Dyestuff industry development history

      In the late 20th century, the trend toward internationalization of production, regionalization of production and marketing, and liberalization of trade became increasingly evident, while labor and environmental costs in developed countries rose sharply. At the same time, labor costs and environmental protection costs in developed countries increased significantly, so developed countries' dyestuff producers moved their local production capacity to emerging markets, and the production and supply centers of dyestuffs began to shift from Europe to Asia.

       At the end of the 20th century, the gradual liberalization of China's foreign trade rights and the rapid development of the textile and dyeing industries downstream of the dyestuff industry pushed the industry into a golden period of development, especially at the beginning of the 21st century, when the rapid rise of private enterprises greatly contributed to the reform of the dyestuff industry. At the beginning of the industry, China's dyestuff products were mainly sulfide dyestuffs, accompanied by a small amount of acid dyes and direct dyes, and now mainly reactive dyes and disperse dyes.

       In the 1990s, the trend of economic globalization became clear, and the dyestuff industry began to see frequent mergers and reorganizations. The former dyestuff manufacturing giants Bayer AG, Hoechst AG, and BASF AG experienced a series of changes, and by the end of the 20th century, the initial pattern of four global dyestuff manufacturers, namely, Texta, AutoBasic, Clariant, and Yorkshire, which together accounted for about 50% of the global dyestuff market share, was formed. From 2006-2015, Huntsman acquired the textile dyeing and chemical business of Schweppes Fine Chemicals in 2006, replacing it as the new international dyestuff giant.