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Cellulose Ether & Derivatives Market by Product Type (MC, EC, HEC, HPC, & CMC), by Application (Pharmaceuticals, Personal Care, Construction, Food Industry, & Others), by Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, & RoW) - Global Trends & Forecast to 2020

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Publishing Date: December 2015
Report Code: CH 2589

 

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The cellulose ether & derivatives market is projected to be worth USD 6.30 Billion, by 2020, registering a CAGR of 7.2% between 2015 and 2020. In this study, 2013 has been considered as the historical year and 2014 as the base year for estimating the market size of cellulose ether & derivatives. The report aims at estimating the market size and future growth potential of cellulose ether & derivatives market across different segments such as product type, application, and region. The base year considered for the study is 2014 and the market size is forecasted between 2015 and 2020.

In the secondary research process, different sources have been referred to identify and collect information for this study. These secondary sources include annual reports, press releases, and investor presentations of companies, white papers, and certified publications, articles from recognized authors. In the primary research process, sources from both supply and demand sides have been interviewed to obtain qualitative and quantitative information for this report. The bottom-up approach has been used to estimate the market size of cellulose ether & derivatives by product type, application, and regions, in terms of value. The top-down approach has been implemented to validate the market size, in terms of value. With the data triangulation procedure and validation of data through primaries, the exact values of the overall parent market size and individual market sizes have been determined and confirmed in this study.

Below is the figure showing the break-up of the profile of primary discussion participants.

Cellulose Ether & Derivatives Market

Cellulose ether & derivatives is a combination of different raw materials (cotton and wood pulp, additive) and manufacturing process. These raw materials available in the market are supplied by major companies such as the S.A. Enterprises (India), Thermo Mechanical Pulp (U.S.), and Refiner Mechanical Pulp (India) to the cellulose ether & derivatives manufacturers, such as Samsung Fine Chemicals (Korea), AkzoNobel Performance Additives (The Netherlands), Ashland Inc. (U.S.), SE Tylose (Germany), and CP Kelco (U.S.).

This report defines and segments the cellulose ethers market with an analysis and forecast of volumes of each of the applications that is pharmaceutical, personal care, construction, food & beverages, surface coatings & paints applications, for each type of cellulose ether individually. The growth of the personal care industry drives the higher demand for cellulose ethers which has a tremendous potential to do business from low cost regions, for instance, Asia-Pacific.

This study answers several questions for the stakeholders, primarily, which market segments to focus on in the next two to five years for prioritizing the efforts and investments. These stakeholders include cellulose ether & derivatives manufacturers such as the Samsung Fine Chemicals (Korea), AkzoNobel Performance Additives (The Netherlands), Ashland Inc. (U.S.), SE Tylose (Germany), CP Kelco. (U.S.), J. Rettenmaier & Söhne GmbH + Co.KG (JRS) (Germany), Dai-Ichi Kogyo Seiyaku Co., Ltd. (Japan), and Daicel Fine Chem Ltd. (Japan) .

Scope of the Report:

This research report categorizes the market for cellulose ether & derivatives based on product type, application industry, and region and forecast the growth of the market size, in terms of value and volume and analysis of trends in each of the submarkets.

On the Basis of Product Type: The cellulose ether & derivatives market is segmented on the basis of product type, such as methyl cellulose derivatives (MC, MHEC, and HPMC), carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC), hydroxyethyl cellulose (HEC), hydroxypropyl cellulose (HPC), and ethyl cellulose (EC). Each product type is further described in detail in the report with forecasts of market size, in terms of value and volume, till 2020.

On the Basis of Application Industry: The cellulose ether & derivatives market is segmented on the basis of application industry, including construction, pharmaceuticals, food industry, personal care, industrial, paints & coatings, and drilling fluids in oil fields. The market segments are further described in detail in the report with forecasts of market size, in terms of value, till 2020.

