Carboxymethyl Cellulose (CMC) Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Carboxymethyl Cellulose (CMC) Market is Segmented by Application (Food and Beverages, Oil and Gas, Cosmetics and Pharmaceuticals, Detergents, Paper Processing, and Other Applications (Mining, Paints & Coatings, Construction, Textile Processing, Adhesives, Ceramics)) and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle East and Africa). The report offers market size and forecasts for Carboxymethyl Cellulose (CMC) in value (USD Million) for all the above segments.

Market Snapshot

Carboxymethyl Cellulose (CMC) Market - Market Summary
Study Period: 2017-2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia-Pacific
Largest Market: Asia-Pacific
CAGR: >4 %

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Market Overview

The Global Carboxymethyl Cellulose (CMC) Market is projected to register a CAGR of more than 4% during the forecast period (2022-2027).

The market was negatively impacted by COVID-19 in 2020. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the first half of 2020, the food and beverages industry was significantly affected. Despite the increase in demand for in-home food consumption, a major setback came in the form of sabotaged out-of-home food consumption which particularly curbed the demand for convenient and processed food varieties. Moreover, the disruption of supply chains hindered the accessibility and stability of food and drinks, consequently restricting the producers to acquire bulk stocks. This resulted in a significant decline in the consumption of CMC in the food and beverages sector. Following the retraction of pandemic impact since 2021, the market is projected to grow steadily, owing to the replenishing demand for food and beverages among the masses.

  • Over the short term, wide applications of CMC as additives in the food and beverages industry are expected to remain the key driver augmenting the growth of the market studied. High demand for carboxymethyl cellulose as a viscosifier in oil drilling activities, and as a pellet binder and floatation depressant in the mining industry constitute other supporting market drivers.
  • However, the availability of substitutes, for instance, the use of guar gum as thickener and stabilizer in the food industry, is a key factor anticipated to restrain the growth of the target industry over the forecast period.
  • Nevertheless, emerging applications for CMC in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic formulations, coupled with growing demand in detergent manufacturing processes are likely to create lucrative growth opportunities for the global market soon.
  • The Asia-Pacific region is expected to dominate the market and is also likely to witness the highest CAGR during the forecast period. This growth is attributed to the highest production and consumption of CMC in this region. The fast-growing food and beverages, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, and detergent manufacturing sectors in the countries including China, Japan, and India, are expected to contribute to the rising consumption of CMC in the Asia-Pacific region.

Scope of the Report

Carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC), belonging to the polysaccharide family, is an anionic derivative of cellulose, typically synthesized by the reaction of plant-derived cellulose with monochloroacetic acid or its sodium salt in an organic solvent under alkaline conditions. It is an odorless and tasteless white powder demonstrating properties like chemical stability, high viscosity, and physiological inertness. CMC holds applications in a wide range of industries such as food and beverages where it behaves as a thickener, texturizer, and fat reducer. It is a vital component in the drug (as a disintegrant) and cosmetics (as a stabilizer) formulations. It is also used as a viscosifier in oil drilling, dye thickener in the textile industry, stabilizer in construction materials, etc. The carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) market is segmented by application and geography. By application, the market is segmented into food and beverages, oil and gas, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, detergents, paper processing, and other applications (mining, paints & coatings, construction, textile processing, adhesives, ceramics). The report also covers the market size and forecasts for the carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) market in 15 countries across major regions. For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done based on value (USD Million).

Food and Beverages
Oil and Gas
Cosmetics and Pharmaceuticals
Paper Processing
Other Applications (Mining, Paints and Coatings, Construction, Textile Processing, Adhesives, Ceramics)
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South America
Rest of South America
Middle East and Africa
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Growing Applications of Carboxymethyl Cellulose (CMC) in the Food and Beverages Sector

  • The food and beverages application segment accounted for a significant revenue share in the carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) market in 2021. CMC is popularly used as a viscosity modifier/thickener, water maintainer, stabilizer, and emulsifier in flouring products, milk products, drinks, dressings and seasonings, ice creams, frozen desserts, etc. CMC acts as a stabilizer for ice creams by imparting a smooth and creamy texture through the regulation of ice crystal size growth. Its stabilizing property is also exploited in milk products where it forms soluble complexes with casein thus preventing its precipitation upon the acidification of milk. Due to its excellent binding and viscosity modifying properties, CMC is being used as an alternative for gluten in bakery items.
  • The large consumption of processed food in developed countries and the changing food habits stimulating fast adaptability to convenient food among the working generation residing in urban areas of emerging economies have boosted the demand for CMC in the food and beverages applications. Furthermore, the growing awareness of good food habits and rising health consciousness in people has made way for gluten-free foods in the market.
  • As the population continues to grow, satisfying the food needs of people is augmenting the food and beverages sector which is one of the key factors driving the growth of the target industry. For instance,
    • In August 2021, Danone’s Silk launched a plant-based and protein-packed Greek yogurt in four flavours: lemon, strawberry, vanilla, and blueberry.
    • In October 2020, Pizza Hut India expanded its pan pizza range anticipating a 30% growth in delivery and takeaway.
    • In July 2020, Conagra Brands Inc., a market leader in processed meat products, expanded its meat snack processing plant in Ohio, the United States of America.
    • Thus, with the expanding food and beverage businesses, the consumption of CMC is increasing substantially.
  • Therefore, considering the aforementioned factors, the demand for CMC is expected to rise in the food and beverages application segment significantly in near future.
Carboxymethyl Cellulose (CMC) Market - Segmentation

