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Benzalkonium Chloride Market Size By Type (Benzalkonium Chloride 80%, Benzalkonium Chloride 50%), By Application (Biocide [Water treatment chemical, Disinfectant, Preservative], Phase Transfer Catalyst), By End-Use (Food & Beverage, cosmetics, polymers & coatings, Pharmaceuticals, Chemical Industry, Pulp and Paper, Leather & Textile, Oil & Gas), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Growth Potential, Price Trend, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2021 – 2027

  • Report ID: GMI3233
  • Published Date: Mar 2021
  • Report Format: PDF

Benzalkonium Chloride Market Size

Global benzalkonium chloride market size exceeded USD 710 million in 2020 and is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 8.7% between 2021 and 2027 owing to growing applications of the product in various industries including chemical, cosmetics, pulp and paper industry.

Benzalkonium chloride is an organic salt that is used as a cationic surfactant. The product is water soluble and appears as yellowish white powder which has soapy touch and has faint almond odor. The product forms froth when it is shaken and is available in powder and liquid form. It finds applications in different end use industries including polymer & coatings, food & beverage and pharmaceutical industry.

Benzalkonium Chloride Market Outlook

The benzalkonium chloride with 50% concentration is an aqueous solution of quaternary ammonium compound and is used as an efficient germicide against micro-organisms such as algae, fungi and bacteria owing to its application in chemical industry. 50% concentrated type of the product has wide application in pharmaceutical industry owing to its application as excipient due to preserving properties and as active ingredient due to its anti-microbial properties.

Rising product demand for manufacturing pharmaceutical formulations owing to the rapid transmission of infectious diseases such as COVID-19 should bolster the market growth. 80% concentrated type of the product has application in water treatment chemical and surface disinfectants and is likely to the benzalkonium chloride market growth in the forecasted time period.

Benzalkonium Chloride Market Analysis

Benzalkonium Chloride Market by Application

Global biocide application segment surpassed USD 520 million in 2020 and should witness significant gains in the forecasted time span. The product formulations are used as effluent in water treatments and algaecides for swimming pools. The product application eliminates the need for use of antibiotics in aquaculture and offers improved hygiene which is likely to boost the benzalkonium chloride market demand.

The product has application as disinfectant and is highly effective against moss, fungi, mould, algae and mildew owing to its application in cleaning and preparation of surfaces including path, greenhouses, roofing, wood decking and sheds which should foster the benzalkonium chloride market growth in the projected timespan.

Applications such as fish parasite removal, water treatment, general site disinfection should boost product demand in the projected timespan. Diverse applications of the product in chemical industry as precipitant should accelerate growth of benzalkonium chloride market in the years to come. Benzalkonium chloride has applications in eye drop preservation and is used in ophthalmic solutions which should stimulate the product demand for preservation application. Rising government regulation for wastewater treatment across the globe along with rising investments in water treatment facility is expected to raise product market growth in the forecasted timespan.

Benzalkonium Chloride Market by Cosmetics Application

Cosmetics applications should surpass USD 190 million by 2027. The product is widely used in finished cosmetics products owing to its ability to inhibit reproduction and growth of micro-organisms which is expected to raise the benzalkonium chloride market share from cosmetic manufacturers. Formulation of shampoos, skin cleansers, personal cleanliness products, eye makeup preparations and skin care products involve the use of the product.

The product is expected to witness demand from cosmetic industry owing to its application as surfactant which reduces the surface tension of the cosmetics and provides even distribution of the product when applied. Furthermore, the product reduces and masks unpleasant body odour which should raise the product demand from cosmetic and personal care products and stimulate benzalkonium chloride market growth in the projected time span.

Soaps are manufactured by usage of the product owing to its ability to boost foam formation which enhances the mixing application of water with oil which should stimulate product demand for personal care application. Rising demand for the product from skin sanitizers and sanitary baby wipes is likely to boost market growth. Growing consumer inclination towards personal grooming along with development of wide range of cosmetic products is expected to boost the benzalkonium chloride market sales in the projected period.

Benzalkonium Chloride Market by Region

North America should register gains of over 8.7% to reach over USD 325 million by the end of 2027. The region is witnessing rising government regulatory standards for industrial waste-water treatment. Large volume of wastewater is generated from oil and gas industry which represents an opportunity for product demand in the region. Rising government regulation on wastewater generated from the electronics industry is expected to raise the benzalkonium chloride market revenue in the region.

Growing pharmaceutical industry is expected to raise product demand in the region. The product is used as antimicrobial preservative in pharmaceutical products which should augment regional product market growth. The product is used in food and beverage industry owing to its microbicidal offerings used to cleanse food storage tanks which should raise product demand from food and beverage industry in the region. Rising food and beverage industry owing to food safety, security and supply is likely to drive market growth in the region.

Benzalkonium Chloride Market Share

Benzalkonium chloride industry is consolidated and includes various market players such as:

  • Jinshan Jingwei Chemical
  • Novo Nordisk
  • Kao Chemicals
  • AVA Chemicals
  • Dishman Group
  • Merck Millipore

Companies are primarily engaged in strategic acquisitions to expand their existing product portfolio and distribution network.

In December 2020, Acme United Corporation acquired Med-Nap LLC, which is a manufacturer of antiseptic wipes made of alcohol, caustic ingredients and benzalkonium chloride and lens cleaning products. This strategic acquisition would enable the company to enhance its existing product portfolio of benzalkonium chloride products and further strengthen its position in the market.

The product can lead to allergic reactions such as itching, rash, trouble breathing and swallowing which may restrict product market growth. Products containing benzalkonium chloride which are used in pharmaceutical and food & beverage industries can lead to growth of resistant bacteria which can be another restraining factor for the benzalkonium chloride industry.

Global benzalkonium chloride market report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of volume (KiloTons) and revenue in USD Million from 2016 to 2027 for the following segments:

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By Type

  • Benzalkonium Chloride 80%
  • Benzalkonium Chloride 50%

By Application

  • Biocide 
    • Water Treatment Chemical
    • Disinfectant
    • Preservative
    • Phase Transfer Catalyst

By End-Use

  • Food & Beverage
  • Cosmetics
  • Polymers & Coatings
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Chemical Industry
  • Pulp & Paper
  • Leather & Textile
  • Oil & Gas

The above information has been provided for the following regions:

By Region

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Russia
    • Spain
    • Netherland
    • Denmark
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • Australia
    • Indonesia
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Argentina
  • Middle East & Africa
    • South Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
Authors: Kunal Ahuja, Sarita Bayas

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The market share for benzalkonium chloride was recorded at over USD 710 million in 2020 and will expand at 8.7% CAGR through 2027.

Biocide application segment recorded a revenue of over USD 520 million in 2020 and will grow with its rising usage of benzalkonium chloride as algaecides for swimming pools and effluent in water treatments.

The market revenue from cosmetic application will cross USD 190 million by 2027 owing to the ability of benzalkonium chloride to reproduce and grow micro-organism.

North America benzalkonium chloride industry will surpass USD 325 million through 2027 due increasing government regulations regarding industrial waste-water treatment.

Benzalkonium Chloride Market Scope

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  • Base Year: 2020
  • Companies covered: 15
  • Tables & Figures: 346
  • Countries covered: 22
  • Pages: 240
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