Paper Chemicals Market

Paper Chemicals Market Sizes by Type (Bleaching Chemicals, Pulping Chemicals and Functional Chemicals), By Application (Packaging & Board, Printing & Writing and Hygiene Products), By Product Type (Specialty Chemicals and Commodity Chemicals), Regions, Global Industry Analysis, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2024 to 2033

Base Year: 2023 Historical Data: 2020-22
  • Report ID: TBI-14046
  • Published Date: Jan, 2024
  • Pages: 235
  • Category: Chemicals & Materials
  • Format: PDF
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The global paper chemicals market was valued at USD 35.4 billion in 2023 and is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 4.1% from 2024 to 2033. The food industry heavily relies on paper packaging as its primary asset, not only for its environmentally friendly nature but also due to the added benefits it provides consumers. With fierce food and beverage market competition, quality production is crucial when catering to consumer preferences. As such, many companies recognize this need and take steps to ensure that their products' packaging meets high standards. There are several types of accessible materials available, such as cardboard boxes or corrugated trays, among others, to satisfy a wide range of requirements regarding product protection during shipment or storage.

Market Introduction:

Various chemical compounds, known as paper chemicals, are critical in manufacturing paper. They significantly influence the end product's features, performance and quality by being applied at different phases throughout production - from pulp creation to the last finishing steps. Given their complex nature, which has multiple dimensions, it underscores their importance in this industry that continuously aims for optimum cost-efficiency while sustaining efficient output standards through persistent innovation research activities. In addition, using paper chemicals is vital during the bleaching procedure to eliminate leftover impurities and achieve optimal brightness. Bleaching agents like sodium chlorate, hydrogen peroxide, and chlorine are selectively utilized to attain a specific level of colour and purity according to stringent standards. Maintaining an optimum balance between these substances is crucial for achieving successful bleaching outcomes without causing damage or loss in cellulose fibre integrity. Retention aids play a crucial role in the domain of paper-making. They are indispensable chemicals that aid in retaining fine particles, fibres and fillers within the paper matrix while it's being formed. This retention enhances the final product's strength, opacity, and printability. By preventing loss during drainage and forming stages, these aids boost resource efficiency, making paper-making materials more valuable.

Paper Chemicals Market Size

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Recent Development
  • In May 2018: To jointly develop a customer-focused global specialty chemicals firm, Solenis and BASF agreed to integrate BASF's paper and water chemicals division with Solenis. The merged business is anticipated to conduct business under the Solenis name and provide clients with affordable industrial water and paper technology solutions and product offerings.
  • In April 2022: Energy Drive and Buckman Collaborate on Sustainability Initiatives. Specialty chemical manufacturer Buckman, with its headquarters in the US, teamed up with Energy Drive to lower water and electricity consumption at its factory in Hammarsdale, South Africa.

Market Dynamics:


Escalating Demand for Paper and Paperboard Products - The global paper chemicals market is largely propelled by the surging demand for paper, paperboard and its derivatives. The manufacturing of diverse products, such as packaging materials, printing essentials, and hygiene goods, extensively relies on this industry. Increasing population density amidst dense urbanization coupled with a rise in e-commerce activities affirm higher production levels of these necessities provided by the stated sector, stimulating further escalation in requirements regarding associated chemical supplies. Furthermore, advancements in technology incorporated into print-related facilities and expansions evidenced across education-based institutions translate directly toward augmented consumption rates when it comes to writing/printing papers, thereby contributing significantly towards sustaining an overall demand for paper chemicals is anticipated to boost the overall market growth and development of the paper chemicals industry. This is the primary factor for the market growth and development.


Advent of Digital Technologies – The rise of digitalization and electronic communication is a key constraint in the Global Paper Chemicals Market. New technological innovations have revolutionized how data is transmitted and shared, leading to reduced usage of paper across specific applications. With electronic documentation, emails, and various online platforms gaining widespread acceptance, there has been a significant drop in demand for printing or writing on physical sheets. As such changes dramatically disrupt traditional norms around consumption patterns linked with paper-based goods, manufacturers must find ways to navigate this changing landscape while sustaining market relevance through efficient adaptation strategies that maintain product appeal amidst evolving communication preferences towards eco-friendly options for sustainable living, driving future growth trends as well. This factor is hindering the market growth and development.  


Demand for Eco-friendly Packaging - Environmental sustainability is one major factor influencing how the paper chemicals industry develops in the future. There is growing pressure on the paper sector to embrace sustainable and responsible practices as environmental challenges become more widely recognized. This covers the sensible use of chemicals in the manufacturing of paper. The demand for paper chemicals is primarily fueled by the packaging industry, which has emerged as a significant contributor. As sustainability gains global attention and environmental concerns grow more pronounced, eco-conscious consumers have shown a growing interest in paper-based packaging over plastic counterparts. This shift in preferences and regulations against single-use plastics allows manufacturers to produce sustainable materials using advanced paper chemical formulations that do not compromise performance criteria while meeting specific eco-friendly requirements. Such innovations are necessary if companies stay ahead of the curve and effectively meet evolving consumer needs.  

