Global Water Soluble Polymers Market: Snapshot

Water soluble polymers consists a wide variety of mineral polymers that are either of natural or synthetic origin, and are mainly used for facilitating the separation process of materials in suspension in an aqueous medium. They have wide applications in chemical processes such as thickening, dispersion, gelling, flocculation, coagulation, and rheology modification. The growing number of wastewater treatment processes in various industrial activities world over is a key factor propelling the application of water soluble polymers in various industries.

A burgeoning shale oil production to address a growing demand for natural gas in various parts of the world has spurred the demand for these polymers in a variety of applications in the petroleum industry. In addition, a number of emerging specialized applications of water soluble polymers, such as in the pharmaceutical industry, is further likely to accentuate the market. The global water soluble polymers market is projected to rise at a CAGR of 5.9% from 2013 to 2019. Expanding at this pace, the market is projected to reach US$29.63 billion by the end of the forecast period.

Application of Synthetic Water Soluble Polymers to Reign Supreme 

On the basis of the raw material used in making water soluble polymers, the market is segmented into synthetic, natural, and semi-synthetic materials. Of these, the synthetic segment is projected to be the dominant segment and accounts for more than 50% of the market in 2012. Synthetic polymers coagulants and flocculants have gained traction across various effluent water treatment processes. They are extensively used to dewater sludge in treating various types of wastewater.

On the other hand, natural-based water soluble proteins, particularly casein and gelatin, is expected to provide lucrative avenues for market players. This is attributed to the high cost of the materials and hence are suitable for high-value markets. The advent of lower-priced synthetic substitutes may hinder their industrial uses to an extent.

Polyacrylamide to Witness Widespread Demand in Coming Years

Based on product type, the water soluble polymers market is segmented into guar gum, polyacrylamide, polyvinyl alcohol, gelatin, casein, polyacrylic acid, PEG, polysaccharides, PVP, polyamines, and quaternary ammonium compounds. Among these, polyacrylamides has emerged as the leading segment in terms of consumption and is projected to rise at the major CAGR of 7.4% from 2013 to 2019. The growth is expected to be driven by their extensive application in wastewater treatment plants and in the petroleum industry. Guar gum is a prominent segment which is anticipated to rise at a CAGR of 5.5%, from 2013 to 2019. A large chunk of production of guar gum is expected to come from several economies of Asia Pacific, notably China and India. Other product types are predicted to lose some share in the coming years.

Wastewater Treatment Poised to be Leading Application Segment

The major application segments of the water soluble polymers market comprise water treatment, detergent and household products, petroleum, paper making, agriculture, food, and pharmaceuticals. Of these, the water treatment segment led the overall market in 2012 and is projected to witness wide application of water soluble polymers. Meanwhile, the detergents and household products segment is projected to rise at a healthy 5.6% CAGR during 2013 - 2019. The substantial application is attributed to rapid advances made in the FMCG sector. Furthermore, the vastly rising demand for water soluble polymers in numerous petroleum applications, including in enhanced oil recoveries and drag reduction, is fueled by increasing shale gas drilling activities. Water soluble polymers also find wide applications in paper making.

Asia Pacific to Provide Abundant Growth Avenues

Based on geography, the market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Rest of the World. Of these, Asia Pacific led the global market in 2012 accounting for 40% of the total volume. The regional market is poised to lead throughout the forecast period and is projected to rise at the leading CAGR during the forecast period. This regional market is trailed by the Europe market and is forecast to remain so until 2019. Both, Europe and North America are considered mature markets for water soluble polymers.

On the other hand, North America and the Rest of the World segment combined accounted for a substantial share of the global market.

Growing demand from water treatment application supported by increasing pressure from regulatory bodies for wastewater treatment is expected to fuel the global demand for water soluble polymers. Additionally increasing demand from petroleum applications attributed to rising shale oil drilling activities is expected to further fuel the demand for water soluble polymers. However, volatile feedstock prices for synthetic water soluble polymers and competing uses for feedstock of natural water soluble polymers are expected to hinder market growth of water soluble polymers. 
 
Research methodology includes secondary as well as primary inquisition related to the water soluble polymers market. Analysis of the water soluble polymers market was done on the basis of our review on key players’ product literature, annual reports, press releases and relevant documents for competitive analysis and market understanding. Secondary research also includes a search of recent trade, technical writing, internet sources financial reports, broker reports, investor presentations, SEC filings, and statistical data from government websites, relevant patent and regulatory databases, trade associations and agencies related to the water soluble polymers market. Secondary sources referred for the water soluble polymers market study include, but are not limited to; ChemGuide, National Chemical Inventories (NCI), National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS), European Plastics News, European Polymer Dispersion and Latex Association (EPDLA) and British Association for Chemical Specialties (BACS) among others.
 
