North America Continues to Dominate Microspheres Market


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The global microspheres market is expected to reach $5.52 billion by 2020, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.5%, according to a recent report from Technavio. North America is the biggest market for microspheres, as the materials offer better process control and enhance the efficiency of operations. The U.S. is the top consumer of all types of microspheres products in North America. Though the market in North America is significant, it is still growing at a good pace because of the increase in demand of current and emerging applications such as construction composites, biotechnology, and medicine.

“North America accounts for about 43% of the global microspheres market,” said Chandrakumar Badala Jaganathan, lead analyst. “Construction composites hold the majority of the share in the North American microspheres market while the medical technology markets have been experiencing maximum growth.”

Europe accounted for about 29% of the global microspheres market in 2015. The microspheres market in Europe generated revenues of $970 million in 2015 and will likely reach $1.58 billion by 2020. 

The major applications of microspheres in Europe are in the manufacturing and medical industry. Germany is the leading country for microsphere consumption in Europe. The microspheres market in Russia is anticipated to experience high growth during the forecast period. 

The microspheres market is experiencing a boom, especially in India and other emerging economies in the Asia-Pacific market, due to massive spending on infrastructure and the flourishing manufacturing industry. The high demand is primarily for the development and modernization of infrastructure and in existing and emerging applications in the construction sectors. Technavio expects the demand from manufacturing and medical industries for microspheres in the emerging economies in Asia-Pacific to bode well for the market. Australia, China and India are the major revenue contributors to the market in APAC. 

The microspheres market is in its infancy stage in Central and South America. This region is experiencing high growth due to increased infrastructure spending and low base effect. Central and South America offer significant prospects for manufacturers establishing their manufacturing bases and sales offices because of the regions’ flourishing oil and gas industries. 

“Construction composites hold the majority of the share in the microspheres market in Africa, Central and South America, and the Middle East, while the medical technology markets have been experiencing maximum growth,” said Jaganathan. 

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Ali Hite Solves Leveling Issue, Wins BYK Award


We are ecstatic to announce that Ali Hite has won the BYK Innovative Applications Award for her synergy of CLAYTONE AF, LAPONITE RD and BYK-378 in a tire shine formulation. This is the second BYK award win in a row for Palmer Holland as Greg Liedtke won the previous summer.

A customer of Ali’s uses the Claytone AF and Laponite RD in their tire shine formulations. Ali introduced BYK 378 as the customer is working to reduce surface tension in a high molecular weight, polyalkylene glycol-based coating for application on tires.

Her customer evaluated this material in their system and confirmed it does help solve the leveling issues that are occurring.  The sample has been approved, the BYK-878 is now being used in conjunction with the organoclay products in the tire shine system.

Congratulations on your award, Ali!


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3M provides effective alternative to C8 fluorosurfactants facing EPA restriction.



The Environmental Protection Agency is taking steps that will lead to the restriction and possible phase-out of long-chain perfluoroalkyl carboxylate (LCPFAC) substances by Dec. 31, 2015.

However, manufacturers won’t be left without an effective industrial surfactant for wetting and leveling because 3M anticipated the EPA action years ago. “We voluntarily phased out C8 fluorosurfactants in May 2000,” says Judith Dow-Grant, Marketing Operations Manager for 3M Advanced Materials Division. “We developed a family of C4 products with a better environmental profile.”

Actions to come
At the very least, the EPA-proposed action will make it very difficult to continue to use C8 fluorosurfactants in the manufacturing process. Users would have to notify the EPA at least 90 days prior to manufacturing, processing or importing the chemical to give the agency time to determine whether the new use presents unreasonable risks to human health or the environment.

Most industry observers feel that the EPA will ultimately go steps farther and fully restrict all use of LCPFACs as of the end of 2015. But because of the foresight of 3M, affected manufacturers won’t have to scramble to find replacement products.

A seamless transition
The 3M C4-based fluorosurfactants aren’t affected by the proposed changes.

The changeover must be initiated as soon as possible, and 3M will make the process as easy and convenient as possible, says Dow-Grant. “With the changes that are coming by the end of the year, the timing is critical to request samples and begin to test and qualify customer products without supply interruption,” she says. “We can lead you through the process and make the transition smooth and easy.”

In addition to providing an effective alternative to C8 long-chain technology, the 3M product family stands up against not-in-kind surfactants. “Although the not-in-kind products sometimes cost less, the cost-in-use of the 3M surfactants is often lower because so much less of the product is required to deliver desired performance,” says Dow-Grant.

The 3M Fluorosurfactant product line is designed for use in solvent-borne and waterborne industrial paints and coatings, including low-VOC formulations. Other 3M advantages are the company’s 15 years’ experience with making C4 replacement products, its fluorosurfactant industry leadership, its global reach, its technical service and the product support it offers.

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Palmer Holland represents the 3M line of fluorosurfactants, available in the Northeast, Central, Midwest and Southeast regions of the country. For samples or to find out more about the 3M fluorosurfactants and how to make your changeover seamless without interrupting your supply, contact John Outcalt, Business Manager for Palmer Holland, at 3M is a trademark of 3M Company.