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Global Biosurfactants Market Size, Share and Industry Analysis Report by Product (Sophorolipids, Rhamnolipids, Alkyl Polyglucosides [APG], Methyl Ethyl Sulfonates [MES], Sucrose Esters, Sorbitan Esters, Lipopeptides) and Application (Household Detergents, Personal Care, Industrial Cleaners, Food Processing, Oilfield Chemicals, Agricultural Chemicals, Textiles), Region Outlook, Application Development, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2021 – 2027

  • Report ID: GMI484
  • Published Date: Jan 2022
  • Report Format: PDF

Industry Overview

Global Biosurfactants Market size was over USD 1.75 billion in 2020 and is estimated to grow at over 5.5% CAGR between 2021 and 2027 owing to growing consumer awareness regarding the hazardous effects of petroleum-based or synthetic surfactants on environment and human health.
 

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Surfactants are used for wide applications in oil & gas industry. For instance, Rhamnolipids are used for marine oil spills, cleaning procedure of storage tanks, hydrocarbon recovery, easy and smooth transportation of oil over the long distance and many others. The addition biosurfactants can reduce the interfacial tension between oil and water, thus, promote emulsification, reduce the solubility of oil and water, increase the uptake of crude oil into rocks and reduce the viscosity of crude oil.
 

Increased use of surfactants in enhanced oil recovery (EOR) should have a positive impact on the market due to its excellent emulsifying properties thereby increasing crude oil production. Increasing use for cleaning oil tanks and recovering hydrocarbons along with the advantages offered by biosurfactants over the chemical dispersants is expected to boost the Rhamnolipid-based biosurfactants in the near future.
 

Increasing energy demands along with inadequacy of global fossil fuel resources has encouraged attention for improvement of the recovery factors and produce larger quantities from present reservoirs. Rhamnolipid-based biosurfactant is a green surfactant with excellent interfacial activity, emulsified ability, foaming performance and wettability, which drives its high utilization in enhancing heavy oil recovery at high-temperature and high-salinity condition. These factors are anticipated to boost the biosurfactants market share for oilfield chemical application
 

Rhamnolipids-based Biosurfactants Market Size for Oil & Gas

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The global Rhamnolipids-based biosurfactants market for oil & gas was valued at USD 3.95 million in 2020 and anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 9% from 2021 to 2027. Increasing application of organic surfactants in enhanced oil recovery, owing to excellent emulsification properties is expected to boost the rhamnolipids market demand. Rising consumption in oil & gas exploration activities and waste hydrocarbon stream degradation should also propel the demand rhamnolipids-based biosurfactants.
 

Oil, gas, and chemicals companies are in the middle of two crisis which includes an oil price war and the impact of Covid-19. The dropping crude oil prices has also resulted in lower exploration activities across the industry. However, recommencement of drilling or development operations especially in emerging regions such as APAC and LATAM will boost the biosurfactants market growth in the upcoming years.
 

Enhanced properties such as excellent detergency, excellent biodegradability etc. will promote the Methyl ester sulfonates (MES)-based biosurfactants market growth

methyl ester sulfonates-based biosurfactants market

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The Methyl ester sulfonates (MES)-based biosurfactants market is projected to gain a value of around USD 1.05 billion by 2027, growing at a CAGR of over 6% between 2021 and 2027. Methyl ester sulfonate or MES is obtained from natural fats and oils which offers excellent properties such as excellent detergency, excellent biodegradability and improved calcium hardness resistance.
 

It is environmentally friendly and acts as a less toxic product. This product is cheaper than comparable products due to its excellent detergent properties such as high absorbency, solubilization and dispersibility. The outlook for strong applications in the petroleum chemistry, agriculture, personal care and household industries will stimulate the biosurfactants market value of methyl ester sulfonic acid (MES).
 

Methyl ester sulfonates (MES) based biosurfactants market may witness steady gains over the forecast timeframe from the cosmetics industry on account of the increasing number of discerning consumers and the available options for natural and synthetic products. In addition, supporting government policies and regulations on bio-based and environmentally friendly products will increase demand for products.
 

The increasing use of Sophorolipids in personal care products due to good foaming and moistening tendencies is aimed at driving the growth of the industry

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The global Sophorolipids-based biosurfactants for personal care is expected to surpass USD 1.35 million by 2027 and is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 7.5% from 2021 to 2027. Sophorolipids are commercially used as an active ingredient in skin and body cosmetics. They promote fibroblast metabolism and collagen synthesis in the dermis of the skin, which acts as a remodeling and tightening agent. It acts as an activator of macrophages and as a remedy in the treatment of wounds and brown spots.
 

In addition, bactericidal and bacteriostatic properties of Sophorolipids-based biosurfactants play a major role in fighting dandruff, treating acne, dryness, and acne spots. With the increasing demand for skin care products such as anti-acne toners, serums and creams, the demand for sophorolipids for personal care is expected to increase.
 

Growing adoption of household cleaning products due to rising awareness related to personal hygiene will boost Alkyl polyglucosides (APG) biosurfactants market

Improved wetting properties, reduction of surface tension, hard water tolerance and favorable ecotoxicological profile have increased the utilization of APG into surface cleaners, dishwashing detergents, grill cleaners and bathroom cleaners. Increased consumer concerns about personal health and hygiene have boosted the sales of household cleaning products.
 

