Read and weep if you thought your move into waterbased paint was ridding the world of white spirit and working for a cleaner environment !
(In Europe) Germany had the highest demand for white spirit. Other European countries such as Netherlands, the UK, Italy, France and Sweden are expected to show higher demand for white spirit owing to increasing demand from manufacturing sector. However, regulations related to the market will slightly hamper the growth of the market in this region.
North America had the third-largest demand for white spirit. U.S. had the highest demand for white spirit in this region. Rest of the World is likely to show stable growth for the white spirit market in next few years to come. Middle East is anticipated to be the fastest growing region for white spirit market in next few years.
Some of the key manufacturers in white spirit market are Al Sanea Chemical Products, GSB Chemicals, ICPC UAE, Petrochem Carless, Royal Dutch Shell and TOTAL SA among others.
The likelihood is that while the domestic market is doing its bit, the biggest consumers are on the industrial side, and they have different rules and cares…
I recall the hoops that private boat yards in the Bay Area were jumping through just with disposal of the run off from power washing keels that had been painted with copper based bottom paint. The “recreational market” paint has been modified a lot to reduce copper content, yet around the corner, literally, the navy were applying thousands of gallons of the “good stuff” with not a care in the world.
Obviously we should all do our bit else there is no hope but why does the legislation from on high, only hamper growth in white spirit demand, not reduce it?