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Water-Soluble Polymers

Table of Contents

Section Page Number

Summary16
Consumption16
Functions20
Status of the industry22
Critical factors for success23
Overview of the water-soluble polymer industry24
North America24
Status of the industry24
Applications27
Adhesives27
Coatings27
Construction products27
Detergents27
Food27
Mineral processing28
Oil field chemicals28
Paper28
Personal care products28
Pharmaceuticals28
Polymerization aids28
Textiles28
Water treatment29
Other29
Structure of the industry29
Mergers and acquisitions32
Operating characteristics32
Government regulations33
Trends and opportunities33
Critical factors for success34
Western Europe34
Status of the industry34
Applications37
Building products38
Detergents38
Food38
Paper38
Water treatment39
Structure of the industry39
Synthetic water-soluble polymers39
Semisynthetic water-soluble polymers40
Natural water-soluble polymers (hydrocolloids)41
Operating characteristics41
Research and development.41
Manufacturing and technology42
Government regulations42
Critical factors for success43
Japan43
Applications43
Adhesives46
Building products46
Coatings46
Detergents46
Food46
Paper46
Personal care products and cosmetics47
Pharmaceuticals47
Textiles47
Water treatment47
Structure of the industry47
Operating characteristics49
Research and development49
Manufacturing and technology50
Marketing50
Profitability and cost structure51
Trends and opportunities52
Critical factors for success52
China53
Applications53
Adhesives54
Building products54
Coatings54
Detergents55
Food55
Oil field chemicals55
Paper55
Personal care products55
Pharmaceuticals55
Polymerization aids55
Textiles55
Water treatment55
Structure of the industry56
Operating characteristics57
Trends and opportunities57
Critical factors for success57
Synthetic polymers58
Polyacrylamides58
Products and functions58
Consumption and market segments58
World summary58
North America58
Markets58
Market participants61
Prices62
Critical factors for success62
Central and South America63
Markets63
Market participants63
Europe64
Western Europe64
Markets64
Central and Eastern Europe66
Market participants67
Prices70
Future trends and strategic issues70
Japan71
Markets71
Market participants72
Prices74
Future trends and strategic issues74
China74
Markets74
Market participants76
Prices77
Other Asia78
Polyacrylic acid and copolymers78
Products and functions78
Consumption and market segments79
World summary79
North America79
Markets79
Market participants81
Prices82
Critical factors for success83
Europe83
Markets83
Market participants86
Prices87
Japan88
Markets88
Market participants89
Prices89
Future trends and strategic issues90
China90
Markets90
Market participants91
Prices92
Future trends and strategic issues93
Other Asia93
Polyethylene glycols94
Products and functions94
Chemical intermediates94
Pharmaceuticals and personal care products94
Surface-active agents/detergents95
Other95
Consumption and market segments95
World summary95
United States96
Markets96
Market participants97
Prices99
Future trends and strategic issues99
Central and South America99
Western Europe100
Markets100
Market participants102
Prices104
Future trends and strategic issues105
Central and Eastern Europe105
Markets106
Market participants106
Japan107
Markets107
Market participants107
Prices108
Future trends and strategic issues109
China109
Other Asia110
Polyvinyl alcohol.111
Products and functions111
Consumption and market segments111
World summary111
North America112
Markets112
Market participants114
Prices114
Critical factors for success114
Central and South America115
Western Europe115
Markets115
Market participants117
Prices119
Central and Eastern Europe120
Markets120
Market participants120
Middle East and Africa121
Japan121
Markets121
Market participants122
Prices123
Future trends and strategic issues123
China124
Markets124
Market participants125
Prices127
Other Asia127
Polyvinylpyrrolidone127
Products and functions127
Consumption and market segments128
World summary128
North America128
Markets128
Market participants129
Prices130
Western Europe130
Markets130
Market participants131
Prices131
Future trends and strategic issues132
Japan132
Markets132
Market participants133
Prices133
China133
Polyamines and polyethyleneimines134
Products and functions134
