Global rhamnolipids market is expected to witness growth in light of increasing application of bio based products in agriculture, oil & gas and detergents industries on account of rising concerns over the adverse effects of synthetic products on the environment. Growing application of surfactants in enhanced oil recovery (EOR) on account of excellent emulsification properties and its property to increase production yield of crude oil is expected to have a positive impact on the market. Rhamnolipids are finding increasing application in oil tank cleaning and hydrocarbon recovery, and is hence expected to see growth in the near future.
Rising deployment in environmental remediation applications on account of effectiveness in removing oil, pesticides, and heavy metals from soil and water is expected to have a positive impact on the market. Rising popularity of bio pesticides for plant pathogen eliminations as well as for aiding absorption of nutrients is expected to have a positive effect on the market. Low toxicity, antimicrobial, antifungal and immune response stimulant properties of rhamnolipids have resulted in increasing application in the pharmaceuticals and therapeutics industry. This trend is expected to have positively impact industry growth over the forecast period.
Growing application of rhamnolipids in personal care products on account of good foaming and wetting tendencies is foreseen to drive the industry growth. Increasing deployment of biosurfactants in cleaning industry on account of being environmentally safe is anticipated to be a positive factor for the rhamnolipids market growth over the next seven years. Growing application in food processing industry on account of its emulsifier, antimicrobial agent and anti-adhesive properties is expected to fuel the rhamnolipids market over the forecast period. Rhamnolipids are produced by the fermentation of food grade olive oil or soy oil which is used in the food & beverage industry. Increasing consumption of food grade oils is expected to hamper market growth on account of low availability of raw materials.
Asia Pacific is expected to be a major rhamnolipids market over the forecast period. Growing pharmaceuticals industry in India and China on account of favorable regulatory policies and low product costs is expected to witness increasing use of rhamnolipids in the region, and is hence expected to drive the market. Increasing importance of agriculture and soil fertility in India and China on account of high domestic consumption is expected to fuel the application of rhamnolipids in the near future.
Rising consumption of bio-based cosmetic products in Japan and South Korea on account of increasing health concerns is also expected to positively impact the rhamnolipids market. Growing production of crude oil in the Middle East is expected to increase the application of biosufactants in the region for oil recovery and environmental remediation activities. This trend is expected to augment the industry growth over the next seven years. Rising importance of cleanliness and health safety in Africa has resulted in growing cleaning and pharmaceuticals industry, resulting in an expected increase the application in the region.
Growing importance of environmental sustainability in Europe has resulted in implementation of stringent regulatory norms against the application of synthetic products. This trend is anticipated to see rising application of eco-friendly products such as rhamnolipids. Implementation of Horizon 2020 strategy by the European Commission in January 2014 aimed at developing a sustainable bio economy in Europe by 2020 is expected to fuel the demand for bio based products, positively impacting the market.
Rising health concerns have resulted in demand for organic food products in the U.S. This trend is expected to drive the use of rhamnolipids in the agriculture industry and fuel market growth. Increasing production of agricultural products in Latin American countries such as Mexico, Brazil and Ecuador on account of application of agroecology techniques is likely to ensure the availability of raw materials for the production of rhamnolipids and is foreseen to have a positive impact on the market in the near future.
Key manufacturers include, Henkel, Lion Corporation, Allied Carbon Solutions Ltd., TeeGene Biotech, AGAE Technologies, LLC and Paradigm Biomedical Inc. In June 2014, Logos Technologies introduced NatSurFact rhamnolipid based surfactants for application in personal care and household products. In October 2014, AGAE Technologies patent on application of rhamnolipids for anti-bacterial infections was published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
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