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Water-Soluble Polymers

Specialty Chemicals Update Program

Table of Contents

Section Page Number

Executive summary 16
Summary 18
Introduction 18
Functions 19
Consumption 21
Structure of the industry 29
Critical factors for success 30
Overview of the water-soluble polymer industry 31
North America 31
Status of the industry 31
Applications 37
Adhesives 37
Building products 38
Coatings 38
Detergents 38
Food 38
Mineral processing 38
Oil field chemicals 39
Paper 39
Personal care products 39
Pharmaceuticals 39
Polymerization aids 40
Textiles 40
Water treatment 40
Other 40
Structure of the industry 40
Mergers and acquisitions 43
Operating characteristics 45
Synthetic water-soluble polymers 45
Semisynthetic water-soluble polymers 45
Natural water-soluble polymers 45
Government regulations 46
Trends and opportunities 46
Critical factors for success 48
Central and South America 49
Status of the industry 49
Structure of the industry 55
Mergers and acquisitions 57
Trends and opportunities 57
Western Europe 58
Status of the industry 58
Applications 64
Building products 65
Detergents 65
Food 65
Paper 66
Water treatment 66
Structure of the industry 66
Synthetic water-soluble polymers 69
Semisynthetic water-soluble polymers 70
Natural water-soluble polymers (hydrocolloids) 70
Operating characteristics 71
Research and development 71
Manufacturing and technology 71
Government regulations 72
Trends and opportunities 72
Critical factors for success 73
Central and Eastern Europe 74
Status of the industry 74
Structure of the industry 75
Trends and opportunities 78
Middle East and Africa 78
Status of the industry 78
Structure of the industry 79
Trends and opportunities 82
Japan 82
Status of the industry 82
Applications 89
Adhesives 89
Building products 90
Coatings 90
Detergents 90
Food 90
Paper 90
Personal care products and cosmetics 91
Pharmaceuticals 91
Textiles 91
Water treatment 91
Structure of the industry 92
Operating characteristics 93
Research and development 93
Manufacturing and technology 94
Marketing 94
Profitability and cost structure 94
Trends and opportunities 96
Critical factors for success 97
China 97
Status of the industry 97
Applications 103
Adhesives 103
Building products 103
Coatings 104
Detergents 104
Food 104
Oil field chemicals 104
Paper 104
Personal care products 104
Pharmaceuticals 104
Polymerization aids 104
Textiles 105
Water treatment 105
Structure of the industry 105
Operating characteristics 107
Trends and opportunities 107
Critical factors for success 108
Other Asia and Oceania 108
Status of the industry 108
Structure of the industry 109
Trends and opportunities 112
Synthetic water-soluble polymers 112
Polyacrylamides and copolymers 112
Polyacrylic acids and copolymers 113
Polyvinyl alcohol 113
Polycarboxylate ethers for concrete admixtures 113
Natural water-soluble polymers 113
Gelatin 113
Guar gum and psyllium seed gum 114
Synthetic water-soluble polymers 115
Polyacrylamides 115
Products and functions 115
Consumption and market segments 116
World summary 116
North America 117
Markets 117
Market participants 120
Prices 122
Critical factors for success 122
Central and South America 122
Markets 122
Market participants 123
Europe 123
Markets 124
Market participants 126
Prices 129
Future trends and strategic issues 129
Middle East and Africa 130
Markets 130
Market participants 130
Japan 130
Markets 130
Market participants 131
Prices 133
Future trends and strategic issues 133
China 133
Markets 133
Market participants 135
Prices 136
Future trends and strategic issues 136
Other Asia 136
Markets 136
Market participants 136
Polyacrylic acid and copolymers 137
Products and functions 137
Consumption and market segments 139
World summary 139
North America 140
Markets 140
Market participants 142
Prices 143
Critical factors for success 144
Central and South America 144
Western Europe 144
Markets 144
