Chitosan is used in the manufacture of cosmetic products due to its high biological tolerance. Its derivatives are used to prevent several contact allergies by efficiently trapping the metals ions. It has a sufficient concentration of vitamin C and acts as a film-forming agent, skin conditioner, and an antioxidant. It is used as colouring products, shampoo, hair conditioner, hair sprays, and setting lotions in the cosmetics and will continue to increase because they act as good hydrating agents, provides lubrication and moisture to the skin, and offers bacteriostatic and fungistatic properties.
The invention of tissue engineering is gaining popularity because it replaces the biological functions and improves tissues such as skin, muscle, cartilage, blood vessels, bladder, and bone. Chitosan is the chief biomaterial used in tissue engineering because of its various properties such as non-toxicities, low-allergenicity, biocompatibility, biodegradability, and bioactivities. Chitosan is used as adsorbents and flocculants in wastewater treatments, removal of pollutants in industrial, textile, pulp, paper and municipal wastewaters in the removal of heavy metal ions. Chitosan has several attractive characteristics such as hydrophobicity, and biocompatibility, biodegradability which is encouraging the chitosan biopolymers market. Specific modifications of chitosan and its chemical structure are encouraging biomedicine, foods and beverages, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics industries. Chitosan nanoparticles are used as potential drug delivery agents which is opening many opportunities in Asia’s chitosan market. Chitosan is used in manufacture of environment-friendly pesticides (agrochemicals) which help in assisting microorganisms in soil to thrive and inhibiting the growth of harmful microorganisms.
According to the study “Asia Chitosan Industry Situation and Prospects Research report”, Asia’s chitosan market is segmented into water treatment, biomedicine, pharmaceutics, industrial, food, beverages, cosmetics, agrochemical, fuel cells, and photographic products. Chitosan has attractive coagulation properties, flocculation properties, low cost and ease of use applications that drive the need to use in various industries. Chitosan possesses antifungal and antibacterial properties, therefore it is used in the maufcature of cosmetics products such as hair lotions, face cleanser, body washes, and in various skin protection formulations. Geographically, Asia’s chitosan market is spread across China, Japan, India, Korea, Saudi Arabia and other regions. The leading vendors in Asia’s chitosan market are Primex, Agratech, ADVANCED BIOPOLYMERS, Novamatrix, Dainichiseika Color & Chemicals, Bioline, Fuda, Fengrun, Golden Shell, Huashan, Haixin, Haizhiyua, Haidebei Marine, Yunzhou and Hecreat.
Growth in Asia’s chitosan market is driven by natural antifungal activities of chitosan nanoparticles. Highly purified version of chitosan is used in manufacture of powerful drugs due to their biocompatibility and non-toxicity. Japan and China in Asia account for a largest share in the chitosan market and are also the leading producers of chitosan. With more consumption of chitosan in pharmaceutical, biomedical, water treatment industries and increasing demand for chitosan the market will witness a continuing growth over the next few years.
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Ankur Gupta, Head Marketing & Communications