Growing Shale Gas Industry in North America
Water-soluble polymers is used in shale gas drilling for enhanced oil recovery. It is also used for water injection projects. Water-soluble polymers, such as vegetable-derived guar gum, are used as gelling agents in the industry, in order to adjust fracturing fluid viscosity. According to Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), United States is expected to meet the world’s growing appetite for oil, by increasing its output to 3.8 million barrels a day by 2022
Most of the growth, during the forecast period, is expected to arise from the shale fields in the United States. This is because drillers use advanced methods, such as hydraulic fracturing, which are required to coax oil and gas from shale rock formations.
Additionally, shale gas production in Canada is expected to grow at a healthy rate, and account for almost 30% of the country’s total natural gas production by 2040. Hence, the growing shale gas industry, in North America, is expected to boost the demand for water-soluble polymers, during the forecast period.
Water Treatment Dominates the Market
The synthetic water-soluble polymer market is dominated by the water treatment industry. This is due to the heavy requirement of synthetic water-soluble polymers in applications, such as flocculation and coagulation, in order to separate suspended materials from the aqueous solution. It further aids in sludge dewatering at various separation steps.
The water treatment industry is hugely dominant in Europe and North America, following strict regulations established by their respective governments in both municipal and wastewater sector. In 2016, capital expenditure in water treatment exceeded USD 18 billion. This is further estimated to grow at a rate of ~5% year-on-year during the forecast period.
China, is the largest market for water treatment in the Asia-Pacific region. The country has witnessed a strong growth in the consumption of water-soluble polymers, due to stringent government regulations related to the contamination of water resources. ‘Water Pollution Prevention and Control Action Plan’, introduced by the government in 2015, has significantly contributed to the water treatment industry, in the country.
Canada to Experience the Highest Market Growth
Canada is expected to be the second-largest market after the United States. The country is expected to achieve a steady growth, with the growth of industries, such as water treatment, food processing, laundry, oil & gas, pharmaceutical, and personal care. Additionally, increasing investment and new projects for water treatment plants are further expected to augment the growth of the market in the country.
Major Players: AKZONOBEL, ARKEMA AND BASF, BEIJING HENGJU CHEMICAL, CP KELCO, DUPONT, GANTRADE, GELITA AG, KEMIRA OYJ, KURARAY GROUP, NITTA GELATIN INC., POLYSCIENCES, INC., SHANDONG POLYMERS BIO-CHEMICALS CO. LTD, SUMITOMO SEIKA CHEMICALS COMPANY, THE DOW CHEMICAL COMPANY , among others.
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1.1 Research Phases
1.2 Study Deliverables
1.3 Scope of the Report
2. Executive Summary
3. Market Insight
3.1 Industry Value Chain Analysis
3.2 Industry Attractiveness - Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
3.2.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
3.2.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers
3.2.3 Threat of New Entrants
3.2.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services
3.2.5 Degree of Competition
4. Market Dynamics
4.1.1 Growing Shale Gas Industry
4.1.2 Growing Demand for Flocculants and Coagulants
4.1.3 Growing Water Treatment Industry in Asia-Pacific
4.2.1 Fluctuation in Raw Material Prices
4.2.2 Government Regulations on Polymer Usage
4.3.1 Increasing Demand for Bio-based Acrylamide.
5. Market Segmentation and Analysis (Market Size, Share, and Forecast)
5.1 By End-user Industry
5.1.1 Water Treatment
5.1.3 Personal Care & Hygiene
5.1.4 Oil & Gas
5.1.5 Pulp & Paper
5.2 By Type
5.2.2 Polyvinyl Alcohol
5.2.3 Guar Gum
5.2.4 Cellulose Ether
5.2.6 Xanthan Gum
5.2.8 Polyacrylic Acid
5.2.9 Polyethylene Glycol
5.3 By Application
5.3.3 Dispersing, Stabilizing, Suspending
5.3.4 Film Forming
5.3.7 Rheology Modification
5.3.8 Thickening and Gelling
6. Regional Market Analysis (Market Size, Share, and Forecast)
6.1.5 South Korea
6.1.6 Australia & New Zealand
6.1.7 ASEAN Countries
6.1.8 Rest of APAC
6.2.2 United Kingdom
6.2.6 Rest of Europe
6.3 North America
6.3.1 United States
6.3.4 Rest of North America
6.4 South America
6.4.3 Rest of South America
6.5 Middle East & Africa
6.5.1 South Africa
6.5.2 Saudi Arabia
6.5.3 Rest of MEA
7. Future of the Market
8. Competitive Landscape
8.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements
8.2 Market Share Analysis**
8.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players
9. Company Profiles (Overview, Financials**, Products & Services, Recent Developments, and Analyst View)
9.4 Beijing Hengju Chemical
9.5 CP Kelco
9.8 Gelita AG
9.9 Kemira Oyj
9.10 Kuraray Group
9.11 Nitta Gelatin Inc.
9.12 Polysciences Inc.
9.13 Shandong Polymers Bio-chemicals Co. Ltd
9.14 Sumitomo Seika Chemicals Company
9.15 The Dow Chemical Company
*List not exhaustive
** Subject to availability on public domain
- Beijing Hengju Chemical
- CP Kelco
- Gelita AG
- Kemira Oyj
- Kuraray Group
- Nitta Gelatin Inc.
- Polysciences Inc.
- Shandong Polymers Bio-chemicals Co. Ltd
- Sumitomo Seika Chemicals Company
- The Dow Chemical Company