GVR Report cover U.S. Pigment Dispersion Market Size, Share & Trends Report

U.S. Pigment Dispersion Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Type (Organic, Inorganic), By Application (Plastic, Paper & Paperboard, Inks), Competitive Landscape, And Segment Forecasts, 2018 - 2025

  • Report ID: GVR-2-68038-372-0
  • Number of Pages: 50
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)

Industry Insights

The U.S. pigment dispersion market size was valued at USD 4.76 billion in 2016 and is slated to exhibit a revenue-based CAGR of 4.6% during the forecast period. Pigment dispersion is a method used to impart color to various substrates in the automotive, building and construction, and packaging industries. Expansion of the paints and coatings industry is expected to present significant growth opportunities for pigment manufacturers. On the downside, raw material unavailability and strict environmental regulations are expected to challenge market growth.

U.S. pigment dispersion market

Demand for pigment dispersion is driven by several factors such as increased use of colored packaging materials for food packaging, consumer preference for thermal barrier coatings in residential construction, and rising use of automotive coatings to meet requirements of a continuously expanding automotive sector.

Colors play an important role in influencing the choice of a consumer while purchasing a food product. Brightly packaged food products are more likely to attract the attention of consumers in comparison to food products that come in plain packaging. Colors are also used by food processing manufacturers to differentiate their brands from competitors. They can also play an important role in effectively communicating the benefits offered by a product to consumers. These factors are expected to fuel demand in the expanding fast-food and packaged food industries in the U.S.

Organic pigments are fast emerging as an alternative to some of the more toxic inorganic ones, especially those containing mercury, cadmium, lead, and hexavalent chromium metals. However, organic variants are expensive, and not all exhibit properties superior to those exhibited by inorganic pigments. Manufacturers are investing in research and development activities to replace metals in the formulation to produce environment-friendly yellow and red synthetic pigments. This is sure to benefit the market.

Type Insights

The U.S. pigment dispersion market is segmented on the basis of type into organic and inorganic, with the latter further fragmented into calcium carbonate, titanium dioxide, iron oxide, carbon, and vegetable black, ultramarine blue, and chrome green.

Minerals such as kaolin clay, titanium dioxide, talc, and calcium carbonate can be used as fillers in the paper industry. Calcium carbonate is present in two forms: ground calcium carbonate (GCC) and precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC). PCC, which is manufactured synthetically, has better gloss and opacity compared to GCC. PCC has been replacing titanium dioxide as a filler in the U.S. paper industry as it is cheaper.

U.S. pigment dispersion market

Carbon black is the most preferred inorganic black pigment. Other black pigments include iron oxide black and acetylene black. The ultramarine blue pigment is used to impart blue color and offers chemical and weathering resistance for plastic and paper materials. In terms of revenue, the ultramarine blue pigment segment is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 3.8% over the forecast period.

Application Insights

Pigments are used in various plastics, paper, and paperboard materials as well as inks based on their application in food packaging. Varied colors play a major role in making the packaged product attractive. Pigments that impart an attractive color and suit a wide array of materials have been witnessing greater demand and growth. Pigment dispersion in inks is slated to witness the highest growth in terms of both revenue and volume.

Various plastics such as polyurethane, polypropylene, and polystyrene are used for the packaging of foods such as tortilla and breakfast cereals, which require longer shelf life. Plastics require pigments that can offer higher heat resistance, greater opacity, and improved dispersibility properties.  

U.S. Pigment Dispersion Market Share Insights

Various pigment manufacturers such as BASF Corporation; Clariant AG; RPM International, Inc.; and Akzo Nobel N.V. compete in the food packaging industry by producing plastic as well as paper and paperboard grade pigments. Most players are tapping into unexplored markets to strengthen their position and gain a competitive edge.  

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2014, 2015

Forecast period

2017 - 2025

Market representation                                  

Volume in kilotons and revenue in USD and CAGR from 2017 to 2025

Country scope

The U.S.

Report coverage        

Volume and Revenue forecast, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts volume and revenue growth at a country level and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the U.S. pigment dispersion market report on the basis of type and application:

  • Type Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Inorganic Pigments

      • Calcium Carbonate

      • Titanium Dioxide

      • Iron Oxide

      • Carbon and Vegetable Black

      • Ultramarine Blue

      • Chrome Green

    • Organic Pigments

    • Others

  • Application Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Plastic

      • Packaging

        • Plastic Food Packaging

        • Plastic Coatings for Paper & Paperboard Food Packaging

        • Other Packaging

      • Others

    • Paper & Paperboard

      • Paper & Paperboard Food Packaging

    • Inks

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