The global textile chemicals market size was valued at USD 23.89 billion in 2021 and is anticipated to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.7% from 2022 to 2030. This growth is attributable to a growing demand for apparel, technical textiles, home textiles, and others. With the growing population, the demand for clothes and other textile products is expected to increase, thus fueling the production capacities of this industry. But at present, global trade is getting more complicated due to recession in various countries, resulting in currency fluctuations. Other major challenges faced by the textile industry include the Eurozone crisis and Britain post-BREXIT.
According to the American Chemistry Council, the chemicals industry in the U.S. is expected to witness an increase in volume consumption due to growing demand for chemicals from the automotive, construction, and consumer goods industries. However, the chemicals industry in the country is projected to reach its pre-pandemic level by 2023.
This is expected to create opportunities for the manufacturers of textile chemicals to set up their production facilities or to collaborate with local players in the U.S. For instance, in June 2021, Archroma partnered with Van Horn, Metz & Co. Inc., a specialty raw material distributor in the country, for the distribution of Mowilith emulsions.
Upsurge in the real estate sector, changing fashion trends, and inclination toward home décor and furnishing have driven the growth of the textile industry in the recent past. However, with the growing application scope, consumer preferences toward bio-chemicals with similar properties are also projected to drive the growth of the market. Moreover, the growing consumption of technical textiles in the automotive sector is expected to bolster the growth of the market in the long run.
The coating process dominated the market with a revenue share of 71.16% in 2021. Its high share is attributable to increasing demand for the coating chemicals with the ability to provide additional properties including waterproofing, fire resistance, stain repellence, and others.
The coating process segment is expected to continue its dominance in the market during the forecast period. In the coating process, coating protection chemicals are mainly consumed to cater to the increasing demand for flame retardant, UV protection, and other protective coatings, which is anticipated to create an increasing demand for these chemicals in the coming years.
Denim finishing agents such as enzymes, softeners, anti-back staining agents, and bleaching agents are highly utilized in the denim finishing process in the textile industry. The consumption of finishing agents is anticipated to grow at a faster rate owing to increasing demand for high-quality finishing with aesthetic, and soft handling fabrics.
Additionally, efficient pretreatment of fabric is the basis of reproducible uniform results in all successive processes such as printing and dyeing. In the pretreatment process, it is important to remove all the accompanying and interfering substances from the fabric. Along with the de-sizing, scouring, and bleaching, other pretreatment processes include optical brightening, alkalizing, and mercerizing.
Around 90% of chemicals and auxiliaries are used for the pretreatment process such as de-sizing, scouring, and bleaching. These chemicals make the fabric hydrophilic and ready for wet processing, which is further anticipated to propel the demand for textile chemicals.
Coating & sizing chemicals dominated the market with a revenue share of 50.22% in 2021. This high share is attributable to growing demand from geotextiles, automotive, outdoor wear, and aerospace applications. The global demand for sizing chemicals is expected to increase during the forecast period for efficient sizing of fabrics during the finishing treatment.
Dextrin, wheat starch, corn starch, gelatin, etc. are the most used natural paste. Water-soluble polymers such as carboxymethyl cellulose, polyvinyl alcohol, acrylates, and modified starch, also known as textile sizing chemicals or agents, are used to protect yarns to withstand mechanical stress during weaving.
Colorants and auxiliaries are the second largest product segment accounting for 29% of the total share in the product market. Colorants can be dyes or pigments, which impart colors to textiles. Dyeing of a fabric involves several steps, which are singeing, de-sizing, padding, scouring, bleaching, mercerizing, printing, and finishing.
Moreover, chemical finishing enables textiles to become oil repellent, water repellent, flame retardant, and antistatic. With the increasing demand for customized and aesthetically attractive products, the demand for finishing agents is anticipated to surge globally. This is expected to lead to the growth of the product market chemicals during the forecast period.
Apparel applications dominated the market with a revenue share of 44.71% in 2021. This high share is attributable to several factors such as rising disposable incomes, the growing millennial and Gen Z population who are getting influenced by social media and fashion icons, and the growing e-commerce industry.
Growth in textile raw material production is also expected to increase, which, in turn, is likely to contribute to the growth of apparel production. For instance, fiber production in India grew from 1.44 million tons in 2019 to 2.4 million tons in 2020, according to India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF). Increasing apparel production is expected to increase the demand for textile chemicals in apparel for pretreatment, dyeing, and printing applications.
A wide range of Textile chemicals is being used in apparel production. These include mercerizing agents, peroxide stabilizers, dyes, dispersants, leveling agents, soaping agents, thickeners, binders, softeners, and pretreatment chemicals. Market players in the apparel industry are adopting environment-friendly processes, which include non-toxic chemicals. For instance, in November 2021, Cosmo Specialty Chemicals introduced a hydrophilic block silicone emulsion. The non-toxic and eco-friendly product improves softness properties in several applications.