Asia-Pacific Region to Dominate the Market

  • The Asia-Pacific region dominated the worldwide market in 2021, with a significant market share in terms of revenue. The region is projected to maintain its dominance during the forecast period of 2022-2027. Growing demand for CMC in food and beverages, as well as cosmetics and pharmaceutical applications, are primary factors driving the growth of the target industry in the Asia-Pacific region. The increasing expenditure on multicuisine foods and personal care products with growing disposable income in countries like China and India fuels the market growth.
  • Further, CMC is a vital ingredient in detergents for stabilizing bubbles and preventing skin allergies. In addition, the oil and gas industry uses CMC in drilling mud in order to achieve viscosity modification and water-retention effects.
  • Rapidly growing food and beverages, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, detergent manufacturing, and oil drilling sectors in China, India, and Japan are propelling demand for CMC which will further enhance the growth of the market studied.
  • China is the leading producer of carboxymethyl cellulose followed by Japan owing to the concentration of many big and small players like Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd., DKS Co. Ltd., Chongqing Lihong Fine Chemicals Co., Ltd., Zibo Hailan Chemical Co., Ltd, Qingdao Sinocmc Chemical Co., Ltd. The easy availability of raw materials and cheap labour support the expansion of CMC manufacturing plants in this region. China caters to the international demand for CMC through voluminal exports.
  • In May 2022, Proctor & Gamble (P&G), the manufacturer of brands like Aerial and Tide, invested INR 200 crores in the construction of a liquid detergent manufacturing plant in Hyderabad, India. This is expected to raise the consumption of CMC in detergent manufacturing in India.
  • In May 2022, ONGC revealed its plans to invest INR 31,000 crore over the next three years to probe oil and gas reserves which will involve the drilling of around 120 wells.
  • As per the Economic Survey 2020-21, the Indian pharmaceutical industry occupies the third spot in the production of pharmaceuticals and is the largest supplier of generic medicines with a 20% share in the global market. The total pharma export by India during 2020-21 was valued at USD 24.2 Billion. Hence, the promising pharmaceutical sector of India is expected to escalate CMC consumption in the forecast period.
  • According to the Indian Brand Equity Foundation, India exhibits a very large food processing industry making around 32% of the country’s food market. The sector is receiving huge support from the government which has allowed 100% Foreign Direct Investment in food processing. In 2021, PepsiCo made an INR 814 crore investment in the commissioning of its largest greenfield food manufacturing facility in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh.
  • All aforementioned factors are likely to fuel the growth of the Asia-Pacific carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) market over the forecast time frame.
Carboxymethyl Cellulose (CMC) Market - Regional Trend

Competitive Landscape

The carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) market is fragmented in nature. Some of the major players in the market include DuPont, Nouryon, Ashland, Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd., and DKS Co. Ltd. among others (not in any particular order).

Recent Development

  • In September 2021, ICPA Health Products Ltd. introduced “Wet Mouth”, a saliva substitute for people facing conditions of dry mouth, medically known as xerostomia. The composition of “Wet Mouth” comprises sodium CMC which facilitates the improvement in oral lubrication in the mouth.
  • In June 2020, Nouryon completed the acquisition of the CMC business of J.M. Huber Corporation in order to expand its reach to a variety of end-user markets including, food, pharmaceuticals, home and personal care, buildings and infrastructure, and packaging.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Increasing Adaptability to Processed and Convenient Food

      2. 4.1.2 Rising Oil Drilling Activities

      3. 4.1.3 High Demand for Carboxymethyl Cellulose (CMC) in Mining Processes

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Availability of Substitutes in the Market

      2. 4.2.2 Other Restraints

    3. 4.3 Industry Value-Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services

      5. 4.4.5 Degree of Competition


    1. 5.1 Application

      1. 5.1.1 Food and Beverages

      2. 5.1.2 Oil and Gas

      3. 5.1.3 Cosmetics and Pharmaceuticals

      4. 5.1.4 Detergents

      5. 5.1.5 Paper Processing

      6. 5.1.6 Other Applications (Mining, Paints and Coatings, Construction, Textile Processing, Adhesives, Ceramics)

    2. 5.2 Geography

      1. 5.2.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.2.2 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      3. 5.2.3 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. Italy

        4. France

        5. Rest of Europe

      4. 5.2.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.2.5 Middle East and Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Market Share (%)**/Ranking Analysis

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Amtex Chemicals, LLC

      2. 6.4.2 Ashland

      3. 6.4.3 Chongqing Lihong Fine Chemicals Co.,Ltd

      4. 6.4.4 Daicel Corporation

      5. 6.4.5 DKS Co. Ltd.

      6. 6.4.6 DuPont

      7. 6.4.7 Jining Fortune Biotech Co., Ltd.

      8. 6.4.8 Lamberti S.p.A.

      9. 6.4.9 Mikem

      10. 6.4.10 Mikro Technik Gmbh

      11. 6.4.11 Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd.

      12. 6.4.12 Nouryon

      13. 6.4.13 Qingdao Sinocmc Chemical Co., Ltd.

      14. 6.4.14 USK Rheology Solutions

      15. 6.4.15 Zibo Hailan Chemical Co., Ltd

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Fast-pacing Growth in the Pharmaceutical Sector

    2. 7.2 Growing Demand for Detergents in Personal and Laundry Care Products

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Carboxymethyl Cellulose (CMC) Market market is studied from 2017 - 2027.

The Carboxymethyl Cellulose (CMC) Market is growing at a CAGR of >4% over the next 5 years.

Asia-Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Asia-Pacific holds highest share in 2021.

DuPont , Nouryon, Ashland, Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd., DKS Co. Ltd. are the major companies operating in Carboxymethyl Cellulose (CMC) Market.

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