This report gives a detailed description of the global water soluble polymers market based on volume share (kilo tons) and revenue (USD million) for the period 2013 to 2019. All volumes are expressed as kilo tons of dry polymers. The report highlights the factors contributing towards the growth of the market and the restraints that impede the market. Detailed forecasts for the years 2013-2019 for water soluble polymers have been given separately, for better understanding of the market scenario. The water soluble polymers market is described with respect to their various segments along with the opportunities that are expected in the coming six years.
 
For geographic analysis, the global water soluble polymers market has been segmented into regions such as North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Rest of the World. The water soluble polymers market has been segmented based on the following raw material types used in the formulation of water soluble polymers – Synthetic, Natural and semi-synthetic. The study further segments the water soluble polymers market based on the product types into polyacrylamide & copolymers, guar gum & derivatives, polyvinyl alcohol, casein & caseinates, gelatin, polyacrylic acid and others including polysaccharides, polyethylene glycol, polyvinyl pyrrolidone, quaternary ammonium compounds, etc. Water absorbent polymers are not considered as water soluble polymers. The water soluble polymer study also analyses market attractiveness for all product segments of water soluble polymers with the help of the market attractiveness tool.
 
The water soluble polymers study segments the market on an application basis into water treatment, detergents & household products, petroleum, paper making and others including food, pharmaceuticals, agriculture mining, etc. The others application segment of water soluble polymers includes relatively small end-users such as food, pharmaceuticals, agriculture and mining. These cannot be quantified individually. The water soluble polymers study provides forecasts and estimates for each application segment in terms of revenue and volume over the forecast period from 2013 to 2019. 
 
For a more comprehensive view of the market, a value chain analysis and Porter’s five forces model is provided to throw light on the specifics of the industry structure besides giving an overview of the degree of competitiveness. The water soluble polymers report also includes detailed profiles of key players such as SNF, BASF SE, Kemira, Kuraray, and Ashland, Inc among others. The detailed description of players includes parameters such as company overview, financial overview, business strategies and SWOT analysis and recent developments of the company.
 
The report segments the global water soluble polymers market as:
  • Water Soluble Polymers Market – Raw Material Type Analysis
    • Synthetic
    • Natural
    • Semi-synthetic
  • Water Soluble Polymers Market – Product Segment Analysis
    • Polyacrylamide & copolymers
    • Guar gum & derivatives
    • Polyvinyl alcohol
    • Casein & caseinates
    • Gelatin
    • Polyacrylic acid
    • Others (Polysaccharides, PEG, PVP, polyamines, quaternary ammonium compounds, etc.)
  • Water Soluble Polymers Market - Application Segment Analysis
    • Water treatment
    • Detergents & household products
    • Petroleum
    • Paper making
    • Others (Agriculture, food, pharmaceuticals, etc.)
  • Water Soluble Polymers Market: Regional Analysis,
    • North America
    • Europe
    • Asia Pacific
    • Rest of the World
Table of Content
 
Chapter 1 Preface
1.1 Report description
1.2 Market segmentation
1.3 Research scope
1.4 Research methodology
 
Chapter 2 Executive Summary
2.1 Global Water Soluble Polymers Market, 2012 – 2019, (Kilo tons) (USD million)
2.2 Global Water Soluble Polymers Market Snapshot, 2012–2019
 
Chapter 3 Water Soluble Polymers - Industry Analysis
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Value chain analysis
3.3 Market drivers
      3.3.1 Rapid growth in shale gas and wet shale gas production
      3.3.2 Increasing environmental pressure for wastewater treatment
      3.3.3 Growing market for coagulants and flocculants
3.4 Market restraints
      3.4.1 Volatility of raw material prices
      3.4.2 Regulatory issues and competing uses of raw materials, key challenges for the market
3.5 Opportunities
      3.5.1 Development and commercialization of bio-based feedstock.
3.6 Porter’s Five Forces analysis
      3.6.1 Bargaining power of suppliers
      3.6.2 Bargaining power of buyers
      3.6.3 Threat of new entrants
      3.6.4 Threat from substitutes
      3.6.5 Degree of Competition
3.7 Water Soluble Polymers: Market attractiveness analysis
3.8 Water Soluble Polymers: Company market share analysis
 
