The textile industry generates large quantities of waste from desizing of fabrics, bleaching chemicals, and dyes. This contributes largely to environment pollution. In such circumstances, enzymes are used to foster the development of environmentally-friendly technologies in fiber processing and improving the final product quality. Enzymes are increasingly used in textile processing, largely in the finishing of fabrics and garments. Significant applications include desizing and jeans finishing. Major groups of enzymes used for cotton pre-treatment and finishing processes include hydrolase and oxidoreductase.

Enzymes are largely used for finishing of fabrics and clothes in the modern textile industry. The recently introduced technique of stonewashing jeans with enzymes, also called bio-stoning, is expected to drive the demand for industrial enzymes in the near future. For stonewashing jeans, enzymes usually used are acid cellulases and neutral cellulases. The textile enzymes market is driven by growth in the textile industry, increase in environmental concerns, and strong focus on cost reduction and resource optimization. This has also led to significant adoption of textile enzymes in several applications.

Based on type, the textile enzymes market can be segmented into hydrolase and oxidoreductase. The hydrolase group further consists of amylase, cellulase, cutinase, protease, pectinase, and lipase/esterase. These enzymes are used for bio-polishing and bio-scouring of fabric, anti-felting of wool, cotton softening, denim finishing, desizing, wool finishing, and modification of synthetic fibers. The other group of enzymes, i.e., oxidoreductase, consists of catalase, laccase, peroxidase, and ligninase. These enzymes helps in bio-bleaching, bleach termination, dye decolorization, fabric, and wool finishing.

Based on application, the textile enzymes market can be segmented into desizing, scouring, bleaching, bio-stoning, and bio-polishing. Potential advantages of using enzymes in the textile industry include lower discharge of chemicals and wastewater, improved fabric quality, longer garment life, and eco-friendliness.

In terms of geography, the textile enzymes market can be divided into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and Latin America. The textile enzymes market in Asia Pacific is projected expand at a rapid pace due to the constant increase in demand for these enzymes in the textile industry. Economic and operational benefits of using enzymes in garment and fabric bleaching and desizing are also estimated to be key factors driving the textile enzymes market. The usage of textile enzymes is further projected to increase owing to the continuous technological developments in the fields of thermostable enzyme, protein engineering, and enzymes obtained from genetically modified organisms.

Prominent players operating in the textile enzymes market include Novozymes, Sigma Chemical Industries, Lumis Enzymes, AB Enzymes, and Refnol.

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