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Global Microbial Biosurfactants Market: Snapshot

There has been an increasing awareness about the use of the biobased products for cleaning purpose which has resulted in propelling the growth of the global market for microbial biosurfactants. Favorable rules and regulatory outlook in the established economies has further strengthened the growth prospects of the global microbial bio surfactants market. However, there is a high cost associated with the microbial biosurfactants when compared to those derived from plants and synthetically manufactured surfactants. This is expected to act as an impeding factor in the development of the global market. On the flip side, the global market for microbial biosurfactants has a big opportunity to expand due the rising demand from the environmental segment for these microbial biosurfactants.

The global market for microbial biosurfactants is expected to show a healthy CAGR of 4% over the course of the given forecast period of 2014 to 2020. The overall market valuation of microbial biosurfactants market is estimated to reach a worth of US$17.1 mn by the end of the forecast period.

Household Detergents Emerge as Leading Application Segment Owing to Increasing Need for Viable Cleaning Products

Sophorolipids has emerged as the biggest microbial biosurfactants segment in the recent past with accounting for over 50% of the total market share during the time. These surfactants are most preferred for marketing and commercialization purpose because of its high production yields. It is anticipated that this segment will be the fastest growing product segment over the course of forecast period. Following sophorolipids are the rhamnolipids which are the second most consumed microbial surfactants across the globe. These surfactants are primarily used in the biopesticides, enhanced oil recovery, and bioremediation. Other microbial biosurfactants have constituted for a lesser share in the global market and this trend is expected to continue over the course of the forecast period.

These microbial biosurfactants form a vital component of detergents, as their efficacy is high even with smaller concentrations when compared to synthetic detergents. The application segment of personal care is projected be one of the most promising segment in the coming years. Microbial biosurfactants have high properties of moisturizing than that possessed by synthetic surfactants. Chemicals in the synthetic surfactants may also cause harm to the skin. Microbial biosurfactants find their application in enhanced oil recovery (EOR), which is utilized for optimizing the recovery of petroleum and oil products from oil wells. These microbial biosurfactants are less hazardous to the environment and barely requires thermal energy. They are utilized in smaller concentrations for the process of recovery in comparison with synthetic surfactants. Household detergents have emerged as a leading application segment in the global microbial biosurfactants market. Increasing demand for viable products in cleaning and detergents products is expected to spur the market. Customers are now shifting from chemical based synthetic products to bio-based products because of rising awareness about environmental concerns. With respect to demand, the global market for microbial biosurfactants for the segment of household detergents is expected to show a healthy CAGR of 6.1% over the course of 2014 to 2020.

Europe to Continue its Dominance in Market Owing to Strict Government Policies

The global microbial biosurfactants market has been dominated by Europe in the last few years. Europe has shown high consumption of microbial biosurfactants because of the strict regulations imposed by the local governments on the use of bio-based materials. It is projected that Europe will remain as the fastest growing regional market during the course of forecast period. This progress is followed by North America which is estimated to reach an overall valuation of US$4.3 mn by the end of 2020. The growth of Asia Pacific is projected to be at a considerable rate because of the rising awareness among people about the benefits of using bio-based products.

Some of the key players in the market include names such as Ecover, MG Intobio, Saraya, Jeneil Biotech, and AGAE Technologies among others.

Microbial-derived surfactants or microbial biosurfactants are surface-active compounds produced by a variety of microbes from renewable feedstock. These surfactants replace their synthetic counterparts as they are derived from renewable feedstock with better quality or efficiency. Major microbial biosurfactants used in the industry include rhamnolipids, sophorolipids, surfactin and emulsan. Microbial surfactants have excellent emulsifying, dispersing and foaming properties. They are effective at extreme pH, temperatures and salinity. Therefore, microbial biosurfactants are used in major application segments such as detergents, personal care, enhanced oil recovery, agrochemicals and bioremediation.
Increasing demand for green cleaning products coupled with favorable regulatory outlook in developed countries is expected to drive the global microbial biosurfactants market. However, high prices of microbial biosurfactants as compared to plant-derived and synthetic counterparts are likely to hamper market growth during the forecast period. Application of microbial biosurfactants in enhanced oil recovery and bioremediation is anticipated to open up immense opportunities in the next few years.
The report defines the research scope and provides assumptions made during analysis of the microbial biosurfactants market. Few of the assumptions includes in the report include: inflation has not been accounted in pricing aspects, analysis and forecast of the global microbial biosurfactants market is provides on the basis of demand for product segment, application segment and region. Secondary sources referred to for this study include, but are not limited to: Journal of Surfactants and Detergents, ICIS, Environmental Protection Agency. The global microbial surfactants market has been estimated using top down approach for estimating and forecasting by geography and bottom up approach for estimating and forecasting by product and application segment. 
The report includes executive summary of the global microbial biosurfactants with snapshot of overall information incorporated in the report. This also include production share, application share geographic share for base year and forecast year. The report analyzes, estimates and forecasts the global microbial biosurfactants market in terms of demand. The market has been estimated in terms of volume (tons) and revenue (USD million) from 2014 to 2020 with 2012 as the base year. The report also includes various factors driving and restraining the global market. It includes opportunities that are projected to drive the market in the next few years. 
The study estimates and forecasts the market for microbial biosurfactants based on product types and applications from 2014 to 2020. Microbial biosurfactants considered in this report include rhamnolipids, sophorolipids, MEL and others. Various applications studied in this report are detergents, industrial & institutional cleaners, personal care, oilfield chemicals, agricultural chemicals, food processing, textile and others. The report also estimates and forecasts each product segment and application across each region in terms of volume and revenue from 2014 to 2020. Key regions included in the report are North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Rest of the World. 
The research study includes a value chain for microbial biosurfactants in order to provide a comprehensive view of various components of microbial biosurfactants through value chain analysis. In order to provide competitive analysis, the report uses Porter’s Five Forces Analysis to measure the impact of bargaining power of suppliers, bargaining power of buyers, competition, threat of new entrants and threat of substitutes on the microbial biosurfactants market. The report covers market share analysis and profiles of major companies operating in the global microbial biosurfactants market. The market attractiveness for major applications has been evaluated based on market size, growth rate, profitability, economic and social factors of each application. Company market share has been estimated based on production capacities of the companies. The report comprises company profile of major players in the market. Company profiles cover company overview, product portfolio, financial overview, SWOT analysis and recent developments. Companies profiled in the report include Ecover, Saraya, Soliance, MG Intobio, AGAE Technologies and Jeneil Biotech.
This report segments the global microbial biosurfactants market as follows:
  • Microbial Biosurfactants Market - Product Analysis
    • Rhamnolipids
    • Sophorolipids
    • Mannosylerythritol lipids (MEL)
    • Others ( Other glycolipids, fatty acids and polymeric surfactants)
  • Microbial Biosurfactants Market - Application Analysis
    • Household detergents
    • Industrial & Institutional cleaners
    • Personal care
    • Oilfield chemicals
    • Agricultural chemicals
    • Food processing
    • Textiles
    • Others (Bioremediation, medical and pharmaceutical)
  • Microbial Biosurfactants Market - Regional Analysis
    • North America
    • Europe
    • Asia Pacific
    • Rest of the World

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