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Smart Coatings Markets 2016-2025

n-tech Research has published a compendium report on the smart coatings business since 2011.   And while we have issued more focused studies on more specific coatings and applications this study provides a unique collection of market analysis and forecasting that provides companies a single source of comprehensive smart coatings data.
Our 2016 study will continue its evolution by focusing on where we see significant applications for coatings (vs surfaces and applied films) across targeting industry sectors.  The forecasts will be even more granular than in past years. 
We see smart coatings as a key opportunity for coatings companies looking to find new growth opportunities in current and new markets.  This report will provide an invaluable resource to companies who supply base materials and additives, coatings and paints, manufacturers within the supply chain and the end users themselves.
Fully-focused on coatings:  Electrochromic coatings, hydrophilic coatings, hydrophobic and omniphobic coatings, microencapsulation and vascular self-healing coatings, multifunctional coatings, other self-dimming and color shifting coatings, photovoltaic coatings, piezoelectric and piezo-magnetic, self-healing polymers polymer foams and hydrogels, smart anti-corrosion/anti-fouling,  smart antimicrobial and antifungals
Industries covered: Aerospace, Automotive, Construction, Consumer Products, Energy, Marine, Medical & Healthcare. Military
Manufacturing emphasis:  The report will give special emphasis to novel coating technologies (how the coating is put on the substrate) and formulation/synthesis (how the coating is actually made) approaches for coatings and especially how these can be scaled up to volume production.
High-level of granularity in forecasts in lengthy report:  We anticipate that this report will be 250 pages plus, with heavy emphasis on detailed forecasts constructed from end user demand, industry and market specific factors. 
  • 3M
  • AK Coatings
  • AkzoNobel
  • AnCatt
  • Arkema
  • ATFI
  • Autonomic Materials
  • Axalta
  • BASF
  • Cardinal Glass
  • Clariant
  • Corning
  • Covestro
  • Devan
  • Dow Chemical
  • Dow Corning
  • Drywired
  • DSM Coatings
  • DSM Biomedical
  • DuPont
  • Evonik
  • Hempel
  • INI Worldwide (Industrial Nanotech)
  • IoLiTec
  • Kimberly-Clark
  • Life Material Technology
  • Lonza Industrial Solutions
  • Lubrizol
  • Microban
  • NanoTex
  • NEI Corporation
  • nGimat
  • Nolla
  • NSG/Pilkington
  • Parx Plastics
  • P2i
  • PPG
  • PPG Architectural Coatings
  • Reactive Surfaces
  • Saint-Gobain
  • Schoeller Tech
  • Sciessent
  • Sensor Coatings Systems
  • Sherwin-Williams
  • SLIPS Technologies
  • Specialty Coating Systems
  • Tesla Nanocoatings
  • Valspar
  • Vestagen
  • Yangfeng Interiors (formerly Johnson Controls) 
Executive Summary
E.1 Changes since n-tech’s 2015 report on smart coatings
E.2 Emerging opportunities by type of smart coating
E.2.1 Self-healing coatings
E.2.3 Self-cleaning and anti-corrosion coatings
E.2.4 Self-dimming and color-shifting coatings
E.2.5 Smart antimicrobial and antifungal coatings
E.2.6 Photovoltaic coatings
E.2.7 Piezoelectric coatings
E.2.8 Aerogels
E.3 Manufacturing:  Opportunities and challenges
E.3.1 Formulation and synthesis of smart coatings
E.3.2 Novel coatings technologies for smart coatings
E.4 Changes in the smart coatings supply chain
E.5 A note on military markets
E.6 Sources of funding for smart coatings startups
E.7 Forecasting methodology and summary of ten-year forecasts for smart coatings markets
E.7.1 Sources of data
E.7.2 Economic assumptions
E.7.3 Alternative Scenarios
E.7.4 Summary of ten-year forecasts of smart coatings market by end-user sector
E.7.5 Summary of ten-year forecast of smart coatings by end-user sector
Chapter One: Introduction
1.1 Background to the report
1.2 Objectives and scope of this report
1.3 Methodology of this report
1.4 Plan of this report
Chapter Two: Smart Coatings:  Materials, Products and Technologies
2.1 Self-healing coatings
2.1.1 Reversible polymers
2.1.2 Polymer foams
2.1.3 Role of hydrogels and shape memory polymers
2.1.4 Microencapsulated and vascular-embedded coatings
2.2 Self-cleaning, smart anti-corrosion and smart anti-fouling coatings
2.2.1 Hydrophilic coatings
2.2.2 Hydrophobic, oleophobic and omniphobic coatings
2.2.3 Novel catalysts for self-cleaning coatings
