Bio-based surfactants market worth USD 24.78 billion by 2030 at a CAGR of 3.9%

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Bio-based surfactants market overview and industry analysis by form (anionic, cationic, nonionic, and amphoteric), product type (rhamnolipids, methylglucoside esters, alkylpolyglucosides (APGs), sucrose esters, anionic derivatives of APGs, methyl ester sulfonates (MES) and others), application (household detergents, industrial and institutional cleaners, cosmetics and personal care, textile, oilfield chemicals, agricultural chemicals, food processing and others) and region, market size competitive market, share, trends and forecast to 2030

New York, U.S., Aug. 05, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Overview of the bio-based surfactants market

According to a comprehensive research report by Market Research Future (MRFR), “Bio-based surfactants market Insights by Form, Application, Product Type and Regions – Forecast to 2030“, the market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 3.9% to reach $24.78 billion by 2030.

Market summary

Bio-based surfactants are surfactant compounds produced by supplying oleochemicals to oils and fats or by maturing sugar-like molasses. These surfactants are usually produced in small quantities and at high value, especially for customers’ high-end products. They are particularly advantageous because they can be produced from renewable resources. Depending on the structure of the biobased surfactant, the interaction with the residue may be different.

These surfactants are extraordinarily biodegradable and less toxic. They improve the emulsification of hydrocarbons and solubilize foreign hydrocarbon compounds. These surfactants act as dispersants, degreasers, emulsifiers, solubilizing experts, stabilizers, foaming experts, antimicrobial experts and cement expert antagonists. Based on their structural composition, bio-based surfactants have been classified into nonionic, anionic, cationic and amphoteric surfactants. In creating laundry and household cleaning solutions, surfactants play a vital role. Among their ingredients, modern detergents include chemical surfactants, oxidizing agents, softeners and various enzymes. Surfactants are also all synthetically made and are dangerous to young aquatic life. Increased consumer awareness of environmental issues and concerns related to compound surfactants has rekindled interest in finding characteristically green substitutes for them in garment cleaners.

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Report Scope:

Report attribute


Market size 2030

$24.78 billion


3.9% (2022-2030)

base year


Forecast period


Historical data


Forecast units

Value (USD billion)

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Revenue forecasts, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

Segments Covered

By form, application, product type and regions

Geographical areas covered

North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Rest of the World (RoW)

Key Market Drivers

Bio-based surfactants are widely used in beauty care products

Develop an inclination for bio-based items in applications such as oilfield, food processing and material handling

Market Competitive Landscape:

Leading companies in the bio-based surfactants market are:

  • Galaxy Surfactants Ltd (India)

  • BASF SE (Germany)

  • Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (USA)

  • Stepan Company (USA)

  • Clariant (Switzerland)

  • Akzo Nobel NV (Netherlands)

  • Solvay (Belgium)

  • Sirius International BV (Netherlands)

  • Croda International PLC (UK)

  • Kao Corporation (Japan)

  • Sasol (South Africa)

  • Enaspol AS (Czech Republic)

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Market factors:

Increasing environmental regulations imposed by state governments around the world against synthetic compounds in cleaners due to their adverse influence on the climate when dispersed in water are having a significant impact on the development of global bio-based surfactants. Growing consumer awareness of environmental risks will undoubtedly lead to an increase in bio-based surfactants compared to conventional surfactants. Authorities are supporting initiatives promoting green chemistry and business sustainability, such as banning single-use plastic bags and disposable carrier bags, which will help the industry grow.

As experts in emollients, thickeners, and purifiers that help adjust the thickness of moisturizers and creams, bio-based surfactants are typically widely used in the personal care and beauty product industries. Today, significant technological advances are needed to produce bio-generated goods on a large scale. Growing investments by manufacturers in technology development and favorable government laws will support the expansion of the bio-based chemicals industry.

Market constraints:

The bio-based surfactants market is mainly constrained by fluctuating raw material prices and environmental constraints. Since ethylene is a major component of anionic surfactants, variations in supply and price are common. The bio-based surfactants market is experiencing margin difficulties due to rising production costs induced by price volatility. However, some factors are expected to work as inhibitors including high raw material costs, product purification costs, lower efficiency and high production costs compared to other synthetic detergents in the market.

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COVID 19 Analysis

On the contrary, COVID-19 has impacted the market. Conversely, the beauty products market was impacted. However, as the awareness of personal hygiene and clean environment has grown in the contemporary environment, it has fueled the demand for household cleaning products and advanced the development of the bio-surfactant market. Through various therapeutic, pharmacological, environmental and hygienic methods, biosurfactants can contribute significantly to the prevention, control and management of diseases caused by these pathogens.

Biosurfactants can prevent the spread of microorganisms that can cause diseases with high morbidity and mortality and limit the growth of microbes with inherent virulent properties. In addition, an abundant supply of crude oil in the world has made it easier for synthetic chemical manufacturers to obtain raw materials at lower cost, which has had a significant impact on chemical manufacturing.

Market segmentation

By form

The anionic segment is expected to dominate the market over the forecast period.

By product type

The methyl glucoside segment will advance the market over the forecast period.

By app

The modern and institutional cleaners segment will drive the market forward over the forecast period.

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Regional outlook

During the study period, the Asia-Pacific market which now holds the largest share of the global bio-based surfactants market is expected to grow significantly. The modernization of rural areas has greatly increased interest in commercial and institutional cleaners and bio-based surfactants. To foster a preference for liquid chemicals in emerging countries in the region, it is imperative to provide profitable opportunities for companies operating in the Asia-Pacific bio-based surfactants market.

Europe is expected to be the clear market for bio-based surfactants due to the increase in laws on the use of modified materials to produce chemicals. Substantial progress reports within the review period are required for the North American market. Interest in bio-based surfactants for petroleum applications will undoubtedly increase due to the development of the oil and gas sector in the region. Latin American industrialization, which is growing rapidly, especially in Mexico and Brazil, is expected to make substantial progress in the market there. Being more aware of the benefits that green options offer for the environment, consumers in these regions frequently choose them. Environmental regulations in the United States have also increased the need for bio-based anionic surfactants in this region.

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