Furthermore, the technical textiles market is on a growth trajectory in Asia Pacific countries. Textile chemicals are likely to witness high demand from Medtech, Buildtech, and Protech applications. An increase in public infrastructural projects by governments in their economic revival packages is expected to boost the demand for Buildtech, subsequently increasing the demand for products.
Asia Pacific region dominated the market with a revenue share of 57.20% in 2021. This high share is attributed to rapid urbanization, economic resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic, and modernization of textile and chemical manufacturing processes.
According to the World Trade Statistical Review 2021, three of the top four apparel exporters in 2020 in the world were countries of Asia Pacific that is, China, Vietnam, and Bangladesh. The growing apparel production in the region is expected to fuel the growth of the product's market in the Asia Pacific during the forecast period.
Furthermore, Europe is characterized by the presence of several major economies such as Germany, the U.K., France, Spain, Italy, and Russia. Supportive policies, increase in wages, and continuous employment creation are some of the factors contributing to the economic growth of the region.
The impact of COVID-19 on the European textiles industry was severe which negatively impacted the growth of the product market in Europe. However, favorable government support, adoption of digitalization and sustainability, and the creation of robust supply chains are anticipated to improve the growth of the l market in Europe during the forecast period.
The textile chemicals market is highly competitive owing to the presence of many manufacturers with a global presence. The spread of the COVID-19 has accelerated the technological transformation that had already begun. Digitalization and the use of artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things (IoT) in manufacturing processes have been at the forefront of strategies of companies. For instance, in January 2021, Solvay S.A. announced that it will begin using blockchain technology for developing a circular economy. The technology will be used to store, exchange, develop, and trace the information related to products, right from their feedstock producers to end-users. Some prominent players in the global textile chemicals market include:
Kiri Industries Ltd.
OMNOVA Solutions Inc.
German Chemicals Ltd.
Organic Dyes and Pigments
Resil Chemicals Pvt. Ltd.
Huntsman International LLC
The Lubrizol Corporation
Omya United Chemicals
Fibro Chem, LLC
Evonik Industries AG
Ethox Chemicals, LLC
Market size value in 2022
USD 25.15 billion
Revenue forecast in 2030
USD 36.13 billion
CAGR of 4.7% from 2022 to 2030
Base year for estimation
2018 - 2020
2022 - 2030
Revenue in USD Million, Volume in Kilotons, and CAGR from 2022 to 2030
Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends
Process, product, application, region
North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Central & South America; Middle East & Africa
U.S.; Canada; Mexico; Germany; U.K.; Turkey; Italy; France; Russia; Spain; Poland; China; India; Japan; South Korea; Vietnam; Indonesia; Saudi Arabia; South Africa; Tunisia; UAE; Morocco; Brazil; Kenya; Argentina
Key companies profiled
Kiri Industries Ltd.; OMNOVA Solutions Inc.; German Chemicals Ltd.; AB Enzymes; Organic Dyes and Pigments; Govi N.V.; Resil Chemicals Pvt. Ltd.; LANXESS; Dow; BASF SE; Huntsman International LLC; Kemira Oyj; The Lubrizol Corporation; Archroma; Omya United Chemicals; BioTex Malaysia; Fibro Chem; LLC; Evonik Industries AG; Ethox Chemicals; LLC, Solvay S.A.
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This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis on the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2018 to 2030. For this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global textile chemicals market report based on process, product, application, and region:
Process Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, Volume, Kilotons, 2018 - 2030)
Treatment of Finished Products
Product Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, Volume, Kilotons, 2018 - 2030)
Coating & Sizing Chemicals
Colorants & Auxiliaries
Repellent & Release
Antimicrobial Or Anti-inflammatory
Detergents & Dispersing Agents
Denim Finishing Agents
Curesh Resistant Agents
Anti-back Staining Agents
Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, Volume, Kilotons, 2018 - 2030)
Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, Volume, Kilotons, 2018 - 2030)
Central & South America
Middle East & Africa
b. The global textile chemicals market size was estimated at USD 23.89 billion in 2021 and is expected to reach USD 25.15 billion in 2022.
b. The global textile chemicals market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 4.7% from 2022 to 2030 to reach USD 36.13 billion by 2030.
b. Colorants and auxiliaries dominated the textile chemicals market in 2021. This is attributable to the rising requirement for colored textiles and leather, coupled with the rising demand for fashion garments.
b. Some key players operating in the textile chemicals market include Dow, Huntsman International LLC, The Lubrizol Corporation, Archroma, Evonik Industries AG, and Solvay S.A.
b. Key factors that are driving the textile chemicals market growth include high demand from the rapidly rising apparel industry, rise in disposable incomes along with increased penetration of the organized retail sector.
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