Global Specialty Chemicals Market to Reach US$ 1,029.3 Billion by 2032, Propelled by Significant Growth in Agriculture Industry

April 17, 2023 | Chemical & Materials

According to the latest report by IMARC Group, titled “Specialty Chemicals Market Report by Type (Agrochemicals, Polymer Additives, Construction Chemicals, Water Treatment Chemicals, Oil Field Chemicals, Food Additives, Surfactants, Electronic Chemicals, Specialty Polymers, and Others), and Region 2024-2032," the global specialty chemicals market size reached US$ 754.6 Billion in 2023. Specialty chemicals, also known as performance chemicals, refer to substances that are produced to meet the specific and specialized requirements of an industry or application. It includes adhesives, sealants, catalysts, coatings, inks, flavors, polymers, fragrances, surfactants, and emulsifiers. These chemicals are produced from various raw materials, such as fossil fuels, agricultural waste, energy crops, minerals, vegetable oils, starch, and sugars. They are widely used to manufacture drugs, personal care products, construction materials, electronic equipment, vehicle parts, fertilizers, and food ingredients. As compared to commodity chemicals, specialty chemicals offer superior performance characteristics, better quality, and a higher degree of customization. As a result, they find extensive applications across the agriculture, food and beverage (F&B), cosmetics, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, construction, automotive, and manufacturing industries. 


Global Specialty Chemicals Market Trends:

The significant growth in the agriculture industry across the globe is one of the primary factors creating a positive outlook for the market. Specialty chemicals are widely used to produce pesticides, fertilizers, plant growth regulators, soil conditioners, and adjuvants, which protect crops from diseases, improve quality, increase nutrient intake, and enhance production yield. Furthermore, the widespread product application as emollients, surfactants, ultraviolet (UV) absorbers, and colorants in various cosmetics and personal care products, such as lotions, face wash, hand sanitizers, soaps, shampoos, sunscreens, and anti-aging creams is providing an impetus to the market growth. Additionally, the introduction of green specialty chemicals, such as biodegradable surfactants, renewable resins, bio-based solvents, and eco-friendly catalysts, which reduce environmental pollution, lower energy consumption, and minimize waste generation, is positively influencing the market growth. Besides this, the integration of nanotechnology to improve the functional properties of specialty chemicals, allow controlled release, and increase reaction rate is providing a thrust to the market growth. Moreover, the increasing product utilization in the construction industry to improve concrete strength, seal gaps and joints, protect building surfaces, provide insulation, and minimize the risk of fires and other accidents is propelling the market growth. Other factors, including rapid industrialization activities, increasing investment in the research and development (R&D) of novel products, and the growing demand for eco-friendly specialty chemicals, are anticipated to drive the market growth. On account of the aforementioned factors, the market value is expected to reach US$ 1,029.3 Billion by 2032, exhibiting a CAGR of 3.4% during 2024-2032. 


Market Summary:

  • On the basis of the type, the market has been divided into agrochemicals, polymer additives, construction chemicals, water treatment chemicals, oil field chemicals, food additives, surfactants, electronic chemicals, specialty polymers, and others.
  • On a regional basis, the market has been categorized into North America (the United States and Canada), Asia Pacific (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Indonesia, and Others), Europe (Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Russia, and Others), Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, and Others), and Middle East and Africa.
  • The competitive landscape of the industry has also been examined, with some of the key players being Akzo Nobel N.V., Albemarle Corporation, Ashland Global Holdings Inc., BASF SE, Bayer AG, Clariant AG, Evonik Industries AG (RAG-Stiftung), Huntsman Corporation, Solvay S.A. and The Dow Chemical Company.

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Report Features Details
Base Year of the Analysis 2023
Historical Period 2018-2023
Forecast Period 2024-2032
Units US$ Billion
Segment Coverage Type, Region
Region Covered  Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, Latin America, Middle East and Africa
Countries Covered United States, Canada, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Russia, China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico
Companies Covered Akzo Nobel N.V., Albemarle Corporation, Ashland Global Holdings Inc., BASF SE, Bayer AG, Clariant AG, Evonik Industries AG (RAG-Stiftung), Huntsman Corporation, Solvay S.A. and The Dow Chemical Company
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