Sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) market is expected to grow significantly owing to its extensive use as soaps, detergents and cleaners. Growth in the detergents & cleaners segment is expected to be a key market driver for the SLS market owing to its property that allows separation of dirt molecules from the surface providing better contact between the product and the surface. In addition, growth in the global personal care industry is another driving force for the SLS market due to its widespread use in toothpaste, soaps and shampoos. Detergents & cleaners was the largest application segment of SLS in 2013 followed by personal care products. The global skin care market is expected to reach USD 147 billion by 2020 contributing for the growth in the SLS industry owing to its extensive use in the segment. Apart from the personal care industry, SLS is also used in healthcare sector during lysis for DNA extraction and analysis of haemoglobin. Moreover, rise in use of SLS as a surfactant in engine degreasers, floor cleaners and car wash soaps also pose as major factors contributing to market growth. SLS is also being used in the biocide and pesticide industry owing to its property to inhibit possible protection against various enveloped and non-enveloped virus. Toxicity from SLS remains a key restraint to market growth since it cause skin irritation and eye inflammation. In addition, use of SLS in toothpaste is prone to cause ulcers and decrease the effectiveness of fluoride.
SLS market was dominated by Asia Pacific owing to the rise in the personal care industry particularly in India and China. Asia Pacific is expected to witness tremendous growth for SLS over the forecast period on account of the significant growth of the personal care industry in the region. North America held the second largest share of the SLS market followed by Europe. However, both these regions are expected grow at a sluggish rate owing to market saturation. Middle East is expected to be the fastest growing region for the forecast period owing to increased use of personal care products and rise in surfactant industries. Africa remains a potential market owing to rise in surfactant industries in the region.
Key players in the SLS market include BASF SE, Solvay SA, AkzoNobel N.V., The Dow Chemical Company, Sasol Limited, Croda International, Rhodia SA, Stepan Company, Clariant Corporation and Oxiteno.
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