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Detergent Chemicals Market - By Product (Surfactants, Enzymes, Fragrances, Builders, Bleaches, Chelating Agent), By Form, By Application (Laundry Cleaning, Dishwashing, Soaps & Shampoos, Household Cleaning) & Forecast, 2024 – 2032

  • Report ID: GMI9030
  • Published Date: Apr 2024
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Detergent Chemicals Market Size

Detergent Chemicals Market was valued at around USD 56 billion in 2023 and is anticipated to register a CAGR of over 4.8% between 2024 and 2032. Market is experiencing a shift towards eco-friendly and sustainable ingredients, driven by consumer demand and regulatory pressures. Manufacturers are focusing on developing biodegradable, plant-based, and non-toxic formulations while also exploring innovations in packaging to reduce environmental impact.

Detergent Chemicals Market

Increasing demand for cleaning products due to rising population, urbanization, and hygiene awareness, especially amidst the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to boost the demand for chemical detergents. Additionally, lifestyle changes, such as the growing preference for convenience and busy schedules, contribute to higher consumption. Moreover, emerging economies witnessing economic growth and higher disposable incomes further boost demand. Additionally, innovations in detergent formulations, such as improved stain removal, fabric care, and fragrance technologies, enhance product performance, driving consumer adoption. These factors collectively propel market growth and create opportunities for detergent chemical manufacturers.

Increasing regulatory scrutiny and restrictions on certain chemical ingredients due to environmental and health concerns can become hurdle for chemical detergent market. Stringent regulations, such as bans on phosphates and restrictions on certain surfactants and preservatives, limit the choice of chemicals available to detergent manufacturers. Compliance with these regulations necessitates reformulation efforts and increases production costs. Additionally, consumer preferences for eco-friendly and sustainable products further constrain the use of conventional detergent chemicals. These regulatory pressures and shifting consumer preferences pose challenges for detergent chemical manufacturers in maintaining market competitiveness and meeting evolving industry standards.

Detergent Chemicals Market Trends

The detergent chemical market is witnessing a trend towards eco-friendly formulations driven by increasing environmental concerns and consumer awareness. Manufacturers are shifting towards biodegradable, plant-based, and sustainable ingredients to meet regulatory requirements and cater to evolving consumer preferences. Additionally, advancements in enzyme technology, microencapsulation, and green chemistry contribute to improved performance and environmental sustainability of detergent products. Furthermore, there's a growing emphasis on packaging innovations to reduce plastic waste and promote recyclability. As sustainability becomes a key driver in purchasing decisions, the detergent chemical market continues to evolve towards greener, more environmentally responsible solutions.

Detergent Chemicals Market Analysis

Detergent Chemicals Market Size, By Product, 2021 - 2032 (USD Billion)

Based on product, the market is segmented into surfactants, enzymes, fragrances, builders, bleaches, chelating agent. Surfactants in the detergent chemicals industry is valued at 15.3 billion and is expected to reach a valuation of USD 22.9 billion by 2032. In the market, surfactants are witnessing a trend towards biodegradability, sustainability, and improved performance. Manufacturers are developing eco-friendly surfactants derived from renewable sources, such as plant oils or sugars, to meet regulatory requirements and address environmental concerns. Additionally, there's a focus on creating surfactant blends that offer enhanced cleaning efficacy while minimizing environmental impact. Advanced surfactant technologies, including microemulsions and nanoemulsions, are being utilized to improve stability and efficiency in detergent formulations. Furthermore, innovations in surfactant chemistry aim to achieve better compatibility with enzymes and other additives, facilitating the development of high-performance and environmentally friendly detergents.

Detergent Chemicals Market Share, By Form, 2023)

Based on form, the market is categorized into solid and liquid detergents. liquid detergents is expected to capture 65.2% of the market. Liquid detergent in the form segment was valued at 36.7 billion in 2023 and is expected to reach a valuation of USD 55.2 billion by the end of 2032. Liquid detergent in the market is likely to hold, there's a notable trend towards solid detergents driven by their environmental benefits, convenience, and reduced packaging waste. Manufacturers are innovating solid detergent formulations with concentrated ingredients, offering effective cleaning performance while minimizing water and energy usage during production and transportation. Solid detergents also contribute to reducing plastic packaging waste compared to traditional liquid counterparts. Additionally, advancements in surfactant and enzyme technologies support the development of high-performance solid detergents suitable for various applications, further driving market growth.

Based on application, the market consists of laundry cleaning, dishwashing, soaps & shampoos, household cleaning, and others. Laundry cleaning is expected to reach a valuation of USD 26.9 billion by 2032.

