Decline in Demand and Investments in Coatings Affects Business during COVID-19 Era

Alkoxide bases have become customary in agrochemical, pharmaceutical, and coatings applications. However, end users in the paints & coatings industry are fighting against the COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis. Factory closures and suspensions have caused a slowdown in the coatings industry, which is dependent on the alkoxide market. Ongoing projects and plans have been disrupted due to lockdown measures. Analysts at the Transparency Market Research (TMR) opine that automotive, being one of the key sector for coatings application, is expected to improve vehicle sales in the first quarter of 2021.

The COVID-19 outbreak has led to disruptions in supply chains pertaining to the alkoxide market. The automotive industry is witnessing a huge drop in demand and investments. In order to keep economies running, alkoxide manufacturers are diversifying their supply chains in regions where governments are relaxing trade restrictions.

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Innovations in Adhesives Benefit Customers Executing Challenging Construction Applications

The construction industry is dominated by various drivers including reducing energy consumption and rapid urbanization. In order to fulfill these demanding applications, manufacturers in the alkoxide market are increasing their production capabilities in sealants and adhesives used routinely in sanitary and construction purposes. For instance, Evonik— a German specialty chemicals company is using alkoxides to manufacture sealants and adhesives, where the former works as catalyst for the synthesis of products.

Smart adhesives are being extensively used to make building and construction applications more safe, reliable, and efficient amidst dynamic environmental challenges. Such innovative products are bolstering the growth of the alkoxide market, which is estimated to surpass the valuation of US$ 3.9 Bn by the end of 2030.

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Appropriation of Benefits in Agrochemicals Help Manufacturers Scale New Products

The ever-expanding agrochemical industry is creating stable business avenues for companies in the alkoxide market. Agriculture holds prime importance in the socio-economic fabric of India, and accounts for a significant percentage of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). However, the agriculture industry in India is challenged with low crop yields, owing to low quality seeds, crop protection measures, and degrading soil quality. Hence, manufacturers in the alkoxide market should increase their R&D to develop improved agrochemical formulations in order to boost the GDP of India.

Apart from improved agrochemical formulations, manufacturers need to overcome regulatory hurdles associated with registering new products. Patenting authorities typically take longer than expected to register new products, and this period of exclusivity can be used to appropriate the benefits of agrochemicals.

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Alkoxides Aid in Production of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients Used by U.S. Manufacturers

The alkoxide market is slated to clock a CAGR of ~6% during the forecast period, as manufacturers are entering into strategic distribution agreements to tap into incremental opportunities in the U.S. nutritional and pharmaceuticals segments. They are able to expand their sales and marketing coverage into the preclinical and early phase development processes. As such, alkoxides are being used to produce specialty raw materials, reagents, and ingredients that benefit end users in North America nutritional and pharmaceuticals segments.

High quality alkoxides are being employed to innovate in nutraceutical chemistries. Hence, manufacturers in the alkoxide market are increasing their production capacities to expand their life sciences portfolio. Alkoxides are gaining popularity as active pharmaceutical ingredients. The high prevalence of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases in individuals is acting as a key driver of the market.

Alkoxide Market: Overview

  • An alkoxide is a popular reactant in preparation of wet gels, which can be utilized to form a variety of nonmetallic and metal compounds. Alkoxides are sensitive toward moisture. They decompose in the presence of traces of water in solvents or atmosphere. Alkoxide exhibits strong polar character. The characteristic of alkoxide is highly dependent on the metal and alcohol used in its manufacture. Physicochemical characteristics of alkoxide and its molecular complexity decide its properties.
  • Alkoxide possesses many properties. For instance, it has the ability to decompose without melting on heating. Furthermore, it is non-volatile, insoluble in organic solvents, and can react with chemicals. These make it suitable for usage in a wide range of applications. Common applications of alkoxide include agrochemicals, building & construction, electronic & electrical, personal care, pharmaceuticals, surfactants, hardeners, and others.
  • Alkoxide is used as reagent and catalyst in applications, including manufacture of pharmaceutical and agrochemicals. Increase in public and private investments in the healthcare sector is expected to drive the demand for pharmaceuticals in the near future. Governments of developing countries are also launching schemes to promote the consumption of pharmaceutical products. Furthermore, rise in FDI inflow in developing countries such as India is expected to drive the demand for medicines in the near future.
  • Alkoxide is used in blending of active ingredients at the time of chemical reactions, including reduction, oxidation, condensation, and alkoxylation in pharmaceuticals. In agrochemicals, alkoxide serves as a strong base in the synthesis of agrochemical ingredients. Additionally, alkali metal alkoxide is used as a catalyst in transesterification and amidation reactions. Sodium methoxide, a potential alkoxide, is primarily used in the production of Vitamin A1, Vitamin B1, sulfadoxine, sulfadiazine, trimethoprim, etc. This is estimated to boost the production and consumption of pharmaceutical products in the near future. In turn, this is projected to drive the demand for alkoxide over the next few years.