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Sorbitol Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity & Forecast 2018-2023

Sorbitol Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity & Forecast 2018-2023

Sorbitol (also known as Glucitol) is a sugar alcohol or polyol. It was originally identified in the berries of a tree called the mountain ash, by a French chemist in 1872 and is presently produced commercially by the hydrogenation of glucose. Sorbitol currently represents the world’s most consumed polyol and finds applications across various industries. It is widely used in the production of toothpastes, toiletries, cosmetics, confectionaries, sweets, frozen desserts, biscuits, ascorbic acid, industrial surfactants, pharmaceuticals, healthcare products, etc.

The global demand of Sorbitol is currently growing at 2%-3% annually with China being the world’s largest producer. China was followed by the United States and Western Europe. The feedstocks used to produce sorbitol can differ from region to region with corn, cassava and wheat currently being the three main feedstocks used for sorbitol production. The market is also quite concentrated in nature with the top 5 players presently accounting for more than 50% of the total global production capacity. Roquette, a French company is currently the world’s biggest producer of Sorbitol.

IMARC’s new report entitled “Sorbitol Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity & Forecast 2018-2023” provides an analytical and statistical insight into the global sorbitol market. The study, that has been undertaken using desk-based as well as qualitative primary research, provides a comprehensive analysis of the global sorbitol market.

What we have achieved in this report:

Comprehensive situation analysis of the global sorbitol market and its dynamics

Focus of the analysis:

Historical, current and future trends in production capacity
Historical, current and future trends in production
Historical, current and future trends in demand
Historical, current and future trends in prices
Demand by application sector
Production capacity by region
Production by region
Consumption by region
Production by type of feedstock (corn, wheat, cassava, etc.)
Key players and their production capacities
Sorbitol substitutes

Evaluation of major regions

Regions covered: China, United States, Western Europe, Indonesia and India

Focus of the analysis for each region:

Historical, current and future trends in production capacity
Historical, current and future trends in production
Historical, current and future trends in demand
Historical, current and future trends in prices
Demand by application sector
Production capacity by region

Evaluation of various sorbitol feedstocks and manufacturing process

Focus of the analysis:

Characteristics of various feedstocks used in sorbitol production
Yield of sorbitol and byproducts from various feedstocks
Supply and demand of various feedstocks
Manufacturing process of sorbitol
Interchanging feedstocks

Evaluation of major sorbitol manufacturers

Manufacturers covered: Roquette Frères, Cargill, Ingredion, Archer Daniels Midland, Shandong Tianli, PT Sorini

Focus of the analysis:

Company description
Sorbitol production capacity
Sorbitol production
Feedstocks used for sorbitol production
Plant locations

Information Sources:

Information has been sourced from both primary and secondary sources:

Primary sources include industry surveys and face to face/telephone interviews with manufacturers, end-users and industry experts.
Secondary sources include proprietary databases and search engines. These sources include company websites, reports, books, trade journals, magazines, white papers, industry portals, government sources and access to more than 4000 paid databases.


