Growing Global Market

What is Driving India, the Fastest Growing Global Market for Industrial Surfactants?

Each of the three largest surfactant-consuming applications, household and industrial and institutional (HI&I) cleaning, personal care, and industrial, has a unique set of characteristics and consumption patterns. HI&I is the largest consumer of surfactants, but highly price sensitive. As a result, formulators look to use lower-priced surfactants more provided they meet the requirements. In the performance-driven personal care market, formulators are more concerned about the surfactants’ qualities than their price. An industrial application, in turn, is more complex and varies widely across various end-use segments.Continue reading

Industrial Surfactants with Favorable Environmental Profiles

Alkyl Polyglucosides and Other Industrial Surfactants are Moving Forward with Favorable Environmental Profiles

One-third of the global surfactants market is used in a variety of industrial applications, such as food, paints and coatings, crop protection, and oil and gas. Europe and the United States are among the largest consumers of industrial surfactants globally, together accounting for USD 4 billion+ in market value, according to Kline’s just-published reports on the United States and Europe from the Industrial Surfactants: Multi-regional Market Analysis and Opportunities series. Both markets show overall positive growth results, but their growth potential is highly dependent on the end-use application and surfactant considered. The industry is also affected by tightening regulations on the product composition and environmental impact. Responding to the growing demand for high quality products that would meet the industry’s compliance regulations, suppliers in these two developed markets shift towards more innovative, safe, and green products.Continue reading

HI&I cleaning products in CHina, India, and the U.S.

The markets for ingredients for HI&I cleaning products in China, India, and the United States are characterized by strong regional specificities

The markets for HI&I ingredients in the United States, China, and India—the three regions from the upcoming global HI&I ingredients report—are rather diverse in terms of growth, value, and volume. While there are differences in the size of these markets and their growth potentials, qualitative attributes also differ widely.

The consumption of ingredients in all three countries represents a large chunk of the total market, accounting for over USD 10 billion, driven by the United States, which represents more than half of this total. In terms of future outlook, India is forecast to post the strongest growth among these three countries, of almost 13% during the forecast period of 2014-2019. Continue reading

personal care

Changes in Personal Care Ingredients Trends

Kline’s recently published Global Personal Care Ingredients Database, featuring the dynamic performance of the personal care ingredients market in 2012, found that among several new ingredients such as conditioning polymers, anti-microbials, and emulsifiers, all witnessing significant growth over the last five years, the more traditional surfactants were able to maintain the primacy as the largest product category.

Continue reading

U.S. Crop Protection Chemical Distributors in 2011

Stellar Year for U.S. Crop Protection Chemical Distributors in 2011 with Positive Outlook Ahead

The U.S. crop protection chemical industry experienced a 6.9% increase in the net distributor sales level during 2011, according to the recent report Leading Distributors in the U.S. Crop Protection Industry: A Strategic Market Analysis by global consulting and research firm Kline & Company. Tracking the U.S. crop protection industry, the research focuses on the top 16 distributors that collectively drive over 90% of the U.S. market.Continue reading