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Non-Ionic Surfactants Market – Segmented By Type (Anionic, Cationic, Non-Ionic, Zwitterionic and Others), By Substrate (Synthetic and Bio-Based), By Application (Personal Care, Detergents, Textile, Crop Protection, Food & Beverage, Elastomers & Plastics and Cosmetic Products) & By Region | 2022 to 2027

Published: January, 2022
ID: 11441
Pages: 175
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Non-Ionic Surfactants Market Size (2022-2027):

The non-Ionic surfactants market was estimated to be over USD 38 billion in 2021, and the market is expected to register a CAGR of over 5.3% in terms of revenue during the forecast period 2022-2027. 

Nonionic surfactants carry no electric charge and are often used in conjunction with anionic surfactants. These are known not to interact with calcium and magnesium ions in hard water. Nonionic surfactants are more surfactants and better emulsifiers than anionic surfactants at similar concentrations. In addition, they exhibit less solubility in hot water than anionic surfactants and produce less foam. They are also more effective at removing oily and organic soils than anionic surfactants. Surfactants are mainly used to lower the surface tension between any two liquids or a solid and a liquid in the form of emulsifiers, detergents, wetting agents, dispersants, or foaming agents. The continued development of the sectors is expected to benefit the industry over the next seven years. 

The non-ionic surfactant belongs to the class of surfactant reactants, in which the head of the surfactant macromolecule is negatively charged. These surfactants are the most common type of surfactant found in low-humidity carpet cleaners, including encapsulants and traditional shampoos, as they produce a lot of lather when shaken. In terms of volume, the three most widely used anionic surfactants are alpha-olefin sulfonates, linear alkylbenzene sulfonates, and alcohol ether sulfates. Improved demand for anionic surfactants in cosmetic products, like skin and hair care products in personal care implementation, because of their superior characteristics, like foaming, cleansing, thickening, solubilization, emulsion, antimicrobial effects, enhancement of penetration, and other special effects. It should stimulate market demand. The current market demand for environmentally friendly alternatives has led to an increased demand for anionic surfactants of biological origin.

Non-Ionic Surfactants Market Drivers:

Factors such as the boom in the home care sector, rapid urbanization, improved consumer confidence index, acceleration of e-commerce channels, and rising household consumer spending are expected to boost non-ionic surfactants market growth. The global market is primarily driven by the growth of major end-use industries such as food and beverage, paints and coatings, and oil and gas. The high demand for these surfactants is attributed to their lower foam profile and their high emulsifying potential. These attributes are also estimated to fuel the growth rate of the market. Widespread use of paints and coatings in major end-use industries, such as construction, automotive, shipbuilding, marine, and aerospace, is expected to drive demand for the non-ionic surfactants market. Another important driver of the global non-ionic surfactant market is its use in personal care products such as shampoos and perfumes. It is used as an emulsifier in shampoos and as a solubilizer in perfumes. Market growth is driven by population growth and increasing urbanization in the Asia Pacific.

Non-Ionic Surfactants Market Restraints:

Strict regulations against the use of synthetic surfactants are limiting the growth of the overall surfactant market, with synthetic surfactants accounting for the largest share. Material price volatility and environmental concerns related to surfactants restrict the non-ionic surfactants market growth during the forecast period.

Opportunities in the Non-Ionic Surfactants Market:

The growing preference for bio-based surfactants is expected to create lucrative opportunities for players in this market. The rapid growth of the personal care industry and the use of surfactants in Neonatal Respiratory Distress Syndrome are expected to provide many opportunities for development in the years to come.

Challenges in the Non-Ionic Surfactants Market:

The growth of the industry would be challenged by strict regulations, volatile commodity prices, and intense competition.




Market Size Available

2021– 2026

Base Year


Forecast Period

2022- 2027



Segments Covered

By Type, By Substrate, 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

  • SABIC (Saudi Arabia)

  • Akzo Nobel N.V. (Netherlands)

  • Arkema (France)

  • BASF SE (Germany)

  • Clariant (Switzerland)

  • Dow (US)

  • Elementis plc (UK)

  • Evonik Industries AG (Germany)

  • Huntsman International LLC (US)

  • Kao Corporation (Japan)

  • Stepan Company (US). 

Non-Ionic Surfactants Market Segmentation as per the research report until 2027.

