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

The Wax Market is segmented by Type (Petroleum and Mineral Wax, Synthetic Wax, and Natural Wax), Application (Cosmetic, Packaging, Candle Making, Adhesives, Rubber, and Other Applications), and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle-East and Africa).

Market Snapshot

Wax Market Overview
Study Period:

2016 - 2026

Base Year:


Fastest Growing Market:

Asia Pacific

Largest Market:

Asia Pacific


>2.5 %

Wax Market Key Players

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Market Overview

The wax market was valued at 7 million ton in 2020, and the market is projected to register a CAGR of over 2.5% during the forecast period (2021-2026).

Due to COVID-19, the lockdown regulations and deficient number of workers led to the decline in production of various chemical and other industries such as cosmetics, packaging, rubber, candle, and adhesives. The supply of raw materials to the industries decreased and caused a disturbance in supply and demand balance. Owing to all these factors, the oil market is negatively impacted by COVID-19 and the production of wax is decreased.

  • Over the medium term, the major factor driving the market studied is the increasing demand from the candle and packaging industries​. Growing personal care industry in the Asia-Pacific region​ is the other factor driving the market studied.
  • On the flip side, fluctuating prices of raw materials and environmental concerns are expected to hinder the growth of the market.
  • The Asia-Pacific region is expected to dominate the market, and it is also likely to witness highest CAGR during the forecast period.

Scope of the Report

Waxes are a diverse class of organic compounds near ambient temperatures that are lipophilic, malleable solids. Waxes are insoluble in water, but soluble in solvents that are organic and non-polar. The wax market is segmented by type, application, and geography. By type, the market is segmented into petroleum and mineral wax, synthetic wax, and natural wax. By application, the market is segmented into cosmetics, packaging, candle making, adhesives, rubber, and other applications. The report also covers the market size of and forecasts for the wax market in 17 countries across major regions. For each segment, the market sizing and forecast have been done on the basis of volume (kiloton).

Petroleum and Mineral Wax
Synthetic Wax
Natural Wax
Candle Making
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

Increasing Demand from the Personal Care Industry​

  • Cosmetics and personal care is one of the major applications of wax. It is used to thicken formulations. It provides stability to skincare products and cosmetics with emollient and protective qualities, and it boosts their viscosity and consistency. The personal care industry accounted for a healthy share in the global market in 2019.​
  • The Asia-Pacific region has become the largest consumer, as well as producer of wax. The production reached high levels in the past few years, and the region has become a significant hub for exporting cosmetics and personal care products to the developed countries, such as the United States.​
  • The personal care market accounted for more 21% of the Indian consumer packaged goods market in 2019, potentially being the gold mine for certain beauty and personal care companies. With the rising awareness, changing consumption pattern and lifestyle, increasing disposable income, and improving purchasing power, the demand for personal care products is likely to increase over the forecast period.​
  • China is becoming the largest market for cosmetics and skin care products, globally. The beauty sector in the country witnessed a growth of around 5% in the last 10 years, and it is set to grow at around the same rate during the upcoming years as well.​
  • Japan hosts one of the biggest beauty industries in the world. There has been a significant rise in the ‘Puchi Pura Cosme’ culture in the Japanese beauty industry in recent times. ‘Puchi Pura Cosme’ translates to ‘low-priced cosmetics’, and, currently, this trend has a major influence on the market. ​
  • Considerable purchasing power of individuals in the Southeast Asian region (a dynamic and diverse market for the emerging middle class) is likely to drive the consumption of cosmetics in the region. According to Euromonitor, the country's beauty and personal care market is likely to reach a value of nearly USD 8.50 billion in 2022 from USD 6 billion in 2019.​
  • Overall, the Asia-Pacific market for the personal care is growing significantly, and it is likely to follow the same trend during the forecast period, driving the overall market for wax in the region.​
Wax Market Share

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Asia-Pacific Region to Dominate the Market

  • The Asia-Pacific region dominated the global market share, due to the concentration of dominant petroleum wax producing refineries in countries, like China and India.
  • Asia-Pacific is also projected to register the highest growth during the forecast period, driven by increasing production and consumption of cosmetics, adhesives, and packaging products in the region. Asia-Pacific demand has reached higher levels in the past few years and has become a major hub for exporting cosmetics and personal care products.
  • India is a growing economy and holds great potential for future market opportunities. With the increasing focus on personal appearance, aging population, and quality of living, the country's use of cosmetic and personal care products is increasing. The country's market for beauty and wellness increased over the past decade, reaching USD 14 billion in 2019.
  • The packaging industry in the country is rising at a significant rate, owing to the expanding food, beverage, and retail industries. According to the Indian Institute of Packaging, the Indian packaging sector is estimated at USD 32 billion by 2020, exhibiting a double-digit growth, of nearly 13%, every year.​
  • The tier-2 markets, such as South Korea, are expected to witness a rapid rise in the demand for personal care products.
  • Besides, China stands to be the largest market for adhesives in the region regarding both production and consumption. The consumption of adhesives has been increasing in the industries, such as furniture, construction, etc., which is further driving the growth of the wax market in the region.
  • Owing to all the aforementioned factors, Asia-Pacific region is expected to dominate the market studied during the forecast period.
Wax Market Growth By Region

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Competitive Landscape

The wax market is partially fragmented. Major players dominating the market include China National Petroleum Corporation, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Cepsa, Sasol, and Eni SpA.

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 Candle and Packaging Industries​

      2. 4.1.2 Growing Personal Care Industry in the Asia-Pacific Region​

      3. 4.1.3 Other Drivers

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Impact of the COVID-19 Outbreak ​

      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 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 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Petroleum and Mineral Wax

      2. 5.1.2 Synthetic Wax

      3. 5.1.3 Natural Wax

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Cosmetics

      2. 5.2.2 Packaging

      3. 5.2.3 Candle Making

      4. 5.2.4 Adhesives

      5. 5.2.5 Rubber

      6. 5.2.6 Other Applications

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. ASEAN Countries

        6. 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. Spain

        6. Rest of Europe

      4. 5.3.4 South America

        1. Argentina

        2. Brazil

        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 BP PLC

      2. 6.4.2 Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP

      3. 6.4.3 Cepsa

      4. 6.4.4 China National Petroleum Corporation

      5. 6.4.5 China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation

      6. 6.4.6 Eni SpA

      7. 6.4.7 Exxon Mobil Corporation

      8. 6.4.8 H&R Group

      9. 6.4.9 Ilumina Wax d.o.o.

      10. 6.4.10 Kemipex

      11. 6.4.11 Nippon Siero Co. Ltd

      12. 6.4.12 Petrobras

      13. 6.4.13 Petro Canada Lubricants Inc.

      14. 6.4.14 Sasol

      15. 6.4.15 The International Group Inc.

      16. 6.4.16 CALWAX

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Increasing Use of Mineral Wax in Rubber Production

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Wax Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Wax Market is growing at a CAGR of >2.5% over the next 5 years.

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

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2020.

  • China National Petroleum Corporation
  • Exxon Mobil Corporation
  • Cepsa
  • Sasol
  • Eni SpA

Are the major companies operating in Wax Market.

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