Global SLS, SLES, and LAS Market: Overview

Rising demand for consumers, currently, prefer to read and research about the products being used, which makes them well-aware of the harmful chemicals utilized in the personal care and household products. Therefore, rising consumer awareness regarding the harmful effects of SLS, SLES, and LAS is anticipated to restrain the market in the near future. According to Transparency Market Research, the global SLS, SLES, and LAS Market is expected to be worth US$11.61 bn by the end of 2025 from US$8.23 bn in 2016. During the forecast years of 2017 and 2025, the global market is estimated to surge at a steady CAGR of 4.0%.

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LAS to be in High Demand due to its Excellent Emulsifying Properties

Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is also known as sodium laurilsulfate or sodium dodecyl sulfate. SLS is a highly effective surfactant and is employed in applications demanding elimination of oily stains and residues. Sodium lauryl ether sulfate (SLES), also known as sodium laureth sulfate, is a high foaming, anionic surfactant, which exerts emulsifying action, thus removing oil and soil from the hair and skin. Linear alkylbenzene sulfonate (LAS) is an anionic surfactant with molecules categorized as a hydrophilic and a hydrophobic group. The major raw material for producing LAS is LAB, manufactured by the alkylation of benzene with n-paraffins in the presence of hydrogen fluoride or aluminum chloride as catalyst. The report states that the demand for LAS is likely to be high in the coming years as it is an affordable material. LAS is also known to have excellent emulsifying, cleansing, and foaming properties, which is primarily the reason why it is used for making industrial and household detergents.

Trend towards using mild and bio-based surfactants is gaining attraction in the market. This switch in the consumption trend is highly visible in developed economies vis-à-vis developing economies. It can be ascribed to buyers’ preference of using low-priced products. Thus, the prospect of internal substitution is high, while the threat of substitution is however moderate in the market in Asia Pacific. Key manufacturers such as Huntsman Corporation and Sasol held significant shares in North America while Stepan held a competitive place in the Latin America SLS, SLES and LAS market.

Rising Disposable Income in Asia Pacific puts Region in the Forefront 

Asia Pacific and North America dominate the global SLS, SLES and LAS in terms of volume as well as revenue. Growing disposable income coupled with the increasing middle class population in regions such as Asia Pacific is estimated to propel the demand for consumer products such as household detergents and personal care in the next few years. Growth of the personal care industry in Asia Pacific is expected to boost the SLS, SLES and LAS market during the forecast period. Additionally, the demand for liquid detergents is rising in the developed as well as developing regions on account of its relatively mild nature compared to the bar soaps and powdered detergents. In China and developing nations in Southeast Asia, demand for emulsion polymers is estimated to be driven by strong economic growth and enhanced usage of the waterborne coatings technology in water-based paints, coatings, and adhesives industries. Waterborne coatings are projected to replace the solvent-borne formulations in the next few years.

Some of the key players in the SLS, SLES and LAS market include Croda International Plc., Lion, TAYCA Corporation, Clariant, Solvay, Huntsman International LLC, Stepan Company, Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, Galaxy Surfactants, BASF (Thailand), The Dow Chemical Company, Kao Corporation, Oxiteno, Godrej Industries Limited, Taiwan NJC Corporation, Ltd., Evonik Industries AG, Akzo Noble N.V.

Global SLS, SLES and LAS Market: Snapshot

SLS and SLES are primarily used in personal care products. These anionic surfactants are losing their share to their counterparts such as cationic and amphoteric surfactants in personal care applications due to their harsh properties. SLS, SLES, and LAS are employed as emulsifiers and softer agents in textile and leather industries. Bar soaps contain high levels of SLS, SLES, and LAS. However, bar soaps are expected to be replaced by liquid body washes, which contain cationic or amphoteric surfactants that are milder in nature. LAS is majorly utilized in detergents and cleaners application, as compared to SLS and SLES. Increasing awareness about personal hygiene accompanied by huge investments in the commercial activities of personal care products is likely to have a significant impact on the global SLES market in the near future.