2.2.4 Electrostatic coatings for self-cleaning
2.2.5 Smart anti-corrosion and wear-resistant coatings
2.2.5 Smart anti-fouling coatings
2.3 Smart antimicrobials and antifungals
2.3.1 Smart Silver as an antimicrobial
2.3.2 Hydrogels as a smart antimicrobial coating
2.3.4 Other materials as smart antimicrobial coatings
2.3.5 Making smart antimicrobials smarter
2.4 Self-dimming and color-shifting coatings
2.4.1 Electrochromic coatings
2.4.2 Other self-dimming coatings
2.4.3 Color-shifting paints and inks
2.5 Photovoltaic coatings
2.6 Piezoelectric and piezomagnetic coatings
2.7 The trend towards multifunctional coatings
2.8 Environmental issues
2.9 Key points from this chapter
Chapter Three: Smart Coatings:  Formulations, Synthesis and Coating Technologies
3.1 Current trends in formulation and synthesis of smart coatings
3.2 Coating technology trends:  Implications for smart coatings
3.3 Growing role of nanotechnology in the smart coatings business
3.3.1 Use of nano-patterning in smart coatings
3.3.2 Smart nanocoatings
3.4 Printed smart inks?
3.5 Self-assembly and self-stratification as a way to reduce manufacturing costs
3.5.1 Self-assembled monolayers
3.6 Scaling up novel coating technologies to high volumes
3.7 Key points from this chapter
Chapter Four:  Markets for Smart Coatings in the Aerospace Industry
4.1 Key drivers for smart coatings in the aerospace industry:  Implications for smart coatings
4.1.1 Increased military budgets
4.1.2 Fuel prices and light-weighting:  Balancing each other
4.1.3 Competition in the airline industry
4.1.4 Rise of the UAVs
4.2 Smart windows coatings for the aerospace industry
4.3 Smart-anticorrosion coatings for the aerospace industry
4.4 Smart coatings for aircraft interiors
4.5 Smart coatings from leading aircraft manufacturers
4.6 Ten-year forecasts of smart coatings use by type of coatings
4.6.1 Civil aviation
4.6.2 Military aircraft and helicopters
4.6.3 Space vehicles and UAVs
4.6.4 Forecast by world region
4.6.5 Summary of forecasts
4.7 Key points from this chapter
Chapter Five:  Markets for Smart Coatings in Marine Applications
5.1  Smart anti-fouling coatings
5.1.1 The downside of copper
5.1.2 Smart coating alternatives to copper for anti-fouling applications
5.2 Other potential applications for smart coatings in marine markets
5.2.1 Interior surfaces
5.3 Ten-year forecasts of smart coatings use by type of coatings
5.3.1 Large ships
5.3.2 Small craft
5.3.3 Naval vessels
5.3.4 Forecast by world region
5.3.5 Summary of forecasts
5.4 Key points from this chapter
Chapter Six:   Markets for Smart Coatings in the Automotive Industry
6.1 Key drivers for smart coatings in the automotive industry:  Implications for smart coatings
6.1.1 Fuel prices and light-weighting
6.1.2 More glass
6.1.3 Driverless cars
6.1.4 Design competition in the automotive industry
6.2 Coatings for smart windows and mirrors
6.2.1 SPD
6.2.2 Alternatives to SPD in the automotive space
6.2.3 Electrochromic mirrors
6.3 Coatings for self-healing auto glass
6.4 Exterior paints and coatings
6.4.1 From scratch-resistant coatings to self-healing body coatings
6.4.2 From polish to self-cleaning coatings
6.5 Smart anti-corrosion coatings for car exteriors and engines
6.5.1 Car bodies and underseals
6.5.2 Braking and suspension systems
6.5.3 Smart coatings as lubricants
6.6 Smart coatings for car and truck interiors
6.7 Current smart coatings projects by leading car and truck makers
6.8 Ten-year forecasts of smart coatings use by type of coatings
6.8.1 Luxury vehicles
6.8.2 Family vehicles
6.8.3 Trucks, buses and military vehicles
6.8.4 Forecast by world region
6.8.5 Summary of forecasts
6.9 Smart coatings in the automotive aftermarket
6.10 Key points from this chapter
Chapter Seven:   Markets for Smart Coatings in the Construction Industry
7.1 Key drivers for smart coatings in the construction industry:  Implications for smart coatings
7.1.1 Green building and LEED design
7.1.2 Energy efficiency
7.1.3 Demographics
7.2 Self-cleaning coatings for the construction industry
7.2.1 The future of coatings for self-cleaning window glass
7.2.2 Self-cleaning exterior building paints and coatings
7.2.3 Potential for self-cleaning interior wall and floor coatings
7.3 Markets and products for self-healing building coatings
7.3.1 Interior
7.3.2 Exterior
7.4 Coatings for smart windows
7.4.1 Electrochromic coatings
7.4.2 Alternatives to electrochromic coatings for smart windows
7.5  Color-shifting paints: What type of buildings need them?
