Biosurfactants Market Size By Product (Sophorolipids, Rhamnolipids, Alkyl Polyglucosides [APG], Methyl Ethyl Sulfonates [MES], Sucrose Esters, Sorbitan Esters), By Application (Household Detergents, Personal Care, Industrial Cleaners, Food Processing, Oilfield Chemicals, Agricultural Chemicals, Textiles), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook (U.S., Germany, UK, France, Italy, China, India, Japan, Brazil), Application Potential, Price Trend, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2016 – 2023

Published Date: June 2016 | 100 Pages | Report ID: GMI484 Report Format: PDF

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Industry Trends

Biosurfactants Market size generated over USD 1.7 billion in 2015, global industry volume is set to surpass 520 kilo tons by 2023.

Europe Biosurfactants Market size, by application, 2015 & 2023 (USD Million) 

Europe Biosurfactants Market size, by application, 2015 & 2023 (USD Million) 

Growing concerns towards petrochemical based materials in product formulations will drive biosurfactants market size. They help in lowering surface tension of the fluids and have similar properties to those of synthetic counterparts, which allows homogenous mixing of chemicals. These key performance metrics increase the application scope in dishwashers and detergents.

High biodegradability and low toxicity compared to petroleum-based alternatives will favor biosurfactants market size. In addition, they are highly sustainable and have longer shelf life as compared to synthetic products. Strict government regulations regarding the use and removal of petroleum-based products may further stimulate product demand.

Strong trends towards growth in personal care and detergent products should favor biosurfactants market demand. Organic personal care market size generated over USD 8.5 billion in business in 2015 and consist of products including hair care, skin care, cosmetics and oral care. Skin care based organic personal care products accounted for over 30% of the total revenue in 2015. In addition, hair care products should witness strong gains over the foreseeable period.

Raw materials availability in the form of oilseed is likely to have a positive impact on biosurfactants production. Oilseed is mainly derived from vegetable oils and fatty alcohols, the global production registered over 450 million tons in 2015. Key fatty alcohol sources include palm oil, soybean oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil and rapeseed oil. Palm oil accounted for over 30% of the overall oilseed production in 2015. Malaysia and Indonesia are among the largest palm oil producers worldwide.  

Cost intensive & complex manufacturing process may have significant impact on biosurfactants market price trend. However, increasing spending on research by companies to develop 100% bio based product portfolio along with technology advancements to achieve cost competitiveness over petrochemical counterparts should create opportunities for market participants.

Biosurfactants Market, By Product

MES (Methyl ester sulfonates) market size generated over USD 580 million in 2015. It is mainly used in laundry detergent applications due to biodegradation and tolerance for high hardness towards calcium ions. Consumer preference for choosing detergents over laundry soaps should drive MES biosurfactants market growth.

APG (Alkyl polyglucosides) biosurfactants market expects gains at over 4%. It is used for household based detergent applications due to wetting and superior foaming properties. In addition, it is used in paint strippers, aluminum brighteners and metal cleaner applications.

Rhamnolipids market size may witness the highest gains at over 7.5% CAGR over the forecast timeline. Rhamnolipids microbial biosurfactants in formulation for shampoo and moisturizers. Rising rhamnolipids consumption in petrochemical applications, to enable waste hydrocarbon stream degradation should propel product demand.

Sophorolipids and monoglyceride have niche position in personal care applications due to their biocompatibility and intrinsic moisturizing properties with human skin. Strong application scope in personal care products mainly in BRICS nation along with increasing consciousness towards benefits of naturally derived products should fuel biosurfactants market size.

Biosurfactants Market, By Application

Biosurfactants market size from household detergents generated over USD 785 million in 2015. Strong trend towards using bio-based ingredients in detergent and household product formulations should drive product demand. Rising consumer consciousness towards environmental concerns and toxicity issues from products derived through petrochemical feedstock have played a significant role in drive product demand for household applications.

Industrial cleaner applications expect gains at over 4% throughout the forecast period. APG is consumed for paint stripping and oil surface cleaning based industrial applications. Increasing acceptance along with favorable regulations for biosurfactants market should play a significant role for APG usage in industrial cleaner applications.  

Biosurfactants market size from food processing may witness 4.5% gains. They are used as stabilizers, foams, gels and emulsifiers. Sorbitan esters finds applications in foods including confectionery, dairy and bakery products.

Biosurfactants Market, By Region

U.S. biosurfactants market size should witness consumption of over 120 kilo tons by 2023. High per-capita spending capacity and consumer preference towards biobased ingredients in final product formulations should drive regional industry growth.

Germany biosurfactants market size should register over 4% gains by 2023. Strict regulatory guidelines by REACH, EEA and ECHA may favor bio-based products consumption in the region.

China biosurfactants market size should witness over 4.5% gains. Strong outlook in personal care, agriculture, and textile industries in China and India along with growing personal care & cosmetic production in Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia should boost regional industry growth.

Competitive Market Share

Global biosurfactants market share is concentrated with top five market players accounted for over 65% of the overall volume in 2015. Ecover, BASF-Cognis, MG Intobio, Saraya, and Urumqui are key market players.

Many industrial participants are focusing on quality and product differentiation as a part of marketing strategy. These strategies play an important role in expanding product portfolio among different companies.

Some the manufacturers operating in this industry captively use final products in food processing, personal care, household detergents, industrial cleaners, and agricultural chemical applications.

Biosurfactants Industry Background

Biosurfactants are bio based surface active materials which can reduce interfacial tension among liquids, gases and solids, which allows them get dissolved homogeneously within a liquid media. They are amphiphilic compounds comprises hydrophilic and hydrophobic group which intermingles with phase boundary within a heterogeneous system. Hydrophobic or hydrophilic groups are either obtained from plant based feedstock or vegetable oils.

Growing incidences of ecological degradation due to rapid industrialization in the U.S., China, and India along with rising environment concerns to decrease toxic wastes & heavy metals impact on water and soil bodies should favor product demand.

What Information does this report contain?

What was the historic market data from 2012 to 2015, what is the industry growth forecast from 2016 to 2023?
A detailed analysis of regulatory trends, growth drivers, industry pitfalls, challenges and opportunities for participants
Which are the leading market products, applications & regions and how will they perform by 2023?
What are the technology & innovation trends, how will they evolve by 2023?
Which companies lead the industry, how are they positioned in the market in terms of sustainability, competency, production capacity and strategic outlook?

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