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Specialty Chemicals market overview


We are a major supplier of specialty chemicals with leading positions in selected market segments.

Market and business characteristics

The chemicals industry can be described as a value chain. Our businesses serve customers throughout the value chain with different products.

Our Industrial Chemicals business, for example, mines salt through vacuum extraction. It’s used as a raw material for our own activities, as well as being an end product found in grocery stores under brand names such as Jozo and Nezo.

Base chemicals are chemicals produced from raw materials. For us, this means products such as chlorine (Industrial Chemicals) or chlorate (Pulp and Paper Chemicals).

Derived from these base chemicals are chemical intermediates, such as the ethylene amines supplied by our Functional Chemicals business.

Performance chemicals offer specific functionality to a product or process, examples being the surfactants used in fabric care softeners (Surface Chemistry), and the Compozil retention systems (Pulp and Paper Chemicals) used to make paper.

Very few of the products we supply are actual end products, with salt (Functional Chemicals) being the most prominent.

Chemical production chain (graphic)

The strategy for each of our businesses varies depending on where they are in the value chain and which customers they serve. For example, in terms of geographic focus, Industrial Chemicals is mainly focused on Western Europe, with an emphasis on operational effectiveness.

Pulp and Paper Chemicals and National Starch are both global businesses, with a specific emphasis on serving one industry. Surface Chemistry and Functional Chemicals are also global businesses, and primarily pursue a customer intimacy model for each specific product group.

Chemicals Pakistan, on the other hand, is a national business with a broad product offering within areas such as chemicals, coatings, fibers and pharmaceuticals.

Some key raw materials

  • Salt
  • Energy
  • Ammonia and ethylene
  • Corn
  • Ethylene oxide
  • Acetic acid
  • Polymers
  • Sulfur

Price drivers

  • Energy, oil and raw materials

Market leadership positions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pulp and Paper


1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

Sizing chemicals

 

 

 

 

Bleaching chemicals

 

3

 

Retention chemicals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Industrial Chemicals


1

 

Monochloroacetic acid (MCA)

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chlorine merchant (Europe)

Caustic merchant (Europe)

 

Salt (chemical transformation-Europe)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Functional Chemicals


1

Chelates and micronutrients

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sulfur products

2




 

Redispersible polymer powders, additieves for mortar application

 

 

 

Polysulfides

3

 

Celulosic specialties

Ethylene amines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surface Chemistry


1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Industrial applications

 

 

3


 

Home and personal care

Agricultural applicatios

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Polymer Chemicals



1

 

High polymer specialties

1



 

Cross-linking thermoset peroxides and additives

 

 

 

 

2

 

Organo-metallic specialties

 

Customers

Our products are used in a wide variety of everyday products such as ice cream, soups, disinfectants, plastics, soaps, detergents, cosmetics, paper and asphalt. There are more than 2,000 items in our portfolio.

Global market drivers and developments

  • Growing populations and GDP growth
  • Infrastructure developments
  • Building activities
  • Global paper and board production
  • Environmental regulations
  • Sustainability.

High growth markets

Projected industry growth is strong, particularly in Asia Pacific and Brazil. More than 35 percent of revenue is in high growth markets.

Innovations

  • Biodegradable, aqueous cleaning formulations reducing use of organic solvents
  • Polymer based on renewable feedstock, improving the efficiency of fabric softeners
  • Green alternative to EDTA, NTA, phosphonates and phosphates
  • Sustainable breakthrough in corrosion protection and chrome replacement in automotive industry
  • One Grain Technology – full salt replacement which brings pure NaCl and salt replacers into a single salt grain
  • More sustainable anti-caking agent for salt
  • Nano-particle retention systems for high speed paper machines
  • CID technology to help increase PVC reactor capacity
  • Water treatment technology replacing traditional biocides.
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