The global organic chemical market was worth over USD 6 billion in 2014, and the market grew at an average of 8% per year from 2009 to 2014. Global organic chemicals market is expected to be driven by growing industrialization and rapid urbanization over the forecast period. This market has a plethora of applications such as food & beverages, pharmaceuticals, pesticides, agrochemicals, water treatment, crop protection, personal care products & cosmetics, fertilizers, automotive industry, gasoline additives, polymers, and chemicals. These industry products account for a major share of the overall global chemicals industry.
Such a broad application scope spread across various industries promises robust growth prospects over the next six years. Rapid industrialization, especially in emerging economies such as China, India, and Brazil, is expected to aid the global organic chemical market growth over the forecast period. Growing financial prosperity across the globe coupled with rising disposable income levels in the emerging economies promises positive growth prospects in the future.
Stringent regulations and growing awareness regarding the harmful health & environmental effects related to organic chemical applications such as plastic manufacturing are anticipated to hinder growth and development. Release of hazardous chemicals during organic chemical production and the subsequent cost-intensive treatment processes is presumed to challenge market growth over the next six years. A weak economic scenario, particularly in the European region, is anticipated to negatively impact the regional as well as the global market over the forecast period.
The organic chemical industry is technology-driven, which results in R&D spending playing a critical role along the value chain. These R&D investments regarding innovative applications and reduction in production costs promise ample opportunities for the industry participants. Massive government initiatives to encourage the manufacturing industry in the emerging economies are projected to provide ample opportunities for organic market development.
A few important organic chemical products include ethyl alcohol, gum & wood chemicals, cyclic crudes & intermediates, fatty acids, synthetic organic alcohols, synthetic flavors, perfume materials, and bulk pesticides. Other than these products, the industry participants also manufacture a range of additional products that have applications across various industries.
Applications for the organic chemical market are spread across various industries. Such wide acceptance makes these products extremely valuable for manufacturing and industrial purposes, as they are used as raw materials for manufacturing the final downstream products. Government initiatives, particularly in the emerging regions such as Asia Pacific, Central & South America, and Middle East & Africa, to encourage manufacturing operations with an aim to aid GDP growth are presumed to complement market growth and development.
North America dominated the global organic chemicals industry over the last few years due to large-scale consumption across the end-use industries. Asia Pacific and Central & South America are projected to witness rapid rise in organic chemical demand owing to rapid industrialization and urbanization fuelled by favorable government initiatives. The burgeoning population in Asia Pacific is expected to aid the end-use industries and in turn, develop the regional as well as global market. Government infrastructure and manufacturing initiatives in countries such as India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brazil, and China are touted to play a critical role in developing their respective regional organic chemicals market.
The industry is fragmented with major companies focusing on a particular area of expertise. This market is vast and covers extensive applications across multiple industries. Innovations and research related to novel applications play a critical role in providing industry participants with a definite competitive edge. A positive economic outlook in the future coupled with growing demand is expected to provide ample opportunities for the existing participants as well as for new industry entrants.
Companies are taking ardent steps such as forging partnerships and investing in R&D activities to increase their production capacity and enhance their product portfolio. These steps are being taken with an aim to gain organic chemical market share and fulfill growing demand, especially in the emerging regions such as Asia Pacific and Central & South America.
Major global organic chemical industry participants include TCI America, PPG Industries, BASF SE, AkzoNobel, Dow Chemicals, Reliance Industries, Mangalore Petrochemicals, and Royal Dutch Shell Plc.
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Demand across the organic chemicals sector shall register a slump in growth albeit increasing demand for certain chemicals that find end applications in healthcare and food. Furthermore, China, a major supplier of chemicals to the world, registered a considerable decline in manufacturing in the first quarter of 2020, following the trajectory unfolded by COVID-19's escalation to a pandemic. This has led to an imbalance in supply-demand dynamics, forcing manufacturers and customers alike to renegotiate supply agreements. The report will account for Covid19 as a key market contributor.