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Suppliers Focus on Emerging Regions; Price Hikes Help Margins

12:44 PM MDT | July 30, 2007 | Kate Phillips

Paper chemical markets in North America and Western Europe are expected to grow only slightly this year, while Latin America, Eastern Europe, and Asia are predicted to post higher gains, suppliers say (table). Hercules, Nalco, and Ciba Specialty Chemicals are the largest paper chemical suppliers worldwide, and they account for about 45% of the more than $4-billion paper chemicals market, Hercules says (chart). Pahl: China leads development. Several suppliers have made acquisitions and/or expanded operations in emerging regions in the last two years. The paper and...

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