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  • Published In : Feb 2024
  • Code : CMI4384
  • Pages :120
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  • Industry : Bulk Chemicals

The textile chemicals Market size is valued at US$ 31.32 Bn in 2024 and is expected to reach US$ 41.4 Bn by 2031, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.1% from 2024 to 2031. Textile chemicals are compounds used in the processing and manufacturing of textiles. They enhance the manufacturing process of the textiles with specific properties and a desirable look. Home furnishings, apparel, and industrial chemicals are some of the applications of textile chemicals.

Global Textile Chemicals Market Regional Insights:

  • Asia Pacific is expected to be the largest market textile chemicals, accounting for over 58.0% of the market share in 2024. The Asia Pacific global textile chemicals market is witnessing favorable growth due to the rising in demand for the functional textile.
  • North America is expected to be the second largest market for textile chemicals during the forecast period, accounting for over 18.0% of the market share in 2024. The North America global textile chemicals market is driven by factors such as increasing research and development (R&D) investments in the fabric industry.
  • Europe is expected to be the fastest-growing market for textile chemicals, which is expected to grow at a 13% market share of during the forecast period. The Europe global textile chemicals market is witnessing significant growth due to rising demand for colorants.

Figure 1. Global Textile Chemicals Market Share (%), By Region, 2024


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Analyst’s Views:

The global textile chemicals market is expected to witness steady growth in the coming years. The market is driven by rising demand for technical textiles from developing economies and growing apparel and textile industry in countries like India, China, and Vietnam. Asia Pacific currently dominates the market, powered by the strong presence of textile hubs in China, India, Bangladesh, and Indonesia. In the medium term, the market will see faster growth in South Asia and Southeast Asia. However, stringent environmental regulations pertaining to wastewater disposal and use of toxic chemicals pose a challenge to market players. Additionally, the availability of cheaper alternatives like natural dyes and eco-friendly textile finishes also restrains market growth. Nevertheless, the market sees opportunities from growing demand for specialty chemicals that provide attributes like wrinkle resistance, soil/stain resistance and  Ultra Violet (UV) protection in fabrics. Demand for home décor fabrics and performance wear is also boosting demand for advanced textile chemicals. Increasing R&D investments by major players to develop bio-based and eco-friendly textile chemicals presents new prospects. Furthermore, a rejuvenated apparel industry and rising use of technical textiles in developed regions like North America and Western Europe will support future expansion. But market participants need to closely monitor changing regulations and develop cost-competitive and sustainable product ranges.

Global Textile Chemicals Market Drivers:

Growing fabric and apparel industry: The fabric and apparel industry has been witnessing rapid expansion in recent years due to rising disposable incomes, changing fashion trends, and a growing population. This growth in textiles sector has led to a significant increase in demand for various textile chemicals that are used at different stages of textile processing and production.

Textile chemicals such as dyestuffs, finishing agents, surfactants, and softening agents play a vital role in determining the quality, feel, and appearance of fabrics. They are required right from the preprocessing of textile fibers and yarns to the final stages of manufacturing garments and home textiles. With the textile industry scaling to meet massive consumption needs, the use of textile chemicals has also multiplied exponentially.

According to the World Trade Organization, world textile and apparel exports surged by 24% in 2021 compared to pre-pandemic levels. The strong momentum has continued in 2022, with Asian countries especially maintaining their dominance in the global textile supply chain. Higher textile trade flows correspond to greater application of textile chemicals for products destined for both domestic and international markets.

Increasing demand for functional textiles: The growing demand for technical textiles with enhanced functionality is fueling the expansion of the global textile chemicals market. Functional textiles are fabrics that are engineered to perform specific non-aesthetic purposes apart from simply covering the body. They are designed to have special properties such as moisture wicking, UV protection, wrinkle resistance, etc.

