Levulinic Acid Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Levulinic Acid Market is segmented by End User (Cosmetics and Personal Care, Pharmaceuticals, Agrochemicals, Polymers and Plasticizers, Fuel and Fuel Additives, Flavors and Fragrances, and Other End Users) and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle-East and Africa).

Market Snapshot

Levulinic Acid Market Overview
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: >4 %

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Market Overview

The levulinic acid market is expected to witness healthy growth at an estimated CAGR of over 4% over the forecast period (2021-2026).

Due to the COVID-19 impact in 2020, production in various chemical and other industries has decreased, and the supply of raw materials to industries has been significantly affected. For instance, the personal care and cosmetics industry's growth declined by around 4% in 2020 compared to 2019, due to the impact of these situations. However, the pharmaceutical industry witnessed a huge growth in 2020, due to increased health concerns and diseases.

  • Over the medium term, the major factor driving the growth of the market studied is the increasing usage as substitutes for traditional fertilizers.
  • On the flip side, the COVID-19 impact is expected to hinder the market's growth.
  • The Asia-Pacific region is expected to dominate the market, and it is also likely to witness the highest CAGR during the forecast period.

Scope of the Report

Levulinic acid is a white crystalline solid and is soluble in water and organic solvents. It is an organic compound and is derived from cellulose degradation. The levulinic acid market is segmented by end user and geography. By end user, the market is segmented into cosmetics and personal care, pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, polymers and plasticizers, fuel and fuel additives, flavors and fragrances, and other end users. The report also covers the market size of and forecast for the levulinic acid market in 16 countries across major regions. For each segment, the market sizing and forecast have been done on the basis of volume (kiloton).

End User
Cosmetics and Personal Care
Polymers and Plasticizers
Fuel and Fuel Additives
Flavors and Fragrances
Other End Users
South Korea
ASEAN Countries
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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Key Market Trends

Cosmetics and Personal Care to Dominate the Market

  • Levulinic acid and their salts (majorly sodium levulinate) are water-soluble and are commonly used in beauty and personal care products, as it is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Moreover, the rules governing cosmetic products in the European Union are not restricting the use of these ingredients.
  • Levulinic acid is used in around 130 cosmetic formulations, and sodium levulinate is used in approximately 400 cosmetic formulations, according to the 2020 VCRP survey data. Levulinic acid has the highest maximum concentration of around 4.5% in hair dyes, while sodium levulinate is used at a maximum concentration of 0.62% in mouthwashes and breath fresheners.
  • Also, these ingredients are reportedly safe for use in products that come in contact with the eyes. For instance, sodium levulinate is used up to 0.57% in the eye shadows and lotions.
  • Hair textures vary from person to person, and so do the hair- and scalp-related issues. Some people may have damaged or dry hair, while others must deal with breakage and hair fall problems. This, in turn, is increasing the demand for hair care products, primarily hair dyes.
  • Continuous growth in online beauty spending, expanding use of social networks, increasing interest of consumer interest in new and premium products, accelerating urbanization, and the growth of the upper-middle-class population are the major factors driving the cosmetics market worldwide.
  • According to Statista's market forecast, the market for beauty and personal care (cosmetics, skincare, and personal care) declined by 4.19% in 2020 compared to the previous year, reaching a total of USD 483.34 billion. The market is estimated to reach USD 615.82 billion in 2025.
  • All the above-mentioned factors, in turn, are projected to show an impact on the market studied during the forecast period.
Levulinic Acid Market Share

Asia-Pacific to Dominate the Market

  • Asia-Pacific is the largest market for levulinic acid. It is also expected to be the fastest-growing market during the forecast period. The dominance is majorly attributed to the countries such as China, India, and Japan.
  • Countries like China and India are the largest consumers of fertilizers, especially because of their ever-increasing population and limited agricultural land. Hence, the need for fertilizers is high in these countries.
  • At present, the penetration of personal care products in India is low compared to developed or even other developing economies. However, improving the economic environment and increasing the purchasing power of the Indian population are expected to increase the adoption of personal care products in the country, thereby driving the demand for levulinic acid and its salts.
  • According to a report published by the Ministry of Economy and Industry, the beauty and personal care (BPC) industry in the country is expected to reach more than USD 10 billion by 2021, at an estimated growth rate of 5%-6% annually.
  • According to the India Brand Equity Foundation, India's pharmaceutical export stood at USD 19.13 billion in 2018-2019.
  • Thus, all the aforementioned factors are expected to drive the market growth in the region during the forecast period.
Levulinic Acid Market Growth Rate By Region

Competitive Landscape

The levulinic market is consolidated, with a few companies controlling the majority share in the market. The major companies in this market include GFBiochemicals Ltd, Alfa Aesar - Thermo Fisher Scientific, Tokyo Chemical Industry Co. Ltd, Ascender Chemical Co. Ltd, and Merck KGaA.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Increasing Usage as a Substitute for Traditional Fertilizer

      2. 4.1.2 Other Drivers

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Unfavorable Conditions Arising Due to the COVID-19 Impact

    3. 4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      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 End User

      1. 5.1.1 Cosmetics and Personal Care

      2. 5.1.2 Pharmaceuticals

      3. 5.1.3 Polymers and Plasticizers

      4. 5.1.4 Fuel and Fuel Additives

      5. 5.1.5 Flavors and Fragrances

      6. 5.1.6 Other End Users

    2. 5.2 Geography

      1. 5.2.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. ASEAN Countries

        6. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.2.2 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      3. 5.2.3 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Italy

        5. Rest of Europe

      4. 5.2.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.2.5 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 AK Scientific Inc.

      2. 6.4.2 Alfa Aesar, Thermo Fisher Scientific

      3. 6.4.3 Aromalake Chemical Co. Ltd

      4. 6.4.4 Ascender Chemical Co. Ltd

      5. 6.4.5 Bio-On SpA

      6. 6.4.6 Boerchem Pharmtech Co. Ltd

      7. 6.4.7 GC Innovation America

      8. 6.4.8 GFBiochemicals Ltd

      9. 6.4.9 Merck KGaA

      10. 6.4.10 Tokyo Chemical Industry Co. Ltd

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Growing Prevalence of Bio-based Levulinic Acid

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Levulinic Acid Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Levulinic Acid Market is growing at a CAGR of >4% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2020.

GFBiochemicals Ltd , Alfa Aesar - Thermo Fisher Scientific , Merck KGaA , Tokyo Chemical Industry Co., Ltd. are the major companies operating in Levulinic Acid Market.

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