Published October 2019
Fumaric acid (trans-2-butenedioic acid) is a multifunctional chemical with a diverse set of end uses, including unsaturated polyester resins, food and beverages, L-aspartic acid, rosin paper sizes, alkyd resins, and animal feed.
Unsaturated polyester resin (UPR) is the largest end use for fumaric acid in 2019. Demand for UPR is strongly dependent on construction/remodeling activity 0residential and nonresidential1 and motor vehicle production. Global demand for UPR is healthy, with especially robust growth in Asia.
The food and beverages segment was the second-largest end use for fumaric acid. In food and beverage applications, fumaric acid serves primarily as an acidulant; it is used to adjust pH, enhance flavor, and extend shelf life by controlling the growth of microorganisms. Expansion of this segment will be driven largely by demand increases in China and Other Asia. In other regions, food and beverage applications are comparatively mature, and consumption growth will be steady but moderate.
L-Aspartic acid production, the third-largest end use for fumaric acid, is expected to see the fastest growth during the forecast period. L-Aspartic acid and phenylalanine are the key building blocks for aspartame, a zero-calorie high-intensity sweetener that is widely used in diet soft drinks and other low-calorie foods. China is the largest producer and consumer of L-aspartic acid.
The following pie chart shows world consumption of fumaric acid:
In 2019, China and Other Asia/Oceania accounted for about two-thirds of world consumption of fumaric acid. Growth in demand is high in these markets because of the increasing demand for processed food and ready-to-drink beverages, improving living standards, and robust growth in construction/remodeling.
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