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Global Markets for Optical Brighteners

Global Markets for Optical Brighteners

  • December 2017
  • 144 pages
  • ID: 5264582
  • Format: PDF
  • BCC Research


Table of Contents

• The global market for optical brighteners should reach $1.7 billion in 2017 and $2.1 billion by 2022, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.3%.
• Detergents as a segment should reach $625 million in 2017 and $794 million by 2022 at a CAGR of 4.9%.
• Textiles as a segment should reach $463 million in 2017 and $567 million by 2022 at a CAGR of 4.1%.

Chapter 1: Introduction

Study Goals and Objectives
This report is an impact analysis of the global optical brighteners market. The information in this report includes current trends both 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 structures in the overall optical brighteners market.
• To identify key market dynamics, trends, opportunities and factors influencing the global optical brighteners market and its subsegments.
• To forecast and analyze the size of the overall optical brighteners market based on chemicals, application and region.
• To identify major stakeholders and analyze the competitive landscape based on recent developments.
• To identify the trends, gaps and opportunities in each of the micro markets.
• To understand the effect of environmental concerns on this market.

Reasons for Doing This Study
Optical brightening agents (OBAs), also called fluorescent whitening agents, are used to make plastics, fibers, coatings, inks and detergents appear brighter, whiter and cleaner. These products function by absorbing invisible ultraviolet light and re-emitting it as a visible blue wavelength.

OBAs are specifically useful in disguising the yellowish cast often detected in these types of products after high-temperature treatments. In terms of revenue, the global OBA market was valued at $1.7 billion with a CAGR of 4.3% during the forecast period.

By 2022, the end of the forecast period, it is expected to reach $2.1 billion. Market growth is expected to be significant in several regions including Asia-Pacific, Middle East & Africa (MEA) and Latin America.

Growth, however, is expected to slow in North America and Europe due to market saturation, with the greatest number of OBA patents indicating the maturity of products in these regions. In addition, price volatility of raw material is another reason for curbing the market of optical brighteners. While Latin America and the Middle East should prove to be emerging markets, the AsiaPacific region is expected to experience the strongest growth.

India and China, in particular, with their high degree of industrialization, ramped up manufacturing activities, burgeoning populations and growing demand for better lifestyles, are both expected to undergo major market expansion. In another example of the strength of this region, Japan holds the largest number of OBA patents which will help its chemical manufacturers expand their businesses.

Scope of Report
This report represents an in-depth analysis of the global optical brighteners market by chemicals, application and region using different commercially available optical brighteners to derive specific market estimates.

The report also details a comparative study between conventional and emerging technologies and the importance of technical advances to this market as well as strategies adopted by major global players. Patent analyses provide snapshots of technological trends in the global market both geographically and over time, primarily for the U.S., Europe and Japan. The global optical brighteners market is segmented based on chemicals, application and region.

Estimated values are based on manufacturers’ total revenues. Projected and forecasted revenue values are in constant U.S. dollars unadjusted for inflation.
Research Methodology For the research report, we have done rigorous primary as well as secondary research in order to accurately track the market. Key data, such as top-down and bottom-up models, were developed to estimate volume as well as value wise market trends.

Key players have been identified through a review of secondary sources such as industry white papers, annual reports, published reports by credible agencies, financial reports and published interviews with Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs) from leading companies. During primary interviews, KOLs also suggested other optical brightener producers that were not included under the initial scope of the study and we have added them to the company profiles section. In general, KOLs include CEOs, general managers, vice presidents, sales directors, market executives, R&D directors, product managers, procurement managers, export managers, etc. During the research process, all major stakeholders across the market’s value chain were contacted for primary interviews.

In the first phase of the study, revenue and volume were determined by reviewing annual sales reports, analyzing reports on related industries, tracking global import and export trends, monitoring financial parameters related to the market, etc. In the second phase of the study, primary interviews were conducted with KOLs from leading players to verify initial estimates gathered from secondary sources and refine final values and volume forecasts.

For some segments in the optical brighteners market, no secondary hard data were available. In those instances, price trends, inflation rates, industrial production indices, purchasing manager indices (PMI), etc. were used to estimate data which was then verified by KOLs during primary interviews.

Intended Audience
• Producers.
• Environmental protection agencies.
• End users (industries including textiles, detergents, paper, plastics, personal care, cosmetics and ceramics).
• Suppliers.
• Raw material providers.
• Investors (private equity, venture capital, etc.).

Information Sources

Various sources used to identify and collect information required for the extensive commercial and technical study of this market include:

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, etc.
• Stock exchanges such as TMX, NASDAQ, ASX and LSE.

Geographic Breakdown

In this report, the geographic regions considered for market analysis include:
North America
• U.S.
• Rest of North America.
• U.K.
• Germany.
• France.
• Rest of Europe.
• China.
• Japan.
• India.
• Rest of Asia-Pacific.
Middle East and Africa (MEA)
• Gulf Corporation Council (GCC).
• South Africa.
• Rest of Middle East and Africa.
Latin America
• Brazil.
• Rest of Latin America.

Global Market for Optical Brighteners, By Chemical Type
Diphenyl pyrazoline
Dicarboxylic acid
Cinnamic acid

Global Market for Optical Brighteners, by Application

Global Market for Optical Brighteners, by Region
North America
Middle East and Africa (MEA)
Latin America

Analyst’s Credentials Abhigyan Sengupta is an economist with nearly 15 years of experience in the field of market research. He has authored many reports pertaining to semiconductors, electronic devices, chemicals and the fastmoving consumer goods (FMCG) industry and is currently mentoring a team of analysts in this domain.

He has headed electronics domains for many research companies. While an analyst with Frost & Sullivan, he specialized in the displays and electronic components industry in North America and published reports on flat-panel displays, LCDs, OLEDs, industrial and building automation, solid-state transformers, traction transformers, ceramic capacitors, EDLC and other subjects. He also worked closely with the best practices team at Frost & Sullivan and with companies such as Schneider, ABB, Samsung, NEC, AVX, BASF, Kraft and Danone, among others.

Prior to that, he was the head of the Department of Economic Affairs and Government Policy at the Automotive Components Manufacturers Association (ACMA) of India. He was a part of the ACMA delegation at the World Trade Organization (WTO) Hong Kong Ministerial in December 2005 and is well-versed in WTO affairs and international trade policies.

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