Synthetic Latex Polymers

Performance vs. Cost: Demand Trends in Synthetic Latex Polymers

The market of synthetic latex polymers assumes a unique set of characteristics in every geography, from performance of the economy, purchasing power of the population, and industrialization to demand patterns, competition from alternate technologies, and performance of the polymers in specific end uses.

North America and China both represent the largest markets of synthetic latex polymers by volume, each accounting for an approximate 25% share of global consumption. Meanwhile, India, which has a much smaller share of around 5% of global consumption, is the fastest-growing market for synthetic latex polymers in the world. It is these three key geographical markets of North America, China, and India that Kline studies in depth this year in its continuous Synthetic Latex Polymers Global Series: Business Analysis and Opportunities program.Continue reading

Specialty Excipients for Oral Solid-Dosage-Form

The Expansion of Healthcare Will Drive the Demand for OSDF Excipients

The expansion of affordable healthcare and robust growth in generics due to increasing patent expirations of branded drugs are boosting consumption of specialty oral solid-dosage-form (OSDF) excipients globally. According to Kline’s recently published Specialty Excipients for OSDFs Database, the markets in China, CIS, Europe, India, Japan, and the United States are estimated at USD 3.5 billion and expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of close to 6% during 2016-2021. While the growth is foreseen at all the industry levels, the key factors driving the growth in mature and “pharmerging” markets vary widely. In this blog, we look deeper into the most important market issues and trends affecting the industry and how suppliers can use them in their favor.Continue reading

Specialty Biocides: China, Europe, India, United States

Specialty Biocides: The Reasons Behind Unexpected Industry Dynamics

Changing industry regulations and continuous developments across end-use applications are the key factors affecting the USD 4.5 billion market for specialty biocides in China, Europe, India, and the United States, according to Kline’s recently published chapters of its Specialty Biocides: Regional Market Analysis study.

Due to their nature and the variety of applications they are used in, biocides are often a key component in chemical formulations. The fact that some chemistries are under scrutiny in many countries makes this sizeable and rather mature market an unexpectedly dynamic industry, where regional markets are characterized by sets of completely different trends.Continue reading

Active Ingredients for Cosmetics

Specialty Actives: Market Insights from China

China is the largest market for professional skin care and the third largest consumer of active ingredients globally. What are the key growth drivers, which trends are reshaping the industry, and how will this region perform in the future? We asked Kline’s Chemicals & Materials industry experts to share their insights on this highly promising market.

What are the key drivers of the specialty actives market in China?

Today, Chinese consumers are increasingly concerned about the efficacy of cosmetic products and the active ingredients used in them.Continue reading

Chinese Market for Synthetic Latex Polymers

Rivalry in the Chinese Market for Synthetic Latex Polymers will Continue to Intensify

Accounting for almost 25% of the global market share, China is the second largest consumer of synthetic latex polymers after North America, according to the just-published China report from Kline’s continuous program Synthetic Latex Polymers: Global Business Analysis and Opportunities. A considerably higher GDP growth compared to the developed world, low industry regulations, and stability in raw material prices appeals to multinational corporations and domestic suppliers, increasing market rivalry dramatically.
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Personal Care Ingredients

Top Five Consumer Trends Driving the Personal Care Ingredients Market

The ever- growing demand for cosmetics and personal care products also drives sales growth of ingredients used in these products. The market value for specialty personal care ingredients in the key regions (including Europe, the United States, Brazil, China, Japan, Southeast Asia, and India) covered in Kline’s recently published Personal Care Ingredients Database reaches USD 9.0 billion in 2015. Based on our research findings, we identified several important trends from the end user’s experience, which in turn affect the personal care ingredients market going into 2016.

1. Multifunctional products are on the rise

With increasingly busy lifestyles, consumers tend to simplify their daily beauty routines. Multifunctional products are therefore growing in popularity as they offer several benefits at once, such as anti-aging, cleansing, moisturization, anti-oxidant, UV protection, etc.Continue reading

HI&I cleaning products in CHina, India, and the U.S.

The markets for ingredients for HI&I cleaning products in China, India, and the United States are characterized by strong regional specificities

The markets for HI&I ingredients in the United States, China, and India—the three regions from the upcoming global HI&I ingredients report—are rather diverse in terms of growth, value, and volume. While there are differences in the size of these markets and their growth potentials, qualitative attributes also differ widely.

The consumption of ingredients in all three countries represents a large chunk of the total market, accounting for over USD 10 billion, driven by the United States, which represents more than half of this total. In terms of future outlook, India is forecast to post the strongest growth among these three countries, of almost 13% during the forecast period of 2014-2019. Continue reading

Lubricants Market and Other Specialty Markets

A Brief Overview of the Finished Lubricants Market and Other Specialty Markets

While the global demand for finished lubricants in 2013 is up marginally compared to 2012, the marine lubricants industry is showing signs of improvement and is currently undergoing major changes as it adapts to shifts in the shipping industry. Due to new emission regulations coming to fruition, further modifications will occur in the next five to 10 years, impacting the type of fuels that are consumed, engine technology, and emission control devices. As a result, the market is expected to continue its shift towards the use of multiple BN (alkaline) cylinder oils suitable for a specific application. Asia, with a 53% share of the marine lubricant demand, is the largest consuming region, followed by Europe (includes Western and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Turkey) with 22%, and North America with 17% of the demand. The overall market is not expected to grow substantially; however, the Asian demand share is expected to expand further due to the growth of economies in the region spurred alongside increases in their seaborne trade, and consequently leading to amplified lubricant consumption.Continue reading

Natural Personal Care Markets Flourishing in China and Japan

Natural Personal Care Markets Flourishing in China and Japan

While many countries have significant and growing natural cosmetics and toiletries markets, China and Japan represent two markets of particular interest and potential.

In 2013, the Chinese natural personal care is posting growth of almost 25%, fueled by a cultural reliance on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), increased – confidence-inspiring – transparency in product safety and health related matters, and growing affluence. TCM-based brands still dominate the market, but foreign competitors are starting to gain market share. Continue reading

China’s Pest Management Market Infested with Opportunity

Not the Year of the Rat – China’s Pest Management Market Infested with Opportunity

An increasing focus on encouraging domestic consumption, potentiated by upcoming new and transformative pesticides registration standards, suggests robust opportunities for the pest-control sector in China. China’s reorientation from an industrial/export-reliant economy to a service/domestic-consumption one is advancing rapidly, with The Economist recently reporting that the country’s relatively small service-sector output is expected to exceed the county’s mighty industrial production within this year.

According to Kline’s soon to be published Global Professional Pest Management Markets for Pesticides: Market Analysis and Opportunities, total non-agricultural pest control service sales in China in 2012 alone are estimated at CNY 3 billion to CNY 4 billion (USD  476 million to USD 635 million), with pesticides sales expected to grow annually by 6.7%.Continue reading