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Cellulose Ethers Market by Derivative (Methyl, Ethyl, Hydroxyethyl, Hydroxypropyl & Carboxymethyl Cellulose), by Application (Pharmaceuticals, Personal Care, Construction, Food & Beverages, Surface Coatings & Paints) & by Geography - Global Trends & Forecasts to 2019

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Publishing Date: July 2014
Report Code: CH 2589

 

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Cellulose ethers are high-molecular-weight compounds that are produced by the etherification process of cellulose. During the etherification process, three free OH groups of a single anhydroglucose cellulose unit are substituted. Cellulose has strong cohesion between the individual cellulose fibers because of the huge number of strong hydrogen bonds that make them water insoluble. The other important properties playing a major role for any cellulose ether to be chosen for any particular application are viscosity in solution, surface tension, solubility, and stability against biodegradation, heat, hydrolysis, and oxidation. All these properties are generally dependent on the substituent group of the parent cellulose and the degree of substitution, chemical structure, and the molecular weight of the parent cellulose.

The cellulose ethers and its derivatives market was estimated at $4,124.17 million in 2013 and is expected to grow by 7.08% till 2019. The factors driving growth in the cellulose ethers market are product properties that are difficult to substitute with a single economic alternative and high-growth application areas such as personal care, pharmaceuticals, construction, and food ingredients. The cellulose ethers market is projected to experience huge growth due to its enormous potential offered by these drivers.

Cellulose ether is a fast-evolving industry. In this industry, continuous enhancement of technology through innovation is the key to retain or increase market share. Expansion into markets with growing economies such as Asia-Pacific has been and will be the key success for cellulose ethers producers if they intend to increase their overall sales and revenue .

The report covers the global cellulose ethers market in major regions namely Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, and Rest of World for major end-user application such as pharmaceuticals, personal care, construction, food & beverages, and paints and coatings applications. This report analyzes various marketing trends and establishes the most effective growth strategy in the market. It identifies market dynamics such as drivers, restraints, opportunities, and winning imperatives. Major companies such as The Dow Chemical Company (U.S.), Ashland Speciality Chemicals (U.S.), CP Kelco (U.S.), Samsung Fine Chemicals (Korea), SE Tylose GmbH & Co. KG (Germany), Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd. (Japan), China RuiTai International Holdings Co. Ltd. (China), and AkzoNobel Performance Additives (the Netherlands) have also been profiled.

By Type:

  1. Carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC)
  2. Methyl cellulose (MC) and derivatives
  3. Hydroxyethyl cellulose (HEC)
  4. Hydroxypropyl cellulose (HPC)
  5. Ethyl cellulose (EC)

By Region:

  1. Asia-Pacific
  2. North America
  3. Europe
  4. Rest of World

Table of Contents
 
1 Introduction
    1.1 Objectives of the Study
    1.2 Report Description
    1.3 Markets Covered
    1.4 Stakeholders
    1.5 Research Methodology
          1.5.1 Market Size
          1.5.2 Key Data Taken from Secondary Sources
          1.5.3 Key Data Taken from Primary Sources
          1.5.4 Assumptions Made for This Report

2 Executive Summary
    2.1 Introduction
    2.2 Industry Snapshot

3 Premium Insights
    3.1 Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Market, By Type & Region, 2013
    3.2 Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Market, By Application & CAGR%
    3.3 Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Market, By Type & CAGR%
    3.4 Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Pricing & CAGR%
    3.5 Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Market Overview, By Type & Region

4 Market Overview
    4.1 Introduction
    4.2 Market Segmentation
    4.3 Market Dynamics
          4.3.1 Market Dynamics - Drivers
          4.3.2 Market Dynamics - Restraints
          4.3.3 Market Dynamics - Opportunity
          4.3.4 Market Dynamics – Winning Imperative
          4.3.5 Market Dynamics – Burning Issue
          4.3.6 Market Dynamics – Impact Analysis
    4.4 Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
    4.5 Cellulose Ether and Their Derivatives Market Analysis, 2013
    4.6 Cellulose Ether and Their Derivatives Patent Analysis, 2010-2014