7.6 Protecting building surfaces with smart antimicrobials
7.7 Smart coatings for BIPV
7.8 Ten-year forecasts of smart coatings use by type of coatings
7.8.1 Prestige buildings
7.8.2 Commercial and industrial buildings
7.8.3 Residential buildings
7.8.4 Forecast by world region
7.8.5 Summary of forecasts
7.9 Smart coatings in the building materials supply chain
7.10 Key points from this chapter
Chapter Eight: Smart Coatings in Consumer Product Markets
8.1 Key drivers for smart coatings in the construction industry:  Implications for smart coatings
8.1.1 Trend towards smart devices and wearables
8.1.2 Fashion and consumer product design trends
8.1.2 Demographics
8.2. Price/performance trade offs for smart coatings in the consumer sector
8.3 Self-cleaning and antimicrobial coatings for consumer products
8.3.1 Consumer electronics and appliances
8.3.2 Furniture
8.3.3 Consumer electronics
8.3.4 Textiles, clothing and carpets
8.4  Smart antimicrobials for consumer products
8.4.1 Consumer electronics and appliances
8.4.2 Furniture
8.4.3 Textiles and clothing
8.4.4 Textiles and clothing
8.5 Self-healing coatings as an alternative to anti-scratch coatings in consumer products
8.5.1 Consumer electronics and appliances
8.5.2 Furniture and self-healing wood
8.6 Special considerations for clothing and textiles
8.6.1 Preserving color and smart color shifting coatings
8.6.2 Breathability
8.7 Smart consumer glass coatings
8.7.1 Self-cleaning display screens
8.7.2 Smart coatings for mirrors
8.8 Ten-year forecasts of smart coatings use by type of coatings
8.8.1 Furniture
8.8.2 Commercial and industrial buildings
8.8.3 Residential buildings
8.8.4 Forecast by world region
8.8.5 Summary of forecasts
8.9 Smart coatings as a retail product
8.10 Key points from this chapter
Chapter Nine:   Markets for Smart Coatings in Medical and Healthcare Markets
9.1 Drivers for smart coatings in medical/healthcare markets:  Implications for smart coatings
9.1.1 Strain-resistant microbes
9.1.2 Hospital acquired infections
9.1.3 Demographics: Aging populations
9.1.4 Short hospital stays and bringing medicine closer to the patient
9.1.5 New payment and insurance arrangements
9.2 The business case for smart antimicrobials         
9.3 Materials platforms for smart antimicrobials
9.3.1 Silver Nanoparticles       
9.3.2 Peptides
9.3.3 Hydrogels for bioactive coatings           
9.3.4 Smart polymers and smart antimicrobials together at last 
9.3.5  Nanotechnology and antimicrobials
9.3.6 Other selective antimicrobials and smart anti-inflammatories
9.4 Self-cleaning antimicrobials         
9.4.1  Antimicrobials and super-hydrophobic materials  
9.5 Smart coatings for drug delivery
9.6  Smart coatings and biocompatibility  
9.7 Ten-year forecasts of smart coatings use by type of coatings
9.7.1 Implants
9.7.2 Surgical instruments
9.7.3 Surfaces in healthcare facilities
9.7.4 Medical uniforms and medical monitoring clothing
9.7.5 Forecast by world region
9.7.6 Summary of forecasts
9.8 Key points from this chapter        
Chapter Ten:   Markets for Smart Coatings in Energy-Related Markets
10. 1 Key drivers for smart coatings in energy-related markets: Implications for smart coatings
10.1.1 Energy price trends and energy efficiency
10.1.2 Shift to alternative energy sources
10.2 Photovoltaics
10.2.1 Photovoltaic coatings
10.2.2 Self-cleaning coatings for solar panels
10.2.3 Smarter anti-reflective coatings for solar panels
10.3 Fuel cells, batteries and smart coatings
10.4 Smart coatings for wind and gas turbines
10.5 Smart coatings for oil slick removal
10.6 Ten-year forecasts of smart coatings use by type of coatings
10.6.1 Oil industry
10.6.2 Traditional electricity generation
10.6.3 Wind generation
10.6.4 Photovoltaics
10.6.5 Fuel cells and batteries
10.6.6 Forecast by world region
10.6.7 Summary of forecasts
10.7 Key points from this chapter        
Chapter Eleven:   Other Military Markets for Smart Coatings
11.1 The military’s role in funding smart coatings
11.2 Military applications covered in previous chapters
11.3 Smart coatings for camouflage
11.4 Smart coatings for the detection of toxic substances
11.5 Smart coatings for military uniforms
11.6 Ten-year forecasts of smart coatings use by type of coatings
11.6.1 Camouflage
11.6.2 Toxin detection
11.6.3 Military uniforms
11.6.4 Forecast by world region
11.6.5 Summary of forecasts
11.7 Key points from this chapter        
Acronyms and abbreviations used in this report
About the author 