Market participants 146
Prices 148
Central and Eastern Europe 148
Japan 148
Markets 148
Market participants 149
Prices 150
Future trends and strategic issues 150
China 151
Markets 151
Market participants 151
Prices 152
Future trends and strategic issues 152
Other Asia 153
Markets 153
Market participants 153
Polyethylene glycols 154
Products and functions 154
Chemical intermediates 155
Pharmaceuticals and personal care products 155
Surface-active agents/detergents 156
Other 156
Consumption and market segments 156
World summary 156
North America 157
Markets 157
Market participants 159
Prices 160
Future trends and strategic issues 160
Central and South America 160
Western Europe 160
Markets 160
Market participants 163
Prices 164
Future trends and strategic issues 165
Central and Eastern Europe 165
Markets 165
Market participants 165
Middle East and Africa 166
Markets 166
Market participants 166
Japan 166
Markets 166
Market participants 167
Prices 168
Future trends and strategic issues 168
China 169
Markets 169
Market participants 170
Prices 171
Future trends and strategic issues 172
Other Asia 172
Markets 172
Market participants 172
Polyvinyl alcohol 174
Products and functions 174
Consumption and market segments 175
World summary 175
North America 176
Markets 176
Market participants 177
Prices 178
Critical factors for success 178
Central and South America 178
Western Europe 178
Markets 178
Market participants 180
Prices 181
Central and Eastern Europe 182
Markets 182
Market participants 182
Middle East and Africa 183
Japan 184
Markets 184
Market participants 185
Prices 186
Future trends and strategic issues 186
China 186
Markets 186
Market participants 187
Prices 188
Other Asia 188
Markets 188
Market participants 188
Polyvinylpyrrolidone 189
Products and functions 189
Consumption and market segments 190
World summary 190
North America 191
Markets 191
Market participants 193
Prices 193
Western Europe 193
Markets 193
Market participants 194
Prices 195
Future trends and strategic issues 195
Japan 195
Markets 195
Market participants 196
Prices 196
China 196
Markets 196
Market participants 197
Prices 198
Future trends and strategic issues 198
Polyamines and polyethyleneimines 198
Products and functions 198
Consumption and market segments 199
World summary 199
North America 201
Markets 201
Market participants 202
Prices 202
Central and South America 202
Western Europe 203
Markets 203
Market participants 204
Japan 204
Markets 204
Market participants 205
Prices 205
Quaternary ammonium polymers 206
Products and functions 206
Consumption and market segments 206
World summary 206
North America 207
Markets 207
Market participants 208
Prices 208
Central and South America 208
Western Europe 209
Markets 209
Market participants 209
Japan 210
Markets 210
Market participants 210
China 211
Other synthetic water-soluble polymers 211
Products and functions 211
Associative thickeners 211
Carboxypolymethylene (carbomer) 211
Polyvinyl methyl ether–maleic anhydride (PVM-MA) 212
Consumption and market segments 212
World summary 212
North America 213
Markets 213
Market participants 214
Western Europe 215
Markets 215
Market participants 215
Japan 216
Carboxypolymethylene (carboxyvinyl polymer) 216
Polyvinyl methyl ether–maleic anhydride 216
Associative thickeners 217
China 217
Semisynthetic water-soluble polymers 219
Products and functions 219
Carboxymethylcellulose 219
Hydroxyethylcellulose and derivatives 220
Methylcellulose and derivatives 221
Other cellulose ethers 221
Ethylcellulose 221
Hydroxypropylcellulose 221
Industry characteristics 222
Consumption and market segments 222
World summary 222
Carboxymethylcellulose 224
North America 224
Food 225
Oil field 225
Personal care products/pharmaceuticals 226
Paper 227
Detergents 227
Textiles 227
Other 228
Central and South America 228
Western Europe 229
Technical CMC 229
Purified CMC 232
Central and Eastern Europe 234
