Specialty pulp and paper chemicals are chemicals which are used as raw materials to manufacture specialty paper. Specialty paper chemicals reduce the consumption of water and energy and save raw materials by reducing paper weight without hampering the optical and functional properties of the paper. It also increases the usage of wastepaper for further use. These chemicals are divided into four product segments which include basic chemicals, functional chemicals, bleaching chemicals and process chemicals. Specialty pulp and paper chemicals find wide applications in industrial processes such as graphic arts, labeling, and filtration with consumer, business and food sector. It meets various desirable results due to its flexible nature which fulfills the raw materials and operating conditions with end user needs.
Specialty chemicals are used in special papers which are not used in publishing shops and common printing. They are extensively used for customized jobs and therefore used by various companies to derive high-value product packaging and filtration media. One of the key driving forces in this market is the rising demand for specialty chemicals in the rapidly developing economies of the Asia Pacific region. In addition, the growing demand for eco-friendly products and the implementation of sustainable practices by manufacturers is also expected to boost the demand for these chemicals over the forecast period. However, increasing health and environmental regulations regarding the effect of certain chemicals, which are used as specialty chemicals, are expected to slow down the demand. High raw material cost is also expected to hinder the market growth over the next six years. Specialty pulp and paper chemicals are expected to show immense growth in future owing to the adoption of sustainable practices by specialty chemical manufacturers coupled with improvement of new technologies and chemicals is expected to serve as new growth opportunities for the market over the forecast period.
Specialty pulp and paper chemicals have been segmented into four major products including basic chemicals, functional chemicals, bleaching chemicals and process chemicals. Functional chemicals are used to impart various properties to the finished paper, ranging from enhanced optical properties and improved strength to enhance printability mainly in sizing agents, dyes, resins, coating binders. Functional chemicals dominated the specialty pulp and paper chemicals product segment and are expected to show rapid growth owing to high demand for pigmented, dyed and coated paper for different industrial, consumer and art purposes. In addition, the growing demand for writing paper as a result of increased literacy in developing markets such as Indonesia, China and India is expected to add to the demand for functional chemicals. The Bleaching chemicals are widely used in pulp industry as it increases the brightness, lightens the color of pulp, reduces pitch content and improves the clarity of the pulp and therefore accounted to be the second product segment of the specialty chemicals market. The process chemicals are expected to emerge as the fastest growing product segment owing to the extensive development of environment-friendly chemicals over the forecast period.
North America and Europe were the key regional markets for specialty pulp and chemicals in terms of consumption due to the huge demand from the specialty paper industry owing to different applications of the specialty papers in the region. Also, Southern U.S. and Canada have major wood pulp manufacturing sites, which have large utilization of specialty chemicals thus augmenting its demand growth.
Asia Pacific is expected to witness the swift demand growth of specialty chemicals owing to industrial development coupled with mounting retail market mainly in China, India, Indonesia, and Japan. In addition, expansion of pulp and paper industries in this region is expected to increase the demand for specialty pulp and paper chemicals
The key companies in the global specialty pulp and paper chemicals market include Shell Chemicals, Clariant, Kemira, AkzoNobel, BASF SE, Ashland Hercules Bayer, Dow, ExxonMobil Chemicals and Nalco among others.
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