Authored By: Sarah
11 Jul 2024

 Surfactants Market Size to grow by USD 13.2 billion between 2024-2028

According to a research report “ Surfactants Market” by Product (Anionic, Non-ionic, Cationic, Amphoteric) Application (Detergents, Industrial and institutional cleaning, Food processing, Personal care, Others) Type (Synthetic, Bio-based) Geography (APAC, North America, Europe, South America, Middle East and Africa)- Global Forecast to 2028 published by Technavio, the market size is estimated to grow by USD 13.2 billion, at a CAGR of over 5.23% during the forecast period. The surfactants market experiences significant growth due to their increasing application in the personal care sector. These compounds, which function as cleansing and foaming agents, are integral to various cosmetic products such as shampoos, shower gels, and hair conditioners. In hair care, surfactants gently cleanse the scalp and produce lather, while in skin care, they act as emulsifiers, stabilizing oil droplets and water in lotions and creams. These formulations, found in sunscreens and skincare cosmetics, are rapidly absorbed by the skin, leaving no greasy or shiny residue and avoiding unsightly stains on clothing.

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By Product, the Anionic segment is projected to dominate the market size in 2024

Surfactants play a crucial role in enhancing the cleaning efficiency of various products by reducing water's surface tension, thereby improving its wetting and spreading properties on substrate surfaces. These agents enable quick and effective wetting of fabrics, dishes, and other materials, ensuring superior cleaning performance. Moreover, surfactants facilitate the emulsification of oily soils, preventing their settlement and allowing for their efficient removal. The burgeoning adoption of bio-surfactants, such as rhamnolipids, in the detergent industry is anticipated to fuel market growth, as these eco-friendly alternatives offer enhanced cleaning efficacy and sustainability.

By Application, Detergents  segment is expected to hold the largest market size for the year 2024

Anionic surfactants, characterized by a negatively charged head group, dominate the global surfactants market due to their extensive applications in various industries. These surfactants, particularly linear alkyl benzene, are extensively used in the production of detergents and cleaners, driving market growth. Their superior cleaning properties, including effective removal of fabric softener residues, oil soil suspension, and oil/clay soil suspension, make them indispensable in dishwashing liquids, laundering, and shampoos.

APAC is forecasted to hold the largest market size by region in 2024

The Surfactants market is experiencing significant growth due to the increasing demand for various end-use industries, including personal care, agriculture, and oil and gas. These compounds, which reduce surface tension and improve the spreadability of liquids, offer numerous benefits, such as enhanced cleaning efficiency and improved product stability. Market expansion is driven by factors like population growth, rising disposable income, and increasing awareness of hygiene and sanitation. Companies are investing in research and development to introduce innovative and eco-friendly surfactant solutions to cater to evolving consumer preferences and regulatory requirements.

The Surfactants Market growth and forecasting report also includes detailed analyses of the competitive landscape of the market growth and forecasting and information about 20 market companies, including:

  • Abitec
  • Arkema Group
  • Bo International
  • Clariant International Ltd.
  • Croda International Plc
  • Evonik Industries AG
  • Galaxy Surfactants Ltd.
  • Indorama Ventures Public Co. Ltd.
  • Innospec Inc.
  • Jiangsu WanQi Biotechnology Co. Ltd.
  • Kao Corp.
  • Kensing LLC
  • KLK Oleo
  • Lonza Group Ltd.
  • NutraSkin USA
  • Pacmoore Products Inc.
  • PCC Rokita SA
  • Sirius International BV
  • Solvay SA
  • Stepan Co.

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Research Analysis Overview

The Surfactants Market encompasses a wide range of products used in various industries including fuel, lubricant, personal vehicles, Elastomers & plastics, Oilfield chemicals, Agrochemicals, Textile, Home care, and more. Surfactants like Non-ionic (such as Alkylphenol ethoxylates and Nonylphenol ethoxylates), Amphoteric, Cationic, and Anionic types are commonly used. Sodium lauryl sulfate is a popular Anionic surfactant in the Personal Care industry. However, the harmfulness of surfactants, particularly those containing Alkylphenol ethoxylates and Nonylphenol ethoxylates, has raised concerns due to their toxicity. Regulations have been imposed to limit their use, leading to a challenge for surfactant manufacturers to produce cost-effective and eco-friendly alternatives. Enzymes, natural surfactants, polymers, and bio-derived surfactants are emerging as potential alternatives. For instance, Bio-derived surfactants from renewable sources are gaining popularity in cleaning applications across different industries. The Personal Care industry is also shifting towards using natural and plant-based surfactants. In conclusion, the Surfactants Market is diverse and dynamic, with ongoing research and development to address the challenges of sustainability, cost-effectiveness, and regulatory compliance. The end-use industries continue to evolve, creating new opportunities for surfactant innovations.

Market Research Overview

Surfactants are a type of chemical compound that lower the surface tension between two liquids or between a liquid and a solid, enabling them to mix better. They are widely used in various industries, including insecticides, detergent and cleaning products, firefighting foams, toothpaste, shampoos, sanitizers, biocides, inks, adhesives, emulsions, paints, and personal care products. Surfactants act as dispersants, foaming agents, emulsifiers, and wetting agents, among other functions. The market for surfactants is diverse and expansive, with applications ranging from household cleaning products and personal hygiene to industrial uses such as fuel additives, elastomers & plastics, oilfield chemicals, and agrochemicals. Anionic surfactants, such as carboxylic acid salts, alkylbenzene sulfonates, phosphoric acid esters, and alcohol sulfates, are commonly used due to their excellent cleaning properties. However, concerns over the harmfulness of surfactants and their toxicity have led to the demand for environment-friendly alternatives. Bio-based anionic surfactants, biosurfactants, enzymes, natural surfactants, and polymers are gaining popularity as eco-friendly options. The growth of the oleochemical market and the increasing environmental awareness are driving the demand for these alternatives. Surfactants have various functions in different industries. In the personal care industry, they provide special effects such as penetration enhancement, antimicrobial effects, emulsifying, solubilizing, thickening, and cleansing. In the household cleaning products industry, they help clean surroundings and remove oily stains, clay, and dirt. In the textile industry, they are used as dispersants and emulsifiers. In the oilfield chemicals industry, they are used as demulsifiers and emulsifiers. Despite their benefits, surfactants face challenges such as regulations and the need for cost-effective and eco-friendly products. The market for surfactants is expected to grow in the coming years, driven by the increasing demand for cleaning applications and the expansion of end-use industries.


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