On the Basis of Region: The cellulose ether & derivatives market is segmented, by region, as Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, and RoW.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction (Page No. - 14)
    1.1 Objectives of the Study
    1.2 Market Definition
    1.3 Market Scope
           1.3.1 Markets Covered
           1.3.2 Years Considered for the Study
    1.4 Currency
    1.5 Limitations
    1.6 Stakeholders

2 Research Methodology (Page No. - 18)
    2.1 Research Data
           2.1.1 Secondary Data
                    2.1.1.1 Key Data From Secondary Sources
           2.1.2 Primary Data
                    2.1.2.1 Key Data From Primary Sources
                    2.1.2.2 Key Industry Insights
                    2.1.2.3 Breakdown of Primary Interviews
    2.2 Market Size Estimation
           2.2.1 Bottom-Up Approach
           2.2.2 Top-Down Approach
    2.3 Market Breakdown and Data Triangulation
    2.4 Research Assumption

3 Executive Summary (Page No. - 26)

4 Premium Insights (Page No. - 31)
    4.1 Introduction
    4.2 Attractive Opportunities in the Cellulose Ether & Derivatives Market
    4.3 Cellulose Ether & Derivatives Market: By Region
    4.4 Global Cellulose Ether & Derivatives Market
    4.5 Cellulose Ether and Derivatives Market, By Type (2015 vs. 2020)
    4.6 Life Cycle Analysis, By Region

5 Market Overview (Page No. - 35)
    5.1 Introduction
    5.2 Market Segmentation
           5.2.1 By Type
           5.2.2 By Application
           5.2.3 By Region
    5.3 Market Dynamics
           5.3.1 Drivers
                    5.3.1.1 Difficult to Substitute Product Properties With A Single Economic Alternative
                    5.3.1.2 High-Growth Application Areas Such as Personal Care, Pharmaceuticals, Construction, Food Ingredients
                                5.3.1.2.1 Booming Personal Care Market
                                5.3.1.2.2 Growth in the Pharmaceuticals Application
                                5.3.1.2.3 Food Ingredients Market Growth
                                5.3.1.2.4 Rising Construction Industry
           5.3.2 Restraints
                    5.3.2.1 Emission of HAPS (Hazardous Air Pollutants) During Production
                    5.3.2.2 Burning and Explosion Risks
           5.3.3 Opportunities
                    5.3.3.1 Increasing Applications in the Growing Oil Industry
           5.3.4 Challenges
                    5.3.4.1 Enhancement of Technology Through Innovation

6 Industry Trends (Page No. - 43)
    6.1 Introduction
    6.2 Value Chain Analysis
           6.2.1 Pulp & Other Raw Material Suppliers
           6.2.2 Cellulose Ether & Derivatives Manufacturers
           6.2.3 Distributors
           6.2.4 End-Use Industry
    6.3 Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
           6.3.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
           6.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers
           6.3.3 Threat of Substitutes
           6.3.4 Threat of New Entrants
           6.3.5 Intensity of Rivalry
    6.4 Strategic Benchmarking
           6.4.1 Entry in the Cellulose Ether & Derivatives Market

7 Cellulose Ether & Derivatives Market, By Product Type (Page No. - 50)
    7.1 Introduction
    7.2 Cellulose Ether & Derivatives Market
    7.3 Methyl Cellulose & Derivatives
           7.3.1 Methyl Cellulose (MC)
           7.3.2 Hydroxypropyl Methyl Cellulose (HPMC)
           7.3.3 Hydroxyethyl Methyl Cellulose (HEMC)
    7.4 Carboxymethyl Cellulose (CMC)
    7.5 Hydroxyethyl Cellulose (HEC)
    7.6 Hydroxypropyl Cellulose (HPC)
    7.7 Ethyl Cellulose (EC)

8 Cellulose Ether & Derivatives Market, By Application (Page No. - 68)
    8.1 Introduction
    8.2 Methyl Cellulose and Derivatives Market, By Application
    8.3 Carboxymethyl Cellulose Market, By Application
    8.4 Hydroxyethyl Cellulose Market, By Application
    8.5 Hydroxypropyl Cellulose Market, By Application
    8.6 Ethyl Cellulose Market, By Application

9 Cellulose Ether & Derivatives Market, By Region (Page No. - 78)
    9.1 Introduction
    9.2 Asia-Pacific
           9.2.1 China
           9.2.2 Rest of Asia-Pacific
    9.3 Europe
           9.3.1 Western Europe
           9.3.2 Rest of Europe
    9.4 North America
    9.5 RoW: Emerging Market

