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Overview of the Specialty Chemicals Industry

Specialty Chemicals Update Program

Table of Contents

Section Page Number

Executive summary6
Summary7
Specialty chemical markets by region9
Specialty chemicals segments by growth rate11
Abbreviations17
Introduction19
Definition of specialty chemicals19
Segments of the specialty chemicals industry19
Purpose and scope of this report20
Overlaps in specialty chemical market segments21
Research methodology22
Macroeconomic developments24
– Crude oil26
– Exchange rates26
Trends in selected end-use industries28
– Automotive28
– Chemical production30
– Construction32
– Electronics34
– Fibers and textiles35
– Food37
– Household and personal care products38
– Mining39
– Paper40
– Thermoplastics41
Overview of the specialty chemicals industry44
Industry structure44
Major players45
Largest end-use markets48
Trends and success factors50
Regional status and outlook for specialty chemicals53
North America53
– Status and outlook53
– General status of the economy57
– Automotive production58
– US manufacturing and construction59
– Mergers and acquisitions60
– Trends and opportunities63
Central and South America64
– Status and outlook64
– Trends and opportunities68
Western Europe68
– Status and outlook68
– General status of the economy74
– Mergers and acquisitions75
– Government regulations80
– REACH80
– RoHS/WEEE directives82
– EU emissions trading system83
– Circular economy strategy83
– Biocidal product regulation84
– Trends and opportunities85
Central and Eastern Europe86
– Status and outlook86
– General status of the economy90
– Trends and opportunities91
Middle East and Africa92
– Status and outlook92
– General status of the economy95
– Mergers and acquisitions97
– Trends and opportunities98
Japan100
– Status and outlook100
– Mergers and acquisitions104
– Trends and opportunities105
China106
– Status and outlook106
– General status of the economy112
– Mergers and acquisitions115
– Trends and opportunities117
Other Asia117
– Status and outlook117
– Mergers and acquisitions123
– Trends and opportunities123
Overview of specialty chemicals segments124
Market-directed specialty chemicals124
– Construction chemicals124
– Cosmetic chemicals127
– Electronic chemicals130
– Semiconductors and IC process chemicals133
– Printed circuit board chemicals and semiconductor packaging materials135
– Feed additives136
– Food additives140
– Imaging chemicals and materials142
– Toner raw materials145
– Thermal printing chemicals147
– Industrial and institutional cleaners149
– Lubricating oil additives152
– Mining chemicals154
– Nutraceutical ingredients157
– Oil field chemicals160
– Plastics additives163
– Printing inks165
– Rubber-processing chemicals168
– Specialty paper chemicals170
– Synthetic lubricants173
– Textile chemicals176
– Water management chemicals178
Functional specialty chemicals181
– Adhesives and sealants181
– Antioxidants184
– Biocides186
– Catalysts190
– Petroleum refining and chemical process catalysts192
– Emission control catalysts196
– Corrosion inhibitors199
– Flame retardants202
– Flavors and fragrances205
– Specialty coatings208
– High-performance anticorrosion coatings212
– Thermosetting powder coatings215
– Radiation curable coatings218
– Specialty polymers221
– Engineering thermoplastics224
– Specialty films227
– High-performance thermoplastics231
– Surfactants234
– Water-soluble polymers236
Revisions240
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