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In recent times the chemical industry has seen a significant trend towards low-volume high-value chemicals and materials. These are generally referred to as specialty or performance chemicals. In addition, we also possess a team of domain experts, focusing on the fine chemical space. Grand View Research publishes industry reports, market sizing and forecast studies and market potential studies for key industries including,

  • Agrochemicals
  • Biopharmaceuticals
  • Renewable chemicals
  • Specialty, bio-based and water soluble polymers
  • Electronic chemicals
  • Industrial Cleaners
  • Food additives, nutricosmetics, flavors and fragrances
  • Catalysts and enzymes

 

Research Reports in Specialty & Fine Chemicals

Organic Personal Care Market Analysis By Products (Skin Care, Hair Care, Oral Care, Cosmetics) And Segment Forecasts To 2020

July 2014

Industry Insights Organic personal care market envelops a wide range of products including skin care, hair care, oral care, cosmetics and other niche segments. Major characteristic of this market, which also acts as a major pull for consumers, is the natural appeal of its products. With limited or no synthetic input involved in all processes of manufacturing organic personal care products, original properties of the ingredients are retained, thus, increasing their effectiveness. A major factor responsible for the growth of this market is the rising consumer awareness of health and safety risks posed by personal care products. In the wake of concerns over...

BioLubricants Market Analysis By Raw material (Vegetable oil, Animal oil), By Application (Automotive, Hydraulic, Process, De-molding, Lubricating, Chainsaw, Compressor, Turbine, Industrial gear, Metal working), By End Use (Industrial, Commercial transport, Consumer Automotive) And Segment Forecasts To 2020

June 2014

Industry Insights Bio-Lubricants or Bio-based Lubricants or Bio-Lubes are non-toxic biodegradable products that are used in applications such as automotive oils, hydraulic oils, process oils, de-molding oils, lubricating greases, chainsaw oils, compressor oils, turbine oils, industrial gear oils, metal working oils, etc. Bio-lubricants are made from raw materials which include animal oils and vegetable oils such as palm oil, castor oil, sunflower oil and others. Additionally they can be made from mineral-oil based products or modified renewable oils. Bio-Lubricants are used in applications that has use of machines in or near water, use in machinery which...

Fluorosilicic Acid Market Analysis, Market Size, Application Analysis, Regional Outlook, Competitive Strategies And Forecasts, 2014 To 2020

Fluorosilicic acid, an organic liquid, is a by-product of phosphoric acid and hydrogen fluoride. It is usually used in toothpastes, and also for fluoridation of water for maintaining fluoride level in water by municipal corporations. Tooth decay can be prevented by maintaining the fluoride levels. Fluorosilicic acid is liquid in nature, hence it is easy to handle and occupational hazards of handling fine power can be prevented. Fluorosilicic acid’s increasing demand in fluoridation of drinking water is expected to be the major market driver. Increasing demand from textile industry is also expected to boost fluorosilicic acid market, as it is use in removing rust and stains from the fabrics. However, fuming property and corrosive nature of...

Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVA) Films Market Analysis By Water Soluble Applications (Detergent Packaging, Agrochemical Packaging, Laundry Bags, Embroidery), Polarizer Application (LCD Panels) And Segment Forecasts To 2020

June 2014

Industry Insights Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) films are manufactured using vinyl acetate monomer. PVA is resistant to oil, solvent and grease. It is a superior adhesive and its water soluble properties make it ideally suited for use in packaging application. PVA films are also widely used in production of polarizer films. Polarizer PVA films are used to produce liquid crystal display (LCD) panels. Various regulatory supports such as EN13432, which emphasize on use of biodegradable products, are expected to drive the market over next six years. In additions, companies such as MonoSol LLC have been developing PVA films for novel applications such as food and...

Frozen Bakery Additives Market Analysis, Market Size, Application Analysis, Regional Outlook, Competitive Strategies And Forecasts, 2014 To 2020

Frozen bakery additives are substances that are added during the processing of frozen bakery products. Additives help to increase the shelf life of the product. Additives ensure that the safety, wholesomeness, attractiveness and nutrition of the product remain intact. The global frozen bakery additives market has witnessed high growth in the past years. This may be attributed to the consumer preference towards products offering quality, convenience and variety. Key drivers for the market’s growth in the coming years are improvement in product quality, reasonable prices of frozen bakery products, increasing demand for processed food and environment friendly manufacturing process. However, the consolidated nature of the market and restricted temperature...

