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US Natural Polymer Market

  • May 2016
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  • Freedonia
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  • 288 pages

Shifts in natural polymer landscape

The fracking boom in North America reached its apex in the 2010-2015 period. Now the key natural polymers used in oilfield applications, guar gum and xanthan gum, will see more moderate growth going forward. However, the rising popularity of gluten-free foods should drive use of xanthan gum. Increasing demand for green alternatives in industries such as packaging and textiles will catapult other natural polymers into strong double-digit growth in the forecast period. Furthermore, food ingredients that offer pleasing eating and drinking experiences will propel growth for pectin. In addition, cellulose ethers will be supported by ongoing demand for waterbased, low VOC coatings.

New product introductions

According to Natural Polymers, a new study from The Freedonia Group, recent products include the 2015 US FDA-approved JUVEDERM ULTRA XC, which is made from hyaluronic acid, manufactured by Allergan for lip augmentations that lasts up to a year. Hyaluronic acid is exhibiting a surge in popularity as not only a dermal filler but also a moisturizer in topical applications. In food and beverage applications, to combat supply constraints and meet demands of the marketplace, TIC Gums has introduced a variety of pectin substitutes that contain natural polymers such as alginates, agar, and locust bean gum.

Weather & politics affect demand

Freedonia Group states that much of the change in natural polymer demand and pricing is due to the current state of supply, which is subject to various regions’ weather and geopolitical situations. Many natural polymers are indigenous to certain parts of the world. Poor crop yields in key growing areas have caused supply pinches and price inflation in pectin, for example, and has caused end users to seek out alternatives. Oil and gas producers, too, briefly sought out alternative solutions, namely to guar gum, as prices rose nearly tenfold between 2011 and 2012! Guar gum is mainly imported and openly traded on exchanges in India, where regulators suspended trading before it returned to lower price levels in 2013.

Study coverage

Natural Polymers analyzes the US market for natural polymers. It presents historical demand data (2005, 2010 and 2015) plus forecasts (2020 and 2025) by market (food and beverages, medical, oilfield, cosmetics and toiletries, coatings and inks, construction, adhesives, packaging, textiles, other) and product (cellulose ethers, starch and fermentation polymers, exudate and vegetable gums, protein-based polymers, marine polymers, other). The study also assesses key market environment factors, analyzes the industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles US industry competitors.

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Table Of Contents

US Natural Polymer Market

INTRODUCTION viii


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY


MARKET ENVIRONMENT


General


Macroeconomic Outlook


Demographic Trends


Consumer Income and Spending


Manufacturing Outlook


Competitive Materials


Historical Market Trends


Pricing


Environmental and Regulatory Considerations


Food and Beverages


Cosmetics and Toiletries


Pharmaceuticals


Other


International Activity


Foreign Trade


MARKETS


General


Food and Beverages


Food and Beverage Industry Overview


Natural Polymer Demand


Confections and Baked Goods


Dairy and Desserts


Other


Medical


Pharmaceutical Overview


Natural Polymer Demand


Pharmaceuticals


Wound Care Products


Orthopedic Injections


Other


Oilfield


Petroleum and Natural Gas Industry Overview


Natural Polymer Demand


Applications


Polymers


Cosmetic and Toiletries


Cosmetic and Toiletry Industry Overview


Natural Polymer Demand


Coatings and Inks


Coatings and Inks Industry Overview


Natural Polymer Demand


Construction


Building Construction Overview


Natural Polymer Demand


Adhesives


Adhesives Industry Overview


Natural Polymer Demand


Packaging


Packaging Industry Overview


Natural Polymer Demand


Textiles


Textile Industry Overview


Natural Polymer Demand


Other Markets


PRODUCTS


General


Cellulose Ethers


Methyl Cellulose


Microcrystalline Cellulose


Carboxymethyl Cellulose


Hydroxyethyl Cellulose


Other Cellulose Ethers


Starch and Fermentation Polymers


Xanthan Gum


Starch Derivatives


Polylactic Acid


Hyaluronic Acid


Other Starch and Fermentation Polymers


Exudate and Vegetable Gums


Guar Gum


Gum Arabic


Other Exudate and Vegetable Gums


Protein-Based Polymers


Collagen


Other Protein-Based Polymers


Marine Polymers


Alginates


Carrageenan


Other Marine Polymers


Other


Pectin


Natural Phenolics


All Other


INDUSTRY STRUCTURE


General


Market Share


Acquisitions and Divestitures


Marketing Strategies


Channels of Distribution


Research and Development


Competitive Strategies


Cooperative Agreements


Company Profiles


Akzo Nobel NV


Allergan plc


American Excelsior Company


Archer-Daniels-Midland Company


Arizona Chemical, see Kraton Performance Polymers


Ashland Incorporated


AVEBE UA


Borregaard ASA


Cargill Incorporated


Chitinor, see Seagarden


Corbion nv


CP Kelco US, see Huber (JM)


