Tanning Agents Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The market is segmented by Type (Inorganic Materials, Aldehyde Tanning Agents, Vegetable Tanning Agents, and Other Types), Application (Leather tanning, Sun Tanning and Personal Care Products, and Other Applications), and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle-East and Africa)

Market Snapshot

Market Summary - Tanning Agents Market
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: >6 %

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Market Overview

The global tanning agents market is estimated to witness a healthy growth, at an estimated CAGR of over 6%, over the forecast period. The major factor driving the growth of the market studied is rapid increase in demand for high quality leather.

  • High operational costs and stringent environment regulations are likely to hinder the markets growth.
  • Increase in investment of R&D to develop alternate tanning technologies are likely to create opportunities for the market in the coming years.
  • Asia-Pacific region is expected to dominate the market and is also likely to witness highest CAGR during the forecast period.

Scope of the report

The global tanning agents market report includes:

Inorganic Materials
Aldehyde Tanning Agents
Vegetable Tanning Agents
Other Types
Leather tanning
Sun Tanning and Personal Care Products
Other Applications
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

Leather Tanning - The Fastest Growing Segment by Application

  • The fastest growing application in the scope of the tanning agents market is leather-tanning application. Leather tanning involves treating the skins and hides of skins to produce leather. The process produces soft, durable, and flexible material.
  • Various materials are used in the tanning process of leather, most of them are iron, aluminum, titanium, zirconium, and chromium. Of them, chrome tanning is widely employed, owing to its high tensile strength and high temperature shrinkage property.
  • Leather is one of the mostly traded materials in the world. The consumption of luxary leather products has increased globally with increasing population and changes in life style trends, which is driving the demand for tanning agents. Raw materials required for leather products have been increasing.
  • Leather tanned products are widely used in various end-user industries, such as footwear, packing industry.
  • More than 65% of the world’s demand for leather is being met by developing economies. There is a need to maintain and improve the aesthetic and functional aspects of leather.
  • Owing to all these factors, the market for tanning agents is likely to grow across the world during the forecast period.
Tanning Agents Market - Segmentation Trends

Asia-Pacific Region to Dominate the Market

  • Asia-Pacific dominated the global market with a share of more than 45%. With growing footwear and personal care industries in countries like China, India, Japan, and South Korea, the consumption of tanning agents is increasing in the region.
  • According to the Indian footwear industry report, the footwear production is crossing approximately 22 billion pairs, annually, accounting for around 9.6% of the contribution to the global footwear output. India is the world’s third-largest footwear consumer, followed by China and the United States. About 90% of the footwear produced in India is consumed by the domestic market and the rest is exported by the country.
  • At present, penetration of personal care products in India is comparatively lower when compared to developed or even other developing economies. However, improving economic environment and increasing purchasing power of the Indian population is expected to increase the adoption of personal care products in the country.
  • According to a report published by the Ministry of Economy and Industry, the beauty and personal care (BPC) industry in the country is expected to reach more than USD 10 billion by 2021, at an estimated growth rate of 5%-6% annually. The personal care and cosmetics sector in India is expected to register continuous growth, with increasing shelf space in retail stores and boutiques in India.
  • Due to all such factors, the market for tanning agents in the region is expected to have a steady growth during the forecast period.
Tanning Agents Market - Regional Trends

Competitive Landscape

The tanning agents market is partially consolidated in nature. Some of the major players in the market include BASF SE, LANXESS, Merck KGaA, Leather International, and Clariant AG, among others.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Rapid Increase in Demand for High Quality Leather

      2. 4.1.2 Other Drivers

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 High Operational costs

      2. 4.2.2 Stringent Environment Regulations

    3. 4.3 Industry Value-Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Porters Five Force Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      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 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Inorganic Materials

        1. Chromium

        2. Zirconium

        3. Others

      2. 5.1.2 Aldehyde Tanning Agents

        1. Formaldehyde

        2. Glutaraldehyde

        3. Others

      3. 5.1.3 Vegetable Tanning Agents

      4. 5.1.4 Other Types

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Leather tanning

      2. 5.2.2 Sun Tanning and Personal Care Products

      3. 5.2.3 Other Applications

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.3.2 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      3. 5.3.3 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. Italy

        4. France

        5. Rest of Europe

      4. 5.3.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.3.5 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 Analysis**

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 ANGUS Chemical Company

      2. 6.4.2 BASF SE

      3. 6.4.3 Chemtan Company, Inc.

      4. 6.4.4 Clariant AG

      5. 6.4.5 DyStar Singapore Pte Ltd

      6. 6.4.6 Ecopell GmbH

      7. 6.4.7 LANXESS

      8. 6.4.8 Leather International

      9. 6.4.9 Merck KGaA

      10. 6.4.10 SCHILL+SEILACHER GMBH

      11. 6.4.11 Silvateam S.p.A.

      12. 6.4.12 Stahl Holdings B.V.

      13. 6.4.13 TRUMPLER GmbH & Co. KG

      14. 6.4.14 Viswaat Chemicals Limited


      16. 6.4.16 Zschimmer & Schwarz & Co KG Chemische Fabriken

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Increase in Investment of R&D to Develop Alternate Tanning Technologies

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Tanning Agents Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Tanning Agents Market is growing at a CAGR of >6% over the next 5 years.

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

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2021.

BASF SE, LANXESS , Merck KGaA, Leather International, Clariant AG are the major companies operating in Tanning Agents Market.

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