n-tech Announces Webinar Presentation for Smart Coatings Markets 2016-2025

n-tech will be hosting a webinar presentation on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 10:00 AM EDT to present findings from the firm's recently issued report on smart coatings.  

This webinar presents findings from n-tech Research's latest smart coatings report. During the presentation, n-tech Research's principal analyst, Lawrence Gasman, will share market and technology trends, top level forecasts and discuss where the next wave of opportunities will be found. 

The event will consist of a 30 minute presentation and up to 15 minutes of Q&A. 

We hope you will join us.

Register Here:

posted Jul 13, 2016

n-tech Projects Smart Coatings Market Will Grow to $8.1 billion by 2021

GLEN ALLEN, Virginia:  n-tech Research has announced the release of a new report titled, "Smart Coatings Markets 2016-2025," a report that continues the firm's coverage of the smart coatings market, which dates back to 2010.  The report shows that the smart coatings market will grow to just over $8.1 billion by 2021.  
Additional details about the report are available at:
About the Report:
This 250-page report analyzes the markets for smart coatings in key sectors of the economy including construction, energy, aerospace, automotive, marine medical and healthcare, consumer electronics, textiles and the military.  Coverage includes smart coatings with the functionality to self-heal, self-clean, de-ice, combat corrosion and marine fouling, reduce drag in transportation, enable smart (self-dimming) windows, combat resistant microbes and color shift, etc.  The report also explores the role of smart coatings in futuristic developments such as smart skins and structural health monitoring.
In addition, this report provides analysis of the latest developments in R&D in emerging areas such as microencapsulated and nano-vascular self-healing coatings, superhydrophobic and superhydrophilic coatings, and smart polymers.  n-tech believes that innovation in these areas will produce a slew of new start-ups and interest from venture capitalists.  This report also focuses on the latest developments in formulating and depositing smart polymers, especially the ability of manufacturing processes in this area to scale up.
The report also provides detailed eight-year forecasts in both volume (square meters) and value ($ millions) terms.  For each end-user sector the report includes separate forecasts for all the main classes of smart coatings. 
Also included are discussions of the product market strategies of the firms that are currently shaping the smart coatings market.  These include some of the biggest firms in the coatings and specialty chemicals space such as 3M, AkzoNobel, BASF, Dow, DSM, DuPont, other large multinationals such as Corning and GE and the latest startups.
From the Report:
The report suggests that smart coatings have reached a stage of technological maturity where they can replace traditional anti-corrosion, anti-icing, anti-fouling, and other industrial protective coatings.  These smart protective coatings will reach approximately $2 billion in sales by 2021, based on their ability reduce downtime and maintenance costs for vehicles,  marine vessels, buildings and large pieces of industrial machinery
n-tech also sees a new opportunity opening up for smart coatings in the consumer sector, where sales of these coatings to consumer electronics, furniture, textiles, etc., will be worth around $1 billion by 2021.  Low-end self-cleaning and self-healing sprays have been available to the consumer market for many years.  But durable smart consumer coatings are now reaching price points that will make them attractive to high-income consumer markets with strong use cases that can compete with anti-scratch coatings and other polishes.
Despite these advances, n-tech believes that commercialization of some of the  manufacturing and formulation of smart coatings still have a way to go, especially in terms of scalability.  Some inherently smart manufacturing technologies such as self-assembly, layer-by-layer have high potential for creating smart coatings, but the details are sill being worked out.  In addition, n-tech sees the smart coatings business finding new commercial directions through the use of the latest nanomaterials and notes that developing smart coatings has become one focus for firms developing applications for carbon nanotubes and graphene.
About n-tech:
n-tech Research is the rebrand of NanoMarkets.  Our firm is a recognized leader in industry analysis and forecasts in advanced materials and novel energy sources. Visit for a full listing of the firm's reports and other services.
Robert Nolan
n-tech Research
(804) 938-0030

