The global fatty amines market size was estimated at 670.0 kilo tons in 2016. The products and derivatives are predominately used to manufacture emulsifying, cleaning, scouring, and wetting agents for various products including the homecare, lubricants, and personal care. The growing demand across key end-use industries is expected to increase its consumption globally.
Mounting consumption of these products in laundry applications on account of their physicochemical properties and superior washing performance is anticipated to provide immense potential for market expansion. Increasing demand owing to high biodegradability is predicted to spur the industry penetration. Rising consumption due to various factors such as low cost, energy saving, and reduction of organic load in wastes discharged into the environment is likely to stimulate the industry growth.
U.S. fatty amines market revenue by carbon-chain length, 2016 (USD Million)
The U.S. market is driven by growing demand for tertiary classification products which is utilized in manufacturing wide range if end-use products including agrochemicals, personal and household care, water treatments, and oilfield chemicals. Moreover, increasing adoption of innovative extraction processes and technologies to support the growing customer's demand are some of the key influencing factors augmenting the regional industry growth during the forecast period.
Growing awareness regarding fabric softeners and liquid detergents along with increasing industrial investments in emerging economies, such as India and China, are expected to fuel the growth of household care sector in this region. Moreover, growing consumption in light of good water solubility, wetting power, water hardness stability, detergent power, and skin compatibility is expected to fuel demand over the forecast period.
However, continuous alterations in environmental regulations and blending norms are critical constraints faced by manufacturers, increasing the risk to affect the global production. Moreover, surfactant producers are opting for eco-friendly yet low-cost petrochemicals alternatives, which is expected to hinder the growth in the next eight years. A major challenge faced by these producers currently is their capability to increase the percentage of organic ingredients in the formulation without compromising on performance.
Inexpensive raw material prices, abundant availability, coupled with low toxicity levels and low production cost are the factors which are anticipated to open new avenues over the forecast period. Rising consumption of personal and cosmetics products such as shampoos, hair gels, conditioners, compact powder, conventional powder, liquid, bars & creams, hand wash, and body shampoo is likely to spur industry expansion over the next eight years. Increasing investment by major players in various countries including Singapore, Japan, China, Malaysia, and the U.S. is expected to drive the industry.
Carbon-Chain Length Insights
C18 dominated the overall market while accounting for over 28.8% of the total demand in 2016. C18 amines consist of high amount of fatty acids. Derivative products range from alkyl groups having eight to 22 carbon chain lengths, with C16 to C18 being the most predominant.
Fatty acids derived from natural vegetable oils of coconut, palm, soya, and others all have common names such as myristic (C14), lauric (C12), stearic (C18), linoleic (C18, polyunsaturated), palmitic (C16), oleic (C18, unsaturated) acids. Approximately 85% of the C12-C18 carbon chain product derivatives obtained from coconut oil fatty acid compositions are the primary raw materials used as detergent-grade alcohols.
Tertiary classification products dominated the market and accounted for over 46% of the overall product segment in 2016, due to its promising physical and chemical properties that are used to discover novel multiple end-use products. They are derived from natural and vegetable oils which are offered in various fractions.
The tertiary product forms are utilized as a primary raw material for manufacturing amphoteric, cationic, and non-cationic surfactants including oxides and quaternary ammonium compounds. It can also be used as paint intensifiers, pigment stabilizers, floatation agents, and soil stabilizers for minerals.
Primary amines are used as an essential raw material to derive secondary and tertiary counterparts. They are used as raw materials for surfactants, floating agents, surfactants, anticaking agents of fertilizers and others. Octyl, decyl, coco, tetradecyl, palmityl, soybean, hexadecyl, and dodecyl derivatives are the major product categories extracted from the different source of natural and vegetable oils.
The product demand in asphalt additives application is estimated to have the highest growth at a CAGR of over 6.3% from 2017 to 2025. Asphalt additives promote adhesion between the mineral aggregate and the asphalt in mixtures for patching, road paving, and surfacing. Fatty amines are nitrogen derivatives of olefins, alcohols, or unsaturated fats, obtained from conventional sources, petrochemical unrefined materials, and fats and oils.
Global fatty amines market share, by application, 2016 (%)
The finished product derivatives find ultimate use in agrochemicals, oilfield chemicals, asphalt additives, anti-caking, water treatment, personal care, household care, and other industrial purposes. Personal and household care segments are projected to witness average growth rates over the foreseeable years.
The most common tertiary amine-based detergents and soaps are stearates and oleates. Oleate soaps solution consist of excellent detergent properties and are extensively used with organic solvents in dry cleaning products.
Some other applications include anti-static additives for plastics, corrosion inhibitors, as pigment dispersants (N-tallow-1,3-propanediammonium dioleate) and in drilling fluids as a cationic substrate which reacts with anionic clay to form thickening agents.
China emerged as the dominant country while accounting for over 14% of the global consumption in 2016. It is expected to grow significantly over the forecast period due to the rapid industrialization coupled with high urbanization in the country. Favorable petrochemical amendments and regulations are likely to further boost demand over the next nine years. Moreover, high consumption of household and personal care products in Japan and the developing economies of China and India have contributed to the demand over the recent past.
Asia Pacific dominated the global industry due to the high level of technological advancements in the personal and household care sector. Tertiary amines demand in the region captured the maximum share, owing to its wide range of applications due to its versatile properties.
The presence of a vast number of detergent and surfactant manufacturers in the mature economies including the U.S. and Canada have contributed significantly to the market penetration. Key regional players are focusing on launching innovative products to capture untapped potentials. Thus it is anticipated to steer moderate growth in the coming years.
Central & South America fatty amines market size is estimated to exceed 100 kilo tons by 2025. The product along with its downstream chemicals are used as emulsifiers in fabric softeners, agrochemical industries, cleaners in industrial processes especially in metal industry, petroleum additives, oilfield chemicals, and for applications in paper de-inking, leather and textile processing, and mining & drilling.
Major industry participants of fatty amines market include Kao Corporation, Dow Chemical company, Ecogreen Oleochemicals GmbH, Huntsman International LLC, and Akzo Nobel NV. The industry is consolidated with a few companies occupying significant market share. Emerging economies such as China, India, and Japan are bound to provide opportunities for industry participants over the forecast period.
Other global players including Solvay SA, Indo Amines Ltd, Evonik Industries, KLK Oleo, and Volant-Chem Group are actively engaged in product & technology innovations, R&D initiatives, and industrial collaborations to broaden their product portfolios and widen their reach. Rapid depletion of non-renewable resources and implementation of stringent government regulations are expected to boost market demand for sustainable & biodegradable ethoxylated fatty amines in several end-use applications.
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