The use of functional textiles has increased enormously in various industries like healthcare, sportswear, personal protective equipment, automotive, and home furnishings in the last few years. This trend is expected to accelerate further, driven by greater health and environmental consciousness among consumers. For example, the demand for medical textiles grew by 10% between 2020 and 2021, according to World Health Organization data. They are extensively used in products like surgical gowns, masks, drapes, etc. to control infections in medical facilities. Similarly, apparel brands manufacturing technical athleisure and activewear have increased considerably given the boom in the sports and fitness industries.

Increasing per capita income: With rapidly increasing incomes in developing nations, consumer spending on clothing and textiles is rising significantly. This is fueling the global textile chemicals market. As per capita incomes have doubled or tripled over the last decade in major economies like India, Indonesia, and Brazil, consumers in these countries now have greater disposable funds to invest in better quality, longer lasting-clothing and household textiles. This rising consumer demand is prompting textile manufacturers to use superior textile chemicals that improve the performance, durability and appearance of their products. Chemicals providing attributes like wrinkle resistance, stain release, moisture wicking, and UV protection are becoming increasingly popular. Their usage allows manufacturers to produce fabrics that fulfill evolving consumer needs for convenience, comfort, and style even after multiple washes. Chemical firms are innovating new product formulations that comply with stringent regulations while delivering these enhanced functionalities.

Global Textile Chemicals Market Opportunities:

Development of bio-based and green chemicals: The development of bio-based and green chemicals presents a huge opportunity for growth in the textile chemicals industry in the coming years. With growing consumer awareness about sustainability and the environmental impact of conventional chemicals, there is rising demand for eco-friendly and natural textile processing solutions. Biodegradable and bio-sourced chemicals extracted from plants offer an alternative to petroleum-derived synthetic options and allow textile manufacturers to produce ethically sourced fabrics. Their renewability and compatibility with natural fibers give them an advantage over regular chemical varieties.

Many major textile producers are now actively pursuing the use of bio-based chemicals in their manufacturing processes. For example, according to the India Brand Equity Foundation, between 2020-2022, over 100 denim manufacturers in India have partnered with biotech firms to introduce enzymatic stone washing techniques using bio-detergents, doing away with use of pumice stones and harmful chemicals. This shift helps reduce environmental pollution and allows brands to offer sustainably produced denim products. With growing regulation against toxic chemicals and increasing importance given to low carbon manufacturing under international agreements like the Paris Accord, the outlook for bio-based textile chemicals looks very promising over the long term.

Innovation in textile chemicals: Innovation in textile chemicals could be a tremendous opportunity in the global textile chemicals market. Textile is a rapidly evolving industry with growing consumer demand for sustainable and eco-friendly products. Developing innovative chemicals that help textile manufacturers lower their environmental footprint will become critical for business success in the coming years.

Many leading companies are investing heavily in R&D to create textile chemicals from renewable resources like plants and biomaterials. For example, some firms are developing bio-based alternatives to harmful chlorine-based bleaching agents. They are extracting active agents from plants that can whiten fabrics more effectively with less environmental impact. Transitioning to bio-based chemicals made from agricultural waste would significantly reduce dependence on non-renewable fossil fuels and lower carbon emissions over the product lifecycle. It offers a win-win for both manufacturers and consumers.

Textile Chemicals Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2023 Market Size in 2024: US$ 31.32 Bn
Historical Data for: 2019 to 2023 Forecast Period: 2024- 2031
Forecast Period 2024 to 2031 CAGR: 4.1% 2031 Value Projection: US$ 41.4 Bn
Geographies covered:
  • North America: U.S. and Canada
  • Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America
  • Europe: Germany, U.K., Spain, France, Italy, Russia, and Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, ASEAN, and Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East:  GCC Countries, Israel,  and Rest of Middle East
  • Africa:  South Africa, North Africa, and Central Africa 
Segments covered:
  • By Product Type:  Coating & Sizing Chemicals, Colorants & Auxiliaries, Finishing Agents, Surfactants, Desizing Agents, Bleaching Agents, Yarn Lubricants
  • By End User: Home Furnishing, Apparel, Others
Companies covered:

The DyStar Group, Lonsen, The Lubrizol Corporation, The Dow Chemical Company, Kiri Industries, Huntsman Corporation, BASF SE, Archroma, Omnova Solutions Inc, Solvay SA, Bayer Material Science.

