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Surfactants Market – Product Segment Analysis and Global Forecast | Technavio

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#Chemicals–According to the latest market study released by Technavio,
the global surfactants market is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than
5% during the forecast period.

This research report titled ‘Global
Surfactants Market 2017-2021
’ provides an in-depth analysis of the
market in terms of revenue and emerging market trends. This report also
includes an up to date analysis and forecasts for various market
segments and all geographical regions.

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The market research analysis categorizes the global surfactants market
into the following type of product segments:

  • Anionic surfactants
  • Non-ionic surfactants
  • Cationic surfactants
  • Amphoteric surfactants

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The top three product segments are discussed below:

Anionic surfactants

Anionic surfactants occupy the largest share of the global surfactant
market. The growing demand for anionic surfactants such as linear alkyl
benzene in cleaners and detergents is fueling the growth of the
surfactant market. This is attributed to the advantageous
characteristics of the product. In anionic type surfactants, the head is
negatively charged, and they possess better cleaning properties. Hence,
they are one of the most widely used surfactants in dishwashing liquids,
laundering, and shampoos because of its better cleaning properties.
These types of surfactants are particularly good at removing residues of
fabric softener from fabrics. Apart from this, they are also effective
for oily soil cleaning and oil/clay soil suspension.

According to Hitesh Bhatia, a lead analyst at Technavio for specialty
research, “Anionic surfactants are usually used in
carpet cleaning. They possess negative charge on their hydrophilic end,
which helps the anionic surfactant molecules to interact better with the
soil particles and carpet fibers. The hard ions such as magnesium and
calcium in the water can lead to the deactivation of anionic
surfactants. To prevent the reaction of surfactants with hard water
ions, other ingredients such as calcium or magnesium sequestrants are
added to the surfactants.”

Non-ionic surfactants

Non-ionic surfactants do not have an electrical charge, but they provide
better resistance to water hardness deactivation. In addition to this,
they also act as excellent grease removers in household cleaners,
laundry products, and dishwashing liquids.

“The common laundry detergents contain both anionic and non-ionic
surfactants. This is because these surfactants complement each other's
cleaning action. Non-ionic surfactants have less hardness sensitivity
when compared to other types of surfactants. The ethers of fatty
alcohols are one of the commonly used non-ionic surfactants,” says

Cationic surfactants

In the cationic type of surfactants,
the head is positively charged. They are commonly used in detergents and
fabric softeners. In laundry detergents, cationic surfactants improve
the packing of anionic surfactant molecules at the stain or water
interface. They assist in removing the dirt in an efficient manner,
which facilitates robust dirt removal system. They are also effective in
removing greasy stains.

Cationic surfactants usually act as a fabric softener in laundry
application. The esterquats is one of the most widely used cationic
surfactants in rinse added fabric softeners. In household and bathroom
cleaner's application, cationic surfactants contribute to the sanitizing
or disinfecting properties.

The top vendors highlighted by Technavio’s market research analysts in
this report are:

  • Akzo Nobel
  • BASF
  • Clariant
  • Evonik
  • Huntsman International

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