Non-Ionic Surfactants Market - By Type:

  • Anionic surfactants

  • Cationic surfactants

  • Non-ionic surfactants

  • Zwitterionic surfactant

The nonionic sector is classified into alkylphenol ethoxylates, fatty Al ethoxylates, and others. The anionic industry is classified into sulfosuccinates, linear ether sulfates FAI, alkylbenzene, sulfates FAI, and others.

Non-Ionic Surfactants Market - By Substrate:

  • Synthetic
  • Bio-based

The synthetic surfactants sector is assumed to be the quickest developing sector because of its large-scale use in different commercial and industrial products such as shampoos, detergents, cleaners, soaps, and others. However, the bio-based surfactant industry is in demand due to the growing trend of customers toward products made from natural raw materials.

Non-Ionic Surfactants Market - By Application:

  • Personal Care
  • Detergents
  • Textile
  • Crop Protection
  • Food & Beverage
  • Elastomers & Plastics
  • Cosmetic Products

Home care and the personal segment are expected to experience strong growth compared to other segments. Home care dominated the application market in 2020 and accounted for over 50% of the overall product demand.

Non-Ionic Surfactants Market - By Region:

  •  North America 

  •  Europe 

  •  Asia Pacific 

  •  Latin America 

  •  Middle East & Africa

The market in Asia-Pacific is considered for the largest market share in 2020 on the background of the high demand for non-ionic surfactants in the major end-use industries like paints & coatings, agrochemicals, personal care & cosmetics, household cleaners, and textiles. The growth of these industries in the region, mainly due to rising disposable income and a high standard of living, is expected to drive market demand over the forecast years. The presence of large agricultural countries such as India, Malaysia, Thailand, and others is boosting the demand for the product in the agrochemical industry.

The occurrence of a large industrial base in North America and Europe is driving the demand for the non-ionic surfactants market. The high standard of living, together with the high per capita disposable income of consumers in the region, are the main growth factors of the main end-use industries in which the product is widely used. North America is anticipated to account for the vast share of the global surfactants market throughout the forecast period in terms of value. However, APAC is expected to dominate the market in terms of volume. The use of bio-based surfactants in North America and the need to import materials from countries like Thailand and Malaysia results in elevated prices for surfactants compared to APAC. This leads to the largest North American market share in terms of value compared to APAC.

Impact of Covid-19 on non-ionic surfactants Market:

The market was affected by COVID-19 in 2020. Several countries have been forced to close due to the pandemic scenario, which has led people to minimize the use of personal vehicles, which has had a negative impact on the demand for lubricants and fuels, and hence the demand for additives and surfactants for fuels is decreasing. However, the awareness of personal hygiene and a clean environment has increased under the present situation, which has boosted the demand for personal and household cleaning products, thereby boosting the growth of the surfactant market.

Recent Developments 

  • In October 2019, BASF SE decided to double the capacity of alkyl polyglucoside (APG), a surfactant used in the personal care segment, in Jinshan, China. In October 2019, BASF SE decided to double the capacity of alkyl polyglucoside (APG), a surfactant used in the personal care segment, in Jinshan, China.

  • In December 2019, Unilever, in partnership with Evonik, introduced a biosurfactant, Rhamnolipid. Rhamnolipid is 100% renewable and biodegradable by nature. It is also ultra-gentle on the skin, which sets it apart from other surfactants. This surfactant was, for the first time, used by Unilever in its brand of dishwashers Quix in Chile.

  • In March 2020, Stepan Company acquired the NatSurFact business from Logos Technologies LLC, a range of biosurfactants based on rhamnolipids derived from renewable sources. 

  • In October 2019, Solvay launched two new products in its Rhodapex BR APE Free range of surfactants (without nonylphenol ethoxylate). The launch of the new product has helped the company meet the growing demand for water-based emulsion and polymerization paints, adhesives, and textiles in Brazil and other countries in South America.

Non-ionic surfactants Market Key Players:

  1. SABIC (Saudi Arabia)

  2. Akzo Nobel N.V. (Netherlands)

  3. Arkema (France)

  4. BASF SE (Germany)

  5. Clariant (Switzerland)

  6. Dow (US)

  7. Elementis plc (UK)

  8. Evonik Industries AG (Germany)

  9. Huntsman International LLC (US)

  10. Kao Corporation (Japan)

  11. Stepan Company (US). 

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