The fire-resistant coatings market was USD 933 million in 2020 and is projected to reach USD 1,106 million by 2025, at a CAGR of 3.5% from 2020. Increasing awareness and emphasis on safety measures and preference for lightweight materials, which require additional protection, are expected to drive the market. The stringent regulations and norms are also supporting market growth, as the newly constructed buildings and manufacturing plants need to meet the required safety and fire resistance standards. Increasing urbanization and the growing building & construction industry are expected to provide growth opportunities in the market during the forecast period. The use of low-cost cementitious coatings in developing countries and in dry environments is expected to support market growth.
Intumescent coatings segment is estimated for larger market share in 2019.
Intumescent coatings are either solvent-borne or waterborne and are mainly used in buildings and construction. The use of cementitious coatings increases the overall weight of the structures. Intumescent coatings are advantageous over their substitutes, as they are thinner, exhibit better fire protection properties, and significantly reduce the overall weight of the structures and substrates.
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The building & construction industry is estimated to have the largest share in the fire-resistant coatings market
The building & construction industry is estimated to account for the largest share of the fire-resistant coatings market in 2019, closely followed by the industrial segment in terms of value. Increasing construction activities, along with a rise in the number of manufacturing facilities in the emerging economies in APAC and MEA, are expected to drive the market demand during the forecast period.
Water-borne coatings technology segment is estimated to have majority share in fire-resistant coatings market
Based on technology, the water-borne coatings technology segment is estimated to hold the majority share of the overall fire-resistant coatings market. The major factor driving this segment is the increasing demand for green products. Water-borne coatings are easier to clean up, reduce the risk of fire, and result in less exposure to VOCs.
Europe projected to account for the largest share of the fire-resistant coatings market during the forecast period
Europe accounted for the largest share of the global fire-resistant coatings market in 2019. The growth of the fire-resistant coatings market in this region is mainly attributed to stringent government regulations, an industrial initiative for sustainable development, and a strong emphasis on protection against fire. Moreover, the practice of constructing green buildings and adopting green coatings offers many opportunities for the growth of the market in the region. The European market is mainly dominated by the EU-5 countries, especially Germany and the UK.
The leading players in the fire-resistant coatings market include AkzoNobel (Netherlands), PPG (US), Jotun (Norway), Sherwin-Williams (US), and Hempel (Denmark). The key industry players are adopting strategies to expand their presence and enhance their product portfolio through investments in R&D. For example, in 2017, Hempel invested in an R&D center solely for fire-resistant coatings in Spain. This expansion will help the company comply with the ever-changing demand from the construction industry and develop high efficacy products.