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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





Macroeconomic Outlook

Demographic Trends

Consumer Income and Spending

Manufacturing Outlook

Competitive Materials

Historical Market Trends


Environmental and Regulatory Considerations

Food and Beverages

Cosmetics and Toiletries



International Activity

Foreign Trade



Food and Beverages

Food and Beverage Industry Overview

Natural Polymer Demand

Confections and Baked Goods

Dairy and Desserts



Pharmaceutical Overview

Natural Polymer Demand


Wound Care Products

Orthopedic Injections



Petroleum and Natural Gas Industry Overview

Natural Polymer Demand



Cosmetic and Toiletries

Cosmetic and Toiletry Industry Overview

Natural Polymer Demand

Coatings and Inks

Coatings and Inks Industry Overview

Natural Polymer Demand


Building Construction Overview

Natural Polymer Demand


Adhesives Industry Overview

Natural Polymer Demand


Packaging Industry Overview

Natural Polymer Demand


Textile Industry Overview

Natural Polymer Demand

Other Markets



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


Other Protein-Based Polymers

Marine Polymers



Other Marine Polymers



Natural Phenolics

All Other



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


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


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


Summary Table


Macroeconomic Indicators

Population and Households

Personal Consumption Expenditures

Manufacturers' Shipments

Natural Polymer Market, 2005-2015

Selected Natural Polymer Prices

Natural Polymer Foreign Trade


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


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


US Natural Polymer Sales by Company, 2015

Selected Acquisitions and Divestitures

Selected Cooperative Agreements

List of Charts


Natural Polymer Market, 2005-2015


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


Natural Polymer Demand by Type, 2015


US Natural Polymer Market Share, 2015

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