Chapter 4 Global Water Soluble Polymers Market: Raw Material Analysis
4.1 Global water soluble polymers market: Raw Material segment analysis
      4.1.1 Global water soluble polymers market volume share by raw material, 2012 and 2019
4.2 Synthetic
      4.2.1 Global synthetic water soluble polymers demand, 2012 – 2019 (Kilo tons) (USD million)
4.3 Natural
      4.3.1 Global natural water soluble polymers demand, 2012 – 2019 (Kilo tons) (USD million)
4.4 Semi-synthetic
      4.4.1 Global semi-synthetic water soluble polymers demand, 2012 – 2019 (Kilo tons) (USD million)
 
Chapter 5 Global Water Soluble Polymers Market: Product Segment Analysis
5.1 Global water soluble polymers market: Product segment analysis
      5.1.1 Global water soluble polymers market volume share by product, 2012 and 2019
5.2 Polyacrylamide & copolymers
      5.2.1 Global demand for water soluble polyacrylamide & copolymers, 2012 – 2019 (Kilo tons) (USD million)
5.3 Guar gum & derivatives
      5.3.1 Global demand for water soluble guar gum & derivatives, 2012 - 2019 (Kilo tons) (USD million)
5.4 Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)
      5.4.1 Global demand for water soluble polyvinyl alcohol, 2012 - 2019 (Kilo tons) (USD million)
5.5 Casein & caseinates
      5.5.1 Global demand for water soluble casein & caseinates, 2012 – 2019 (Kilo tons) (USD million)
5.6 Gelatin
      5.6.1 Global demand for water soluble gelatin, 2012 – 2019 (Kilo tons) (USD million)
5.7 Polyacrylic acid & copolymers
      5.7.1 Global demand for water soluble polyacrylic acid & copolymers, 2012 – 2019 (Kilo tons) (USD million)
5.8 Others (Polysaccharides, PEG, quaternary ammonium compounds)
      5.8.1 Global demand for other water soluble polymers (Polysaccharides, PEG, quaternary ammonium compounds), 2012 – 2019 (Kilo tons) (USD million)
 
Chapter 6 Global Water Soluble Polymers Market: Application Segment Analysis
6.1 Global water soluble polymers market: Application segment analysis
      6.1.1 Global water soluble polymers market volume share by application, 2012 and 2019
6.2 Water Treatment
      6.2.1 Global water soluble polymers demand for water treatment, 2012 – 2019 (Kilo tons) (USD million)
6.3 Detergents & household products
      6.3.1 Global water soluble polymers demand for detergent & household products, 2012 – 2019 (Kilo tons) (USD million)
6.4 Paper making
      6.4.1 Global water soluble polymers demand for paper making, 2012 – 2019 (Kilo tons) (USD million)
6.5 Petroleum
      6.5.1 Global water soluble polymers demand for petroleum, 2012 – 2019 (Kilo tons) (USD million)
6.6 Others (Mining, agriculture, Food & pharmaceuticals, etc.)
      6.6.1 Global water soluble polymers demand for others (Food, pharmaceuticals, etc.), 2012 – 2019 (Kilo tons) (USD million)
 
Chapter 7 Global Water Soluble Polymers Market: Regional Analysis
7.1 Global water soluble polymers market: Regional analysis
      7.1.1 Global water soluble polymers market volume share by region, 2012 and 2019
7.2 North America
      7.2.1 North America water soluble polymers market volume, by products, 2012 - 2019 (Kilo tons)
      7.2.2 North America water soluble polymers market revenue, by products, 2012 - 2019 (USD million)
      7.2.3 North America water soluble polymers market volume, by application, 2012 - 2019 (Kilo tons)
      7.2.4 North America water soluble polymers market revenue, by application, 2012 - 2019 (USD million)
7.3 Europe
      7.3.1 Europe water soluble polymers market volume, by products, 2012 - 2019 (Kilo tons)
      7.3.2 Europe water soluble polymers market revenue, by products, 2012 - 2019 (USD million)
      7.3.3 Europe water soluble polymers market volume, by application, 2012 - 2019 (Kilo tons)
      7.3.4 Europe water soluble polymers market revenue, by application, 2012 - 2019 (USD million)
7.4 Asia Pacific
      7.4.1 Asia Pacific water soluble polymers market volume, by products, 2012 - 2019 (Kilo tons)
      7.4.2 Asia Pacific water soluble polymers market revenue, by products, 2012 - 2019 (USD million)
      7.4.3 Asia Pacific water soluble polymers market volume, by application, 2012 - 2019 (Kilo tons)
      7.4.4 Asia Pacific water soluble polymers market revenue, by application, 2012 - 2019 (USD million)
7.5 Rest of the World (RoW)
      7.5.1 RoW water soluble polymers market volume, by products, 2012 - 2019 (Kilo tons)
      7.5.2 RoW water soluble polymers market revenue, by products, 2012 - 2019 (USD million)
      7.5.3 RoW water soluble polymers market volume, by application, 2012 - 2019 (Kilo tons)
      7.5.4 RoW water soluble polymers market revenue, by application, 2012 - 2019 (USD million)
 