5 Market Analysis, By Type
    5.1 Introduction
    5.2 Cellulose Ethers
    5.3 Methyl Cellulose & Its Derivatives
          5.3.1 Methyl Cellulose (MC)
          5.3.2 Hydroxypropyl Methyl Cellulose (HPMC)
          5.3.3 Hydroxyethyl Methyl Cellulose (HEMC)
    5.4 Carboxymethyl Cellulose (CMC)
    5.5 Hydroxyethyl Cellulose (HEC)
    5.6 Hydroxypropyl Cellulose (HPC)
    5.7 Ethyl Cellulose (EC)

6 Market Analysis, By Application
    6.1 Introduction
    6.2 Methyl Cellulose and Derivatives  Market, By Application
    6.3 Carboxymethyl Cellulose Market, By Application
    6.4 Hydroxyethyl Cellulose Market, by Application
    6.5 Hydroxypropyl Cellulose Market, By Application
    6.6 Ethyl Cellulose Market, By Application
 
7 Market by Geography
    7.1 Introduction
    7.2 North America
    7.3 Europe
          7.3.1 Western Europe
          7.3.2 Eastern Europe
    7.4 Asia-Pacific
          7.4.1 China
          7.4.2 Rest of Asia-Pacific
    7.5 RoW

8 Competitive Landscape
    8.1 Cellulose Ethers and Its Derivatives Market Share, By Growth Strategy, 2010-2014
    8.2 Cellulose Ethers and ItsDerivatives Market Development, By Year, 2010-2014
    8.3 Cellulose Ethers and Its Derivatives Market Developments, By Key Players, 2010-2014
    8.4 Cellulose Ethers and Its Derivatives Market Strategies, By Key Players, 2010-2014

9 Company Profiles
    9.1 AkzoNobel Performance Additives
    9.2 Ashland Inc.
    9.3 China RuiTai International Holdings Co.Ltd.
    9.4 CP Kelco
    9.5 Daicel FineChem Ltd.
    9.6 Dai-Ichi Kogyo Seiyaku Co. Ltd.
    9.7 The Dow Chemical Company
    9.8 Fenchem Biotek Ltd.
    9.9 Hercules Tianpu Chemical Co. Ltd.
    9.10 J. Rettenmaier & Söhne GmbH + Co.KG
    9.11 Reliance Cellulose Products Ltd.
    9.12 Samsung Fine Chemicals
    9.13 SE Tylose GmbH & Co. KG
    9.14 Shandong Head Co. Ltd.
    9.15 Shin-Etsu Chemical Co. Ltd.
    9.16 Sichem
    9.17 Zhejiang Kehong Chemical Co. Ltd.

10 Appendex
 
List of Tables (82 Tables)

