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Market demand of aluminum pigment industry

May 15, 2021

Application of aluminum pigments in the field of coatings and market demand analysis

Coatings are currently the largest application area for aluminum pigments. The application of aluminum pigments in coatings can be divided into two categories according to the purpose: one is as decorative coatings, which mainly use the good light reflection performance and floppy characteristics of aluminum pigments, such as automotive coatings, powder coatings, etc., aluminum pigments in this category The application of the coating gives full play to the optical effect, which can improve the aesthetics and decorative effects of the product; the second is as a protective coating, mainly using the shielding effect formed by the flake aluminum powder structure of aluminum pigments, such as coil coatings, ships Compared with other flake metallic pigments, aluminum pigment coatings have the best protective effect.
 
Industrial protective coatings
 
Industrial protective coatings include marine coatings, anti-corrosion coatings and other general industrial coatings, mainly using the good physical shielding properties of aluminum pigments. The coating products produced have good acid and alkali corrosion resistance and excellent weather resistance. Industrial protective coatings are the most widely used coatings for aluminum pigments in China. Marine coatings and anti-corrosion coatings are the most important types of industrial protective coatings, which are widely used in many fields such as ships, containers, marine engineering, petrochemicals, railways, highways, bridges, and infrastructure. In recent years, the international shipping and shipbuilding market has continued to slump, the growth rate of industrial investment has slowed, the industry is in a cyclical trough, and the growth rate of industrial protective coatings has shown a downward trend. As an important measure to improve the life of industrial products, industrial protective coatings still have good development prospects in the long run.
 
Automotive coatings
 
In the field of automotive coatings, aluminum pigments are mainly used for automotive original paints (OEM coatings) and automotive refinishing paints, as well as automotive wheel spraying and automotive plastic parts coating. Aluminum pigments can give the car a unique optical effect and metallic sparkle, and the decorative effect is very beautiful. Automotive coatings are the most widely used coatings for aluminum pigments.
In recent years, my country's automobile manufacturing industry has developed rapidly. According to data from the National Bureau of Statistics, the number of civilian vehicles in my country has increased from 27.42 million in 2004 to 154.47 million in 2014, with an average annual compound growth rate of 18.87%. According to statistics from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, in 2014, my country's cumulative production and sales of automobiles reached 23,722,900 vehicles and 23,491,900 vehicles, representing a year-on-year increase of 7.26% and 6.86%, and continued to show a steady growth trend. Huge car ownership and car consumption have become an important force driving the consumption of automotive coatings and aluminum pigments.
The development of architectural coatings is closely related to the development of the real estate market. The development of the real estate market has played a very important role in promoting the growth of my country's national economy, and has maintained a rapid growth trend in recent years. According to the National Bureau of Statistics, my country's real estate development investment increased from RMB 2,528 billion in 2007 to RMB 9,503.6 billion in 2014, with a compound annual growth rate of 20.83%. The steady development of the real estate industry will drive the further growth of aluminum pigments for architectural coatings. At the same time, with the promotion and application of building energy-saving and environmentally friendly coatings, aluminum pigments will also face a larger market space.
 
Architectural Coatings
 
Architectural coatings have decorative functions, protection functions and habitability improvement functions. Compared with decoration materials such as stone and ceramic tiles, they have obvious advantages in energy consumption and cost. Therefore, in the field of interior and exterior wall decoration of buildings, the penetration rate of architectural coatings is gradually increasing. Aluminum pigments are generally used to decorate the exterior walls of buildings, which can improve the ability of the wall to resist the invasion and destruction of various factors in the natural world, and at the same time meet the functional requirements of heat preservation, heat insulation, sound insulation, waterproofing, and beautification. Architectural coatings are also the most widely used coatings for aluminum pigments.
The development of architectural coatings is closely related to the development of the real estate market. The development of the real estate market has played a very important role in promoting the growth of my country's national economy, and has maintained a rapid growth trend in recent years. According to the National Bureau of Statistics, my country's real estate development investment increased from RMB 2,528 billion in 2007 to RMB 9,503.6 billion in 2014, with a compound annual growth rate of 20.83%. The steady development of the real estate industry will drive the further growth of aluminum pigments for architectural coatings. At the same time, with the promotion and application of building energy-saving and environmentally friendly coatings, aluminum pigments will also face a larger market space.
 
Coil coating
 
Coil coating is a kind of coating product applied to pre-coated metal coil coating. It changes the traditional way of coating the metal sheet after forming and processing. Instead, the coil coating is pre-coated on the metal coil. Color coated steel plates are formed and then processed, which are widely used in building materials, home appliances and other fields. The application prospect of aluminum pigments in coil coatings is broad.
 
Color coated steel plates have good application prospects, and color plates for household appliances have become the development direction of the industry. In 2014, my country's home appliance industry entered the end of a series of national stimulus policies. The home appliance industry bid farewell to the policy bailout and returned to market regulation. The industry's growth began to slow down, and it is expected that future growth will slow down.
 
Powder coating
 
Aluminum pigments are also used to produce powder coatings, which are widely used in building materials, household appliances, industry, automobiles, metal furniture and other fields. Powder coatings have the technical characteristics of 99% utilization rate, no waste water, waste, and waste gas discharge, which have obvious advantages in environmental protection and energy saving, and have broad application prospects.
Powder coatings can be used in household appliances, building materials, general industry, furniture and other fields. Compared with solvent-based coatings, powder coatings have the advantage of low VOC emissions and are environmentally friendly coatings. With the improvement of national environmental protection laws and regulations, my country's powder coatings will usher in new development opportunities.

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