Alkoxylates are those chemicals that are produced by means of alkoxylation process. Alkoxylation is a process wherein compounds such as alcohols, phenols, amines, etc. react with alkoxides to form alkoxylates. Generally, the alkoxides involved in this reaction are ethoxide, propenoxide, butaoxide, etc. Byproducts obtained from this reaction are alcohols, glycols, glycol ethers, etc. This reaction also produces a wide range of non-ionic and ionic surfactants. Various types of alkoxylates are alcohol alkoxylates, fatty acid alkoxylates and fatty amine alkoxylates, among others and they are used as cleaning agents, emulsifying agents, detergents, stabilizers, dispersing agents and wetting agents, among others. Among the several types of alkoxylates, alcohol alkoxylates are the most commonly used ones among end use industries owing to their degradable and environment-friendly nature. Global Alkoxylates market is expected to witness a steady growth over the forecast period.
Global Alkoxylates Market Dynamics:
The global alkoxylates market is mainly driven by the increasing demand from end use industries such as chemical, personal care and detergent, among others. Demand for the alkoxylates has witnessed a steady growth, primarily, owing to two factors namely the ease of availability of different kind of alkoxylates and their suitability in a multitude of applications.
Also, the use of biodegradable raw material in the manufacturing of alkoxylates produces environment-friendly alkoxylate compounds, which is a major boon since it is useful to cater to the industrial demand in developed countries such as those in Europe, U.S., etc. Furthermore, a drop in raw material prices and other feedstock prices has imparted an additional profit margin, thus stimulating the production of alkoxylates. Some alkoxylates are, however, hazardous in nature and thus, special care is needed during the manufacturing process, which can create space for the production of alternative materials.
Also, government regulations have in turn acted as impediment to growth of alkoxylates market. Moreover, the production of biodegradable alkoxylate compounds is relatively less than that of synthetic alkoxylate compounds. With rising environment concerns and focus of end use industries to support sustainable development, the demand for biodegradable chemicals is growing; which in turn is forecasted to open new avenues for the alkoxylates market and generate opportunities for growth of the market over the forecast period. Also, relative cost effectiveness of the alkoxylates is also anticipated to create a growth opportunity for the global alkoxylates market.
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Global Alkoxylates Market Segmentation:
On the basis of grade, the global alkoxylates market is segmented into:
On the basis of Type, the global alkoxylates market is segmented into:
- Alcohol alkoxylates
- Fatty acid alkoxylates
- Fatty amine alkoxylates
- Glyceride-based alkoxylates
- Methyl Ether alkoxylates
On the basis of surfactant type, the global alkoxylates market is segmented into:
- Ionic surfactants
- Non-ionic surfactants
On the basis of application, the global alkoxylates market is segmented into:
- Cleaning Agents
- Emulsifying agents
- Dispersing agents
- Wetting Agents
On the basis of end use industry, the global alkoxylates market is segmented into:
- Paints and coatings
- Paper and pulp
- Personal care
- Oilfield chemicals
- Textile processing
Global Alkoxylates Market: Regional outlook
The Asia-Pacific region dominates the global alkoxylates market owing to strong demand for surfactants from end use industries and the presence of emerging economies such as India and China. As a part of strategic development, major key players in alkoxylates market are expanding their production facilities in the Asia-Pacific region to acquire the maximum market share and avail cost benefits in alkoxylates production.
After Asia Pacific, North America is a large market in terms of consumption of alkoxylates and it is expected to grow with a steady CAGR over the forecast period. In Europe, government regulations for the use of biodegradable chemicals have considerably impacted the alkoxylates market; the alkoxylates market in the region is forecast to grow with a healthy CAGR over the forecast period. MEA and Latin America regions are expected to witness steady growth over the forecast period.
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Global Alkoxylates Market Player:
Examples of some market participants in the global alkoxylates market, identified across the value chain include
- KLK OLEO
- The Dow Chemical Company
- BASF SE
- Croda International Plc
- Huntsman International LLC.
- Ineos Group Limited
- Solvay S.A.
- Jiahua Chemicals Inc
- Royal Dutch Shell
- Akzo Nobel N.V.
- Venus Ethoxyethers Pvt. Ltd.
- Evonik Industries AG
- Ethox Chemicals and Kaiser Industries Ltd