Global Fatty Alcohols Market: Snapshot

With the robust growth of the petrochemical industry worldwide, the global fatty alcohols market is anticipated to rake in a healthy share of the pie. Fatty alcohols are used across numerous industries including soaps and detergents, plasticizers, cosmetics and personal care, metal working fluids, flavors, and fragrances. Therefore, the rising consumption of personal care ingredients and cleaning agents and detergents is providing a tremendous boost to the growth of the market.

On the flip side, the fluctuating prices of crude oil are adversely affecting the growth of the market. The production of fatty alcohols is highly dependent on crude oil since synthetic fatty alcohols are manufactured using petrochemicals and petrochemicals are derivatives of crude oil. Moreover, the overproduction along with the unsold stocks is one of the primary concerns of manufacturers. However, the increasing sales of beauty products and cosmetics in BRIC countries are creating ample opportunities for the growth of the market.

Owing to these factors, the valuation of the global fatty alcohols market is poised to reach US$5.48 bn by the end of 2023, progressing at a CAGR of 5.1% between 2015 and 2023.

Demand for C11-C14 Fatty Alcohols to Remain High through 2023

On the basis of type, fatty alcohols are fragmented into C15-C22, C11-C14, C6-C10, and others (such as C23). The C11-C14 segment will continue to dominate the market in terms of volume until 2023. Diverse applications of C11-C14 fatty alcohols is propelling the growth of the segment. The segment is expected to expand at a CAGR higher than any other segment during the forecast period. The demand for C15-C22 fatty alcohols is also likely to increase at a noteworthy pace during the same period owing to the growing demand for personal care products.

Based on application, the market is segmented into personal care, lubricants, detergents and soaps, plasticizers, and others (such as fragrances and flavors). Detergents and soaps will command the lion’s share throughout the forecast period. However, the personal care segment is estimated to witness a high growth rate in the next few years owing to the increasing demand for fatty alcohols as emulsifiers and emollients in personal care products.

Growing Population and Increasing Disposable Income Supplement Growth of Asia Pacific

The key regional markets meticulously studied in the report are Latin America, Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, and the Middle East and Africa. Asia Pacific will continue to dominate the market throughout the forecast period, closely trailed by North America. The APAC region is a site of high growth rate across the world owing to the improving lifestyles, rising disposable income, and rapidly growing population along with the expanding base of middle-class population in emerging countries such as China and India. The growth of the region can also be attributed to the rising demand for soaps and detergents and beauty products and the abundant availability of raw materials.

Latin America is poised to exhibit similar growth trends, however, the growth rate is expected to be marginally lower in the forthcoming years. The European fatty alcohols market is likely to experience drastic loss in share during the same span to developing regions such as Latin America and Asia Pacific. Some of the prominent players in the global fatty alcohols market are Wilmar International Ltd., Sasol Limited, Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad (KLK), Musim Mas Holdings, Royal Dutch Shell Plc., Ecogreen Oleochemicals, VVF L.L.C., Procter & Gamble, Emery Oleochemicals, Kao Corporation, and Oleon N.V.

Fatty alcohols are aliphatic alcohols that are predominantly linear and monohydric. These can be saturated or have one or more double bonds. Based on the raw materials used, fatty alcohols are chiefly classified as synthetic or natural. Synthetic fatty alcohols are produced from petrochemicals such as olefins and paraffin, while natural fatty alcohols are based on renewable resources such as fats, oils, and waxes of plant or animal origin. Based on carbon chain length, fatty alcohols can be broadly classified into C6-C10, C11-C14, C15-C22 and other fatty alcohols. Fatty alcohols are primarily employed in detergents and soaps, personal care and cosmetics, plasticizers, flavors and fragrances, and metal working fluids. Growth in personal care products, and detergents & soaps industries is primarily estimated to drive the global fatty alcohols market in the next few years. However, volatility in prices of raw materials and overproduction of fatty alcohols are projected to hamper market growth during the forecast period. Growing sales of cosmetics and beauty products in BRIC countries is anticipated to offer growth opportunities to the fatty alcohols market from 2015 to 2023.

This report analyzes and forecasts the market for fatty alcohols at the global and regional level. The market has been forecast based on volume (kilo tons) and revenue (US$ Mn) from 2015 to 2023, considering 2014 as the base year. The study includes drivers and restraints of the global fatty alcohols market. It covers impact of these drivers and restraints on demand for fatty alcohols during the forecast period. The report also highlights opportunities in the fatty alcohols market at the global and regional level.

The report includes a detailed value chain analysis, which provides a comprehensive view of the global fatty alcohols market. Porter’s Five Forces model for the fatty alcohols market has also been included to help understand the competitive landscape in the market. The study encompasses market attractiveness analysis, wherein applications are benchmarked based on their market size, growth rate, and general attractiveness.

The study provides a decisive view of the global fatty alcohols market by segmenting it in terms of products such as C6-C10, C11-C14, C15-C22 and other fatty alcohols such as C23. These segments have been analyzed based on present and future trends. Regional segmentation includes current and forecast demand for North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. The report also covers demand for individual products and applications in all regions.

The report provides the estimated market size of fatty alcohols for 2015 and forecast for the next eight years. The global market size of fatty alcohols is provided in terms of volume and revenue. Market volume has been defined in kilo tons, while market revenue is in US$ Mn. Market numbers are estimated based on key products and applications of fatty alcohols. Market size and forecast for products and applications have been provided in terms of global, regional, and country level markets.

In order to compile the research report, we conducted in-depth interviews and discussions with a number of key industry participants and opinion leaders. Primary research represents the bulk of research efforts, supplemented by extensive secondary research. We reviewed key players’ product literature, annual reports, press releases, and relevant documents for competitive analysis and market understanding. Secondary research includes a search of recent trade, technical writing, Internet sources, and statistical data from government websites, trade associations, and agencies. We conduct primary interviews on an ongoing basis with industry participants and commentators to validate data and analysis. These help validate and strengthen secondary research findings. These also help develop the analysis team’s expertise and market understanding.

The report comprises profiles of major companies operating in the global fatty alcohols market. Key players profiled in the report include Sasol Limited, Royal Dutch Shell plc, Kao Corporation, Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad (KLK), Ecogreen Oleochemicals, Procter & Gamble Emery Oleochemicals, VVF L.L.C., Musim Mas Holdings, and Wilmar International Ltd. Market players have been profiled in terms of attributes such as company overview, financial overview, business strategies, and recent developments.

The report segments the global fatty alcohols market as follows:

Fatty Alcohols Market - Product Analysis

  • C6-C10 Fatty Alcohols
  • C11-C14 Fatty Alcohols
  • C15-C22 Fatty Alcohols
  • Others (Including C23 fatty alcohols and above)

 Fatty Alcohols Market - Application Analysis

  • Detergents & Soaps
  • Personal Care
  • Plasticizers
  • Lubricants
  • Others (Including flavors and fragrances, etc.)

Fatty Alcohols Market - Regional Analysis

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Rest of North America
  • Europe
    • France
    • U.K.
    • Spain
    • Germany
    • Italy
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • ASEAN
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa (MEA)
    • GCC
    • South Africa
    • Rest of MEA

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