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Asia Pacific Alginate Market

Asia Pacific Alginate Market Size to Portray Potential Growth by USD 401.88 Million in 2030

Published On : 27 Oct, 2022
Updated On : 04 Nov, 2022
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Market Snapshot

Base Year:
2021
Study Period:
2020-2030
CAGR:
6.3 %

Alginate is a naturally occurring polymer made from brown algae. Sodium, calcium, and potassium alginate are commercially available in flagellated and granular forms and can entangle with water to form a viscous gum. Alginate is used to stiffen foods including jellies, jams, ice creams, marmalades, frozen desserts, chocolates, and fast noodles. Textiles, paper, and pulp handling are only a few of their various uses. Alginate beats other regularly used thickening agents in terms of biocompatibility, cost-effectiveness, and toxicity. The global alginate market is expected to develop significantly due to rising demand for the product in the manufacturing of culinary products such as ice cream, yoghurt, and bakery goods. Furthermore, major regulatory agencies such as the FDA and the European Commission have allowed the use of alginates in the food and beverage industry, which has boosted demand. Because of its increased solubility at low pH values, propylene glycol alginate (PGA) is used in salad dressings and brews. Alginates can be found in juices, salad dressings, ice creams, spreads, flans, bakery creams, meat and fish coatings, confectionary, and a variety of health foods.

The Asia Pacific alginate market size is expected to reach a valuation of USD 401.88 million by 2030, growing at a CAGR of 6.30% during the forecast period (2022–2030). Asia, the region is growing at the fastest rate throughout the globe with a high CAGR. Increased demand for sweetened confectionery foods has had a proportional impact on global sales of gelling agents. Alginates, in addition to the commonly used thickening and gelling agents, has seen a steady increase in sales in the region.

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Market Dynamics

Market Drivers

  • Growing Pulp and Paper Industry in the Region: In the Asian Pacific Region, in the paper business, sodium alginate, which has a high-water solubility, can effectively replace rosin pulp. It can be used to feel the size process on the paper's surface. Apart from this, sodium alginate is commonly used to increase the smoothness of the paper surface. At the same time, it aids in the control of the absorption of printing ink, wax, and grease. Finally, sodium alginate is excellent for enhancing crumpling resistance in paper. The Pulp and Paper industry in the region is continuously expanding and hence this can drive the Alginate market towards growth in the region.
  • Increasing Demand for Packaged Foods: Demand for packaged goods has been spurred by a lack of time and increased consumer purchasing power, which is expected to continue during the projected period. McCain, ConAgra, and Unilever, for example, have expanded their regional reach by making their products widely available in local grocery stores and hypermarkets. This important element is likely to boost packaged food demand, and as a result, demand for Alginate in the Asian Pacific Region is expected to rise as well.

Market Restraints

  • Seaweed Harvesting Has a Negative Environmental Impact: Seaweed harvesting has substantial environmental and economic effects due to unsustainable production practices. Seaweed harvests, which are primarily from wild stocks, are impacted by climate change and overexploitation. One of the largest seaweed harvesters, for example, noticed that unsustainable collecting tactics in protected areas upset wildlife. Weather disturbances such as El Nino have an impact on output volume. The volume of seaweed harvested in the Philippines decreased as a result of rising ocean temperatures, mostly induced by El Nino. As a result, more sustainable collecting techniques were required, resulting in a drop in the amount of seaweed produced. As the output of seaweeds from aquaculture has expanded, there have been concerns about environmental degradation.  Seaweed growthis projected to be hampered by concerns about the negative impact of unsustainable farming, putting further pressure on the Asian Pacific alginate market in the future years.

Market Opportunities

  • Emerging Markets and Investments: Manufacturers increased investments in procurement technologies are expected to create profitable prospects for the market, accelerating the growth rate of the alginate market in the future. In addition, the region's rising product developments and emerging markets, such as China, Japan, and India, will provide significant growth prospects.

Segment Overview

Product, type, application, and geography are the four categories that make up the Asia Pacific alginate market.

Sodium alginate, calcium alginate, potassium alginate, propylene glycol alginate, and others are among the alginate products available in the region. In terms of volume, the sodium alginate section is the most important, accounting for approximately 41.4% of the total. Over the forecast period, the market expansion is expected to be driven by increased demand for sodium alginate as an active dyestuff in the food & beverage, pharmaceutical, and textile sectors.

