Natural Polymers

Shifts in natural polymer landscape

The fracking boom in North America reached its apex in the 2010-2015 period. Now the key natural polymers used in oilfield applications, guar gum and xanthan gum, will see more moderate growth going forward. However, the rising popularity of gluten-free foods should drive use of xanthan gum. Increasing demand for green alternatives in industries such as packaging and textiles will catapult other natural polymers into strong double-digit growth in the forecast period. Furthermore, food ingredients that offer pleasing eating and drinking experiences will propel growth for pectin. In addition, cellulose ethers will be supported by ongoing demand for waterbased, low VOC coatings.

New product introductions

According to Natural Polymers, a new study from The Freedonia Group, recent products include the 2015 US FDA-approved JUVEDERM ULTRA XC, which is made from hyaluronic acid, manufactured by Allergan for lip augmentations that lasts up to a year. Hyaluronic acid is exhibiting a surge in popularity as not only a dermal filler but also a moisturizer in topical applications. In food and beverage applications, to combat supply constraints and meet demands of the marketplace, TIC Gums has introduced a variety of pectin substitutes that contain natural polymers such as alginates, agar, and locust bean gum.

Weather & politics affect demand

Freedonia Group states that much of the change in natural polymer demand and pricing is due to the current state of supply, which is subject to various regions’ weather and geopolitical situations. Many natural polymers are indigenous to certain parts of the world. Poor crop yields in key growing areas have caused supply pinches and price inflation in pectin, for example, and has caused end users to seek out alternatives. Oil and gas producers, too, briefly sought out alternative solutions, namely to guar gum, as prices rose nearly tenfold between 2011 and 2012! Guar gum is mainly imported and openly traded on exchanges in India, where regulators suspended trading before it returned to lower price levels in 2013.

Study coverage

Natural Polymers analyzes the US market for natural polymers. It presents historical demand data (2005, 2010 and 2015) plus forecasts (2020 and 2025) by market (food and beverages, medical, oilfield, cosmetics and toiletries, coatings and inks, construction, adhesives, packaging, textiles, other) and product (cellulose ethers, starch and fermentation polymers, exudate and vegetable gums, protein-based polymers, marine polymers, other). The study also assesses key market environment factors, analyzes the industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles US industry competitors.

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  1. Natural Polymers

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  2. INTRODUCTION: NATURAL POLYMERS TO 2020

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  3. Methodology & Sources of Information

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  4. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: NATURAL POLYMERS TO 2020

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  5. Overview

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  6. NATURAL POLYMER DEMAND BY TYPE (million dollars) 2010 - 2025

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  7. NATURAL POLYMER DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars) 2010 - 2025

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  8. MARKET ENVIRONMENT: NATURAL POLYMERS TO 2020

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  9. General

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  10. Macroeconomic Outlook (1 of 3)

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  11. Macroeconomic Outlook (2 of 3)

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  12. Macroeconomic Outlook (3 of 3)

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  13. MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS (billion 2009 dollars) 2005 - 2025

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  14. Demographic Trends (1 of 3)

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  15. Demographic Trends (2 of 3)

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  16. Demographic Trends (3 of 3)

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  17. POPULATION & HOUSEHOLDS (million persons) 2005 - 2025

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  18. Consumer Income & Spending

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  19. PERSONAL CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURES (billion 2009 dollars) 2005 - 2025

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  20. Manufacturing Outlook (1 of 3)

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  21. Manufacturing Outlook (2 of 3)

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  22. Manufacturing Outlook (3 of 3)

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  23. MANUFACTURERS’ SHIPMENTS (billion 2009 dollars) 2005 - 2025

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  24. Natural Polymers: Competitive Materials

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  25. Natural Polymers: Historical Market Trends

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  26. NATURAL POLYMER MARKET, 2005 - 2015

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  27. Natural Polymers: Pricing (1 of 2)

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  28. Natural Polymers: Pricing (2 of 2)

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  29. SELECTED NATURAL POLYMER PRICES (dollars per pound) 2005 - 2025

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  30. Natural Polymers: Environmental & Regulatory Considerations

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  31. Food & Beverages: Natural Polymer Regulations (1 of 2)

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  32. Food & Beverages: Natural Polymer Regulations (2 of 2)