Table 1 Detailed Research Methodology for Market Size
Table 2 Data from Secondary Sources
Table 3 Data from Primary Sources
Table 4 Cellulose Ethers, Industry Snapshot
Table 5 Cellulose Ethers and Their Derivatives
Table 6 Cellulose Ethers Properties and Their Benefits & Usage
Table 7 Cellulose Ethers Derivatives: Burning and Explosion Parameters
Table 8 Cellulose Ethers Market Size, By Product Type, 2012-2019 ($million)
Table 9 Cellulose Ethers Market Size, By Product Type, 2012-2019 (KT)
Table 10 MC & Its Derivatives: Manufacturing Companies & Application Areas
Table 11 Methyl Cellulose & Its Derivatives Market Size, By Region, 2012-2019 ($Million)
Table 12 Methyl Cellulose Its Derivatives Market Size, By Region, 2012-2019 (KT)
Table 13 Methyl Cellulose Market Size, By Region, 2012-2019 ($Million)
Table 14 Methyl Cellulose Market Size, By Region, 2012-2019 (KT)
Table 15 Hydroxypropyl Methyl Cellulose Market Size, By Region, 2012-2019 ($Million)
Table 16 Hydroxypropyl Methyl Cellulose Market Size, By Region, 2012-2019 (KT)
Table 17 Hydroxyethyl Methyl Cellulose Market Size, By Region, 2012-2019 ($Million)
Table 18 Hydroxyethyl Methyl Cellulose Market Size, By Region, 2012-2019 (KT)
Table 19 CMC: Manufacturing Companies & Application Areas
Table 20 Carboxymethyl Cellulose Market Size, By Region, 2012-2019 ($Million)
Table 21 Carboxymethyl Cellulose Market Size, By Region, 2012-2019 (KT)
Table 22 Hydroxyethyl Cellulose and Derivatives: Products & Applications
Table 23 Hydroxyethyl Cellulose Market Size, By Region, 2012-2019 ($Million)
Table 24 Hydroxyethyl Cellulose Market Size, By Region, 2012-2019 (KT)
Table 25 Ethyl Cellulose & Its Derivatives: Products & Applications
Table 26 Hydroxypropyl Cellulose Market Size, By Region, 2012-2019 ($Million)
Table 27 Hydroxypropyl Cellulose Market Size, By Region, 2012-2019 (KT)
Table 28 Ethyl Cellulose & Its Derivatives: Products & Applications
Table 29 Ethyl Cellulose Market Size, By Region, 2012-2019 ($Million)
Table 30 Ethyl Cellulose Market Size, By Region, 2012-2019 (KT)
Table 31 Methyl Cellulose and Derivatives: Application and Functional Areas
Table 32 Global Methyl Cellulose and Derivatives Market Volume, By Application, 2012 – 2019 (KT)
Table 33 Carboxymethyl Cellulose: Application and Functional Areas
Table 34 Carboxymethyl Cellulose: Application and Functional Areas
Table 35 Global Carboxymethyl Cellulose Market Size, By Application, 2012 – 2019 (KT)
Table 36 Hydroxyethyl Cellulose: Application and Functional Areas
Table 37 Global Hydroxyethyl Cellulose Market Size, By Application, 2012 – 2019 (KT)
Table 38 Hydroxypropyl Cellulose: Application and Functional Areas
Table 39 Global Hydroxypropyl Cellulose Market Size, By Application, 2012 – 2019 (KT)
Table 40 Ethyl Cellulose: Application and Functional Areas
Table 41 Global Ethyl Cellulose Market Size, By Application, 2012 – 2019 (KT)
Table 42 Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Market Size, By Region, 2012-2019 ($Million)
Table 43 Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Market Size, By Region, 2012-2019 (KT)
Table 44 North America: Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2012-2019 ($Million)
Table 45 North America: Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2012-2019 (KT)
Table 46 North America: MC and Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2012-2019 ($Million)
Table 47 North America: MC and Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2012-2019 (KT)
Table 48 Europe: Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Market Size, By Region, 2012-2019 ($Million)
Table 49 Europe: Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Market Size, By Region, 2012-2019 (KT)
Table 50 Europe: Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2012-2019 ($Million)
Table 51 Europe: Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2012-2019(KT)
Table 52 Europe MC and Derivatives Market Size by Value, by Product Type, 2012-2019 ($Million)
Table 53 Europe: MC and Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2012-2019 (KT)
Table 54 Western Europe: Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2012-2019 ($Million)
Table 55 Western Europe: Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2012-2019 (KT)
Table 56 Western Europe: MC and Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2012-2019 ($Million)
Table 57 Western Europe: MC and Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2012-2019 (KT)
Table 58 Eastern Europe: Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2012-2019 ($Million)
Table 59 Eastern Europe: Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2012-2019 (KT)
Table 60 Eastern Europe: MC and Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2012-2019 ($Million)
Table 61 Eastern Europe: MC and Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2012-2019 (KT)
Table 62 APAC: Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Market Size, By Region, 2012-2019 ($Million)
Table 63 APAC: Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Market Size, By Region, 2012-2019 (KT)
Table 64 APAC: Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2012-2019 ($Million)
Table 65 APAC: Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2012-2019(KT)
Table 66 APAC: MC and Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2012-2019 ($Million)
Table 67 APAC: MC and Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2012-2019 (KT)
Table 68 China: Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2012-2019 ($Million)
Table 69 China: Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2012-2019 (KT)
Table 70 China: MC and Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2012-2019 ($Million)
Table 71 China: MC and Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2012-2019 (KT)
Table 72 Rest of APAC: Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2012-2019 ($Million)
Table 73 Rest of APAC: Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2012-2019 (KT)
Table 74 Rest of APAC: MC and Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2012-2019 ($Million)
Table 75 Rest of APAC: MC and Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2012-2019 (KT)
Table 76 RoW: Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2012-2019 ($Million)
Table 77 RoW: Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2012-2019 (KT)
Table 78 RoW: MC and Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2012-2019 ($Million)
Table 79 RoW: MC and Derivatives Market Size, By Product Type, 2012-2019 (KT)
Table 80 Details of Plant Locations of Key Players
Table 81 Global Cellulose Ether Market Size by Volume, by European Countries
Table 82 MCC: Applications in Food Industry


