News | July 26, 2016

World Rubber Processing Chemicals Demand To Reach 1.5 Million Metric Tons

Cleveland, OH /PRNewswire/ -- Global demand for rubber processing chemicals is forecast to increase 4.4 percent per year through 2020 to 1.5 million metric tons. Growth will be driven by rising rubber consumption and the increasing rubber processing chemical loadings necessary to manufacture premium tires, high performance automotive and industrial goods, and a range of other products where expectations of quality and long service lives are increasing over time. Advances will be strongest in the developing countries of the Asia/Pacific region, but improving conditions in the mature markets of the US, Western Europe and Japan will also contribute significantly to growth. These and other trends are presented in World Rubber Processing Chemicals, a new study from The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based industry research firm.

While rubber processing chemical demand will increase faster than rubber consumption, demand for these chemicals will remain tightly correlated with rubber consumption within individual countries. As such, broad trends that influence demand for rubber used in tires and industrial products will have a strong impact on rubber processing chemicals. According to analyst Jason Carnovale, "Rising motor vehicle ownership rates in developing nations will support local tire production, necessitating additional consumption of processing chemicals." Non-tire rubber chemical demand will also benefit from a healthy outlook for world motor vehicle production, as well as continuing industrialization in the developing world.

The potential for an economic slowdown in China is a significant concern for the rubber processing chemical industry. Rubber demand growth in China has already decelerated in recent years as the country faces challenges related to its real estate and financial markets. However, the Chinese market is expected to remain healthy through 2020 as motor vehicle production remains strong, and the country is forecast to contribute nearly half of incremental global demand growth. Both Japan and Western Europe are expected to see a reversal from declines in rubber processing chemical demand experienced between 2010 and 2015, while US demand accelerates due to improving market conditions. However, advances in all three of these industrialized areas are projected to remain well below the world average through 2020, reflecting market maturity and limited opportunities for additional rubber consumption or increases in processing chemical loadings.

About The Freedonia Group – The Freedonia Group, a division of, is a leading international industrial research company publishing more than 100 studies annually. Since 1985 we have provided research to customers ranging in size from global conglomerates to one-person consulting firms. More than 90% of the industrial companies in the Fortune 500 use Freedonia Group research to help with their strategic planning. Each study includes product and market analyses and forecasts, in-depth discussions of important industry trends, market share information and profiles of the leading industry players. Reports can be purchased at and are also available on and

SOURCE: The Freedonia Group

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