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  33. Cosmetics & Toiletries: Natural Polymer Regulations

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  34. Pharmaceuticals & Other: Natural Polymer Regulations (1 of 2)

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  35. Pharmaceuticals & Other: Natural Polymer Regulations (2 of 2)

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  36. Natural Polymers: International Activity

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  37. Natural Polymers: Foreign Trade

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  38. NATURAL POLYMER FOREIGN TRADE (million dollars) 2005 - 2025

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  39. MARKETS: NATURAL POLYMERS TO 2020

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  40. Overview

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  41. NATURAL POLYMER DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars) 2005 - 2025

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  42. Food & Beverages: Industry Overview (1 of 3)

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  43. Food & Beverages: Industry Overview (2 of 3)

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  44. Food & Beverages: Industry Overview (3 of 3)

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  45. FOOD & BEVERAGE SHIPMENTS (billion 2009 dollars) 2005 - 2025

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  46. Food & Beverages: Natural Polymer Demand (1 of 2)

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  47. Food & Beverages: Natural Polymer Demand (2 of 2)

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  48. FOOD & BEVERAGE DEMAND FOR NATURAL POLYMERS BY APPLICATION (million dollars) 2005 - 2025

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  49. FOOD & BEVERAGE DEMAND FOR NATURAL POLYMERS BY PRODUCT (million dollars) 2005 - 2025

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  50. Confections & Baked Goods: Natural Polymer Demand (1 of 2)

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  51. Confections & Baked Goods: Natural Polymer Demand (2 of 2)

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  52. CONFECTIONS & BAKED GOODS DEMAND FOR NATURAL POLYMERS 2005 - 2025

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  53. Dairy & Desserts: Natural Polymer Demand (1 of 2)

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  54. Dairy & Desserts: Natural Polymer Demand (2 of 2)

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  55. DAIRY & DESSERT DEMAND FOR NATURAL POLYMERS 2005 - 2025

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  56. Other Food & Beverages: Natural Polymer Demand

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  57. OTHER FOOD & BEVERAGE DEMAND FOR NATURAL POLYMERS 2005 - 2025

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  58. Medical Market: Pharmaceutical Overview (1 of 3)

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  59. Medical Market: Pharmaceutical Overview (2 of 3)

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  60. Medical Market: Pharmaceutical Overview (3 of 3)

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  61. PHARMACEUTICAL SUPPLY & DEMAND 2005 - 2025

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  62. MEDICAL DEMAND FOR NATURAL POLYMERS BY APPLICATION (million dollars) 2005 - 2025

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  63. MEDICAL DEMAND FOR NATURAL POLYMERS BY PRODUCT (million dollars) 2005 - 2025

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  64. Pharmaceuticals: Natural Polymer Demand (1 of 2)

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  65. Pharmaceuticals: Natural Polymer Demand (2 of 2)

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  66. Wound Care Products: Natural Polymer Demand (1 of 2)

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  67. Wound Care Products: Natural Polymer Demand (2 of 2)

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  68. Orthopedic Injections: Natural Polymer Demand

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  69. Other Medical: Natural Polymer Demand

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  70. Oilfield Market: Petroleum & Natural Gas Industry Overview

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  71. OIL & GAS PRODUCTION & CONSUMPTION 2005 - 2025

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  72. Oilfield: Natural Polymer Demand

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  73. OILFIELD DEMAND FOR NATURAL POLYMERS BY PRODUCT (million dollars) 2005 - 2025

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  74. Oilfield: Natural Polymer Applications (1 of 2)

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  75. Oilfield: Natural Polymer Applications (2 of 2)

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  76. Oilfield: Natural Polymer Demand by Product (1 of 3)

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  77. Oilfield: Natural Polymer Demand by Product (2 of 3)

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  78. Oilfield: Natural Polymer Demand by Product (3 of 3)

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  79. Cosmetic & Toiletries: Industry Overview (1 of 2)

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  80. Cosmetic & Toiletries: Industry Overview (2 of 2)

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  81. COSMETIC & TOILETRY SUPPLY & DEMAND (million dollars) 2005 - 2025

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  82. Cosmetic & Toiletries: Natural Polymer Demand (1 of 4)