Thermoplastic Polyolefins (TPO) Market Analysis And Segment Forecasts To 2020

May 2014

Industry Insights Shift in trend to replace PVC (polyvinyl chloride) owing to growing environmental concerns in major end use industries such as automotive and construction around the world has been boosting the demand for TPOs (thermoplastic polyolefins) in the recent past. PVC contains phthalates which are considered to be harmful for environment. TPOs represent a member of a large group of thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs). TPOs just like other members of TPE family including TPV, TPU etc. have rubber like properties but process like polymers which makes them highly suitable for high performance applications in a variety of end use industries. Compared to...

Copolyester Elastomers (COPEs) Market Analysis By Application (Automotive, Electrical, Industrial, Medical) Trend And Segment Forecasts To 2020

May 2014

Industry Insights Shift in trend towards replacing metals, rubbers and polymers which are hazardous to the environment has been acting as one of the primary factors driving the demand for thermoplastic elastomers in the recent past. Copolyester elastomers (COPEs) emerged as one of the fastest growing member of the thermoplastic elastomer family. Growing demand for high performance low weight material from the automotive industry has been driving the demand for COPEs in the past and this trend is expected to continue over the forecast period. Copolyester elastomers outweigh other members of thermoplastic elastomer family in terms of its chemical and physical properties. COPEs have properties similar to that of vulcanized elastomers. Fuel...

Glycerol Market By Source (Biodiesel, Fatty Acids, Fatty Alcohols), By Application (Personal Care, Alkyd Resins, Polyether Polyols), Downstream Opportunities (Propylene Glycol, Epichlorohydrin, 1,3 Propanediol) And Segment Forecasts To 2020

May 2014

Industry Insights Glycerol is a sweet, colorless, viscous, sugar polyol compound displaying hygroscopic and soluble properties. Also called as glycerine/ glycerin, it is a core component of all triglycerides. Glycerols can be synthetic or natural based depending on the raw materials used for its production. Transesterification, hydrolysis and saponification are a few glycerol production processes. Glycerol is widely used in many consumer products due to its non-toxicity and nutrition values. Its applications range from food sweeteners and preservatives to antifreeze chemicals and explosives, largely dependent on its chemical reactive properties. Mainstream...

Styrenic Block Copolymer (SBCs) Market Analysis By Product (SBS, SIS, HSBC), By Application (Paving and Roofing, Footwear, Advanced Materials, Adhesives, Sealants, Coatings) And Segment Forecasts To 2020

May 2014

Industry Insights Styrenic block copolymers commonly known as SBCs are the largest consumed member of thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) family. SBCs are used for variety of application which requires high performance polymers. SBCs have properties similar to that of rubber but they process like polymers. SBCs owing to their bulk consumption compared to other TPEs are the lowest priced thermoplastic elastomers. SBCs are generally used with a host of other polymers and additives unlike other members of thermoplastic elastomers which are used seldom. Additives and other polymers are added in SBCs in order to specifically formulate the final compound that meets...

Lactic Acid And Poly Lactic Acid (PLA) Market Analysis By Application (Packaging, Agriculture, Transport, Electronics, Textiles) And Segment Forecasts To 2020

May 2014

Industry Insights Lactic acid or 2-hydroxy propanoic acid is a colorless (or yellowish) syrupy liquid which is miscible with water and alcohol. Lactic acid production involves carbohydrate fermentation in the presence of an excess of calcium carbonate. Raw materials for lactic acid production include carbohydrates such as corn, sugarcane, sugarbeet, tapioca, etc. It is used in a variety of application areas, and has been gaining importance over the past few years due to its use in developing poly lactic acid (PLA). The global lactic acid market was estimated to be 714.2 kilo tons in 2013, which is expected to reach 1,960.1 kilo tons by 2020, growing at a...

Sorbitol Market By Product (Liquid, Crystal), By Application (Oral Care, Vitamin C, Diabetic & Dietetic Food & Beverages, Surfactants), By End User (Personal Care & Cosmetics, Food, Chemical, Pharmaceutical), Downstream Opportunities (Ethylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Sorbitol, Isosorbide) And Segment Forecasts To 2020

May 2014

Industry Insights Sorbitol is a sugar polyhydroxyl alcohol having natural existence in certain fruits. It can also be synthetically prepared from glucose. It is commercially available in liquid and crystal form. It caters to a range of end user industries such personal care & cosmetics, food & beverages, chemicals and pharmaceuticals owing to the different properties that fulfill the product production demands. Its applications are found in various consumer oriented markets such as oral care, nutrition, health foods and surfactants. Sorbitol has been majorly used as feedstock for production of vitamin C. This has seen a decline in recent times with...

