Flow Conditioners: Market outlook
The unwanted alteration of bulk powders, such as deliquescence and caking is a common problem in industries including food, pharmaceutical, detergent, and chemical. The lump formation or caking in the powder may be seen as a detrimental accumulation of particles, which converts a freely flowing powder into a coherent solid. The amount of lump can vary from large lumps to the unalterable fusion of particles that no longer represents the original material. Thus, deliquescence and caking can be a significant problem that may lead to a loss of functionality of material and may result in the lower quality product, largely impacting the profitability. Thus to prevent caking or any such losses, finely divided solids known as flow conditioners are added to the host powder to prevent the lump formation and to improve the flowability of the powder. The flow conditioner is additive which either absorbs moisture or prevents lump formation by coating the host particles and making them repellent. The common flow conditioners include silicates, silicon dioxide, phosphates, stearic acid salts, starches, talcum, and modified carbohydrates.
Growing Demand for Flow Conditioners Owing to its Multifunctional Properties
The market for flow conditioners is anticipated to witness a growing demand owing to its multiple functions and properties including competition for adsorbed water, interruption of liquid bridging, lubrication, crystallinity modification, and anti-static ability. The flow conditioners are used in various industries to prevent the powder from caking and deliquescence and to promote secure packaging, handling, and transportation of the product. The drivers for the growth of the flow conditioner market is growing food and beverage industry, and processed food industry which use flow conditioners to prevent lumps in the food products and provide easy flowability to the products. The increasing use of flow conditioners in non-food industries like cosmetic and personal care industry, detergent and chemical industry, and animal feed industry is further boosting the demand for flow conditioners.
Global Flow Conditioners: Market Segmentation
On the basis of nature, the global flow conditioners market has been segmented as-
On the basis of products type, the global flow conditioners market has been segmented as-
On the basis of end use, the global flow conditioners market has been segmented as-
On the basis of region, the global flow conditioners market has been segmented as-
Global Flow Conditioners: Key Players
Some of the major players of flow conditioners market include: Huber Engineered Materials, Bogdány Petrol Ltd., Evonik Industries AG, Sasol Wax, Kao Chemicals, IMAC INC, BASF SE, Fuji Chemicals Industries, Chemipol S.A., Grain Corporation, Norkem Group, PQ Corporation PPG Industries, Inc., and Sweetener Supply Corp.
Opportunities for Market Participants:
The global flow conditioner market is anticipated to register a significant market growth over the forecast year owing to the versatile properties and function of the flow conditioners. The regions including Europe and North America are anticipated to account for largest market share for flow conditioners market. The market for flow conditioners in these region is anticipated to account for large share owing to rapidly growing product innovation in the food industry, technological advancement of the products, increasing convenience food industry, personal care, and animal feed industries, which are anticipated to drive the demand for flow conditioners in these regions. Besides, growing awareness among manufacturers concerning the problems in packaging food and their products are fuelling the growth of the flow conditioners market. The regions like Asia Pacific and Middle East are expected to witness substantial growth in the flow conditioners market over the forecast year. This is principally due to increasing urbanization and disposable income of the consumers. Rapidly growing population and economic development in countries such as China, India, and Japan is leading to increasing food demand which is anticipated to upsurge the demand for flow conditioners. Also, increasing acceptance of western food habits is a factor which is contributing to the increasing demand for food grade flow conditioners. The non-food industries are also widely contributing to the increasing demand for flow conditioners.
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