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The market for dyes and pigments - France

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1.1 Definition and scope of study

Dyes and pigments are two different substances used in a variety of industries: food, cosmetics, textiles and purely industrial. These substances are used to impart a new color.

A distinction must be made between colorants and pigments. Dyes are soluble and need to be carefully ground. They can be found in the food, chemical, plastics, cosmetics, leather and textile industries.

Pigments, on the other hand, are insoluble. They are ground, dispersed and applied to the surface of the material to be colored. They can be found in cosmetics, inks, paint, plastics, coatings, glass, concrete and ceramics.

due to competition from Asian countries, the activity of colorant and pigment manufacturers has been in sharp decline since the early 2000s. However, growth has returned in recent years. The main players include major international groups such as DIC, Tronox and Ferro. French companies are smaller, specializing in specific segments.

Estimated at $38.2 billion in 2022, the market could well reach $57.3 billion in 2030, recording a CAGR of 5.3%.

On a French scale, the sector saw a slight drop in activity in 2023, following two years of significant growth.

1.2 The global colorants and pigments market

The global market for pigments and colorants is set to grow at a steady pace over the coming years. Estimated at $**.* billion in ****, Grand View Research forecasts that it will reach $**.* billion in ****, recording a CAGR of *.*%. This growth will be fuelled by growing demand in the textiles, paints and coatings, ...

1.3 French market trends

The trend in activity since the ****s highlights the overall decline in activity over the last ** years, for both the domestic and export markets. This decline is particularly marked between **** and ****: activity was *.** times higher in France in **** than in ****.

Business trends for colorant and pigment manufacturers France, **** - ****, index base ...

1.4 Foreign trade in dyes and pigments

The code used in this section is ****, which covers "inorganic or mineral coloring matter, n.e.s.preparations based on inorganic or mineral coloring matter, of a kind used for coloring any material or intended to be used as ingredients in the manufacture of coloring preparationsparations (***); inorganic products of a kind ...


2.1 Paint, varnish and ink: key demand drivers

Paint, varnish and ink are very common applications for colorants and pigments. The activity of colorant and pigment manufacturers in France therefore depends on various sectors, such as the building and civil engineering industry and the automotive sector.

Insee groups under NAF code **.**Z the manufacture of paints, varnishes, inks and ...

2.2 Textiles: driving demand in the dyes and pigments market

The textile industry suffered greatly from Asian competition at the start of the XXIᵉ century: the **** level being *.** times lower than in ****.

Trend in textile industry sales France, ****-****, in billions of euros Source: ****

The textile industry has seen moderate growth in sales (***) over the period from **** to ****. Starting with a ...

2.3 Plastics: another major market outlet

With annual sales of over *** billion euros, the plastics industry is a key factor in the growth of the colorants and pigments market. [***]

the main demand countries for plastics in Europe are Germany (***). Hence the importance for pigment and colorant manufacturers of forging relationships with German industrial partners in particular.

Plastics ...

2.4 Paper and board production trends in France

Growth in the French corrugated board industry halted by the Covid-** crisis:

The corrugated board industry France, **** - ****, in billions of € and millions of tons Source: ****

The plastics industry saw its value and volume decline between **** and ****, from *,*** to *,*** and from *.** to *.* respectively. This represents a drop of *.*% in value and ...


3.1 Colorants and pigments industry value chain

Source: ****

3.2 Number of establishments and employees in the sector

The number of establishments manufacturing colorants and pigments in France is fairly low, reflecting a relatively undeveloped industrial fabric that has been in decline for some ten years. This is mainly due to international competition.

Number of colorant and pigment manufacturers (***) France, ****-****, in number of companies and employees Source: ****

Between ...

3.3 Geographical breakdown of the industry

With ** companies registered under NAF code **.**Z, the Auvergne - Rhône - Alpes region is a major player in the sector, followed by the northern regions of France.

The region's proximity to Germany is an important factor, as there are many industrial outlets there.

Source: ****

3.4 Strategy and dynamism

The French pigments and dyes market features two types of players:

*/ Major international groups present in France via various subsidiaries

Venator, an American group, has two production sites in France AMG (***), a Dutch group, has a plant in France PolyOne, American group Tronox, American group BASF, German group specialized in ...


4.1 Product typology

The manufacture of dyes and pigments is covered by NAF code **.**Z. This code covers the following products:

**.**.** - Zinc oxides and peroxides; titanium oxides- **.**.** - Chromium, manganese, lead and copper oxides and hydroxides- **.**.** - Other metal oxides, peroxides and hydroxides- **.**.** - Synthetic organic colorants and preparations based thereon; synthetic ...

4.2 Price trends

Between **** and ****, there will be an overall increase in the Producer Price Index - all markets combined.

Producer price indices (***) in industry for the French market measure changes in transaction prices, excluding VAT, of goods produced by industry and sold on the French market.

Producer price index, Dyes, pigments and tanning ...

4.3 Supply trends: towards "natural" and eco-responsible colorants

The rise of natural food coloring :

Fermantalg is a French biotech specializing in microalgae for nutrition and health. The company is partly owned by the Japanese group Dic: together, the two companies aim to develop natural food colorants by developing an innovative "phycocyanin" (***).

In ****, phycocyanine represented a market worth *** million euros ...


5.1 Current regulations

REACH regulations (***)

European regulation ****/**** aims to protect against the risks associated with the circulation of chemicals on European territory. The regulation sets out a timetable for the registration, classification and evaluation of over **,*** substances. The regulation also sets fees to be paid according to the substances used and their quantities. It ...


6.1 Player segmentation

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