Global Natural Surfactants Market: Introduction
Surfactants are generally known as surface active agents. Natural surfactants are directly taken from a natural source, which can be either plant or animal. They are obtained through some kind of natural separation methods such as extraction, precipitation, or distillation. Processing of natural surfactants does not include any organic synthesis, not even after treatment.
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Examples of natural surfactants include surfactants produced from bacteria and yeast, surfactants based on either sugar or amino acid as polar head group, and surfactants based on either fatty acid or sterol as hydrophobic tail. Natural surfactants produced though the methods mentioned above are well characterized and offer performance similar to that of conventional surfactants. The cost of biotechnologically produced surfactants is high due to the relatively low yield in fermentation and cumbersome work-up procedures. Surfactants based on either natural polar head group or natural hydrophobic tail exhibit significant potential.
Global Natural Surfactants Market: Segmentation
Based on product type, the natural surfactants market can be segmented into nonionic, amphoteric, cationic, ethoxylates, and anionic. Nearly 2500 kilo tons of ethoxylates was produced in Europe in 2016. In terms of application, the market can be divided into personal care, cosmetics, detergents, industrial & institutional cleaning, oilfield chemicals, and others. In 2017, Clariant developed ‘GlucoPure,’ a natural bio-based surfactant used in dishwashing liquids. Nonionic natural surfactants are categorized into different classes of surfactants, which do not undergo ionization when dissolved in water.
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Nonionic natural surfactants are stable and are not easily affected by strong electrolytes. They are compatible with anionic, cationic, or amphoteric surfactants. Increase in usage of surfactants in detergents, wetting agents, solubilizers, and emulsifiers in various applications is driving the nonionic segment. Implementation of stringent regulations on toxic chemical substances and rise in consumer preference for personal care products manufactured using bio-based ingredients are boosting the personal care segment of the natural surfactants market. Growth in population and increase in usage of cosmetics are also estimated to boost the personal care segment during the forecast period.
Global Natural Surfactants Market: Key Players
Prominent companies operating in the global natural surfactants market include Galaxy Surfactants, Clariant, BASF S.E., Lonza, Air Products and Chemical Company, Stepan, and Huntsman Corporation.