Methyl cellulose is a hydrophilic white powder chemical compound derived from cellulose. It exhibits non-irritating, non-toxic, and non-allergic effects. Methyl cellulose is a kind of long-chain substituted cellulose. Methyl cellulose is synthetically produced by treating & heating cellulose with caustic solution and methyl chloride. Methyl cellulose has a wide range of viscosity such as it gelifies when heat is applied and act as a thickener when it is cold. Methyl cellulose has thermo-reversible gelling properties; this is due to methyl cellulose turns liquid when the product cools and loses it gel capacity. Methyl cellulose has wide application in construction material, consumer goods such as an additive in food as thickener and additive in cosmetic as an emulsifier. In the application of food methyl cellulose act as an effective agent for keeping food fresh through preventing the formation of ice crystals that repetitively needs refrigeration. Moreover, it can also be used in pharmaceutical for preparing medicine for treatment of constipation. Methyl cellulose is a buffer additive in chemical labs to control electroosmotic flow for enhanced separation in capillary electrophoresis. Methyl cellulose is also used as a substitute for gluten free items in consumer products.
Global Methyl Cellulose Market: Dynamics : Methyl cellulose provides the need of high fiber diet for an individual and thus is advantageous for patients suffering from constipation, hemorrhoids, diverticulosis and irritable bowel syndrome. Additionally, methyl cellulose nutritive supplements provide 100% soluble fiber diet and don’t cause digestive distress. Methyl cellulose lubricating properties also benefits in treatment dry eyes as an application in eye gives conjunctival glands to produce fewer tears. Owing to the rise in the application of methyl cellulose in the pharmaceutical industry is the potential factor for the growth of global methyl cellulose market. Another potential factor that boosts global methyl cellulose, due to its derivatives which are used for manufacturing low-calorie food as the complex carbohydrate can absorb a large quantity of water. The major application of methyl cellulose is as performance additive for architectural construction material. Methyl cellulose improves mortar’s (cement and gypsum) properties such as water retention, adhesion to surfaces, workability, viscosity, open and adjustment time, etc. Moreover, methyl cellulose protects the fibers from absorbing oil and water and thus grows in paper and textile market as a sizing substance. The factors are the key drivers for the growth and development of global methyl cellulose market. The effectiveness provided by methyl cellulose in the prevention of ice crystals in food is also a potential growth factor as it keeps food fresher increasing the shelf life of products which need frequent refrigeration. Moreover frequent use of methyl cellulose in toothpaste, liquid soaps, and hair shampoos to give their characteristic thick consistency drives the growth of methyl cellulose market. It acts as an emulsifier that prevents the separation of two mixed liquid.
Global Methyl Cellulose Market: Segmentation : Based on derivatives: Methyl cellulose market is segmented into : Hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose, Hydroxyethyl methyl cellulose Based on application: Methyl cellulose market is segmented into – Pharmaceuticals, Construction material, Consumer products -Food, Cosmetic
Global Methyl Cellulose Market: Region Wise Outlook : The global methyl cellulose market is divided into seven regions, namely North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ), Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Japan and the Middle East and Africa (MEA). APEJ is estimated to hold the leading region in terms of demand for global methyl cellulose market. This is due to methyl cellulose increasing demand in pharmaceutical and food & beverage industry. Thus APEJ will witness high CAGR in the forecast period of global methyl cellulose market. Moreover emerging economies such as South Korea and Indonesia is anticipated to exhibit more demand in the coming years due to development in R&D in pharmaceutical industry. APEJ followed by Europe, and North America is estimated to grow at healthy CAGR in the forecast period. This is due to rise in consumption of methyl cellulose from end-use industries such as construction, personal care, and food & beverage among others. However food regulation in countries like Nordic and Spain is likely to hinder the growth of methyl cellulose market in the region. The market in North America is estimated to show high demand for methyl cellulose owing to growth factors such as application in pharmaceutical industry and huge demand for low-fat food which is driving the demand for methyl cellulose market.
Global Methyl Cellulose Market: Prominent Players : The Dow Chemical Company, Sigma-Aldrich Co. LLC., Ashland., WillPowder, LLC, Zhejiang Kehong Chemical Co. Ltd
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