1 Preface
2 Scope and Methodology
2.1 Objectives of the Study
2.2 Stakeholders
2.3 Data Sources
2.3.1 Primary Sources
2.3.2 Secondary Sources
2.4 Market Estimation
2.4.1 Bottom-Up Approach
2.4.2 Top-Down Approach
2.5 Forecasting Methodology
3 Executive Summary
4 Introduction
4.1 Overview
4.2 Key Industry Trends
5 Global Sorbitol Industry: Market Landscape
5.1 Market Trends
5.1.1 Production Capacity
5.1.2 Consumption
5.1.3 Prices
5.2 Imports/Exports
5.3 Price Analysis
5.3.1 Price Indicators
5.3.2 Price Structure
5.3.3 Price Trends
5.4 Market Forecast
5.4.1 Production Capacity
5.4.2 Consumption
5.4.3 Prices
6 Sorbitol Market by Application
6.1 Cosmetics and Toiletries
6.2 Food and Beverage
6.3 Pharmaceuticals
6.4 Toothpaste
6.5 Industrial Surfactants
6.6 Others
7 Sorbitol Market by Type
7.1 Liquid Sorbitol
7.2 Powder Sorbitol
8 Sorbitol Market by Feedstock
8.1 Corn
8.2 Wheat
8.3 Cassava
8.4 Others
9 The Global Sorbitol Industry: Regional Analysis
9.1 Production Capacity by Region
9.2 Production by Region
9.3 Consumption by Region
9.4 Analysis of Key Regions
9.4.1 China
9.4.1.1 Sorbitol Production Capacity and Production
9.4.1.2 Sorbitol Consumption
9.4.1.3 Sorbitol Production Statistics from Various Feedstocks
9.4.1.4 Historical and Future Price Trends of Various Feedstocks
9.4.1.5 Historical and Future Cost of Manufacturing Sorbitol from Various Feedstocks
9.4.1.6 Competitive Landscape
9.4.2 United States
9.4.2.1 Sorbitol Production Capacity and Production
9.4.2.2 Sorbitol Consumption
9.4.2.3 Sorbitol Production Statistics from Various Feedstocks
9.4.2.4 Historical and Future Price Trends of Various Feedstocks
9.4.2.5 Historical and Future Cost of Manufacturing Sorbitol from Various Feedstocks
9.4.2.6 Competitive Landscape
9.4.3 Europe
9.4.3.1 Sorbitol Production Capacity and Production
9.4.3.2 Sorbitol Consumption
9.4.3.3 Sorbitol Production Statistics from Various Feedstocks
9.4.3.4 Historical and Future Price Trends of Various Feedstocks
9.4.3.5 Historical and Future Cost of Manufacturing Sorbitol from Various Feedstocks
9.4.3.6 Competitive Landscape
9.4.4 Indonesia
9.4.4.1 Sorbitol Production Capacity and Production
9.4.4.2 Sorbitol Consumption
9.4.4.3 Sorbitol Production Statistics from Various Feedstocks
9.4.4.4 Historical and Future Price Trends of Various Feedstocks
9.4.4.5 Historical and Future Cost of Manufacturing Sorbitol from Various Feedstocks
9.4.4.6 Competitive Landscape
9.4.5 India
9.4.5.1 Sorbitol Production Capacity and Production
9.4.5.2 Sorbitol Consumption
9.4.5.3 Sorbitol Production Statistics from Various Feedstocks
9.4.5.4 Historical and Future Price Trends of Various Feedstocks
9.4.5.5 Historical and Future Cost of Manufacturing Sorbitol from Various Feedstocks
9.4.5.6 Competitive Landscape
10 Global Sorbitol Market: Value Chain
11 Global Sorbitol Market: Margin Analysis
11.1 Farmers Margins
11.2 Collectors Margins
11.3 Starch Manufacturer Margins
11.4 Sorbitol Manufacturer Margins
11.5 Distributor Margins
11.6 Exporters Margins
12 Global Sorbitol Market: SWOT Analysis
12.1 Strengths
12.2 Weaknesses
12.3 Opportunities
12.4 Threats
13 Global Sorbitol Market: Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
13.1 Overview
13.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers
13.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
13.4 Degree of Rivalry
13.5 Threat of New Entrants
13.6 Threat of Substitutes
14 Competitive Landscape
14.1 Competitive Structure
14.2 Market Breakup by Key Players
15 Sorbitol Market: Feedstock and Manufacturing Analysis
15.1 Corn
15.1.1 Production Trends
15.1.2 Sorbitol Manufacturing from Corn
15.1.2.1 Manufacturing Process
15.1.2.2 Process Flow
15.1.2.3 Mass Balance and Feedstock Requirements
15.1.2.4 Land and Construction Requirements
15.1.2.5 Machinery Requirements
15.1.2.6 Machinery Suppliers
15.1.2.7 Utility Requirements
15.1.2.8 Manpower Requirements
15.1.2.9 Capital Costs
15.1.2.10 Raw Material Costs
15.1.2.11 Final Product and By-Product Prices
