Cellulose Ethers and Its Derivatives

CMC is widely consumed cellulose ether, followed by MC & its derivatives and HEC.

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    global market outlook

      • The global market size is around 1,140 KT in 2020 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of ~4.3%
      • The construction industry is the major end-use industry of cellulose ethers, followed by the F&B sector and pharmaceutical /personal care industry. The pharmaceutical industry is growing at a higher rate of 5-6%, mainly due to the demand from modified drug release technology
      • Europe is the major region, both in terms of production and consumption, due to the presence of global suppliers. Price of cellulose ether of the top suppliers is high, due to high production cost and competing Chinese suppliers, who keep their prices 10–15 percent lesser than the top brands
      • China is the major producer of cellulose ether in Asia, growing at a rate of 4.5 percent and contributing to 20 percent of the global cellulose ether consumption. In China, the construction industry is the major end-use segment, contributing to approx. 85 percent of the total demand for cellulose ether
      • DowDuPont, Ashland, CP Kelco, Shin-Etsu, Lotte Fine Chemicals and AkzoNobel Performance Additives are key suppliers in the market

    Cellulose Ethers and Its Derivatives market report transcript

    Global Capacity-Demand Analysis

    • The global market size was 1,089 KT in 2019, and it is expected to grow at a steady rate of 4–5 percent, due to an increased demand from construction, pharmaceutical, F&B, and personal care industries
    • The construction industry (40 percent) is the major end-use industry of cellulose ethers, followed by the F&B (16 percent) and pharmaceutical/personal care industry (8 percent). The pharmaceutical industry is growing at a higher rate of 5–6 percent, mainly due to demand from modified drug release technology

    Industry Best Practice

    Engagement models

    Consumer Market: 

    • Highly specialized buyers prefer to engage in global sourcing with qualified top suppliers of cellulose ethers, due to presence of limited suppliers, to avoid price fluctuations and supply chain disruption

    Industrial Market: 

    • Construction, paints and coatings and other industrial applications buyers prefer spot buying, due to excess supply in the market, unless some value like technical expertise, customer services etc. are involved

    Contract structures

    Multi Year Contract –Consumer Market (pharma/food/personal)

    • Length of contract: 3-4 years (to establish a long term relation with client)
    • The customer is involved in launching new products based on their customized need
    • High switching cost for the buyer

    Single Year Contract –Industrial Market (construction/adhesives/paints and coatings) 

    • Length of contract: 1 year
    • Availability of suppliers in the market for industrial grade
    • Low switching cost for the buyer

    Pricing Strategy

    • Price varies with molecular weight, viscosity, degree of substitution etc.
    • Top global suppliers keep prices of both industrial and high purity grades high, as compared to other suppliers, due to use of patented technology and technical support

    Market Drivers and Constraints 

    Global supply of cellulose ethers is sufficient to meet the increased demand from varied industries. Hence, no supply crunch is expected in the near future.

    • Drivers: Demand from end-use industries mainly food, pharmaceutical, construction and personal care, as it is derived from natural renewable source, i.e. wood pulp
    • Constraints: Declining demand from the oil and gas industry, and availability of substitute like guar gum (for CMC)

    Global Suppliers Market

    • The global cellulose ether market is dominated by players from the developed market, i.e. Dow Chemicals, Ashland and Shin-Etsu, together holding global market share of >50 percent in 2016
    • In MC and its derivatives, these players together had market share of ~75 percent in 2013
    • Similarly, in highly purified CMC, the market is consolidated with four major players, CP Kelco,Ashland, and Dow, accounting for almost ~75 percent in 2016

    Global Demand by Application

    Global demand for cellulose ether is mainly driven from construction, food, pharmaceuticals, personal care, oil drilling and paints and coatings. The highest growth rate of 5-6 percent is expected in the pharmaceuticals industry.

    Demand from Alternate Industries

    • Each cellulose ether caters to different applications with its different percentage of consumption in end-use segments and different grades are supplied by different type of suppliers
    • For example, industrial grade CMC/HPMC can be supplied by many suppliers as its production does not require high level of specialization. However, pharmaceutical/cosmetic/food grades can only be supplied by limited set of suppliers (highly consolidated), who have different production lines with GMP certification
    • Also, the cellulose ether industry is currently underutilized and has enough capacity to meet demand in case of a supply shortage
    • Due to the above two factors, a sudden increase from one industry does not impact the supply of cellulose ethers in other alternate industries

    Global Trade Dynamics–Cellulose Ether

    • North America: US is exporting more than 60 KT of cellulose ether, and it imports cellulose ether mainly from Germany and Korea.
    • Europe: EU is exporting more than 500 KT of cellulose ether mainly to the US and Turkey.
    • Asia: China is exporting more than 85 KT of cellulose ether, mainly to India and Brazil.

    Cellulose Ethers Market Overview

    • The Global cellulose ethers market size is 872 KT(2019F) and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.5 percent to 952 KT by 2021.
    • The key end-use industries in the cellulose ether market: Pharma & Personal 8%
    • CAGR 5-6%, Food and Beverage 16% CAGR 3-4%, Construction 40% CAGR 1-2%.
    • The top cellulose ether producers include Dow | Ashland | CP Kelco | Shin-Etsu | AkzoNobel | Lotte Fine Chemicals | China Ruitai |Shandong Head.
    • Europe followed by Korea is the major exporter of cellulose ether, mainly exporting to the U.S. and Turkey respectively.
    • Consolidated market with cellulose ethers producers such as Ashland, Dow, Shin-Etsu and low purchasing volume of buyers lead to medium-less bargaining power for buyers of cellulose ethers.
    • China is the highest growing cellulose ethers market due to high regional demand and capacity expansion by global suppliers
    • The cellulose ether market for the pharmaceutical industry is growing at 5-6 percent due to high demand and due to the potential for high profit generation.
    • CMC is the widely consumed cellulose ether, followed by MC & its derivatives and HEC. HPC and EC occupies ~1-2 percent together in total cellulose ether production.
    • Highly specialized buyers prefer to engage in global sourcing with qualified top suppliers of cellulose ethers, due to presence of limited suppliers, to avoid price fluctuations and supply chain disruption.

    Why You Should Buy This Report

    The report gives an outlook on the demand trends, trade dynamics, etc. of the regional and global cellulose ether industry. The report gives the Porter’s five force analysis and lists out the major industry trends in the cellulose ethers market. It provides a pricing analysis of different ethers and breaks down the cost structure. It gives a feedstock analysis and lists the best cellulose ether sourcing practices. The report gives a detailed profile of the key cellulose ethers suppliers.