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Market for Starch, Hemicellulose, Cellulose, Alginate, its Salts and Esters, and Natural Polymers, Including Chitin and Chitosan: Analysis Results

General problems of the fibre and textile industries

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The objective of this paper is the presentation of the results of an analysis of selected polysaccharide markets, with special reference to starch, hemicellulose, cellulose, alginate, its salts and esters, and natural polymers, including the chitin and chitosan market. Research was conducted on the basis of Eurostat and Comtrade-UN statistical data for the years 2005-2007 for production, import, export, and market volumes of the countries of the “15” (the “old” member states of the European Union) as well as of the “12” new European Union member states (which became European Union members in 2004 and 2007). This analysis has demonstrated that over the years examined for the product groups analysed, the European Union markets for starch, hemicelluloses and cellulose, and natural polymers, including chitin and chitosan have the greatest development potential. There was only a lack of development potential in the alginate market. The dominant position on all of the markets analysed is occupied by producers from the countries of the “15”. From among the new member states, the market position of Poland is, in most cases, among the most notable from amongst the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, where it is the highest on the European cellulose market (5.8%), followed by hemicellulose (3.6%), starch (approximately 3%), alginate (approximately 2%), and polymers, including chitin and chitosan (approximately 1%).

Tags: market analysis, polysaccharides, hemicellulose, cellulose, alginate salts, alginate esters, natural polymers, chitin, chitosan.

Citation: Wysokińska Z.; A Market for Starch, Hemicellulose, Cellulose, Alginate, its Salts and Esters, and Natural Polymers, Including Chitin and Chitosan: Analysis Results. FIBRES & TEXTILES in Eastern Europe 2010, Vol. 18, No. 6 (83) pp. 7-13.

Published in issue no 6 (83) / 2010, pages 7–13.

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