According to the report "Thermochromic Materials Market by Material (Leuco Dyes, Liquid Crystals, Pigments), End-use industry (Packaging, Printing & Coating, Medical, Textile), Region (Europe, North America, APAC, South America, Middle East & Africa) - Global Forecast to 2024
," the thermochromic materials market is projected to grow from USD $1.3 billion in 2019 to USD $2.1 billion by 2024, at a CAGR of 9.5%.
Leuco dyes are the fastest-growing segment of the thermochromic materials market, by material owing to the presence of a large number of manufacturers of leuco dyes. Leuco dyes-based thermochromic materials are specialized dynamic materials that change color when exposed to different temperatures. They are majorly used in combination with some other pigments. This produces a color change of the base pigment and the color of the pigment combined with leuco dyes. Leuco dyes are used in various applications where temperature response accuracy is not critical, such as bath toys, novelties, flying discs, consumer goods, and textiles. They are also used in battery state indicators.
Thermochromic materials are used in a wide range of end-use industries such as packaging, printing & coating, medical, textile, industrial, and others. Printing & coating is the fastest-growing end-use industry of thermochromic materials owing to a significant increase in the demand for thermal paper for POS systems. Thermochromic materials are also widely used in security printing applications such as vouchers, certificates, tickets, tax stamps, stock certificates, tamper-evident labels, passports, and others. The property of thermochromic materials to change its color with fluctuation in temperature reversibly/irreversibly promotes their demand in several anti-counterfeiting applications.
APAC is the fastest-growing market, in terms of both production and demand. Higher domestic demand, easy availability of raw materials, and low-cost labor make APAC the most preferred destination for the manufacturers of thermochromic materials. The use of thermochromic materials as an important chemical intermediate in various applications such as food & beverage packaging, medical indicators, and thermal printing is driving the market in China. APAC is emerging as a leading consumer of thermochromic materials due to the increasing demand from domestic as well as international markets.