Global technical textile chemicals market demand was 1,591.3 kilo tons in 2012. Increasing demand for technical textiles particularly from automotive industry is expected to drive global technical textiles market. Product and application development is also expected to complement the market growth over the forecast period. Increasing construction spending particularly in emerging markets of Asia Pacific is also expected to have positive influence on the market growth. Emerging economies are developing at a faster rate leading to greater use of geotextiles in construction of national highways. Rapid growth of industrialization rate across Asia Pacific and Latin America is expected to have direct impact on the growing protection clothing industry. Protech textile chemicals are expected to be directly benefitted. Longevity of economic slowdown in developing countries is expected to have a direct impact on the global technical textile chemicals market. Growing environmental norms and regulations may emerge as a major concern for the overall market over the next six years. Emergence of bio-based alternatives is expected to impose significant threat to the market growth. High cost of finished technical textiles is also expected to pose challenge for market participants. Major market participants have invested on R&D to attain sustainability and gain competitive advantage. Growing usage of technical textiles in varied application is expected to create lucrative opportunity for the market over the forecast period. The industry is expected to prosper by high usage of new technologies and advanced application of that technology to use textiles to solve various complicated applications. Various smart technologies include smart/interactive/intelligent textiles, new fibers and yarns, innovative and creative application.
Technical Textile Chemicals Market Volume by Application, 2012-2020 (Kilo Tons)
Transtech was the largest technical textile chemicals application market and accounted for over one-fifth of total market volume in 2013. However, it is expected to lose market share over the forecast period. Geotech technical textiles are expected to witness the highest growth over the next six years. Versatile use of geotextiles is expected to have a direct influence on the textile chemicals used in this market. Other technical textile chemicals include agrotech, buildtech, medtech, miltech, packtech, protech and others. Growth of varied end-use markets such as agriculture, healthcare, military textiles and food & beverages and industrial protective clothing market is expected to drive the global technical textile chemical applications market over the forecast period.
Asia Pacific was the most dominant regional technical textile chemicals market and accounted for over half of the global market in 2013. Infrastructure growth in emerging countries such as China, India and other South East Asian countries is expected to have positive impact on the regional technical textile chemicals market. North America and Europe are expected to witness significant growth over the forecast period. Growth of transtech in U.S. is expected to be beneficial to the regional market. Increased usage of geotech application in the regional markets is expected to drive the global technical textile chemicals market over the forecast period.
Global technical textile chemicals market players include the DyStar Group, Lonsen, The Lubrizol Corporation, The Dow Chemicals Company, Kiri Industries, Sumitomo Chemicals, Huntsman Corporation, BASF SE, Archroma, Omnava Solutions Incorporated, Clariant International, Solvay SA, Bayer Material Science AG, and Kemira. Key market participants are developing new textiles with smart functions that include high-performance and protection materials, using nanotechnology and biotechnology procedures, specialty coating and lamination formulas, as well as ink-jet printing processes. The market is highly fragmented and the major participants hold higher authority in the market and dominate the market. Hence, the entry barrier for new entrants is very high and requires highly innovative technologies to enter the market.
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