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Tanning Agents Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

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  • 120 Pages
  • April 2023
  • Region: Global
  • Mordor Intelligence
  • ID: 5025700

Quick Summary:

In a rapidly evolving global marketplace, the tanning agents industry stands out as a segment poised for significant growth. As the demand for high-quality leather goods surges, the market for tanning agents, essential in the creation of soft, durable, and flexible leather, is projected to keep pace. However, to navigate this sector profitably, an in-depth understanding of market trends, regulatory outlook, and technological advancements is crucial.

Our comprehensive market research report offers an unrivaled analysis of the tanning agents market as it stands today and insights into its future trajectory. A key highlight is the identification of robust growth in leather-tanning application, making it the fastest-developing sector. This report underlines the opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region, marked as the dominant player, while also shedding light on the challenges posed by high operational costs and stringent environmental regulations. Harnessing this report's insights not only grants a competitive edge but illuminates the path to strategic decisions in the world of tanning agents.

The global tanning agents market is anticipated to register a CAGR of more than 6% during the forecast period.

COVID-19 negatively impacted the market in 2020. However, the market is now estimated to reached pre-pandemic levels and is expected to grow steadily.

Key Highlights

  • The rapid increase in demand for high-quality leather is expected to drive market growth during the forecast period.
  • High operational costs and stringent environmental regulations are anticipated to hinder the market's growth.
  • An increase in investment in R&D to develop alternate tanning technologies will likely create opportunities for the market in the coming years.
  • Asia-Pacific region is expected to dominate the market and is also likely to witness the highest CAGR during the forecast period.

Tanning Agents Market Trends

Leather Tanning - The Fastest Growing Segment by Application

  • The fastest-growing application in the tanning agents market is the leather-tanning application. Leather tanning involves treating the skins and hides of skins to produce leather. The process produces soft, durable, and flexible material.
  • Various materials are used in the tanning process of leather. Most are iron, aluminum, titanium, zirconium, and chromium. Chrome tanning is widely employed due to its high tensile strength and high-temperature shrinkage property.
  • Leather-tanned products are widely used in various end-user industries, such as the footwear and packing industry.
  • According to the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (India), in the fiscal year 2021, leather footwear contributed to around USD 1.5 billion of India's leather exports. That year, total leather exports were around USD 3.7 billion, thus, supporting the market growth during the forecast period.
  • Furthermore, according to the Travel Goods Association, retail sales of personal leather items in the United States increased by over 80% from 2020 to 2021, from USD 1.9 billion to approximately USD 3.4 billion. Thus, positively increasing the growth of the market.
  • Owing to all these factors, the market for tanning agents will likely grow worldwide during the forecast period.

Asia-Pacific Region to Dominate the Market

  • Asia-Pacific dominated the global market. With growing footwear and personal care industries in countries like China, India, Japan, and South Korea, the consumption of tanning agents is increasing.
  • Personal care is one of the fastest-growing sectors in countries like China and India. For example, the Indian electronics industry is one of the fastest-growing industries globally.
  • India's personal care and cosmetics sector is expected to grow continuously, with increasing shelf space in retail stores and boutiques. It will, thus, support the growth of the market.
  • The domestic electronics manufacturing sector is expanding at a steady rate, owing to favorable government policies such as 100% foreign direct investment (FDI), no requirement for industrial licenses, and the technological transformation from manual to automatic production processes.
  • According to a Ministry of Economy and Industry report, the country's beauty and personal care (BPC) industry was expected to reach more than USD 10 billion by 2021, driving the market's growth.
  • Furthermore, China is the world's largest producer of footwear. Almost 54.1% of the footwear produced worldwide in 2021 was produced in China. China manufactured more than half of the world's shoes in 2021. Hence, positively increasing the market growth.
  • Due to all such factors, the region's tanning agents market is expected to grow steadily during the forecast period.

Tanning Agents Industry Overview

The tanning agents market is partially consolidated in nature. Some of the major players in the market include BASF SE, LANXESS, Merck KGaA, Leather International, and CLARIANT, among others (in no particular order).

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Table of Contents

1.1 Study Assumptions
1.2 Scope of the Study



4.1 Drivers
4.1.1 Rapid Increase in Demand for High Quality Leather
4.1.2 Other Drivers
4.2 Restraints
4.2.1 High Operational costs
4.2.2 Stringent Environment Regulations
4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis
4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis
4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers
4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants
4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services
4.4.5 Degree of Competition

5 MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size in Value)
5.1 Type
5.1.1 Inorganic Materials Chromium Zirconium Others
5.1.2 Aldehyde Tanning Agents Formaldehyde Glutaraldehyde Others
5.1.3 Vegetable Tanning Agents
5.1.4 Other Types
5.2 Application
5.2.1 Leather tanning
5.2.2 Sun Tanning and Personal Care Products
5.2.3 Other Applications
5.3 Geography
5.3.1 Asia-Pacific China India Japan South Korea Rest of Asia-Pacific
5.3.2 North America United States Canada Mexico
5.3.3 Europe Germany United Kingdom Italy France Rest of Europe
5.3.4 South America Brazil Argentina Rest of South America
5.3.5 Middle-East and Africa Saudi Arabia South Africa Rest of Middle-East and Africa

6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements
6.2 Market Share (%)**/Ranking Analysis
6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players
6.4 Company Profiles
6.4.1 ANGUS Chemical Company
6.4.2 BASF SE
6.4.3 Chemtan Company, Inc.
6.4.5 Ecopell GmbH
6.4.7 Leather International
6.4.8 Merck KGaA
6.4.10 Silvateam S.p.a.
6.4.11 TRUMPLER GmbH & Co. KG
6.4.12 Viswaat Chemicals Limited
6.4.14 Smit & Zoon

7.1 Increase in Investment of R&D to Develop Alternate Tanning Technologies

Companies Mentioned

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • ANGUS Chemical Company
  • Chemtan Company, Inc.
  • Ecopell GmbH
  • Leather International
  • Merck KGaA
  • Silvateam S.p.a.
  • TRUMPLER GmbH & Co. KG
  • Viswaat Chemicals Limited
  • Smit & Zoon