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Surfactants Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2019 - 2024)

  • ID: 4771655
  • Report
  • 185 pages
  • Mordor Intelligence
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  • 3M
  • Emery Oleochemicals
  • Innospec
  • Nouryon
  • Solvay
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Market Overview

The surfactants market is anticipated to register a CAGR of 4.25% by revenue during the forecast period (2019-2024). One of the major factors driving the growth of the market is the growth of the Asia-Pacific personal care industry. The expanding application base of bio-based and speciality surfactants is further expected to add to the market.
  • Household soap and detergent is the largest application for surfactants in terms of volume. Surfactants are used as ingredients in a variety of products in the personal care segment, such as foaming agents, dispersants, emulsifiers, solubilizing agents, cleansers, and conditioners, among others. The personal care industry accounted for a healthy share of the global market, in 2018, thereby augmenting the growth of the market.
  • Environmental issues address certain key concerns that include toxicity, biodegradability, eutrophication, and lifecycle analysis. One of the biggest challenges faced by the surfactants industry is the level of the environmental effect caused by the use of its various products, like detergents. This is likely to hinder the market growth.
  • As the demand for speciality surfactants is growing rapidly in various applications, the market for speciality surfactants is projected to increase drastically during the forecast period, thus providing opportunities for innovations in application-specific products.
Key Market Trends

Increasing Demand from the Household Soap and Detergent Application
  • Detergent is usually a mixture of surfactants, used mainly for the purpose of cleaning, and is available in varying dilutions. Detergents consist of alkylbenzenesulfonates, which have chemical properties similar to soap, but with higher solubility in hard water.
  • Detergents are classified in terms of their ionic properties, namely, anionic, cationic, and non-ionic. The soap mentioned in the segmentation deals mainly with washing and laundry application.
  • The surfactants incorporated in detergents and soaps mix with water, and attach themselves with the dirt on clothes and other cleaning surfaces. This helps reduce the surface tension and removes the dirt from the concerned surface.
  • Asia-Pacific holds the dominant position in the market, and is closely followed by North America. In Asia-Pacific, China and India are two of the largest consumers.
  • All the aforementioned factors are expected to drive the global market, during the forecast period.
Asia-Pacific to Dominate the Market

In Asia-Pacific, China was the largest consumer of surfactants in 2018, and the country is likely to continue its dominance during the forecast period. The market for soap, washing powder, and synthetic detergent industry in China has grown at an average annual rate of 13.2% in the past five years, due to increasing awareness about hygiene and development in liquid soap. The food processing industry is expected to expand at a lucrative rate in the Chinese surfactants market, due to the increasing population, coupled with rising regulations for healthy food. China is becoming the largest market in terms of cosmetics and skin care products, globally. Beauty sector in the country has witnessed a growth of around 5% in the past 10 years. Today, India is the one of the largest producers of soaps in the world. The per capita consumption of toilet/bathing soap in the country is around 800 grams. Around 65% of the Indian population resides in rural areas, and the increasing disposable incomes and growth in rural markets are making the consumers shift to premium products. This shift is expected to drive the market for surfactants in the country.

Competitive Landscape

The surfactants market is highly fragmented, with the top five companies accounting for almost 15% of the market. Key players in the surfactants market include 3M Company, Akzo Nobel NV, Arkema, Ashland, BASF SE, Clariant, Evonik Industries AG, Reliance Industries Ltd, and Solvay, among others.
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1.1 Study Deliverables
1.2 Study Assumptions
1.3 Scope of the Study



4.1 Drivers
4.1.1 Growing Personal Care Industry in Asia-Pacific
4.1.2 Increased Shale Gas Production Augmenting the Demand for Synthetic Surfactants
4.1.3 Growth of the Oleo Chemicals Market Driving the Demand for Bio-based Surfactants
4.2 Restraints
4.2.1 Increasing Focus on Environmental Regulations
4.2.2 Other Restraints
4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis
4.4 Porters Five Forces Analysis
4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers
4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants
4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services
4.4.5 Degree of Competition
4.5 Patent Analysis