List of Figures (97 Figures)

Figure 1 Cellulose Ethers Market Segmentation
Figure 2 Research Methodology: Demand Side
Figure 3 Research Methodology: Triangulation
Figure 4 Cellulose Ethers Market Size, By Region ($Million)
Figure 5 Cellulose Ethers Market Size, By Product Type (KT)
Figure 6 Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Market, By Type & Region, 2013
Figure 7 Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Market, By Application
Figure 8 Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Market, by Geography
Figure 9 Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Pricing, 2013
Figure 10 Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Market Overview, By Type & Region, 2012 – 2019
Figure 11 Cellulose Derivatives and Their Applications
Figure 12 Classification of Cellulose Ethers
Figure 13 Major Applications of Different Types of Cellulose Ethers
Figure 14 Cellulose Ethers Market Share (Volume), By Region, 2013
Figure 15 Cellulose Ethers and Their Derivatives Market Dynamics
Figure 16 Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Market: Driver 1
Figure 17 Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Market: Driver 2
Figure 18 Personal Care Products Market Share (Value), By Type, 2012
Figure 19 Personal Care Products Market Share (Value), By Region, 2012
Figure 20 Cellulose Ether and Derivatives Market: Driver 3
Figure 21 Cellulose Ethers and Their Derivatives Market: Driver 4
Figure 22 Cellulose Ethers and Their Derivatives Market: Driver 5
Figure 23 Cellulose Ethers and Their Derivatives Market: Restraints 1
Figure 24 Cellulose Ether and Their Derivatives Market: Restraints 2
Figure 25 Cellulose Ethers and Their Derivatives Market: Opportunity
Figure 26 Cellulose Ethers and Their Derivatives Market: Winning Imperative
Figure 27 Cellulose Ethers and Their Derivatives Market: Burning Issue
Figure 28 Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Market: Drivers & Restraints Impact Analysis
Figure 29 Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
Figure 30 Cellulose Ethers and Their Derivatives Market Share Analysis, By Volume, 2013
Figure 31 Cellulose Ether and Their Derivatives Patent Share, 2010-2014
Figure 32 Cellulose Ether and Their Derivatives Patent Share, 2010-2013
Figure 33 Cellulose Ethers Market Share (Value), By Product Type, 2013 Vs. 2019
Figure 34 Cellulose Ethers Market Share (Volume), By Product Type, 2013 Vs. 2019
Figure 35 Methyl Cellulose Market Share (Value), By Geography, 2013 Vs. 2019
Figure 36 Methyl Cellulose Market Share (Volume), By Geography, 2013 Vs. 2019
Figure 37 Hydroxypropyl Methyl Cellulose Market Share (Value), By Geography, 2013 Vs. 2019
Figure 38 Hydroxypropyl Methyl Cellulose Market Share (Volume), By Geography, 2013 Vs. 2019
Figure 39 Hydroxyethyl Methyl Cellulose Market Share (Value), By Geography, 2013 Vs. 2019
Figure 40 Hydroxyethyl Methyl Cellulose Market Share (Volume), By Geography, 2013 Vs. 2019
Figure 41 Carboxymethyl Cellulose Market Size, By Geography, 2012-2019 ($Million)
Figure 42 Carboxymethyl Cellulose Market Size, By Geography, 2012-2019 (KT)
Figure 43 Hydroxyethyl Cellulose Market Share (Value), By Geography, 2013 Vs. 2019
Figure 44 Hydroxyethyl Cellulose Market Share (Volume), By Geography, 2013 Vs. 2019
Figure 45 Hydroxypropyl Cellulose Market Share (Value), By Geography, 2013 Vs. 2019
Figure 46 Hydroxypropyl Cellulose Market Share (Volume), By Geography, 2013 Vs. 2019
Figure 47 Ethyl Cellulose Market Share (Value), By Geography, 2013 Vs. 2019
Figure 48 Ethyl Cellulose Market Share (Volume), By Geography, 2013 Vs. 2019
Figure 49 Overview of Cellulose Ethers, By Type and Application
Figure 50 Global Methyl Cellulose and Derivatives Market Share (Volume), By Application, 2012-2019
Figure 51 Global Carboxymethyl Cellulose Market Share (Volume), By Application, 2013 and 2019
Figure 52 Global Hydroxyethyl Cellulose Market Share (Volume), By Application, 2013 and 2019
Figure 53 Global Hydroxypropyl Cellulose Market Volume, By Application, 2013 and 2019
Figure 54 Global Ethyl Cellulose Market Share (Volume), By Application, 2013 and 2019
Figure 55 Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Market Size, By Region, 2013 Vs. 2019 
Figure 56 Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Market Share (Volume), By Region, 2013 Vs. 2019 