Enzymes Market Analysis By Product (Carbohydrase, Proteases, Lipases, Polymerases & Nucleases) And Segment Forecasts To 2020

April 2014

Industry Insights Enzymes are biological molecules which function as catalyst and are responsible for accelerating the specificity and speed of metabolic reactions. Increasing global population and lifestyle trends have had a positive impact on global processed foods demand. With increasing pressure for feeding the population, the demand for enzymes in food industry is expected to be strong over the next six years. In addition, use of enzyme engineering in synthetic biology serves as a great opportunity for companies operating in the global enzymes market which in turn is expected to help penetration of enzymes in fuels and chemical application. Enzymes...

Salicylic Acid Market Analysis By Application (Pharmaceuticals, Food & Preservative, Cosmetics) And Segment Forecasts To 2020

April 2014

Industry Insights Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) naturally found in the bark of willow tree. In addition, small traces of the acid are also found in fruits, flowers and roots of several plants. Commercially, salicylic acid is made from phenol by various chemical processes such as a reaction between carbon dioxide and dry sodium phenoxide, followed by acid treatment. Majority of the globally produced salicylic acid is used in the manufacturing of pharmaceuticals such as aspirin and various skincare creams for ailments such as acne, blemishes and psoriasis among others. In addition, the anti oxidation properties make it an ideal raw material in...

Biosurfactants Market By Product (Rhamnolipids, Sophorolipids, MES, APG, Sorbitan Esters, Sucrose Esters) Expected to Reach USD 2,308.8 Million by 2020

April 2014

Industry Insights Surfactants are usually amphiphilic organic compounds containing both hydrophobic group (tail) and hydrophilic groups (head). Bio-surfactants are surfactants in which at least one of the two groups (hydrophilic or hydrophobic) is obtained from plants and hence they are not necessarily 100% plant-derived. Surfactants lower the surface tension of liquids, allowing chemicals to mix more easily. Biosurfactants are produced using oleochemical (bio-based) raw materials including plant oils such as coconut and palm oils, plant carbohydrates such as sorbitol, sucrose and glucose or from animal fats such as tallow. Oleochemical feedstock sourcing...

Furandicarboxylic Acid (FDCA) Market Potential Analysis And Segment Forecasts To 2020

April 2014

Industry Insights Furandicarboxylic acid or FDCA is an oxidized furan derivative and is a highly stable compound. Owing to its potential of being used as a substitute to a wide variety of petrochemicals such as adipic acid and terephthalic acid, there has been extensive R&D over the past decade. FDCA was classified by the US Department of Energy as one of 12 priority chemicals for establishing the “green” chemistry industry of the future. Until today, FDCA was never commercialized in industrial volumes as the production process was not economically viable. The key concern for economic production of FDCA is the instability of the...

Fluorotelomers Market Analysis And Segment Forecasts To 2020

April 2014

Industry Insights Fluorotelomers are primarily fluorocarbon based telomers or oligomers, manufactured by telomerization. Fluorotelomers find applications in fire fighting foams, food packaging, stain resistance and textiles. Fluorotelomers are also applied to food contact papers to enable them to be resistant to absorbing oil from fatty or fried foods. Fluorotelomer coatings find uses in microwave bags, fast food packaging, confectionery and box packaging. The global market for fluorotelomers is still perceived to be at a nascent stage with significant untapped potential to be unlocked, especially in substitution applications for other fluorochemical...

Levulinic Acid Market Analysis And Segment Forecasts To 2020

March 2014

Industry Insights Levulinic acid, also known as 4-oxopentanoic acid, is an organic compound which is classified as a keto acid. Its physical form is a white crystalline solid and is soluble in water, ethanol, and diethyl ether, but is insoluble in aliphatic hydrocarbons. In recent years, the need for sustainability has constantly driven the chemical industry towards exploring renewable chemistry and biotechnology to develop products from bio-based sources. These products are developed with an objective of using them as “platforms” for manufacturing a host of industrial and specialty chemicals to replace their synthetic counterparts. Levulinic...

Fluorochemicals Market Analysis And Segment Forecasts To 2020

March 2014

Industry Insights Fluorochemicals find numerous applications across a host of industries including refrigeration, aluminum production, blowing agents and others. Broadly, fluorochemicals can be classified as fluorocarbons, fluoropolymers and inorganics. Fluorocarbons are essentially hydrocarbons, with fluorine replacing a minimum of one hydrogen atom; key fluorocarbons include CFC, HFC and HCFC. Inorganics generally include inorganic fluorochemicals such as aluminum fluoride, fluorosilicate, silicofluoride and cryolite and find applications in aluminum production, steel making, fumigation, cleaning agents, herbicides and other pesticides. Fluoropolymers...