Growth Drivers:
  • Growing fabric and apparel industry
  • Increasing demand for functional textiles and
  • Increasing per capita income
Restraints & Challenges:
  • Stringent environmental regulations 
  • Competition from alternatives

Global Textile Chemicals Market Trends:

Shift towards water-based textile chemicals: The textile chemicals industry is undergoing a major transformation as sustainability becomes a growing concern. There is an increasing demand for water-based textile chemicals from textile manufacturers as many countries are implementing strict environmental regulations to reduce water pollution. Water-based textile chemicals, such as dyeing and printing agents, generate much less wastewater compared to traditional solvent-based products. They also have lower volatile organic compound emissions, thereby reducing the industry's environmental footprint.

Many major textile chemicals companies are heavily investing in developing newer water-based formulations to cater to this rising demand. For example, in 2021 The Company operates a highly integrated, customer-focused platform that delivers specialized performance and color solutions in over 90 countries.  Archroma announced investments of over US$50 million to expand its water-based textile chemical production capacity in China and Pakistan over the next three years, according to the company's press releases. They aim to replace over 25% of their solvent-based range with water-based alternatives.

Increasing consumer preference for organic textiles: The growing consumer preference for organic textiles is having a significant impact on the global textile chemicals market. There is a rising demand for textiles produced from natural and sustainable fibers that are free from harmful chemicals. Many consumers are becoming more environmentally conscious and eager to purchase clothing and other textile products that use organic cotton and other natural materials instead of conventional synthetic fabrics. This change in consumer sentiment is pushing textile chemical companies to develop more eco-friendly and sustainable product offerings. Chemical manufacturers are investing in researching alternatives to conventional chemicals that are carcinogenic or pose other health and environmental risks. They are bringing new bio-based and plant-extracted textile chemicals to market. For example, textile auxiliaries that are made from natural substances like seeds, plant extracts, and essential oils instead of petrochemical sources. Some large textile chemical producers are also focusing on utilizing renewable raw materials and green chemistry principles in their products.

Global Textile Chemicals Market Restraints:

  • Stringent environmental regulations: Stringent environmental regulations are significantly restraining the growth of the global textile chemicals market. Governments across the world are strengthening norms to reduce environmental pollution and promote sustainability. Various hazardous chemicals used in textile processing, such as azo dyes, formaldehydes, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), heavy metals, etc., are being strictly monitored and restricted. Manufacturers are facing challenges in using certain classes of chemicals that do not meet the prescribed standards for environmental safety. This is forcing them to invest heavily in upgrading production facilities with greener technologies and switching to safer alternative chemicals. The implementation of regulations like REACH in Europe has been particularly disruptive. Under REACH, the use of chemicals like aromatic amines, phthalates, and alkyl phenols has been either restricted or banned. Textile units need to get every chemical they use properly registered and replace substances of very high concern (SVHCs).
  • Counter Balance: To overcome the restraint, companies are focusing on developing products that comply with these regulations. The adoption of sustainable chemicals in textile manufacturing is seen as an opportunity in the face of these regulations.
  • Competition from alternatives: The global textile chemicals market is facing significant challenges from expanding alternative options that are restraining its growth potential. Competing fibers, such as synthetics and man-made cellulosic fibers that offer advantages over traditional textile materials are becoming increasingly popular. These alternative synthetic fibers, such as polyester, nylon, and acrylic, are easily available at lower costs and have superior performance characteristics compared to natural fibers like cotton. They provide advantages like wrinkle resistance, shape retention, crease recovery and easy care properties, which are lacking in natural fibers. This has increased their preference among manufacturers as well as consumers. According to data from The Fiber Year 2020, the use of synthetic fibers has outpaced natural fibers in the global fiber market in recent years. In 2019, the total production of synthetic fibers was over 110 million metric tons, growing at over 2% annually, while natural fiber production was only around 81 million metric tons. Polyester alone accounted for over 50% of the total fiber demand, replacing cotton as the world's most used clothing fiber. Its low cost of production, versatility, and easy care properties have allowed polyester to penetrate all end-use applications from apparel to home furnishing. The increasing availability and adoption of synthetic and man-made hybrid fibers in apparel, home and industrial textiles has reduced the overall market for fiber-processing chemicals needed for natural materials like cotton.
  • Counterbalance: The adoption of sustainable chemicals in textile manufacturing is seen as an opportunity to counterbalance the competition from alternatives in the global textile chemicals market.

