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
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
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
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.
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
Steadily increasing disposable income levels have encouraged significant changes in the expenditure habits of the sizable Indian population. Favorable demographic factors andContinue reading