Growing fluorotelomers demand in application market such as textiles and fire fighting foam is expected to drive the global fluorotelomers market growth over the next five years. Fluorotelomers are manufactured by fluorocarbons as primary feedstock through telomerisation process. The product finds applications in textiles, food packaging, fire fighting foam and stain resistance. This is also applied to papers which are used in contact with food owing to its resistant characteristic which restraint it to absorb oil from fried and oil food. Fluorotelomers are used as coatings for box packaging, microwave bags and confectionery. Global fluorotelomers market is expected to witness significant growth over the forecast period on account of untapped product potential which can be applied to various industrial applications particularly as a substitute to other fluorochemicals in the market. The product even does not have negative impact on environment. It is neither toxic nor bio-accumulative. The product breaks down to fluorotelomer sulphonates not to perfluorooctanyl sulphonates, which makes it biodegradable. Environmental favourable regulations for fluorotelomers are anticipated to replace harmful fluorocarbons and drive the global market growth. Increasing applications in end-use industries such as paper and textiles owing to stain resistant property is expected to bolster the fluorotelomers market growth over the next five years.
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Major fluorotelomer products are segmented into alcohols, iodides and acrylates. Fluorotelomer alcohols were the largest product based global market accounting for over 31% of the total demand. These degrade into small amount of unsaturated carboxylic compounds as residuals which are harmful to the environment. The U.S. EPA has asked many regional companies to reduce harmful residual content including fluorotelomer alcohols in the products. The product majorly used as stain repellent in fabric and carpet manufacturing companies and is projected to replace other polymers with similar property. Fluorotelomer iodides such as TEMAC 6, TEAC 4 and TEAC 6 are anticipated to be the fastest growing product segment over the forecast period. These are also used to manufacture fluorotelomer alcohols.
Fluorotelomers are extensively applied in stain resistant, food packaging, textiles and fire fighting foams. Textiles and foams together contributed to the largest application market in 2013 accounting for over 65% of the total demand. Growing applications in fabric and carpet industries are expected to foster the market growth over the foreseeable future. Various untapped end-use applications such as photographic, magazine paper, semiconductor and metal plating industries are expected to generate ample opportunities for the global fluorotelomers market in the near future.
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Asia Pacific and North America together contributed to the largest market accounting for over 67% of the total demand in 2013. Growing carpet, textile and paper industries in Asia is expected to boost the fluorotelomers market over the next five years. Increasing packaged food consumption in emerging economies such as India and China is anticipated to witness considerable growth over the forecast period.
DuPont dominated the global fluorotelomers market owing technology advancement for fluorotelomers. The market is completely technology centric and regularized. Other key players in the market include Fluoryx Inc., Fluorous Technologies Inc., Wilshire Technologies and TCI Chemicals.
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