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Glycerin Market Research Report Information by Type (Synthetic and Natural), by Application (Food, Personal Care Products, Pharmaceuticals and others), and by Region - Forecast to 2030

ID: MRFR/CnM/1764-HCR | 125 Pages | Author: Anshula Mandaokar| April 2024

Glycerin Market Overview Glycerin Market is projected to be worth USD 12 Billion by 2030, registering a CAGR of 15% during the forecast period (2022 - 2030), The market was valued at USD 4 billion in 2021.

The glycerin market size is estimated to grow by 15%. Glycerin is also known as glycerol is a C3H5 formula. The properties of glycerin are unique as it is colourless, viscous and odourless. There are plenty of products that have glycerin. Pharmaceuticals, personal care and food are some of the items requiring glycerin. It is a formula either through a natural or synthetic source that is a byproduct of biodiesel.

Glycerin is a material that is easily compatible with many solutions. Handling this chemical is effortless due to its mild properties. The special fatty acids and esters are unique properties. New productions of glycerin are surging due to its widespread usage. There are different grades of glycerol that is manufactured in many regions.

The usage of these glycerol’s differs according to the purpose and industry. In recent years, the need for glycerin is rising in the pharmaceutical sector. This chemical is useful in plenty of drugs and combinations. Low cost, efficiency and viscosity the usage of glycerin is high. Cosmetics is another sector that has a growing need for glycerin. The healing properties of glycerin increase the use of this material in cosmetics. In upcoming years, the usage of this product is diverse in the global market. All these factors will contribute to high glycerin market value. 

Covid analysis 

The outbreak of covid 19 is affecting the growth of many global markets. The need for sanitisers and disinfectants are higher in this period. Glycerol is a major ingredient in these hand sanitisers and disinfectants. The world health organisation is recommending the use of glycerol in sanitisers. Most of these glycerol’s are used in ethanol and hydrogen peroxide. In regions with tropical climatic conditions use of glycerol is recommended for 0.5%.

The glycerin sanitization production is sustaining the growth of this market. However, there are a few challenges for the glycerin market in this period. It is a period that is creating more exposure for glycerin. In the upcoming years, the need for glycerin in various industries will increase. The demand rate for the market is exceptional in the next few years. Also, the availability of glycerine is high due to increased production. The expansion of this market in developing regions is rapid. Due to the high need for glycerin in developing nations investments will also rise. 

Market dynamics 

  • Crucial market drivers¬†

The awareness about less harmful chemical ingredients is raising the demand of this market. Today, many consumers prefer products that have no toxins and harmful chemicals. Due to this, global cosmetic producers use organic products. Glycerin is a clear and healthy chemical that can heal the skin. There are plenty of other benefits of this product.

The exceptional moisturising effects of this product attract many end-users. Many cosmetic producers scar the world are using glycerin. These profitable cosmetic manufacturers are witnessing higher adoption that is favouring the glycerin market. Wider penetration of glycerin in the personal industry is another driving factor of the market. Glycerin is an ingredient that is the third most used product.

After water glycerin is widely used in personal care products. Its effective properties on the skin lead to a higher supply of personal care products. These factors are raising the usage and need of glycerin widely. Lip balm, lipstick, bath soap, skincare and baby product are areas that have a higher need for glycerin. Especially, developing nations are witnessing increased spending on the cosmetics industry. These drivers will contribute to exceptional glycerin market growth. 

  • The market growth opportunities¬†

Rapid urbanization will create exceptional market growth opportunities. Due to urbanisation the need for biodiesel is increasing. As glycerin is a byproduct of biodiesel its production of it is rising. The rise in production due to urbanisation will create promising growth opportunities. Biodiesel is a natural oil that is eco friendly. Each year, the production of biodiesel is rising by 44 billion litres a year. It is providing exceptional scope for the glycerin market in the forecast period.

In European and Middle East markets the top oil companies are expanding their biodiesel production. It is another factor that will have a positive effect on glycerin. Further, higher demand from developing nations will benefit the glycerin market. Developing countries such as India, China and Japan contribute to the growth of the glycerin market. Demand from these regions is surging due to various purposes.

The demand from the pharmaceutical sector is immense in this region. Many clinical drugs and products contain some amount of glycerin. Due to its exceptional blending properties, the usage is growing. All these growth opportunities will increase the overall supply of glycerin. Also, the profitability of the market will be at a peak in the forecast period. 

  • The market restraints¬†

Fluctuations in the price can confine the growth of this market. Biodiesel price is highly volatile. Due to this, the glycerin market is witnessing various fluctuations. The fluctuations in product price can lead to inconsistency. The production and supply margins are facing huge changes due to price fluctuations.

Still, this restraint of the market can remain under control with technological advancements. Technological developments are expected to reduce price volatility. However, this challenge of the market can hamper growth. The demand from end-user can significantly reduce due to all these factors. A high price rise can reduce the adoption rate of this market. 

  • The market challenges¬†

There are plenty of substitutes for glycerin. There are alternative formulas that come with the same ingredients as glycerin. Due to this, the demand for the market can reduce. The increasing awareness for glycerin alternatives can hamper growth.

Cosmetic butter, oil, glycol and diethyl are some of the alternatives in the market that can take over demand. Some of these subsidies are cost-efficient and are effortless to handle. These alternatives can create a declining trend for the glycerin market. Glycerin market expansion is low due to the presence of many alternatives. 

  • Cumulative growth analysis¬†

Glycerin market trends is stable in the forecast period. There are plenty of factors that contribute to the growth of the glycerin market. Technical grade glycerol is gaining more traction in various regions. Refined cured and glycerin have fewer contaminants. Clear and quality glycerin has a high need among end-users.