5.1 Type
5.1.1 Anionic Surfactants Linear Alkylbenzene Sulfolane (LAS or LABS) Alcohol Ethoxy Sulfates (AES) Alpha Olefin Sulfonates (AOS) Secondary Alkane Sulfonate (SAS) Methyl Ester Sulfonates (MES) Sulfosuccinates Others
5.1.2 Cationic Surfactants Quaternary Ammonium Compounds Others
5.1.3 Non-ionic Surfactants Alcohol Ethoxylates Ethoxylated Alkyl-phenols Fatty Acid Esters Others
5.1.4 Amphoteric Surfactants
5.1.5 Silicone Surfactants
5.1.6 Other Types
5.2 Origin
5.2.1 Synthetic Surfactants
5.2.2 Bio-based Surfactants Chemically Synthesized Bio-based Surfactants Sucrose Ester Alkyl Polyglycoside Fatty Acid Glucamide Sorbitan Ester Others Bio Surfactant Glycolipid Fatty Acid, Phospholipid, Neutral Lipid Lipopeptide Polymeric Bio Surfactant
5.3 Application
5.3.1 Household Soap and Detergent
5.3.2 Personal Care
5.3.3 Lubricants and Fuel Additives
5.3.4 Industry and Institutional Cleaning
5.3.5 Food Processing
5.3.6 Oilfield Chemicals
5.3.7 Agricultural Chemicals
5.3.8 Textile Processing
5.3.9 Emulsion Polymerization
5.3.10 Other Applications
5.4 Geography
5.4.1 Asia-Pacific China India Japan Rest of Asia-Pacific
5.4.2 North America United States Canada Mexico
5.4.3 Europe Germany United Kingdom Italy France Rest of Europe
5.4.4 South America Brazil Argentina Rest of South America
5.4.5 Middle East & Africa Saudi Arabia South Africa Rest of Middle East & Africa

6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements
6.2 Market Share Analysis**
6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players
6.4 Company Profiles
6.4.1 3M
6.4.2 Arkema
6.4.3 Ashland
6.4.4 BASF SE
6.4.5 Bayer AG
6.4.6 CEPSA
6.4.7 Clariant
6.4.8 Croda International PLC
6.4.10 DowDuPont Inc.
6.4.11 Emery Oleochemicals
6.4.12 Evonik Industries AG
6.4.13 Galaxy Surfactants
6.4.14 Geo Specialty Chemicals
6.4.15 Godrej Industries Limited
6.4.16 Huntsman International LLC
6.4.17 Innospec
6.4.18 Kao Corporation
6.4.19 KLK Oleo
6.4.20 Lankem
6.4.21 Lonza
6.4.22 Nouryon
6.4.23 Oxiteno
6.4.24 P&G Chemicals
6.4.25 Reliance Industries Ltd
6.4.26 Sanyo Chemical Industries Ltd
6.4.27 Sasol
6.4.28 Sinopec Jinling Petrochemical Co. Ltd
6.4.29 Solvay
6.4.30 Stepan Company
6.4.31 Sulfatrade SA
6.4.32 Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd
6.4.33 Taiwan NJC Corporation Ltd
6.4.34 TENSAC
6.4.35 YPF SA

7.1 Opportunities
7.1.1 Possible Innovations in the Applications of Specialty Surfactants
7.1.2 Expansion of Application Base for Bio Surfactants
7.2 Future of the Market
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  • 3M
  • Arkema
  • Ashland
  • Bayer AG
  • Clariant
  • Croda International PLC
  • Emery Oleochemicals
  • Evonik Industries AG
  • Galaxy Surfactants
  • Geo Specialty Chemicals
  • Godrej Industries Limited
  • Huntsman International LLC
  • Innospec
  • Kao Corporation
  • KLK Oleo
  • Lankem
  • Lonza
  • DowDuPont
  • Nouryon
  • Oxiteno
  • P&G Chemicals
  • Reliance Industries Ltd
  • Sanyo Chemical Industries Ltd
  • Sasol
  • Sinopec Jinling Petrochemical Co. Ltd
  • Solvay
  • Stepan Company
  • Sulfatrade SA
  • Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd
  • Taiwan NJC Corporation Ltd
  • YPF SA
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