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Definition of Market/Industry:

Specialty pulp and paper chemicals are used in the paper and pulp industry in the manufacturing of paper. These chemicals help in enhancing the strength, color, and brightness of the paper. Moreover, the use of specialty chemicals also helps in reducing the waste generated during paper production. Specialty pulp and paper chemicals can also be used in printing, packing, and labeling.

Market Statistics:

The South America specialty pulp & paper chemicals market is expected to surpass US$ 28741.66 Mn in terms of value by the end of 2028.


Increasing use of specialty pulp & paper chemicals for improving the process efficiency is driving the market growth. For instance, defoamers, retention aids, flocculant polymers, and others are some of the chemicals that help in reducing biological oxygen demand (BOD) and filtering the wastewater before disposal. Moreover, the use of chemicals also helps in the recovery and reuse of these fibers while reducing the contaminants in the water. Thus, the growing demand for specialty pulp & paper chemicals for improving the process efficiency is fueling the market growth.

Market Opportunities

The growing demand for paper from packaging, household, and sanitary applications is expected to bring new market opportunities over the forecast period. The expansion of the packaging industry due to growing consumerism is another major factor fueling the demand for paper. Increasing population and improving standard of living of consumers is further driving demand for packaged products thus augmenting the market growth of the packaging industry. Thus growing demand from the packaging industry is propelling the market growth of the South America specialty pulp and paper chemicals.

South America Specialty Pulp & Paper Chemicals Market: Recent Developments

  • On October 13, 2021, BASF launched sustainable and digital solutions on virtual platform. This platform is ideally equipped for sustainability and digitalization in detergents and cleaners: expanded sustainability portfolio for a reduced carbon footprint and enhanced digital customer experience with Rediso® 2.0.
  • October 12, 2021, BASF and trinamiX introduce Mobile NIR Spectroscopy Solution to the feed industry. BASF Animal Nutrition and trinamiX GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of BASF SE, join forces to introduce trinamiX’ Mobile Near Infrared (NIR) Spectroscopy Solution to the feed industry.
  • On September 15, 2021, Evonik have introduced the AvailOm® omega-3 powder for dietary supplements now available in Brazil. Evonik has received approval from the Brazilian health authority ANVISA for the distribution of AvailOm® 50 High EPA and AvailOm® 50 High DHA.

Market Restraints

Environmental impact associated with the production of pulp & paper is expected to hamper the market growth. As per Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the paper industry is the largest user of industrial process water and the third-largest consumer of energy and is ranked as one of the most resource-intensive and highly polluting of all manufacturing industries.

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Key Takeaways:

South America Specialty Pulp & Paper Chemicals Market - Impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic

The Covid-19 outbreak has had an adverse impact on various industries around the globe. Due to the strict rules and regulations undertaken by government to curb the spread of the infection, companies are looking to function remotely. Moreover, various companies are looking to implement strict measures to operate at minimum risks. Additionally, various companies had shutdowns their manufacturing units which had an adverse impact on South America specialty pulp & paper chemicals market.

  • The South America specialty pulp & paper chemicals market was valued at US$ 20,350.23 Mn in 2020 and is forecast to reach a value of US$ 28741.66 Mn by 2028 at a CAGR of 5.9% between 2021 and 2028.
  • The Functional chemicals segment was valued US$ 10785.62 Mn in 2020 and is expected to witness a CAGR of 5.15% over the forecast period. Functional chemicals are extensively used in the production of various labels including industrial bar code labels, retail labels, healthcare, and medical labels, and transportation and distribution labels. Various beneficial properties of these labels such as outstanding printability, enhanced bar code readability, and compatibility with solvents are anticipated to further propel the market demand over the forecast period.

Market Trends

Increasing demand for packaged food is a growing trend in the market. Specialty paper is used for food packaging products such as paper tubes, corrugated clamshell, carryout boxes, plates, and cups. Growing population around the globe coupled with the increasing number of the working population is again driving demand for packaged food. Moreover, the growing consumption of processed food due to the busy lifestyle of the consumer is further anticipated to foster the demand for packaged food, this, in turn, propelling the market growth of the South America Specialty pulp and paper chemicals.

Production capacity expansion of the pulp and paper chemicals is one of the growing trends in the industry. For instance, in December 2019, Kemira has invested USD 20 million at its Eastover, South Carolina site to increase sodium chlorate capacity. Sodium chlorate is the main component used in the production of chlorine dioxide (ClO2), which is produced on-site at pulp mills and is the primary bleaching agent for Kraft pulp in the pulp and paper industry.

Competitive Section:

Company Names 

  1. AkzoNobelBASF SE
  2. PQ Corporation
  3. Evonik Industries
  4. Kemira
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