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Research and Markets: Sizing & Thickening Agents Market 2015 – Analysis & Global Forecasts to 2020 for the $20 Billion Industry

June 30, 2015
By Business Wire News


Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of the “Sizing & Thickening Agents Market by type, Application & by Region – Global Trends & Forecast to 2020” report to their offering.

The global sizing & thickening agents market is projected to reach a value of $20.7 Billion by 2020, at a CAGR of 5.7% from 2015.

The global sizing & thickening agents market is dominated by North America and Europe. Developing countries are the leading exporters of sizing & thickening agents to North America and Europe. European and Middle Eastern countries have been increasing their production of sizing & thickening agents. The Asia-Pacific region is projected to have the highest growth rate of 6.5% from 2015 to 2020. Developments in industries such as paper, textiles, and growing demand for convenience food products in the Asia-Pacific region drive the sizing & thickening agents market.

Starch and starch derivatives are the most common natural sizing agents and polyvinyl alcohol is the most common synthetic polymer used for sizing. Natural starch and its derivatives constitute a large share of the sizing agents used in the global textile industry and could remain the predominant ingredient as a sizing agent as well as in combination with different sizing agents. Synthetic sizing agents are prepared by a combination of chemicals. PVA is used in textile industries as a warp sizing for yarns to prevent breakage during weaving; various grades of PVA are selected for use depending on the yarn, machine type, and other components of the sizing solution.

Thickeners or thickening agents are used to increase the viscosity of solutions. Usually, thickening agents are classified as food-grade thickeners and non-food grade thickeners. Food thickeners are used as additives in the food industry. These food thickeners are required to be approved by various food regulatory bodies.

The food & beverages sector is the dominant application for sizing & thickening agents. Thickening agents are widely used in various food & beverage products. A thickener helps in the modification of texture and viscosity of food systems and enhances their sensory properties. Food thickeners are mostly derived either from polysaccharides such as starches, vegetable gums, and pectin or proteins. The market for natural thickeners, which includes starches and hydro-colloids, is driven by the growing consciousness among consumers for natural products. The increase in prices of hydro-colloids is hindering the growth of the market. Emerging markets, such as China and India, have potential demand for hydro-colloids due to their huge population and increasing consumption of convenience food.

Key Topics Covered:

1 Introduction

2 Research Methodology

3 Executive Summary

4 Premium Insights

5 Market Overview

6 Industry Trends

7 Sizing & Thickening Agents Market, By Type

8 Sizing & Thickening Agents Market, By Application

9 Sizing & Thickening Agents Market, By Region

10 Competitive Landscape

11 Company Profiles


– AKZO Nobel

– Ashland


– Cargill, Incorporated

– CP Kelco

– Dupont

– FMC Corp

– Ingredion

– DOW Chemicals

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