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Water-Soluble Polymers

Table of Contents

Section Page Number

Executive summary12
Summary13
Introduction13
Functions13
Consumption15
Structure of the industry21
Critical factors for success22
Overview of the water-soluble polymer industry23
North America23
Status of the industry23
Applications28
Adhesives28
Building products28
Coatings29
Detergents29
Food29
Mineral processing29
Oil field chemicals29
Paper30
Personal care products30
Pharmaceuticals30
Polymerization aids30
Textiles31
Water treatment31
Other31
Structure of the industry31
Mergers and acquisitions33
Operating characteristics34
Synthetic water-soluble polymers34
Semisynthetic water-soluble polymers35
Natural water-soluble polymers35
Government regulations35
Trends and opportunities36
Critical factors for success38
Central and South America38
Status of the industry38
Structure of the industry40
Trends and opportunities41
Western Europe42
Status of the industry42
Applications48
Building products48
Detergents49
Food49
Paper49
Water treatment49
Structure of the industry50
Synthetic water-soluble polymers52
Semisynthetic water-soluble polymers53
Natural water-soluble polymers (hydrocolloids)53
Operating characteristics54
Research and development54
Manufacturing and technology54
Government regulations54
Trends and opportunities55
Critical factors for success55
Central and Eastern Europe56
Status of the industry56
Structure of the industry57
Trends and opportunities59
Middle East and Africa59
Status of the industry59
Structure of the industry61
Trends and opportunities62
Japan63
Status of the industry63
Applications68
Adhesives68
Building products69
Coatings69
Detergents69
Food69
Paper69
Personal care products and cosmetics70
Pharmaceuticals70
Textiles70
Water treatment70
Structure of the industry70
Operating characteristics72
Research and development72
Manufacturing and technology73
Marketing73
Profitability and cost structure73
Trends and opportunities74
Critical factors for success75
China75
Status of the industry75
Applications81
Adhesives81
Building products81
Coatings82
Detergents82
Food82
Oil field chemicals82
Paper82
Personal care products82
Pharmaceuticals82
Polymerization aids82
Textiles82
Water treatment83
Structure of the Industry83
Operating characteristics84
Trends and opportunities84
Critical factors for success84
Other Asia and Oceania85
Status of the industry85
Structure of the industry86
Trends and opportunities89
Synthetic water-soluble polymers89
Natural water-soluble polymers90
Synthetic water-soluble polymers91
Polyacrylamides91
Products and functions91
Consumption and market segments91
World summary91
North America93
Markets93
Market participants94
Prices95
Critical factors for success96
Central and South America96
Markets96
Market participants96
Europe97
Western Europe97
Markets97
Central and Eastern Europe99
Markets99
Market participants 100
Prices 101
Future trends and strategic issues 102
Japan 102
Markets 102
Market participants 103
Prices 105
Future trends and strategic issues 105
China 105
Markets 105
Market participants 106
Prices 108
Future trends and strategic issues 108
Other Asia 108
Markets 108
Market participants 108
Polyacrylic acid and copolymers 109
Products and functions 109
Consumption and market segments 110
World summary 110
North America 112
Markets 112
Market participants 113
Prices 114
Critical factors for success 115
Central and South America 115
Western Europe 115
Markets 115
Market participants 117
Prices 119
Japan 119
Markets 119
Market participants 120
Prices 121
Future trends and strategic issues 121
China 121
Markets 121
Market participants 122
Prices 122
Future trends and strategic issues 123
Other Asia 123
Markets 123
Market participants 123
Polyethylene glycols 124
Products and functions 124
Chemical intermediates 125
Pharmaceuticals and personal care products 125
Surface-active agents/detergents 125
Other 125
Consumption and market segments 126
World summary 126
North America 127
Markets 127
Market participants 128
Prices 129
Future trends and strategic issues 129
Central and South America 130
Western Europe 130
Markets 130
Market participants 132
Prices 133
Future trends and strategic issues 134
Central and Eastern Europe 134
Markets 134
Market participants 134
Japan 135
Markets 135
Market participants 136
Prices 136
Future trends and strategic issues 137
China 137
Markets 137
Market participants 138
Prices 139
Future trends and strategic issues 139
Other Asia 139
Markets 139
Market participants 139
Polyvinyl alcohol 141
Products and functions 141
Consumption and market segments 141
World summary 141
North America 142
Markets 142
Market participants 144
Prices 144
Critical factors for success 144
Central and South America 144
Western Europe 144
Markets 144
Market participants 146
Prices 147
Central and Eastern Europe 148
Markets 148
Market participants 148
Middle East and Africa 149
Japan 150
Markets 150
Market participants 150
Prices 151
Future trends and strategic issues 151
China 152
Markets 152
Market participants 153
Prices 153
Other Asia 153
Markets 153
Market participants 154
Polyvinylpyrrolidone 154
Products and functions 154
Consumption and market segments 155
World summary 155
North America 156
Markets 156
Market participants 157
Prices 157
Western Europe 157
Markets 157
Market participants 158
Prices 159
Future trends and strategic issues 159
Japan 159
Markets 159
Market participants 160
Prices 160
China 160