10 Competitive Landscape (Page No. - 111)
     10.1 Overview
     10.2 Competitive Situations & Trends
              10.2.1 Expansions
              10.2.2 New Product Launches
              10.2.3 Acquisitions
              10.2.4 Agreements

11 Company Profiles (Page No. - 116)
(Overview, Products and Services, Financials, Strategy & Development)*
     11.1 Introduction
     11.2 The DOW Chemical Company
     11.3 Akzonobel Performance Additives
     11.4 Shin-Etsu Chemical Co. Ltd.
     11.5 Ashland Inc.
     11.6 Daicel Finechem Ltd.
     11.7 Samsung Fine Chemicals
     11.8 Dai-Ichi Kogyo Seiyaku Co. Ltd.
     11.9 China Ruitai International Holdings Co.Ltd.
     11.10 CP Kelco
     11.11 Fenchem Biotek Ltd.
     11.12 Hercules Tianpu Chemical Co. Ltd.
     11.13 J. Rettenmaier & Söhne GmbH + Co.Kg (JRS)
     11.14 Reliance Cellulose Products Ltd.
     11.15 Se Tylose GmbH & Co. Kg
     11.16 Shandong Head Co. Ltd.
     11.17 Sichem LLC
     11.18 Zhejiang Kehong Chemical Co. Ltd.

*Details on Overview, Products and Services, Financials, Strategy & Development Might Not Be Captured in Case of Unlisted Companies.

12 Appendix (Page No. - 147)
     12.1 Recent Developments
     12.2 Discussion Guide
     12.3 Introducing RT: Real Time Market Intelligence
     12.4 Available Customizations
     12.5 Related Reports


List of Tables (97 Tables)

