North America Continues to Dominate Microspheres Market

 

Posted April 22, 2016 on http://www.ceramicindustry.com

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The global microspheres market is expected to reach $5.52 billion by 2020, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.5%, according to a recent report from Technavio. North America is the biggest market for microspheres, as the materials offer better process control and enhance the efficiency of operations. The U.S. is the top consumer of all types of microspheres products in North America. Though the market in North America is significant, it is still growing at a good pace because of the increase in demand of current and emerging applications such as construction composites, biotechnology, and medicine.


“North America accounts for about 43% of the global microspheres market,” said Chandrakumar Badala Jaganathan, lead analyst. “Construction composites hold the majority of the share in the North American microspheres market while the medical technology markets have been experiencing maximum growth.”


Europe accounted for about 29% of the global microspheres market in 2015. The microspheres market in Europe generated revenues of $970 million in 2015 and will likely reach $1.58 billion by 2020. 


The major applications of microspheres in Europe are in the manufacturing and medical industry. Germany is the leading country for microsphere consumption in Europe. The microspheres market in Russia is anticipated to experience high growth during the forecast period. 


The microspheres market is experiencing a boom, especially in India and other emerging economies in the Asia-Pacific market, due to massive spending on infrastructure and the flourishing manufacturing industry. The high demand is primarily for the development and modernization of infrastructure and in existing and emerging applications in the construction sectors. Technavio expects the demand from manufacturing and medical industries for microspheres in the emerging economies in Asia-Pacific to bode well for the market. Australia, China and India are the major revenue contributors to the market in APAC. 


The microspheres market is in its infancy stage in Central and South America. This region is experiencing high growth due to increased infrastructure spending and low base effect. Central and South America offer significant prospects for manufacturers establishing their manufacturing bases and sales offices because of the regions’ flourishing oil and gas industries. 


“Construction composites hold the majority of the share in the microspheres market in Africa, Central and South America, and the Middle East, while the medical technology markets have been experiencing maximum growth,” said Jaganathan. 


For more information, visit www.technavio.com

 

Arkema Expands Distributor Network for Plastic Additives

 
Arkema Coating Resins, a business unit of Arkema, announced today the addition of two new distributors for the company’s line of performance enhancing additives used in PVC compounds and engineering plastics. Palmer Holland Inc. and OMYA will be joining G.E. Chaplin Inc. as authorized distributors of these Arkema products worldwide.


“By expanding our distribution network, we can better meet growing demand for these products,” Michael Wurst, North American Market Manager for Arkema Coating Resins Plastics Additives, explained. “It also allows us to tap into the specialized strengths of our current and new distribution partners to provide the best possible service and products based on application and market needs.”


Palmer Holland will be responsible for Arkema plastic additives used in Engineering Resins, as well as Biostrength®plastic additives used in PLA compounds. OMYA will be responsible for additives used in PVC compounds for rigid and opaque applications. G.E. Chaplin Inc. will provide additives used in PVC compounds for flexible and calendered sheet applications, as well as transparent PVC applications.

Arkema manufactures products for these markets globally from its facilities in Mobile, AL and Visslingen, The Netherlands. The new distribution agreements begin on April 1, 2016 for OMYA and April 11, 2016 for Palmer Holland Inc.

 

For more information, visit www.additives-arkema.com.

 

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About Arkema

A designer of materials and innovative solutions, Arkema shapes materials and creates new uses that accelerate customer performance. Our balanced business portfolio spans high-performance materials, industrial specialties, and coating solutions. Our globally recognized brands are ranked among the leaders in the markets we serve. Reporting annual sales of €7.7 billion in 2015, we employ approximately 19,000 people worldwide and operate in close to 50 countries. We are committed to active engagement with all our stakeholders. Our research centers in North America, France, and Asia concentrate on bio-based products, new energies, solutions for electronics, potable water management, lightweight materials and 3D design materials, building performance and insulation. For the latest, visitwww.arkema.com.

 

 

 

Kronos expands territory with Palmer Holland


Kronos Worldwide has announced a new agreement to broaden the distribution of titanium dioxide pigments with Palmer Holland to include the West Coast. The states involved in this expansion include California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.


This distribution expansion is an addition to our current territory of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, western New York and western Pennsylvania.

We are very excited to begin distributing another key line on the West Coast as we continue to grow with our principal partners.

TiO2 pigments are used in paints and coatings, plastics, paper, building materials, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, foods and many other commercial products.

 

About Kronos

The KRONOS group is one of the world's leading manufacturers of titanium dioxide. KRONOS has been operating as an international company for more than 90 years. The group owes its significant market position to the quality of its products, innovation, technical experience and reliable customer service around the world. The company's international representation is supported by an effective distribution system.  Titanium dioxide is a naturally occurring oxide of titanium. When ground into a fine powder, it transforms into a pigment that provides maximum whiteness and opacity.

To learn more about Kronos Worldwide visit http://kronostio2.com.

Clariant's Licocene® Waxes Reach Final of German 2015 Innovation Prize

Muttenz, March 23, 2015 - Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, is a finalist in the prestigious German business innovation award, "Innovationspreis der Deutschen Wirtschaft 2015", category Large Company. The achievement relates to Clariant's Licocene® polyolefin-based waxes, recognized for advancing sustainability in textiles, plastics and coatings manufacturing and improving the environmental profile of a wide range of applications.

Licocene waxes give manufacturers the possibility to use fewer ingredients, reduce manufacturing steps, and use less resource-intensive production processes. For example in textiles, close cooperation between Clariant and German coatings and laminate specialist LACOM GmbH, has succeeded in changing energy-intensive, water-based textile coating technology to a less energy-consuming process of hot melt coating using very low amounts of Licocene additives. There are also environmental benefits for final products, such as improving the recyclability of textiles, or reducing product weight.

Licocene's ability to support more sustainable processing is particularly valued in energy-intensive sectors, such as technical textiles for mattresses, furniture and carpets for automotive and aerospace interiors. They are also used in the manufacture of masterbatches and engineering plastics, as well as in industrial coatings, and in printing inks and adhesives for packaging applications.

The award jury of leading science and business representatives also acknowledged Licocene for promoting home-grown R&D and technical processing within Germany. The product's development involved collaboration between Clariant's researchers in Höchst and researchers at the University of Hamburg, leading to the piloting and building of a full-scale production unit in Germany. Clariant continues to work closely with its customers both inside and outside of Germany to use Licocene to bring sustainability advances to the market segments. As of 2016, the company will have achieved a 50% increase in its production capacity for Licocene to support the increasing interest in the product and its extensive application possibilities.

"This accolade for Clariant reinforces the increasing importance placed on sustainability within society today. With Licocene systems users can achieve significantly higher efficiency levels, supporting efforts to address current global challenges such as the efficient use of resources and energy," comments Oliver Kinkel, Head of Business Unit Additives, Clariant.

Clariant joins fellow finalists for the 2015 award ceremony and gala dinner on March 21, 2015 in Frankfurt am Main. This is the second occasion a Clariant development has been acclaimed by the organizers. The company's Exolit® halogen-free flame retardants were in the final of the "Innovationspreis der Deutschen Wirtschaft 2012/2013".

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