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Anionic Surfactants Market by Type (LAS, Lignosulfonates, AES/FAS, Alkyl Sulfates/Ether Sulfates, Sarcosinates, Alpha Olefin Sulfonates, Phosphate Esters), Application (Home Care, Personal Care, Oil & Gas, Construction), and Region - Global Forecast to 2027.

Published: January, 2022
ID: 8554
Pages: 175

Anionic Surfactants Market Size and Growth 2022-2027:

Anionic Surfactants Market was at USD 17.54 billion in 2021 and is predicted to reach USD 23.44 billion in 2026, with a CAGR of 5.2% during the outlook period 2022- 2027.

Anionic surfactants work best at removing dirt, clay, and oily residue. They are generally insoluble at low temperatures and have high efficiency among various classifications of surfactants and cannot be combined with cationic surfactants for application as they precipitate out of an aqueous solution. The anionic surfactants market is expected to grow during the forecast period owing to improvement in the quality of anionic surfactants as well as the growth of end-use industries. The growing need for more environmentally friendly and sustainable surfactants has fueled the growth of the anionic surfactants market. However, strict government regulations on toxic chemicals are limiting the growth of the anionic surfactants market. On the other hand, the expansion of the bio-based surfactants market is likely to show growth opportunities for the anionic surfactants market in the future.

Anionic Surfactants Market Growth:

Anionic surfactants account for about half of the total surfactant market share. Anionic surfactants are also used to remove dirt and sebum, as they are characterized by a negatively charged hydrophilic polar group and improve frizz and friction. This anti-charge assists the surfactant molecules interact with soil particles and carbon fiber, which in turn lift and suspend the soil in bubble-like arrangements called micelles. In terms of volume, the three most commonly utilized anionic surfactants are alpha-olefin sulfonates, linear alkylbenzene sulfonates, and alcohol ether sulfates. Strong fluctuations in the price and supply of petrochemicals and reduced dependence on crude oil are likely to stimulate demand for anionic surfactants. The growing call for environmentally friendly alternatives stirs demand for biological anionic surfactants.

Anionic Surfactants Drivers:

The growing population is gradually increasing the use of detergents for household cleaning, where anionic surfactants are mainly used, and therefore this is driving the augmented demand in the worldwide market. The increasing call for personal care products in the world is also supposed to drive the market growth during the foreseen period. Among the major factors influencing the growth of the market are innovative new processes exploited using surfactants. Government policies regarding pharmaceutical and healthcare industries, along with growing demand for pharmaceuticals, are believed to be driving the growth of the anionic surfactants market globally.

However, due to the growing concern for the protection of the environment and human well-being, policymakers and surface producers are focusing on all applications going towards green and sustainable products. This has resulted in a strong demand for renewable products which present a marginal danger to the ecosystem unlike industrial petroleum products, which are naturally toxic and bio accumulative in the marine world. Therefore, producers are eager to respond to the increasing evolution of their products by using environmentally friendly solutions. The development of the demand for anionic surfactants is supposed to be limited due to growing environmental problems around the world. Governments have imposed strict limits on health and protection. Constant R&D programs are sponsored to constantly tackle this problem, and create technologies and goods that help them capture most of the business. Biologically derived anionic tensors are likely to diversify the product segments and continue to develop the industry further.

COVID-19 Impact On Anionic Surfactants Market:

Due to the unprecedented health crisis due to the coronavirus, many countries around the world have implemented lockdowns across the provinces and as they are reopened, safety measures such as physical distancing continue to apply to be in place. A side effect of these measures is likely to be a major economic recession. And while many companies prepared for it long before the coronavirus crippled the global economy, few expected a pandemic to be among its main triggers. With billions of people locked away, consumer consumption patterns have changed dramatically. Some of these changes could be part of the "new normal" that we see coming. On top of that, the economic recession will lead to an increase in the unemployment rate and a decrease in disposable income for many consumers. Analysts' opinions on the depth and duration of the impending crisis differ, but all agree that the entire world economy will be affected and that a contraction in global GDP is to be expected.




Market Size Available

2021– 2026

Base Year


Forecast Period

2022- 2027



Segments Covered

By Type, By Application, By Region

Various Analyses Covered

Global, Regional & Country Level Analysis, Segment-Level Analysis, DROC, PESTLE Analysis, Porter’s Five Forces Analysis, Competitive Landscape, Analyst Overview on Investment Opportunities

Regions Covered

North America, Europe, APAC, Latin America, Middle East & Africa

Market Leaders Profiled

AkzoNobel N.V., BASF SE, Clariant AG, DowDuPont, Evonik Industries AG, Croda International, Stepan Company, Huntsman Corporation, Kao Corporation, Galaxy Surfactants.

