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Specialty Chemicals Update Program

Overview of the Specialty Chemicals Industry

Table of Contents

Section Page Number

Executive summary5
Summary6
Specialty chemical markets by region7
Specialty chemicals segments by growth rate9
Abbreviations 14
Introduction 16
Definition of specialty chemicals 16
Segments of the specialty chemicals industry 16
Purpose and scope of this report 17
Overlaps in specialty chemical market segments 18
Research methodology 19
Macroeconomic developments 21
Crude oil 23
Exchange rates 24
Trends in selected end use industries 25
Automotive 25
Chemical production 27
Construction 29
Electronics 32
Fibers and textiles 33
Food 35
Household and personal care products 36
Mining 37
Paper 38
Thermoplastics 39
Overview of the specialty chemicals industry 41
Industry structure 41
Major players 42
Largest end use markets 45
Trends and success factors 46
Regional status and outlook for specialty chemicals 49
North America 49
Status and outlook 49
General status of the economy 52
Automotive production 54
US manufacturing and construction 54
Mergers and acquisitions 55
Trends and opportunities 58
Central and South America 58
Status and outlook 58
Mergers and acquisitions 62
Trends and opportunities 63
Western Europe 63
Status and outlook 63
Mergers and acquisitions 68
Government regulations 72
REACH 72
RoHS/WEEE directives 74
EU emissions trading system 75
Circular economy strategy 75
Biocidal product regulation 75
Trends and opportunities 76
Central and Eastern Europe 77
Status and outlook 77
Trends and opportunities 82
Middle East and Africa 82
Status and outlook 82
Trends and opportunities 87
Japan 88
Status and outlook 88
Mergers and acquisitions 92
Trends and opportunities 93
China 93
Status and outlook 93
General status of the economy 98
Mergers and acquisitions 100
Trends and opportunities 102
Other Asia 102
Status and outlook 102
Mergers and acquisitions 107
Trends and opportunities 107
Overview of specialty chemicals segments 108
Market directed specialty chemicals 108
Construction chemicals 108
Cosmetic chemicals 110
Electronic chemicals 112
Semiconductors and IC process chemicals 114
Printed circuit board chemicals and semiconductor packaging materials 116
Feed additives 117
Food additives 119
Imaging chemicals and materials 121
Toner raw materials 123
Thermal printing chemicals 124
Industrial and institutional cleaners 126
Lubricating oil additives 127
Mining chemicals 129
Nutraceutical ingredients 130
Oil field chemicals 132
Plastics additives 134
Printing inks 136
Rubber processing chemicals 138
Specialty paper chemicals 139
Synthetic lubricants 141
Textile chemicals 143
Water management chemicals 145
Functional specialty chemicals 147
Adhesives and sealants 147
Antioxidants 149
Biocides 151
Catalysts 153
Petroleum refining and chemical process catalysts 154
Emission control catalysts 160
Corrosion inhibitors 163
Flame retardants 164
Flavors and fragrances 166
Specialty coatings 168
High performance anticorrosion coatings 170
Thermosetting powder coatings 172
Radiation curable coatings 174
Specialty polymers 176
Engineering thermoplastics 178
Specialty films 180
High performance thermoplastics 183
Surfactants 185
Water soluble polymers 187

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