The Optical Brightening Agents Industry: Uses and Global Scenario
What are Optical Brightening Agents?
Bleaching is a popular method to decontaminate a colorized fabric. Although it is quite effective, the method often leaves a yellowish tinge, rather than pristine white. To achieve complete whitening of fabric, other methods must be used. One such method is using Optical Brightening Agents.
Also known as fluorescent brighteners, these chemical compounds when exposed to invisible ultraviolet rays, emit visible light of lower energy leading to a brighter and whiter fabric. It is important to note that improper application or inappropriate quantities can lead to unexpected results and even yellowing. The unique property has made Optical Brightening Agents a much sought-after in a variety of industries like Textiles, Plastics, Paper, and Cosmetics.
Where are Optical Brightening Agents Used?
Detergent Industry: According to reports, the detergent industry is the largest user of the fluorescent brighteners. Over a course of time, clothes lose their whiteness naturally. Optical Brightening Agents are widely used in detergents not just protect the whiteness, but enhance the overall brightness of fabric by converting low-density colors to ones with high density.
Textile Industry: Any cloth, before being processed has to undergo bleaching because the raw material is infused with impurities that come from pesticides, dust stuck to the fabric while transportation. In case the fabrics are sourced from animals, there is a different kind of impurities like animal fats, secretions, etc. To effectively do away with these, it is necessary to bleach the fabric. But even bleaching doesn’t offer complete whitening, leading to the necessity of Optical Brightening Agents.
Paper Industry: Just like the textile industry, the paper industry also requires a lot of bleaching, during which they use Optical Brightening Agents, to achieve completely white papers because raw material contains impurities like snippets of bamboo sticks and wood. Further, recycling of paper also ensures that this industry contributes a lot to the growth of optical brightening agents manufacturers in gujarat and all of India.
Other Industries: Apart from these major consumers of Optical Brightening Agents, there are several industries that make use of this chemical compound. The difference with these industries is that they use the brightening property of OBAs rather than the whitening property. The plastic industry has acquired a lot of market share over the last few years owing to sturdy materials as well as cheaper cost. A lot of importance is laid on design and appearance for the products. Thus, Optical brightening agents help to brighten up plastic products.
The cosmetic industry also uses fluorescent brighteners in shampoos and conditioners in order to boost the luminosity. Further, they are also used in skin care products like concealers and face washes to counter the effects of ageing and dust.
Lastly, this chemical is also used extensively in the paints industry. Due to continuous innovation in this field, plastic paints and emulsions are the norms of the day. To create walls that resist the effects of weather and dust, as well as retain the look over a long period of time, fluorescent brighteners are used.
Global OBA Industry
Owing to the consistent growth of manufacturing activities and demand of industries like textile, plastic, cosmetics across the world, the overall demand for Optical Brightening Agents are also rising.
The market is poised to achieve a growth rate of 4.3% CAGR and revenue of $2.1 Billion, by 2022. The overall consumption of OBAs is expected to be 23,219 tons with a 23.8% CAGR.
India and China, because of high-scale industrialization, rise in population, improvement of lifestyles, and more people entering the middle class, contribute greatly to the rise of Optical Brightening Agents industry. Owing to these economies, the Asia-Pacific region is expected to achieve the strongest growth in the OBA industry, an impressive 5.3% CAGR. Japan holds the most number of patents pertaining to this chemical compound, contributing greatly to the growth of the OBA Industry in the Asia-Pacific region.
Meghmani Group of Companies, based in the bustling city of Ahmedabad in the state of Gujarat, is a conglomerate providing its customers with the highest quality of chemicals while being ecologically sensitive and continuously innovative. Meghmani Dyes and Intermediates LLP, a part of the group, is a leading manufacturer of optical brightening agents in india. Their products are in accordance with the needs of a variety of industries like Textiles, Paper, Detergents or Plastic, and have continuously seen the desired results as well as positive feedback. The industry aims to contribute positively to the Indian as well as global OBA market and aims to continue being a leading manufacturer of this commodity in India.