Anionic Surfactants Market Segmentation:

Anionic Surfactants Market - By Type:

  • Linear Alkylbenzene Sulfonate
  • Lignosulfonates
  • Alcohol Ether Sulfates/Fatty Alcohol Sulfates
  • Alkyl Sulfates/Ether Sulfates
  • Sarcosinates
  • Alpha Olefin Sulfonates
  • Phosphate Esters

Linear alkylbenzene sulfonate type has the largest share of the anionic surfactant market in 2019. In household detergents, as well as computer industrial applications, linear alkylbenzene sulfonate (LAS), the world's largest organic surfactant-containing different salts Sulphonated alkylbenzenes are commonly used. The trend of using liquid laundry detergents in North America indicates an increasing choice by customers, although in Western Europe, Japan, and China, powders are the dominant products. Many regions of the world generally do not provide equivalent and accurate results. LAS is mainly used in powder detergents (especially in India and Indonesia) and hand washing liquids in these less developed parts of the world on lignosulfonates, sarcosinates, and alpha-olefin sulfonates.

Anionic Surfactants Market - By Application:

  • Home Care
  • Personal Care
  • Oil & Gas
  • Construction
  • Others

The home application holds the largest share of the anionic surfactants market in 2020. Substances are one of many common detergent compounds. They are used to remove dirt, especially in kitchens and bathrooms, from the skin, clothing, and household items. They are also commonly used in commercial applications. Due to their good washing efficiency and foaming effects, they mainly serve as key surfactants in the detergent and cleaning industry and as cleaning agents.

Anionic surfactants are responsible for the antimicrobial, foaming, and conditioning properties (in the case of shampoos, facial soaps, and skin care creams), mild detergent actions, and preservative properties essential in the personal care industry. They also act as cleaning agents, emulsifiers, foaming agents, solubilizers, and moisturizers, and therefore are mainly used in makeup, skin care, hair, oral care, and other personal care products.

In the oil and gas industry, anionic surfactants can be used for various purposes such as emulsifiers, dispersants, corrosion inhibitors, foam control agents, wetting agents, suspending agents, and biocides. The main surfactants in oil fields are sulfates, sulfonates, and lignosulfonates.

Anionic Surfactants Market - By Regional Analysis:

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa

Asia-Pacific was the largest market for anionic surfactants in 2019 in the world. High consumption potential, growing production capacity, competitive manufacturing costs and strong economic growth are the main market drivers in the region. This dominance of the Asia-Pacific is mainly due to population growth and improved lifestyles in each financial stratum. Companies are investing more in R&D to discover surfactant applications in unconventional industrial segments (petroleum industry, textile industry, pulp and paper industry, healthcare industry, etc.) in order to increase their reach and demand. The anionic surfactants market in the Middle East and Africa is expected to experience the strongest growth. Factors contributing to this are increased demand from developing countries due to increased industrialization. In the Middle East, the oil and gas industry is estimated to continue to grow due to the presence of vast reserves of crude oil and the development of technologies for better oil recovery. The industry will experience growth due to significant investments in oil and gas re-exploration and the exploration of new reserves.

Recent Developments in the Anionic Surfactants Industry:

  • In January 2019, Oxiteno launches a new product at ABRAFATI. The company will launch its new portfolio of coalescing solutions and showcase a wide range for different coating applications. The solution was designed after extensive research and aims to address the challenges faced by formulators and meet market needs and trends. Designed to be versatile, the new molecule can be used in a variety of paint technologies and offers better compatibility with resins.
  • As of August 2020, Pureact GLT is the latest innovation in Innospec's line of sulfate-free, plant-based mild surfactants. This approved anionic surfactant assists formulators meet market trends for sustainable personal care products. With Pureact GLT, you can create ultra-gentle body washes, and hand and facial cleansers that gently cleanse while providing a luxurious experience.

Anionic Surfactants Market Key Players:

  1. AkzoNobel N.V.
  2. BASF SE
  3. Clariant AG
  4. DowDuPont
  5. Evonik Industries AG
  6. Croda International
  7. Stepan Company
  8. Huntsman Corporation
  9. Kao Corporation
  10. Galaxy Surfactants

