Global Leather Chemicals Market by Type (Beamhouse Chemicals, Tanning & Dyeing Chemicals, Finishing Chemicals); by Application (Automotive, Footwear, Garments, Furniture, Others); and by Region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, MEA); - Global Forecasts 2021 to 2027

Date: Dec 2021 Report Id: 141 Category: Specialty Chemicals Report Format: pdf-img excel-img ppt-img word-img

The Global Leather Chemicals Market was valued at USD 8.6 Bn in 2020 and is expected to reach USD 14.4 Bn by 2027, with a growing CAGR of 7.6% during the forecast period.

Global Leather Chemicals Market Definition

Chemicals used in the tanning, dyeing and re-tanning stages of the leather production process are known as leather chemicals. The leather processing market is influenced by the fashion industry's fluctuating environment. The leather chemicals industry is expected to grow considerably due to the renowned sales for shoes and automobiles in India and the Asia Pacific. Today, environmental and health concerns control the sorts of chemicals used in leather manufacturing, requiring the use of environmentally friendly and technologically complex compounds.

Leather Chemicals Market

Global Leather Chemicals Market Dynamics

Globally changing lifestyles, increase in purchasing power, and demand for garments is anticipated to drive the leather chemicals industry growth in the near future. According to the latest predictions from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Italy's GDP would surpass $2 trillion, reuniting it with seven other economies, including the United States, China, Germany, and India.

Additionally, the availability of leather chemicals at cheaper prices from China, India is expected to drive the demand for leather chemicals in the near future. For instance, the price for technical grade colorless tanning agent Aritan GSI liquid costs Rs 152 / kg i.e. (USD (2.02) at India Mart, and the white phenolic syntan powder, for leather tanning, costs Rs 80/kg (~1.1 USD). However, toxic waste production from leather manufacturing industries may impede the market growth. For example, due to the potential for growth and economic contribution in Bangladesh, the leather industry has been designated as a high-priority sector. However, owing to environmental contamination, these chemical companies are unable to fulfill the compliance challenge. Most tanneries in Bangladesh create 20000 m3 of liquid waste and 232 tonnes of solid waste each day due to the lack of a central effluent treatment facility and modern management technology, posing a substantial risk to the environment and human health unless properly managed. Leather processing is a multi-step process including both chemical and mechanical techniques.

The Global Leather Chemicals Market Segmentation:

By Type

  • Beamhouse Chemicals
  • Tanning & Dyeing Chemicals
  • Finishing Chemicals

By Application

  • Automotive
  • Footwear
  • Garments
  • Furniture
  • Others

By Region

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa

The unique insights provided by this report also include the following:

  • In-depth Value Chain Analysis
  • Opportunity Mapping
  • Sector Snapshot
  • Key Players Positioning Matrix
  • Regulatory Scenario
  • Strategies Adopted-Benchmarking Heat Map
  • Market Trends
  • Covid-19 Impact Analysis
  • Product Comparison
  • Pre & Post COVID-19 Impact on the Leather Chemicals Market
  • Competitive Landscape

Based on type, the tanning & dyeing chemicals segment held the largest market share in 2020 and is expected to grow significantly during the forecast period due to its use in textiles

Based on type, the market has been segmented into beamhouse chemicals, tanning & dyeing chemicals, finishing chemicals, The tanning & dyeing chemicals segment in the leather chemicals industry accounted for the largest market share in 2020 and is expected to grow significantly during the forecast period. Dyeing is used to provide a special appearance, metallic finish, coloring, and transparency for end-use products such as textiles, footwear. For instance, in 2018 Huntsman (US), Archroma (Switzerland), and DyStar (Singapore) were the world's largest suppliers of dyes and textile chemicals.

