LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Technavio has announced the top five leading vendors in their recent global optical brighteners market 2017-2021 report. This market research report also lists nine other prominent vendors that are expected to impact the market during the forecast period.
Competitive vendor landscape
According to the research analysis, the global optical brighteners market is expected to grow at a CAGR of close to 9% during the forecast period. The growth is driven by demand from the developing markets of China and India and from various applications such as the paper, fabric, detergents and soap, and synthetic and plastics segments.
According to Shabnam Kumari Singh, a lead analyst at Technavio for specialty chemicals research, “Optical brighteners have advanced features such as chemical stability, light fastness, high fluorescence, and heat resistance. These features primarily promote their use in the paper and textile industries. Key vendors operating in the market have a prominent say in the value chain, starting from sourcing of basic raw materials, manufacturing, and supply to instant product manufacturer, and are used for various end-use applications.”
The key vendors manufacture 2’- stilbene sulfonic acid (DAS), 4,4’ diamino- 2 and supply it to the optical brightener producers. Manufacturers use these raw materials in various intermediate products such as fabrics, paper, and plastics. Also, the key vendors are focusing on the development of modern technology and grabbing opportunities. For instance, Clariant manufactured Hostalux ACK and Leucophor BMBB brighteners, which are chlorine-resistant.
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Technavio market research analysts identify the following key vendors:
Akzo Nobel is one of the major manufacturers and suppliers of specialty chemicals, paints, and performance coatings worldwide. The company is one of the leading suppliers of bleaching and performance chemicals for the paper and pulp industry. In August 2010, it filed a patent for aqueous solutions of optical brighteners. Accordingly, it offers surface additives for whiteness improvements by reversing whiteness loss caused due to calcium chloride. The company also published its patent on a process for improving optical properties of paper, in October 2008.
BASF offers chemicals and intermediates including plasticizers, solvents, monomers, glues, and electronic chemicals. BASF offers optical brighteners under the brand name Tinopal, which is used in numerous applications including clear and pigmented lacquers, paints, molded thermoplastics, films and sheets, printing inks, synthetic leather, ultraviolet tracer, photo processing solutions, adhesives, and fibers. The optical brighteners offered by the company are primarily used in formulation technologies (textile auxiliaries), home care (laundry) and industrial and institutional cleaning (commercial laundry).
Deepak Nitrite is one of the leading manufacturers in India for sodium nitrite, nitro toluene, and sodium nitrate. The company manufactures full spectrum stilbenic optical brightening agents in its manufacturing unit situated in Dahej, India. The optical brightening agent is predominantly used in various industries such as paper, textiles, detergents, coating and in printing and photographic paper.
Eastman Chemical Company
Eastman Chemical Company offers specialty chemicals and focuses on the production of advanced materials, chemicals, and fibers. The company offers Eastman Eastobrite OB-1 optical brightener with enhanced whitening and brightening effect. Its optical brighteners are used in various applications including brightening polyester fibers, sheeting, and film. Eastobrite optical brighteners are added to textile fibers and plastics to improve the whiteness of the materials.
Huntsman International designs, manufactures, and markets differentiated organic and inorganic chemical products, globally. The company serves industries such as chemicals, plastics, automotive, furniture, and packaging. It offers monomethyl ethanolamine (MMEA), which is used as an intermediate in the manufacturing of coatings for optical brighteners, transport, pharmaceuticals, and as a fabric softener.
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