Surfactants are compounds that reduce the surface tension either between two liquids or between a liquid and a solid. These may be used as detergents, emulsifiers, foaming agents and dispersants. The major driver for this market is increasing use of surfactants in various industries. These products find application in pharmaceutical, cosmetics, petroleum as well as in agrochemicals. The fluctuating price of raw materials is a major limitation to the growth of this market. The demand for surfactants is increasing in developing countries due to progressive establishment of industries. This increasing demand would enhance growth opportunities in this market.
Global surfactant product type market analysis
On the basis of product type, this market can be classified into anionic, cationic, amphoteric, and non-ionic. Considering consumption, anionic and non-ionic surfactants contribute to the maximum share among all the product types.
Global surfactant substrate market analysis
On the basis of substrates, this market can be classified into synthetic surfactant and bio-based surfactant. Bio-based surfactants are expected to grow owing to the environmental benefits they have.
Global surfactant application market analysis
On the basis of its application, this market can be classified into personal care, soap & detergent, industry cleaning, elastomers & plastic, textile, oilfield chemicals, food, pharmaceutical and crop industry. Soap and detergent is the largest market for surfactant consumption compared to all the other applications.
Surfactant geography market analysis
On the basis of geography, this market can be classified into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and rest of the world (RoW). Presently, Europe is the largest consumer of surfactants. However, it is expected that the consumption of surfactants would grow in Asia-Pacific countries in the coming years.
The major players in this market are AkzoNobel N.V. (The Netherlands), Stepan Company (U.S.), BASF SE (Germany),), P&G Chemicals (U.S.), Henkel (Germany) , Air Products (U.S) and The Dow Chemical Company (U.S).The companies are focusing on adoption of newer and better technology for product development. Air Products recently launched Superwetting surfactants.
High level analysis
The report analyzes the global surfactant market by using Porter’s five forces model. This model helps in understanding the various components of industry such as buyers, suppliers, new entrants and substitutes available. There exists intense competition in this market due to increasing application of surfactants in various industries. The market dynamics are explained to give a better understanding of the market scenario.
Key Market Segments
The global surfactant market is classified into product type, substrate, application and geography.
Market by Product Type
Market by Substrate
Market by Application
Market by Geography