Sizing and thickening agents are substances which can increase the size and viscosity of a liquid without substantially changing its other properties. Edible thickeners are generally- used to thicken soups and sauces without altering their taste. Thickeners are also used in explosives, cosmetics, paints and inks.
The global sizing and thickening agents market can be segmented on the basis of sizing agent type, thickening agent type and sizing and thickening agent by application. Based on sizing agent type, the global market of sizing and thickening agent can be divided into natural sizing agents, synthetic sizing agents and others. The natural sizing agent segment includes starches, rosins and others (glue, albumen and cellulosic derivatives), synthetic sizing agents includes polyvinyl alcohol, styrene, the others segment includes alkenyl succinic anhydride, acrylic acids polymer, modified polyesters and alkyl ketene dimer. On the basis of thickening agent type, the global market of sizing and thickening agents can be divided into minerals, hydrocolloids and others.
The mineral agents include clays, silica and others. The hydrocolloid agent includes starches, gelatin, pectin, cellulose, gums, carrageenan and others (protein thickeners and alginates and its derivative), the others segment in the thickening agent type includes synthetic polymer thickeners. On the basis of application, the sizing and thickening agent market can be categorized into food and beverages, paper and paperboard, paints and coatings, textiles and fibers, and others (including cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and drilling fluids).
The growing demand for natural ingredients in food & beverage products is a major driver in the global sizing and thickening market. The hydrocolloids segment of the thickening agents market is driven by increasing demand for nutritive, healthy and convenience food products. The emerging trend of using clean-label products, which are slowly becoming compulsory across the globe, has created many opportunities for new formulations and new product developments in food & beverage segments.
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