About Optical Brighteners
Optical brighteners are chemical compounds that are used to enhance the appearance of paper, color or fabric leading to minimized yellowing of the products. The commonly used compounds with this property are coumarin, stilbene, diphenyl pyrazoline, cinnamic acid, and dicarboxylic acid. These chemical compounds are mainly used in various applications such as paper, fabrics, detergents and soaps, cosmetics, synthetics and plastics, and ceramics.
Technavio’s analysts forecast the global optical brighteners market to grow at a CAGR of 8.95% during the period 2017-2021.
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The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global optical brighteners market for 2017-2021. The report presents a detailed picture of the market by way of study, synthesis, and summation of data from multiple sources.
The market is divided into the following segments based on geography:
Technavio Announces the Publication of its Research Report – Global Optical Brighteners Market 2017-2021
Technavio recognizes the following companies as the key players in the global optical brighteners market: Akzo Nobel, BASF, Deepak Nitrite, Eastman Chemical Company, and Huntsman International.
Other Prominent Vendors in the market are: Archroma, Aron Universal, Clariant, Mayzo, Milliken & Company, RPM International, First Source Worldwide, Teh Fong Min International, and 3V Sigma.
Commenting on the report, an analyst from Technavio’s team said: “The latest trend gaining momentum in the market is Growing demand for bio-based surfactants. Synthetic surfactants are used in detergents and personal care products, owing to their low cost of production in comparison to bio-surfactants. However, synthetic surfactants are toxic and degrade over a long period. Optical brighteners used to manufacture these synthetic surfactants are harmful to marine life and human health. Due to sustainability issues, major companies are shifting to bio-surfactants, which are produced using renewable feedstock.”
According to the report, one of the major drivers for this market is Growing textile industries to provide essential growth opportunities. The natural color of the textiles is usually present as an impurity in the fiber. They are decolorized by different bleaching methods to achieve the desired color of the fabric. However, even after bleaching, the fabric retains some of the colors. Thus, chemical treatments become essential to nullify the yellow tint of the textile fibers. The yellowing of the fabric is treated by using a blue dyeing agent, which removes the yellow part of the light spectrum and reflects blue through osmosis.
Further, the report states that one of the major factors hindering the growth of this market is Declining paper industry to hinder market growth. Paper, pulp, and paperboard mills contribute the maximum share to forest landowners. Reducing share of pulpwood through mills and declining trend in mill capacity pose a challenge to the global paper industry. Reducing mill capacity hampers the optical brighteners market that depends on the demand from mills.
Akzo Nobel, BASF, Deepak Nitrite, Eastman Chemical Company, Huntsman International, Archroma, Aron Universal, Clariant, Mayzo, Milliken & Company, RPM International, First Source Worldwide, Teh Fong Min International, and 3V Sigma.
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