Your industry news - first Number 1 for Recruitment
We strongly recommend viewing Cleanzine full size in your web browser. Click our masthead above to visit our website version.
Global biosurfactant market to generate demand of over 340,000 tons by 2020
The global biosurfactant market is anticipated to generate demand of over 340,000 tons by 2020, growing at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of around 4% from 2014 to 2020.
Absence of direct bio-based substitutes of these products is expected to be one of the major factors driving the market over the forecast period, together with rising environmental concern over the consumption of synthetic surfactants and the growth of the global personal care industry.
Biosurfactants - the surface-active compounds manufactured from several bio-based raw materials such as plant oil, plant carbohydrate and animal oil - are excellent alternatives for synthetic surfactants and are excellent emulsifiers that help in maintaining temperature & pH tolerance, antimicrobial, wet and foaming properties.
Detergents and personal care products are its main end use applications. Biosurfactants such as APE (Alkyl phenol ethoxylates) and LAS (Linear Alkylbenzene Sulfates) have also been used as substitutes for synthetic products in sewage treatment plants. The environmentally-friendly nature, non-toxicity, low irritancy, biodegradability and ability to safely handle these products are some of the major advantages for they hold, over the synthetic alternatives.
New production techniques and increasing applications in bioremediation, oilfield chemicals, industrial and institutional cleaners are anticipated to create new opportunities for the industry.
Methyl Ester Sulfonate (MES) was the largest product segment in 2013, accounting for over 30% of the overall market. Increasing consumer awareness for bio-based products makes it the preferred choice for the manufacturer in the present scenario. Demand for other products including sucrose esters, alkyl polyglucosides (apg), and sorbitan esters is also anticipated to increase in the next six years.
Major applications for biosurfactants include food processing, textiles, agricultural chemical, household detergents, personal care, bioremediation and oilfield chemicals, as well as industrial and institutional cleaners. Currently, these products have found various applications in the oil field chemical industry, owing to their cleaning abilities and stability.
Europe was the leading regional segment for demand in 2013. Asia Pacific is expected to experience moderate growth over the next few years owing to growing application sectors in countries such as China and India.
Leading industry players, such as BASF, Saraya, MG INtobio, Ecover, and Urumqui Unite, account for around 90% of the global production annually. Other major players in the market include Akzo Nobel N.V, DuPont de Nemours, Clariant AG, AGAE Technologies, Soliance and Jeneil Biotech.
17th August 2017