Glycolic acid is the smallest Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA), which is a colorless, odorless, crystalline solid. It is present naturally in vegetables and fruits such as sugarcane, pineapple, unripe grapes and sugar beets among others. However, commercially, it is synthesized artificially through various chemical reactions. Glycolic acid is extensively used in personal care products such as shampoos, moisturizers, face peels and ointments. Growing demand for skincare and haircare products is expected to drive the demand for glycolic acid over the next few years. In addition, the increasing use of polyglycolic acid (PGA) in absorbable medical sutures and PET bottles is expected to fuel the growth of the market within the forecast period. However, inhibitions regarding the hazardous effects of concentrated glycolic acid are expected to adversely affect the growth of this market. Moreover, development of alternative products such as salicylic acid is expected to restraint the growth of the market over the next few years.
Demand for glycolic acid was the highest in personal care products and the segment accounted for over 55% of the market in 2011. Glycolic is being increasingly used in personal care product such as ointments, moisturizers and face-peels, due to its exfoliating properties. In addition, glycolic acid helps in reducing fine lines and removing scars and marks. Thus, it is being increasingly used in anti-ageing products. Rising consumer awareness regarding skin care and hair care is expected to boost the demand for glycolic acid. Moreover, increasing use of anti-ageing products by younger population in developed and developing countries is expected to drive the demand for glycolic acid. Thus, personal care product segment is expected to be the fastest growing within the forecast period.
North America and Europe were the biggest market for glycolic acid owing to the presence of large skincare and haircare markets. North America and Europe together accounted for over 60% of the market in 2011. U.S. was the largest market for glycolic acid in North America. Germany, U.K. and France were the largest markets for glycolic acid accounting for over 45% of the European market in 2011. However, Russia and Poland are expected to be the fastest growing markets in Europe, each growing at a CAGR of over 12% within the forecast period. Over the next few years, Asia Pacific is expected to be the fastest growing market due to the rising demand for personal care products. In addition, growing ageing population in countries such as China and Japan are expected to drive the demand for anti-ageing products. Furthermore, rising awareness regarding skin and hair care coupled with increasing adoption of anti-ageing products by younger population is expected to boost the skin care market in this region, consequently driving the demand for glycolic acid. Moreover, rapid industrialization in this region is expected to increase the demand for glycolic acid in industrial and household cleaning applications.
The glycolic acid market has witnessed substantial growth over the past few years owing to its increased adoption in personal care products. Glycolic acid has exfoliating and moisturizing properties which makes it an ideal ingredient in skin care and hair care products such as face creams, lotions, shampoos and conditioners.
The report forecasts and analyzes the glycolic acid market at a global and regional level. The forecast is based on volumes and revenue of the glycolic acid market for the period ranging from 2012 to 2018. The study consists of the drivers and restraints of the market and their impact on growth during the mentioned time period. In addition, the study highlights opportunities available for the market at a regional and global level and its impact during the time period.
For better understanding of the glycolic acid market, we have given a detailed analysis of the value chain. Moreover, a comprehensive Porter’s five forces model offers a better understanding of the intensity of competition in the market. Furthermore, the study comprises a market attractiveness analysis, where the applications are benchmarked based on their scope, growth rate and general attractiveness.
The glycolic acid market has been segmented based on application and geography. Application segments have been analyzed and forecasted on current trends at a global and regional level, for the time period ranging from 2012 to 2018. Geographically, the market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Rest of the World (RoW). Analysis and forecast is based on current trends and covers the period from 2012 to 2018.
Detailed profiles of certain leading companies are covered in this report, including companies such as CABB Chemicals, DuPont, Parchem, PhibroChem and Sigma-Aldrich among others. The company profiles cover attributes such as company overview, financial overview, SWOT analysis, business strategies and recent developments. The market has been segmented as below:
Glycolic Acid Market: Application Analysis
- Personal Care
- Household Cleaning
- Others (Sutures, PGA)
The report provides a cross-sectional analysis of all the above application segments with respect to the following regions:
- North America
- Asia Pacific
- Rest of the World (RoW)
In addition, the study provides volumes and revenue for the glycolic acid market in key European countries such as:
- United Kingdom
- Others (remaining countries of EU 27 such as Austria, Switzerland)