Agriculture adjuvant is a material added to a tank mix to help to modify the action of an agrichemical or the physical characteristics of the mixture. The major functions of adjuvant are to help deliver the agrochemical to the target, maximize the uptake of agrochemical into the target and protect against degradation. The market was worth $ 2,293.2 million in 2013. The market is estimated to grow at the CAGR of 5.6% during the forecast period of 2014-2020 and is estimated to reach $ 3,358.2 million by 2020.
Growth in adoption of precision farming is the major factor driving the growth of the market. Increased cost of agriculture chemicals and pressure on farmers to increase yield has paved way for use of agriculture adjuvant. Adjuvant is also added by the farmers to prevent losses from diseases and pests. GM seeds which ensure increased yield and reduction in use of agro chemicals are restraining the growth of the market. Also emphasis on sustainable farming and increased practice of it is gradually slowing down application of chemicals in agriculture. The Asia-Pacific market is the potential market and key players are strategizing to enter in countries such as China, India, and Thailand among others.
Fertilizer and pesticide adjuvants are the major applications accounting for around 45% of the market share. Pesticide adjuvant is the fastest growing segment during the forecast period due to increased priority on post harvest wastage reduction especially in developing countries. Activator and oil adjuvants are the major type together accounting for more than half of the market. Oil adjuvant is estimated to be the fastest growing segment.
North America is the largest market accounting for around 35% of the market share. The region is expected to grow at the steady CAGR during the forecast period due to the aim of the Governments to increase yield and maintain continuous supply of raw materials to food, feed and biofuel industry. Europe is the second largest market and the market is expected to expand with increased supply of quality products from key players. Asia-Pacific is estimated to grow at the fastest CAGR of 6.2% due to growth in rate of adoption of precision farming and need to increase production of agri-commodities. Adjuvants are in nascent stage in South America. Brazil is the major market and holds around 60% of the market share.
The key players in the market are focused on new product launch to cater to wider consumer base and expand market share. Investment in research and development of cheap effective products is another strategy adopted by market leaders. The major players in the market are Evonik Industries AG, Dow Corning Corp. , Akzonobel N.V. , etc.