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Sizing and Thickening Agents Market Propelled by Growing Demand from Food and Beverage Industry

Sizing & Thickening Agents Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trendsand Forecast 2015 - 2023


Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 04/04/2016 -- A new market intelligence study by Transparency Market Research presents a detailed overview of the global sizing and thickening agents market. The report is titled "Sizing & Thickening Agents Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2015 – 2023." The market research study provides a pinpoint analysis of the changing competitive dynamics and a perspective on the various growth drivers and challenges faced by the market, and assesses the global sizing and thickening agents market for the period from 2015 to 2023.

Sizing agents are commonly used on fibers to give them certain desired qualities. Sizing agents are used to reduce the porosity of fibers, thereby making them suitable for printing. Sizing agents increase the resistance of the fiber against the penetration of water or other fluids. Sizing agents also find applications in the paper industry. Sizing agents, when used in the manufacturing process of paper, increase its printability. The ink-holding capacity of the paper is increased with the use of sizing agents. The textile industry makes extensive use of sizing agents to improve the quality of yarn and prevent breaking of the fibers.

Sizing agents are broadly classified into natural and synthetic sizing agents, depending upon the raw material used for their manufacturing. They are also categorized into surface sizing agents and internal sizing agents, wherein styrene acrylic acid (SAA), styrene maleic anhydride (SMA), styrene acrylic emulsion (SAE), ethylene acrylic acid (EAA), gelatin, and polyurethane (PUR) are some of the surface sizing agents generally used and alkyl ketene dimer (AKD), alkyl succinic anhydride (ASA), and rosin are some of the popular internal sizing agents.

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Thickening agents such as starch, silica, cellulose, and clay are used to increase the viscosity of a fluid without bringing about any change in the properties of the liquid. Thickening agents are extensively used in the food and beverages industry to increase the viscosity or thickness of soups and sauces without changing their taste. Thickening agents also work as gelling agents and are thus used in jellies, jams, and desserts. They are used as additives in the production of inks and paints and act as stabilizers for emulsion in cosmetics and many other personal hygiene products. Thickening agents are classified into hydrocolloid and mineral thickening agents.

The global sizing and thickening agents market is segmented on the basis of geography into North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East and Africa. While Asia Pacific is the fastest growing market for sizing and thickening agents, Europe and North America are exhibiting the highest demand. The food and beverages industry is the largest consumer of sizing and thickening agents in North America and Europe. Moreover, the cosmetics and paints manufacturing industries are widespread in Europe, and therefore so is the demand for thickening agents. In Asia Pacific and emerging nations of Latin America, the production of sizing and thickening agents has increased significantly due to low manufacturing cost and trade linearization.

Key manufacturers of sizing and thickening agents profiled in the report are: Cargill Incorporated, BASF SE, CP Kelco, AKZO Nobel N.V, DuPont, The Dow Chemical Company, and Ashland.

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