Based on the application, the footwear segment in the leather chemicals market is growing at the highest CAGR during the forecast period owing to its demand from millennials

Based on the application, the market has been segmented into automotive, garments, furniture, footwear, and others. The footwear segment is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. More than 50% of the world's leather is currently produced in underdeveloped countries such as China, Brazil, India, South Korea, Turkey, and others. Leather footwear accounts for around 65% of global leather production, in 2021, according to “shoe intelligence” global footwear consumption is expected to rise by 2.8% in volume this year as the market recovers from losses posted last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Based on region, Asia-Pacific is expected to hold the largest market share during the forecast period owing to the presence of cheap resources

Based on region, the global leather chemicals market is categorized into North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Middle East & Africa. Asia-Pacific held the largest market share in the leather chemicals market owing to the presence of several manufacturers such as pon pure chemical group, jintex chemical, and others. Asia accounted for almost 80% of footwear production in 2021. Additionally, in India, the government initiatives to promote the leather industry include the reduction of GST for finished leather from 12% to 5%. Moreover, on certain leather chemicals, leather goods, leather garments, and saddlery items have been reduced from 28% to 18%. GST on Common Effluent Treatment Plants (CETPs) has been reduced from 18% to 12%. GST on footwear has been reduced from 18% to 5%

Additionally, the global demand for leather upholstery in automobiles is expected to bolster the market growth during the forecast period. Due to increasing disposable incomes in the Asia-Pacific region, there is a growing desire for personalization among automobile buyers. Automobile manufacturers and OEMs in this region are now offering leather upholstery in their mid-range vehicles, propelling the leather-type automotive upholstery market forward. The growing consumer preference for upgrading vehicles with leather upholstery is fuelling market expansion through the aftermarket channel.

The report also provides an in-depth analysis of leather chemicals market dynamics such as drivers, restraints, opportunities, and challenges


  • Increasing demand for leather chemicals from the footwear segment
  • Easy availability of raw materials


  • Strict regulations related to “leather chemicals processing” waste disposition
  • High operational costs


  • Increasing demand for leather in automobile upholstery in Asia-Pacific


  • Recycling issues
  • Preservation of raw stock

COVID-19 Impact on the Leather Chemicals Market Analysis

According to Smit & Zoon, the leather chemicals market showed indications of recovery after a rough 2019, but the Covid-19 a new source of fear since it affects global supply chains such as the leather supply chain. Natural leather and its end products are attracting a growing number of stakeholders in the leather business who want to make real leather more visible once again. During the fashion weeks in Paris and Milan every year, more leather is noticeable in the fashion world, which is anticipated to support the market growth in the near future. Additionally, the discussion over whether vegan or other materials have a reduced environmental effect continues, and it will continue as customers and various stages of the supply chain develop a greater awareness of the facts. However, this will continue in the next years.

The impact of Covid-19 on the leather chemicals market is difficult to forecast, but if the disruption is kept to a minimum, the leather output is expected to be better than last year. Furthermore, shipping is presently slow steaming, and container equipment is distributed, as well as local transportation is delayed by the Covid-19. Owing to the lack of Asian guests due to Covid-19, Linea Pelle 2021 was rather smooth. Despite this, the group recorded a 2% gain over the previous year. The Simac Tanning Tech expo drew a large crowd. The demand for new chemicals and equipment is high. Another trend as part of the sustainability is to push for more sophisticated industrialization of leather manufacturing and waste management, similar to car seat leather.

The report also provides an in-depth analysis of key trends in the leather chemicals market

  • The application of leather chemicals in textiles owing to changing preferences in fashion
  • Developing countries are expected to consume twice the amount of meat produced by 2050 which is expected to support the raw materials demand
  • Growing demand for livestock is expected to originate raise the global temperatures, and support more disease-prone environments

The report also provides an in-depth analysis of recent news developments and investments

  • In August 2021, TFL (Germany) announced its initiative to expand production for its line of leather dyes manufactured in its blending and standardizing plant in Mumbai, India, has been completed successfully. TFL's global capacity for important Sellaset and Sellafast dye products has climbed by 40%, ensuring continuing excellent service to its clients.
  • In October 2021, Stahl (Netherlands), a strong supporter of environmentally friendly chemistry, raised the pricing of all wet-end and leather finishing chemicals globally by 15%, on immediate effect Stahl can continue to provide great product quality for its clients across the world, as well as the best levels of customer service. Stahl's commitment to developing a better chemicals sector, including its continuous investment in sustainable processes and renewable feedstocks, is supported by the price rise.