Chapter 8 Company Profiles
8.1 Ashland Inc.
      8.1.1 Company overview
      8.1.2 Product portfolio
      8.1.3 Financial overview
      8.1.4 Business strategy
      8.1.5 SWOT analysis
      8.1.6 Recent developments
8.2 Arkema SA
      8.2.1 Company overview
      8.2.2 Product portfolio
      8.2.3 Financial overview
      8.2.4 Business strategy
      8.2.5 SWOT analysis
      8.2.6 Recent developments
8.3 BASF SE
      8.3.1 Company overview
      8.3.2 Product portfolio
      8.3.3 Financial overview
      8.3.4 Business strategy
      8.3.5 SWOT analysis
      8.3.6 Recent developments
8.4 Catalent Pharma Solutions
      8.4.1 Company overview
      8.4.2 Product portfolio
      8.4.3 Financial overview
      8.4.4 Business strategy
      8.4.5 SWOT analysis
      8.4.6 Recent developments
8.5 DuPont
      8.5.1 Company overview
      8.5.2 Product Portfolio
      8.5.3 Financial overview
      8.5.4 Business strategy
      8.5.5 SWOT analysis
8.6 Gelita AG
      8.6.1 Company overview
      8.6.2 Product portfolio
      8.6.3 Financial overview
      8.6.4 Business strategy
      8.6.5 SWOT analysis
      8.6.6 Recent developments
8.7 Kemira
      8.7.1 Company overview
      8.7.2 Product portfolio
      8.7.3 Financial overview
      8.7.4 Business strategy
      8.7.5 SWOT analysis
      8.7.6 Recent developments
8.8 Kuraray Group
      8.8.1 Company overview
      8.8.2 Product portfolio
      8.8.3 Financial overview
      8.8.4 Business strategy
      8.8.5 SWOT analysis
      8.8.6 Recent developments
8.9 LG Chem
      8.9.1 Company overview
      8.9.2 Product Portfolio
      8.9.3 Financial overview
      8.9.4 Business strategy
      8.9.5 SWOT analysis
      8.9.6 Recent developments
8.10 Mitsubishi Chemical Company
        8.10.1 Company overview
        8.10.2 Product Portfolio
        8.10.3 Financial overview
        8.10.4 Business strategy
        8.10.5 SWOT analysis
8.11 Nitta Gelatin Inc.
        8.11.1 Company overview
        8.11.2 Product portfolio
        8.11.3 Financial overview
        8.11.4 Business strategy
        8.11.5 SWOT analysis
        8.11.6 Recent developments
8.12 Shadong Polymer Biochemicals Co. Ltd.
        8.12.1 Company overview
        8.12.2 Product portfolio
        8.12.3 Financial overview
        8.12.4 Business strategy
        8.12.5 SWOT analysis
        8.12.6 Recent developments
8.13 Sumitomo Chemical Company Ltd.
        8.13.1 Company overview
        8.13.2 Product portfolio
        8.13.3 Financial overview
        8.13.4 Business strategy
        8.13.5 SWOT analysis
8.14 SNF Group
        8.14.1 Company overview
        8.14.2 Product portfolio
        8.14.3 Business strategy
        8.14.4 SWOT analysis
        8.14.5 Recent developments
8.15 The Dow Chemical Company
        8.15.1 Company overview
        8.15.2 Product Portfolio
        8.15.3 Financial overview
        8.15.4 Business strategy
        8.15.5 SWOT analysis
        8.15.6 Recent developments
List of Tables
 
