Oleochemicals Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2018 - 2028

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Oleochemicals Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2018 - 2028

Status : May, 2020 | Chemical & Materials | PPT format

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Oleochemicals Market: Snapshot

Oleochemicals are those chemical substances that are derived from natural sources comprising animal fats and plant.  The creation of basic oleochemical substances, such as fatty acids is through various enzymatic and chemical reactions. The global oleochemicals market is poised for significant growth, thanks to its growing application across diverse industries.  

Fatty acids are, so far, the largest application for oleochemicals.  This is owing to the high demand for its applications in the below-mentioned industries:

  • Pharmaceutical and food industries
  • Soap and laundry detergent
  • Candles
  • Waxes
  • Lubricant
  • Paints and coatings.

Different food and beverages make use of oleochemicals for the most part as emulsifiers inconfectionaries, cakes, and breads. Customized oils and margarine are produced by making use of oleochemicals. Another significant application of oleochemicals is in the making of nutrition enriched substances, which are broadly used as a part of packaged food products. In addition to that, these synthetic concoctions are furthermore used to make both plain and seasoned frozen yogurts across the globe.

Many companies with sound research & development capabilities are setting their eyes on business expansion in global oleochemicals market. They are making a move in that direction by introducing novel molecules with much wider applications.

Many prominent chemical manufacturing companies, such as DuPont, Arkema, Solvay, and BASF have moved from their primary business capabilities towards using plant-based biochemicals for the making of specialty polymers and products. This trend is expected to continue in the years to come. It will hold promise for companies involved in the creation of downstream potential of oleochemicals, such as glycerol, fatty alcohols, and acid esters. These reasons are likely to escalate the growth of the global oleochemicals market.

Oleochemicals Market Introduction

Oleochemicals are a type of compounds that are derived from plants and animal oils or fats. Basic oleochemical substances, such as glycerol and fatty acids, can be obtained by splitting the triglycerides structure of oils or fats, followed by the process of the chemical reaction of oleochemical substances, such as fatty acids, by modification of carboxylic acid group.

One of the biggest advantages of oleochemicals are that oleochemicals do not pose any risk of causing environmental pollution. Oleochemicals are readily biodegradable, which is one of the primary reason why their applications in various end-use industrial sectors are increasing. Players in the oleochemicals market produce nearly 80 varieties of oleochemicals, including fatty acids, glycerol, and fatty alcohol.

Oleochemicals Market – Notable Developments

  • In April 2018, Emery Oleochemicals Sdn Bhd – a Malaysian oleochemical company – announced the launch of a new line of EMEROX® Polyols. The company declared that these new aromatic-containing polyols are more suitable for pentane blown rigid PIR and PUR foam applications. The company also announced that the bio-based contents in the new line of polyols have been certified with the USDA BioPreferred® Program.
  • Wilmar International Limited – Asia’s leading agribusiness and leading player in the oleochemicals market – announced its partnership with the National University of Singapore (NUS) to establish a new joint research laboratory for conducting research in the field of food-tech and sustainable biochemicals.
  • Oleon NV – leading producer in the oleochemicals market – announced the opening of its new isostearic acid production unit, which is a part of Oleon’s advanced oleochemical solutions. The company aims to produce Isostearic acid and Dimers at the new production unit, which has the production capacity of 14.125 tons per year.

Some of the most prominent competitors operating in the competitive landscape of global oleochemicals market include –

  • Emery Oleochemicals
  • Oleon NV
  • Cargill Inc.
  • Evyap Oleo
  • KLK Oleo
  • Croda International
  • IOI Group
  • Procter & Gamble Co.
  • Pacific Oleochemicals Sdn Bhd.
  • Chemical Associates Inc.
  • Godrej Industries
  • Twin River Technologies
  • Musim Mas Group
  • Wilmar International
  • CREMER

Oleochemicals Market Dynamics

Growing Demand for Oleochemicals in Wide-ranging End-use Industries will Drive Oleochemicals Market Growth

Even though consumers are spurning chemical products, oleochemicals find numerous applications in a wide range of industrial applications. The biodegradability of oleochemicals is one of the important factors why oleochemicals are witnessing tremendous demand across various industrial sectors. Personal care products and soaps & detergents are among the most popular applications of oleochemicals. Apart from these industries, the demand for oleochemicals is also increasing across pharmaceuticals, paints & coatings, food processing, and polymer industries, which is one of the primary drivers of the oleochemicals market.

