Additive Manufacturing Technology:
A Hotbed of Opportunities

Additive Manufacturing Technologies
Additive Manufacturing Technology

The highly disruptive and rapidly growing additive manufacturing technology (AMT) promises a revolutionary change, not only in the large manufacturing industries, but also through average consumers. In addition to an economical alternative to traditional manufacturing, the 3D printing industry also provides the benefits of incorporating high levels of customization and complexity of design, as well as much lower lead times. This phenomenon of 3D printing, which until recently was mainly used for rapid prototyping, is now also increasingly being used in the production of end-parts and finished components in a wide range of applications, such as the automotive, aerospace, machine tools, electronics, medical, pharmaceuticals, and food industries.

3D printing has given rise to a rapidly growing multi-billion-dollar global market, offering highly profitable opportunities to companies along its supply chain. (more…)

Middle East Synthetic Latex Polymers Market:
A Unique Mix of Trends and Opportunities

Synthetic Latex Polymers Market in the Middle East
Synthetic Latex Polymers
Market in the Middle East

The Middle East accounts for approximately 5% of the global consumption of synthetic latex polymers, with a market value of about USD 1.3 billion in 2016. This region represents an interesting mix of diverse economies, displaying a combination of varying market characteristics, ranging from the advanced Turkish market, which closely follows European trends, to the highly price-sensitive Egyptian market.

Like in most regions, except Southeast Asia, paints and coatings and adhesives and sealants are the largest application sectors in the Middle East. However, the region exhibits some striking differences in the application mix. (more…)

The specialty excipients market for oral-solid-dosage-form pharmaceuticals will grow close to 6% during 2016-2021

Specialty Excipients for Oral Solid-Dosage-Form Pharmaceuticals
Specialty Excipients for Oral Solid-Dosage-Form Pharmaceuticals

Pharmaceuticals is one of the largest and most essential industries worldwide. The global pharmaceutical market is worth over USD 1.1 trillion as of 2016 and is expected to grow in the range of 4%-7% annually over the next five years. Among the several routes of drug administration prevalent in the pharmaceutical industry, oral route is the most widely used, accounting for around 55% of the global pharmaceuticals market value. Furthermore, within orals, solid formulations are the most preferred dosages for their ease of administration, dosage accuracy, stability, and cost-effectiveness. OSDFs is a key growth segment for the global healthcare industry, especially with the growing emphasis on expanding affordable healthcare. (more…)

Biologics and Need for Oncology Drugs Drive the Parenteral Excipients Market

Specialty Excipients for Parenteral Pharmaceuticals
Specialty Excipients for Parenteral Pharmaceuticals

While development of a parenteral drug formulation is challenging, highly regulated, and requires high investment, the market of specialty excipients is forecast to grow faster in the parenteral route compared to the oral solids route. Driven by a growing need for oncology drugs, the market of specialty excipients in the parenteral segment is expected to grow at 7.5% annually in the United States and Europe combined in the next five years, finds the recently published Specialty Excipients for Parenteral Pharmaceuticals: Market Analysis and Opportunities report. (more…)

Application-related Trends Dominate the Dynamics of the Regional Synthetic Latex Polymers Markets

Synthetic Latex Polymers: Global Market Overview
Synthetic Latex Polymers: Global Market Overview

Amounting to nearly USD 33 billion, the global synthetic latex polymers market is shaped by diverse regional characteristics, according to Kline’s global program Synthetic Latex Polymers: Global Business Analysis and Opportunities. North America, China, and Europe are the largest markets, together accounting for around 70% of consumption globally. India and Southeast Asia are also significantly large markets, characterized by high growth.

Globally, paints and coatings is the largest application of synthetic latex polymers. However, regional dynamics play a pivotal role in determining the nature of application markets. (more…)

Three Reasons for Chemical Suppliers to Focus on Shale Oil and Gas

Chemicals for Unconventional Oil and Gas Fields
Chemicals for Unconventional Oil and Gas Fields

The rebounded prices for crude oil help the production of shale oil and gas to recover, after the all-time low in 2016. Manufacturing costs for shale oil and gas, specifically in the United States, have also fallen by almost 25-30% in the last few years, resulting in increased production from these sources. The United States and Canada are the leading suppliers of oil and gas from shale and tight resources, together accounting for more than 90% of the global market. In the long term, U.S. production of shale oil and shale gas is expected to double by 2035 and 2040, respectively. Canada will also double the production of shale gas by 2040. As a result, the consumption of chemical additives used in the development of these fields is set to grow. (more…)

U.S. Consumers Demand Innovation in Personal Care

Specialty Actives in Personal Care
Specialty Actives in Personal Care

Savvy consumers have a sense of how advanced technologies can help attain a better, younger-looking and healthier complexion. End users in the United States consider expensive purchases as an investment in their appearance and self-confidence. As a result, cosmetic products that apply novel solutions with premium pricing are well-accepted, which adds to healthy growth of the U.S. market for active ingredients. According to Kline’s Specialty Actives in Personal Care: Multi-regional Market Analysis and Opportunities report, the market reached USD 365 million in 2016. To meet the demand for effective solutions, the supplier landscape is becoming highly competitive in terms of innovation, from new technologies to new ingredient categories and applications. In this article, we look into the most innovative solutions available on the U.S. active ingredients market. (more…)

The Expansion of Healthcare Will Drive the Demand for OSDF Excipients

Specialty Excipients for Oral Solid-Dosage-Form
Specialty Excipients for
Oral Solid-Dosage-Form

The expansion of affordable healthcare and robust growth in generics due to increasing patent expirations of branded drugs are boosting consumption of specialty oral solid-dosage-form (OSDF) excipients globally. According to Kline’s recently published Specialty Excipients for OSDFs Database, the markets in China, CIS, Europe, India, Japan, and the United States are estimated at USD 3.5 billion and expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of close to 6% during 2016-2021. While the growth is foreseen at all the industry levels, the key factors driving the growth in mature and “pharmerging” markets vary widely. In this blog, we look deeper into the most important market issues and trends affecting the industry and how suppliers can use them in their favor. (more…)

Specialty Biocides: The Reasons Behind Unexpected Industry Dynamics

Specialty Biocides: China, Europe, India, United States
Specialty Biocides: China, Europe, India, United States

Changing industry regulations and continuous developments across end-use applications are the key factors affecting the USD 4.5 billion market for specialty biocides in China, Europe, India, and the United States, according to Kline’s recently published chapters of its Specialty Biocides: Regional Market Analysis study.

Due to their nature and the variety of applications they are used in, biocides are often a key component in chemical formulations. The fact that some chemistries are under scrutiny in many countries makes this sizeable and rather mature market an unexpectedly dynamic industry, where regional markets are characterized by sets of completely different trends. (more…)

Specialty Actives: Market Insights from China

Personal Care Ingredients Market in China
Active Ingredients for Cosmetics

China is the largest market for professional skin care and the third largest consumer of active ingredients globally. What are the key growth drivers, which trends are reshaping the industry, and how will this region perform in the future? We asked Kline’s Chemicals & Materials industry experts to share their insights on this highly promising market.

What are the key drivers of the specialty actives market in China?

Today, Chinese consumers are increasingly concerned about the efficacy of cosmetic products and the active ingredients used in them. (more…)