Linoleic acid is also known as 9-trans,12-trans-Octadecadienoic Acid or cis-Linoleic acid is a unsaturated fatty acid mainly found in corn oil, rapseed oil and soybean oil. Linoleic acid is colorless or slightly yellow liquid and is freely soluble in ether, methanol, acetone and benzene. It is incompatible with strong oxidizing agents. Although it is stable, it is also sensitive to light and air. Lenoleic acid is a carboxylic acid with two cis double bonds and a long carbon chain. Linoleic acid is manufactured from oils and edible fats through various processes such as hydrolysis and saponification, low-pressure catalyst process and Twitchell method. Linoleic acid is one of the essential fatty acid for humans as they cannot be synthesized in the body and should be consumed in food. Linoleic acid is necessary source for energy production, hair growth, skin and healthy functioning of brain. Linoleic acid is used in the manufacture of food products such as margarine, salad and cooking oils as well as in the quick-drying oils and soaps.
The linoleic acid market is mainly driven by end-user industries such as food & beverages and paints & coatings. Linoleic acid is majorly consumed through dietary supplements and food products. Conjugated linoleic acid is one of the essential ingredients in the weight management market. Moreover, it is also known to offer medical benefits such as muscle strengthening, anti-carcinogenic agent and blood sugar regulator. In industrial applications, linoleic acid is mainly consumed in protective paints & coatings. It is used in the production of epoxy ester coatings, fast drying alkyd coatings and color retentive coatings. These coatings are mainly applied in marine and automotive refinish applications. It is also used in the applications that require drying and wetting properties. Caulking and sealant compositions are one of the applications where these properties are required. In adhesive industry, linoleic acid is consumed in solvent borne and hot melt adhesives among others. It is also used printing inks and graphic arts. In soap making industry, linoleic acid is used as a soap ingredient. It helps in enhancing moisturizing and conditioning of the skin. Excess dosage of linoleic acid can be harmful to the consumer and can cause malfunctioning of vital organs.
In terms of demand, North America dominates the global linoleic acid market. Linoleic acid is majorly consumed as dietary supplement in this region. U.S. dominated the demand for linoleic acid in this region and is expected to follow similar trend over the forecast period. North America was followed by Europe. The demand in this region is mainly driven by the cosmetics as well as dietary supplements market. Western Europe dominated the demand in this region with Germany, the UK and France as the major consumers. Central and Eastern Europe is likely to exhibit higher demand for linoleic acid over the next few years to come. Asia pacific region currently accounts for minor share in the global linoleic acid market. However, the scenario is expected to change over the next few years to come. Asia Pacific is anticipated to be the fastest growing region for the linoleic acid market. Increasing per capita income and adoption of western lifestyles is expected to drive the demand in this region. China, India and Japan are expected to dominate the market over the forecast period. Rest of the World is expected to show potential market growth for linoleic acid, especially Brazil and South Africa.
Some of the major manufacturers operating in the linoleic acid market include Eastman Chemical Company, Cayman Chemical and Acme Synthetic Chemicals among others.
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