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Market Overview: Isophthalic Acid Market

As an isomer of terephthalic acid and phthalic acid, isophthalic acid is a colourless chemical molecule. Precursors like isophthalic acid are utilised to create significant polymers like Nomex, a material that resists fire. When combined with terephthalic acid, the acid is also used to create resins for drinking bottles. Another product made from isophthalic acid is polybenzimidazole, a high performance polymer.

Typically, these acids are produced by oxidising metaxylene with oxygen and a cobalt-manganese catalyst. Chromic acid is typically employed as an oxidant, and it can also be produced by potassium meta-sulphobenzoate and meta brombenzoate when they are combined with potassium formate. Most commonly, polyester coating resins and unsaturated polyester resins use isophthalic acid as an intermediate.

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In addition to these well-known uses, isophthalic acid is also widely used in copolyester resins, high temperature polymers, and aramid fibres. The main raw ingredient for fibreglass reinforced polymers used to create a variety of goods, including corrosion-resistant tanks and pipes, automobiles, and boats, is isophthalic acid. Polyesters with isophthallic acid are also used in industrial coatings, aluminium siding, cars, and home appliances, in addition to metal office furniture.

The global market for isophthalic acid has been witnessing a noticeable increase on account of increasing demand from its application industries. The purified form of isophthalic acid (PIA) has three primary applications: polyethylene terephthalate (PET) copolymer, polyester surface coating resins and unsaturated polyester resins. PET copolymers are widely used in bottle resins, and fibers.

Purified isophthalic acid decreases the crystallinity of PET which is used to enhance the clarity and improve the productivity of bottle manufscturers. PIA is used in unsaturated polyester resins to enhance the mechanical performance and thermal resistance, as well as resistance to water and chemicals. In polyester surface coating resins, PIA increases the resistance to water, weatherability and overall durability.

Some of the high prospects for growth in consumption of PIA are being witnessed in developing and emerging areas. China is expected to witness a steady growth in all the end-user market for isophthalic acid, followed by Middle East and Brazil. Russia is also expected to rise at an above average rate due to increasing production of PET bottle resins. Asia Pacific accounts for the largest market share in isophthalic acid in terms of consumption, particularly China, followed by developed regions such as North America and Europe.

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In Europe, particularly Western Europe, the market for isophthalic acid is expected to witness slow growth. Surface coatings and unsaturated polyester resins highly depend on the construction industry, which itself is slowly recovering from the global economic downturn in 2008. The market for PET bottle resins will also experience sluggish growth, primarily due to the maturity of carbonated soft drink market, higher recycling rates, sluggish bottled water sales, downgauging by bottle manufacturers and general economic sluggishness.

Various PET bottle resin manufacturers in Japan prefer using PET copolymerized from PIA. The PET is manufactured at plant outside Japan, so surface coatings and unsaturated polyester resins serve as more vital outlets for PIA. Rising demand from end user industries such as construction, automotive and marine is expected to significantly boost the demand for isophthalic acid over the forecast period.

In addition, increasing industrial activities in emerging economies such as China is also expected to drive the demand for isophthalic acid in applications such as corrosion resistant pipes and tanks.

Alfa Aesar, Eastman Chemical Company, Sigma Aldrich Corporation, and The Chemical Company are some of the key manufacturers of isophthalic acid present in the industry.

Key geographies evaluated in this report

  • North America
    • U.S
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK
    • Eastern Europe
    • CIS
  • APAC
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • Australia
    • Others
  • Latin America
    • Argentina
    • Brazil
    • Others

Key features of this report

  • Drivers, restraints, and challenges shaping the Isophthalic Acid market dynamics
  • Latest innovations and key events in the industry
  • Analysis of business strategies of the top players
  • Isophthalic Acid market estimates and forecasts(2015 -2021)

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