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

The market is segmented by Chemical Application (Glycine, Cellulose, Surfactants, 4,2,4- Dichloro Phenoxy Acetic Acid, Thioglycol Acid, and Other Chemical Applications), End-user Industry (Personal Care and Pharmaceuticals, Agrochemicals, Geological Drillings, Dyes and Detergents, and Other End-user Industries), and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle-East and Africa). The report offers market size and forecasts for Monochloroacetic Acid in revenue (USD million) for all the above segments.

Market Snapshot

Monochloroacetic Acid Market - Market Summary
Study Period: 2016-2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: >5 %

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Market Overview

The Global Monochloroacetic Acid Market is projected to register a CAGR of over 5% during the forecast period (2021-2026).

COVID-19 negatively impacted the agrochemicals market thus declining the market studied. Labor shortages, transportation issues, and liquidity shortages as a result of the lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic affected the supply chain of the agriculture market. However, government packages for agriculture post-COVID expected to boost the agriculture industry. The Indian government announced several measures such as Agri-marketing reforms, revamp essential commodities act, and INR 1 lakh crore investment in farm gate infrastructure and logistics to raise the agriculture market. The personal care industry also had a negative impact due to COVID-19, as the disruption in the supply chain and labour shortages impacted the industry. However, the pharmaceutical industry experienced an upsurge due to COVID-19 as the medicines used in the hospitals have increased.

  • Over the medium term, one of the major factors driving the market is the growing demand from the agrochemicals and personal care industry.
  • On the flipside, the hazardous effects of monochloroacetic acid and negative impact of COVID-19 pandemic are expected to hinder the growth of the market studied.
  • Asia-Pacific dominated the market across the world, with the largest consumption coming from China and India.

Scope of the Report

Monochloroacetic acid (MCA) is a crystalline acid obtained by direct chlorination of acetic acid and is used in organic synthesis. The monochloroacetic acid market is segmented by chemical application, end-user industry, and geography. By chemical application, the market is segmented into glycine, cellulose, surfactants, 4,2,4-dichloro phenoxy acetic acid, thioglycol acid, other chemical applications. By end-user industry, the market is segmented into personal care and pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, geological drillings, dyes and detergents, and other end-user industries. The report also covers the market size and forecasts for Monochloroacetic Acid Market in 15 countries across major regions. For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done on the basis of revenue (USD Million).

Chemical Application
4,2,4-Dichloro Phenoxy Acetic Acid
Thioglycol Acid
Other Applications
End-user Industry
Personal Care and Pharmaceuticals
Geological Drillings
Dyes and Detergents
Other End-user Industries
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

Increasing Demand from Personal Care and Pharmaceuticals Industries

  • Monochloroacetic acid (MCA) is used to make surfactants, particularly mild betaine amphoteric surfactants. Heating MCA with sodium or potassium hydrogen sulphide produces thioglycolic acid. Thioglycolic acid and its derivatives are used in the production of hair care products, such as shampoos, conditioners, and hair masks.
  • Additionally, rising disposable income, raising awareness of beauty products, changes in consumption patterns, the impact of globalization on lifestyles, and changing retail landscape in the developing countries, such as India, Thailand, Vietnam, are likely to boost the demand for personal care products in the coming years. This, in turn, is expected to increase the demand for MCA from the personal care sector of the region.
  • The global player of the cosmetics market Loreal in its 2020 annual report stated that the market for cosmetics was estimated at over EUR 200 billion in the year 2020 in which skincare accounts for 42% of share and makeup and hygiene accounts for 16% and 10% respectively.
  • MCA is also required in the pharmaceuticals sector for the production of ibuprofen/brufen, diclofenac sodium, caffeine, vitamins (e.g. vitamin B), glycine, N-(P-hydroxyphenyl)-glycine (METOL), and maleates.
  • India is the third-largest pharmaceutical market, in terms of volume, and thirteenth most significant, in terms of value, as it has a large raw material base and availability of a skilled workforce. According to the India Brand Equity Foundation, Indian pharmaceutical sector is expected to grow to USD 100 billion by 2025. Pharmaceuticals export from India stood at USD 16.3 billion in FY20.
  • Further, the German government has been developing laws, which are expected to drive the growth of medicine technologies. The laws focus on smart health and mid aging problems, diagnostic, therapy and preventive medicine in medical research, research-based medical technologies, integration of medical technologies in systems and supply solutions, and preservation and improvement of life quality.
  • Hence, considering the aforementioned factors, with the increasing demand for personal care products, the demand for monochloroacetic acid is likely to rise, during the forecast period.
Monochloroacetic Acid Market - Segmentation

