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Southeast Asia - The Fourth Largest Synthetic Latex Polymers Market Globally, Finds Kline

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Synthetic Latex Polymers Southeast Asia

PARSIPPANY, NJ – December 11, 2014 - On a global scale, Southeast Asia represents the fourth largest market for synthetic latex polymers, accounting for 8% of the global consumption, according to the recently published Synthetic Latex Polymers: Southeast Asia Market Analysis and Opportunities report by global consulting and research firm Kline & Company. Although it is significantly smaller than the leading global markets, such as the United States, Europe, and China, it is still much larger than the developing markets of the Middle East, Brazil, and India. All markets are scheduled to be closely analyzed in our recently launched new program - Synthetic Latex Polymers: Global Business Analysis and Opportunities.

Within Southeast Asia, countries such as Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia account for 82% of synthetic latex polymers consumption in the region. Acrylonitrile-butadiene (AB nitrile) is the leading product type, accounting for 44.6% of the total consumption in the region by volume, followed by styrene acrylics.

Nonetheless, product split varies from one country to another. Latex consumption in Malaysia and Thailand is dominated by AB nitrile due to the large importance of the glove dipping application in these two countries. The product mix in Indonesia is dominated by styrene acrylics. Thailand dominates in consumption of pure acrylics, which is the third-largest type of synthetic latex polymers consumed in the region. “The product split in this region cannot be compared to any other region in the world,” comments Nikola Matic, Industry Manager of Kline’s Chemicals and Materials Practice. “In other regions, paints and coatings or paper applications usually represent the largest consumers, while the product split in Southeast Asia is strongly affected by the importance of the glove dipping industry in the region.”

The supplier landscape is also very specific in this region. Due to its fragmentation the market is characterized by a high degree of rivalry among existing suppliers. Moreover, the top 10 suppliers account for over 60% of the market with several production bases available in the region. This competition creates various barriers for those looking to enter the market. Suppliers consist of two tiers of companies: multinational companies, with a diverse regional base; such as Synthomer, Dow Chemical, BASF, Archroma, and Dairen. Regional companies, such as Eternal, Dovechem, Bangkok Synthetics, and Arindo Pacific, complete the competitive landscape.

Due to its strong position in glove dipping, Synthomer is the largest supplier of synthetic latex polymers, specifically AB nitrile and high solids styrene-butadiene (HS-SB). BASF comes in second and is a leading supplier of styrene acrylics in the region, particularly in paints and coatings and construction industries. Kumho Petrochemical is the third largest supplier of synthetic latex polymers and second-largest supplier of AB nitrile and HS-SB in the region.

Due to a strong correlation to the positive GDP growth in these country markets, the Southeast Asian market for synthetic latex polymers is forecast to grow, increasing at a compound annual growth rate of 6.5% through 2018. Our Synthetic Latex Polymers: Southeast Asia Market Analysis and Opportunities report is designed to assist suppliers of synthetic latex polymers to understand the key dynamics operating within each product segment and end-use application on the vibrant Southeast Asian market.

Covering the complex market of synthetic latex polymers since the late 1970s, Kline now offers a new, global synthetic latex polymers program. Designed to provide both instant market results through a new and fully interactive database, as well as in-depth analyses of each regional end-use segments through comprehensive reports, this re-designed program is an indispensible tool for stakeholders in the synthetic latex polymers industry. For more information, view our Synthetic Latex Polymers: Global Business Analysis and Opportunities report page.

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