Table 1 Cellulose Ether & Derivatives Market, By Product Type
Table 2 Cellulose Ether & Derivatives Market, By Application
Table 3 Cellulose Ethers Properties, Their Benefits & Usage
Table 4 Cellulose Ethers Derivatives: Burning and Explosion Parameters
Table 5 Cellulose Ethers Market Size, By Product Type, 2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 6 Cellulose Ethers Market Size, By Product Type, 2013-2020 (KT)
Table 7 Methyl Cellulose and Derivatives Market Size, By Region,2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 8 Methyl Cellulose and Derivatives Market Size, By Region,2013-2020 (KT)
Table 9 MC & Derivatives: Manufacturing Companies & Application Areas
Table 10 Methyl Cellulose Market Size, By Region, 2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 11 Methyl Cellulose Market Size, By Region, 2013-2020 (KT)
Table 12 C & Derivatives: Manufacturing Companies & Application Areas
Table 13 Hydroxypropyl Methyl Cellulose Market Size, By Region,2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 14 Hydroxypropyl Methyl Cellulose Market Size, By Region, 2013-2020 (KT)
Table 15 MC & Derivatives: Manufacturing Companies & Application Areas
Table 16 Hydroxyethyl Methyl Cellulose Market Size, By Region,2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 17 Hydroxyethyl Methyl Cellulose Market Size, By Region, 2013-2020 (KT)
Table 18 CMC Manufacturing Companies & Application Areas
Table 19 Carboxymethyl Cellulose Market Size, By Region,2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 20 Carboxymethyl Cellulose Market Size, By Region, 2013-2020 (KT)
Table 21 Hydroxyethyl Cellulose and Derivatives: Products & Application
Table 22 Hydroxyethyl Cellulose Market Size, By Region,2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 23 Hydroxyethyl Cellulose Market Size, By Region, 2013-2020 (KT)
Table 24 Hydroxypropyl Cellulose: Products & Applications
Table 25 Hydroxypropyl Cellulose Market Size, By Region,2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 26 Hydroxypropyl Cellulose Market Size, By Region, 2013-2020 (KT)
Table 27 Ethyl Cellulose: Products & Applications
Table 28 Ethyl Cellulose Market Size, By Region, 2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 29 Ethyl Cellulose Market Size, By Region, 2013-2020 (KT)
Table 30 Methyl Cellulose and Derivatives: Application and Functional Areas
Table 31 Global Methyl Cellulose and Derivatives Market Size, By Application, 2013–2020 (Kiloton)
Table 32 Carboxymethyl Cellulose: Application and Functional Areas
Table 33 Global Carboxymethyl Cellulose Market Size, By Application,2013–2020 (Kiloton)
Table 34 Hydroxyethyl Cellulose: Application and Functional Areas
Table 35 HEC Market Size, By Application 2013–2020 (Kiloton)
Table 36 Hydroxypropyl Cellulose: Application and Functional Areas
Table 37 HPC Market Size, By Application 2013–2020 (Kiloton)
Table 38 Ethyl Cellulose: Application and Functional Areas
Table 39 EC Market Size, By Application 2013–2020 (Kiloton)
Table 40 Cellulose Ether & Derivatives Market Size, By Region,2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 41 Cellulose Ether & Derivatives Market Size, By Region,2013-2020 (Kiloton)
Table 42 Asia-Pacific: Cellulose Ether & Derivatives Market Size, By Country,2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 43 Asia-Pacific: Cellulose Ether & Derivatives Market Size, By Country,2013-2020 (Kiloton)
Table 44 Asia-Pacific: Cellulose Ether & Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 45 Asia-Pacific: Cellulose Ether & Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2013-2020 (Kiloton)
Table 46 Asia-Pacific: Methyl Cellulose & Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 47 Asia-Pacific: Methyl Cellulose & Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2013-2020 (Kiloton)
Table 48 Asia-Pacific: Ethyl Cellulose & Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 49 Asia-Pacific: Ethyl Cellulose & Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2013-2020 (Kiloton)
Table 50 China: Cellulose Ether & Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type,2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 51 China: Cellulose Ether Market Size, By Product Type,2013-2020 (Kilotons)
Table 52 China: Methyl Cellulose & Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 53 China: Methyl Cellulose & Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2013-2020 (Kiloton)
Table 54 China: Ethyl Cellulose & Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type,2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 55 China: Ethyl Cellulose & Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type,2013-2020 (Kiloton)
Table 56 Rest of Asia-Pacific: Cellulose Ether & Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 57 Rest of Asia-Pacific: Cellulose Ether Market Size, By Product Type,2013-2020 (Kiloton)
Table 58 Rest of Asia-Pacific: Methyl Cellulose & Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 59 Rest of Asia-Pacific: Methyl Cellulose & Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2013-2020 (Kiloton)
Table 60 Rest of Asia-Pacific: Ethyl Cellulose & Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 61 Rest of Asia-Pacific: Ethyl Cellulose & Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2013-2020 (Kiloton)
Table 62 Europe: Cellulose Ether & Derivatives Market Size, By Sub Region,2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 63 Europe: Cellulose Ether & Derivatives Market Size, By Sub Region,2013-2020 (Kiloton)
Table 64 Europe: Cellulose Ether & Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 65 Europe: Cellulose Ether & Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2013-2020 (Kiloton)
Table 66 Europe: Methyl Cellulose & Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 67 Europe: Methyl Cellulose & Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2013-2020 (Kiloton)
Table 68 Europe: Ethyl Cellulose & Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 69 Europe: Ethyl Cellulose & Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2013-2020 (Kiloton)
Table 70 Western Europe: Cellulose Ether & Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 71 Western Europe: Cellulose Ether & Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2013-2020 (Kiloton)
Table 72 Western Europe: Methyl Cellulose & Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 73 Western Europe: Methyl Cellulose & Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2013-2020 (Kiloton)
Table 74 Western Europe: Ethyl Cellulose & Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 75 Western Europe: Ethyl Cellulose & Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2013-2020 (Kiloton)
Table 76 Rest of Europe: Cellulose Ether & Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 77 Rest of Europe: Cellulose Ether & Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2013-2020 (Kiloton)
Table 78 Rest of Europe: Methyl Cellulose & Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 79 Rest of Europe: Methyl Cellulose & Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2013-2020 (Kiloton)
Table 80 Rest of Europe: Ethyl Cellulose & Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 81 Rest of Europe: Ethyl Cellulose & Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2013-2020 (Kiloton)
Table 82 North America: Cellulose Ether & Derivatives Market Size, By Type,2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 83 North America: Cellulose Ether & Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2013-2020 (Kiloton)
Table 84 North America: Methyl Cellulose & Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 85 North America: Methyl Cellulose & Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2013-2020 (Kiloton)
Table 86 North America: Ethyl Cellulose & Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 87 North America: Ethyl Cellulose & Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2013-2020 (Kiloton)
Table 88 RoW: Cellulose Ether & Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type,2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 89 RoW: Cellulose Ether & Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type,2013-2020 (Kiloton)
Table 90 RoW: Methyl Cellulose & Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type,2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 91 RoW: Methyl Cellulose & Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type,2013-2020 (Kiloton)
Table 92 RoW: Ethyl Cellulose & Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type,2013-2020 (USD Million)
Table 93 RoW: Ethyl Cellulose & Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type,2013-2020 (Kiloton)
Table 94 Expansions, 2011–2015
Table 95 New Product Launches, 2011–2015
Table 96 Mergers & Acquisitions, 2011–2015
Table 97 Agreements, 2011–2015
 
