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Top 5 Vendors in the Global Optical Brighteners Market: Technavio

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#ResearchTechnavio
has announced the top five leading vendors in their recent global
optical brighteners market 2017-2021
report. This market
research report also lists nine other prominent vendors that are
expected to impact the market during the forecast period.


Competitive vendor landscape

According to the research analysis, the global optical
brighteners market
is expected to grow at a CAGR of close to 9%
during the forecast period. The growth is driven by demand from the
developing markets of China and India and from various applications such
as the paper, fabric, detergents and soap, and synthetic and plastics
segments.

According to Shabnam Kumari Singh, a lead analyst at Technavio for specialty
chemicals
research, “Optical brighteners have advanced features
such as chemical stability, light fastness, high fluorescence, and heat
resistance. These features primarily promote their use in the paper and
textile industries. Key vendors operating in the market have a prominent
say in the value chain, starting from sourcing of basic raw materials,
manufacturing, and supply to instant product manufacturer, and are used
for various end-use applications.”

The key vendors manufacture 2’- stilbene sulfonic acid (DAS), 4,4’
diamino- 2 and supply it to the optical brightener producers.
Manufacturers use these raw materials in various intermediate products
such as fabrics, paper, and plastics. Also, the key vendors are focusing
on the development of modern technology and grabbing opportunities. For
instance, Clariant manufactured Hostalux ACK and Leucophor BMBB
brighteners, which are chlorine-resistant.

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Technavio market research analysts identify the following key
vendors:

Akzo Nobel

Akzo Nobel is one of the major manufacturers and suppliers of specialty
chemicals, paints, and performance coatings worldwide. The company is
one of the leading suppliers of bleaching and performance chemicals for
the paper and pulp industry. In August 2010, it filed a patent for
aqueous solutions of optical brighteners. Accordingly, it offers surface
additives for whiteness improvements by reversing whiteness loss caused
due to calcium chloride. The company also published its patent on a
process for improving optical properties of paper, in October 2008.

BASF

BASF offers chemicals and intermediates including plasticizers,
solvents, monomers, glues, and electronic chemicals. BASF offers optical
brighteners under the brand name Tinopal, which is used in numerous
applications including clear and pigmented lacquers, paints, molded
thermoplastics, films and sheets, printing inks, synthetic leather,
ultraviolet tracer, photo processing solutions, adhesives, and fibers.
The optical brighteners offered by the company are primarily used in
formulation technologies (textile auxiliaries), home care (laundry) and
industrial and institutional cleaning (commercial laundry).

Deepak Nitrite

Deepak Nitrite is one of the leading manufacturers in India for sodium
nitrite, nitro toluene, and sodium nitrate. The company manufactures
full spectrum stilbenic optical brightening agents in its manufacturing
unit situated in Dahej, India. The optical brightening agent is
predominantly used in various industries such as paper, textiles,
detergents, coating and in printing and photographic paper.

Eastman Chemical Company

Eastman Chemical Company offers specialty chemicals and focuses on the
production of advanced materials, chemicals, and fibers. The company
offers Eastman Eastobrite OB-1 optical brightener with enhanced
whitening and brightening effect. Its optical brighteners are used in
various applications including brightening polyester fibers, sheeting,
and film. Eastobrite optical brighteners are added to textile fibers and
plastics to improve the whiteness of the materials.

Huntsman International

Huntsman International designs, manufactures, and markets differentiated
organic and inorganic chemical products, globally. The company serves
industries such as chemicals, plastics, automotive, furniture, and
packaging. It offers monomethyl ethanolamine (MMEA), which is used as an
intermediate in the manufacturing of coatings for optical brighteners,
transport, pharmaceuticals, and as a fabric softener.

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