Dispersing Agents Market Size, Share, Opportunities, And Trends By Formation Type (Waterborne, Oil-Borne, Solvent-Borne, Others), By Structure (Anionic, Non-ionic, Hydrophobic, Hydrophilic, Cationic, Amphoteric), By End-User (Construction, Paints & Coatings, Pulp & Paper, Detergents, Oil & Gas, Agriculture, Pharmaceuticals, Others), And By Geography - Forecasts From 2024 To 2029

  • Published : Jan 2024
  • Report Code : KSI061616461
  • Pages : 143

The dispersing agents market is projected to grow considerably during the forecast period

The market growth is driven by the paint, coatings, and ink industry's increasing use of dispersing agents as well as the expansion of construction activities globally. In the paint and coatings industry, dispersing agents are crucial in improving the final product's performance and stability. These agents aid in maintaining uniform distribution and consistency of colour by preventing the accumulation or settling of pigments. Furthermore, due to increased global urbanization, infrastructure development, and renovation projects, the construction industry is expanding significantly. They increase these materials' performance, robustness, and visual appeal by improving the dispersion of pigments and solid particles.

Market Drivers

  • Increasing demand from the Paints and Coatings Industry

Dispersing agents were used to wet, disperse, and strengthen the solid pigments in the binder solution, as well as to prevent flocculation. These agents are expected to grow quickly throughout the forecast period and are widely used in the paint and coatings industry. Globally, rising construction activity investments are driving the paint and coatings market. Paints, coatings, and other resins are used in the construction industry for both interior and external applications.

  • Increasing Investment in Oil and Gas Production Activities

In oilfield applications, the dispersant is utilized as a drilling chemical. Drilling chemical dispersants increases the flow of sticky oil and causes it to break down into smaller particles when sprayed on the surface. Dispersants also lessen the capacity of the ocean's surface to absorb oil. Therefore, it is predicted that as oil and gas production investment increases, so will the need for dispersants. Investments in conventional oil and gas production and oil sands operations are predicted to increase from US$19 billion (C$24 billion) in 2020 to US$21 billion (C$27 billion) in 2021, according to The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP). Furthermore, in 2021, oil and gas companies invested C$27.3 billion. Therefore, it is anticipated that all of these factors will propel the dispersants market's expansion.

  • Increasing demand for Water-borne dispersing agents

The increasing need for eco-friendly and sustainable products in a variety of industries, such as paints, coatings, and inks, is the reason for this. Water-borne dispersing agents support the creation of environmentally friendly formulations, which is in line with this requirement. These are polymeric substances or surfactants that interact with water molecules because of their hydrophilic qualities. They have functional groups that can adsorb onto the surface of the particles, lowering the tension that exists between the particles and the liquid medium. As a result, the particles are spread out more readily and are kept from settling or agglomerating.

  • Rising use of solvent-based technology

Solvent-based technology results in increased pigmentation in the mill-base formulation. The dispersant strength for flexible and durable coatings is provided by this technology. Dispersing additives, which are frequently based on low molecular weight, can take the place of alkyl phenol ethoxylate-based surfactants (APEO), which are frequently used to create pigment concentrates in architectural paints. Consequently, the use of solvent-based technology in dispersing agents is widespread which is increasing the dispersing agents market share during the forecast period.

  • High demand in the construction activities

To lower the amount of water needed in concrete admixtures, dispersing agents are frequently used in construction applications. They also increase the amount of cement used and disperse it when water is added to concrete. The two lignosulfonates that are most frequently used in concrete admixtures are calcium and sodium. Growing construction activity worldwide greatly supports the need for concrete admixtures. For example, the US budget for 2020 called for spending $200 billion on infrastructure development. The announcement of 100% foreign direct investment (FDI) for townships and settlement projects is anticipated to boost demand for dispersing agents during the forecast period in emerging economies.

  • Rising demand for polymeric dispersing agents

The remarkable attributes of polymeric dispersing agents, including their high dispersing efficiency, longevity, and ease of handling, have contributed to their increased popularity in recent times. They are frequently used in the paint and coatings sector to maintain stability and stop particle agglomeration, which can lead to subpar product quality. The growing demand for high-performance coatings with better adhesion, greater durability, and resistance to weathering and chemical attacks is driving the polymeric dispersion agent market growth. Moreover, the biotech and pharmaceutical industries employ polymeric dispersion agents for a variety of purposes. They are used in drug formulations to improve the solubility and bioavailability of poorly soluble medications.

Asia Pacific is projected to grow at a high rate during the forecast period

Throughout the forecast period, the Asia-Pacific region is anticipated to grow considerably in the dispersing agents market. The market is anticipated to be driven by the rise in demand for paints and coatings in the building and construction industries. Dispersing agents are used in a variety of concrete mixtures used in the construction industry, including self-compacting, underwater, and ready-mixed concrete. Their workability, compressive strength, and durability are all enhanced. Throughout the forecast period, the dispersing agents market may be driven by the country's expanding construction activities, which are also driving the demand for paints and coatings.

