Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) is an inert, nonflammable and nontoxic silicon based organic polymer. Generally it is referred as dimethicone. Polydimethylsiloxane is optically clear and viscous substance. The properties such as water repellency, low surface tension, low vapor pressure, oxidation resistance, anti-foaming, heat, resistance, heat stability, good dielectric properties and others makes PDMS a very useful substance in various industrial applications. These diverse set of properties of Polydimethylsiloxane are used in medicines, cosmetics, hydraulic fluids, surfactants, anti-foaming agents, coating, domestic products and others.
The chemical and physical properties of PDMS are highly utilized in various application sectors such as cosmetics and medicines. The growing cosmetic sector which is forecasted to be of U.S. $ 265 Bn. by 2017 is a major contributor to the demand ofpolydimethylsiloxane. Industrial growth of developing economies is expected to raise the demand for PDMS for lubrication, hydraulic fluids, as well as for coating techniques.
On the other hand PDMS is a non-bio degradable material hence proper disposal techniques might yield to rise in cost composition.Polydimethylsiloxane is generally considered to be safe when applied on the surface or skin, but some researcher argue about the hazardous effect it might cause when taken into body. Hence it might affect the consumer mindset if not clarified or researched further
Global Polydimethylsiloxane Market Segmentation On the basis of types: Lower molecular weight polydimethylsiloxane, Higher molecular weight polydimethylsiloxane, Ultra High molecular weight polydimethylsiloxane; On the basis of application: Lubricants and Greases, Surfactants and Antifoaming agents, Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Industry, Food & Beverages industry, Other ( Contact lens ,Silly putty and others)
The main producer of polydimethylsiloxane are USA and China accounting to the major part of the total production by market. The other major producers are from Western Europe especially from Germany, U.K and France. The rapid industrialization in developing economies in Asia and Africa are forecasted to be beneficial to the global polydimethylsiloxane market. Europe is also showing positive demand because
Some of the major manufactures of PDMS are Dow Corning Corporation, Wacker Chemie AG, Bluestar Silicones, Hubei Xin Sihai Chemical Co., Momentive, Shin-Etsu Chemical Co. Alfa Aesar GmbH & Co. KG, Sigma Aldrich Corp., Jinan Haohua Industry Co. Ltd., TCI Tokyo Chemical Industry Co., Fisher Scientific International Inc.
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