Consumption and market segments134
World summary134
North America134
Markets134
Market participants135
Prices136
Central and South America136
Europe136
Markets136
Market participants137
Japan138
Markets138
Market participants139
Prices139
Quaternary ammonium polymers139
Products and functions139
Consumption and market segments139
World summary139
North America140
Markets140
Market participants140
Prices140
Central and South America141
Western Europe141
Markets141
Market participants141
Japan142
Markets142
Market participants142
China143
Other synthetic water-soluble polymers143
Products and functions143
Associative thickeners143
Carboxypolymethylene (carboxyvinyl polymer)143
Polyvinyl methyl ether-maleic anhydride (PVM-MA) 144
Consumption and market segments144
World summary144
North America145
Markets145
Market participants146
Western Europe146
Markets146
Market participants147
Japan147
Carboxypolymethylene (carboxyvinyl polymer)147
Polyvinyl methyl ether-maleic anhydride147
Associative thickeners147
Semisynthetic polymers149
Products and functions149
Carboxymethylcellulose150
Hydroxyethylcellulose and derivatives151
Methylcellulose and derivatives151
Other cellulose ethers151
Ethylcellulose and ethyl hydroxyethylcellulose151
Hydroxypropylcellulose152
Industry characteristics152
Consumption and markets153
World summary153
Sodium carboxymethylcellulose153
North America153
Food154
Oil field154
Personal care products/pharmaceuticals155
Paper156
Detergents156
Textiles156
Other156
Central and South America157
Western Europe158
Technical CMC158
Purified CMC161
Central and Eastern Europe163
Middle East and Africa163
Japan164
Pharmaceuticals and cosmetics165
Construction drilling mud and building materials165
Fishery feed binders165
Paper165
Textiles165
Food166
Other166
China166
Other Asia167
Methylcellulose and derivatives and other cellulose ethers167
North America167
Methylcellulose and derivatives167
Hydrox:yethylcellulose and derivatives168
Ethylcellulose and ethyl hydrox:yethylcellulose170
Hydroxypropylcellulose171
Central and South America171
Western Europe172
Methylcellulose and derivatives173
Hydrox:yethylcellulose and ethyl hydrox:yethylcellulose174
Central and Eastern Europe176
Middle East and Africa177
Japan177
Construction products177
Pharmaceuticals and personal care products178
Other178
China178
Other Asia179
Market participants179
North America179
Central and South America181
Western Europe181
Central and Eastern Europe186
Middle East and Africa187
Japan188
China190
Other Asia194
Prices196
United States196
Western Europe196
Japan199
China199
Future trends and strategic issues199
United States199
Western Europe200
Japan200
Other Asia201
Natural water-soluble polymers202
Products and functions202
Fruit extract (pectin)202
Grain and root (starch and starch derivatives)202
Microbial fermentation203
Curdlan, pullulan and gellan gum203
Xanthan gum203
Milk protein (casein and caseinates)203
Seaweed extracts204
Agar204
Alginates204
Carrageenan205
Seed extracts205
Guar gum and derivatives205
Locust bean gum205
Skin and bones (gelatin)206
Tree and shrub exudates206
Consumption and market segments206
World summary206
North America207
Markets207
Starches208
Agar209
Alginates209
Carrageenan209
Casein210
Gelatin210
Guar gum and derivatives211
Gum arabic and other tree and shrub exudates212
Pectin213
Xanthan gum213
Market participants214
Prices216
Trends, issues and opportunities216
Critical factors for success217
Central and South America218
Western Europe220
Overview221
Animal feed224
Cosmetics industry224
Food industry224
Paper manufacturing225
Other industrial uses225
Consumption and markets226
Starches227
Specialty hydrocolloids230
Market participants236
Starches236
Specialty hydrocolloids239
Prices245
Future trends and strategic issues246
Critical factors for success247
Central and Eastern Europe248
Consumption and markets248
Market participants248
Japan250
Markets250
Starch250
Agar251
Alginates251
Carrageenan252
Casein252
Gelatin252
Guar gum253
Gum arabic253
Locust bean gum253
Pectin253
Xanthan254
Other miscellaneous polymers254
Market participants254
Starch and its derivatives254
Other255
Prices258
Future trends and strategic issues258
Critical factors for success259
China259
Starch259
Gelatin259
Xanthan260
Other262
India264
Other Asia270
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