Global SLS, SLES and LAS Market: Segmentation

This study analyzes, estimates, and forecasts the global SLS, SLES and LAS market in terms of volume (Kilo tons) and revenue (US$ Mn) from 2016 to 2025. The report also analyzes several driving and restraining factors and their impact on the market during the forecast period. The report provides a detailed view of the SLS, SLES and LAS market based on products and applications. Key products included in the report are SLS (SLS dry, SLS liquid), SLES and LAS. Key applications included in the report are detergents & cleaners, personal care, oilfield chemicals, textile & leather and others (paints, plastics, etc.). Furthermore, the report segments the market based on key geographies such as North America (the U.S., Canada), Europe (France, Germany, Italy, U.K, Spain, Rest of Europe), Asia Pacific (China, India, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, Rest of Asia Pacific), Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Rest of Latin America), and Middle East and Africa (Saudi Arabia, Iran, Qatar, South Africa, Rest of Middle East & Africa). The SLS, SLES and LAS market is further analyzed into major countries of each region. It also provides market volume and revenue for each product and application at country level.

Based on products, applications and countries, the report analyzes the attractiveness of each segment with the help of an attractiveness tool. The study includes value chain analysis, which provides a better understanding of key players in the supply chain (from raw material manufacturers to end-users). Additionally, the study analyzes market competition and industry players using Porter’s five forces analysis.

Global SLS, SLES and LAS Market: Research Methodologies

Primary research represents the bulk of our research efforts, supplemented by an 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. This has proven to be the most reliable, effective, and successful approach for obtaining precise market data, capturing industry participants’ insights, and recognizing business opportunities.

Secondary research sources that are typically referred to include company websites, annual reports, financial reports, broker reports, investor presentations, and SEC filings, internal and external proprietary databases, and relevant patent and regulatory databases. Other sources include national government documents, statistical databases, and market reports, news articles, and press releases and webcasts specific to the companies operating in the market. Secondary sources referred for the study of the SLS, SLES and LAS market include ICIS, Factiva, ACS, Neil A Burns Blog, company presentations, etc.

Global SLS, SLES and LAS Market: Competitive Landscape

The report includes an overview of the market share of key companies in the global SLS, SLES and LAS market. Some of the key players in the SLS, SLES and LAS market include Croda International Plc., Lion, TAYCA Corporation, Clariant, Solvay, Huntsman International LLC, Stepan Company, Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, Galaxy Surfactants, BASF (Thailand), The Dow Chemical Company, Kao Corporation, Oxiteno, Godrej Industries Limited, Taiwan NJC Corporation, Ltd., Evonik Industries AG, Akzo Noble N.V.

The report segments the global SLS, SLES and LAS market into:

  • Indonesia SLS, SLES and LAS Market – By Product
    • SLS
      • SLS Dry
      • SLS Liquid
    • SLES
    • LAS
  • SLS, SLES and LAS Market – By Application
    • Detergents & Cleaners
    • Personal Care
    • Textile & Leather
    • Oilfield Chemicals
    • Others (Paints & Coatings, etc.)
  • SLS, SLES and LAS Market – Regional Analysis
    • North America
      • U.S.
      • Canada
    • Europe
      • Germany
      • France
      • U.K
      • Spain
      • Italy
      • Rest of Europe
    • Asia Pacific
      • China
      • India
      • Japan
      • South Korea
      • Taiwan
      • Indonesia
      • Malaysia
      • Thailand
      • Vietnam
      • Philippines
      • Singapore
      • Australia
      • Rest of Asia Pacific
    • Latin America
      • Brazil
      • Mexico
      • Rest of Latin America
    • Middle East and Africa
      • Saudi Arabia
      • Iran
      • Qatar
      • South Africa
      • Rest of Middle East and Africa