Rubber processing chemicals are an important raw material in rubber industry. It plays an important role in rubber processing and application performance improvement. Rubber processing chemicals with excellent performance can not only improve the processing performance, improve product quality, reduce energy consumption and production costs, but also be anti-aging and degradation-resistant, prolonging the service life of rubber products.
In 2012, global rubber consumption was 27,735,000 tons. If the demand volume of rubber processing chemicals accounted for 5% of rubber consumption volume, the global demand volume of rubber processing chemicals was about 1,386,000 tons in 2012. In all rubber processing chemicals, vulcanization accelerator accounts for about 41% of the total rubber processing chemicals; rubber antioxidant accounts for about 34% of the total rubber processing chemicals; the other categories are rubber vulcanizing agent and various additives. The demand volume of rubber accelerator was about 474,000 tons around the world in 2012.
In 2012, total production of rubber processing chemicals in China was 889,000 tons, of which accelerator production was 346,600 tons. Accelerator is still the category with the largest production in 2012, accounting for about 38% of the total production of rubber processing chemicals. Ultra accelerator production was about 47,000 tons; antioxidant products accounted for 35%.
Based on the continued growth of the domestic and international rubber industry and the world's rubber processing chemicals industry eastward, Rubber processing chemicals Commission forecast that China’s rubber processing chemicals production will grow steadily. By the end of the Twelfth Five-Year period, the average growth rate will be 10% to 15%.
With the continuous improvement of human environmental protection awareness, energy conservation consciousness and safety awareness, the demand volume of green, functionalized rubber processing chemicals categories is increasing, thereby bring rubber processing chemicals product structure significant changes.
In terms of greening, green rubber processing chemicals products market is gradually growing. In terms of function, functionalized rubber products market demand shows rapid growth trend because they can adapt to the development of new industries, such as aerospace, high-speed railway, modern communication. They further expand the application of rubber processing chemicals products.