Carbomer Price Trend and Forecast

Regional Price Overview

Get the latest insights on price movement and trend analysis of Carbomer in different regions across the world (Asia, Europe, North America, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa).

Carbomer Price Trend for the Second Half of 2023

Carbomer refers to a class of synthetic high-molecular-weight polymers primarily used as thickening, suspending, and stabilizing agents in various industries. In cosmetics and personal care products, carbomers are common ingredients in gels, creams, lotions, and ointments. They also find application in pharmaceuticals, serving as ingredients in topical gels, eye drops, and oral medications. They are basically polymers of acrylic acid, which is the major contributor to determining its price trajectory.

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Carbomer Price Trends

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During H2 of 2023, the carbomer market in Asia experienced a downturn due to falling propylene prices, weak downstream demand, and limited inquiries. Unit shutdowns compounded additional challenges for the trader community. However, market dynamics shifted towards the end of the fourth quarter as downstream industries rebounded and raised their interest, swiftly depleting existing inventories and signaling an upward trend. In Europe, rising propylene prices and increased trading activity initially boosted the carbomer market. Throughout Q3 and Q4 of 2023, the market was driven by disruptions in supply chains, depleting inventories, and higher upstream costs.

Analyst Insight

According to Procurement Resource, the price of Carbomer is estimated to showcase an appreciation in its quoted prices globally as the cost of feedstock acrylic acid is inching toward an upward trajectory.

Carbomer Price Trend for the First Half of 2023

Carbomers are polymer emulsions primarily used by the pharma and cosmetic industries for their jellifying properties. Since acrylic acid is their major feedstock substance, the prices depend greatly on the acrylic acid prices.

During the first six months of 2023, due to the rising interest and the growth in the self-care sector, the downstream demands for carbomer bloomed, thereby positively supporting the market. But, the lack of upstream cost support riddled the market fundamentals.

Lowered feedstock prices, along with stabilizing energy and crude oil sectors and restored supply chains and newer trade routes amidst various geopolitical tensions, brought the production costs down substantially. So, the Carbomer prices also kept swinging on the lower end of the price curve throughout the discussed time period.

Analyst Insight

According to Procurement Resource, Carbomer offers positive market projections with supportive demand dynamics from its consuming sectors.

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Carbomer refers to a series of polymers that is primarily composed of acrylic acid. In appearance, it is a white, fluffy powder. It helps to distribute or suspend an insoluble solid in a liquid, keep emulsions from separating into their oil and liquid components, control the consistency and flow of the products, and can absorb and retain water.

It is most commonly used as a gelling agent in cosmetics and personal care products to produce creams, ointments, and gels, especially formulated for the application on mucous membranes. It can be found in a wide range of product types including skin, makeup, and hair care products.

Product Details

Report Features Details
Product Name Carbomer
Industrial Uses Cosmetics and Personal care industry, Superadsorbent polymers (SAPs) and disposable diapers, Ion exchange resins, Detergents, Thickening and dispersing agents, Suspending and emulsifying agents , Pharmaceuticals, Paints and adhesive, Construction Chemicals
Chemical Formula (C3H4O2)n
Synonyms 9003-01-4, Poly(acrylic acid) (PAA), poly(1-carboxyethylene), Alcosperse, Aquatreat, Sokalan
Supplier Database Evonik Industries AG, The Lubrizol Corporation, Sumitomo Seika Chemicals Co.,Ltd., Ashland Global Holdings Inc, Sumitomo Corporation, Hannong Chemicals Inc., Basildon Chemical Co. Ltd
Region/Countries Covered Asia Pacific: China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, Iran, Thailand, South Korea, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Nepal, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, UAE, Israel, Hongkong, Singapore, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Australia, and New Zealand

Europe: Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy,  Spain, Russia, Turkey, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Belgium, Austria, Ireland Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, Romania, Finland, Czech Republic, Portugal and Greece

North America: United States and Canada

Latin America: Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Columbia, Chile, Ecuador, and Peru

Africa: South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco
Currency US$ (Data can also be provided in local currency)
Supplier Database Availability Yes
Customization Scope The report can be customized as per the requirements of  the customer
Post-Sale Analyst Support 360-degree analyst support after report delivery

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Production Processes

  • Production of Carbomer via Free Radical Polymerisation

In order to produce Carbomer, the process of free radical polymerisation is utilised. In this process, thermochemical initiators such as potassium persulfate and AIBN are utilised to complete the free radical polymerisation of acrylic acid. The monomers used to produce Carbomer are acrylic acid and polyalkenyl polyethers.


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