Company Profiles and Competitive Intelligence

The key players operating in the leather chemicals market are:

  • Stahl Holdings B.V.
  • Sisecam
  • Buckman
  • SilvaTeam 
  • Clariant AG
  • TFL Ledertechnik GmbH
  • Pidilite Industries Limited
  • Balmer Lawrie
  • Schill+Seilacher GmbH
  • Elementis PLC
  • Lanxess
  • Fashion Chemicals GmbH & Co. KG
  • Pon Pure Chemicals Group
  • DyStar Singapore Pte Ltd

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The global leather chemicals market was valued at USD 8.6 Bn in 2020 and is anticipated to reach USD 14.4 Bn by 2027.
The leather chemicals market is estimated to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.6% during the forecast period.
The Asia-Pacific is expected to hold a significant market share during the forecast period.
A few key players include but are not limited to Stahl Holdings B.V, Sisecam, Buckman, SilvaTeam, Clariant AG, TFL Ledertechnik GmbH, Pidilite Industries Limited, Balmer Lawrie, QUIMSER S.A, Schill+Seilacher GmbH, Elementis PLC, Lanxess, Fashion Chemicals GmbH & Co. KG, Pon Pure Chemicals Group, and DyStar Singapore Pte Ltd
Strict regulations related to leather chemicals disposition is the major restraining factor that hampers the growth of the market.
Author Credentials

Priyanka has been writing chemicals & material market research reports for the last 12 years. A post-graduate, her specialization is in the chemicals sector. Preparing end-to-end reports covering minute details for market insights, competitive intelligence and trend analysis in the CMFE sector.

  1. Market Introduction
    1. Definition
    2. Scope of the Study
    3. List of Assumptions
    4. Market Structure
    5. Scope of the Study: Segmentation 
    6. Timeframe, Currency and Limitations
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    2. Market Sizing Approach
    3. Data Sources
    4. Primary Research Coverage
  3. Executive Summary
    1. Market Summary
    2. Market Snapshot
    3. Regional Snapshot
    4. Country Snapshot
  4. Premium Insights
    1. Key Trend Analysis
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    3. Pain Point Analysis
    4. Company Market Share Analysis, by Region
    5. Strategies Adopted-Benchmarking Heat Map
    6. Regulatory Landscape
    7. PESTEL Analysis
    8. Regional Lifecycle
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  5. Market Overview & Competitive Landscape
    1. Competitive Landscape
    2. Investment Scenario by Key Players
    3. Key Player Overview
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    7. Recent News
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      2. R&D / Innovation
      3. Merger & Acquisition
      4. JV & Partnership
      5. Recognition and others
  6. Market Segmentation (Market Size and Share Analysis)
    1. Global Market Size & Historic Growth
    2. Market Size by Type
      1. Beamhouse Chemicals
      2. Tanning & Dyeing Chemicals
      3. Finishing Chemicals
    3. Market Size by Application
      1. Automotive
      2. Footwear
      3. Garments
      4. Furniture
  7. Others Market Dynamics
    1. Market Drivers
    2. Opportunities
    3. Value Chain Analysis
    4. Pricing Analysis
  8. COVID – 19 Opportunity Mapping
    1. Key Drivers & Anticipated Revival Period
    2. Key Trends Analysis
    3. Impact on End user Industry
    4. Opportunity Analysis
  9. Regional Market Analysis
    1. North America
      1. US
      2. Canada
    2. Europe
      1. UK
      2. Germany
      3. France
      4. Italy
      5. Spain
      6. Rest of Europe
    3. APAC
      1. China
      2. India
      3. Japan
      4. South Korea
      5. Rest of APAC
    4. Latin America
      1. Mexico
      2. Brazil
      3. Argentina
      4. Rest of LATAM
    5. Middle East & Africa
      1. GCC
      2. Rest of MEA
  10. Company Profiles
    1. Stahl Holdings B.V.
      1. Company Fundamentals
      2. Financial Analysis (Subject to Availability)
      3. Product Portfolio
      4. SWOT Analysis
    2. Sisecam
    3. Buckman
    4. SilvaTeam 
    5. Clariant AG
    6. TFL Ledertechnik GmbH
    7. Pidilite Industries Limited
    8. Balmer Lawrie
    9. QUIMSER S.A.
    10. Schill+Seilacher GmbH
    11. Elementis PLC
    12. Lanxess
    13. Fashion Chemicals GmbH & Co. KG
    14. Pon Pure Chemicals Group
    15. DyStar Singapore Pte Ltd

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