Global Chlorinated Paraffins Market: Snapshot 

Chlorinated paraffins are a complex group of synthetic compounds and are used extensively in a variety of metal forming and cutting applications. They are primarily used in industrial cutting fluids, especially for manufacturing of automobiles and automobile parts and for cutting oils. Growth in the plastics and metalworking industries, especially in developed regions, is a primary factor stimulating the demand for chlorinated paraffins worldwide. 

Most commonly and commercially used chlorinated paraffins are of m-grade consisting of medium carbon chain length of 14 to 17 carbons. They are cost-effective and their surging applications in commercial paints, adhesives, lubricating additives, and sealants are expected to drive the market in the coming years. The soaring use of polyvinyl chloride in various end-use industries such as the paints and plastics, steel, and textile industries is expected to spur the demand for chlorinated paraffins. Expanding applications in paints industry in various emerging regions account for a major demand for chlorinated paraffins.  

The global market for chlorinated paraffins market is anticipated to rise at a CAGR of 3.2% from 2015 to 2023. Expanding at this pace, the opportunities in the market is projected to reach US$ 1.98 bn by 2023. 

Asia Pacific Market to Grow at Impressive Pace 

Based on geography, the global chlorinated paraffins market is segmented into North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East and Africa (MEA). In terms of volume, Asia Pacific held a significant share of the global chlorinated paraffins market in 2014. Over the forecast period, this regional market is expected to grow at an impressive pace. The growth of the Asia Pacific market is attributed to easy availability of various raw materials and soaring application of chlorinated paraffins in the metalworking industry. The surging demand for PVC compounds is driven by rapid advances in the plastics industry. The soaring demand for chlorinated paraffins as metalworking fluids in the metalworking industries in various nations such as India, China, and ASEAN countries is expected to propel the market in the forthcoming years. 

However, mounting concerns of detrimental effect on humans and wildlife and the toxicity of m-grade chlorinated paraffins to environment are likely to severely hamper their use in developed regions such as North America and Europe. Nevertheless, the expansion of the paints and lubricants market in various countries of Asia Pacific is expected to open exciting opportunities for players across the globe. 

Demand for H-grade Chlorinated Paraffins to Pick up Pace in Coming Years

On the basis of the carbon chain length, the major products are L-grade, M-grade, and H-grade. The market for M-grade occupied a major market share in 2015. The segment is anticipated to grow at an impressive pace due to their substantial use in lubricating additives, metalworking fluids, and PVC additives in developing regions. However, in the coming years, the demand for H-grade is projected to outpace that of M-grade. 

Based on application, the market for chlorinated paraffins is segmented into lubricating additives, plastics additives, rubber, paints, and metalworking fluids. Among these, the metalworking fluids segment is a prominent one and accounted for a market share of more than 35% in 2014, measured in terms of their demand. Owing to their flame retardant properties, chlorinated paraffins find extensive use in various metalworking applications. Since chlorinated paraffins are stable and active for a wide range of temperature and condition, they have substantial demand in the metal working industry. 

The global market for chlorinated paraffins market is highly fragmented with the presence of several companies of all sizes competing with each other.  Major players operating in the chlorinated paraffins market include Aditya Birla Chemicals, KLJ Group, Qualice, LLC, Caffaro Industrie S.p.A., Química del Cinca, Leuna-Tenside GmbH, Makwell Group, NCP Chlorchem, INOVYN, Altair Chimica SpA, and Ajinomoto Fine-Techno.

Chlorinated paraffins are chlorinated n-alkanes or paraffins used as metalworking fluids and secondary plasticizers in the manufacture of PVC compounds. These are typically classified based on the grades or carbon chain lengths such as l-grade, m-grade, and h-grade. Each of these grades defines the length of carbon chain such as short chain chlorinated paraffins, medium chain chlorinated paraffins, and long chain chlorinated paraffins. These grades are further sub-divided based on chlorination content within each grade such as less than 40%, 40% to 70%, and above 70% chlorine by weight. The application requirement decides the level of chlorination and grade of chlorinated paraffin used. Demand for chlorinated paraffins has increased in various applications owing to the low cost and broad range of properties of these paraffins. Growth in plastic and metalworking industries is likely to drive the demand for chlorinated paraffins during the forecast period. Availability of various application-specific substitutes and potential prohibition in developed regions owing to environmental concerns are projected to hamper market growth in the next eight years. However, expansion in the lubricants market in Asia Pacific is anticipated to offer growth opportunities to the chlorinated paraffins market during the forecast period.