Middle East and Africa 234
Japan 235
Pharmaceuticals and cosmetics 236
Building materials 236
Fishery feed binders 236
Paper 236
Textiles 236
Food 236
Other 237
China 237
Other Asia and Oceania 238
Methylcellulose and derivatives and other cellulose ethers 239
North America 239
Methylcellulose and derivatives 239
Hydroxyethylcellulose and derivatives 240
Other cellulose ethers 242
Central and South America 243
Western Europe 244
Methylcellulose and derivatives 244
Hydroxyethylcellulose and ethyl hydroxyethylcellulose 246
Central and Eastern Europe 247
Middle East and Africa 248
Japan 248
Construction products 249
Pharmaceuticals and personal care products 249
Other 249
China 250
Other Asia and Oceania 250
Market participants 251
North America 251
Central and South America 252
Western Europe 253
Central and Eastern Europe 257
Middle East and Africa 259
Japan 261
China 262
Other Asia and Oceania 265
Prices 267
United States 267
Western Europe 267
Japan 269
China 269
Other Asia 269
Future trends and strategic issues 270
North America 270
Western Europe 271
Japan 272
China 272
Other Asia and Oceania 272
Natural water-soluble polymers 273
Products and functions 273
Microbial fermentation products 273
Xanthan gum 273
Other fermentation products 273
Curdlan 273
Diutan gum 273
Gellan gum 274
Pullulan 274
Scleroglucan (sclerotium gum) 274
Plant-derived hydrocolloids 274
Fruit extracts (pectin) 274
Grain and root extracts (including starches) 274
Native and modified starches 275
Konjac 275
Seaweed extracts 276
Agar 276
Alginates 276
Carrageenan 277
Furcellaran 277
Seed extracts 277
Guar gum and derivatives 277
Locust bean gum 278
Other seed extracts 278
Tree and shrub exudates 279
Gum arabic 279
Gum ghatti 279
Gum karaya 279
Gum tragacanth 280
Animal-derived hydrocolloids 280
Casein and caseinates 280
Gelatin 280
Consumption and market segments 281
World summary 281
North America 283
Markets 283
Starches 284
Agar 284
Alginates 285
Carrageenan 285
Casein and caseinates 286
Gelatin 286
Guar gum and derivatives 286
Gum arabic 288
Locust bean gum 288
Pectin 288
Xanthan gum 289
Other 290
Market participants 290
Native and modified starches 290
Gelatin 292
Other hydrocolloids 293
Prices 297
Trends, issues and opportunities 298
Critical factors for success 299
Central and South America 300
Markets 300
Market participants 301
Native and modified starches 301
Gelatin 303
Other hydrocolloids 304
Prices 305
Western Europe 306
Overview 307
Animal feed 309
Cosmetics industry 309
Food industry 309
Paper manufacturing 310
Other industrial uses 310
Consumption and markets 310
Starches 312
Specialty hydrocolloids 314
Market participants 320
Starches 320
Specialty hydrocolloids 323
Prices 327
Future trends and strategic issues 328
Critical factors for success 329
Central and Eastern Europe 330
Consumption and markets 330
Market participants 330
Prices 332
Middle East and Africa 333
Consumption and markets 333
Market participants 334
Prices 334
Japan 335
Markets 335
Starch 336
Agar 336
Alginates 336
Carrageenan 337
Casein and caseinates 337
Gelatin 337
Guar gum 338
Gum arabic 338
Locust bean gum 338
Pectin 338
Xanthan gum 338
Other polymers 339
Market participants 339
Starch and its derivatives 339
Other 340
Prices 342
Future trends and strategic issues 343
Critical factors for success 344
China 344
Markets 344
Native and modified starch 344
Agar, alginates, and carrageenan 345
Casein 345
Gelatin 345
Guar gum and derivatives 345
Pectin 346
Xanthan gum 346
Other 346
Market participants 346
Starch 346
Gelatin 348
Xanthan gum 348
Other 349
Prices 352
Trade 352
Future trends and strategic issues 353
India 353
Markets 353
Market participants 355
Prices 359
Future trends and strategic issues 362
Other Asia and Oceania 363
Markets 363
Market participants 364
Prices 373
Future trends and strategic issues 377
Additional resources 378
Revisions 380
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