Smart Polymers Market Size Forecast to Reach $ 3.8 Billion by 2027

Smart Polymers Market Size Forecast to Reach $ 3.8 Billion by 2027
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Increased Demand for Advanced Packaging Materials Is Expected to Drive the Global Smart Polymers Market.

Smart Polymers Market Overview

Smart Polymers Market size is forecast to reach US$ 3.8 billion by 2027, after growing at a CAGR of 13% during 2022-2027. Smart polymers is also known as environment sensitive polymers or stimuli polymers as it responds to every slight change in environment. The strong and durable nature of smart polymers are promoting the market confidently. With development of smart biopolymers, increasing need for efficient drug delivery systems and increasing application of shape memory polymer in the textile industry has escalated the demand for smart polymers market. Additionally, the increasing usage of physical stimuli responsive, chemical stimuli responsive, and biological stimuli responsive in the smart polymers industry is estimated to drive the market growth. Polymers must be reinforced with nanomaterial in order to impart active or smart properties to polymeric packaging films. This, in turn, will increase the demand for smart polymers.

Impact of Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic positively impacted the growth of the smart polymers industry. The pandemic situation increased demand for biomedical devices and products such as ventilators and face masks to prevent corona virus transmission and treat affected patients. Furthermore, smart polymers are used in the manufacture of biomedical devices such as artificial teeth, artificial bones, pacemakers, hip and knee replacements, and dental implants because they are biocompatible and can help these medical devices achieve long-term service life. Also, these factors are expected to drive the growth of the smart polymers market in the forecast period.

Smart Polymers Market Segment Analysis – By Stimulus

Physical Stimuli Responsive is the fastest growing stimulus in the smart polymers market. Physical stimuli responsive include temperature, electric field, light, ultrasound, magnetic fields, and mechanical deformation. Temperature-responsive polymers have gained considerable interest in applications of biotechnology and bioengineering, because certain pathogens manifest temperature changes. Physical stimulus is also most widely used in applications such as textile and automotive. Also, electric physical stimulation is commonly used in experiments and applications such as actuators and sensors, due to their advantages of reliable monitoring through the current amplitude, the length of an electrical pulse or the pulse interval.

Smart Polymers Market Segment Analysis – By Type

Shape memory polymers held the largest share in the smart polymers market in 2021. Shape Memory Polymers is known as one of the smart material, due to its ability to restrain original position even after deformation position. Shape memory polymers have dual-shape capability; it changes its shape in a predefined way when exposed to stimulus. It can be found in various areas of everyday life such as in smart fabrics, packaging films and self-disassembling mobile phones. Extensive use of shape memory foams in robotics to provide grip and in buildings to seal window frames are leading to increase the smart polymers market.

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Smart Polymers Market Segment Analysis – By End-Use Industry

Bio-medical and Biotechnology held the largest share in the smart polymers market in 2021 and is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 14.2% from 2022-2027. The growing usage of smart polymers for the production of biocatalyst is anticipated to boost the market growth. Polymer attached to the enzyme changes its conformation to protect the enzyme from the external environment and regulate the enzyme activity, thus acting as a molecular switch in the presence of external stimuli. Due to this new behavior, smart biocatalysts can be easily separated from a reaction mixture and re-used multiple times. For industrial and biomedical applications several smart polymer-based biocatalysts have been developed. In addition, smart polymer has been used in biosensors, biometrics and nano-electronic devices. Rising growth of the biotechnology sector is estimated to drive the market growth. For instance, according to the India Brand Equity Foundation, the Indian biotechnology industry’s contribution to the global biotechnology market is expected to increase to 19% by 2025, up from 3% in 2017.

Smart Polymers Market Segment Analysis – Geography

North America dominates the Smart Polymers Market with a share of 44% followed by Asia Pacific and Europe. North America holds the maximum share due to rise in need for efficient & economical drug delivery system. Rising demand in applications for camouflage & light sensitive fabrics processing coupled with rising healthcare sector will substantially drive the smart polymers market demand in North America over the next few years. U.S is the leading player in this region. According to the journal Health Affairs, the average annual growth of National Health expenditures is expected to reach around 5.5% in year 2027 at U.S.

