Global Surfactants Market is projected to reach a value of over USD 56 billion by 2027

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5 min readAug 14, 2020


Surfactants Market: Summary

The Global Surfactants Market is projected to reach a value of over USD 56 billion by 2027 at a CAGR of around 4.1%.

Surfactants are chemicals compound with having both hydrophobic and hydrophilic ends, that helps to dissolve oil molecules into the water. They possess unique properties such as wettability, detergency, emulsion, dispersion stabilization, and foam/froth formation, thus they find application in several end-use industries such as petroleum, pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, and cosmetics. Surfactants are easily available in the market at a low price as well.

Surfactants Market: Drivers & Challenges

Market Driver:

  • Rising Demand from Various Application

The rapidly growing population has surged the utilization of detergent in a household application for cleaning. Anion type surfactant is widely used in the detergent which is likely to boost the demand for the surfactant market. Surfactants are used into various household products including dishwashing detergents, laundry detergents, laundry and dishwashing soaps, carpet cleaners, and floor cleaners, among others. The properties of surfactants such as wettability, emulsion, dispersion, and stabilization among others boost their use into many end-user industries. Government policies regarding the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, coupled with the growing demand for pharmaceutical products, are estimated to drive the growth of the surfactants market. Furthermore, increasing use of personal care products globally is also projected to drive the surfactants market, and it is expected to grow during the forecasted period.

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Market Opportunities:

  • Growing Demand for Bio-Based Surfactants

Bio-based surfactants are surface-active substances produced either from oil and fats by producing oleochemicals or from sugar such as molasses by fermentation. These surfactants are less toxic and highly biodegradable. They enhance the emulsification of hydrocarbons and solubilize hydrocarbon contaminants. These surfactants act as emulsifiers, dispersants, degreasers, solubilizing agents, stabilizers, foaming agents, anti-microbial agents, and anti-adhesive agents. Bio-based surfactants are being used in a wide range of applications including household detergents, personal care, agricultural chemicals, oilfield chemicals, industrial and institutional cleaning, and others. Thus, increasing demand for bio-based surfactants has expected to create a new market opportunity for key market players in the surfactants market.

Surfactants Market: Key Segments

  • Segmentation based on substrate: Synthetic Surfactants and Bio-Based Surfactants
  • Segmentation based on type: Anionic Surfactants, Cationic Surfactants, Non-ionic Surfactants, Amphoteric Surfactants, and Others
  • Segmentation based on Application: Home Care, Personal Care, Industrial & Institutional (I&I) Cleaning, Plastics, Textile, Agrochemicals, and Others
  • Segmentation based on region covers: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East & Africa and South America, with individual country-level analysis.

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Surfactants Market: Report Scope

The report on the Surfactants market covers a deep dive analysis of historic, recent and current market trends. Furthermore, market share/ranking analysis of key players, market dynamics, competition landscape, country-wise analysis for each region covered and the entire supply chain dynamics are covered through the below segmentation.

Report Features


Historical/Estimated/Forecasted Market Size Years


Base Year for Market Calculation


Forecasted Period

2021–2027 (2021 estimated year, forecasted up to 2027)

Measured Units

Value (USD Million) and Volume (Kiloton)

Segments Included

Substrate, Type, Application, and Region

Regional Coverage

North America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East & Africa, South America

Key Companies Covered

  • Nouryon (Company Description, Company Overview, Product Synopsis, Key Developments, SWOT Analysis)
  • Evonik Industries AG
  • Stepan Company
  • Solvay
  • Clariant
  • Ashland
  • Dow
  • Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited.
  • Lonza
  • Croda International Plc
  • Aarti Surfactants
  • AKchemtech.Co.,Ltd.
  • Alzo International Inc.
  • Arkema S.A.
  • Bayer AG
  • Cargill, Incorporated.
  • Cepsa
  • Other Key Companies

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Surfactants Market: Report Segmentation

For the scope of the report, In-depth segmentation is offered by Forencis Research

Surfactants Market, by Substrate

  • Synthetic Surfactants
  • Bio-Based Surfactants
  • Chemically Synthesized Bio-Based Surfactants
  • Biosurfactants

Surfactants Market, by Type

  • Anionic Surfactants
  • Linear Alkylbenzene Sulfonate
  • Alcohol Ethoxy Sulfates
  • Secondary Alkane Sulfonates
  • Alpha Olefin Sulfonates
  • Others
  • Cationic Surfactants
  • Quaternary Ammonium Compounds
  • Others
  • Non-ionic Surfactants
  • Alcohol Ethoxylates
  • Ethoxylated Alkyl-phenols
  • Fatty Acid Esters
  • Others
  • Amphoteric Surfactants
  • Others

Surfactants Market, by Application

  • Home Care
  • Personal Care
  • Industrial & Institutional (I&I) Cleaning
  • Plastics
  • Textile
  • Agrochemicals
  • Others

Surfactants Market, by Region

  • North America
  • US
  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • Asia-Pacific
  • China
  • India
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Rest of Asia-Pacific
  • Europe
  • Germany
  • UK
  • France
  • Italy
  • Rest of Europe
  • Middle East & Africa
  • Saudi Arabia
  • UAE
  • Rest of Middle East & Africa
  • South America
  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Rest of South America

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Table of Content

1 Introduction

2 Research Design & Scope

3 Executive Summary

4 Market Dynamics

5 Industry Trends — Porters Five Forces Analysis

6 GLOBAL SURFACTANTS MARKET BY SUBSTRATE, Market Size in USD Million and Volume in Kiloton (2019–2027)

7 GLOBAL SURFACTANTS MARKET BY TYPE, Market Size in USD Million and Volume in Kiloton (2019–2027)

8 GLOBAL SURFACTANTS MARKET BY APPLICATION, Market Size in USD Million and Volume in Kiloton (2019–2027)

9 GLOBAL SURFACTANTS MARKET BY REGION, Market Size in USD Million and Volume in Kiloton (2019–2027)

10 Competitive Landscape

11 Company Profiles

12 Appendix

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