Market key launches

  • In June 2022, the premier supplier of speciality chemicals worldwide, Clariant, introduced the world's first universal polymeric dispersing agent for premium pigment preparations suitable for all kinds of water-based paint systems, incorporating both inorganic and organic pigments. Additionally, solvent-borne base paint systems may work with waterborne pigment preparations that contain Dispersogen Flex 100. The new, all-purpose product, Dispersogen Flex 100, is label-free, low VOC, and bears Clariant's EcoTain label. It provides pigment paste and paint manufacturers who also produce pigment pastes an inventive, multifunctional, and simple-to-use additive.
  • In March 2021, UNIQ®SPERSE P-141, a wetting and dispersing additive for filled unsaturated polyesters, was introduced by Uniqchem. Specifically designed for mineral-filled, amine-pre-accelerated polyester putty compounds, UNIQ®SPERSE P-141 is a monofunctional, deflocculating wetting and dispersing additive that works well with epoxy, acrylic, and polyurethane resins. To achieve a higher filler content, it decreases viscosity and accelerates the wetting and dispersing of fillers during dispersion. All filled PUR systems can use it.


  • By Formation Type
    • Waterborne
    • Oil-Borne
    • Solvent-Borne
    • Others
  • By Structure
    • Anionic
    • Non-ionic
    • Hydrophobic
    • Hydrophilic
    • Cationic
    • Amphoteric
  • By End-User
    • Construction
    • Paints & Coatings
    • Pulp & Paper
    • Detergents
    • Oil & Gas
    • Agriculture
    • Pharmaceuticals
    • Others
  • By Geography
    • North America
      • United States
      • Canada
      • Mexico
    • South America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Others
    • Europe
      • Germany
      • France
      • United Kingdom
      • Spain
      • Others
    • Middle East and Africa
      • Saudi Arabia
      • UAE
      • Israel
      • Others
    • Asia Pacific
      • China
      • Japan
      • India
      • South Korea
      • Indonesia
      • Taiwan
      • Others


1.1. Market Overview

1.2. Market Definition

1.3. Scope of the Study

1.4. Market Segmentation

1.5. Currency

1.6. Assumptions

1.7. Base, and Forecast Years Timeline


2.1. Research Design

2.2. Research Data

2.3. Validation


3.1. Key Findings


4.1. Market Drivers

4.2. Market Restraints

4.3. Porter’s Five Force Analysis

4.3.1. Bargaining Power of Suppliers

4.3.2. Bargaining Power of Buyers

4.3.3. Threat of New Entrants

4.3.4. Threat of Substitutes

4.3.5. Competitive Rivalry in the Industry

4.4. Industry Value Chain Analysis


5.1. Introduction

5.2. Waterborne

5.3. Oil-Borne

5.4. Solvent-Borne

5.5. Others


6.1. Introduction

6.2. Anionic

6.3. Non-ionic

6.4. Hydrophobic

6.5. Hydrophilic

6.6. Cationic

6.7. Amphoteric


7.1. Introduction

7.2. Construction

7.3. Paints & Coatings

7.4. Pulp & Paper

7.5. Detergents

7.6. Oil & Gas

7.7. Agriculture

7.8. Pharmaceuticals

7.9. Others


8.1. Introduction 

8.2. North America

8.2.1. USA

8.2.2. Canada

8.2.3. Mexico

8.3. South America

8.3.1. Brazil

8.3.2. Argentina

8.3.3. Others

8.4. Europe

8.4.1. Germany

8.4.2. France

8.4.3. United Kingdom

8.4.4. Spain

8.4.5. Others

8.5. Middle East And Africa

8.5.1. Saudi Arabia

8.5.2. UAE

8.5.3. Israel

8.5.4. Others

8.6. Asia Pacific

8.6.1. China

8.6.2. Japan

8.6.3. India

8.6.4. South Korea

8.6.5. Indonesia

8.6.6. Taiwan

8.6.7. Others


9.1. Major Players and Strategy Analysis

9.2. Market Share Analysis

9.3. Mergers, Acquisition, Agreements, and Collaborations

9.4. Vendor Competitiveness Matrix


10.1. BASF SE

10.2. Arkema

10.3. Kemira

10.4. Solvay S.A.

10.5. Altana AG

10.6. Dow

10.7. Evonik Industries AG

10.8. Clariant

10.9. Uniqchem

10.10. Rudolf GmbH

10.11. The Lubrizol Corporation

10.12. Italmatch CSP

10.13. Nouryon




Solvay S.A.

Altana AG


Evonik Industries AG



Rudolf GmbH

The Lubrizol Corporation

Italmatch CSP