Surface Active Agents: A Global Strategic Business Report
San Jose, California (PRWEB) May 08, 2014
Follow us on LinkedIn – Global market for surfactants is driven by strong demand in emerging economies in Asia, Latin America, The Middle East and Africa. Detergents and household cleaning product manufacturers are major consumers of surfactants around the world. Emerging markets are witnessing rising production and consumption levels of liquid detergents, which entail higher usage levels of surfactants per washload. Surfactant manufacturers across the world are feeling the pinch of escalating raw material and energy prices. Stringent regulations, such as the U.S. EPA ban on Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a toxic perfluorinated surfactant, also pose a challenge to surfactant producers.
Synthetic surfactants are expected to continue dominating the market in the near term due to the sheer diversity of applications of petroleum-based substrates. Legislation of stringent environmental laws and regulations, and the growing consumer awareness over eco-friendly products are expected to pose a challenge to synthetic surfactants and at the same time drive the market for bio-based surfactants. Demand for oleochemical-derived surfactants is fueled by growing sustainability concerns, and price and supply volatility of petrochemical-based surfactants. Despite several lab-based successes, commercial production of biosurfactants is constrained by high manufacturing cost.
Some of the recent technological innovations that are paving the way for future market growth include Gemini surfactants for hard water applications, ester-based surfactants for de-foaming solutions, triazine betaine surfactants for reducing interfacial tension, yeast-based biosurfactants for the food industry, sugar-based surfactants for personal care and cosmetics products, and extended-surfactants for biofuel applications. Advanced surfactant formulations are also being developed for complex applications, such as extracting oil from subsurface reservoirs.
As stated by the new market research report on Surface Active Agents, Asia-Pacific represents the largest regional market worldwide in terms of volume sales. Asia-Pacific also ranks as the fastest growing market with a CAGR of 5.6% over the analysis period in value terms. The dominance of Western European, Japanese and North American markets in surfactants exports is waning, while Asia is slated to emerge as the global hub for surfactant production and exports.
Anionic Surfactants constitutes the largest product market, while Cationic Surfactants ranks as the fastest growing category over the review period. Growing demand for personal care products and household cleaners is driving demand for amphoteric surfactants. The rapid growth of the cosmetics market is spurring the consumption of dimeric surfactants which is known to enhance the performance of human epidermal formulations.
Major players covered in the report include Akzo Nobel N.V., Albright & Wilson (Australia) Limited, Ashland Inc., BASF SE, Clariant AG, Croda International Plc, Dai-ichi Kogyo Seiyaku Co., Ltd., E.I. du Pont de Nemours, Evonik Industries AG, Galaxy Surfactants, Huntsman Corporation, Kao Corporation, Lambent Technologies, Lion Corporation, Oxiteno S.A., NOF Corp., Procter and Gamble Chemicals, Pilot Chemical Company, Protameen Chemicals Inc., Solvay Novecare, Shell Chemicals LP, Sanyo Chemical Industries, Sasol Olefins & Surfactants GmbH, Stepan Company, The Dow Chemical Company, Tianjin Tianzhi Fine Chemical Co., Ltd., and Toho Chemical Industry.
The research report titled “Surface Active Agents: A Global Strategic Business Report” announced by Global Industry Analysts Inc., provides a comprehensive review of market trends, technological trends, growth drivers, major challenges, and strategic industry activities of major companies worldwide. The report provides market estimates and projections in Tons as well as US dollars for all major geographic markets including the United States, Canada, Japan, Europe (France, Germany, Italy, UK, Spain, Russia, and Rest of Europe), Asia-Pacific (China, India, and Rest of Asia-Pacific), Latin America (Brazil, and Rest of Latin America), and Rest of World. Product segments analyzed include Anionic Surfactants, Nonionic Surfactants, Cationic Surfactants, and Amphoteric Surfactants.
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