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Biosurfactants market by product expected to reach USD 2,308.8 million by 2020
The global market for biosurfactants is expected to reach USD 2,308.8 million by 2020, according to a new study by Grand View Research. Escalating preference towards the use of bio-based products - particularly in Europe and North America, is expected to increase biosurfactant penetration.
In addition, stringent regulatory policies are further expected to augment the biosurfactant demand over the next six years.
Methyl Ester Sulfonate (MES) was the largest consumed biosurfactant, accounting for 33.26% of the 344 kilo ton global market in 2013. Its superior properties in terms of foaming and stability as compared to other surfactants make it ideally suited for use in household detergents. Other key biosurfactants include Alkyl Polyglucosides (APG), Sorbitan Esters and Sucrose Esters, with combined demand estimated at 115 kilo tons in 2013.
Further key findings from the study suggest:
The global biosurfactant market is expected to reach 462 kilo tons by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 4.3% from 2014 to 2020.
Household detergent was the largest application segment, consuming 153.5 kilo tons of biosurfactants in 2013. Growing demand for sustainable products in cleaning applications is expected to boost the demand for biosurfactants over the forecast period.
Personal care applications are expected to gain significant share owing to the growing market for these products in Asia Pacific. In addition, growing consumer awareness regarding benefits of bio-based personal care products is expected to have a positive influence on the market. The demand for biosurfactants in personal care is expected to reach 50.7 kilo tons by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 4.5% from 2014 to 2020.
Europe was the largest regional market for biosurfactants, with consumption of 178.9 kilo tons in 2013. High consumer awareness and demand for bio-based products is a key reason for the high penetration of biosurfactants. Asia Pacific was a relatively small market in 2013 but is expected to gain significant share over the next six years owing to the presence of large manufacturing industries in the region.
The global biosurfactants market is consolidated with the top five companies catering to nearly 90% of global demand. Key players in the market include BASF Cognis, Ecover, Urumqui Unite, Saraya and MG Intobio.
For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global Biosurfactants market on the basis of application, product and region:
Biosurfactants Application Outlook (Volume, Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2012 - 2020)
- Industrial & Institutional Cleaners
- Food Processing
- Oilfield Chemicals
- Agricultural Chemicals
- Other Markets
- Household Detergents
- Personal Care
Biosurfactants Product Outlook (Volume, Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2012 - 2020)
- Methyl Ester Sulfonates (MES)
- Alkyl Polyglucosides (APG)
- Sorbitan Esters
- Sucrose Esters
Biosurfactants Regional Outlook (Volume, Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2012 - 2020)
- North America
- Asia Pacific
Surfactants are usually amphiphilic organic compounds containing both hydrophobic group (tail) and hydrophilic groups (head). Bio-surfactants are surfactants in which at least one of the two groups (hydrophilic or hydrophobic) is obtained from plants and hence they are not necessarily 100% plant-derived.
Surfactants lower the surface tension of liquids, allowing chemicals to mix more easily. Biosurfactants are produced using oleochemical (bio-based) raw materials including plant oils such as coconut and palm oils, plant carbohydrates such as sorbitol, sucrose and glucose or from animal fats such as tallow.Oleochemical feedstock sourcing for surfactants has been changing in recent years as animal fats have lost ground in favour of vegetable oils. Like synthetic surfactants, biosurfactants are excellent emulsifiers and maintain wetting and foaming properties, characteristics that are valued in several applications including household detergents and cosmetics industry.
Growing environmental concerns with regard to the use of synthetic (petroleum derived) surfactants such as low degradability is expected to be a key driver for the growth in biosurfactants market over the forecast period.
Synthetic surfactants have a high degree of branching those results in poor degradability in contrast to biosurfactants which have high biodegradability and low toxicity.
In addition, the growing preference towards the use of bio based products is further expected to augment the growth of the market in the next six years. However, cost competitiveness with respect to conventional surfactants remains a major restraint for the market. In addition, the low availability and high price of feedstock owing to demand in other application such as biofuels and downstream renewable chemicals is expected to pose major hurdles to the development of biosurfactants.
The global biosurfactants market was 344,068.40 tons in 2013 and is expected to reach 461,991.67 tons by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 4.3% from 2014 to 2020.
Methy Ester Ketone (MES) was the largest consumed biosurfactants accounting for 33% of the market in 2013. MES is derived from palm and coconut and is an excellent substitute to synthetic surfactants as detergent feedstock. In addition, MES has far lower price as compared to other convention detergent feedstocks.
Alkyl Polyglucoside (APG) was the second largest consumed biosurfactants accounting for 25% of the global demand in 2013. APG is derived from sugar and fatty alcohols and has excellent properties for use in industrial applications. The high share is due to its excellent foaming properties with high stability and caustic content.
Sorbitan esters and sucrose esters were the other key products in the market with a combined share of 8% in 2013.
Rhamnolipids was a relatively small market in 2013 but is expected to register highest growth at an estimated CAGR of 5.4% from 2014 to 2020 owing to its development using biotech processing.
Household detergent was the largest application of biosurfactants accounting for 44.6% of market in 2013. The growing environment concern with synthetic surfactants in detergent is expected to lead to increased usage of biosurfactants owing to their lower toxicity. In addition, biosurfactants have superior foaming properties as compared to synthetic surfactants making them ideally suited for use in detergents.
Personal care was the second largest application of biosurfactants accounting for over 10% of global consumption in 2013. The growing market for personal care products in emerging economies coupled with increasing awareness of advantages of bio based products is expected to boost the demand for biosurfactants over the forecast period.
Industrial and Food processing applications of biosurfactants together accounted for over 11% of the market in 2013. Biosurfactants are increasingly being used as oil field chemicals due to their excellent cleaning ability and stable chemical nature. The other segments covered in the report include agricultural chemicals, textiles and institutional applications.
Europe was the largest consumer of biosurfactants in 2013 accounting for over 50% of global consumption. The high share of biosurfactants in the region can be contributed to growing awareness among consumers regarding the health hazards associated with chemical surfactants. In addition, the stringent regulatory framework of the region favours the use of bio based products in place of convention petroleum based products.
North America was the second largest consumer of biosurfactants in 2013 with a share of over one quarter. The demand for surfactants in the personal care industry is expected to boost the demand in the region.
Asia pacific was a relatively small market in 2013 but is expected to gain considerable share over the forecast period on account of growing application industry in the region.
Countries such as India and China have extensive presence of textile, agricultural and personal care industry which is expected to augment the demand for biosurfactants over the next six years.
The global biosurfactants market is consolidated in nature with the top five companies accounting for over 80% of market share in 2013. BASF Cognis was the largest manufacturer of biosurfactants in 2013 with a market share of over 20%. The other key companies in the market include Ecover, Urumqui Unite, MG Intobio and Saraya among others.
Key questions answered by the report:
* What was the size of the biosurfactants market in 2013; what are the expected growth trends and market forecast for 2014 to 2020
* Which companies were the leaders in 2013, what are their current products and what are the strategic initiatives taken by them
* What opportunities are available to these and other contenders in this space
* What are the barriers and opportunities in the biosurfactants market
* Which were the top-performing product segments in 2013? How will these segments perform in 2020
* Which were the top-performing application segments in 2013? How will these segments perform in 2020
* Which were the top-performing regional markets in 2013? How will these markets perform in 2020
The report 'Biosurfactants Market Analysis and Segment Forecast To 2020', is available now at:
24th April 2014