Figure 57 North America: Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Market Share (Value), By Product Type, 2013 Vs. 2019 
Figure 58 North America: Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Market Share (Volume), By Product Type, 2013 Vs. 2019 
Figure 59 North America: MC and Derivatives Market Share (Value), By Product Type, 2013 Vs. 2019 
Figure 60 North America: MC and Derivatives Market Share (Volume), By Product Type, 2013 Vs. 2019 
Figure 61 Europe: Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Market Share (Value), By Region, 2013 Vs. 2019 
Figure 62 Europe: Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Market Share (Volume), By Region, 2013 Vs. 2019 
Figure 63 Europe: Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Market Share (Value), By Product Type, 2013 Vs. 2019 
Figure 64 Europe: Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Market Share (Volume), By Product Type, 2013 Vs. 2019 
Figure 65 Europe MC and Derivatives Market Size by Value, by Product Type, 2013 Vs. 2019 
Figure 66 Europe: MC and Derivatives Market Share (Volume), By Product Type, 2013 Vs. 2019 
Figure 67 Western Europe: Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Market Share (Value), By Product Type, 2013 Vs. 2019 
Figure 68 Western Europe: Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Market Share (Volume), By Product Type, 2013 Vs. 2019 
Figure 69 Western Europe: MC and Derivatives Market Share (Value), By Product Type, 2013 Vs. 2019 
Figure 70 Western Europe: MC and Derivatives Market Share (Volume), By Product Type, 2013 Vs. 2019 
Figure 71 Eastern Europe: Cellulose Ethers Market Share (Value), By Product Type, 2013 Vs. 2019 
Figure 72 Eastern Europe: Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Market Share (Volume), By Product Type, 2013 Vs. 2019 
Figure 73 Eastern Europe: MC and Derivatives Market Share (Value), By Product Type, 2013 Vs. 2019 
Figure 74 Eastern Europe: MC and Derivatives Market Share (Volume), By Product Type, 2013 Vs. 2019 
Figure 75 APAC: Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Market Share (Value), By Region, 2013 Vs. 2019 
Figure 76 APAC Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Market Share (Volume), By Region, 2013 Vs. 2019 
Figure 77 APAC: Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Market Share (Value), By Product Type, 2013 Vs. 2019 
Figure 78 APAC: Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Market Share (Volume), By Product Type, 2013 Vs. 2019 
Figure 79 APAC: MC and Derivatives Market Share (Value), By Product Type, 2013 Vs. 2019 
Figure 80 APAC: MC and Derivatives Market Share (Volume), By Product Type, 2013 Vs. 2019 
Figure 81 China: Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Market Share (Value), By Product Type, 2013 Vs. 2019 
Figure 82 China: Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Market Share (Volume), By Product Type, 2013 Vs. 2019 
Figure 83 China: MC and Derivatives Market Share (Value), By Product Type, 2013 Vs. 2019 
Figure 84 China: MC and Derivatives Market Share (Value), By Product Type, 2013 Vs. 2019 
Figure 85 Rest of APAC: Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Market Share (Value), By Product Type, 2013 Vs. 2019 
Figure 86 Rest of APAC: Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Market Share (Volume), By Product Type, 2013 Vs. 2019 
Figure 87 Rest of APAC: MC and Derivatives Market Share (Value), By Product Type, 2013 Vs. 2019 
Figure 88 Rest of APAC: MC and Derivatives Market Share (Volume), By Product Type, 2013 Vs. 2019 
Figure 89 RoW: Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Market Share (Value), By Product Type, 2013 Vs. 2019 
Figure 90 RoW: Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Market Share (Volume), By Product Type, 2013 Vs. 2019 
Figure 91 RoW: MC and Derivatives Market Share (Value), By Product Type, 2013 Vs. 2019 
Figure 92 RoW: MC and Derivatives Market Share (Volume), By Product Type, 2013 Vs. 2019 
Figure 93 Cellulose Ether and Derivatives Market Share, By Growth Strategy, 2010-2014
Figure 94 Cellulose Ether and Derivatives Market Development, By Year, 2010-2014
Figure 95 Cellulose Ether and Derivatives Market Developments, By Key Players, 2010-2014
Figure 96 Cellulose Ether and Derivatives Market Strategies, By Key Players, 2010-2014
Figure 97 Cellulose Ethers and Derivatives Pricing 