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  83. Cosmetic & Toiletries: Natural Polymer Demand (2 of 4)

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  84. Cosmetic & Toiletries: Natural Polymer Demand (3 of 4)

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  85. Cosmetic & Toiletries: Natural Polymer Demand (4 of 4)

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  86. COSMETIC & TOILETRY DEMAND FOR NATURAL POLYMERS (million dollars) 2005 - 2025

    $60.00

  87. Coatings & Inks: Industry Overview (1 of 2)

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  88. Coatings & Inks: Industry Overview (2 of 2)

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  89. COATINGS & PRINTING INK INDICATORS 2005 - 2025

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  90. Coatings & Inks: Natural Polymer Demand (1 of 2)

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  91. Coatings & Inks: Natural Polymer Demand (2 of 2)

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  92. COATINGS & INK DEMAND FOR NATURAL POLYMERS (million dollars) 2005 - 2025

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  93. Building Construction: Overview

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  94. BUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES (billion 2009 dollars) 2005 - 2025

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  95. Building Construction: Natural Polymer Demand

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  96. CONSTRUCTION DEMAND FOR NATURAL POLYMERS (million dollars) 2005 - 2025

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  97. Adhesives: Industry Overview

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  98. ADHESIVE SHIPMENTS 2005 - 2025

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  99. Adhesives: Natural Polymer Demand (1 of 2)

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  100. Adhesives: Natural Polymer Demand (2 of 2)

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  101. ADHESIVE DEMAND FOR NATURAL POLYMERS (million dollars) 2005 - 2025

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  102. Packaging: Industry Overview (1 of 2)

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  103. Packaging: Industry Overview (2 of 2)

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  104. PACKAGING SUPPLY & DEMAND (billion dollars) 2005 - 2025

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  105. Packaging: Natural Polymer Demand (1 of 3)

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  106. Packaging: Natural Polymer Demand (2 of 3)

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  107. Packaging: Natural Polymer Demand (3 of 3)

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  108. PACKAGING DEMAND FOR NATURAL POLYMERS BY APPLICATION (million dollars) 2005 - 2025

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  109. PACKAGING DEMAND FOR NATURAL POLYMERS BY PRODUCT (million dollars) 2005 - 2025

    $60.00

  110. Textiles: Industry Overview

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  111. TEXTILE SHIPMENTS 2005 - 2025

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  112. Textiles: Natural Polymer Demand

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  113. TEXTILE DEMAND FOR NATURAL POLYMERS (million dollars) 2005 - 2025

    $60.00

  114. Other Markets for Natural Polymers

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  115. OTHER MARKETS FOR NATURAL POLYMERS 2005 - 2025

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  116. PRODUCTS: NATURAL POLYMERS TO 2020

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  117. Overview

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  118. NATURAL POLYMER DEMAND BY TYPE (million dollars) 2005 - 2025

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  119. Cellulose Ethers: Overview

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  120. CELLULOSE ETHER DEMAND (million dollars) 2005 - 2025

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  121. Cellulose Ethers: Methyl Cellulose (1 of 3)

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  122. Cellulose Ethers: Methyl Cellulose (2 of 3)

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  123. Cellulose Ethers: Methyl Cellulose (3 of 3)

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  124. METHYL CELLULOSE DEMAND (million dollars) 2005 - 2025

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  125. Cellulose Ethers: Microcrystalline Cellulose (1 of 2)

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  126. Cellulose Ethers: Microcrystalline Cellulose (2 of 2)

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  127. MICROCRYSTALLINE CELLULOSE DEMAND (million dollars) 2005 - 2025

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  128. Cellulose Ethers: Carboxymethyl Cellulose (1 of 2)

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  129. Cellulose Ethers: Carboxymethyl Cellulose (2 of 2)

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  130. CARBOXYMETHYL CELLULOSE DEMAND (million dollars) 2005 - 2025

    $60.00

  131. Cellulose Ethers: Hydroxyethyl Cellulose (1 of 2)

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  132. Cellulose Ethers: Hydroxyethyl Cellulose (2 of 2)

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  133. HYDROXYETHYL CELLULOSE DEMAND (million dollars) 2005 - 2025

    $60.00

  134. Other Cellulose Ethers (1 of 2)

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  135. Other Cellulose Ethers (2 of 2)

