Oleochemicals are a bunch of a range of fatty acid-containing compounds used for manufacturing paints, surfactants, detergents, soaps, lubricants, varnishes, pharmaceutical aids, and copolymers. The market is majorly driven by government regulations regarding the use of environmentally friendly products and the rising usage of oleochemicals in the cosmetic & pharmaceutical industry. Furthermore, the growing demand for sustainable and biodegradable products is also anticipated to drive market growth.
In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic positively impacted the oleochemicals market, due to the increase in demand for cleaning products, sanitizers, and disinfectants, for manufacturing of which oleochemicals are used. However, due to travel restrictions, the supply chains were disrupted.
Government initiatives regarding the use of environment friendly products
Rising awareness regarding the ill effects caused by the harmful chemical-based products on the environment, the government of various countries have initiated many movements and regulations to encourage the use of environment-friendly products. Since oleochemicals are derived from natural oils and fats, they are safe for the environment. The US Environmental Protection Agency introduced ecolabels and standards for greener products. These are marked on eco-friendly products so that consumers can identify them easily. Such initiatives are expected to boost the demand for environmentally friendly products, hence boosting the growth of the oleochemicals market.
Rising use in the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industry
Oleochemicals find application in the nutraceutical and pharmaceutical industry, as they can be used as thickening agents, preservatives, and as emollients. Isopropyl myristate, a type of oleochemical is used as moisturizers in topical medicinal products and as a thickening agent or emollient in other pharmaceutical applications. In the cosmetic industry, oleochemicals such as octyl stearate, a palm derivative are used as an emollient for eyeshadow & lipstick and polyhexanide, a water-based preservative & an antibacterial chemical is used in many makeup products. Therefore, the rising usage of oleochemicals in the cosmetic, as well as the pharmaceutical industry, is estimated to fuel the market growth.
Growing demand for biodegradable and sustainable products
Since non-renewable resources are depleting and the environmental regulations are also getting stringent, demand for oleochemicals as sustainable alternatives is also rising. Oleochemicals are abundantly available, which further makes them the preferred product of choice in many industries. The production of such sustainable chemicals is increasing since consumers are becoming aware of the environment and the cost benefits that oleochemicals can provide. The demand for oleochemicals is increasing more and more as the movement for environmentally-friendly products progresses and as the cost of the oil rises.
The global oleochemicals market is segmented into product, application, and sales channels.
- Fatty Acid Methyl Ester
- Fatty Amines
- Glycerol Esters
- Fatty Acids
- Fatty Alcohols
- Specialty Esters
The alkoxylates segment accounts for the largest share of more than 40% due to their increasing use in detergents, emulsifying agents, wetting agents, and stabilizers, among others. The fatty alcohol segment is expected to grow at the fastest CAGR owing to its rising use in the cosmetics and pharmaceutical industry.
- Consumer Goods
- Food & Beverages
- Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals
- Paints & Inks
- Personal Care & Cosmetics
- Polymer & Plastic Additives
- Soap and Detergents
The soap & detergents segment accounted for the largest share due to the growing usage of oleochemicals in this sector, as the demand for natural soaps and detergents is rising. On the other hand, the healthcare & pharmaceuticals segments are anticipated to grow at the fastest growth rate of around 8.1% owing to the high demand for oleochemicals to manufacture topical medicinal products.
By Sales Channel
The direct segment is expected to hold the largest market share, as most of the industries using oleochemicals adopt direct sales channels for selling their products. The indirect segment is expected to hold the second-largest market share.
On a regional basis, the global Oleochemicals market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and South America.
The Asia Pacific region accounted for the largest market share of more than 60% in the global market owing to the rising demand for sustainable plastics, which has led to the rising demand for its raw materials, such as fatty acids and other bio-based polymers.
The Middle East & Africa region held the second largest market share in the global market, owing to the presence of various companies manufacturing different types of oleochemicals. The North American region is also anticipated to demonstrate significant growth during the forecast period.
Key players operating in the global oleochemicals market are present majorly in Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. The cumulative market share of the fourteen major players is near about 60%. Therefore, it can be concluded that there is high competition in the market.
Malaysia-based companies include Emery Oleochemicals (M) Sdn Bhd, Emery Oleochemicals Group, FGV Holdings Berhad, Greenwell Oleochemicals SdnBhd, IOI Corporation Bhd, KLK OLEO, Malaysian Oleochemical Manufacturers Group, Pacific Oleochemicals Sdn Bhd, Sime Darby, and Timur Oleochemicals Malaysia Sdn Bhd.
Indonesia-based companies include Aribhawana Utama, Cisadene Raya, Ecogreen, Imora, PHG (Permata Hijau Group), Sinar Mas Group, and other prominent players. Philippines-based companies include Chemrez Technologies, Inc., JNJ Oleochemicals, Incorporated, Pan Century Surfactants Inc., Pepmaco Manufacturing Corp., Philippine International Dev., Inc. (Phidco, Inc.), and other prominent players.
The market also consists of many global players such as Alnor Oil Co, Inc., BASF SE, Cargill Incorporated, Corbion N.V, Eastman Chemical Company, Evonik Industries, Evyap-Oleo, Gliserin San, Godrej Industries, Isosciences LLC, Kao Chemicals, Musim Mas, Nouryon, Oleon NV, P&G Chemicals, PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited, SABIC, Sakamoto Yakuhinkogyo Co., Ltd., Stepan Company, Vantage Specialty Chemicals, Inc., and Wilmar International Ltd., among others.
