The global textile chemicals market size was estimated at 9.78 million tons in 2015. The growth of global apparel industry is expected to drive textile chemicals demand over the forecast period. Increasing demand for technical textile across numerous end-use applications is also expected to be beneficial for the overall market growth.
The products comprise wetting agents, emulsifiers, dispersants, detergents, chelating agents, and biocide active ingredients. Growing environment concern regarding the adverse effects of these chemicals may emerge as a major barrier to the overall market development. Contaminated water and water shortages caused by an intensive fabric industry may have extensive local consequences in the manufacturing countries. Stringent environmental regulation such as Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) along with Emission Trading System (ETS) and regulation on registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemicals is expected to hinder growth.
U.S. textile chemicals market revenue by product, 2014 - 2025 (USD Million)
Textile chemicals have the ability to make fabric versatile, stronger, and enhanced their original characteristics. The U.S. textile chemicals industry is driven by the development of technical fabrics, presence of multinational companies and continuous R&D to discover novel textile products. High adoption of advanced technologies and increasing number of manufacturing lines to support the growing clothing demand are some of the factors boosting the industry growth in the region.
Sophisticated qualities can be implemented into the technical textile products as compared to their conventional counterparts. As the demand for technical apparel is augmenting in the U.S. amongst end-use industries such as healthcare, agriculture, environmental protection spears, and sports, the demand for specialty chemicals required for is production has also amplified.
Technological improvement coupled with growing clothing demand is allowing manufacturers to offer exceptional marketing points such as stain-resistance, wrinkle-resistance, soft finish and antimicrobial properties to provide enhanced performance and comfort to customers. Moreover, increasing consumer spending towards high quality products especially in Canada and Mexico is anticipated to positively influence the industry over the forecast period.
Coating and sizing chemicals dominated the product segment while accounting for over 30% of total market in 2015. Sizing formulations are majorly used for improving abrasion resistance and strength of yarn during weaving. Colorants and auxiliaries segment is anticipated to have a sluggish growth over the next few years. The product category is expected to lose share on account of growing demand for substitutes such as pigments.
Growing concerns over factors affecting finishing of yarn into the textile are expected to propel the demand for finishing agents over the next few years. Demand for finishing agents is hence expected to rise over the period. The segment is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 4% in terms of demand from 2016 to 2025.
Home furnishing applications dominated the market in 2015 and accounted for over 37% of the overall application segment. Growing per capita spending in home furnishing in BRICS countries is anticipated to boost demand in upholstery and other architectural applications. In addition, growing infrastructural and urban development in the Middle East is also expected to fuel the industry growth.
Industrial applications are expected to gain share over the next eight years. Growing demand for high-quality textiles in the plant for ensuring safety and provide protection during fluctuation of properties such as temperature and pressure is expected to drive demand in industrial applications.
North America textile chemicals market revenue, by application, 2015, (USD Million)
About 75% of the apparel consumption is prominent in the U.S., EU-27, Japan, and China. These regions account for less than 33% of the global population. This represents very high per capita expenditure on apparels.
Asia Pacific accounted for over 56% of total volume in 2015 and is expected to gain more share over the forecast period. Growing textile production in China, India, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Bangladesh coupled with the government of China and India’s inclination towards promoting this industry is expected to benefit the regional market. In addition, application growth in the industrial and automotive sector in India, Japan, and China is anticipated to have a positive impact. Key companies operating in this industry are focused on restructuring their businesses, developing effective work processes and investing in niche products.
Global textile chemicals market share is moderately fragmented with the top five players accounting for just over 50% of overall demand. Key participants include BASF SE, Bayer AG, Dow Chemical Company, Huntsman International LLC, and Sumitomo Chemicals Co., Ltd. Other business partners include Kiri Industries Limited, Kemira, Omnova Solutions Lubrizol Corporation, and Evonik Industries.
Acquisitions are the main business strategy adopted by global players to increase its production capacity and supplier base. Technological advancements and innovation of new textile products to improve quality and efficiency are some of the major approaches implemented by companies to increase share and sustain the competition over the long-term.
Base year for estimation
Actual estimates/Historical data
2014 & 2015
2016 - 2025
Volume in Kilo Tons and Revenue in USD Million & CAGR from 2016 to 2025
North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America & Middle East & Africa
U.S., Canada, Mexico, UK, Germany, Belgium, Portugal, China, India, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Bangladesh, Brazil, UAE, Egypt
Revenue forecast, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends
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This report forecasts revenue growth and provides an analysis on the latest trends in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2025. For the purpose of this report, Grand View Research has segmented the textile chemicals market on the basis of product, application and region:
Product Outlook (Volume, Kilo Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)
Coating & Sizing Chemicals
Application Outlook (Volume, Kilo Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)
Regional Outlook (Volume, Kilo Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)
Central & South America
Middle East & Africa
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