market
Fluctuating raw material prices such as crude oil derivatives, copper, and titanium dioxide will restrain the global marine coatings market in the coming years. Multiple applications of the raw materials, coupled with political and regulatory pressures regarding raw material mining activities, may intensify the bargaining power of the suppliers, increasing the overall product manufacturing cost for industry participants.
Environmental concerns are rising
Also, the volatile organic compounds (VOC) limit for marine coatings, set by the EPA, may curb the overall marine coatings market. Paints and coatings use several toxic and high VOC content additives for manufacturing. Rising environmental concerns, resulting into several government initiatives may have a negative impact on the industry development in the coming years.
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