 
 
List of Figures (49 Figures)
 
Figure 1 Cellulose Ether Market Segmentation
Figure 2 Cellulose Ether Market: Research Design
Figure 3 Market Size Estimation: Bottom-Up Approach
Figure 4 Market Size Estimation: Top-Down Approach
Figure 5 Data Triangulation Methodology
Figure 6 Methyl Cellulose & Derivatives to Register Slightly Highest CAGR During the Forecast Period
Figure 7 Asia-Pacific to Register Significant Growth in the Cellulose Ether& Derivatives Market
Figure 8 Cellulose Ether & Derivatives Market By Application
Figure 9 Asia-Pacific to Dominate the Carboxymethyl Cellulose Market
Figure 10 Potential Opportunities in the Cellulose Ether & Derivatives Market
Figure 11 The Cellulose Ether & Derivatives Market in Asia-Pacific is Projected to Grow at the Highest Rate Between 2015 and 2020
Figure 12 Asia-Pacific Accounted for the Largest Share in the Global Cellulose Ether & Derivatives Market, By Type, in 2014
Figure 13 Methyl Cellulose & Derivatives Accounted for the Largest Share in the Market
Figure 14 Asia-Pacific to Have the Highest Growth Potential in the Cellulose Ether Market in the Forecast Period
Figure 15 Cellulose Ether & Derivatives Market, By Region
Figure 16 Drivers, Restraints, Opportunities and Challenges in Cellulose Ether and It’s Derivatives Market
Figure 17 Overview of Cellulose Ether & Derivatives Value Chain
Figure 18 Porter’s Five Forces Analysis (2014)
Figure 19 Entry in the Cellulose Ether & Derivatives Market
Figure 20 Cellulose Ether & Derivatives Market Segmentation, By Product Type
Figure 21 Methyl Cellulose Market Size, By Region
Figure 22 Carboxymethyl Cellulose Market Size, By Region (2014-2020)
Figure 23 Asia-Pacific Dominates the Hydroxyethyl Cellulose Market
Figure 24 Cellulose Ether & Derivatives Market, By Application
Figure 25 Industrial Application Dominating Carboxymethyl Cellulose Market (2015–2020)
Figure 26 Paints & Coatings is the Largest Application Segment for Hydroxyethyl Cellulose
Figure 27 Pharmaceuticals Application Projected to Witness Highest CAGR(2015-2020)
Figure 28 Paint & Coatings Dominates the Ethyl Cellulose Market (2015–2020)
Figure 29 Asia-Pacific: Emerging Market for Cellulose Ether & Derivatives Product Types
Figure 30 Asia-Pacific: the Largest & Fastest Growing Region in the Cellulose Ether & Derivatives Market, 2014
Figure 31 Europe: the Second Largest Market for Cellulose Ether & Derivatives, 2015-2020
Figure 32 North America: Cellulose Ether & Derivatives Market Snapshot
Figure 33 RoW Market Snapshot: Second-Fastest Growing Market for Cellulose Ether & Derivatives
Figure 34 Key Companies Preferred Expansion Strategy During 2011-2015
Figure 35 Expansions Fueled Growth & Innovation of the Cellulose Ether& Derivatives Market, 2011-2015
Figure 36 Battle for Market Share: Expansion Was the Key Strategy
Figure 37 Regional Revenue Mix of the Top-5 Market Players
Figure 38 The DOW Chemical Company: Company Snapshot
Figure 39 SWOT Analysis: the DOW Chemical Company
Figure 40 Akzonobel Performance Additives: Company Snapshot
Figure 41 SWOT Analysis: Akzonobel Performance Additives
Figure 42 Shin-Etsu: Company Snapshot
Figure 43 SWOT Analysis: Shin-Etsu Chemical Co. Ltd.
Figure 44 Ashland Inc.: Company Snapshot
Figure 45 SWOT Analysis: Ashland Inc.
Figure 46 Daicel Finechem Ltd.: Company Snapshot
Figure 47 Samsung Fine Chemicals: Company Snapshot
Figure 48 SWOT Analysis: Samsung Fine Chemicals
Figure 49 Dai-Ichi Kogyo Seiyaku Co. Ltd.: Company Snapshot