Trade War between the United States (U.S.) and China is Impacting the Oleochemicals Market

While the oleochemicals market in the Asia-Pacific region continue to take shape, the trade war between the U.S. and China is influencing growth prospects of the global oleochemicals market. While the production capacities of high-quality oleochemicals have been undergoing expansion in the Asia Pacific, the U.S. has levied taxes on fatty acids imported from China. Furthermore, glycerin prices in the U.S. have been witnessing downward pressure because of the tariffs placed on soybean oil by the U.S. against China, which is another factor impacting growth of the oleochemicals market.

Stringent Regulations against Non-renewable Resources will Create Lucrative Opportunities for Oleochemicals Market Players

While the health-conscious consumers are turning away from chemical products to avoid their negative effects on health, various governmental organizations are also enforcing some rules and regulations to mitigate their impacts on the environment. Non-renewable or non-recyclable resources used in the manufacturing various products can pose harm to the eco-system, and thereby, many governing bodies are banning their use in end-use applications. Implementation of stringent environmental regulations is triggering manufacturers to replace many chemicals with environmentally friendly and biodegradable oleochemicals. This is expected to boost growth of the oleochemicals market in the upcoming years, by creating more opportunities to oleochemicals market players to foray into wide-ranging end-use industries.

Oleochemicals Market Segmentation

Based on the type of oleochemicals, the oleochemicals market is segmented into

  • Glycerol
  • Methyl Ester
  • Fatty Acid
  • Fatty Alcohol
  • Others

Based on applications of oleochemicals, the oleochemicals market is segmented into

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Personal Care & Cosmetics
  • Polymers
  • Paint & Surface Coatings
  • Soap & Detergents
  • Pulp & Paper
  • Food & Beverages
  • Lubricant & Grease
  • Plastics, rubber and textiles
  • Others

The study presents a granular assessment and quantitative evaluation of:

  • Key growth factors and prominent trends
  • Size and share of key segments in overall market
  • Key challenges and winning imperatives
  • Factors shaping competitive landscape
  • Insights into how contours of market will change in coming years
  • Technological advances
  • New avenues and imminent investment pockets
  • Regulatory landscape shaping current and future strategies of companies

The region-wise assessment includes market dynamics in:

  • North America
  • Asia Pacific
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • The Middle East and Africa

The study is prepared with the help of an extensive primary and secondary research. Primary research includes but not limited to interactions, interviews, surveys, and events. Opinions of policy makers and industry experts are carefully integrated into the insights to complement primary research. Volumes of secondary data gleaned through renowned paid sources, annual statements, reputed journals, and government documents offer insights into current dynamics and key evolution trajectories the market is likely to assume. The research employs various industry-wide analytics methods and well-established methodologies to ascertain the attractiveness of key segments. Further, it evaluates the lucrativeness of key regions and factors underlying their maturity. The insights notably include a detailed analysis of forces behind vendor differentiation and offers insight into investment-decision making by prominent players.

The report strives to enlighten businesses and industry stakeholders on multiple facets of the growth dynamic of the market, the key of which include answers to:

  • Which key factors will shape the competitive landscape?
  • Which trends will stimulate research and development activities in different geographies?
  • Which are the lucrative growth areas and what is the size of potential they are likely contribute to the overall market?
  • Which disruptions in market growth are likely to come with the new business models?
  • Which are some of the recent overhauls in policies that may change the course of the market significantly?
  • Which are the geographies that will form sizable sources of new streams to new and established players alike?
  • How are top players likely to realign their strategy to counter the forces of competition?
  • Which key strategies emerging players are likely to focus on to consolidate their position?
  • Which changes in end-user preferences might affect the status quo held by the leading players?
  • Which are some of the game-changing innovations influencing the projected share and revenue of the market and its segments?

Note: Utmost care has invariably been taken to present data and arrive at statistics at all the TMR Research reports. Meanwhile, some recent developments and new industry trends may take time to be included in the reports.

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