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Natural Polymers

Natural Polymers

Growth in the US natural polymers market will total 3.2 percent annually through 2020 in value terms. Gains will be fueled by demand for natural ingredients in the large food and beverage segment. Guar gum will see a substantial slowdown due to the downturn in the hydraulic fracturing industry.

This report segments the natural polymers market by product type and market. Data is provided in million pounds and million dollars.

Natural polymers product types include:
Cellulose Ethers
Exudate & Vegetable Gums
Starch & Fermentation Products
Protein-Based Polymers
Marine Polymers
Other Polymers

Of these types, cellulose ethers will remain the largest product type in the natural polymers market. Starch and fermentation products will be the fastest growing product through 2020, driven by growing demand for polylactic acid (PLA) in bioplastic resins.

Major markets for natural polymers include:
Food & Beverage
Medical
Oilfield
Cosmetics & Toiletries
Coatings & Inks

Food & Beverage was the leading outlet in 2015. Packaging will show the most rapid growth in demand through 2020, driven by demand from the film and foodservices segment, further supported by the rising popularity of PLA.

The US natural polymers industry ranges from smaller, privately held firms to divisions of large, multinational conglomerates. The industry has seen a number of notable acquisitions and divestitures in recent years. Leading suppliers are Ashland, Dow Chemical, DuPont (Danisco), FMC, JM Huber (CP Kelco), Kraton Performance Polymers, NatureWorks, Solvay, and TIC Gums.