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  136. OTHER CELLULOSE ETHER DEMAND (million dollars) 2005 - 2025

    $60.00

  137. STARCH & FERMENTATION POLYMER DEMAND (million dollars) 2005 - 2025

    $60.00

  138. Starch & Fermentation Polymers: Xanthan Gum (1 of 5)

    $35.00

  139. Starch & Fermentation Polymers: Xanthan Gum (2 of 5)

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  140. Starch & Fermentation Polymers: Xanthan Gum (3 of 5)

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  141. Starch & Fermentation Polymers: Xanthan Gum (4 of 5)

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  142. Starch & Fermentation Polymers: Xanthan Gum (5 of 5)

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  143. XANTHAN GUM DEMAND (million dollars) 2005 - 2025

    $60.00

  144. Starch & Fermentation Polymers: Starch Derivatives (1 of 4)

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  145. Starch & Fermentation Polymers: Starch Derivatives (2 of 4)

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  146. Starch & Fermentation Polymers: Starch Derivatives (3 of 4)

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  147. Starch & Fermentation Polymers: Starch Derivatives (4 of 4)

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  148. STARCH DERIVATIVE DEMAND (million dollars) 2005 - 2025

    $60.00

  149. Starch & Fermentation Polymers: Polylactic Acid (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  150. Starch & Fermentation Polymers: Polylactic Acid (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  151. Starch & Fermentation Polymers: Polylactic Acid (3 of 3)

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  152. POLYLACTIC ACID DEMAND (million dollars) 2005 - 2025

    $60.00

  153. Starch & Fermentation Polymers: Hyaluronic Acid (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  154. Starch & Fermentation Polymers: Hyaluronic Acid (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  155. Starch & Fermentation Polymers: Hyaluronic Acid (3 of 3)

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  156. HYALURONIC ACID DEMAND (million dollars) 2005 - 2025

    $60.00

  157. Other Starch & Fermentation Polymers (1 of 2)

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  158. Other Starch & Fermentation Polymers (2 of 2)

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  159. OTHER STARCH & FERMENTATION POLYMER DEMAND (million dollars) 2005 - 2025

    $60.00

  160. Exudate & Vegetable Gums: Overview

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  161. EXUDATE & VEGETABLE GUM DEMAND (million dollars) 2005 - 2025

    $60.00

  162. Exudate & Vegetable Gums: Guar Gum (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  163. Exudate & Vegetable Gums: Guar Gum (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  164. Exudate & Vegetable Gums: Guar Gum (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  165. GUAR GUM DEMAND (million dollars) 2005 - 2025

    $60.00

  166. Exudate & Vegetable Gums: Gum Arabic (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  167. Exudate & Vegetable Gums: Gum Arabic (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  168. Exudate & Vegetable Gums: Gum Arabic (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  169. GUM ARABIC DEMAND (million dollars) 2005 - 2025

    $60.00

  170. Other Exudate & Vegetable Gums (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  171. Other Exudate & Vegetable Gums (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  172. OTHER EXUDATE & VEGETABLE GUM DEMAND (million dollars) 2005 - 2025

    $60.00

  173. PROTEIN-BASED POLYMER DEMAND (million dollars) 2005 - 2025

    $60.00

  174. Protein-Based Polymers: Collagen (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  175. Protein-Based Polymers: Collagen (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  176. Protein-Based Polymers: Collagen (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  177. COLLAGEN DEMAND (million dollars) 2005 - 2025

    $60.00

  178. Other Protein-Based Polymers (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  179. Other Protein-Based Polymers (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  180. OTHER PROTEIN-BASED POLYMER DEMAND (million dollars) 2005 - 2025

    $60.00

  181. MARINE POLYMER DEMAND (million dollars) 2005 - 2025

    $60.00

  182. Marine Polymers: Alginates (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  183. Marine Polymers: Alginates (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  184. Marine Polymers: Alginates (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  185. ALGINATE DEMAND (million dollars) 2005 - 2025

