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World Rubber Processing Chemicals


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World demand to rise 4.7% annually through 2015
Global demand for rubber processing chemicals is forecast to increase 4.7 percent per year through 2015 to 1.35 million metric tons. Gains will be driven by continuing robust gains in the Asia/ Pacific region (especially China), and recovery in demand in the US, Western Europe and Japan following declines in these three areas in the 2000s.

Demand for rubber processing chemicals strongly tracks rubber consumption trends. As standards of living improve throughout the developing world, motor vehicle ownership rates will continue to rise and lead to increased demand for tire rubber, the main market for rubber chemicals. Motor vehicle sales will also benefit from recovery in much of the developed world that witnessed recession or stagnation in recent years. Non-tire rubber chemical demand will benefit from continuing industrialization in the developing world.

China to be fastest growing rubber chemical market
Rubber chemical demand in China is projected to grow 8.1 percent per year through 2015 to around 580,000 metric tons. Gains will benefit from healthy growth in both tire and non-tire rubber demand, with the former rising especially strongly. The US, Japan and Western Europe are all expected to see a reversal from the declines experienced between 2000 and 2010. However, growth in all three will be less than one percent per year through 2015, reflecting market maturity in rubber consuming sectors.

Antidegradants demand to grow 4.7% annually
Demand for antidegradants (which improve rubber’s resistance to the effects of oxidation, ozone, heat, sunlight and mechanical stress) is projected to grow 4.7 percent per year through 2015 to 810,000 metric tons. Antidegradant demand will be fueled by both expansion in its major applications (tires and industrial rubber products), as well as continuing efforts to improve performance and lengthen service lives of rubber goods. One factor that will counter increasing antidegradant usage is the faster growth in demand for natural rubber versus synthetic rubber. Natural rubber has natural anti-oxidative properties and requires less antioxidant loadings than synthetic rubber to achieve similar properties.

Accelerator demand to outpace rubber consumption
Accelerator demand will exceed 415,000 metric tons in 2015. These chemicals, which control the vulcanization process, are required in all vulcanized rubber products. As such, demand tends to track overall rubber consumption. However, accelerator demand will outpace rubber consumption due to the above-average gains forecast for secondary or ultra accelerators. These chemicals, which are used with ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) and latex compounds, offer rapid cure rates and are believed to be less toxic than primary accelerators.

Demand for other processing chemicals, including processing aids, adhesion promoters and blowing agents, among numerous others, will reach 130,000 metric tons in 2015. Processing aids, used to improve plasticity and molding properties of rubber, are expected to see high growth due to the increased usage of natural rubber. Natural rubber is difficult to process due to low plasticity, and thus requires more processing aids.


PRESS RELEASE

Global Demand for Rubber Processing Chemicals to Approach 1.4 Million Metric Tons in 2015

Global demand for rubber processing chemicals is forecast to increase 4.7 percent per year through 2015 to 1.4 million metric tons. Growth will be driven by continuing robust gains in the Asia/Pacific region (especially China), and recovery in demand in the US, Western Europe and Japan following declines in all three areas between 2005 and 2010. These and other trends are presented in World Rubber Processing Chemicals, a new study from The Freedonia Group, Inc., a Clevelandbased industry market research firm.

Demand for rubber processing chemicals strongly tracks rubber consumption trends. Motor vehicle ownership rates will continue to rise in the developing world, leading to increased demand for tire rubber, the main market for rubber chemicals. Motor vehicle sales will also benefit from recovery in much of the developed world that witnessed recession or stagnation in recent years. Non-tire rubber chemical demand will also benefit from the sanguine outlook for motor vehicles, as well as continuing industrialization in the developing world.

Rubber chemical demand in China is projected to grow 8.1 percent per year through 2015 to more than 575,000 metric tons. Gains will benefit from healthy growth in both tire and non-tire rubber demand, with the latter rising especially strongly. The US, Japan and Western Europe are all expected to see a reversal from the declines experienced between 2005 and 2010. However, growth in all three is projected to be less than one percent per year through 2015, reflecting market maturity in rubber consuming sectors.