All these players are involved in various strategic developments, such as mergers & acquisitions, product launches, collaborations, and expansions, among others. For instance, in April 2021, Emery Oleochemicals developed a bio-based alternative to castor-based PVC lubricants, such as 12 Hydroxystearic acids (12-HSA). The bio-based alternative is known as Loxiol G 19 and is highly compatible with PVC. It also provides good anti-plate-out properties and reduces stickiness.
The global oleochemicals market report provides insights on the below pointers:
- Market Penetration: Provides comprehensive information on the market offered by the prominent players
- Market Development: The report offers detailed information about lucrative emerging markets and analyzes penetration across mature segments of the markets
- Market Diversification: Provides in-depth information about untapped geographies, recent developments, and investments
- Competitive Landscape Assessment: Mergers & acquisitions, certifications, product launches in the global oleochemicals market have been provided in this research report. In addition, the report also emphasizes the SWOT analysis of the leading players.
- Product Development & Innovation: The report provides intelligent insights on future technologies, R&D activities, and breakthrough product developments
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- What is the market size and forecast of the Global Oleochemicals Market?
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1.1 Research Objective
1.2 Product Overview
1.3 Market Segmentation
Chapter 2. Research Methodology
2.1 Qualitative Research
2.2 Quantitative Research
2.3 Breakdown of Primary Research Respondents, By Region
2.4 Assumption for the Study
2.5 Market Size Estimation
2.6. Data Triangulation
Chapter 3. Executive Summary: Global Oleochemicals Market
Chapter 4. Global Oleochemicals Market Overview
4.1. Global Surfactant- Alcohol Production
4.2. EXIM of Palm Oil and Palm Oil Products
4.3. Number of Oleochemical Plants & Capacities (Tonne/ Year)
4.4. Industry Value Chain Analysis
4.5. Production Process
4.6. PESTLE Analysis
4.7. Porter's Five Forces Analysis
4.8. Market Dynamics and Trends
4.9. Covid-19 Impact Assessment on Market Growth Trend
4.10. Market Growth and Outlook
4.11. Regulatory Landscape
4.12. Competition Dashboard
Chapter 5. Oleochemicals Market, By Product
5.1. Key Insights
5.2. Market Size and Forecast, 2017 - 2027 (US$ Mn and Kilotons)
Chapter 6. Oleochemicals Market, By Application
6.1. Key Insights
6.2. Market Size and Forecast, 2017 - 2027 (US$ Mn and Kilotons)
Chapter 7. Oleochemicals Market, By Sales Channel
7.1. Key Insights
7.2. Market Size and Forecast, 2017 - 2027 (US$ Mn and Kilotons)
Chapter 8. Oleochemicals Market, By Region/ Country
8.1. Key Insights
8.2. Market Size and Forecast, 2017 - 2027 (US$ Mn and Mn Units)
Chapter 9. North America Oleochemicals Market Analysis
9.1. Key Insights
9.2. Market Size and Forecast, 2017 - 2027 (US$ Mn and Mn Units)
Chapter 10. Europe Oleochemicals Market Analysis
10.1. Key Insights
10.2. Market Size and Forecast, 2017 - 2027 (US$ Mn and Mn Units)
Chapter 11. Asia Pacific Oleochemicals Market Analysis
11.1. Key Insights
11.2. Market Size and Forecast, 2017 - 2027 (US$ Mn and Mn Units)
Chapter 12. Middle East & Africa Oleochemicals Market Analysis
12.1. Key Insights
12.2. Market Size and Forecast, 2017 - 2027 (US$ Mn and Mn Units)
Chapter 13. South America Oleochemicals Market Analysis
13.1. Key Insights
13.2. Market Size and Forecast, 2017 - 2027 (US$ Mn and Mn Units)
Chapter 14. Company Profile (Company Overview, Financial Matrix, Key Product landscape, Key Personnel, Key Competitors, Contact Address, and Business Strategy Outlook)
14.1. Malaysia - Based Companies
14.2. Indonesia - Based Companies
14.3. Philippines - Based Companies
14.4. Other Prominent Players (Global)
A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:
- Emery Oleochemicals (M) Sdn Bhd
- Emery Oleochemicals Group
- FGV Holdings Berhad
- Greenwell Oleochemicals Sdn Bhd
- IOI Corporation Bhd
- KLK OLEO
- Malaysian Oleochemical Manufacturers Group
- Pacific Oleochemicals Sdn Bhd
- Sime Darby
- Timur Oleochemicals Malaysia Sdn Bhd
- Aribhawana Utama
- Cisadene Raya
- PHG (Permata Hijau Group)
- Sinar Mas Group
- Chemrez Technologies, Inc.
- JNJ Oleochemicals, Incorporated
- Pan Century Surfactants Inc.
- Pepmaco Manufacturing Corp.
- Philippine International Dev., Inc. (Phidco, Inc.)
- Alnor Oil Co, Inc.
- BASF SE
- Cargill Incorporated
- Corbion N.V
- Eastman Chemical Company
- Evonik Industries
- Evyap Sabun Ya? Gliserin San
- Godrej Industries
- Isosciences LLC
- Kao Chemicals
- Musim Mas
- Oleon NV
- P&G Chemicals
- PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited
- Sakamoto Yakuhin kogyo Co., Ltd.
- Stepan Company
- Vantage Specialty Chemicals, Inc.
- Wilmar International Ltd.