    $60.00

  186. Marine Polymers: Carrageenan (1 of 4)

    $35.00

  187. Marine Polymers: Carrageenan (2 of 4)

    $35.00

  188. Marine Polymers: Carrageenan (3 of 4)

    $35.00

  189. Marine Polymers: Carrageenan (4 of 4)

    $35.00

  190. CARRAGEENAN DEMAND (million dollars) 2005 - 2025

    $60.00

  191. Other Marine Polymers (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  192. Other Marine Polymers (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  193. Other Marine Polymers (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  194. OTHER MARINE POLYMER DEMAND (million dollars) 2005 - 2025

    $60.00

  195. OTHER NATURAL POLYMER DEMAND BY TYPE (million dollars) 2005 - 2025

    $60.00

  196. OTHER NATURAL POLYMER DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars) 2005 - 2025

    $60.00

  197. Other Natural Polymers: Pectin (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  198. Other Natural Polymers: Pectin (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  199. Other Natural Polymers: Natural Phenolics (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  200. Other Natural Polymers: Natural Phenolics (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  201. All Other Natural Polymers

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  202. INDUSTRY STRUCTURE: NATURAL POLYMERS TO 2020

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  203. General

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  204. US NATURAL POLYMER SALES BY COMPANY, 2015 (million dollars)

    $60.00

  205. Market Share (1 of 4)

    $35.00

  206. Market Share (2 of 4)

    $35.00

  207. Market Share (3 of 4)

    $35.00

  208. Market Share (4 of 4)

    $35.00

  209. US NATURAL POLYMER MARKET SHARE BY LEADING COMPANIES, 2015 (percent)

    $60.00

  210. Acquisitions & Divestitures (1 of 2)

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  211. Acquisitions & Divestitures (2 of 2)

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  212. SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES

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  213. Marketing Strategies

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  214. Channels of Distribution

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  215. Research & Development

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  216. Competitive Strategies

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  217. Cooperative Agreements

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  218. SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS

    $60.00

  219. COMPANY PROFILES: NATURAL POLYMERS TO 2020

    $1,435.00

  220. Company Profiles Methodology

    $35.00

  221. Akzo Nobel NV (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  222. Akzo Nobel NV (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  223. Allergan plc

    $35.00

  224. American Excelsior Company

    $35.00

  225. Archer-Daniels-Midland Company

    $35.00

  226. Ashland Incorporated

    $35.00

  227. AVEBE UA

    $35.00

  228. Borregaard ASA (LignoTech)

    $35.00

  229. Cargill Incorporated (NatureWorks) (1 of 4)

    $35.00

  230. Cargill Incorporated (NatureWorks) (2 of 4)

    $35.00

  231. Cargill Incorporated (NatureWorks) (3 of 4)

    $35.00

  232. Cargill Incorporated (NatureWorks) (4 of 4)

    $35.00

  233. Corbion nv

    $35.00

  234. Croda International plc

    $35.00

  235. Dow Chemical Company (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  236. Dow Chemical Company (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  237. DuPont (EI) de Nemours

    $35.00

  238. Economy Polymers & Chemicals

    $35.00

  239. FMC Corporation (NovaMatrix) (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  240. FMC Corporation (NovaMatrix) (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  241. Huber (JM) Corporation (CP Kelco) (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  242. Huber (JM) Corporation (CP Kelco) (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  243. ICC Industries Incorporated (Frutarom)

    $35.00

  244. Importers Service Corporation

    $35.00

  245. Ingredion Incorporated (Penford)

    $35.00

  246. Jungbunzlauer AG

    $35.00

  247. Kraton Performance Polymers Incorporated (Arizona Chemical)

    $35.00

  248. Manildra Group

    $35.00

  249. Metabolix Incorporated

    $35.00

  250. MGP Ingredients Incorporated

    $35.00

  251. Nestlé SA (Galderma)

    $35.00

  252. Novamont SpA

    $35.00

  253. Pacific Pectin Incorporated

    $35.00

  254. Rettenmaier (J.) & Söhne GmbH & Company KG (JRS Pharma)

    $35.00

  255. Sanofi

    $35.00

  256. Seagarden AS (Chitinor)

    $35.00

  257. Shin-Etsu Chemical Company Limited (SE Tylose)

    $35.00

  258. Solvay SA (Novecare)

    $35.00

  259. Storopack Hans Reichenecker GmbH

    $35.00

  260. TIC Gums Incorporated

    $35.00

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