  • INTRODUCTION
  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • Table NATURAL POLYMER DEMAND
  • MARKET ENVIRONMENT
    • General
    • Macroeconomic Outlook
      • Table MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS
    • Demographic Trends
      • Table POPULATION & HOUSEHOLDS
    • Consumer Income & Spending
      • Table PERSONAL CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURES
    • Manufacturing Outlook
      • Table MANUFACTURERS' SHIPMENTS
    • Competitive Materials
    • Historical Market Trends
      • Table NATURAL POLYMER MARKET, 2005-2015
      • Table CHART II-1 NATURAL POLYMER MARKET, 2005-2015
    • Pricing
      • Table SELECTED NATURAL POLYMER PRICES
    • Environmental & Regulatory Considerations
      • Food & Beverages
      • Cosmetics & Toiletries
      • Pharmaceuticals
      • Other
    • International Activity
    • Foreign Trade
      • Table NATURAL POLYMER FOREIGN TRADE
  • MARKETS
    • General
      • Table NATURAL POLYMER DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Table CHART III-1 NATURAL POLYMER DEMAND BY MARKET, 2015
    • Food & Beverages
      • Food & Beverage Industry Overview
        • Table FOOD & BEVERAGE SHIPMENTS
    • Natural Polymer Demand
      • Table FOOD & BEVERAGE DEMAND FOR NATURAL POLYMERS BY APPLICATION & PRODUCT
      • Table CHART III-2 FOOD & BEVERAGE DEMAND FOR NATURAL POLYMERS BY PRODUCT, 2015 ($1.1 billion)
      • Table CONFECTIONS & BAKED GOODS DEMAND FOR NATURAL POLYMERS
      • Table DAIRY & DESSERT DEMAND FOR NATURAL POLYMERS
      • Table OTHER FOOD & BEVERAGE DEMAND FOR NATURAL POLYMERS
    • Medical
      • Pharmaceutical Overview
        • Table PHARMACEUTICAL SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Natural Polymer Demand
        • Table MEDICAL DEMAND FOR NATURAL POLYMERS BY APPLICATION & PRODUCT
        • Table CHART III-3 MEDICAL DEMAND FOR NATURAL POLYMERS BY PRODUCT, 2015
    • Oilfield
      • Petroleum & Natural Gas Industry Overview
        • Table OIL & GAS PRODUCTION & CONSUMPTION
      • Natural Polymer Demand
        • Table OILFIELD DEMAND FOR NATURAL POLYMERS BY PRODUCT
    • Cosmetic & Toiletries
      • Cosmetic & Toiletry Industry Overview
        • Table COSMETIC & TOILETRY SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Natural Polymer Demand
        • Table COSMETIC & TOILETRY DEMAND FOR NATURAL POLYMERS
        • Table CHART III-4 COSMETIC & TOILETRY DEMAND FOR NATURAL POLYMERS BY PRODUCT, 2015
    • Coatings & Inks
      • Coatings & Inks Industry Overview
        • Table COATINGS & PRINTING INK INDICATORS
      • Natural Polymer Demand
        • Table COATINGS & INK DEMAND FOR NATURAL POLYMERS
    • Construction
      • Building Construction Overview
        • Table BUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES
      • Natural Polymer Demand
        • Table CONSTRUCTION DEMAND FOR NATURAL POLYMERS
    • Adhesives
      • Adhesives Industry Overview
        • Table ADHESIVE SHIPMENTS
      • Natural Polymer Demand
        • Table ADHESIVE DEMAND FOR NATURAL POLYMERS
    • Packaging
      • Packaging Industry Overview
        • Table PACKAGING SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Natural Polymer Demand
        • Table PACKAGING DEMAND FOR NATURAL POLYMERS BY APPLICATION & PRODUCT
    • Textiles
      • Textile Industry Overview
        • Table TEXTILE SHIPMENTS
      • Natural Polymer Demand
        • Table TEXTILE DEMAND FOR NATURAL POLYMERS
    • Other Markets
      • Table OTHER MARKETS FOR NATURAL POLYMERS
  • PRODUCTS
    • General
      • Table NATURAL POLYMER DEMAND BY TYPE
      • Table CHART IV-1 NATURAL POLYMER DEMAND BY TYPE, 2015
    • Cellulose Ethers
      • Table CELLULOSE ETHER DEMAND
      • Methyl Cellulose
        • Table METHYL CELLULOSE DEMAND
      • Microcrystalline Cellulose
        • Table MICROCRYSTALLINE CELLULOSE DEMAND
      • Carboxymethyl Cellulose
        • Table CARBOXYMETHYL CELLULOSE DEMAND
      • Hydroxyethyl Cellulose
        • Table HYDROXYETHYL CELLULOSE DEMAND
      • Other Cellulose Ethers
        • Table OTHER CELLULOSE ETHER DEMAND
    • Starch & Fermentation Polymers
      • Table STARCH & FERMENTATION POLYMER DEMAND
      • Xanthan Gum
        • Table XANTHAN GUM DEMAND
      • Starch Derivatives
        • Table STARCH DERIVATIVE DEMAND
      • Polylactic Acid
        • Table POLYLACTIC ACID DEMAND
      • Hyaluronic Acid
        • Table HYALURONIC ACID DEMAND
      • Other Starch & Fermentation Polymers
        • Table OTHER STARCH & FERMENTATION POLYMER DEMAND
    • Exudate & Vegetable Gums
      • Table EXUDATE & VEGETABLE GUM DEMAND
      • Guar Gum
        • Table GUAR GUM DEMAND
      • Gum Arabic
        • Table GUM ARABIC DEMAND
      • Other Exudate & Vegetable Gums
        • Table OTHER EXUDATE & VEGETABLE GUM DEMAND
    • Protein-Based Polymers
      • Table PROTEIN-BASED POLYMER DEMAND
      • Collagen
        • Table COLLAGEN DEMAND
      • Other Protein-Based Polymers
        • Table OTHER PROTEIN-BASED POLYMER DEMAND
    • Marine Polymers
      • Table MARINE POLYMER DEMAND
      • Alginates
        • Table ALGINATE DEMAND
      • Carrageenan
        • Table CARRAGEENAN DEMAND
      • Other Marine Polymers
        • Table OTHER MARINE POLYMER DEMAND
    • Other
      • Table OTHER NATURAL POLYMER DEMAND
      • Pectin
      • Natural Phenolics
      • All Other
  • INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
    • General
      • Table US NATURAL POLYMER SALES BY COMPANY, 2015
    • Market Share
      • Table CHART V-1 US NATURAL POLYMER MARKET SHARE, 2015
    • Acquisitions & Divestitures
      • Table SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES
    • Marketing Strategies
    • Channels of Distribution
    • Research & Development
    • Competitive Strategies
    • Cooperative Agreements
      • Table SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS
    • Company Profiles
      • Akzo Nobel NV
      • Allergan plc
      • American Excelsior Company
      • Archer-Daniels-Midland Company
      • Ashland Incorporated
      • AVEBE UA
      • Borregaard ASA
      • Cargill Incorporated
      • Corbion nv
      • Croda International plc
      • Dow Chemical Company
      • DuPont (EI) de Nemours
      • Economy Polymers & Chemicals
      • FMC Corporation
      • Huber (JM) Corporation
      • ICC Industries Incorporated
      • Importers Service Corporation
      • Ingredion Incorporated
      • Jungbunzlauer AG
      • Kraton Performance Polymers Incorporated
      • Manildra Group
      • Metabolix Incorporated
      • MGP Ingredients Incorporated
      • Nestlé SA
      • Novamont SpA
      • Pacific Pectin Incorporated
      • Rettenmaier (J.) & Söhne GmbH & Company KG
      • Sanofi
      • Seagarden AS
      • Shin-Etsu Chemical Company Limited
      • Solvay SA
      • Storopack Hans Reichenecker GmbH
      • TIC Gums Incorporated

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