Regional segmentation analysis:

The regions analyzed for the market include North America, Europe, South America, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa. Asia Pacific region emerged as the most prominent global paper chemicals market, with a 39.0% market revenue share in 2023. In the Asia Pacific region, paper products exhibit a wide array ranging from cultural and educational papers to packaging materials and industrial applications. Furthermore, there is an increasing demand for speciality papers suitable for labelling, printing, and electronic industries, opening new opportunities for manufacturers targeting specific market segments. Sustainability concerns are becoming increasingly significant in Asia, driven by worldwide environmental movements and consumer choices. The application of ecological practices and green technology is progressively more widespread, leading to a rise in the use of environmentally friendly paper chemicals. Companies throughout this region are investing considerably in research and development activities as they strive towards meeting global sustainability principles. The regional market players also engage in various market strategies such as product innovation, product differentiation, mergers, acquisitions, partnerships, and strategic alliances to maintain their competitive edge.

Asia Pacific Region Paper Chemicals Market Share in 2023 - 39.0%

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  • In May 2023: BASF's Coatings division has launched a novel digital tool for streamlining and improving colour formula searches. Through crowdsourcing efforts, the tool aims to assist customers of two paint brands, namely NORBIN and Shancai.
Type Segment Analysis

The type segment includes bleaching chemicals, pulping chemicals and functional chemicals. The functional chemicals segment dominated, with a market share of around 44% in 2023. Various industries, such as packaging, printing, hygiene and specialty papers, rely on paper for multiple purposes. Consequently, the demand for functional chemicals is influenced by these diverse applications. In particular cases, creating tailor-made specialty papers that are required to meet specific performance criteria necessitates additional functional additives. The trend towards sustainable and environmentally friendly practices is also affecting functional chemicals. The industry's dedication to minimizing its ecological impact has led to the rise of bio-based and renewable alternatives, which are receiving more attention. Enzymes have emerged as a popular choice for modifying pulp and replacing conventional chemical agents in paper manufacture, bolstering efforts towards a greener production process.

Product Type Segment Analysis

The product type segment is bifurcated into specialty chemicals and commodity chemicals. The commodity segment dominated, with a market share of around 58% in 2023. The global paper chemicals market heavily relies on Commodity Chemicals, which form a significant portion of its market share. These chemicals play an integral role in the papermaking process by serving as foundational elements crucial for pulping, bleaching and sizing, thereby providing the basic building blocks required to produce various kinds of paper and paperboard products. The extraction of pulp, a crucial phase in paper manufacturing, heavily depends on using Commodity Chemicals such as sodium hydroxide, sodium sulfide and sodium carbonate. These chemicals effectively separate cellulose fibers from impurities like lignin residue in raw materials. Therefore, pulping activities strongly correlate with the demand for these chemical compounds, which increases proportionately to overall expansion trends experienced by both the printing and packaging industries.  

Application Segment Analysis

The application segment is bifurcated into packaging & board, printing & writing and hygiene products. The packaging & board segment dominated, with a market share of around 47% in 2023. The packaging & board category commands a substantial market share within the global paper chemicals market. The necessity for paper chemicals is significantly bolstered by packaging materials such as corrugated boxes, cartons, and other paper-based packing solutions. This sector's growth stems from rising global interest in environmentally friendly packaging options and the booming e-commerce commerce industry. A significant factor leading the market share within packaging & board is the rising inclination of consumers towards sustainable packaging materials. With increasing environmental consciousness, businesses and customers are exploring alternatives to conventional plastic wrapping. Paper-based options backed by paper chemicals have surfaced as an eco-friendly solution in line with international sustainability targets.

Some of the Key Market Players:
  • Archer Daniels Midland Co.
  • Cargill Inc.
  • DuPont de Nemours Inc.
  • Ecolab Inc.
  • Evonik Industries AG
  • Huntsman International LLC
  • Imerys SA
  • Kemira Oyj
  • Superior Plus Corp.

Report Description:

Attribute Description
Market Size Revenue (USD Billion)
Market size value in 2023 USD 35.4 Billion
Market size value in 2033 USD 52.91 Billion
CAGR (2024 to 2033) 4.1%
Historical data 2020-2022
Base Year 2023
Forecast 2024-2033
Region The regions analyzed for the market are Asia Pacific, Europe, South America, North America, and Middle East & Africa. Furthermore, the regions are further analyzed at the country level.
Segments Type, Application, Product Type

Frequesntly Asked Questions

As per The Brainy Insights, the size of the paper chemicals market was valued at 35.4 billion in 2023 to USD 52.91 billion by 2033.

The global paper chemicals market is growing at a CAGR of 4.1% during the forecast period 2024-2033.

Asia Pacific region became the largest market for paper chemicals.

The rising demand for environment friendly packaging products is driving the market's growth.

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This study forecasts revenue at global, regional, and country levels from 2020 to 2033. The Brainy Insights has segmented the global Paper Chemicals market based on below-mentioned segments:

Global Paper Chemicals Market by Type:

  • Bleaching Chemicals
  • Pulping Chemicals
  • Functional Chemicals

Global Paper Chemicals Market by Product Type:

  • Specialty Chemicals
  • Commodity Chemicals

Global Paper Chemicals Market by Application:

  • Packaging & Board
  • Printing and Writing
  • Hygiene Products

Global Paper Chemicals Market by Region:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • France
    • U.K.
    • Italy
    • Spain
  • Asia-Pacific
    • Japan
    • China
    • India
  • South America
    • Brazil
  • Middle East and Africa  
    • UAE
    • South Africa


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