Resorcinol Market Report

Resorcinol Market Analysis By Application (Rubber Products, Wood Adhesives, UV Stabilizers, Flame Retardants), By Region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America, MEA), And Segment Forecasts, 2014 - 2025

Published: August 2017  |  86 Pages  |  Format: PDF  |  Report ID: GVR-1-68038-969-2

Industry Insights

The global resorcinol market size was valued at 59.0 kilotons in 2016. Its growing usage in applications such as rubber, wood adhesives, and UV stabilizers coupled with the inherent advantages of the chemical is expected to propel market growth. 

Resorcinol is also called as 1,3-Benzenediol. It is a chemical, specifically used for adhesion purposes. It is obtained from crystallization of benzene and is soluble in ether, alcohol, and water. The application industries of the chemical include dyestuff, personal care, pharmaceuticals, plastic, and rubber.

U.S. resorcinol market revenue by application, 2014 - 2025 (USD Million)

U.S. resorcinol market

The resorcinol market worth in the U.S. was USD 100.0 million in 2016 and is forecasted to be USD 130.6 million by 2025 growing at an anticipated CAGR of 3.1% over the forecast period. The presence of a strong automotive and construction sector in the country coupled with the prevalent awareness of its usage is expected to benefit the overall demand in the country.

Resorcinol is used as a medium for adhesion between rubber and reinforcing cords. The rubber products for which it is used includes belt, tire, and rubber coated fabric. All these materials are widely utilized in the automotive industries. The increasing disposable income across the globe has catered to a rise in the demand for automotive vehicles. Such trends are expected to benefit the demand over the forecast period.

Resorcinol-formaldehyde resins are used for wood binding applications to address issues such as room temperature cure and structural integrity. The usage of the resin also imparts waterproof characteristics to the applied wood surface. Also, it serves as an intermediate for the manufacturing of light screening agents used for protecting plastics against UV lights. The chemical is also used to manufacture pharmaceutical products, flame retardants, fungicidal creams & lotions, and agriculture chemicals. The broad application portfolio of the product has benefitted the chemical demand in the recent past, and this scenario is expected to continue over the forecast period.

Application Insights

Rubber products dominated the application segment in 2016, and it is expected that the application will continue its dominance over the forecast period. The global market is growing on account of broadening application portfolio of the chemical. Companies, develop the products which comply with the prevalent rules and regulations.

Global resorcinol market by application, 2016 (%)

Global resorcinol market

Resorcinol is widely used for tire manufacturing for a variety of application such as automotive tires, bicycles, and aircraft. Usage of chemical improves the overall rubber compound process ability. It also results in the increase of static as well as dynamic modulus of rubber. Also, it does not have any effect on the overall vulcanization process of rubber and enhances the steel cord adhesion. Such inherent advantages are expected to benefit the segment demand growth over the next eight years. 

Resorcinol is used in wood applications due to its high chemical stability. It is resistant to solvents, saltwater, acids, and oil. It acts as a strong adhesive and can withstand a wide range of temperatures after curing. Wood based interior, as well as exterior structures, are in high demand for architectural as well as construction applications. The global growth in both of these major end use industries is forecasted to benefit the overall demand for wood adhesive application, and the segment is anticipated to be valued at USD 82.0 million by 2025.

The chemical is widely used as a raw material for the manufacture of UV absorbers. UV absorbers are used in a variety of applications such as plastics, adhesives, coatings, as well as elastomers to protect them from the effects of UV light. The global growth in the demand for these applications particularly in Asia Pacific region is expected to benefit the overall UV stabilizers segment growth.

Resorcinol based flame retardants mostly fall in the non-halogenated flame retardant category. They show high heat stability & low volatility and can tolerate high processing temperatures. Due to its better processing characteristics, the flame retardants manufactured by using resorcinol can be used in a variety of high flow plastics. The favorable regulations favoring the usage of flame retardants coupled with the advantages of resorcinol based flame retardants are expected to favor the segment growth.

Regional Insights 

Regarding revenue, Asia Pacific held the major market share in 2016 and is expected to continue its dominance over the next eight years. The market worth in the region was USD 242.4 million in 2016. Rapid industrialization in India & China and the positive growth of the automotive sector in the region are contributing positively to the overall demand growth. The government of various countries has taken initiatives in the region to promote and revitalize the construction industry in the region. Such trends are expected to have a positive effect on the market growth in the region.

The European market worth was USD 50.8 million in 2016 and is expected to grow at an anticipated CAGR of 3.2% over the forecast period. The strong presence and substantial growth in the furniture industry in Europe is driving demand for resorcinol used in wood adhesives in the country. The region is characterized by the presence of strict laws and regulations about the usage and disposal of the chemical. Government regulatory agencies, as well as organizations, have carried out research about the health and environmental hazards of resorcinol.  

Competitive Insights

Manufacturers as well as academic institutions re-trying to develop a manufacturing process which reduces the salt byproducts and also reduces the energy intensity, corrosion, and the co-product liabilities. Companies maintain ISO certified manufacturing facilities to provide optimum quality yield and strive to make the production processes more environmentally safe. 

The Indian government in the recent past launched an investigation about the imposing of anti-dumping duty measures against resorcinol imports in the country. The measures were taken by complaints filed with the government authorities by the local manufacturing companies. The initiative was taken by the regional government to safeguard the interests of the domestic industry.

Owing to a failure in developing its manufacturing process, Indspec Chemical closed its manufacturing plant in the U.S. Industry participants includes Dynea, Sumitomo Chemical, Atul Ltd, Sigma-Aldrich, AminoChem among others.

Report Scope 

Attribute

Details

Base year for estimation

2016

Actual estimates/Historical data

2014 - 2015

Forecast period

2017 - 2025

Market representation                                                

Revenue in USD Million, Volume in Tons and CAGR from 2017 to 2025

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America, Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S., UK, Germany, China, India, Japan

Report coverage             

Revenue forecast, company share, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

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Segments covered in the report

This report forecasts volume and revenue growth at global, regional & country levels and provides an analysis on the industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global resorcinol market on the basis of application, and region:

  • Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million; Volume Tons, 2014 - 2025)

    • Rubber products

    • Wood adhesives

    • UV stabilizers

    • Flame retardants

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million; Volume Tons, 2014 - 2025)

    • North America

      • U.S.

    • Europe

      • UK

      • Germany

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

    • Central & South America

    • Middle East & Africa

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