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Water-soluble Polymers: Technologies and Global Markets

Water-soluble Polymers: Technologies and Global Markets

  • September 2017
  • 167 pages
  • ID: 5142313
  • Format: PDF
  • By BCC Research


Table of Contents

• The global market for water-soluble polymers was valued at around $35.7 billion in 2016. This market will grow from nearly $37.4 billion in 2017 to $49.6 billion by 2022 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.8% for the period of 2017-2022.
• Food processing industry as a segment will grow from $6.9 billion in 2017 to $9.7 billion by 2022 with a CAGR of 7.1%.
• Water treatment as a segment will grow from around $6.1 billion in 2017 to $8.2 billion by 2022 with a CAGR of 6.3%.

Chapter 1: Introduction
Study Goals and Objectives
This report is an impact analysis of the global water-soluble polymers market. The information in this report includes factors currently driving and restraining the growth of the market, as well as factors affecting the future of the industry.

The goals and objectives of this report include the following:
- To define, identify and analyze major market segments and their respective structure in the overall water-soluble polymers market.
- To identify key market dynamics, trends, opportunities and factors influencing the global water-
- soluble polymers market and its subsegments.
- To forecast the size of the overall water-soluble polymers market, and to analyze it based on origin, physical form, end-use industry, and region.
- Identify major stakeholders and analyze the competitive landscape on the basis of recent developments.
- To identify the trends, gaps and opportunities in each of the micro markets.
- To understand the effect of environmental concerns in this market.

Reasons for Doing This Study
The global water-soluble polymer market is showing significant growth with a CAGR of 5.8% during this forecast period; however, the regional market for water-soluble polymers is showing some varying trends. In North America and Europe, the market for water-soluble products is experiencing slow performance due to maturity and saturation. While the awareness regarding these products and their applications is increasing, waste treatment industries are the primary factors of the declining demand for water-soluble polymers in these two regions. The number of patents for water-soluble polymers listed for these two regions is also a proper indication of the maturity of these products in Europe and North America.

However, the diverging trends despite the steady economic growth of this market may curb the market for water-soluble polymers. Whereas in Asia-Pacific, Southern Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, the markets for water-soluble polymer products during this forecast period are still emerging. In the Asia-Pacific region, most of the emerging markets are the strongest among developing countries such as India and China.

A high degree of industrialization, overpopulation along with a strong demand for better lifestyles is forcing the water-soluble polymer market upwards during the forecast period. In Asia, Japan holds the maximum number of patents in water-soluble polymers products; this is encouraging Japanese and other chemical manufacturers to expand their business in this region.

Government regulation regarding eco-friendly industries and awareness relating to the applications and innovations of water-soluble polymers are also driving investors to invest in this sector.

Scope of Report
This report represents an in-depth analysis of the global water-soluble polymers (WSP) market by origin, physical form, end-use industry, and region. The report discusses the application of different commercially available water-soluble polymers to derive specific market estimation. The report discusses a comparative study between conventional and emerging technologies and the importance of the technological advancements in the water-soluble polymers market.

This report also discusses the strategies adopted by major players in the global water-soluble polymers market. The patent analysis section in this report provides a snapshot of technological trends in the global market over time as well as geographically— namely for the U.S., Europe and Japan.

The global water-soluble polymers market is segmented based on the type of origin, physical form, and end-use industry. The estimated values used are based on manufacturers’ total revenues. Projected and forecasted revenue values are in constant U.S. dollars unadjusted for inflation.

Research Methodology
For this research report, BCC Research has done rigorous primary as well as secondary research in order to track the market accurately. Key data for estimating the market, such as top-down and bottom-up models, were developed to determine volumes as well as value-wise trends and assessments for the global water-soluble polymers market. Key players in the water-soluble polymers market have been identified through a review of secondary sources such as industry whitepapers, annual reports, published reports by credible agencies, financial reports and published interviews with key opinion leaders (KOLs) from leading companies.

During the initial interviews, KOLs also suggested other water- soluble polymer producers that were not included in the original scope of the study. Therefore, we have further refined the company profile section by adding suggested producers of water-soluble polymers by KOLs. Generally, KOLs reports include the Chief Executive Officer, general managers, vice presidents, sales directors, market executives, research & development directors, product managers, procurement managers, export managers and any other relevant position. During the research process, all of the major stakeholders across the value chain of water-soluble polymers were contacted for conducting primary interviews.

In the first phase of the study, revenue and volume for the water-soluble polymers market were determined through reviewing annual sales reports, analyzing related industry reports, tracking global import and export trends, and monitoring financial parameters related to the market among other sources. In the second phase of the study, we conducted primary interviews with KOLs regarding leading players in the market to verify our initial estimations gathered through secondary sources. Based on initial interviews, some of the original findings were kept intact while other findings were refined. The final value and volume forecast for the water-soluble polymers market were derived through series of primary interviews with KOLs.
For some segments of the water-soluble polymers market, there were no secondary hard data available.
In those cases, price trends, inflation rates, industrial production indices, purchasing managers’ indices
(PMI) and other sources were used to estimate data for these market segments. During primary and secondary interviews, these estimations were verified by KOLs.

