Global chemical cellulose market is expected to witness strong growth over the next seven years on account of increasing demand from various end-use industries including textiles, food & beverages and cosmetics. Chemical cellulose demand is expected to grow significantly over the forecast period owing to its increasing application in clothes, food products, wash & wipe items, home furnishing products and beauty products. Rising application scope of chemical cellulose in pharmaceuticals is further anticipated to surge the market growth in near future. Chemical cellulose has ability to replace the application of cotton in textile industry. Strong growth of textile industry over the past few years resulted in gap between cotton demand and supply. Growth of textile industry coupled with short fall of cotton supply is likely to open several growth opportunities for chemical cellulose market over the next seven years.
Based on chemical composition, chemical cellulose market can be segmented into various products including viscose staple fiber (VSF), lyocell, microcrystalline cellulose (MCC), acetate, ethers, cellophane and carboxy methyl cellulose (CMC). Among all the products mentioned above, VSF has been dominating chemical cellulose market over the past few years and trend is expected to continue over the forecast period owing to its increasing applications in making clothes, home furnishings, non-woven, wipes, feminine products and other hygiene products. Cellulose acetate is the second largest product segment, anticipated to witness significant growth over the projected period on account of increasing applications in textiles fibers, cigarette filters, wound dressings and wipes among many others. Increasing demand for CMC from food & beverages, oil drilling fluids, paper processing and personal care products is further expected to drive the global chemical cellulose market.
Textile industry was the largest end-use industry for chemical cellulose in 2013 followed by paper & pulp. Growing demand for chemical cellulose due to short fall of cotton supply coupled with increasing application scope in making clothes, home furnishings, non-wovens products is the key factor to drive the market in this industry. Food & beverages industry is expected to witness strong growth over the forecast period owing to its increasing usage as texturizer, anti-caking agent, emulsifier, bulking agent and fat substitute. Other end-use industries include food & beverages, paper processing, personal care & cosmetics, paints & coatings, oil drilling fluids and cigarette filters among many others.
Europe was the largest regional market for chemical cellulose in 2013 and is anticipated to remain as the dominating market owing to increasing demand from end-use industries in this region. Asia Pacific is expected to witness the fastest growth over the next seven year on account of lucrative growth in textile industry in China and India. Moreover, South Africa and North America are also likely to provide growth opportunities for the market in near future.
Top five producers of chemical cellulose include Sappi Group, Lenzing AG, RGE group, Rayonier, Tembec Inc., CLP Group, Eastman Chemical Company, Celanese Corporation, Solvay Acetow, FMC Corporation, Sigachi Industrial Pvt. Ltd., Sichem LLC, Ashland Inc. and Akzo Nobel N.V.,
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