Nafion Market Size & Share, by Form (Membrane, Dispersion, Resin); Application (Energy, Chemical Processing, Semiconductors, Drying & Humidification, Waste Recovery, Tubing Systems) - Global Supply & Demand Analysis, Growth Forecasts, Statistics Report 2023-2035

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  • Published Date: Sep 08, 2023
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Global Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2023-2035

Nafion Market size is projected to reach USD 1.63 billion by the end of 2035, growing at a CAGR of 5.26% during the forecast period, i.e., 2023 – 2035. In the year 2022, the industry size of nafion was USD 0.84 billion. The demand for nafion is growing faster due to the increasing demand for FCEV vehicles. In comparison to 2021, there were about 39% more hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) on the road in 2022, representing over 71,000 vehicles in world.

Comparable to all-electric vehicles, fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) utilize electricity to operate an electric motor. FCEVs, in contrast to other electric cars, produce electricity using hydrogen-powered fuel cells as opposed to only a battery. The power of the vehicle is defined throughout the vehicle design phase by the size of the electric motor(s) that obtain electricity from the proper size fuel cell and battery combination. Hence, the market is expanding as more electric vehicles use fuel cells to power them since protons are exchanged in membrane fuel cells and hydrogen generation usually uses nafion membranes. 

Global Nafion Market
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Global Nafion Sector: Growth Drivers and Challenges

Growth Drivers

  • Growing Demand for Clean Energy: The average worldwide concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) climbed by 2.13 parts per million (ppm) to 417.06 ppm, nearly at the same rate as the previous ten years. Compared to pre-industrial levels, atmospheric CO2 is currently 50% greater. Hence, the need to reduce this emission is growing. Therefore, the market for nafion is on surge. 
  • Surge in Use of Fluoropolymers Across Various Industries: Due to their wide range of qualities, fluoropolymers have garnered a lot of interest in the realm of energy applications. The incorporation of nanofillers into the fluoropolymer to form the nanohybrid enhances properties including thermal, mechanical, gas permeation, and more. Nanohybrids based on fluoropolymers have supplanted various commercial materials owing to their chemical inertness, enhanced efficacy, and durability. These elements play a part in the expanding use of fluoropolymers including Nafion in numerous sectors.
  • Increasing Product Launch & Investments: The demand for nafion membranes in the power industry is rising as a result of rising product releases, investments, and funding in proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell technology. Nafion membrane is essential to proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells, consequently, its development is anticipated to offer abundant chances for market expansion.


  • Higher Cost Associated with Nafion
  • Performance Limitations – While Nafion is highly efficient in some applications, such as fuel cells, it may not be the best material for all applications. For instance, it may not be as effective in certain water treatment applications, particularly in the case where larger molecules or particles need to be removed from the water. As a result, there is a need to develop alternative materials that can provide better performance in specific applications.
  • Environmental Concerns

Global Nafion Market: Key Insights

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Base Year Market Size (2022)

USD 0.845 Billion

Forecast Year Market Size (2035)

USD 1.63 Billion

Regional Scope

  • North America (U.S., and Canada)
  • Asia-Pacific (Japan, China, India, South Korea, Singapore, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, Netherlands, Rest of Europe)
  • Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, and the Rest of Latin America)
  • Middle East & Africa (GCC, Israel, South Africa, Rest of Middle East & Africa)
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Nafion Segmentation

Form (Membrane, Dispersion, and Resin)

The membrane segment in the nafion market is estimated to gain the largest revenue of USD 1.21 billion by the end of 2035, up from a revenue of USD 0.614 billion in the year 2022. The growth of the segment can be attributed to its unique properties and advantages for certain applications. Nafion membranes are highly efficient and selective ion exchange membranes that are used in various applications, including fuel cells, batteries, and water treatment. They have a high proton conductivity and are highly resistant to chemical degradation and high temperatures. This makes them ideal for use in applications where high efficiency, selectivity, and durability are required.

