Mart Growth SeenThe European market for textile additives is projected to grow 37 percent from 1986 to 1996, culminating in a $527 million market, according to analysts at Frost & Sullivan Inc.
Of the textile treating chemicals in particular, the company forecasts that the $386 million used in 1986 will become $442 million by 1991. If polyurethane coatings and other coatings are excluded, the market becomes one of $358 million in 1986 rising to $472 million by 1996, the company noted.
This significant market growth during the 10-year period is due in part to the continuing lure of natural fibers, the company said.
And, Europe itself is a stronghold for natural fibers. In the U.S., about 30 percent of fiber demand is for natural fibers, and in Europe, demand for natural fibers is close to 50 percent. In addition, while per capita consumption of natural fibers is 7 kilograms globally, European per capita consumption is 15 kg, the company said.
For example, dye house auxiliaries are the predominant chemicals in value, representing about 34 percent of total consumption, or $130 million in 1986. These include leveling agents, used to insure even, steady dyeing rates; wetting agents, to aid rapid penetration into dense or water-shedding fabrics; dispersion agents to keep insoluble dyestuffs in suspension; fixing agents and other chemicals.
Leveling and restraining agents comprise nearly 30 percent of the value of dye house chemicals, and thickeners and pastes represent 14 percent. The dyeing and printing auxiliaries face significant increases over the next few years because of a move to the higher-priced chemicals, the analysts said.
Following dye house chemicals are softeners, which account for one-fifth of the total value of textile chemicals, or $75 million in 1986. Market growth for softeners is expected to stem both from higher-priced products and an across-the-board increase in the use of softeners.
Among the other product categories, water repellents and stiffeners are projected to remain static, while flame retardants and soil release agents are expected to nearly double in volume, the company noted.
Fell in November
NEW YORK - Production of crude and synthetic glycerine for November 1987 totaled 28 million pounds, down 1.8 million pounds from October, but up 5.2 million pounds from November 1986, the Soap & Detergent Association said.
In addition, producers' stocks of crude and refined glycerine amounted to 54.2 million pounds at the close of November, down 4 million pounds from the previous month.