Focus on Cellulose ethers

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Kima company is the professional cellulose ether factory in China. It produce different grades of cellulose ether and modified cellulose ether.

Cellulose Ether & Its Derivatives Market Forecast in 2022:

In 2021, the global consumption of cellulose ethers, water-soluble polymers produced by chemical modification of cellulose, was close to 1.1 million tons. Of the total global cellulose ether production in 2021, 43% came from Asia (China accounted for 79% of Asian production), Western Europe accounted for 36%, and North America accounted for 8%. consumption of cellulose ethers is expected to grow at an average annual rate of 2.9% from 2021 to 2023, with demand growth in mature markets in North America and Western Europe being lower than the world average, at 1.2% and 1.3%, respectively. , while the demand growth rate in Asia and Oceania will be higher than the global average, at 3.8%; China’s demand growth rate is 3.4%, and the growth rate in Central and Eastern Europe is expected to be 3.8%.

The region with the largest consumption of cellulose ether in the world in 2022 is Asia, accounting for 40% of the total consumption, and China is the main driving force. Western Europe and North America account for 19% and 11% of global consumption, respectively. Carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) accounted for 50% of the total consumption of cellulose ethers in 2022, but its growth rate is expected to be lower than that of cellulose ethers as a whole in the future. Methyl cellulose/hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose (MC/HPMC) accounted for 33% of the total consumption, hydroxyethyl cellulose (HEC) accounted for 13%, and other cellulose ethers accounted for about 3%.

Cellulose ethers are widely used as thickeners, binders, emulsifiers, humectants and viscosity control agents. End applications include sealants and grouts, food products, paints and coatings, and prescription drugs and nutritional supplements. Various cellulose ethers also compete with each other in many application markets and with other products with similar functions, such as synthetic water-soluble polymers and natural water-soluble polymers. Synthetic water-soluble polymers include polyacrylates, polyvinyl alcohols, and polyurethanes, while natural water-soluble polymers mainly include xanthan gum, carrageenan, and other gums. The final choice of polymer for a specific application will depend on the trade-off between availability, performance and price, as well as the effectiveness of use.

In 2022, the total global carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) market reached 530,000 tons, which can be divided into industrial grade (stock solution), semi-purified grade and high-purity grade. The most important end use of CMC is detergent, which uses industrial grade CMC, which accounts for about 22% of consumption; oil field applications account for about 20%; and food additives account for about 13%. In many regions, CMC’s key markets are relatively mature, but demand from the oilfield industry is volatile and tied to oil prices. CMC also faces competition from other products, such as hydrocolloids that can provide superior performance in certain applications. Demand for cellulose ethers other than CMC will be driven by construction end uses, including surface coatings, as well as food, pharmaceutical and personal care applications.

The CMC industrial market is still relatively fragmented, with the top 5 producers accounting for only 22% of the total capacity. Currently, Chinese industrial-grade CMC producers dominate the market, accounting for 48% of total capacity. The clean-grade CMC market is relatively concentrated in production, with the top five manufacturers collectively owning 53% of the production capacity.

The competitive landscape of CMC is different from that of other cellulose ethers, with relatively low barriers to entry, especially for industrial-grade CMC products with a purity of 65% to 74%. The market for such products is more fragmented and dominated by Chinese manufacturers. The clean-grade CMC market is more concentrated, with a purity of 96% or higher. In 2022, the global consumption of cellulose ethers other than CMC was 537,000 tons, and the main applications were construction-related industry applications, accounting for 47%; food and pharmaceutical industry applications accounted for 14%; surface coatings industry accounted for 12%. The other cellulose ether markets are more concentrated, with the top 5 producers collectively accounting for 57% of global capacity.

Overall, the application prospects of cellulose ethers in the food and personal care industries will maintain a growth momentum. As consumer demand for healthier foods with lower fat and sugar content will continue to grow, in order to avoid potential allergens (such as gluten), there will be market opportunities for cellulose ethers, which can provide the desired functionality, Also does not compromise taste or texture. In some applications, cellulose ethers also face competition from fermentation-derived thickeners, such as more natural gums.

Post time: Jan-19-2022
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