    Cellulose ethers are derived from natural cellulose as a base material. Cellulose is obtained from the pulp of trees. Properties shown by cellulose ether are rheology, viscosity increment, water retention, solubility, and many more. As cellulose ethers are natural substance, they are approved for a wide variety of applications such as construction, food, pharmaceuticals, and personal care.

    The cellulose ethers and its derivatives market was estimated at $4,124.17 million in 2013 and is expected to grow by 7.08% till 2019. Different types of cellulose ethers are used for different applications based on the desired property by end user. These cellulose ethers are produced by modifying the cellulose backbone with a wide range of substitute groups. The major types of cellulose ether available in the market are carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC), methyl cellulose (MC) and its derivatives (hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose (HPMC) and hydroxyethyl methyl cellulose (HEMC)), hydroxyethyl cellulose (HEC), hydroxypropyl cellulose (HPC), and ethyl cellulose (EC). Each type of cellulose ether varies widely in terms of application and pricing. CMC has the largest volume market among all types of cellulose ethers but it has the lowest pricing. The prices for cellulose ethers, used mainly for critical applications such as food, pharmaceuticals, and personal care industry, are high. Different types of cellulose ethers are used in different industries according to the specific properties. For example, the largest application for CMC is construction while HEC has the majority of its application in paints and coatings.

    Cellulose ethers are an economic substitute in many of the industries in which it is used. The rapidly increasing demand of 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.

    Different cellulose ether producers manufacture different types of cellulose ethers for different applications. The major players in the cellulose ether market are Ashland Specialty Chemicals (U.S.), The Dow Chemical Company (U.S.), CP Kelco (U.S.), Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd. (Japan), Akzo Nobel Performance Additives (Netherlands), Samsung Fine Chemicals (Korea), and China RuiTai International Holdings Co. Ltd. (China).

    Cellulose Ethers Market Share (Value/Volume), by Region, 2013

    Cellulose Ether Market

    Source: MarketsandMarkets Analysis

    In 2013, Asia-Pacific accounts for almost 40% of the global cellulose ether volume market. However, the pricing of cellulose ether is cheaper in Asia-Pacific region in comparison to other regions; hence, it holds a lesser share in the cellulose ether value market. Europe follows Asia-Pacific in terms of consumption.

    Asia-Pacific shows the highest growth rate for all types of cellulose ethers while the lowest growth rate is seen in the mature North American region. The only application in which cellulose ether is showing significant growth in North America is the oil and gas application.

    Major players in the cellulose ether market are expanding in the Asia-Pacific region to compete with the rapidly growing Chinese players in terms of pricing.

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