Intended Audience
• Producers.
• Environment protection agencies.
• End users — industries including water treatment, food processing, oil and gas mining, and textile.
• Suppliers.
• Raw material providers.
• Investors — private equity, venture capital, and more.

Information Sources
The various sources used to recognize and collect useful information required for extensive commercial and technical study of the water-soluble polymers market are mentioned below:
Primary sources:
• Selected experts from related industries.
• Preferred suppliers.

Secondary sources:
• E-magazines.
• Directories.
• Research papers.
• White papers.
• Databases such as OneSource, Factiva, Bloomberg, Sec filings, Reuters.
• Stock exchanges such as TMX, NASDAQ, ASX, and LSE.

Geographic Breakdown
In this report, the geographic regions considered for market analysis include, and only include:
North America:
• The U.S.
• Mexico.
• Canada.

• The U.K.
• Germany.
• France.
• Russia.
• Rest of Europe.

• China.
• Japan.
• India.
• Rest of Asia-Pacific.

Rest of the World:
• Latin America.
• The Middle East.
• Africa.

Global Market for Water-soluble Polymers, by Origin
- Synthetic Water-soluble Polymers
- Natural Water-soluble Polymers
- Mixed Water-soluble Polymers

Global Market for Water-soluble Polymers, by Physical Form
- Emulsion Water-soluble Polymer
- Powder Water-soluble Polymer
- Solution Water-soluble Polymer

Global Market for Water-soluble Polymers, by End-use Industry
- Food Processing
- Mining Industry
- Paper Industry
- Petrochemical and Oilfield Industry
- Personal Care Industry
- Textile Industry
- Water Treatment Industry
- Other Industries

Chapter 2: Summary and Highlights
In terms of revenue, the global water-soluble polymers market was valued at $35.7 billion in 2016. The market is expected to increase to $49.6 billion by 2022, a CAGR of 5.8% during the forecast period from 2017 to 2022. This report segments the overall water-soluble polymers market (WSP) into origins, physical forms, end-use industries and regions.

The future growth potential of the water-soluble polymers market is dependent on factors such as increasing applications of natural and mixed polymers in the food processing and pharmaceutical industries, supportive environmental regulation, pricing trends of waters, and other factors. In addition, the growing demand for natural water-soluble polymers and polyacrylamide (synthetic) water-soluble polymers is projected to augment the market growth during the forecast period. In different industries, casein, gelatin, pectin, guar gum, and xanthan gum are used as natural water-soluble polymers.

Due to higher gelatinization and molecular weight varieties, natural water-soluble polymers are employed in familiar industries for consumer products like coating and inks, paper, adhesives, cosmetics and personal care products. The rising demand of natural water-soluble polymers for this consumer-based product stands out among the others. Whereas, polyacrylamide-based water-soluble polymers are very effective in drag reduction performance in different industries such as oil and gas and wastewater treatment due to their high molecular weight.

Drag reduction efficiency of water-soluble polymers is well known to be closely associated with the flow conditions and rheological, physical, and chemical characteristics of the polymers added. The breakdown of the product lifecycle for water-soluble polymers by geography shows an interesting trend. In North America, the water-soluble polymers market in the U.S. and Canada has already reached its maturity phase caused by lack of further water treatment facilities expansion, decrease in government spending and saturation of industry level applications.

On the other hand, water-soluble polymer market in Mexico is in a growth phase due to the rising demand for water treatment caused by an increase in the price of clean water, supportive environment regulations, and expansion of industrial water and wastewater treatment project investments. Emulsion type water-soluble polymer producers faced difficulties in penetrating the North American market due to a higher awareness among stakeholders regarding the effectiveness and handling potential of water-soluble polymers and dominance of the powder and solution forms of water-soluble polymers.

In North America, food processing is expected to remain the largest industrial market for the water-soluble polymer market. In Europe, the future potential of the water-soluble polymer market in France, Italy, Belgium and the U.K. looks slightly less optimistic due to a slump in the manufacturing sector, economic volatility and maturity of water treatment chemicals sector. Factors such as steady economic growth, growth in mining sectors, and government investments in water treatment projects are expected to drive the growth of water-soluble polymers market in Germany and countries from Scandinavia.

Due to a greater knowledge level among stakeholders regarding water-soluble polymers, water treatment infrastructure, and a greater preference for natural by origin water-soluble polymers, the demand for applications of synthetic and mixed by origin water-soluble polymers is pretty low in the European market. In terms of volume, in Europe, manufacturing entities such as food and beverages, pharmaceutical, personal care, water treatment, textile and paper, petroleum and mining industries are expected to remain the largest industrial end user for the water-soluble polymer market.

Some of the major players in the global water-soluble polymers market are SNF s.a.s., BASF SE, The Dow Chemical Company, Arkema France S.A, E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, and Ashland Global Holding Corporation.

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