1. Introduction                                 

                1.1 Market Definition                    

                1.2 Study Deliverables                  

                1.3 Base Currency, Base Year and Forecast Periods                          

                1.4 General Study Assumptions                

2. Research Methodology                                           

                2.1 Introduction                               

                2.2 Research Phases                      

                                2.2.1 Secondary Research           

                                2.2.2 Primary Research 

                                2.2.3 Econometric Modelling      

                                2.2.4 Expert Validation  

                2.3 Analysis Design                         

                2.4 Study Timeline                          

3. Overview                                       

                3.1 Executive Summary                

                3.2 Key Inferences                         

                3.3 Epidemology                              

4. Drivers, Restraints, Opportunities, and Challenges Analysis (DROC)                                    

                4.1 Market Drivers                          

                4.2 Market Restraints                    

                4.3 Key Challenges                         

                4.4 Current Opportunities in the Market                              

5. Market Segmentation                                              

                5.1 Type                              

                                5.1.1 Introduction           

                                5.1.2 Linear Alkylbenzene Sulfonate

                                5.1.3 Lignosulfonates

                                5.1.4 Alcohol Ether Sulfates/Fatty Alcohol Sulfates

                                5.1.5 Alkyl Sulfates/Ether Sulfates

                                5.1.6 Sarcosinates

                                5.1.7 Alpha Olefin Sulfonates

                                5.1.8 Phosphate Esters

                                5.1.9 Y-o-Y Growth Analysis, By Type     

                                5.1.10 Market Attractiveness Analysis, By Type   

                                5.1.11 Market Share Analysis, By Type     

                5.2 Application                 

                                5.2.1 Introduction           

                                5.2.2 Home Care

                                5.2.3 Personal Care          

                                5.2.4 Oil & Gas

                                5.2.5 Construction

                                5.2.6 Others        

                                5.2.7 Y-o-Y Growth Analysis, By Application         

                                5.2.8 Market Attractiveness Analysis, By Application       

                                5.2.9 Market Share Analysis, By Application        

6. Geographical Analysis                                              

                6.1 Introduction                               

                                6.1.1 Regional Trends    

                                6.1.2 Impact Analysis     

                                6.1.3 Y-o-Y Growth Analysis        

                                       By Geographical Area

                                       By Type

                                       By Application

                                       By Indication

                                6.1.4  Market Attractiveness Analysis     

                                       By Geographical Area

                                       By Type

                                       By Application

                                       By Indication

                                6.1.5  Market Share Analysis      

                                       By Geographical Area

                                       By Type

                                       By Application

                                       By Indication

                6.2 North America                          

                                6.1.1 Introduction           

                                6.1.2 United States         

                                6.1.3 Canada     

                6.3 Europe                         

                                6.2.1 Introduction           

                                6.2.2 U.K             

                                6.2.3 Spain         

                                6.2.4 Germany 

                                6.2.5 Italy            

                                6.2.6 France       

                6.4 Asia-Pacific                 

                                6.3.1 Introduction           

                                6.3.2 China         

                                6.3.3 India          

                                6.3.4 Japan         

                                6.3.5 Australia   

                                6.3.6 South Korea           

                6.5 Latin America                             

                                6.4.1 Introduction           

                                6.4.2 Brazil          

                                6.4.3 Argentina

                                6.4.4 Mexico     

                                6.4.5 Rest of Latin America          

                6.6 Middle East & Africa                               

                                6.5.1 Introduction           

                                6.5.2 Middle-East            

                                6.5.3 Africa         

7. Strategic Analysis                                       

                7.1 PESTLE analysis                         

                                7.1.1 Political     

                                7.1.2 Economic 

                                7.1.3 Social         

                                7.1.4 Technological         

                                7.1.5 Legal          

                                7.1.6 Environmental       

                7.2 Porter’s Five analysis                              

                                7.2.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers        

                                7.2.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers    

                                7.2.3 Threat of New Entrants     

                                7.2.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services              

                                7.2.5 Competitive Rivalry within the Industry     

8. Market Leaders' Analysis                                        

                8.1 Huntsman Corporation             

                                8.1.1 Overview 

                                8.1.2 Product Analysis   

                                8.1.3 Financial analysis  

                                8.1.4 Recent Developments       

                                8.1.5 SWOT analysis       

                                8.1.6 Analyst View          

                8.2 BASF                              

                8.3 Dow Chemical Company                       

                8.4 Stepan Company                     

                8.5 Evonik Industries AG                              

                8.6 Kao Corporation                       

                8.7  Proctor & Gamble Company                              

                8.8 Clariant                         

                8.9 Lion Specialty Chemicals Co                 

                8.10 Solvay S.A                               

9. Competitive Landscape                                           

                9.1 Market share analysis                            

                9.2 Merger and Acquisition Analysis                       

                9.3 Agreements, collaborations and Joint Ventures                         

                9.4 New Product Launches                         

10. Market Outlook and Investment Opportunities                                         


                a) List of Tables                

                b) List of Figures                              

  1. Global Anionic Surfactants  Market By Region, From 2022 - 2027( USD Billion )

  2. Global Anionic Surfactants  Market By Type, From 2022 - 2027( USD Billion )

  3. Global cationic surfactant Market By Region, From 2022 - 2027( USD Billion )

  4. Global anionic surfactant Market By Region, From 2022 - 2027( USD Billion )

  5. Global others Market By Region, From 2022 - 2027( USD Billion )

  6. Global Anionic Surfactants  Market By Application, From 2022 - 2027( USD Billion )

  7. Global household detergents Market By Region, From 2022 - 2027( USD Billion )

  8. Global personal care Market By Region, From 2022 - 2027( USD Billion )

  9. Global others Market By Region, From 2022 - 2027( USD Billion )

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