Biofuel Enzymes Market Analysis By Product (Amylases, Industrial Lipases), By Application (Biodiesel, Starch/Corn Based Ethanol, Lignocellulosic Ethanol/Biofuels) And Segment Forecasts To 2020

March 2014

Industry Insights Biofuels are the renewable and sustainable source of fuels which are mainly formed by waste plant and animal matter. Biofuel enzymes are biological catalysts which alter and speed up the ongoing reactions and increases productivity, performance and environmental gains in the biofuels. Biofuel enzymes serve various applications in biodiesel, lignocellulosic ethanol, corn/starch based ethanol and others. Biofuel enzymes increase specificity and efficiency of products. Growing environmental concerns and increased government policies to form legislations for blending of biofuel have turned to be the prime driver in broadening the market of...

Bio Succinic Acid Market Analysis And Segment Forecasts To 2020

March 2014

Industry Insights Succinic acid is a chemical intermediary and is expected to develop as a platform chemical in a broad range of applications varying from niche segments such as food additive and personal care to large applications such as plasticizers, resins, coatings and polyurethanes. The U.S. Department of Energy classifies it as one of the five most promising “building block” chemicals that can be manufactured through biomass. Until now, Succinic acid was being produced through petroleum raw materials which resulted in high cost due to the soaring oil prices, restricting application scope to just pharmaceuticals and personal care...

1, 4-Butanediol Market Analysis And Segment Forecasts To 2020

March 2014

Industry Insights Butanediol as a whole may refer to four different isomers of butanediol, 1,2-butanediol, 1,3-butanediol, 1,4-butanediol and 2,3-butanediol. Out of the four compounds mentioned above, 1,4-butanediol (1,4 BDO) is widely used leading to it being commonly referred to as butanediol. The biggest application market for 1, 4-BDO is to manufacture tetrahydrofuran, which is not only used as a solvent in chemical industry, but is also a key raw material for manufacturing spandex via producing polytetramethylene ether glycol. Spandex is a synthetic fiber which is popularly known for its exceptional elasticity and its strength. However it is less...

Activated Carbon Market Analysis And Segment Forecasts To 2020

February 2014

Industry Insights This market study estimates and analyzes the global activated carbon industry. Activated carbon, also known as activated charcoal, is a processed non graphite porous form of carbon formed by activation of carbonaceous material such as sawdust, bamboo, coconut shells, wood chips, lignite, coal and paddy husk. The activation process includes two stages, with the first being carbonization of raw material such as peat, coal, or any organic carbonaceous material and the second being activation either by treating with oxygen or by chemical treatment to develop highly porous structure. Key activated carbon products used globally are primarily...

Chromium Phosphate Market Analysis By Application (Architectural Coatings, Corrosion Inhibitor Coatings, Medical) And Segment Forecasts To 2020

January 2014

Industry Insights This market study estimates and analyzes the global chromium phosphate industry. Chromium phosphate can also be termed as chromium orthophosphate of phosphoric acid or chromium (III) salt; it is insoluble in water. It is primarily used in the production of paints for coatings employed for architectural and corrosion protection purposes. On account of their sizable benefits, chromium phosphates are used in numerous application areas. Major raw materials used for production comprise chromium trioxide, orthophosphoric acid, ethanol, and ammonium dichromate. The global chromium phosphate market was estimated to be 25,672.1 tons in 2012, and...

Bio-Based Polypropylene (PP) Technology Market Analysis, Market Size, Application Analysis, Regional Outlook, Competitive Strategies And Forecasts, 2014 To 2020

Growing environmental concerns regarding the use of synthetic (petroleum derived) plastics have been prompting the industry to shift their focus towards developing new technologies for manufacturing plastics using renewable resources. One of the most widely used plastic includes polypropylene. Polypropylene is a polymer of propylene, a basic petrochemical product. Owing to growing environmental concerns regarding the manufacturing and usage of polypropylene, the market participants have been developing bio-based routes for manufacturing polypropylene.  Companies such as Braskem and Dow Chemical Company have been investing heavily in developing technologies to manufacture bio-based polypropylene eying a huge...

Bio-Based Polyurethane Market Analysis, Market Size, Application Analysis, Regional Outlook, Competitive Strategies And Forecasts, 2014 To 2020

The quest to reduce reliance on petroleum derived products has been acting as one of the major factors driving the demand for bio-based products. Bio-based polyurethane, a member of this large bio-based products family has been gaining popularity in the recent times owing to its environmental friendly characteristics and its wide spread applications.  Polyurethane manufactured using a combination of a polyol and an isocyanate. Environmental concerns regarding the usage of petroleum derived polyurethane has been prompting the industry to shift their focus towards developing and commercializing a sustainable replacement for petroleum derived polyurethane. Bio-based polyurethane emerged as a clear replacement for...

