Silicone fabrics are advanced materials created by coating or impregnating fabrics with silicone rubber. This process imparts various beneficial properties to the fabric, making it versatile for a range of applications. Silicone fabrics combine the flexibility and durability of traditional textiles with the unique characteristics of silicone, resulting in a material that is heat-resistant, waterproof, durable, and often fire-resistant. The global silicone fabrics market size is to grow from USD 4.0 billion in 2021 to USD 5.5 billion by 2026, at a CAGR of 6.8%.
Silicone coated fabrics are specially engineered fabric manufactured through the coating of specially formulated Silicone on one or both sides of the base fabrics, such as Fiberglas, polyester, and polyamide. It offers several advantages such as high heat or flame resistance, UV or weather resistance, and chemical resistance. Silicones are the most flexible polymer. The chemical adds a functional value to the fabric by making it thermally, chemically resistant. Silicone coated fabrics have found widespread applications in transportation, protective clothing, industrial, furniture & seating, awnings & canopies, and other applications.
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Silicones are a broad family of polymers based on silicon metal. Silicone polymers are extremely versatile and can be manufactured with preferred properties, such as rigid solid form to low viscosity liquid form, by varying the chain length and the chemical structure. The ability of silicones to be synthesized with various compositions and properties is highly preferred in various consumer and industrial applications. Silicones can vary from rubber to hard plastics and gel to liquid.
The market for silicon fabric is segmented based on base fabric into fiberglass, polyester, polyamide, and other materials. In terms of demand, silicone coated fiberglass is gaining traction across the industrial application due to high performance characteristics such as high temperature resistance, chemical resistance, and UV resistance, among others.
On the basis of application, the market is bifurcated into protective clothing, industrial fabrics, clothing fabrics, and other application. In terms of demand, the industrial fabric segment is expected to account a majority share of the market. This is mainly attributed to growth of manufacturing sector, demand for high-performance fabrics, and rising adoption of silicone fabrics in upholstery and furniture application across the globe. Moreover, the protective clothing segment is projected to register healthy growth through the forecast period.
On the basis of end-use, the global silicone fabric market is segmented into Industrial, Consumers, Automotive, and Others. The industrial segment accounted over half of the market demand, followed by the automotive segment. Factors such as increasing penetration of the Electric vehicles and changing regulatory standards across the globe supports the market growth.
The silicon coated fabric market is studied for five regions, namely, North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East & Africa, and South America. During the forecast period, the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region is projected to hold the largest share of the silicone fabrics market. This reflects the significant growth and demand for silicone-coated fabrics in various industries within the APAC region. Factors such as industrial expansion, rapid urbanization, and increasing applications in sectors like automotive, electronics, and textiles are contributing to the dominance of APAC in the silicone fabrics market. As industries seek durable and high-performance materials, the adoption of silicone fabrics in the region is driving its prominent position in the market.
A few of the key players in the silicone fabric market are Elkem (US), 3M Company (US), Auburn Manufacturing Inc. (US), Nott Company (US), Mid-Mountain Materials, Inc (US), Newtex Industries, Inc (US), Precision Coating & Coated Fabrics (US) Trelleborg AB (Sweden), COMPAGNIE DE SAINT-GOBAIN S.A. (France), Serge Ferrari Group (France) and others.