Growth of bakery & confectionary industry will propel the global sorbitan esters market

Sorbitan esters are used as emulsifiers in salad dressing, shortening, ice-creams and other confectionary products. High demand for emulsifying agent from food processing industry is anticipated to boost product demand for food processing application thus stimulating the biosurfactants market trends.
 

High investments in R&D activities to develop novel bio-based products supported by favorable regulatory norms to produce natural products will stimulate industry growth in Europe

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Europe emerged as the significant holder in the biosurfactants market globally, registering a market value of over USD 801 million in 2020 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6% over the review period. Biosurfactants are made from oligos produced by oleochemical production or molasses from fermentation processes and are expected to be applied to detergents, personal care products, industrial and commercial cleaning agents. They have the potential to replace synthetic and fossil surfactants because they provide flexibility in recyclability and biodegradability.
 

Increasing environmental issues associated with the use of synthetic surfactants and increasing consumer demand for natural cosmetics and household cleaners will drive the biosurfactant market share. Recyclability and reusability are key factors in replacing petroleum-based synthetic surfactants with biosurfactants.
 

In Europe, centered on Germany, the United Kingdom, France and Italy, the biosurfactant market volume is expected to grow significantly during the forecast period. High levels of consumer awareness and high demand for bio-based products in the region will stimulate local demand for products. Supporting government guidelines and regulations in Europe favors the use of bio-based products in place of traditional petroleum-based products. Ecological protection policies and increased health awareness are expected to continue to evolve over the projected period.
 

Increasing investments in R&D and product innovations by industry participants to accelerate market competitiveness

Key players in the biosurfactants industry are BASF Cognis, Evonik Industries, Ecover, Lion Corporation, Croda International PLC, Biotensidon GmbH, AkzoNobel N.V., Saraya Co., Ltd., Jeneil Biotech, Inc., and Givaudan SA (Soliance).
 

The companies are engaged in extensive research & development to develop innovative products to improve the quality. For instance, In December 2019, Unilever launched the new hand dishwashing liquid under its “Quix” brand in Chile which is based on Evonik’s biosurfactant technology. Unilever has utilized Evonik’s 100% biodegradable rhamnolipids, a type of biosurfactants made via fermentation and based on natural sugars. These biosurfactants possess exceptional foam-forming properties and shows high-performance cleaning results with the environmental benefits.
 

The global biosurfactants market report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of volume in Tons & revenue in USD Million from 2021 to 2027 for the following segments:

By Product

  • Rhamnolipids
    • By Application
      • Bioremediation
      • Personal care
      • Industrial cleaners
      • food processing
      • Oilfield chemicals
      • Agricultural chemicals
      • Pharmaceutical
      • Textile
  • Sophorolipids
    • By Application
      • Household detergents
      • Personal care
      • Industrial cleaners
      • Food processing
      • Oilfield chemicals
      • Agricultural chemicals
      • Pharmaceutical
      • Bioremediation
  • MES
    • By Application
      • Household detergents
      • Personal care
      • Industrial cleaners
      • Agricultural chemicals
      •  APG  
      • APG Application
      • Household detergents
      • Personal care
      • Industrial cleaners
      • Oilfield Chemicals
      • Agricultural Chemicals
      • Textile
  • Sorbiton Esters
    • By Application
      • Household detergents
      • Personal care
      • Industrial cleaners
      • Food processing
      • Agricultural Chemicals
      • Textile
  • Sucrose Esters
    • By Application
      • Household detergents
      • Personal care
      • Industrial cleaners
      • Food processing
      • Pharmaceutical
      • Agricultural Chemicals
  • Lipopeptides
    • By Application
      • Household detergents
      • Personal care
      • Industrial cleaners
      • Food processing
      • Bioremediation
      • Pharmaceutical
  • Other
    • By Application
      • Household detergents
      • Personal care
      • Industrial cleaners
      • Food processing
      • Oilfield Chemicals
      • Pharmaceutical
      • Agricultural chemicals
      • Textile

The above information has been provided for the following countries:

By Region

  • North America
    • U.S.
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • Thailand
  • Latin America (LATAM)
    • Brazil
  • Middle East & Africa (MEA)

 

Authors: Kunal Ahuja, Sarita Bayas

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Biosurfactants market size is slated to exceed USD 2.60 billion by 2027 and will witness over 5.5% CAGR from 2021 to 2027 owing to rising awareness about the environmental impact of synthetic surfactants.

Rhamnolipids-based biosurfactants market will exhibit a CAGR of 9% through 2027 with the rising application of organic surfactants in enhanced oil recovery due to excellent emulsification properties.

Methyl ester sulfonates-based biosurfactants market will record a valuation of over USD 1.05 billion by 2027 owing to the superior detergency, biodegradability, and calcium hardness resistance of the product

European biosurfactants market will record a CAGR of 6% through 2027 with the increasing application in detergents, personal care products, industrial and commercial cleaning agents.

The major companies operating in biosurfactants industry include BASF Cognis, Evonik Industries, Ecover, Lion Corporation, Croda International PLC, Biotensidon GmbH, AkzoNobel N.V., Saraya Co., Ltd., Jeneil Biotech, Inc. and Givaudan SA (Soliance).

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  • Base Year: 2020
  • Companies covered: 17
  • Tables & Figures: 981
  • Countries covered: 10
  • Pages: 610

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