There are nearly a hundred types of textile auxiliaries around the world, with an annual output of about four million tons. Among them, there are a large number of textile auxiliaries in Europe and the United States, nearly 8,000 varieties.
Market development of textile printing auxiliaries
According to reports, the sales volume of the world textile auxiliary market reached 17 billion US dollars in 2004, far exceeding the sales of the dye market that year. The fierce market competition has led to serious homogenization of different brand auxiliaries produced by various Chinese enterprises, resulting in many enterprises producing auxiliaries with the same or similar performance.
Now, some companies still have the situation of "changing clothes but keeping medicine". For example, some auxiliaries that are suitable for cellulose fibers are simply mixed with other surfactants and promoted for use in other fibers without undergoing performance and stability tests. This not only causes losses to printing and dyeing enterprises, but also damages their own reputation. This fully illustrates that the development capabilities of domestic auxiliaries are still relatively weak, and the technical support is not strong enough.
Textile auxiliaries are necessary chemicals in the production and processing of textiles, which can not only make clothes soft and anti-wrinkle, but also improve the dyeing and finishing process.
Currently, the proportion of synthetic new surfactants and monomers in the entire industry is getting smaller and smaller. Although compound enhancement technology is a high-tech technology, it has the advantages of low investment, short cycle, no three wastes, and quick effect, but it must have two important conditions: one is to master the principle of compound enhancement, and the other is to have surfactants and monomers or compounds for composition or compounding.
The textile printing auxiliaries market is gradually maturing
Currently, about 50 common surfactants (including cationic, anionic, nonionic, and ampholytic types) are supplied on the market, among which the main anionic and nonionic surfactants are less than 30 kinds when excluding the banned ones.
There are not many monomers or compounds supplied in the market. A considerable part of the auxiliary enterprises have not synthesized or rarely synthesized them, mainly relying on purchasing surfactants and monomers or compounds on the market as raw materials, and then processing them into auxiliaries by simple blending, compounding, and emulsifying.
After more than half a century of development, the textile printing auxiliaries market around the world has gradually matured. In recent years, due to well-known reasons, the production centers of the textile industry have shifted from various countries to Asia, which has rapidly increased the demand for textile auxiliaries in Asia. Therefore, choosing a good manufacturer is very important.