Surface Active Agents: A Global Strategic Business Report
San Jose, California (Vocus) October 26, 2010
Surface active agents (surfactants) are chemical intermediates with widely varying characteristics that are utilized in numerous applications such as food emulsifiers, coatings and paints, laundry detergents, and household cleaners. Surfactants market is highly complex with several producers, varied product lines and a wide spectrum of end-use markets. Worldwide market for surfactants registered a decline during 2008 and 2009 owing to the slump in the global economy. Sales of surfactants fell across all the markets and the drop was significantly higher in matured markets. The downturn in various end-use sectors including construction, textile auxiliaries, paints and coatings, industrial and institutional cleaning, household detergents and personal care sectors among others resulted in noticeable drop in the market. Given the fact that global economy has recovered and is poised to grow, consumption of surfactants in various end-use sectors is likely to expand in the near term. Developing markets including Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Eastern Europe are likely to encourage the market growth in a major way, with demand stemming from increased consumption of soaps and detergents.
Europe represents the largest regional market for Surface Active Agents worldwide, as stated by the new market research report on Surface Active Agents. The US trails European Surface Active Agents market. Demand for “ultra” dishwashing and laundry products is a key demand driver in the US region. These “ultra” washing products have high concentrations of surfactants and require low concentrations of detergents in each load. On the other hand, Asia-Pacific is poised to demonstrate the fastest growth with a CAGR of more than 4.0% over the analysis period.
Anionic Surfactants category represents the largest product segment. Anionic surfactants are widely used in personal cleansing products; household cleaners; laundry and hand dishwashing detergents; and cleaning agents formulated for industrial and institutional sectors. Amphoteric Surfactants segment is poised to register the fastest CAGR through 2015.
In developed countries, petroleum-based surfactants constitute more than 70% of total consumption. However, due to increasing demand for milder and readily biodegradable products, the market is increasingly shifting focus towards surfactants derived from renewable sources. Newest generation of surfactants is based on renewable resources, for instance involving sugar components or vegetable fats and oils. There is an increasing demand for surfactants produced from oleochemicals that are readily biodegradable. In recent years, the market witnessed certain path-defining new trends such as switch to concentrated liquid detergents, gels or single dose tablets from powdered versions; and technical superiority of new formulations to efficiently work at lower washing temperatures. In mature markets, use of energy-saving, low temperature laundry detergents is an established trend, while the trend is gaining popularity in major developing economies on the back of growing ownership of washing machines. Surfactants market is also influenced by increasing environmental concerns.
Major players profiled in the report include Akzo Nobel Surfactants, Albright & Wilson (Australia) Limited, Ashland Inc., BASF SE, Clariant AG, Cognis Deutschland GmbH & Co KG, Croda International Plc, Dai-ichi Kogyo Seiyaku Co. Ltd., Dow Chemical Company, DuPont, Evonik Industries AG, Galaxy Surfactants, Henkel KGaA, Huntsman Performance Products, Kao Corporation, Lambent Technologies, Lion Corporation, Nof Corp, Protameen Chemicals, Rhodia Novecare, Royal Dutch Shell and Shell Chemicals, Sanyo Chemical Industries, Sasol Olefins & Surfactants GmbH, Toho Chemical Industry, among others.
The research report titled “Surface Active Agents: A Global Strategic Business Report” announced by Global Industry Analysts, Inc. provides a comprehensive review of the surface active agents markets, impact of recession on the markets, market trends, product overview, recent product introductions, recent industry activity, and profiles of major/niche global as well as regional market participants. The report provides annual sales estimates and projections for surface active agents market in volume as well as value terms for the following geographic markets – US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Rest of World. Key product segments analyzed include Anionic Surfactants, Nonionic Surfactants, Cationic Surfactants, and Amphoteric Surfactants. Also, a seven-year (2000-2006) historic analysis is provided for additional perspective.
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