Fatty Acid Methyl Ester Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The Fatty Acid Methyl Ester Market is Segmented by Type (Rapeseed Methyl Ester, Soy Methyl Ester, Palm Oil Methyl Ester, and Other Types), Application (Fuel, Lubricants, Coatings, Food and Agriculture, Metalworking Fluids, Personal Care Products, and Other Applications), and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle-East and Africa). The report offers the market sizes and forecasts in value (USD million) for all the above segments.

Fatty Acid Methyl Ester Market Size

Fatty Acid Ester Market Summary
Study Period: 2018 - 2028
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: > 5 %

Major Players

Fatty Acid Ester Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Fatty Acid Methyl Ester Market Analysis

The fatty acid methyl ester market is projected to register a CAGR of over 5% during the forecast period (2022-2027).

Manufacturing activities were halted due to supply chain disruptions and labor shortages or as a protective measure to stop the spread of COVID-19, thereby negatively affecting the market. Various end-user industries such as food and beverage and paints and coatings witnessed some major issues due to the pandemic, including the effects of nationwide lockdowns and companies moving to source away from China, thereby affecting the market on a short-term basis.

  • Over the medium term, the growing demand for biodiesel has been driving market growth.
  • However, the high manufacturing cost due to volatile raw material prices is likely to hinder the growth of the studied market.
  • The North American region dominated across the world, with increasing consumption from countries such as the United States and Canada.

Fatty Acid Methyl Ester Industry Segmentation

Fatty acid methyl esters (FAME) are a type of fatty acid ester derived from the transesterification of methanol fats. The biodiesel molecules are mainly fatty acid methyl ester, typically obtained by transesterification from vegetable oils. The fatty acid methyl ester market is segmented by type, application, and geography. By type, the market is segmented into rapeseed methyl ester, soy methyl ester, palm oil methyl ester, and other types. By application, the market is segmented into fuel, lubricants, coatings, food and agriculture, metalworking fluids, personal care products, and other applications. The report also covers the market sizes and forecasts in 15 countries across the major regions. For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done on the basis of revenue (USD million).

Rapeseed Methyl Ester
Soy Methyl Ester
Palm Oil Methyl Ester
Other Types
Food and Agriculture
Metalworking Fluids
Personal Care Products
Other Applications
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South America
Rest of South America
Middle-East and Africa
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Fatty Acid Methyl Ester Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Fatty Acid Methyl Ester Market according to our research experts:

The Fuel Sector is Expected to Dominate the Market

  • The fuel segment stands to be the dominating segment owing to evolving regulations aimed at protecting the ozone layer and reducing global warming.
  • Growing dependence on fossil fuels and depleting fossil fuel reserves have led countries to look for alternative sources of fuel. Accordingly, this is expected to drive the growth of the methyl ester fatty acid market, as methyl ester fatty acid is a major raw material used in biodiesel production.
  • Biodiesel is witnessing an increase in consumption on account of its properties such as lower toxic emissions and biodegradability. Biodiesel has been a demanding fuel in recent years, as it helps in raising the cetane number of the fuel and improves fuel lubricity. This improved lubricity helps in cing the friction within the moving parts by avoiding additional wear.​
  • North American countries such as the United States and Canada are expected to experience high growth in biodiesel use during the forecast period due to increased government support and environmental awareness to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • As per the data provided by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimations, the United States biodiesel production is expected to grow slowly during 2050 due to major economic and policy factors. 
  • The United States had a biodiesel production capacity of 2.2 billion gallons per annum in FY 2021, down by some 9.4% from 2020. B5 has been used in the trucking industry and B20 biodiesel has been used with fleets of school and transit buses, garbage trucks, mail trucks, and military vehicles. ​
  • All the aforementioned factors are expected to drive the fatty acid methyl ester market during the forecast period.
Fatty Acid Ester Market, Volume (%), by Application, Global, 2021

