In the past few years, lithopone market has observed remarkable growth, primarily fueled by the growing investments in the paint, leather, paper, and cosmetic industries. The proliferating industrialization and globalization trends worldwide will further help prominent companies strengthen their consumer base. In addition to this, heavy investment in infrastructural development projects and the automotive industry will also drive the product demand over the coming years.
U.S. Lithopone 28% Market Size, By Application, 2018 & 2025, (Kilo Tons)
Leather is one of the most widely traded commodities across the globe. The leather industry is mainly driven by the increasing consumption of leather for footwear, interior design industries, and furniture. Owing to the sufficient availability of raw material along with huge population of cattle, India has emerged as one of the lucrative business destinations for leather trade globally. For instance, recently, it had been announced that the Punjab state government has been hoping to sign multiple agreements with French companies pertaining to various sectors, including leather industry. The substantial growth in synthetic leather market will have notable impact on lithopone industry share.
Environment concerns about the hazards caused to biodiversity due to extensive use of chemicals in the aforementioned industries have augmented the use of lithopone in leather, paint, and ink industries prominently. Before the development of lithopone, lead carbonate had been used as a pigment agent for various industrial applications, but due to its poor weathering, and toxic nature, lithopone is now preferred as an alternative. Shifting focus of regulatory bodies toward the deployment of stringent norms to reduce the impact of hazardous chemicals on the environment is slated to generate lucrative opportunities for lithopone manufacturers over the years ahead.
In the last few years, due to rapid urbanization and industrialization, soil pollution level has increased tremendously. The increasing use of plastic products and polythene bags are the prominent factors accelerating environmental hazards. In this regard, several countries have started framing laws for banning the use of plastic bags. As an alternative to the harmful plastic products, most of the companies have shifted their focus to manufacture paper bags, which would augment industry growth.
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As per the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), plastic packaging covers around half of all the plastic waste worldwide. The steps undertaken by regulators to control single-use plastic is likely to enhance requirement of lithopone in paper and pulp industry. According to Global Market Insights, Inc., lithopone industry share from paper and pulp application is estimated to surpass a revenue of USD 25 million by the end of 2025.
Countries like China have now banned the distribution of plastic bags, though the country has become one of the largest paper and paperboard producers and consumers. However, despite this, China has been importing raw material required across the paper making industry from the countries like UK, US, and Japan. In addition, now, China has become a hub for automotive manufacturers, that have been fueling the demand for paint, leather, and paper. Thus, it would be possible that China lithopone market thrives successfully over the years ahead.
It is to be noted that the exponentially growing automotive industry is one of the major consumers of leather, paints and coatings. The surge in the investment across automotive sector to meet consumers’ requirement for several variants of vehicles comprising electric, hybrid, duel color will improve the industry trends noticeably. In line with the expanding automotive paints and coatings market size, lithopone market will also observe a remarkable rise in its revenue share.
Government policies deployed to maintain social and environmental health hazards will turn out be lucrative opportunity generators for lithopone manufacturers. Increasing awareness among the people about negative impact of plastic waste will further enhance the demand for lithopone over forecast years.
The involvement of international regulatory bodies like UNEP along with improved consumer living standards will majorly promote the use of lithopone for various applications. The global lithopone industry outlook, in the years to come, will be characterized by the impact of environment projects, transforming automotive industry trends, and changing lifestyles.
Author Name : Sunil Hebbalkar