Demand for antidegradants (which improve rubber’s resistance to the effects of oxidation, ozone, heat, sunlight and mechanical stress) is projected to grow 4.6 percent per year through 2015. Antidegradant demand will be fueled by both expansion in its major applications and continuing efforts to improve performance and lengthen service lives. Accelerator demand will exceed 415,000 metric tons in 2015. These chemicals, which control the vulcanization process, are required in all vulcanized rubber products. Demand for other processing chemicals -- including processing aids, adhesion promoters and blowing agents, among numerous others -- will reach almost 130,000 metric tons in 2015.

  • INTRODUCTION
  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • Table RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICAL DEMAND BY TYPE & REGION (thousand metric tons)
  • MARKET ENVIRONMENT
    • General
    • World Economic Environment
      • Recent Economic Performance
      • World Economic Outlook
        • Table WORLD GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT BY REGION (billion 2009 dollars)
    • World Population Overview
      • Table WORLD POPULATION BY REGION (million persons)
    • Motor Vehicle Production
      • Table WORLD MOTOR VEHICLE PRODUCTION BY REGION (thousand units)
    • Motor Vehicles in Use
      • Table WORLD MOTOR VEHICLES IN USE BY REGION (million units)
    • World Tire Production
      • Table WORLD TIRE PRODUCTION BY REGION & TYPE (million units)
    • Rubber Consumption Overview
      • Rubber Consumption by Region
        • Table WORLD RUBBER CONSUMPTION BY REGION (thousand metric tons)
      • Rubber Consumption by Type
        • Table WORLD RUBBER CONSUMPTION BY TYPE (thousand metric tons)
      • Rubber Consumption by Market
        • Table WORLD RUBBER CONSUMPTION BY MARKET (thousand metric tons)
    • Environmental & Regulatory Overview
  • OVERVIEW
    • General
    • Demand by Region
      • Table WORLD RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICAL DEMAND BY REGION (thousand metric tons)
    • Demand by Market
      • Table WORLD RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICAL DEMAND BY MARKET (thousand metric tons)
      • Tires
        • Table WORLD TIRE MARKET FOR RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICALS (thousand metric tons)
        • Table PASSENGER TREAD TIRE RECIPE (radial tire)
        • Table PASSENGER TREAD TIRE SIDE-WALL & SHOULDER RECIPE
        • Table PASSENGER TIRE APEX RECIPE
        • Table PASSENGER TIRE INNERLINER RECIPE
      • Non-Tire Rubber Products
        • Table WORLD NON-TIRE MARKET FOR RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICALS (thousand metric tons)
        • Table NON-TIRE RUBBER PRODUCT RECIPES (parts per hundred rubber - PHR)
    • Demand by Type of Rubber
      • Table WORLD RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICAL DEMAND BY TYPE OF RUBBER (thousand metric tons)
      • Synthetic Rubber
        • Table WORLD RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICAL DEMAND IN SYNTHETIC RUBBER (thousand metric tons)
      • Natural Rubber
        • Table WORLD RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICAL DEMAND IN NATURAL RUBBER (thousand metric tons)
    • Demand by Type of Chemical
      • Table WORLD RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICAL DEMAND BY TYPE OF CHEMICAL (thousand metric tons)
      • Antidegradants
        • Table WORLD RUBBER ANTIDEGRADANT DEMAND BY TYPE (thousand metric tons)
        • Table ANTIDEGRADANT TYPES & FUNCTIONS
      • Accelerators
        • Table WORLD RUBBER ACCELERATOR DEMAND BY TYPE (thousand metric tons)
        • Table ACCELERATOR TYPES & FUNCTIONS
      • Processing Aids & Other Rubber Processing Chemicals
        • Table WORLD PROCESSING AIDS & OTHER RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICALS DEMAND BY TYPE (thousand metric tons)
        • Table TYPES & FUNCTIONS OF OTHER RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICALS
  • NORTH AMERICA
    • North America: Market Environment
      • Table NORTH AMERICA: MARKET ENVIRONMENT FOR RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICALS
    • North America: Rubber Processing Chemical Demand
      • Table NORTH AMERICA: RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICAL DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
    • North America: Suppliers
    • United States
      • Table UNITED STATES: MARKET ENVIRONMENT FOR RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICALS
      • Table UNITED STATES: RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICAL DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
    • Canada
      • Table CANADA: MARKET ENVIRONMENT FOR RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICALS
      • Table CANADA: RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICAL DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
    • Mexico
      • Table MEXICO: MARKET ENVIRONMENT FOR RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICALS
      • Table MEXICO: RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICAL DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
  • WESTERN EUROPE
    • Western Europe: Market Environment
