Tanning Agents Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The market is segmented by type (inorganic materials (Chromium, Zirconium, and others), aldehyde tanning agents (Formaldehyde, Glutaraldehyde, and others), 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 the Middle East and Africa). The report offers market size and forecasts in terms of revenue (USD million) for all the above segments.

Tanning Agents Market Size

Tanning Agents Market Summary
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Study Period 2018 - 2028
Base Year For Estimation 2022
CAGR > 6.00 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia Pacific
Largest Market Asia Pacific
Market Concentration High

Major Players

Tanning Agents Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Tanning Agents Market Analysis

The global tanning agents market is anticipated to register a CAGR of more than 6% during the forecast period.

COVID-19 negatively impacted the market in 2020. However, the market is now estimated to reached pre-pandemic levels and is expected to grow steadily.

  • The rapid increase in demand for high-quality leather is expected to drive market growth during the forecast period.
  • High operational costs and stringent environmental regulations are anticipated to hinder the market's growth.
  • An increase in investment in R&D to develop alternate tanning technologies will likely create opportunities for the market in the coming years.
  • Asia-Pacific region is expected to dominate the market and is also likely to witness the highest CAGR during the forecast period.

Tanning Agents Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Tanning Agents Market according to our research experts:

Leather Tanning - The Fastest Growing Segment by Application

  • The fastest-growing application in the tanning agents market is the 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 are iron, aluminum, titanium, zirconium, and chromium. Chrome tanning is widely employed due to its high tensile strength and high-temperature shrinkage property.
  • Leather-tanned products are widely used in various end-user industries, such as the footwear and packing industry.
  • According to the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (India), in the fiscal year 2021, leather footwear contributed to around USD 1.5 billion of India's leather exports. That year, total leather exports were around USD 3.7 billion, thus, supporting the market growth during the forecast period.
  • Furthermore, according to the Travel Goods Association, retail sales of personal leather items in the United States increased by over 80% from 2020 to 2021, from USD 1.9 billion to approximately USD 3.4 billion. Thus, positively increasing the growth of the market.
  • Owing to all these factors, the market for tanning agents will likely grow worldwide during the forecast period.
Tanning Agents Market - Personal Leather Goods, Retail Sales, United States, (in USD million), 2017-2021

Asia-Pacific Region to Dominate the Market

  • Asia-Pacific dominated the global market. With growing footwear and personal care industries in countries like China, India, Japan, and South Korea, the consumption of tanning agents is increasing.
  • Personal care is one of the fastest-growing sectors in countries like China and India. For example, the Indian electronics industry is one of the fastest-growing industries globally.
  • India's personal care and cosmetics sector is expected to grow continuously, with increasing shelf space in retail stores and boutiques. It will, thus, support the growth of the market.
  • The domestic electronics manufacturing sector is expanding at a steady rate, owing to favorable government policies such as 100% foreign direct investment (FDI), no requirement for industrial licenses, and the technological transformation from manual to automatic production processes.
  • According to a Ministry of Economy and Industry report, the country's beauty and personal care (BPC) industry was expected to reach more than USD 10 billion by 2021, driving the market's growth.
  • Furthermore, China is the world's largest producer of footwear. Almost 54.1% of the footwear produced worldwide in 2021 was produced in China. China manufactured more than half of the world's shoes in 2021. Hence, positively increasing the market growth.
  • Due to all such factors, the region's tanning agents market is expected to grow steadily during the forecast period.
Tanning Agents Market - Growth Rate by Region, 2023-2028

Tanning Agents Industry Overview

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, among others (in no particular order).

Tanning Agents Market Leaders

  1. BASF SE


  3. Merck KGaA

  4. Leather International


*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Tanning Agents Market Concentration

Tanning Agents Market News

  • September 2022: Schill+Seilacher GmbH introduced SUCCUIR, a unique pre-tannage and tannage system at Lineapelle. The product is based on a triose produced from vegetable oil waste streams.
  • January 2022: Smit & Zoon introduced their brand-new business, Nera, and Zeology, a cutting-edge new tanning product free of aldehydes, heavy metals, and chrome.

Tanning Agents Market Report - 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 Porter's Five Forces 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

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size in Value)

    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 (%)**/Ranking 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

      5. 6.4.5 Ecopell GmbH

      6. 6.4.6 LANXESS

      7. 6.4.7 Leather International

      8. 6.4.8 Merck KGaA


      10. 6.4.10 Silvateam S.p.a.

      11. 6.4.11 TRUMPLER GmbH & Co. KG

      12. 6.4.12 Viswaat Chemicals Limited


      14. 6.4.14 Smit & Zoon

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

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

**Subject to Availability

Tanning Agents Industry Segmentation

Tanning agents are chemicals that keep the collagen fibers in leather from disintegrating. A tanning agent removes water from the interstices between protein fibers and bonds them together. Vegetable tannin, mineral salts such as chromium sulfate, and fish or animal oil are the three most commonly used tanning agents. The tanning agents market is segmented by type, application, and geography. By type, the market is segmented into inorganic materials, aldehyde tanning agents, vegetable tanning agents, and other types. By application, the market is segmented into leather tanning, sun tanning personal care products, and other applications. The report also covers the market size and forecasts in 15 countries across major regions. Market sizing and forecasts are based on revenue (USD million) for each segment.

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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Tanning Agents Market Research FAQs

The Tanning Agents Market is projected to register a CAGR of greater than 6% during the forecast period (2023-2028).

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

Asia Pacific is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2023-2028).

In 2023, the Asia Pacific accounts for the largest market share in the Tanning Agents Market.

Tanning Agents Industry Report

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