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Specialty & Fine Chemicals

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

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 t...

Biosurfactants Market Analysis And Segment Forecasts To 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 f...

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 intermediate...

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 compou...

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 ac...

Fluorochemical 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 are...

Enzymes Market Analysis And Segment Forecasts To 2020

March 2014

Global market for enzymes is expected to reach USD 7,652 million by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 8.3% from 2014 to 2020. 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.Carbohydrases emerged as the leading product segment in the global market and accounted for 46.1% of total revenue in 2013, with demand expected to grow at...

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 products....

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 durab...

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 man...

Chromium Phosphate Industry Trends And Market 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 is...

Bio-Based Polypropylene (PP) Technology Trends and Market Potential To 2020

December 2013

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 opportuni...

Bio-Based Polyurethane Industry Trends and Market Segment Forecasts To 2020

December 2013

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 petrol...

Drilling Fluids Industry Trends And Market Segment Forecasts To 2018

November 2013

The demand for drilling fluids is directly proportional to the number of drilling activities. One of the major factors which have been boosting the demand for drilling fluids is the increase in drilling activities, globally.  The growing demand for crude oil and natural gas has been prompting exploration and production companies to get involved in extensive drilling activities. The global rig count (including both land and offshore rigs) was 2,304 units in 2009 which saw an upward trend the following year to 2,985. This increase was primarily fueled by stabilization of the global economic condition which saw a downturn in 2009. The global rig count increased further to reach 3,465 units in 2011 and was recorded to be...

Bioplastics Industry Trends And Market Segment Forecasts To 2020

November 2013

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 shif...

Nutricosmetics Industry Trends and Market Segment Forecasts To 2020

October 2013

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 risin...

Bio-based Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) Industry Trends and Market Segment Forecasts To 2020

September 2013

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 f...

Polymer Excipients Industry Trends and Market Segment Forecasts To 2020

July 2013

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. Po...

Dodecanedioic Acid (DDDA) Industry Trends And Market Segment Forecasts To 2020

July 2013

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 re...

Biolubricants Industry Trends And Market Segment Forecasts To 2018

July 2013

Biolubricants account for a very small share in the overall lubricants market. However, it has been experiencing significant growth owing to which it is expected to gain market share at a rapid pace over the next decade. Stringent regulations to use bio-based alternatives of lubricants mainly in the U.S. and Europe have been supporting the growth of biolubricants. In addition, shift in trend towards reducing reliance on synthetic (petroleum derived) lubricants owing to depleting limited reserves are also acting in the favor of biolubricants.    Biolubricants are formulated using bio-based and biodegradable raw materials. Some of the major raw materials used for manufacturing biolubricants include castor oil, sun...

Alcohol Excipients Industry Trends and Market Segment Forecasts To 2020

May 2013

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 others....