Croda International plc


Dow Chemical Company


DuPont (EI) de Nemours


Economy Polymers and Chemicals


FMC Corporation


Frutarom Industries, see ICC Industries


Galderma, see Nestle


Huber (JM) Corporation


ICC Industries Incorporated


Importers Service Corporation


Ingredion Incorporated


JRS Pharma, see Rettenmaier (J.) and Söhne and


Jungbunzlauer AG


Kraton Performance Polymers Incorporated


Manildra Group


Metabolix Incorporated


MGP Ingredients Incorporated


NatureWorks, see Cargill


Nestle SA


NovaMatrix, see FMC


Novamont SpA


Novecare, see Solvay


Pacific Pectin Incorporated


Penford, see Ingredion


Rettenmaier (J.) and Söhne GmbH and Company KG


Sanofi


SE Tylose, see Shin-Etsu Chemical


Seagarden AS


Shin-Etsu Chemical Company Limited


Solvay SA


Storopack Hans Reichenecker GmbH


TIC Gums Incorporated




List of Tables


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY


Summary Table


MARKET ENVIRONMENT


Macroeconomic Indicators


Population and Households


Personal Consumption Expenditures


Manufacturers' Shipments


Natural Polymer Market, 2005-2015


Selected Natural Polymer Prices


Natural Polymer Foreign Trade


MARKETS


Natural Polymer Demand by Market


Food and Beverage Shipments


Food and Beverage Demand for Natural Polymer by Application and Product


Confections and Baked Goods Deman for Natural Polymers


Dairy and Dessert Demand for Natural Polymers


Other Food and Beverage Demand for Natural Polymers


Pharmaceutical Supply and Demand


Medical Demand for Natural Polymers by Applicatio and Product


Oil and Gas Production and Consumption


Oilfield Demand for Natural Polymers by Product


Cosmetic and Toiletry Supply and Demand


Cosmetic and Toiletry Demand for Natural Polymers


Coatings and Printing Ink Indicators


Coatings and Ink Demand for Natural Polymers


Building Construction Expenditures


Construction Demand for Natural Polymers


Adhesive Shipments


Adhesive Demand for Natural Polymers


Packaging Supply and Demand


Packaging Demand for Natural Polymers by Applicatio and Product


Textile Shipments


Textile Demand for Natural Polymers


Other Markets for Natural Polymers


PRODUCTS


Natural Polymer Demand by Type


Cellulose Ether Demand


Methyl Cellulose Demand


Microcrystalline Cellulose Demand


Carboxymethyl Cellulose Demand


Hydroxyethyl Cellulose Demand


Other Cellulose Ether Demand


Starch and Fermentation Polymer Demand


Xanthan Gum Demand


Starch Derivative Demand


Polylactic Acid Demand


Hyaluronic Acid Demand


Other Starch and Fermentation Polymer Demand


Exudate and Vegetable Gum Demand


Guar Gum Demand


Gum Arabic Demand


Other Exudate and Vegetable Gum Demand


Protein-Based Polymer Demand


Collagen Demand


Other Protein-Based Polymer Demand


Marine Polymer Demand


Alginate Demand


Carrageenan Demand


Other Marine Polymer Demand


Other Natural Polymer Demand


INDUSTRY STRUCTURE


US Natural Polymer Sales by Company, 2015


Selected Acquisitions and Divestitures


Selected Cooperative Agreements




List of Charts


SECTION I -- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
MARKET ENVIRONMENT


Natural Polymer Market, 2005-2015


MARKETS


Natural Polymer Demand by Market, 2015


Food and Beverage Demand for Natural Polymer by Product, 2015


Medical Demand for Natural Polymers by Product, 2015


Cosmetic and Toiletry Demand for Natural Polymer by Product, 2015


PRODUCTS


Natural Polymer Demand by Type, 2015


INDUSTRY STRUCTURE


US Natural Polymer Market Share, 2015

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