US Natural Polymers Industry

  • November 2012
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  • Freedonia
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  • 296 pages

US natural polymer demand to surpass $4 billion in 2016

US demand for natural polymers is forecast to expand at a strong pace to over $4 billion in 2016. Growth in market value will stem primarily from expanding volume demand, spurred by an improving economic outlook that will boost industrial activity. Of particular importance will be the rebound in nondurable goods output, as this will generate significant opportunities for natural polymers. However, growth will continue to be impacted by the climatic and political uncertainties associated with natural products, particularly those such as guar gum and gum arabic, which are derived from plants that are grown only in certain parts of the world.

Methyl cellulose to remain top cellulose ether segment

Cellulose ethers represent the single largest natural polymer type, with about one-third of the market. Methyl cellulose will continue to lead the category, although demand for hydroxyethyl cellulose (HEC), microcrystalline cellulose (MCC), and carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) will also be significant. Methyl cellulose is widely used in construction materials such as grouts, mortar, plaster, and stucco, and will therefore benefit from a notable rebound in construction activity. The improving construction outlook will also fuel rapid growth for HEC, which is utilized primarily in water-based paint. Demand for MCC, which is employed in tablet filling and binding uses in the pharmaceutical market segment, will benefit from its advantages in terms of quality and performance, in addition to increased production of pharmaceuticals.

Exudate, vegetable gums to be fastest growing products

Exudate and vegetable gums are forecast to see the fastest gains of any product type through 2016, with guar gum responsible for the vast majority of growth. This will nevertheless represent a deceleration from the stellar gains achieved between 2001 and 2011, when demand for guar gum skyrocketed due to the rising use of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing in the US oil and gas industry. Increased demand, combined with the limited availability of this material -- which is derived from a plant grown mainly in India and Pakistan -- has resulted in strong upward pricing pressure in recent years. This, in turn, has caused users, especially those in the more price-sensitive food and beverage industry, to seek out substitutes for guar gum. However, there are currently few alternatives available at a low cost, so demand for guar gum will continue to expand strongly going forward.

Food, beverage industry to remain largest market

The food and beverage industry will remain the leading outlet for natural polymers through 2016 and beyond. In this market, natural polymers are increasingly employed as emulsifiers and stabilizers. Cellulose ethers such as CMC and methyl cellulose are key products used in this market, as they are valued for their ability to add velvety texture and stability to products such as hot, thick liquids. Methyl cellulose -- along with other products such as xanthan, guar, and locust bean gums; carrageenan; and pectin -- are used in reduced fat foods to compensate for the loss of flavor and texture that often accompanies fat reduction. Xanthan gum is expected to offer healthy growth opportunities, benefiting from its use in microwaveable food, as well as its suitability as a substitute for wheat gluten in gluten-free foods, which are increasingly popular.

Study coverage

This upcoming industry study, Natural Polymers, presents historical demand data for 2001, 2006 and 2011, plus forecasts for 2016 and 2021 by market and product. The study also considers market environment factors, evaluates company market share and profiles 40 US industry competitors.

Table Of Contents


TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION x

I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1

II. MARKET ENVIRONMENT 4

General 4
Macroeconomic Outlook 5
Demographic Trends 8
Consumer Income and Spending 12
Manufacturing Outlook 15
Competitive Materials 19
Pricing 20
Environmental and Regulatory Considerations 22
Food and Beverages 23
Cosmetic and Toiletry Chemicals 25
Pharmaceuticals 26
Other 27
International Activity 29
Foreign Trade 30