The North American Region is Expected to Dominate the Market

  • The North American region is expected to be the largest and fastest-growing market over the forecast period due to rising environmental awareness to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increasing support from the government by giving tax incentives and rebates to encourage the use of biodiesel in the region.
  • However, the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the fuel market due to lockdown regulations and travel bans around the world. This caused less consumption of biofuel by vehicles and decreased the consumption of fatty acid methyl esters.
  • The North American region produced a total number of 13,427,869 vehicles in 2021, which was a ~20% decrease from 2020.
  • Besides, due to their low VOC and biodegradable nature, the increased use of fatty acid methyl esters as a green solvent in the paints and coating industry is expected to further accelerate the development of the methyl ester fatty acid industry.
  • Growing consumer spending on green products and growing understanding of the harmful effects of chemicals used in cosmetic products have led to an increase in the region's demand for oleochemicals, especially over the last few years.
  • The high demand for personal care goods in the North American region is expected to fuel growth in the regional methyl ester fatty acid industry.
  • Hence, all such market trends are expected to drive the demand for fatty acid methyl esters in the region during the forecast period.
Fatty Acid Ester Market - Growth Rate by Region, 2022-2027

Fatty Acid Methyl Ester Industry Overview

The fatty acid methyl ester market is fragmented in nature due to the presence of numerous players with no significant market share. Some of the major companies are Univar Solutions, Larodan Inc., TCI Chemicals (India) Pvt. Ltd, BASF SE, and Elevance Renewable Sciences, Inc., among others (not in any particular order).

Fatty Acid Methyl Ester Market Leaders

  1. Univar Solutions Inc.

  2. Larodan AB (ABITEC)

  3. TCI Chemicals (India) Pvt. Ltd.

  4. BASF SE

  5. Elevance Renewable Sciences, Inc.

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Fatty Acid Ester Market Concentration

Fatty Acid Methyl Ester Market News

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Fatty Acid Methyl Ester Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Growing Production of Biodiesel​

      2. 4.1.2 Other Drivers

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 High Manufacturing Cost Due to Volatile Raw Material Price

      2. 4.2.2 Other Restraints

    3. 4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services

      5. 4.4.5 Degree of Competition


    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Rapeseed Methyl Ester

      2. 5.1.2 Soy Methyl Ester

      3. 5.1.3 Palm Oil Methyl Ester

      4. 5.1.4 Other Types

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Fuel

      2. 5.2.2 Lubricants

      3. 5.2.3 Coatings

      4. 5.2.4 Food and Agriculture

      5. 5.2.5 Metalworking Fluids

      6. 5.2.6 Personal Care Products

      7. 5.2.7 Other Applications

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.3.2 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      3. 5.3.3 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Italy

        5. Rest of Europe

      4. 5.3.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Market Share (%)**/Ranking Analysis

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Arkema

      2. 6.4.2 BASF SE

      3. 6.4.3 Cargill Incorporated

      4. 6.4.4 Cayman Chemical

      5. 6.4.5 Elevance Renewable Sciences Inc.

      6. 6.4.6 KLK OLEO

      7. 6.4.7 Krishi Oils Limited

      8. 6.4.8 Larodan AB (ABITEC)

      9. 6.4.9 Merck KGaA

      10. 6.4.10 TCI Chemicals (India) Pvt. Ltd

      11. 6.4.11 Univar Solutions Inc.

      12. 6.4.12 Wilmar International Ltd

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Growing Personal Care Industry

    2. 7.2 Other Opportunities

**Subject to Availability
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Fatty Acid Methyl Ester Market Research FAQs

The Fatty Acid Methyl Ester Market is studied from 2018 - 2028.

The Fatty Acid Methyl Ester Market is growing at a CAGR of >5% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2018 - 2028.

North America holds highest share in 2021.

Univar Solutions Inc. , Larodan AB (ABITEC), TCI Chemicals (India) Pvt. Ltd., BASF SE, Elevance Renewable Sciences, Inc. are the major companies operating in Fatty Acid Methyl Ester Market.

Fatty Acid Methyl Ester Industry Report

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