Especially, the need for glycerin is higher in the cosmetic industry. In these sectors, pure glycerin have higher usage. However, price fluctuation is a restraining factor of this market. Also, the availability of substitutes hinders market growth. Still, growth opportunities of the market keep the market trend stable. 

  • Value chain analysis¬†

The Asia Pacific holds the highest glycerin market share. It is a top region that produces high glycerin in terms of quantity. Japan, India, China and Malaysia are key contributors to the market. The presence of key players leads to constant market developments.

 China is a major leader in this region that holds more than 60% of market shares. Booming food, personal care and the chemical industry have a higher need for glycerin. Due to the availability of raw materials, the product price fluctuations are lower. Also, it is a region that will mark the highest renege rate in the forecast period. 

Segment overview 

By Grade

  • Refined Glycerin

  • Crude Glycerin


  • Fatty Acids

  • Fatty Alcohols

  • Biodiesels

By Application

  • Pharmaceuticals

  • Tobacco Humectants

  • Alkyd Resins

  • Industrial Chemicals

  • Food and Beverage

  • Polyether Polyols

  • Personal Care and Cosmetics


  • Asia-Pacific

  • China

  • South Korea

  • Japan

  • India

  • Rest of Asia-Pacific

North America

  • United States¬†

  • Canada

  • Mexico

  • Italy

  • Germany

  • Europe

  • France

  • United Kingdom

  • Rest of Europe

  • South America

Global Glycerin Market , By Application 2016

 Global Glycerin Market

Regional analysis 

The regional glycerin market is fragmented into Asia Pacific, Europe and North America. The Asia Pacific is the leading player in the glycerin market. Countries such as China, India, and Japan, Asia-Pacific accounted for high shares in the market.

China is one of the world's largest glycerin end users. One of the fastest-growing industries in the country is cosmetics and personal care. The Chinese cosmetics and personal care market enjoyed positive growth. Products such as makeup, skincare, Haircare, personal hygiene, perfumes have higher demand. 

In terms of cosmetics and skincare items, China is rapidly becoming the world's largest market. Another element driving demand for personal care products, soaps, and detergents raise demand. Factors are boost market demand will contribute to high profitability. Also, North America is the next largest region with high market demand. There are plenty of industries that have a high need for glycerin. Rising investments are other crucial drivers. 

The key players in the glycerin market are 

richer Daniels Midland Company


Cargill Incorporated

Muslim Mas

Emery Oleochemicals

IOI Corporation Berhad

Kao Corporation


Louis Dreyfus Company

Oleon NV

P&G Chemicals

Thai Glycerine Co. Ltd


Vance Group Ltd


Wilmar International Ltd

Munzer Bioindustrie GmbH


Vantage Specialty Chemicals

Sebacic India Limited

Recent Development

In August 2023, the European Glycerin Producers Association (EGPA) warned that the European glycerin market is facing a shortage due to rising demand and limited production capacity. The EGPA said that the shortage is likely to continue in the next few months, and could lead to higher prices for glycerin.

In September 2023, the American Glycerin Producers Association (AGPA) announced that it has opened a new glycerin production facility in Texas. The new facility is expected to produce 100,000 metric tons of glycerin per year, and will help to meet the growing demand for glycerin in the United States.

Report Attribute/Metric Details
  Market Size  2021: USD 4 Billion  2030: USD 12 Billion
  CAGR   15% (2022-2030)
  Base Year   2021
  Forecast Period   2022 to 2030
  Historical Data   2019 & 2020
  Forecast Units   Value (USD Million)
  Report Coverage    Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends
  Segments Covered   Type, Application and Region
  Geographies Covered    Asia Pacific, North America, and Europe, America and Middle East & Africa
  Key Vendors   Procter & Gamble, NOW Foods, VVF L.L.C., Cargill, Dutch Glycerin Refinery (DGR), The Dow Chemical Company, Parchem fine & specialty chemicals , Avril Group, Essential Depot, Inc., Croda International Plc and others.
  Key Market Opportunities   the consumers of developed regions prefer quality food, personal care and pharmaceuticals products. Middle East and Africa are one of the fastest growing market.
  Key Market Drivers   The drivers of the market are due to rise in health awareness and increase in trends of beauty products are driving the market of glycerin

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Emulsifier and humectant in Cosmetics, Plasticizer in Packaging, Paints and Paper industry

Globally, glycerin market expanding at a CAGR of 15% between 2022 and 2030.

Asia-pacific region was the leading glycerin market with an estimated highest market size

Procter & Gamble, NOW Foods, VVF L.L.C., Cargill, Dutch Glycerin Refinery (DGR), The Dow Chemical Company, Parchem fine & specialty chemicals , Avril Group, Essential Depot, Inc., Croda International Plc and others.

The drivers of the market are due to rise in health awareness and increase in trends of beauty products are driving the market of glycerin

Glycerin Market

Glycerin Market is projected to be worth USD 12 Billion by 2030, registering a CAGR of 15% during the forecast period (2022 - 2030)

By Type Synthetic Natural
By Application Food Personal Care Products Pharmaceuticals Others
Key Players
Companies Profiled   richer Daniels Midland Company   Biodex-SA   Cargill Incorporated   Emery Oleochemicals   IOI Corporation Berhad   Kao Corporation   Oleon NV   P&G Chemicals   Aemetis   Vance Group Ltd   Dow   RB FUELS
Market Driving Forces   The awareness about less harmful chemical ingredients   Rise in health awareness   Increase in trends of beauty products
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