Bioplastics Market Analysis, Market Size, Application Analysis, Regional Outlook, Competitive Strategies And Forecasts, 2014 To 2020

Bioplastics refer to a family of plastics which are derived from bio-based material such as plant and animals rather than petroleum. These materials could be biodegradable or non biodegradable in nature. The development of these materials is expected to significantly save the consumption of petroleum for manufacturing of plastics. Furthermore, the improvement in technology and increased application scope of bioplastics make them an ideal choice over conventional plastics. The increased environmental awareness among consumers coupled with the increased importance of sustainability is expected to drive the demand for bioplastics over the next few years.  There are a variety of factors which have contributed in the...

Nutricosmetics Market Analysis, Market Size, Application Analysis, Regional Outlook, Competitive Strategies And Forecasts, 2014 To 2020

Nutritional supplements supporting the structure and function of the skin are referred to as nutricosmetics. These nutricosmetics are consumed orally in both solid (pills) and liquid forms. Some of the major ingredients of nutricosmetics include vitamins (A, B6 and E), sterol esters, co-enzyme Q10, omega-3 fatty acids, lycopene, soy isoflavone proteins, beta-carotene probiotics, chondrotin and lutein. These ingredients act as anti-oxidants and function by controlling and cancelling the effects of free radicals (by products of biochemical reactions) and by providing anti-inflammatory protection to the skin against ultraviolet radiations.  Growing base of elderly population seeking cosmetic assistance and rapidly...

Bio-based Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) Market Analysis, Market Size, Application Analysis, Regional Outlook, Competitive Strategies And Forecasts, 2014 To 2020

Over 50 million tons of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is consumed each year primarily in packaging and bottling industry. Diminishing oil reserved coupled with growing consumer awareness of sustainability issues has led to the novel processes for the development of chemical intermediates which utilize non petroleum sources. Bio-based PET is developed using bio based raw materials such as sugar and rice hulls. Commercially, bio-based PET is manufactured using bio-based ethylene glycol; however over 60% of the PET is still oil based. This provides large opportunity for the new companies engaging in the manufacturing of bio-based PET.  In addition to the fluctuating oil prices, there are several factors responsible...

Polymer Excipients Market Analysis, Market Size, Application Analysis, Regional Outlook, Competitive Strategies And Forecasts, 2014 To 2020

Excipients are generally inactive substances used as binders for active ingredients in therapeutic drugs. Often, the active ingredients are not absorbed by the body and hence the use of excipients is essential for the efficient delivery of the drug. The substance being inactive in nature does not have a therapeutic effect on the working of the medicine. In addition, the excipients also help in maintaining the dosage and balance of the therapeutic drug. In addition to binding, excipients are used for a variety of functionality such as coating, fillers, flavours, colorants, sweeteners and preservative among others.  Polymer excipients are the largest consumed excipients and accounted for over half the global market....

Dodecanedioic Acid (DDDA) Market Analysis, Market Size, Application Analysis, Regional Outlook, Competitive Strategies And Forecasts, 2014 To 2020

Dodecanedioic acid commonly known as DDDA is a dicarboxylic acid used in variety of application such as corrosion inhibitors, painting materials, surfactants and antiseptics. However, the largest addressable market for DDDA is in the production of polyamide 6,12. DDA is traditionally produced using butadiene by the means of multi step chemical process. Dodecanedioic acid is generally available in white flake form.  Growing demand for performance nylon 6,12 has been acting as one of the major factors driving the demand for DDDA in the past and this trend is expected to continue over the next decade owing to widespread application of performance nylons. However, stringent regulations imposed on DDDA manufacturers by...

Alcohol Excipients Market Analysis, Market Size, Application Analysis, Regional Outlook, Competitive Strategies And Forecasts, 2014 To 2020

An excipient is generally an inactive substance used as binders for the active ingredients in pharmaceuticals. The active substances are often not absorbed by the body and for this reason they are mixed with inactive substances (excipients) which allow absorption by the human body. In addition, the excipients also help in maintaining the dosage and balance of the therapeutic drug. Excipients are categorised based on the chemicals into alcohol, polymers, gelatine, minerals and sugar among others.  Alcohol excipients are the second largest consumed excipients after polymers and account for close to one fourth of the market. Alcohol excipients comprise of glycerine, propylene glycol, sorbitol, and mannitol among...