Application (Energy, Chemical Processing, Semiconductors, Drying & Humidification, Waste Recovery, Tubing Systems)

The energy segment is set to grow at the highest CAGR of 5.7% over projected time due to its high proton conductivity, which allows for high efficiency and low resistance in energy conversion devices. As a result, it can improve overall system performance. In addition, Nafion is also highly resistant to chemical degradation and high temperatures. This makes it well-suited for use in harsh environments, such as fuel cells and batteries, where chemical and thermal stability are critical for long-term performance.

Our in-depth analysis of the global market includes the following segments:

        By Form

  • Membranes
  • Dispersion
  • Resin

        By Application

  • Energy
  • Chemical Processing
  • Semiconductors
  • Drying & humidification
  • Waste Recovery
  • Tubing Systems
  • Others

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Nafion Market Regional Synopsis

North American Market Forecast

The North America nafion market is projected to generate the highest market revenue of USD 686 million. There is a significant usage and development of Nafion-based technologies in North America, particularly in the United States. One reason for this is that the U.S. has been a leader in the development and commercialization of fuel cell technologies, which are one of the major applications of Nafion. As a result, there has been significant research and development of Nafion-based membranes and other components for fuel cells in the U.S., which has led to the commercialization and adoption of Nafion in fuel cell applications. In addition, the investment for clean energy is also increasing in North America which would boost market revenue. Since, August 2022, about USD 270 billion in domestic utility-scale sustainable energy investments have been announced.

APAC Market Analysis

The Asia Pacific also shows a promising CAGR of 5.8% during the forecast period. The region is witnessing increasing investments in research and development activities of new applications for Nafion. For instance, Nafion membranes are being used in water electrolysis to produce hydrogen gas, which is increasingly being used as a clean energy source. His growing interest in such technologies is driving the demand for Nafion in the region. Furthermore, the region has a large and growing population, which is driving the demand for a wide range of products and services, including consumer electronics and automobiles. Nafion is used in various applications in such industries, such as the production of fuel cells for electric vehicles. Therefore, the growing demand for such products is contributing to the growth of the Nafion market in the Asia Pacific.

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Top Featured Companies Dominating the Nafion Landscape

      • Company Overview
      • Business Strategy
      • Key Product Offerings
      • Financial Performance
      • Key Performance Indicators
      • Risk Analysis
      • Recent Development
      • Regional Presence
      • SWOT Analysis
    • FUJIFILM Wako Pure Chemical Corporation
    • DuPont de Nemors, Inc.
    • Perma Pure LLC
    • The Chemours Company
    • Merck KGaA
    • Santa Cruz Biotechnology
    • Alfa Aesar (Thermo Fisher)


In The News

  • The Chemours Company, a U.S.-based chemicals company, announced a USD 200 million investment to boost capacity and advance technology for its industry-leading Nafion ion exchange products at its Villers-Paul, France, production facility. The investment by Chemours complements the existing initiatives in the United States to establish a stable supply chain and robust capacity to enable the hydrogen economy.
  • Merck KGaA, a German pharmaceutical company, signed a definitive agreement to acquire the chemical business of Mecaro Co. Ltd., a Korean manufacturer of semiconductor spare parts. The acquisition entails significant investments of over USD 3.27 billion from 2021 to 2025, with a focus on four key priorities: scale, technology, portfolio, and capabilities.

Author Credits:  Smruti Ranjan, Rajrani Baghel

  • Report ID: 3384
  • Published Date: Sep 08, 2023
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The major factors driving the growth of the market are the growing demand for clean energy, the surge in the use of fluoropolymers across various industries, and increasing product launches & and investments.

The market size of nafion is anticipated to attain a CAGR of 5.26% over the forecast period, i.e., 2023 – 2035.

The major players in the market are BEANTOWN CHEMICAL, FUJIFILM Wako Pure Chemical Corporation, DAYANG CHEM (HANGZHOU) CO., Ltd., DuPont de Nemors, Inc., and others.

The membrane segment is anticipated to garner the largest market size by the end of 2035 and display significant growth opportunities.

The market in the North America region is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2035 and provide more business opportunities in the future.
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