Biosurfactants Market Size By Product (Sophorolipids, Rhamnolipids, Alkyl Polyglucosides [APG], Methyl Ethyl Sulfonates [MES], Sucrose Esters, Sorbitan Esters), By Application (Personal Care, Household Detergents, Food Processing, Industrial Cleaners, Agricultural Chemicals, Textiles, Oilfield Chemicals,), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook (U.S., Germany, UK, France, Italy, China, India, Japan, Brazil), Application Potential, Price Trend, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2017 – 2024

Published Date: January 2018 | 175 Pages | Report ID: GMI484 Report Format: PDF

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Industry Trends

Biosurfactants Market size was over USD 1.8 billion in 2016 and industry volume is expected to surpass over 540 kilo tons by 2024.

Germany Biosurfactants Market Size, By Applications, 2016 & 2024, (USD Million)

Germany Biosurfactants Market Size, By Applications, 2016 & 2024, (USD Million)

Increasing consumer awareness pertaining to the usage of sustainable products and rising environmental concerns towards usage of synthetic components in formulations of surfactants should stimulate biosurfactants market size. These products have increased application outlook in personal care and food processing industries owing to superior properties including high biodegradability, antifungal, antimicrobial, low toxicity and immune response.

Strong application scope in household detergents, personal care products, industrial cleaners, textiles, food processing and agricultural chemicals should drive biosurfactants market growth. The product helps in minimizing the interfacial surface tension of solutions. In addition, the product has high sustainability and shelf life over the synthetic products, which will stimulate the product demand. Stringent government regulations and policies towards the usage and substitution of petrochemical based products should propel the industry growth.

Personal care ingredients market size was valued at over USD 15 billion in 2016 and it is likely to grow with a rapid pace over the forecast timeframe. Natural personal care products in skin care application accounted for over 35% of the overall revenue in 2016. Growing demand for organic personal care products along with wide range of applications in cosmetic products, foaming agents, cleansers, wetting agents, antimicrobial agents, bath products, baby products, lipsticks, dentine cleansers and anti-dandruff products should drive biosurfactants market demand.


Prominent raw materials including palm oil, sunflower oil, rapeseed oil and soybean oil are used in production process. Volatility in raw material prices and complex manufacturing process may challenge industry profitability and have negative impacet on biosurfactants market price trend.

Biosurfactants Market, By Product

Methyl ester sulfonates biosurfactants market size may generate over USD 900 million by 2024. The product offers superior properties such as good detergency, excellent biodegradability, and improved calcium hardness tolerance. MES is environment friendly as it is low toxic and high biodegradability characteristics. The product is cost-effective and has excellent detergent properties which includes high absorption, solubilization and dispersing capabilities. Strong application outlook in industrial cleaners, agricultural chemicals, and personal care industries should enhance product demand.

Alkyl polyglucosides (APG) biosurfactants market is likely to register gains at over 4.5% by the end of forecast timeframe. The non-toxicity property of alkyl polyglucosides makes them an ideal component in facial cleansers, shower gels, hand soaps, shampoos, oral care products and other personal care products. Moreover, the rising awareness among consumers towards eco-friendly alternatives in personal care and cosmetic products will fuel the product demand over the forecast timeline.

Sophorolipids biosurfactants market size may surpass USD 3.3 million by 2024. Sophorolipids possess excellent intrinsic moisturizing and biocompatibility characteristics with human skin.  Increasing application outlook in bioremediation and cosmetic industries along with consumer demand for natural cosmetic products and household detergents should drive industry growth.

Rhamnolipids market size may witness significant growth at over 8% over the foreseeable timespan. They are organic surfactants featuring high biodegradability, low toxicity and are environmentally friendly. Rhamnolipids have increased application scope in oil tank cleaning and hydrocarbon recovery, personal care & household products, and agricultural chemicals., owing to excellent emulsification properties, thus stimulating biosurfactants market growth.

Biosurfactants Market, By Application

Biosurfactants market demand from household detergent application may exceed USD 1.2 billion by 2024. Widespread application scope owing to low toxicity, excellent foaming properties and environment friendly nature should drive industry growth. Rising public awareness about the environmental hazards and risks associated with synthetic surfactants along with promotion of eco-friendly and natural substitutes of synthetic surfactants in laundry and household detergents, should trigger industrial growth.

Personal care application in biosurfactants market is likely to register significant gains close to 4.5% over the foreseeable timespan. Baby personal care products, lipsticks, toothpaste, dentine cleansers shampoos, hand soaps and shower gels are the prominent products, which are formulated with biosurfactants. Strong application scope in cosmetic industry, owing to foaming, emulsification, water binding capacity, wetting and spreading properties, bio-based surfactants have been proposed to replace chemically synthesized surfactants.

Industrial & institutional cleaner applications from biosurfactants market demand may surpass USD 190 million by 2024. APG is used in cleaning of oil surface and paint stripping based industrial applications. Supportive government regulations for bio based products should play an important role for usage of alkyl polyglucosides in industrial cleaning applications.

Biosurfactants Market, By Region

U.S. biosurfactants market demand should register significant growth at over 4% by the end of forecast period. Increased consumer awareness and demand for eco-friendly products should promote regional product demand. Increasing adoption of the product in new and unconventional markets in the region will offer numerous opportunities for the industrial growth.

Asia Pacific led by China, India and Japan biosurfactants market size should witness gains close to 4.5% over the forecast timeframe. Extensive presence of textile, personal care and agricultural industries along with low overall production costs and competitive economies should stimulate regional industry demand.

Brazil biosurfactants market size should witness steady gains. Rising per capita disposable income and stability to purchase personal care and consumer products should drive regional industry growth. Furthermore, government initiatives such as National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) of Brazil offer necessary regulations and policies regarding manufacture, supply and import of the products in domestic and industrial applications, which should stimulate industry growth.

Competitive Market Share

Global biosurfactants market share is competitive and concentrated with major industry participants include BASF Cognis, Ecover, Urumqi Unite Bio-Technology Co., Ltd., Saraya, Soliance, Sun Products Corporation, AkzoNobel, Croda International PLC, Evonik Industries AG, and Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation which cater to domestic and international market.

Manufacturing companies are focusing in regional business expansion and developing strategies to enhance manufacturing capability. Companies are also forming partnerships and acquiring local & regional companies to open new market opportunities and strengthen global presence, resulting in higher biosurfactants market demand.


Biosurfactants Industry Background

Biosurfactants Market Segmentation

Biosurfactants are usually amphiphilic organic compounds which contains hydrophobic and hydrophilic groups. They are bio-based and surface-active products which minimizes interfacial tension of solid, liquid and gases. Increasing environmental concerns towards the usage of synthetic surfactants such as low degradability should enhance product demand over the forecast timeframe. Growing consumer awareness pertaining to the benefits of bio-based personal care products along with rise in disposable income along with change in lifestyle and consumption patterns, should trigger regional industry growth. Technological advancement in manufacturing processes to lower down the production cost along with constant efforts by manufacturers to meet standards and specifications to control environmental pollution will drive industry growth.

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