Asia Pacific Detergent Chemicals Market Size, 2021- 2032 (USD Billion)

Asia Pacific dominated the global detergent chemicals market in 2023. Asia Pacific market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.5% during the forecast period. Asia Pacific market is expected to reach a valuation of USD 28.3 billion by 2032. In the Asia Pacific detergent chemicals industry, there's a significant trend towards sustainable and eco-friendly formulations driven by increasing environmental concerns and stringent regulations. Manufacturers are shifting towards biodegradable and plant-based ingredients to address these concerns while meeting consumer demand for green products. Additionally, rapid urbanization, population growth, and rising disposable incomes contribute to the growing demand for detergent chemicals in the region. Moreover, technological advancements and innovations in detergent formulations, including enzyme-based and concentrated products, are further shaping market trends. As consumers prioritize sustainability and performance, the Asia Pacific market continues to evolve towards greener and more efficient solutions.

In China, the detergent chemicals industry is witnessing several notable trends influenced by evolving consumer preferences, technological advancements, and sustainability initiatives. Firstly, there is a growing demand for detergent chemicals that offer superior cleaning efficacy while being environmentally friendly. Consumers are increasingly concerned about the environmental impact of traditional detergent formulations, leading to a shift towards biodegradable and eco-friendly ingredients.

Moreover, technological advancements in detergent chemistry are driving innovation in the market, with manufacturers developing novel formulations that deliver improved stain removal, fabric care, and odor control. This includes the use of enzyme-based cleaners, bio-surfactants, and green solvents that offer high performance with reduced environmental impact.

Detergent Chemicals Market Share

Detergent Chemicals Market Company Share, 2023

Detergent chemicals manufacturers are focusing on innovation, sustainability, and market expansion. They invest in research to develop eco-friendly formulations, optimize production processes for efficiency, and collaborate with suppliers and customers for value chain integration. Additionally, manufacturers emphasize brand differentiation through marketing strategies that highlight product efficacy and environmental benefits. Geographic expansion into emerging markets and strategic partnerships enable market penetration and growth opportunities. Furthermore, compliance with regulatory standards and certifications ensures product quality and consumer trust. By aligning with market trends and addressing sustainability concerns, detergent chemicals manufacturers aim to maintain competitiveness and drive growth in the global market.

Detergent Chemicals Market Companies

Major players operating in the global market include:

  • Clariant
  • Croda International
  • Dow Chemicals
  • Evonik Industries
  • Huntsman International
  • Kao Corporation
  • Lubrizol
  • Mahaveer Surfactants Private Limited
  • Solvay
  • Stepan Chemicals

Detergent Chemicals Industry News

  • In August 2023, Lubrizol launched Carbopol SC-800, a polyacrylic acid that provides viscosity, thermal stability, and clarity in mild and sulfate-free surfactant formulations. Lubrizol’s new rheology modifier has been optimized to provide efficient viscosity, long-term thermal stability and excellent clarity in mild and sulfate-free surfactant formulations as well as in low surfactant formulations.
  • In January 2024, Evonik announced that it had completed the world's first industrial-scale facility for sustainable rhamnolipid biosurfactants at its site in Slovakia, ahead of schedule. The facility produces biobased, biodegradable rhamnolipids for personal care and cleaning applications.

The detergent chemicals market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry, with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue and volume (USD Billion) (Tons) from 2018 to 2032, for the following segments:

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Market, by Product

  • Surfactants
  • Enzymes
  • Fragrances
  • Builders
  • Bleaches
  • Chelating Agent

Market, by Form

  • Solid Detergents
  • Liquid Detergent

Market, by Application

  • Laundry Cleaning
  • Dishwashing
  • Soaps & Shampoos
  • Household Cleaning
  • Others

The above information is provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Spain
    • Italy
    • Russia
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • Indonesia
    • Australia
    • Malaysia        
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina 
  • MEA
    • South Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE


Authors: Kiran Pulidindi, Kunal Ahuja

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Market size for detergent chemicals was USD 56 billion in 2023 and is expected to register over 4.8% CAGR from 2024-2032 owing to a growing shift towards eco-friendly and sustainable ingredients, driven by consumer demand and regulatory pressures worldwide.

Detergent chemicals industry from the surfactants segment recorded USD 15.3 billion in 2023 and is expected to register an appreciable CAGR from 2024-2032 due to witnessing a trend towards biodegradability, sustainability, and improved performance.

Asia Pacific industry is expected to register a 4.5% CAGR from 2024-2032 due to a significant trend towards sustainable and eco-friendly formulations driven by increasing environmental concerns and stringent regulations in the region.

Clariant, Croda International, Dow Chemicals, Evonik Industries, Huntsman International, Kao Corporation, Lubrizol, Mahaveer Surfactants Private Limited, Solvay, and Stepan Chemicals, are some of the major detergent chemicals companies worldwide.

Detergent Chemicals Market Scope

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