The global cellulose ether & derivatives market size, in terms of value, is projected to reach USD 6.30 Billion, by 2020, at a CAGR of 7.2%, between 2015 and 2020. The high-growth application areas such as personal care, pharmaceuticals, construction, food ingredients, and continuous expansion and merger & acquisition activities undertaken by companies are key factors driving the growth of the cellulose ether & derivatives market.

The methyl cellulose and derivatives are projected to be the fastest-growing product type of cellulose ether & derivatives between 2015 and 2020. The major types of cellulose ether available in the market are carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC), methyl cellulose (MC) and derivatives (hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose (HPMC) and hydroxyethyl methyl cellulose (HEMC), hydroxyethyl cellulose (HEC), hydroxypropyl cellulose (HPC), and ethyl cellulose (EC).

Carboxymethyl cellulose finds major applications in industrial, food and beverages, pharmaceuticals and personal care sectors in the cellulose ether & derivatives market. The surface-active properties of cellulose ether allows it to act as a thickener and stabilizer in aqueous solutions, making it a beneficial additive in a wide variety of commercial products and industries, including the pharmaceutical industry, the construction industry, PVC products, food and beverage products, the petroleum industry, and the cosmetics industry.

Currently, Asia-Pacific is the largest market of cellulose ether & derivatives, accounting for more than half of the market size, in terms of value, in 2014. China dominated the cellulose ether & derivatives market in 2014, closely followed by Rest of Asia-Pacific. Rest of Asia-Pacific is the fastest-growing market, globally, and is expected to surpass China in the cellulose ether & derivatives market in the near future. High economic growth rate, growing demand for applications (such as mining, construction, drilling fluids in oilfield, pharmaceuticals, and many more), cheap labor, and competitive manufacturing costs are the main factors leading to the growth of the market for cellulose ether in the region.

Cellulose Ether & Derivatives Market

Though the cellulose ether & derivatives market is growing at a significant growth rate, a few factors hinder the growth of the market, globally. Cellulose ether is an economic substitute in many of the industries in which it is used. The rapidly increasing demand for cellulose ethers in its highly growing end-user industries is driving the cellulose ether market. In most of the industries, it is used as a binder, emulsifier, stabilizer, thickener, film former, adhesion promoter, and so on.

Companies such as Ashland Specialty Chemicals (U.S.), The Dow Chemical Company (U.S.), CP Kelco (U.S.), Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd.Shin-Etsu (Japan), Akzo Nobel Performance Additives (Netherlands), Samsung Fine Chemicals (Korea), and China RuiTai International Holdings Co. Ltd. China Rui Tai (China) are the dominant market players in the cellulose ether & derivatives market. The diverse product portfolio and strategically positioned R&D centers, continuous adoption of development strategies, and technological advancements are the factors responsible for strengthening the market position of these companies in the market. These companies have been adopting various organic and inorganic growth strategies such as expansion, merger & acquisition, partnership, new product launch & product development to enhance their current market share.

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