The global alkyl polyglucosides market is anticipated to grow significantly over the next seven years owing to the increase in consumer awareness regarding health hazards accompanying conventional, inorganic surfactants coupled with growing environment-friendly product usage. Consumers are getting aware of the products pertaining to societal & environmental impacts and are changing their consumption behavior & purchasing norms owing to green consciousness. Key end-use industries for alkyl polyglucosides application include personal care, household detergents, cosmetics, agricultural chemical, and industrial cleaners. Household detergents dominate alkyl polyglucosides (APG) demand while personal care is projected to be the fastest-growing application segment for the market over the forecast period. The ongoing green revolution in end-use industries such as personal care and cosmetics is expected to drive skin-friendly, biodegradable and natural origin surfactants such as alkyl polyglucosides demand. This in turn is slated to be key driving factor for the market growth over the forecast period. The market is projected to witness significant growth due to growing biosurfactants applications in natural detergent manufacturing. Natural detergents including alkyl polyglucosides as raw material are preferred compared to its synthetically derived counterparts because it is considered safer specifically where children are concerned. This is expected to positively impact the market growth.
Alkyl polyglucosides are biosurfactants formed by sugar reaction with fat. Alkyl polyglucosides are of nature-origin, obtained from renewable, plant-based raw material appropriate for products where human skin mildness, environmental compatibility, and efficiency are a requisite. The industrial production process involves one-step and two-step process. One step is the key process for alkyl polyglucosides production with corn starch and fatty alcohol as the major raw material sources. In two-step process, butyl glucoside is produced from butanol and reacted with fatty alcohol. No harmful intermediary is formed even during mineralization to carbon dioxide & water and no undesirable byproducts such as ethylene oxide, preservatives, and nitrogen are released.
Alkyl polyglucosides market is expected to grow owing to the aforementioned reasons. Easy cheap substitutes availability and low consumer awareness in emerging economies of Asia Pacific are expected to obstruct the market growth and pose challenges to industry participants over the forecast period. Consumers expect products to be effective and high quality along with environment friendly. These expectations are compelling manufacturers for product line innovation and expand production to develop cost-effective and efficient products. This is anticipated to yield opportunities to industry participants over the forecast period. Product diversification and shift towards green movement supporting biosurfactants such as alkyl polyglucoside are projected to drive demand and in turn, create opportunities for industry participants in the alkyl polyglucosides market over the forecast period.
Europe dominated the global market and the trend is anticipated to stay over the forecast period. Increasing eco-friendly, biodegradable product demand and rising consumer awareness regarding health hazards associated with inorganic surfactants is expected to be a key driving factor for alkyl polyglucosides demand and growth in Europe. North America is expected to witness significant growth due to increasing conventional surfactants replacement with biosurfactants in the region. For instance, linear alkylbenzene is replaced with alkyl polyglucosides. Europe and North America are expected to witness considerable market growth over the forecast period owing to increasing government initiatives towards biosurfactants usage. Asia Pacific leads the global surfactant market; however, the region has been witnessing low biosurfactants demand owing to price sensitivity among end-users. Asia Pacific is projected to witness an elastic demand for alkyl polyglucosides due to the aforementioned factors. Increasing consumer awareness regarding health hazards associated with conventional surfactants coupled with rising disposable income & purchasing power parity in countries such as China & India is slated to drive the market demand and offer lucrative opportunities for industry participants in the region.
Key players operative in the global alkyl polyglucosides market includes E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, Henkel, and Shanghai Fine Chemicals. Other industry participants include BASF SE, LG Household& Health Care, The Dow Chemical Company, CLARIANT, CRODA, Fenchem, IRO, Jiangsu Shisheng, SPEC CHEM, Seppic, and Yangzhou Chenhua.
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