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

The Specialty Surfactants Market is segmented by Origin (Synthetic Surfactants and Bio-based Surfactants), Type (Anionic Surfactants, Cationic Surfactants, Non-ionic Surfactants, Amphoteric Surfactants, Silicone Surfactants, and Other Types), Application (Household Soap and Detergent, Personal Care, Lubricants and Fuel Additives, Industry and Institutional Cleaning, Food Processing, Oilfield Chemicals, Agricultural Chemicals, Textile Processing, and Other Applications), and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle-East and Africa).

Specialty Surfactants Market Snapshot

Specialty Surfactants Market Overview
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: >5 %
Specialty Surfactants Market Major Players

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Market Overview

The global specialty surfactants market is expected to grow with a CAGR greater than 5% during the forecast period. One of the major factors driving the market is the growing personal care industry in Asia-pacific. However, increasing focus on environmental regulations is hindering the growth of the market studied.

  • Asia-Pacific accounted for the highest share of the market and is likely to continue dominating the market during the forecast period.
  • Among the end-user industries, household soap & detergent is likely to account for the highest market share during the forecast period.

Scope of the report

The specialty surfactants market report includes:

Synthetic Surfactants
Bio-based Surfactants
Anionic Surfactants
Cationic Surfactants
Non-ionic Surfactants
Amphoteric Surfactants
Silicone Surfactants
Other Types
Household Soap and Detergent
Personal Care
Lubricants and Fuel Additives
Industry and Institutional Cleaning
Food Processing
Oilfield Chemicals
Agricultural Chemicals
Textile Processing
Other Applications
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

Household Soap and Detergent Application to Dominate the Market

  • Currently, the household soaps & detergents application accounts for the major share of the Global Specialty Surfactants market.
  •  The primary function of surfactant in detergent is to remove soil from fabrics and to suspend the soil in the wash water. Surfactants in dishwasher detergents are used for wetting surfaces to help soil removal. 
  • The surfactant level in automatic dishwasher detergents is lower than in hand dishwashing detergents to minimize foaming in the dishwasher. The major surfactants used are LAS, alcohol ethoxy sulfates (AES).
  • In the recent past, the growing demand for cleaning products across the world has been a major driver for the specialty surfactants market. 
  • Hence, owing to the above-mentioned factors, the household soap & detergent application is expected to dominate the market studied.
Specialty Surfactants Market Key Trends

Asia-Pacific to Dominate the Market

  • Currently, Asia-Pacific accounts for the highest share of the global specialty surfactants market.
  • China was the largest consumer of surfactants in Asia-Pacific and the country is likely to continue its dominance during the forecast period. 
  • Continuous growth in population is a factor fuelling the demand for cosmetics in the country. China is one of the top ten markets for cosmetics export from developed economies, such as the United States.
  •  The growth of population, which lies in the ages between 20 and 30 years, is the major factor contributing to the increasing cosmetics demand in China.
  • Additionally, there has been significant growth in the demand for specialty surfactants from the southeast Asian countries for usage in applications like soap & detergents, personal care, food processing, etc.
  • Hence, owing to the above-mentioend factors, Asia-Pacific is likely to dominate the market studied during the forecast period.

Specialty Surfactants Market Growth Rate

Competitive Landscape

The global specialty surfactants market is moderately fragmented as the majority of the market share is divided among many players. Some of the key players in the market include BASF SE, Dow, 3M, Stepan Company, and KAO CORPORATION, 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 Growing Personal Care Industry In Asia-pacific

      2. 4.1.2 Growth Of The Oleo chemicals Market

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Increasing Focus On Environmental Regulations

      2. 4.2.2 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 Origin

      1. 5.1.1 Synthetic Surfactants

      2. 5.1.2 Bio-based Surfactants

    2. 5.2 Type

      1. 5.2.1 Anionic Surfactants

      2. 5.2.2 Cationic Surfactants

      3. 5.2.3 Non-ionic Surfactants

      4. 5.2.4 Amphoteric Surfactants

      5. 5.2.5 Silicone Surfactants

      6. 5.2.6 Other Types

    3. 5.3 Application

      1. 5.3.1 Household Soap and Detergent

      2. 5.3.2 Personal Care

      3. 5.3.3 Lubricants and Fuel Additives

      4. 5.3.4 Industry and Institutional Cleaning

      5. 5.3.5 Food Processing

      6. 5.3.6 Oilfield Chemicals

      7. 5.3.7 Agricultural Chemicals

      8. 5.3.8 Textile Processing

      9. 5.3.9 Other Applications

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. ASEAN Countries

        6. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.4.2 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      3. 5.4.3 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. Italy

        4. France

        5. Rest of Europe

      4. 5.4.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.4.5 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 3M

      2. 6.4.2 Akzo Nobel N.V.

      3. 6.4.3 Arkema Group

      4. 6.4.4 Ashland

      5. 6.4.5 BASF SE

      6. 6.4.6 Clariant

      7. 6.4.7 Croda International Plc

      8. 6.4.8 Dow

      9. 6.4.9 ELEMENTIS PLC

      10. 6.4.10 Emery Oleochemicals

      11. 6.4.11 Evonik Industries AG

      12. 6.4.12 GALAXY

      13. 6.4.13 GEO

      14. 6.4.14 Godrej Industries Limited

      15. 6.4.15 Huntsman International LLC

      16. 6.4.16 Innospec

      17. 6.4.17 KAO CORPORATION

      18. 6.4.18 KLK OLEO

      19. 6.4.19 Lonza

      20. 6.4.20 Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

      21. 6.4.21 Reliance Industries Limited

      22. 6.4.22 Sanyo Chemical Industries, Ltd.

      23. 6.4.23 Sasol

      24. 6.4.24 Solvay

      25. 6.4.25 Stepan Company

      26. 6.4.26 Sumitomo Corporation

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Specialty Surfactants Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Specialty 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, Dow, 3M, Stepan Company, KAO CORPORATION. are the major companies operating in Specialty Surfactants Market.

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