III. MARKETS 32

General 32
Food and Beverages 34
Food and Beverage Industry Overview 35
Natural Polymer Demand 37
Confections and Baked Goods 41
Dairy and Desserts 43
Other 46
Medical 48
Pharmaceuticals Overview 49
Natural Polymer Demand 51
Pharmaceuticals 53
Wound Care Products 55
Orthopedic Injections 57
Oilfield 58
Petroleum and Natural Gas Industry Overview 59
Natural Polymer Demand 62
Applications 64
Polymers 67
Cosmetics and Toiletries 70
Cosmetic and Toiletry Industry Overview 71
Natural Polymer Demand 73
Paint and Inks 79
Paint and Ink Industry Overview 79
Natural Polymer Demand 81
Construction 84
Building Construction Overview 84
Natural Polymer Demand 87
Adhesives 89
Adhesive Industry Overview 90
Natural Polymer Demand 91
Packaging 94
Packaging Industry Overview 94
Natural Polymer Demand 96
Film 98
Loose-Fill 100
Thermoformed Products 103
Foodservice and Other 105
Textiles 108
Textile Industry Overview 108
Natural Polymer Demand 110
Other Markets 112

IV. PRODUCTS 115

General 115
Cellulose Ethers 117
Methyl Cellulose 120
Markets 122
Producers 125
Microcrystalline Cellulose 126
Markets 127
Producers 128
Carboxymethyl Cellulose 129
Markets 131
Producers 133
Hydroxyethyl Cellulose 134
Markets 135
Producers 137
Other Cellulose Ethers 138
Starch and Fermentation Polymers 141
Xanthan Gum 143
Markets 145
Producers 149
Starch Derivatives 150
Markets 152
Producers 154
Polylactic Acid 156
Markets 158
Producers 161
Hyaluronic Acid 163
Markets 164
Producers 166
Other Starch and Fermentation Polymers 167
Exudate and Vegetable Gums 171
Guar Gum 172
Markets 175
Producers 177
Gum Arabic 179
Markets 181
Producers 183
Other Exudate and Vegetable Gums 184
Protein-Based Polymers 187
Collagen 188
Markets 190
Producers 192
Other Protein-Based Polymers 192
Marine Polymers 195
Alginates 196
Markets 198
Producers 200
Carrageenan 201
Markets 203
Producers 206
Other Marine Polymers 207
Other 210
Pectin 212
Natural Phenolics 213
All Other 215

V. INDUSTRY STRUCTURE 217

General 217
Market Share 218
Acquisitions and Divestitures 224
Marketing Strategies 228
Channels of Distribution 229
Research and Development 230
Competitive Strategies 232
Cooperative Agreements 233
Company Profiles 236
Akzo Nobel NV 237
Allergan Incorporated 241
AmberWorks, see Cargill
American Excelsior Company 242
Archer-Daniels-Midland Company 244
Arizona Chemical Company LLC 246
Ashland Incorporated 247
AVEBE UA 251
BASF SE 253
Borregaard ASA 255
Cargill Incorporated 256
Cereplast Incorporated 263
Cognis, see BASF
Corn Products International, see Ingredion
CP Kelco US, see Huber (JM)
Croda International plc 266
CSM NV 268
Danisco A/S, see DuPont (EI) de Nemours
Dow Chemical Company 270
DuPont (EI) de Nemours 274
Economy Polymers and Chemicals 277
FMC Corporation 278
Frutarom Industries, see ICC Industries
Genzyme, see Sanofi
Huber (JM) Corporation 282
ICC Industries Incorporated 287
Importers Service Corporation 288
Ingredion Incorporated 289
JRS Pharma, see Rettenmaier (J.) and Söhne
Jungbunzlauer AG 291
Manildra Group 292
Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation 293
Metabolix Incorporated 295
MGP Ingredients Incorporated 297
National Starch, see Ingredion
NatureWorks, see Cargill
NovaMatrix, see FMC
Novamont SpA 300
Orkla ASA 301
Penn Carbose Incorporated 302
Purac biochem, see CSM
Rettenmaier (J.) and Söhne GmbH and Company KG 303
Rhodia, see Solvay
Sanofi 305
SE Tylose, see Shin-Etsu Chemical
Seagarden ASA 307
Shin-Etsu Chemical Company Limited 308
Solvay SA 310
Storopack Hans Reichenecker GmbH 313
Tanac SA 314
TIC Gums Incorporated 315
Vertellus Specialties Incorporated 317
Wacker Chemie AG 319
Other Companies Mentioned in the Study 321