      • Table WESTERN EUROPE: MARKET ENVIRONMENT FOR RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICALS
    • Western Europe: Rubber Processing Chemical Demand
      • Table WESTERN EUROPE: RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICAL DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
    • Western Europe: Suppliers
    • Belgium
      • Table BELGIUM: MARKET ENVIRONMENT FOR RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICALS
      • Table BELGIUM: RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICAL DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
    • France
      • Table FRANCE: MARKET ENVIRONMENT FOR RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICALS
      • Table FRANCE: RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICAL DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
    • Germany
      • Table GERMANY: MARKET ENVIRONMENT FOR RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICALS
      • Table GERMANY: RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICAL DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
    • Italy
      • Table ITALY: MARKET ENVIRONMENT FOR RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICALS
      • Table ITALY: RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICAL DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
    • The Netherlands
      • Table THE NETHERLANDS: MARKET ENVIRONMENT FOR RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICALS
      • Table THE NETHERLANDS: RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICAL DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
    • Spain
      • Table SPAIN: MARKET ENVIRONMENT FOR RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICALS
      • Table SPAIN: RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICAL DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
    • United Kingdom
      • Table UNITED KINGDOM: MARKET ENVIRONMENT FOR RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICALS
      • Table UNITED KINGDOM: RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICAL DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
    • Other Western Europe
      • Table OTHER WESTERN EUROPE: MARKET ENVIRONMENT FOR RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICALS
      • Table OTHER WESTERN EUROPE: RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICAL DEMAND BY TYPE, MARKET & COUNTRY (thousand metric tons)
  • ASIA/PACIFIC
    • Asia/Pacific: Market Environment
      • Table ASIA/PACIFIC: MARKET ENVIRONMENT FOR RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICALS
    • Asia/Pacific: Rubber Processing Chemical Demand
      • Table ASIA/PACIFIC: RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICAL DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
    • Asia/Pacific: Suppliers
    • China
      • Table CHINA: MARKET ENVIRONMENT FOR RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICALS
      • Table CHINA: RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICAL DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
    • India
      • Table INDIA: MARKET ENVIRONMENT FOR RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICALS
      • Table INDIA: RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICAL DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
    • Indonesia
      • Table INDONESIA: MARKET ENVIRONMENT FOR RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICALS
      • Table INDONESIA: RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICAL DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
    • Japan
      • Table JAPAN: MARKET ENVIRONMENT FOR RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICALS
      • Table JAPAN: RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICAL DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
    • Malaysia
      • Table MALAYSIA: MARKET ENVIRONMENT FOR RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICALS
      • Table MALAYSIA: RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICAL DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
    • South Korea
      • Table SOUTH KOREA: MARKET ENVIRONMENT FOR RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICALS
      • Table SOUTH KOREA: RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICAL DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
    • Taiwan
      • Table TAIWAN: MARKET ENVIRONMENT FOR RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICALS
      • Table TAIWAN: RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICAL DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
    • Thailand
      • Table THAILAND: MARKET ENVIRONMENT FOR RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICALS
      • Table THAILAND: RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICAL DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
    • Other Asia/Pacific
      • Table OTHER ASIA/PACIFIC: MARKET ENVIRONMENT FOR RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICALS
      • Table OTHER ASIA/PACIFIC: RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICAL DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
  • OTHER REGIONS
    • Central & South America
      • Central & South America: Market Environment
