Surfactants Market to Reach $16.65 Billion by 2012, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.

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Driven by technology advancement, consistent end-use demand, and steady rise in consumption by emerging economies, the global market for surfactants or surface active agents is expected to reach $16.65 billion by 2012.

Surface Active Agents: A Global Strategic Business Report

Surface active agents or surfactants are chemical intermediates with a wide range of characteristics and are used in several applications such as laundry detergents, coatings and paints, household cleaners and food emulsifiers. A broad spectrum of physical and chemical properties of surfactants also enables their use in multiple applications. Surfactants market is a complex industry with several producers, numerous product lines and a broad spectrum of end use markets. Developing regions such as Asia-Pacific and Latin America offer tremendous market potential, with demand stemming from greater consumption of soaps and detergent products.

The most prominent change in the industry has been the switch from powdered versions to concentrated liquid detergents, gels or single dose tablets, as well as the technical superiority of these new formulations to efficiently work at lower washing temperatures. Use of energy-saving, low temperature laundry detergents is an established trend in mature markets, while it is catching on in major developing economies on the back of growing ownership of washing machines. Increasing environmental concerns also impact the surfactants market with demand for oleochemical-based products witnessing robust growth, as against petrochemical-derived products.

The global surface active agents market is expected to reach US$16.65 billion in value terms by 2012, as stated by Global Industry Analysts, Inc. In volume terms, the market is expected to reach 17.8 million tons by 2015. Europe, with a share of 36% in volume terms represents the largest market, followed by US with a share of 32%. Asia Pacific is expected to offer the highest volume growth potential over the period 2001-2010, with a CAGR hovering around 6.04%, followed by Latin America with a CAGR of 4.4%. Anionic surfactants, accounting for a volume share of over 51%, represents the largest segment followed by nonionic surfactants. The market for amphoteric surfactants is expected to register a volume CAGR of 4.65%, while cationic surfactants is expected to be worth US$3.3 billion in 2013.

Rising raw material prices, growing concentration of customer base, increasing environmental concerns, greater breadth of product portfolio and a need for globalized reach are driving the trend towards consolidation in the surfactant market. Industry participants include Akzo Nobel Surfactants, Albright & Wilson (Australia) Limited, Ashland Inc, BASF Performance Chemicals for Detergents and Formulators, Clariant AG, Cognis Deutschland GmbH & Co KG, Croda International Plc, Dai-ichi Kogyo Seiyaku Co., Ltd, Dow Chemical Company, DuPont, Evonik Industries AG, Henkel KGaA, Huntsman Performance Products, Kao Corporation, Lambent Technologies, Lion Corporation, Nof Corp, Pilot Chemical Company, Protameen Chemicals, Rhodia Novecare, Sanyo Chemical Industries, Sasol Olefins & Surfactants GmbH, Shell Chemicals, Stepan Company and Toho Chemical Industry.

The report titled "Surface Active Agents: A Global Strategic Business Report" published by Global Industry Analysts, Inc., offers comprehensive insights into the economic fundamentals of the industry, and highlights market drivers, challenges, and trends, in addition to outlining the changing competitive landscape. The study emphasizes on demand, production/supply, and prices to provide an exhaustive analysis of the market. The report analyzes market data and analytics in volume and value sales for regions such as the United States, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Rest of World. The study also analyzes the Surfactants market by the following product segments: Anionic Surfactants, Nonionic Surfactants, Cationic Surfactants, and Amphoteric Surfactants.

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