Low Foam Surfactants Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The market is segmented by Type (Amphoteric, Cationic, and Non-ionic), End-user Industry (Agrochemicals, Food and Dairy Process Cleaners, Detergents and Cleaning Agents, Pulp and Paper, Metal Cleaning and Metal Working Fluids, Oilfield Chemicals and Others) and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle-East and Africa)

Market Snapshot

low foam surfactants market overview
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: >5 %
low foam surfactants market major players

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Market Overview

The market for low foam surfactants is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 5% globally. Major factor driving the market studied is the significant growth in detergents and cleaning agents and increased demand for sustainable surfactants. On the flip side, stringent regulations and the slowdown in production arising due to the COVID-19 outbreak is hindering the growth of the market.

  • Development of bio-based surfactants is expected to create new opportunities for the market to grow.
  • Detergents and cleaning agents is expected to dominate the end-user segment of global low foam surfactants market over the period due to their strong washing performance and reduced foaming properties.
  • Asia-Pacific region represents the largest market and is also expected to be the fastest-growing market over the forecast period owing to the consumption from countries such as China, India, and Japan.

Scope of the Report

The Low Foam Surfactants Market report includes:

End-user Industry
Food and Dairy Process Cleaners
Detergents and Cleaning Agents
Pulp and Paper
Metal Cleaning and Metal Working Fluids
Oilfield Chemicals
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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Key Market Trends

Significant Growth in Detergents and Cleaning Agents

  • Low foam surfactants are extensively employed in home care applications like laundry detergents, dishwasher detergents, carpet cleaners, floor cleaners, and several types of fabric softeners. In addition, they are not affected by the hardness of water.
  • In personal care application, they exhibit antimicrobial properties, foaming & conditioning properties, mild detergency actions, and preservative properties and hence are being used in shampoos, face washes, and skincare creams. The increasing demand for personal care products globally is expected to surge the demand for the product.
  • Non-ionic surfactants are mixed with other surfactants and is widely used in industrial cleaning applications. Demand for greener & sustainable surfactants is anticipated to be the latest trend in the low foam surfactants market. Players are transitioning towards manufacturing of low foam surfactants with herbal and biodegradable compounds.
  • With the technological advancements, the laundry-liquid manufacturers now use a new ingredient, rapeseed oil (non-GMO) that offers benefits with its low foaming properties.
low foam surfactants market growth

Asia Pacific Region to be the Fastest Growing Market

  • In Asia-Pacific, China was the largest consumer of surfactants, and the country is likely to continue its dominance during the period. A major change in the lifestyle and wide scope of application of the product is boosting the growth of the product, especially in China and India. The increasing disposable income and purchasing power supports the growth, which in turn has increased the demand for low foam surfactants in the home & personal care industry.
  • The market for soap, washing powder, and synthetic detergent industry in China has grown at an average annual rate of 13.2% in the past five years, due to increasing awareness about hygiene and development in liquid soap.
  • The region is projected to be a lucrative market for personal care products, polyurethane foams, and agrochemicals, among others.
  • Moreover, India is the one of the largest producers of soaps in the world. The per capita consumption of toilet/bathing soap in the country is around 800 grams. Around 65% of the Indian population resides in rural areas, and the increasing disposable incomes and growth in rural markets are making the consumers shift to premium products.
  • Due to the aforementioned factors, the demand for low foam surfactants is expected to increase in the region during the forecast period.
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Competitive Landscape

The Global Low Foam Surfactants Market is partially consolidated in nature with a few major players dominating a significant portion of the market. Some of the major companies are BASF SE, Clariant, Evonik Industries AG, Croda International plc and Huntsman Corporation and among others.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Significant Growth in Detergents and Cleaning Agents

      2. 4.1.2 Increased Demand for Sustainable Surfactants

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Stringent Regulations

      2. 4.2.2 Slowdown in Production Arising Due to COVID-19 Outbreak

    3. 4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Porters Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Degree of Competition


    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Amphoteric

      2. 5.1.2 Cationic

      3. 5.1.3 Non-ionic

    2. 5.2 End-user Industry

      1. 5.2.1 Agrochemicals

      2. 5.2.2 Food and Dairy Process Cleaners

      3. 5.2.3 Detergents and Cleaning Agents

      4. 5.2.4 Pulp and Paper

      5. 5.2.5 Metal Cleaning and Metal Working Fluids

      6. 5.2.6 Oilfield Chemicals

      7. 5.2.7 Others

    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 BASF SE

      2. 6.4.2 Clariant

      3. 6.4.3 Croda International plc

      4. 6.4.4 Evonik Industries AG

      5. 6.4.5 Huntsman Corporation

      6. 6.4.6 KAO CORPORATION

      7. 6.4.7 Nufarm

      8. 6.4.8 Solvay

      9. 6.4.9 Stepan Company

      10. 6.4.10 The Dow Chemical Company

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Development of Bio-based Surfactants

    2. 7.2 Other Opportunities

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Low Foam Surfactants Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Low Foam Surfactants Market is growing at a CAGR of >5% over the next 5 years.

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

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2021.

BASF SE, Clariant, Evonik Industries AG, Croda International plc, Huntsman Corporation are the major companies operating in Low Foam Surfactants Market.

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