15.1.2.12 Total Cost per Ton
15.2 Wheat
15.2.1 Production Trends
15.2.2 Sorbitol Manufacturing from Wheat
15.2.2.1 Manufacturing Process
15.2.2.2 Process Flow
15.2.2.3 Mass Balance and Feedstock Requirements
15.2.2.4 Land and Construction Requirements
15.2.2.5 Machinery Requirements
15.2.2.6 Machinery Suppliers
15.2.2.7 Utility Requirements
15.2.2.8 Manpower Requirements
15.2.2.9 Capital Costs
15.2.2.10 Raw Material Costs
15.2.2.11 Final Product and By-Product Prices
15.2.2.12 Total Cost per Ton
15.3 Cassava
15.3.1 Production Trends
15.3.2 Sorbitol Manufacturing from Cassava
15.3.2.1 Manufacturing Process
15.3.2.2 Process Flow
15.3.2.3 Mass Balance and Feedstock Requirements
15.3.2.4 Land and Construction Requirements
15.3.2.5 Machinery Requirements
15.3.2.6 Machinery Suppliers
15.3.2.7 Utility Requirements
15.3.2.8 Manpower Requirements
15.3.2.9 Capital Costs
15.3.2.10 Raw Material Costs
15.3.2.11 Final Product and By-Product Prices
15.3.2.12 Total Cost per Ton
15.4 Corn Starch
15.4.1 Sorbitol Manufacturing from Corn Starch
15.4.1.1 Manufacturing Process
15.4.1.2 Process Flow
15.4.1.3 Mass Balance and Feedstock Requirements
15.4.1.4 Specifications of Corn Starch and Sorbitol
15.4.1.5 Land and Construction Requirements
15.4.1.6 Machinery Requirements
15.4.1.7 Machinery Suppliers
15.4.1.8 Major Distributors
15.4.1.9 Utility Requirements
15.4.1.10 Manpower Requirements
15.4.1.11 Capital Costs
15.4.1.12 Raw Material Costs
15.4.1.13 Final Product Prices
15.4.1.14 Total Cost per Ton
16. Key Player Profiles
List of Figures
Figure 1: Global: Sorbitol Production Capacity (in ‘000 Mt), 2010-2017
Figure 2: Global: Sorbitol Prices (in US$/Mt), 2010-2017
Figure 3: Global: Sorbitol Volume Demand (in ‘000 Mt), 2010-2017
Figure 4: Global: Sorbitol Value Demand (in Million US$), 2010-2017
Figure 5: Global: Sorbitol Volume Demand by Consuming Sectors (in %), 2017
Figure 6: Global: Sorbitol Production Capacity by Key Producer Countries (in %), 2010, 2017 & 2023
Figure 7: Global: Sorbitol Production by Key Producer Countries (in %), 2010, 2017 & 2023
Figure 8: Global: Sorbitol Volume Demand by Region (in %), 2010, 2017 & 2023
Figure 9: Global: Sorbitol Production by Feedstock (in %), 2017
Figure 10: Global: Sorbitol Production Capacity Breakup by Manufacturers (in %)
Figure 11: Global: Sorbitol Production Capacity Forecast (in ‘000 Mt), 2018-2023
Figure 12: Global: Sorbitol Volume Demand Forecast (in ‘000 Mt), 2018-2023
Figure 13: Global: Sorbitol Price Forecast (in US$/Metric Ton), 2018-2023
Figure 14: Global: Sorbitol Value Demand Forecast (in Million US$), 2018-2023
Figure 15: China: Sorbitol Production Capacity (in ‘000 Mt), 2010, 2017 & 2023
Figure 16: China: Sorbitol Production (in ‘000 Mt), 2010, 2017 & 2023
Figure 17: China: Sorbitol Demand (in ‘000 Mt), 2010, 2017 & 2023
Figure 18: China: Sorbitol Production by Feedstock (in %), 2017
Figure 19: China: Corn Prices (in US$ /Mt), 2010-2017
Figure 20: China: Wheat Prices (in US$ /Mt), 2010-2017
Figure 21: China: Corn and Wheat Prices (in US$ Per Mt), 2010-2017
Figure 22: China: Sorbitol Production Costs from Various Feedstocks (in US$ Per Mt)
Figure 23: China Sorbitol Production Capacity Breakup by Manufacturers (in %)
Figure 24: United States: Sorbitol Production Capacity (in ‘000 Mt), 2010, 2017 & 2023
Figure 25: United States: Sorbitol Production (in ‘000 Mt), 2010, 2017 & 2023
Figure 26: United States: Sorbitol Demand (in ‘000 Mt), 2010, 2017 & 2023
Figure 27: United States: Corn Prices (in US$ /Mt), 2010-2017
Figure 28: United States: Corn Prices (in US$ Per Mt), 2010-2017
Figure 29: United States: Sorbitol Production Costs from Corn (in US$ Per Mt), 2010 -2017
Figure 30: United States: Sorbitol Production Capacity by Manufacturers (in %)
Figure 31: Western Europe: Sorbitol Production Capacity (in ‘000 Mt), 2010, 2017 & 2023
Figure 32: Western Europe: Sorbitol Production (in ‘000 Mt), 2010, 2017 & 2023
Figure 33: Western Europe: Sorbitol Demand (in ‘000 Mt), 2010 2017 & 2023
