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The U.S. Natural Polymer Market is Expected to Reach USD 7.12 Billion by 2018: Transparency Market Research

June 25, 2013

ALBANY, New York, June 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –

Transparency Market Research (http://www.transparencymarketresearch.com) has
released its latest market report, titled, “Natural Polymers (Cellulose Ethers, Starch and
Fermentation Products, Protein Based Polymers and Others) Market for Medical, Food and
Beverage and Oilfield Applications – U.S. Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends
and Forecast, 2012 – 2018,” which observes that the natural polymers demand in 2012 was
worth USD 4.95 billion and is expected to reach USD 7.12 billion by 2018, at a CAGR of
6.2% from 2012 to 2018.

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Increasing applications in non durable goods and shipments, food and beverages, and
pharmaceutical shipments are expected to drive natural polymers demand in the U.S. over
the next five years. The major application segments in this study include medical, food
and beverages, oilfield and others including packaging, cosmetics, toiletries etc. Medical
applications dominated the U.S. natural polymers market with 25.6% share of total revenue
generated in 2012.

Cellulose ether was the most widely consumed natural polymer in the U.S., and
accounted for around 36.5% of the total volume consumed in 2012. Increasing demand for
pharmaceutical applications is expected to trigger the demand for starch and fermentation
products. Cellulose ethers are widely used in markets including medical, oilfields, food
and beverages, etc. Cellulose is derived from the photosynthesis process of cotton, wood
pulp, and other plants. Key cellulose ethers include Methyl Cellulose (MC), Hydroxyethyl
Cellulose (HEC), Carboxymethyl Cellulose (CMC), and Microcrystalline Cellulose (MCC). The
demand for starch and fermentation products is expected to reach 479.3 kilotons in 2018,
growing at a CAGR of 12% from 2012 to 2018.

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Adhesives and sealants, packaging, toiletries, leather tanning, paint and inks,
construction, and textiles are some of the important end user industries among others.
Packaging is one of the important application markets of natural polymers. Various natural
polymers such as starch-blend and PLA (poly lactic acid) are used to form film,
loose-fill, thermoform and other packaging products. They are also widely used to produce
skin and hair care products, adhesives, textures, cement based plasters, etc.

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Ashland Inc., Dow Chemical, Economy Polymers & Chemicals, JM Huber, Novamont,
Archer-Daniels-Midland, Plantic Technologies, Cargill Inc., FMC Corporation, Danisco, CP
Kelco, Cereplast, Allergan, BASF SE, Croda International plc, AkzoNobel NV, etc. were some
of the key participants in the U.S. natural polymers market.

U.S. Natural Polymers Market, by Product Segment:

        - Cellulose Ether
        - Starch and Fermentation Products
        - Protein Based Polymers
        - Other

U.S. Natural Polymers Market, by Application:

        - Medical
        - Food & Beverages
        - Oilfields
        - Other

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