This report analyzes and forecasts the market for chlorinated paraffins at the global and regional level. The market has been forecast based on volume (kilo tons) and revenue (US$ Mn) from 2015 to 2023, considering 2014 as the base year. The study includes drivers and restraints of the global chlorinated paraffins market. It also covers impact of these drivers and restraints on demand for chlorinated paraffins during the forecast period. The report also highlights opportunities in the chlorinated paraffins market at the global and regional level.

The report includes detailed value chain analysis, which provides a comprehensive view of the global chlorinated paraffins market. Porter’s Five Forces model for the chlorinated paraffins market has also been included to help understand the competitive landscape in the market. The study encompasses market attractiveness analysis, wherein applications are benchmarked based on their market size, growth rate, and general attractiveness.

The study provides a decisive view of the global chlorinated paraffins market by segmenting it in terms of products such as l-grade, m-grade, and h-grade and in different sub-grades that are used in applications such as lubricating additives, plastic additives, rubber, paints, metalworking fluids, and others (adhesives, sealants, etc.). These segments have been analyzed based on present and future trends. Regional segmentation includes current and forecast demand for North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. The report also covers demand for individual products and applications in all regions.

The report provides the estimated market size of chlorinated paraffins for 2015 and forecast for the next eight years. The global market size of chlorinated paraffins is provided in terms of both volume and revenue. Market volume has been defined in kilo tons, while market revenue is in US$ Mn. Market numbers are estimated based on key products and applications of chlorinated paraffins. Market size and forecast for products and applications have been provided in terms of global and regional markets.

In order to compile the research report, we conducted in-depth interviews and discussions with a number of key industry participants and opinion leaders. Primary research represents the bulk of research efforts, supplemented by extensive secondary research. We reviewed key players’ product literature, annual reports, press releases, and relevant documents for competitive analysis and market understanding. Secondary research includes a search of recent trade, technical writing, Internet sources, and statistical data from government websites, trade associations, and agencies. This has proven to be the most reliable, effective, and successful approach for obtaining precise market data, capturing industry participants’ insights, and recognizing business opportunities.

Secondary research sources that are typically referred to include, but are not limited to company websites, annual reports, financial reports, broker reports, investor presentations, SEC filings, Plastemart magazine, TPE magazine, internal and external proprietary databases, and relevant patent and regulatory databases such as ICIS, Hoover’s, oneSOURCE, Factiva and Bloomberg, national government documents, statistical databases, trade journals, market reports, news articles, press releases, and webcasts specific to companies operating in the market.

Primary research involves e-mail interactions, telephonic interviews, and face-to-face interviews for each market, category, segment, and sub-segment across geographies. We conduct primary interviews on an ongoing basis with industry participants and commentators to validate data and analysis. Primary interviews provide firsthand information on market size, market trends, growth trends, competitive landscape, outlook, etc. These help validate and strengthen secondary research findings. These also help develop the analysis team’s expertise and market understanding.

The report comprises profiles of major companies operating in the global chlorinated paraffins market. Key players profiled in the report include INOVYN, Ajinomoto Fine-Techno Co., Inc., Altair Chimica SpA, NCP Chlorchem, Dover Chemical Corporation, Leuna Tenside GmbH, Química del Cinca, Caffaro Industrie S.p.A., JSC Kaustik, KLJ Group, Qualice, LLC, United Group, Makwell Group, and Aditya Birla Chemicals. Market players have been profiled in terms of attributes such as company overview, financial overview, business strategies, and recent developments.

The report segments the global chlorinated paraffins market as follows:

Chlorinated Paraffins Market - Product Analysis

  • L-grade
    • A1 (<40%)
    • A2 (40%–70%)
    • A3 (>70%)
  • M-grade
    • B1 (<40%)
    • B2 (40%–70%)
    • B3 (>70%)
  • H-grade
    • C1 (<40%)
    • C2 (40%–70%)
    • C3 (>70%)

Chlorinated Paraffins Market - Application Analysis

  • Lubricating Additives
  • Plastic Additives
  • Rubber
  • Paints
  • Metalworking Fluids
  • Others (Including Sealants, Adhesives, etc.) 

Chlorinated Paraffins Market - Regional Analysis

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Mexico
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • France
    • U.K.
    • Spain
    • Germany
    • Italy
    • Russia
    • Turkey
    • Rest of Europe 
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • Vietnam
    • Malaysia
    • Indonesia
    • Thailand
    • Singapore
    • South Korea
    • Taiwan
    • Australia
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa (MEA)
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
    • Iran
    • Egypt
    • Kenya
    • Nigeria
    • South Africa
    • Rest of MEA

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