Dimer acid, often referred to as dimerized fatty acids, are a class of dicarboxylic acids that are synthesized by clay catalysed oilgomerization of unsaturated fatty acids (C18). Unsaturated fatty acids that form the raw material for dimer acids are obtained from natural sources including tall oil fatty acids, rapeseed oil, cottonseed oil, and soybean oil, among the others. Dimer acid based products find application across a diverse set of industries including paints & coatings, adhesives and oilfield chemicals among the others. Depending on the purity of the final product and the processes to which it is subjected to, these dimer acids may be standard, distilled and distilled & hydrogenated dimer acids. The primary application areas of dimer acids include reactive polyamides, non-reactive polyamides, oilfield chemicals, and other miscellaneous applications such as lubrication, metal working fluids, etc.
The key drivers identified in the dimer acid industry include its wide-ranging applications in end-use industries, such as adhesives, paints & coatings, and oilfield chemicals. These industries are expected to witness sustained growth in the future, owing to which the demand for dimer acid is expected to increase. Another factor that is expected to drive the dimer acid industry is the strong economic growth in emerging regions, especially Asia Pacific. Although PMR maintains a positive outlook on the dimer acid industry, fluctuations in the price of vegetable oil can impede the growth of the market during the forecast period.
Asia Pacific is emerging as the most attractive region for dimer acids market during the forecast period, as raw material for production of dimer acids is easily available, along with the growing demand for dimer acids in the region itself, and due to the region's overall economic development.
To understand and assess the opportunities in this market, the report is categorically divided into three main market analysis sections, i.e., by product type, by application, and by region. The report analyses the global dimer acid market in terms of market value (US$ Mn) and volume (Mt Tons).
The report begins with an overview of the global dimer acid market, appraising the dimer acid market performance in terms of revenue and volume, followed by PMR’s analysis of key trends, drivers and restraints witnessed in the global dimer acid market. Impact analysis of key growth drivers and restraints based on the weighted average model is included in the report to equip the client with crystal clear decision-making insights.
The subsequent section analyzes the dimer acids market as per product type and presents a forecast for the period of 2015â”€2021.
Product types assessed in the report include
The next section of the report analyses the global dimer acid market on the basis of applications.
Applications assessed in the report include
The report further analyzes the market based on regions and presents the forecast in terms of value for the next six years.
Regions assessed in the report include
To calculate the market size, the report considers various aspects based on secondary research. Furthermore, data points such as regional split and market split by product types, applications and qualitative inputs from primary respondents have been incorporated to arrive at appropriate market estimates. The forecast presented here assesses the total revenue of the global dimer acid market.
Given the characteristics of the market, PMR triangulates the data via a different analysis based on the supply side, demand side, and dynamics of the oleochemicals (parent) market. However, quantifying the market across the above-mentioned segments and regions is more a matter of quantifying expectations and identifying opportunities rather than rationalizing them after the forecast has been completed.
In addition, it is imperative to note that in an ever-fluctuating global economy, we not only conduct forecasts in terms of CAGR, but also analyse on the basis of key parameters such as year-on-year (Y-o-Y) growth to understand the predictability of the market and to identify the right opportunities across the dimer acid market.
The dimer acid market competitive landscape is included to provide a dashboard view of the companies producing dimer acids. The report contains company profiles of some of the players operating in global dimer acid market.
Dimer acids also referred to as dimerized fatty acids, are a class of dicarboxylic acids obtained by clay catalysed dimerization of unsaturated fatty acids (C18). The unsaturated fatty acids that form the raw material for dimer acids are obtained from vegetable sources such as rapeseed oil, cottonseed oil, and tall oil among others.
Global dimer acid market is expected to register a steady CAGR of 6.2% over the forecast period from 2015 to 2021, to reach a market value of US$ 705.8 million by 2021.
Drivers and Trends
Dimer acids and dimer acid based products find application across industries such as adhesives, paints & coatings and oilfield chemicals, etc. These end use industries are expected to witness a steady growth over the forecast period; this is likely to drive the growth of global dimer acid market between 2015 and 2021. Moreover, steady economic and industrial growth in developing regions such as Asia-Pacific is expected to be a major factor driving the growth of the global dimer acid market over the forecast period.
The price of dimer acids is determined by the price of vegetable oil, which is prone to fluctuations, resulting in volatility of dimer acids prices. This price volatility is likely to act as an impediment to the growth of the global dimer acid market during the forecast period.
The global dimer acid market into key segments based on product types, geographic regions, and application types. Depending on the type of product, the global dimer acid market is composed of three segments namely, standard, distilled, and distilled & hydrogenated. On the basis of applications, the market is segmented into reactive polyamides, non-reactive polyamides, oilfield chemicals, and others segments. Finally, on the basis of geographic regions, the overall dimer acid market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and Latin America.
Analysis by Region
Amongst the aforementioned region based segments of the global dimer acid market, Asia Pacific is expected to register an accelerated CAGR of nearly 7.3% during the forecast period. The region is expected to account for a majority share of nearly 33.5% of the global dimer acid market value by the end of the forecast period. Its share of dimer acid consumption, in terms of volume, is expected to reach nearly 38% by 2021. The mature markets, namely, Europe and North America are slated to witness a relatively slower pace of growth, in terms of market value, registering a CAGR of 5.8% and 5.1% respectively.
Some of the market players featured in this section include