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Overview of the Specialty Chemicals Industry

Specialty Chemicals Update Program

Table of Contents

Section Page Number

Executive summary5
Specialty chemical markets by region7
Specialty chemicals segments by growth rate9
Definition of specialty chemicals16
Segments of the specialty chemicals industry16
Purpose and scope of this report17
Overlaps in specialty chemical market segments18
Research methodology19
Macroeconomic developments21
– Crude oil23
– Exchange rates24
Trends in selected end-use industries25
– Automotive25
– Chemical production27
– Construction29
– Electronics31
– Fibers and textiles32
– Food35
– Household and personal care products36
– Mining37
– Paper38
– Thermoplastics39
Overview of the specialty chemicals industry41
Industry structure41
Major players42
Largest end-use markets44
Trends and success factors46
Regional status and outlook for specialty chemicals49
North America49
– Status and outlook49
– General status of the economy53
– Automotive production54
– US manufacturing and construction55
– Mergers and acquisitions56
– Trends and opportunities58
Central and South America59
– Status and outlook59
– Mergers and acquisitions63
– Trends and opportunities64
Western Europe64
– Status and outlook64
– General status of the economy68
– Mergers and acquisitions69
– Government regulations75
– RoHS/WEEE directives77
– EU emissions trading system78
– Circular economy strategy78
– Biocidal product regulation79
– Trends and opportunities80
Central and Eastern Europe81
– Status and outlook81
– General status of the economy85
– Trends and opportunities86
Middle East and Africa86
– Status and outlook86
– General status of the economy90
– Mergers and acquisitions92
– Trends and opportunities93
– Status and outlook94
– Mergers and acquisitions98
– Trends and opportunities99
– Status and outlook100
– General status of the economy105
– Mergers and acquisitions108
– Trends and opportunities109
Other Asia110
– Status and outlook110
– Mergers and acquisitions114
– Trends and opportunities115
Overview of specialty chemicals segments116
Market-directed specialty chemicals116
– Construction chemicals116
– Cosmetic chemicals119
– Electronic chemicals122
– Semiconductors and IC process chemicals125
– Printed circuit board chemicals and semiconductor packaging materials127
– Feed additives128
– Food additives131
– Imaging chemicals and materials135
– Toner raw materials137
– Thermal printing chemicals138
– Industrial and institutional cleaners141
– Lubricating oil additives143
– Mining chemicals145
– Nutraceutical ingredients147
– Oil field chemicals150
– Plastics additives153
– Printing inks155
– Rubber-processing chemicals158
– Specialty paper chemicals160
– Synthetic lubricants162
– Textile chemicals165
– Water management chemicals167
Functional specialty chemicals169
– Adhesives and sealants169
– Antioxidants172
– Biocides175
– Catalysts178
– Petroleum refining and chemical process catalysts180
– Emission control catalysts185
– Corrosion inhibitors189
– Flame retardants191
– Flavors and fragrances193
– Specialty coatings197
– High-performance anticorrosion coatings200
– Thermosetting powder coatings202
– Radiation curable coatings205
– Specialty polymers208
– Engineering thermoplastics211
– Specialty films214
– High-performance thermoplastics216
– Surfactants220
– Water-soluble polymers221
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