Figure 34: Western Europe: Sorbitol Production by Feedstock (in %), 2017
Figure 35: France: Wheat Prices (in US$ /Mt), 2010-2017
Figure 36: France: Corn Prices (in US$ /Mt), 2010-2017
Figure 37: France: Corn & Wheat Prices (in US$ Per Mt). 2010-2017
Figure 38: France: Sorbitol Production Costs from Corn & Wheat (in US$ Per Mt), 2010-2017
Figure 39: Western Europe: Sorbitol Production Capacity by Key Producers (in %)
Figure 40: Indonesia: Sorbitol Production Capacity (in ‘000 Mt), 2010, 2017 & 2023
Figure 41: Indonesia: Sorbitol Production (in ‘000 Mt), 2010, 2017 & 2023
Figure 42: Indonesia: Sorbitol Demand (in ‘000 Mt), 2010, 2017 & 2023
Figure 43: Indonesia: Sorbitol Production by Feedstock (in %), 2017
Figure 44: Indonesia: Cassava Prices (in US$ /Mt), 2010-2017
Figure 45: Indonesia: Corn Prices (in US$ /Mt), 2010–2017
Figure 46: Indonesia: Corn & Cassava Prices (in US$ Per Mt), 2010-2017
Figure 47: Indonesia: Sorbitol Production Costs from Corn & Cassava (in US$ Per Mt), 2010-2017
Figure 48: Indonesia: Sorbitol Production by Key Producers (in %)
Figure 49: India: Sorbitol Production Capacity (in ‘000 Mt), 2010, 2017 & 2023
Figure 50: India: Sorbitol Production (in ‘000 Mt), 2010, 2017 & 2023
Figure 51: India: Sorbitol Demand (in ‘000 Mt), 2010, 2017 & 2023
Figure 52: India: Sorbitol Production by Feedstock (in %), 2017
Figure 53: India: Wheat Prices (in US$ /Mt), 2010-2017
Figure 54: India: Corn Prices (in US$ /Mt), 2010–2017
Figure 55: India: Corn and Wheat Prices (in US$ Per Mt), 2010-2017
Figure 56: India: Sorbitol Production Costs from Corn and Wheat (in US$ Per Mt), 2010-2017
Figure 57: India: Sorbitol Production Capacity by Key Producers (in %)
Figure 58: Sorbitol and By-Product Conversion Rates from Corn, Wheat and Cassava
Figure 59: Global: Corn Supply & Demand (in Million Mt), 2010-2017
Figure 60: Global: Corn Production by Country (in %), 2017
Figure 61: Global: Wheat Supply & Demand (in Million Mt), 2010–2017
Figure 62: Global: Wheat Production by Country (in %), 2017
Figure 63: Global: Cassava Production (in Million Mt), 2010-2017
Figure 64: Global: Cassava Production by Country (in %), 2017
Figure 65: Sorbitol Manufacturing Process
Figure 66: Production of Starch Slurry Using Corn
Figure 67: Production of Starch Slurry Using Wheat
Figure 68: Production of Starch Slurry Using Cassava
Figure 69: Production of Glucose Syrup from Starch Slurry
Figure 70: Conversion of Glucose Syrup to Sorbitol
Figure 71: Interchanging Sorbitol Feedstocks
Figure 72: Roquette Frères SA: Production Breakup by Product
Figure 73: Shandong Tianli Pharmaceutical Co Limited: Capacity Breakup by Product
Figure 74: Kasyap Sweetners: Production Capacity Breakup by Product
List of Tables
Table 1: Global: Sorbitol Production Capacity by Key Producer Countries (in ‘000 Mt), 2010, 2017 & 2023
Table 2: Global: Sorbitol Production by Key Producer Countries (in ‘000 Mt), 2010, 2017 & 2023
Table 3: Global: Sorbitol Volume Demand by Region (in ‘000 Mt), 2010, 2017 & 2023
Table 4: Global: Sorbitol Feedstock Statistics (in ‘000 Mt), 2017
Table 5: Global: Sorbitol Production Capacity Breakup by Manufacturers (in Mt)
Table 6: Characteristics of Various Polyols
Table 7: China: Sorbitol Feedstock Statistics (in ‘000 Mt)
Table 8: China: Sorbitol Production Capacity Breakup by Manufacturers (in Mt)
Table 9: United States: Sorbitol Feedstock Statistics (in Mt)
Table 10: United States: Sorbitol Production Capacity by Manufacturers (in Mt)
Table 11: Western Europe: Sorbitol Feedstock Statistics (in Mt)
Table 12: Western Europe: Sorbitol Production Capacity Statistics by Key Producers (in Mt)
Table 13: Indonesia: Sorbitol Feedstock Statistics (in Mt)
Table 14: Indonesia: Sorbitol Production Statistics by Key Producers (in Mt)
Table 15: India: Sorbitol Feedstock Statistics (in Mt)
Table 16: India: Sorbitol Production Statistics by Key Producers (in Mt)
Table 17: Prices of Various Sorbitol By-products

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