Figure 2. Global Textile Chemicals Market Share (%), By Product Type, 2024


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Recent Developments:

Global Textile Chemicals Market: Key Developments

  • In June 2023, Archroma and Somelos joined forces to advance sustainable cotton processing. Their collaboration aims to introduce a finishing process and a water-saving dye that eliminates wastewater generation. This initiative underscores their commitment to textile industry sustainability, developing eco-friendly solutions to conserve resources and promote environmental cleanliness.
  • In February 2021, Dow introduced innovative durable water repellent finishing to enable increasingly sustainable textiles. The Dow Chemical Company is an American multinational corporation and The Company is among the three largest chemical producers in the world. It is the operating subsidiary of Dow Inc., a publicly traded holding company incorporated under Delaware law.
  • In January 2020, DOMO Chemicals acquired Solvay is a chemical company mastering the elements that are essential for a sustainable world. It links back to its founder Ernest Solvay who mastered the soda ash process by achieving a technological breakthrough, which has enabled many other disruptive innovations Solvay’s Performance Polyamides Business in Europe. This business includes engineering plastics operations in France and Poland; high-performance fibers in France; polymer and intermediate operations in France, Spain, and Poland. DOMO Chemicals is a leading producer of high-quality engineered nylon materials for a diverse range of markets, including the automotive, food, medical, and pharmaceutical, chemicals and electronics industries.

Top Companies in the Global Textile Chemicals Market

  • The DyStar Group
  • Lonsen
  • The Lubrizol Corporation
  • The Dow Chemical Company
  • Kiri Industries
  • Huntsman Corporation
  • Archroma
  • Omnova Solutions Inc
  • Solvay SA
  • Bayer Material Science

Definition: Textile chemicals refer to the various chemicals used in the production of textiles, including natural and man-made fibers, to achieve desired end uses and attractive qualities. These chemicals are used in various stages of textile production, including yarn formation, fabric pretreatment and finishing, textile laminating and coating, and other miscellaneous applications. Some examples of textile chemicals include wetting agents, detergents, softening agents, stiffening agents, water repellent/proofing agents, fireproofing agents, anti-mildew agents, moth proofing agents, and weighting agents.

Frequently Asked Questions

Stringent environmental regulations and competition from alternatives are the key factors hampering the growth of the global textile chemicals market.

Growing fabric and apparel industry, increasing demand for functional textiles and increasing per capita income are the major factors driving the global textile chemicals market’s growth.

The coating & sizing chemicals segment is the leading product  type segment in the global textile chemicals market. 

The major players operating in the global textile chemicals market are The DyStar Group, Lonsen, The Lubrizol Corporation, The Dow Chemical Company, Kiri Industries, Huntsman Corporation, BASF SE, Archroma, Omnova Solutions Inc, Solvay SA, and Bayer Material Science.

Asia Pacific leads the global textile chemicals market.

The CAGR of the global textile chemicals market is 4.1%.

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