Rising Support to Environmental Protection Measures to Drive Demand for Biosurfactants, says TMR

The global biosurfactants market is dominated by players such as BASF-Cognis, Ecover, Saraya, Urumqi Unite, and MG Intobio. According to Transparency Market Research, about 65% of the significantly consolidated global biosurfactants market was accounted for by the top three players in the market in 2011. 

The prime movement observed in the global biosurfactants market are the efforts made by both biosurfactants manufacturers and producers of the base crops to attempt complete integration of the industry chain. This involves efforts from crop producers to achieve forward integration, adding biosurfactant manufacturing capacities, while existing biosurfactants manufacturers such as BASF-Cognis are looking to acquire crop plantations.

The total volume of the global biosurfactants market is estimated to reach 476,512.2 tons by the end of 2018, with the market exhibiting a steady 3.90% CAGR from 2013 to 2018.

Household Detergents to Remain Leading Application of Biosurfactants

By application, the global biosurfactants market is segmented into household detergents, industrial and institutional cleaners, agriculture chemicals, personal care, food processing, textiles, oilfield chemicals, and others. The segment of household detergents was the leading contributor to the global market in 2011, with a 45% share. The dominance of the household detergents segment is likely to continue unabated through the forecast period, and the segment is expected to account for 46% of the global biosurfactants market by the end of 2018. Personal care is another leading application of biosurfactants and is expected to account for 11% of the market by 2018.

Among the key regional markets for biosurfactants, Europe is the leading contributor to the market. The supportive stance of the EU towards environmental protection measures has been vital for the Europe biosurfactants market, as grants and tax incentives have helped biosurfactants replace conventionally used surfactants in several applications. The total volume of the Europe biosurfactants market is expected to reach 234,440 tons by the end of 2016 and further rise to 254,219.3 tons by the end of 2018. This represents a share of more than 50% in the global biosurfactants market.

Environmental Regulations, Fluctuating Crude Oil Prices Drive Demand for Biosurfactants

One of the key drivers for the global biosurfactants market is the increasing awareness about the importance of protecting the environment and the adverse effects on the same of conventional petroleum-based surfactants. Petroleum-based surfactants are nonbiodegradable and can also be toxic to several plant and animal species. As a result, the regulatory framework in several developed countries now reflects the respective government’s support to environmental protection and thus supports the use of biosurfactants, leading to steady growth in the demand from the global biosurfactants market.

The unstable prices of crude oil, particularly following the drastic fall in late 2014, are another key driver for the biosurfactants market, as they have made the manufacture of biosurfactants a more stable and reliable endeavor than that of conventional surfactants. The ongoing fluctuations in the global oil and gas industry are thus likely to remain an influential driver for the global biosurfactants market in the coming years.

Shortage of Feedstock Constricts Biosurfactants Industry

Despite its seemingly strong position, the global biosurfactants market is hamstrung by the low availability of feedstock, as many of the crops used to produce biosurfactants are also used in the manufacture of biofuels and as food. The lack of sufficient feedstock is likely to remain a key restraint on the market in the coming years, though the efforts by biosurfactants manufacturers to acquire plantations could lead to a sustainable supply of feedstock in the coming years.

The information given in this preview comes from a Transparency Market Research report titled ‘Biosurfactants Market - Global Scenario, Raw Material and Consumption Trends, Industry Analysis, Size, Share and Forecasts 2011 - 2018.’

The global biosurfactants market is segmented as follows:

Global Biosurfactants Market Segmentation by Product Types

  • Sucrose Esters
  • Alkyl Polyglucosides (APG)
  • Alkyl Polypentosides (APP)
  • Fatty Acid N-methylglucimides
  • Sorbitan Esters
  • Sophorolipids
  • Anionic APG Derivatives
  • Methyl Ether Sulfonates (MES)
  • Rhamnolipids
  • Methyl Glucoside Esters
  • Others

Global Biosurfactants Market Segmentation by End-Use

  • Agricultural Chemicals
  • Oilfield Chemicals
  • Household Detergents
  • Food Processing
  • Personal Care
  • Textiles
  • Industrial & Institutional Cleaners
  • Other Markets

Global Biosurfactants Market Segmentation by Geography

  • Europe
  • North America
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Rest of the World

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