SAPC Lesson 1: The Industrial Starch Market

The US account for ~50% of the global starch production and corn is the dominant starch source worldwide.

On a global basis ~70% of the starch production is converted to sugar sirups. These find their way into the food industry as sweeteners and the fermentation industry. The fermentation industry produces speciality chemicals, pharmaceuticals but also an increasing volume of bio-ethanol.

The conversion ratio in Europe is only 56% due to a lower production of Ethanol from starchy raw materials.

Only ~30% are sold as starches. A slight majority of them is chemically modified, the balance native starches.

~70% of the total European starch production is used for industrial, only ~30% for food and pharmaceutical applications

~90% of the industrial starches are consumed by paper, corrugating and paper processing.

For starches the industrial sector and here especially the paper industry are the most important consumers. Without the industrial sector the structure of the starch industry would be different.


January 16th, 2017|Paper, Starch|Comments Off on SAPC Lesson 1: The Industrial Starch Market

About the Author:

Detlev Glittenberg received his PhD from the University of Muenster, Germany in1977 for syntheses of C-branched sugars. The first job in the Industry was from 1977 – 86 at CPC Europe’s Consumer R&D Centre in Heilbronn, Germany being Lab Leader in the Applied Research department. During this period he was first developing Maillard Flavors, Intermediate Moisture Food items and later Food Thickening and Binding Systems based on starch and other hydrocolloids. In 1986 he moved to the industrial side of CPC’s business joining the ‘Euro Centre Paper’ in Krefeld, Germany. There he had a hands-on learning of all facets of starch applications in paper. After being taken over by Cerestar in 1987 and having filled different positions, he was nominated Center Manager in 1995 with a widened scope. That was reflected by the new name ‘Application Centre Paper & Corrugating’. He maintained that position after being taken over by Cargill in 2002. In 2006 he was nominated Technical Director Cargill Industrial Starches becoming responsible for all industrial starch applications, development of starches for those purposes, intellectual property management, technology scouting and external co-operations. Over the years he has written more than 70 publications and given presentations at 17 TAPPI and more than 70 other symposia. Effective August 31st, 2011 he retired from his position at Cargill to enjoy a more relaxed life.

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