look at the worldwide consumption of additives.
Consulting firm Kusumgar, Nerlfi & Growney estimates
that worldwide consumption of five leading additives for coatings and inks was
1.4 million pounds, worth $3.1 billion in 2008. Coatings accounted for 80% of
the value, and inks the remainder. Recently, growth registered a 5-6% annual
rate of increase, with the emerging economies in Asia
leading the way. In 2009, minimal worldwide growth is expected; recovery is
Asia is the largest outlet for coating and ink
additives, accounting for 40% of the total. Japan
are the leading consumers, and highlight the growth variances between mature
and developing economies. Japan
has seen only slight growth recently, while Chinese consumption has been
expanding at double-digit rates. Europe and North America
each consume about one-quarter of the additives, with usage in these regions
projected to be down in 2009; recovery in demand is expected thereafter.
Improved performance and environmental advantages are emphasized in North
America and Europe. The rest of the world
takes some 10% of the additive value.
Rheology modifiers are the largest additives in coatings and inks, with about
one-third of the global dollar value. Dispersants come in second, capturing 22%
of the value. Foam-control additives account for 17%; wetting agents, 15%; and
slip and rub materials, 12%. Many types and grades of each of the additive
types are used for coatings and inks.
This information is based upon Kusumgar, Nerlfi & Growney’s
upcoming multi-client study,
Global Coating & Ink Additives, available
through subscription. For more information, phone (973) 439-0030, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.kusumgar-nerlfi-growney.com.