posted Jun 27, 2016

n-tech Research Releases Free Paper, “Smart Coatings in Aerospace Markets”

Glen Allen, VA:  Industry analyst firm n-tech Research today announced that it will be releasing its annual survey of the smart coatings market in late June of 2016. The report titled, “Smart Coatings Markets 2016-2025” provides a unique collection of market analysis and forecasting that provides companies a single source of comprehensive smart coatings data. Details of the report are available at:   The firm is offering pre-publication pricing on the report through June 24, 2016.  
In advance of the report the firm has released a preview of the report titled, “ Smart Coatings in Aerospace Markets” that examines the market trends opportunities for smart coatings within the aerospace sector.  Persons interested in receiving the paper may do so by requesting a copy via the n-tech Research website at
From the paper: 
Aerospace coatings represent a well-defined segment of the coatings industry as a whole and one that is open to new types of coatings and coating processes and has embraced nanocoatings throughout the aerospace industry.  Plasma spray and 3D printing are also in use on critical parts in aircraft engines and other components. As n-tech sees it, there are no barriers to entry for smart coatings suppliers in aerospace markets based on a perceived need in the industry to adhere to traditional materials. 
But the real question for firms making smart coatings is, can these coatings be sold as enabling important advantages along the dimensions of (1) safety (2) comfort (3) fuel economy (4) other operational efficiencies. As n-tech sees it, these are four established areas where aircraft manufacturers—if convinced that their use of specialist coatings can lead to demonstrable cost or performance improvements—will quickly make commitments to new coatings.  
About the report:
In its report, “Smart Coatings Markets 2016-2025”, n-tech identifies the emerging market opportunities for smart coatings across a wide range of applications in consumer products, medicine and healthcare, construction, automotive, marine, energy and military areas.  The report examines the use of a wide variety of materials with self-healing, anti-corrosion, anti-fouling, self-cleaning, self-monitoring, self-assembling and other smart functionalities.  Multifunctional coatings that combine two or more of these functionalities are also discussed.
Finally, we provide a roadmap and ten-year forecast (in volume and value terms) for smart coatings in each sector covered and, where possible, we provide breakouts by materials type.  In addition, the report also assesses the R&D and marketing strategies of the leading firms that are active in the commercialization of smart coatings.  In addition, the report also examines how smart surfaces will find their place in smart environments where they must compete with embedded sensors and smart coatings.
About n-tech:
n-tech Research is the rebrand of NanoMarkets.  Our firm is a recognized leader in industry analysis and forecasts in smart coatings and materials markets.  Visit for a full listing of the firm's reports and other services.
Robert Nolan
n-tech Research
(804) 938-0030

posted Jun 16, 2016

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