TABLE 1 Drivers for water soluble polymers market: Impact analysis
TABLE 2 Restraints for water soluble polymers market: Impact analysis
TABLE 3 North America water soluble polymers market volume, by products, 2012 - 2019 (Kilo tons)
TABLE 4 North America water soluble polymers market revenue, by products, 2012 - 2019 (USD Million)
TABLE 5 North America water soluble polymers market volume, by application, 2012 - 2019 (Kilo tons)
TABLE 6 North America water soluble polymers market revenue, by application, 2012 - 2019 (USD Million)
TABLE 7 Europe water soluble polymers market volume, by products, 2012 - 2019 (Kilo tons)
TABLE 8 Europe water soluble polymers market revenue, by products, 2012 - 2019 (USD Million)
TABLE 9 Europe water soluble polymers market volume, by application, 2012 - 2019 (Kilo tons)
TABLE 10 Europe water soluble polymers market revenue, by application, 2012 - 2019 (USD Million)
TABLE 11 Asia Pacific water soluble polymers market volume, by products, 2012 - 2019 (Kilo tons)
TABLE 12 Asia Pacific water soluble polymers market revenue, by products, 2012 - 2019 (USD Million)
TABLE 13 Asia Pacific water soluble polymers market volume, by application, 2012 - 2019 (Kilo tons)
TABLE 14 Asia Pacific water soluble polymers market revenue, by application, 2012 - 2019 (USD Million)
TABLE 15 RoW water soluble polymers market volume, by products, 2012 - 2019 (Kilo tons)
TABLE 16 RoW water soluble polymers market revenue, by products, 2012 - 2019 (USD million)
TABLE 17 RoW water soluble polymers market volume, by application, 2012 - 2019 (Kilo tons)
TABLE 18 RoW water soluble polymers market revenue, by application, 2012 - 2019 (USD million)

List of Figures 

 

FIG. 1 Global water soluble polymers market segmentation

FIG. 2 Global water soluble polymers market, 2012–2019 (Kilo tons) (USD million)

FIG. 3 Water soluble polymers market: Value chain analysis

FIG. 4 Global shale gas market, 2012–2019 (Bcf) (USD billion)

FIG. 5 Global water and wastewater treatment: Industrial and municipal market, 2012–2019 (USD billion)

FIG. 6 Global coagulants and flocculants market, 2012–2019 (USD million)

FIG. 7 Global crude oil prices, 2008–2013  (USD/Barrel)

FIG. 8 Porter’s Five Forces analysis for water soluble polymers

FIG. 9 Water Soluble Polymers: Market attractiveness analysis

FIG. 10 Water Soluble Polymers: Company market share analysis, 2012

FIG. 11 Global water soluble polymers market volume share, by raw material, 2012 and 2019

FIG. 12 Global synthetic water soluble polymers demand, 2012 - 2019 (Kilo tons) (USD million)

FIG. 13 Global natural water soluble polymers demand, 2012 - 2019 (Kilo tons) (USD million)

FIG. 14 Global semi-synthetic water soluble polymers demand, 2012 - 2019 (Kilo tons) (USD million)

FIG. 15 Global water soluble polymers market volume share, by product, 2012 and 2019

FIG. 16 Global demand for water soluble polyacrylamide & copolymers, 2012 – 2019 (Kilo tons) (USD million)

FIG. 17 Global demand for water soluble guar gum & derivatives, 2012 - 2019 (Kilo tons) (USD million)

FIG. 18 Global demand for water soluble polyvinyl alcohol, 2012 - 2019 (Kilo tons) (USD million)

FIG. 19 Global demand for water soluble casein & caseinates, 2012 – 2019 (Kilo tons) (USD million)

FIG. 20 Global demand for water soluble gelatin, 2012 - 2019 (Kilo tons) (USD million)

FIG. 21 Global demand for water soluble polyacrylic acid & copolymers, 2012 – 2019 (Kilo tons) (USD million)

FIG. 22 Global demand for other water soluble polymers (Polysaccharides, PEG, quaternary ammonium compounds), 2012 – 2019 (Kilo tons) (USD million)

FIG. 23 Global water soluble polymers market volume share, by application, 2012 and 2019

FIG. 24 Global water soluble polymers demand for water treatment, 2012 - 2019 (Kilo tons) (USD million)

FIG. 25 Global water soluble polymers demand for detergent & household products, 2012 - 2019 (Kilo tons) (USD million)

FIG. 26 Global water soluble polymers demand for paper making, 2012 - 2019 (Kilo tons) (USD million)

FIG. 27 Global water soluble polymers demand for petroleum, 2012 - 2019 (Kilo tons) (USD million)

FIG. 28 Global water soluble polymers demand for others (Food, pharmaceuticals, etc.), 2012 - 2019 (Kilo tons) (USD million)

FIG. 29 Global water soluble polymers market volume share, by region, 2012 and 2019

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