        • Table CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA: MARKET ENVIRONMENT FOR RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICALS
      • Central & South America: Rubber Processing Chemical Demand
        • Table CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA: RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICAL DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
      • Central & South America: Suppliers
      • Argentina
        • Table ARGENTINA: MARKET ENVIRONMENT FOR RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICALS
        • Table ARGENTINA: RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICAL DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
      • Brazil
        • Table BRAZIL: MARKET ENVIRONMENT FOR RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICALS
        • Table BRAZIL: RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICAL DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
      • Other Central & South America
        • Table OTHER CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA: MARKET ENVIRONMENT FOR RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICALS
        • Table OTHER CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA: RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICAL DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
    • Eastern Europe
      • Eastern Europe: Market Environment
        • Table EASTERN EUROPE: MARKET ENVIRONMENT FOR RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICALS
      • Eastern Europe: Rubber Processing Chemical Demand
        • Table EASTERN EUROPE: RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICAL DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
      • Eastern Europe: Suppliers
      • Czech Republic
        • Table CZECH REPUBLIC: MARKET ENVIRONMENT FOR RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICALS
        • Table CZECH REPUBLIC: RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICAL DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
      • Poland
        • Table POLAND: MARKET ENVIRONMENT FOR RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICALS
        • Table POLAND: RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICAL DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
      • Russia
        • Table RUSSIA: MARKET ENVIRONMENT FOR RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICALS
        • Table RUSSIA: RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICAL DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
      • Other Eastern Europe
        • Table OTHER EASTERN EUROPE: MARKET ENVIRONMENT FOR RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICALS
        • Table OTHER EASTERN EUROPE: RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICAL DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
    • Africa/Mideast
      • Africa/Mideast: Market Environment
        • Table AFRICA/MIDEAST: MARKET ENVIRONMENT FOR RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICALS
      • Africa/Mideast: Rubber Processing Chemical Demand
        • Table AFRICA/MIDEAST: RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICAL DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
      • Africa/Mideast: Suppliers
      • South Africa
        • Table SOUTH AFRICA: MARKET ENVIRONMENT FOR RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICALS
        • Table SOUTH AFRICA: RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICAL DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
      • Turkey
        • Table TURKEY: MARKET ENVIRONMENT FOR RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICALS
        • Table TURKEY: RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICAL DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
      • Other Africa/Mideast
        • Table OTHER AFRICA/MIDEAST: MARKET ENVIRONMENT FOR RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICALS
        • Table OTHER AFRICA/MIDEAST: RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICAL DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET (thousand metric tons)
  • INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
    • General
    • Market Share & Industry Concentration
      • Table WORLD RUBBER PROCESSING CHEMICAL SALES BY COMPANY, 2010 (million dollars)
    • Acquisitions, Divestitures & Industry Restructuring
      • Table SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES
    • Marketing & Competitive Strategies
    • Manufacturing
    • Research & Development
    • Company Profiles
      • Arkema SA
      • Bann Química Limitada
      • Behn Meyer Holding AG
      • Chemtura Corporation
      • China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation
      • DUSLO as
      • Emerald Performance Materials LLC
      • Emery Oleochemicals Group
      • Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
      • Korea Kumho Petrochemical Company Limited
      • LANXESS AG
      • Linkwell Rubber Chemicals Company Limited
      • OMNOVA Solutions Incorporated
      • Repsol YPF SA
      • Safic-Alcan SAS
      • Solutia Incorporated
      • Solvay SA
      • Sumitomo Chemical Company Limited
      • Vanderbilt (RT) Company Incorporated

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