US Natural Polymers Industry

Dec 04, 2012, 07:05 ET from Reportlinker

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US Natural Polymers Industry

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.


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


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


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


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



2 Population & 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 & Beverage Shipments 37

3 Food & Beverage Demand for Natural Polymers

by Application & Product 40

4 Confection & Baked Goods Demand for Natural Polymers 43

5 Dairy & Dessert Demand for Natural Polymers 46

6 Other Food & Beverage Demand for Natural Polymers 48

7 Pharmaceutical Supply & Demand 50

8 Medical Demand for Natural Polymers

by Application & Product 52

9 Oil & Gas Production 62

10 Oilfield Demand for Natural Polymers by Product 64

11 Cosmetic & Toiletry Supply & Demand 73

12 Cosmetic & Toiletry Demand for Natural Polymers 78

13 Paint & Printing Ink Indicators 81

14 Paint & 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 & Demand 96

20 Packaging Demand for Natural Polymers

by Application & 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 & 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 & 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 & Fermentation Polymer Demand 170

14 Exudate & Vegetable Gum Demand 172

15 Guar Gum Demand 174

16 Gum Arabic Demand 181

17 Other Exudate & 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 & Divestitures 227

3 Selected Cooperative Agreements 235


1 Natural Polymer Demand by Market, 2011 342 Food & Beverage Demand for Natural Polymersby Product, 2011 413 Medical Demand for Natural Polymers by Product, 2011 534 Cosmetic & Toiletry Demand for Natural Polymersby Product, 2011 79


1 Natural Polymer Demand by Type, 2011 1172 Cellulose Ether Demand by Type, 2011 1203 Methyl Cellulose Demand by Market, 2011 1224 Carboxymethyl Cellulose Demand by Market, 2011 1315 Starch & Fermentation Polymer Demand by Type, 2011 143


1 US Natural Polymer Market Share, 2011 219To order this report:Plastic Industry: US Natural Polymers Industry

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