Gains in US textile chemicals demand will be led by wrinkle-resistant finishes, fabric softeners and eco-friendly formulations such as waterborne polymers, low-salt dyes, low-formaldehyde finishes, and high-fixative colourants said a report from Freedonia.

The report, Textile Processing And Finishing Chemicals to 2004, said best markets will include high-performance industrial textiles and medical products, especially value-added nonwovens.

This study analyses the $2.3bn US textile chemical industry. It presents historical data for 1989, 1994 and 1999 and forecasts to 2004 and 2009 by type (for example, colourants, polymers, surfactants, starches, sodium chemicals, enzymes, silicone products), by function (textile dyes, dye auxiliaries, water and soil repellents, wrinkle-resistant finishes, softeners and hand modifiers, flame retardants, scouring agents, bleaches and whiteners, sizing, coatings, lubricants, antistats, foam control agents, antimicrobial agents), and by end-use.

The study also examines the market environment, details market share and competitive strategies, and profiles over 40 key companies including Ciba Specialty Chemicals, BASF, DyStar, and BF Goodrich.