Smart Polymers Market Drivers

Rising usage of smart polymers in the automotive sector will uplift the industry growth.

Shape memory polymers (SMP) and other smart polymers have the potential to revolutionize the automotive industry. These advanced materials may eventually lead to vehicle subsystems that can self-heal in the event of damage or that can change color or appearance. SMPs in automotive applications have the potential to open up different opportunities for variable features in vehicles. The novel materials provide new high-tech features while also improving vehicle performance at a lower cost. SMPs increase design flexibility as well. Designers can use these materials to simplify products, add features, improve performance, or increase reliability while maintaining a low mechanical complexity. The new materials enable functionality to be “programmed in,” allowing for more inventive designs, increased efficiency, and the addition of new and advanced features. Additionally, rising growth of the automotive industry would further drive the market growth. For instance, by 2026, the Indian automotive industry (including component manufacturing) is projected to be worth Rs. 16.16-18.18 trillion (US$ 251.4-282.8 billion). After recovering from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Indian auto industry is expected to grow rapidly in 2022.

Increasing use of smart polymers for smart textile applications

Shape memory polymer (SMP) has the ability to fix a programmed shape and to return from deformed shape to its original permanent shape while induced by an external stimulus such as heat, light, pH and others. Industrialist inspired by this property of shape memory polymers has developed smart textiles by incorporating them into the fabric. Nowadays, in textile industry ensuring greater comfort for the wearer, shape memory polymers strongly respond to changes in heat and moisture levels. Various stimuli-responsive SMPs, such as thermal, light, pH, and moisture, have been used in textiles to improve or achieve smart properties. The incorporation of SMPs in fabric provides many fascinating and improved properties such as good aesthetic appeal, comfort, textile soft display, smart controlled drug release, fantasy design, wound monitoring, smart wetting properties, and protection against extreme environmental variations. Thus, due to the above mentioned factors the increasing usage of smart polymers in smart textile applications is estimated to uplift the market growth.

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Smart Polymers Market Challenges

Drawbacks associated with smart polymers will hinder the market growth

Inconsistent response due to the leaching of no covalently bound chromophores during swelling or contraction of the cell, and the sluggish response of the hydrogel to the stimulus will affect the smart polymers market growth. Several other disadvantages of smart polymers include high-burst drug release, low mechanical strength of the gel, which may lead to dose-dumping, lack of biocompatibility of the polymeric system, and gradual lowering of the system’s pH due to acidic degradation. Also, dark toxicity is one of the major drawbacks of light-polymeric systems.

Smart Polymers Industry Outlook

Technology launches, acquisitions and R&D activities are key strategies adopted by players in this market. Smart Polymers top 10 companies include:

1. Akina Inc.

2. Evonik Industries AG

3. Merck Group

4. NEI Corporation

5. Huntsman International LLC

6. The Lubrizol Corporation

7. SMP Technologies Inc.

8. SpintechLLC

9. Advanced Polymer Materials Inc.

10. SABIC and others.

Key Takeaways

It is estimated that increasing adoption of shape memory polymers in textiles due to its wrinkle-free, anti-shrinkable and crease retention fabric property, would open up new growth opportunities for the market in the coming years.

Increasing demand of smart biopolymer due to its environmental friendly and conventional polymer property will enhance the growth of smart polymers market in the forecast period.

Rapid progress of stimuli-responsive polymers in application such as tissue engineering, bio separations, sensors, actuators or delivery of therapeutics has anticipated to boost the smart polymers market growth.

In the monitoring of packaged food’s condition or in the preservation and extension of its shelf life smart polymers are being used. As a result, increased demand for advanced packaging materials is expected to drive the global smart polymers market during the forecast period.

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