Future trends and strategic issues 161
Polyamines and polyethyleneimines 161
Products and functions 161
Consumption and market segments 162
World summary 162
North America 163
Markets 163
Market participants 164
Prices 164
Western Europe 164
Markets 164
Market participants 166
Japan 166
Markets 166
Market participants 166
Prices 167
Quaternary ammonium polymers 167
Products and functions 167
Consumption and market segments 168
World summary 168
North America 169
Markets 169
Market participants 170
Prices 170
Central and South America 170
Western Europe 170
Markets 170
Market participants 171
Japan 171
Markets 171
Market participants 172
China 172
Other synthetic water-soluble polymers 172
Products and functions 172
Associative thickeners 172
Carboxypolymethylene (carbomer) 173
Polyvinyl methyl ether–maleic anhydride (PVM-MA) 173
Consumption and market segments 173
World summary 173
North America 174
Markets 174
Market participants 175
Western Europe 176
Markets 176
Market participants 176
Japan 177
Carboxypolymethylene (carboxyvinyl polymer) 177
Polyvinyl methyl ether–maleic anhydride 177
Associative thickeners 177
China 178
Semisynthetic water-soluble polymers 179
Products and functions 179
Carboxymethylcellulose 179
Hydroxyethylcellulose and derivatives 180
Methylcellulose and derivatives 181
Other cellulose ethers 181
Ethylcellulose 181
Hydroxypropylcellulose 181
Industry characteristics 181
Consumption and markets 182
World summary 182
Sodium carboxymethylcellulose 183
North America 183
Food 184
Oil field 185
Personal care products/pharmaceuticals 185
Paper 186
Detergents 186
Textiles 186
Other 187
Central and South America 187
Western Europe 188
Technical CMC 188
Purified CMC 190
Central and Eastern Europe 192
Middle East and Africa 192
Japan 192
Pharmaceuticals and cosmetics 193
Construction drilling mud and building materials 193
Fishery feed binders 193
Paper 193
Textiles 194
Food 194
Other 194
China 194
Other Asia 194
Methylcellulose and derivatives and other cellulose ethers 195
North America 195
Methylcellulose and derivatives 195
Hydroxyethylcellulose and derivatives 196
Other cellulose ethers 198
Central and South America 199
Western Europe 199
Methylcellulose and derivatives 200
Hydroxyethylcellulose and ethyl hydroxyethylcellulose 201
Central and Eastern Europe 203
Middle East and Africa 203
Japan 203
Construction products 204
Pharmaceuticals and personal care products 204
Other 204
China 204
Other Asia 205
Market participants 206
North America 206
Central and South America 207
Western Europe 207
Central and Eastern Europe 210
Middle East and Africa 212
Japan 213
China 214
Other Asia 217
Prices 219
United States 219
Western Europe 219
Japan 221
China 221
Other Asia 221
Future trends and strategic issues 222
North America 222
Western Europe 223
Japan 223
China 223
Other Asia 223
Natural water-soluble polymers 225
Products and functions 225
Fruit extracts (pectin) 225
Grain and root extracts (including starches) 225
Native and modified starches 225
Konjac 226
Microbial fermentation products 226
Xanthan gum 226
Other fermentation products 227
Curdlan 227
Diutan gum 227
Gellan gum 227
Pullulan 227
Scleroglucan (sclerotium gum) 227
Milk protein (casein and caseinates) 227
Seaweed extracts 228
Agar 228
Alginates 228
Carrageenan 228
Furcellaran 229
Seed extracts 229
Guar gum and derivatives 229
Locust bean gum 229
Other seed extracts 230
Cassia gum 230
Fenugreek gum 230
Psyllium seed gum 230
Tamarind gum 230
Tara gum 230
Skin and bone extracts (gelatin) 231
Tree and shrub exudates 231
Gum arabic 231
Gum ghatti 231
Gum karaya 231
Gum tragacanth 232
Consumption and market segments 232
World summary 232
North America 234
Markets 234
Starches 235
Agar 235
Alginates 235
Carrageenan 236
Casein and caseinates 236
Gelatin 236
Guar gum and derivatives 237
Gum arabic 238
Locust bean gum 238
Pectin 239
Xanthan gum 239
Other 240
Market participants 240
Native and modified starches 240
Gelatin 242
Other hydrocolloids 243
Prices 246
Trends, issues and opportunities 247
Critical factors for success 248
Central and South America 248
Markets 248
Market participants 249
Native and modified starches 249
Gelatin 251
Other hydrocolloids 252
Prices 253
Western Europe 254
Overview 255
Animal feed 257
Cosmetics industry 257
Food industry 258
Paper manufacturing 258
Other industrial uses 258
Consumption and markets 258
Starches 260
Specialty hydrocolloids 261
Market participants 267
Starches 267
Specialty hydrocolloids 269
Prices 273
Future trends and strategic issues 273
Critical factors for success 274
Central and Eastern Europe 275
Consumption and markets 275
Market participants 275
Japan 276
Markets 276
Starch 277
Agar 278
Alginates 278
Carrageenan 278
Casein 278
Gelatin 278
Guar gum 279
Gum arabic 279
Locust bean gum 279
Pectin 279
Xanthan gum 280
Other miscellaneous polymers 280
Market participants 280
Starch and its derivatives 280
Other 281
Prices 283
Future trends and strategic issues 284
Critical factors for success 284
China 285
Markets 285
Starch 285
Agar, alginates, and carrageenan 285
Casein 286
Gelatin 286
Guar gum 286
Pectin 286
Xanthan gum 286
Market participants 287
Starch 287
Gelatin 288
Xanthan gum 288
Other 289
Prices 292
Trade 292
Future trends and strategic issues 292
India 293
Markets 293
Market participants 294
Prices 298
Future trends and strategic issues 299
Other Asia 299
Markets 299
Market participants 301
Prices 305
Future trends and strategic issues 306

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