Despite the product's low consumption volume, sodium alginate is commonly used as a sizing agent in the paper sector. In the food sector, the chemical is often used to thicken and gel. Sauces, dressings, whipped cream, and jellies are just a few of the products made with sodium alginate in the food sector. Sodium alginate is projected to expand in popularity in tissue engineering, pharmaceutical formulations, and clinical wound therapy due to its exceptional physicochemical and biocompatible properties. The pharmaceutical industry's development of enhanced sodium alginate-based solutions, such as gel matrix tablets, to boost targeted intestinal absorption is also expected to drive market expansion.

High M and high G alginate are the two forms of alginate available in the region. The market is dominated by High G. Alginates that contain a lot of guluronic acid are known as high G alginates. Food, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals are just a few of the uses for these products. Gel formation is slower in high G-type alginates than in high M-type alginates due to the buckled chain structure.

In alginate-based medical dressings, the composition of high G and high M blocks differs depending on the manufacturer. Because of its superior gelling properties, high G alginate is more popular among food and beverage clients. One of the appealing features for its use in the pharmaceutical business is increased product flexibility, which is projected to drive market growth.

The alginate market in the region includes culinary, medical, industrial, and other uses. The food application category is the market leader in terms of revenue. Because of increased disposable income and high food consumption, as well as an increase in the worldwide population, the food business is expected to grow quickly during the next eight years.

Furthermore, owing to increased health-related concerns, the growing use of organically derived goods like alginate as a food ingredient is likely to emerge as a key driver for the alginate market's growth. Propylene glycol ester alginate is predicted to have a growing demand in the region as a thickening agent, stabiliser, and flavouring adjuvant as a result of its improved product stability and effectiveness over a wide temperature range.

Regional Overview

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By 2030, the Asia Pacific alginate market is estimated to be worth USD 401.88 million, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.30 % over the forecast period (2022–2030). Asia, as a region, is growing at the quickest rate in the world, with a high CAGR. Increased demand for sweetened confectionery items has impacted global sales of gelling agents proportionally. Alginates have seen a continuous increase in sales in the region, in addition to the regularly used thickening and gelling agents.

The Asia-Pacific area is the fastest-growing, accounting for nearly 30.1% of revenue in 2021. The alginates market in the region is characterized by a large number of manufacturers. Producers in China and Japan account for a substantial portion of the alginates produced in the region. The region's strong population base supports a thriving pharmaceutical and healthcare industry.

 The expanding application spectrum of alginate in numerous end-use sectors, as well as rapid industrialization in Asian nations such as China, India, and Thailand, are expected to boost the market over the next decade. Furthermore, due to the product's widespread use in paper sizing applications, the existence of multiple paper makers in the region is projected to drive the market.

As a result of rising demand, India's pulp and paper sector continue to grow. Paper consumption in India is expected to expand at a rate of 6 to 7% per year, reaching 30 million tonnes by FY 2026-27, owing to a focus on education and literacy, as well as expansion in organized retail and hence the demand for Alginate is expected to rise in the country during the forecasted period.

Major Players

Some of the major players in the Asian Pacific Region (having significant market shares) are listed below:

  • Qingdao Rongde Seaweed Co., Ltd.
  • Shandong Jiejing Group
  • Snapalginate
  • IRO Alginate Industry Co., Ltd
  • DuPont
  • KIMICA

Recent Developments

  • The alginate production plant in Japan was expanded by KIMIA, which increased the building and packaging capacity for the products alginic acid and its derivatives, as well as propylene glycol alginate. The factory now has a capacity of 2000 kilograms per hour.
  • The extension of packaging and blending facilities for alginate production at KIMIA's manufacturing site in Chiba, Japan, has been completed. It boosted the capacity of manufacturing by 2000 tonnes per year.

Asia Pacific Alginate Market: Segmentation

By Product

  • Sodium Alginate
  • Calcium Alginate
  • Potassium Alginate
  • Propylene Glycol Alginate
  • Others

 By Type

  • High M
  • High G

 By Application

  • Food
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Industrial
  • Others

 By Regions

  • China
  • Japan
  • India
  • South Korea
  • Singapore
  • Malaysia
  • Rest of Asia Pacific
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