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Asia-Pacific Region to Dominate the Market

  • Asia-Pacific region dominated the global market share, owing to increasing demand from various end-user industries such as personal care and pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals and others.
  • The demand for Monochloroacetic Acid (MCA) has witnessed an increase in the past few years in China and India, majorly because of the increasing demand from personal care and pharmaceutical sectors.
  • The increasing concerns for hygiene and cleanliness have led to the growth in demand for personal care products, detergents, and washing soaps. This is likely to boost the demand for MCA, owing to its requirement in the production of these personal care products.
  • China is the world second largest cosmetics market and emerging as the largest market in terms of cosmetics and skin care products, globally. The Chinese cosmetics and personal care market, which includes a wide variety of industries, such as makeup, skin care, hair care, personal hygiene, experienced growth in 2019-2020. Furthermore, the continuous growth in population is another factor fueling the demand for cosmetics products in the country. This, in turn, is augmenting the growth of the market studied.
  • During the fiscal year 2020, the South Asian country of India produced nearly 1,515 thousand metric tonnes of detergents. This was a decrease from the previous fiscal year's 1,609 thousand metric tonnes of detergents.
  • The personal care and pharmaceutical industries are raising in Asia-Pacific as the demand and consumption increases with increasing population from China and India.
  • Furthermore, India holds a significant position in the global pharmaceuticals sector. India is the largest producer of generic drugs in the world. The Indian pharmaceutical industry caters to more than 50% of the global demand for various vaccines, 40% of the demand for generic medicine in the United States, and 25% of the demand for all medicines in the United Kingdom.
  • China is the second-largest market for pharmaceuticals, globally. The market for pharmaceuticals is emerging rapidly, owing to the growing middle-class and aging society present in the country, rising incomes, and increasing urbanization. The pharmaceutical sales of the country is expected to reach up to USD 175 billion by 2022. This is expected to boost the growth of monochloroacetic acid used in the pharmaceutical applications.​
  • In addition, agriculture is the major source of livelihood for approximately 58% of the population in India. According to the India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF), the gross value added by agriculture is around USD 276.37 billion in the financial year 2020. This is driving the demand for agrochemicals, therefore boosting the demand for market studied.
  • Therefore, considering the aforementioned factors, the demand for monochloroacetic acid is expected to witness a rapid increase in Asia-Pacific, during the forecast period.
Monochloroacetic Acid Market - Regional Trend

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Competitive Landscape

The monochloroacetic acid market is partially fragmented with no single player accounting for a significant share of the market. Some of these major players include Nouryon, Merck KGaA, Alfa Aesar, Thermo Fisher Scientific, PCC Group, and TerraTech, amongst others.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Increasing Demand From the Agrochemicals and Personal Care Industry

      2. 4.1.2 Other Drivers

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Hazardous Effects of Monochloroacetic Acid

      2. 4.2.2 Negative Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic

    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 Chemical Application

      1. 5.1.1 Glycine

      2. 5.1.2 Cellulose

      3. 5.1.3 Surfactants

      4. 5.1.4 4,2,4-Dichloro Phenoxy Acetic Acid

      5. 5.1.5 Thioglycol Acid

      6. 5.1.6 Other Applications

    2. 5.2 End-user Industry

      1. 5.2.1 Personal Care and Pharmaceuticals

      2. 5.2.2 Agrochemicals

      3. 5.2.3 Geological Drillings

      4. 5.2.4 Dyes and Detergents

      5. 5.2.5 Other End-user Industries

    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. Italy

        4. France

        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 Alfa Aesar, Thermo Fisher Scientific

      2. 6.4.2 Archit Organosys

      3. 6.4.3 Denak Co., Ltd

      4. 6.4.4 Henan HDF Chemical Company,Ltd.

      5. 6.4.5 ITALMAR (THAILAND) CO., LTD

      6. 6.4.6 Jiangxi Biochem Co., Ltd

      7. 6.4.7 Mahalaxmi Industries

      8. 6.4.8 Merck KGaA

      9. 6.4.9 Meridian Chem Bond Pvt. Ltd.

      10. 6.4.10 Nouryon

      11. 6.4.11 PCC Group

      12. 6.4.12 Shandong Minji New Material Technology Co., Ltd.

      13. 6.4.13 TerraTech

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Rising Usage of Cyanoacetic Acid

    2. 7.2 Other Opportunities

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

The Monochloroacetic Acid 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 2020.

Nouryon, Merck KGaA, Alfa Aesar, Thermo Fisher Scientific, PCC Group, TerraTech are the major companies operating in Monochloroacetic Acid Market.

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