LIST OF TABLES

SECTION I -- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Summary Table 3

SECTION II -- MARKET ENVIRONMENT

1 Macroeconomic Indicators 8
2 Population and Households 12
3 Personal Consumption Expenditures 15
4 Manufacturers’ Shipments 18
5 Selected Natural Polymer Prices 22
6 Natural Polymer Foreign Trade 31

SECTION III -- MARKETS

1 Natural Polymer Demand by Market 33
2 Food and Beverage Shipments 37
3 Food and Beverage Demand for Natural Polymers
by Application and Product 40
4 Confection and Baked Goods Demand for Natural Polymers 43
5 Dairy and Dessert Demand for Natural Polymers 46
6 Other Food and Beverage Demand for Natural Polymers 48
7 Pharmaceutical Supply and Demand 50
8 Medical Demand for Natural Polymers
by Application and Product 52
9 Oil and Gas Production 62
10 Oilfield Demand for Natural Polymers by Product 64
11 Cosmetic and Toiletry Supply and Demand 73
12 Cosmetic and Toiletry Demand for Natural Polymers 78
13 Paint and Printing Ink Indicators 81
14 Paint and Ink Demand for Natural Polymers 83
15 Building Construction Expenditures 86
16 Construction Demand for Natural Polymers 89
17 Adhesive Shipments 91
18 Adhesive Demand for Natural Polymers 93
19 Packaging Supply and Demand 96
20 Packaging Demand for Natural Polymers
by Application and Product 98
21 Film Demand for Natural Polymers 100
22 Loose-Fill Packaging Demand for Natural Polymers 103
23 Thermoformed Product Demand for Natural Polymers 105
24 Foodservice and Other Applications for Natural Polymers 108
25 Textile Mill Product Shipments 109
26 Textile Demand for Natural Polymers 112
27 Other Markets for Natural Polymers 114

SECTION IV -- PRODUCTS

1 Natural Polymer Demand by Type 116
2 Cellulose Ether Demand 119
3 Methyl Cellulose Demand 121
4 Microcrystalline Cellulose Demand 127
5 Carboxymethyl Cellulose Demand 130
6 Hydroxyethyl Cellulose Demand 135
7 Other Cellulose Ether Demand 141
8 Starch and Fermentation Polymer Demand 142
9 Xanthan Gum Demand 145
10 Starch Derivative Demand 152
11 Polylactic Acid Demand 158
12 Hyaluronic Acid Demand 164
13 Other Starch and Fermentation Polymer Demand 170
14 Exudate and Vegetable Gum Demand 172
15 Guar Gum Demand 174
16 Gum Arabic Demand 181
17 Other Exudate and Vegetable Gum Demand 187
18 Protein-Based Polymer Demand 188
19 Collagen Demand 189
20 Other Protein-Based Polymer Demand 195
21 Marine Polymer Demand 196
22 Alginate Demand 198
23 Carrageenan Demand 203
24 Other Marine Polymer Demand 210
25 Other Natural Polymer Demand 211

SECTION V -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

1 US Natural Polymer Sales by Company, 2011 218
2 Selected Acquisitions and Divestitures 227
3 Selected Cooperative Agreements 235

LIST OF CHARTS

SECTION III -- MARKETS

1 Natural Polymer Demand by Market, 2011 34
2 Food and Beverage Demand for Natural Polymers
by Product, 2011 41
3 Medical Demand for Natural Polymers by Product, 2011 53
4 Cosmetic and Toiletry Demand for Natural Polymers
by Product, 2011 79

SECTION IV -- PRODUCTS

1 Natural Polymer Demand by Type, 2011 117
2 Cellulose Ether Demand by Type, 2011 120
3 Methyl Cellulose Demand by Market, 2011 122
4 Carboxymethyl Cellulose Demand by Market, 2011 131
5 Starch and Fermentation Polymer Demand by Type, 2011 143

SECTION V -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

1 US Natural Polymer Market Share, 2011 219

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