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Linear Alkyl Benzene Market Research Report Information By Application (Follicular Unit Linear Alkylbenzene Sulfonates and Non-Surfactant Applications), And By Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, And Rest Of The World) – Market Forecast Till 2032


ID: MRFR/CnM/4616-HCR | 100 Pages | Author: Anshula Mandaokar| June 2024

Global Linear Alkyl Benzene Market Overview


Linear Alkyl Benzene Market Size was valued at USD 10.9 billion in 2023. The Linear Alkyl Benzene industry is projected to grow from USD 11.42 Billion in 2024 to USD 14.27 billion by 2032, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.30% during the forecast period (2024 - 2032). Factors such as Increasing consumer spending combined with a cost-effective and biodegradable intermediate for producing detergents and surfactants will contribute to the market drivers for Linear Alkyl Benzene enhancing the market growth.Linear Alkyl Benzene Market OverviewSource: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review


Linear Alkyl Benzene Market Trends




  • Rising Awareness Towards Cleanliness and Hygienic Applications to boost market growth




The demand for linear alkyl benzene (LAB) is expected to increase owing to rising awareness among the general population aimed at cleaning and hygienic products. Increased sales of detergents and other cleaning products will boost the market. The growing demand for bio-based LAB products, combined with increased production of petroleum and petrochemicals, will increase the footprint of the linear alkyl benzene market during the forecast period.


Rapid ization, along with lifting trade barriers ly after the post-pandemic era, is expected to boost the market's growth. Additionally, studies have indicated that companies focused on cleanliness and hygiene at their workplaces are attracting higher revenue growth, contributing to the linear alkyl benzene market. LAB is a chemically originated compound with various valuable properties, such as acting as a cleansing product. Hence, they are heavily utilized for manufacturing surface cleaners, detergent powders, and artificial cleaners. Increased industrialization and rising collaborations and ventures among the prominent players manufacturing LAB are expected to widen the footprint of the market. Demand from various end-use industries, including agricultural herbicides, wetting paints, electric cable oils, ink solvents, and paints, is expected to add to the market value during the forecast period.


Inclining demand from the general population towards highly sophisticated and technologically advanced products and rising per-capita income will add to the market during the forecast period. Employee awareness towards increased personal and organization hygiene is expected to be a prominent market driver. Technological advancements in linear alkyl benzene are prompting manufacturers to focus on environmentally-friendly products, fuelling the market's growth. For instance, Honeywell International Inc. announced that they were converting their alkyl management unit to a solid delta plus technology team, which would help them increase their operations and reduce operational costs. The increasing number of public laundromats in recent years will elicit tremendous growth in the linear alkyl benzene market CAGR ly in recent years.


However, the LAB market is expected to hinder during the forecast period owing to higher operational and procedural costs for setting up manufacturing plants. These factors are expected to limit the number of entrants, which will negatively affect the linear alkyl benzene market revenue.


Linear Alkyl Benzene Market Segment InsightsLinear Alkyl Benzene Market Segment Insights


Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review


Linear Alkyl Benzene Surgical Method Insights


The Linear Alkyl Benzene market segmentation, based on application, can be segmented across linear alkylbenzene sulfonates and non-surfactant applications. The linear alkylbenzene sulfonates (LAS) segment held the majority share in 2022 contribution to around ~74%-77% in respect to the linear alkyl benzene market revenue. Heavy-duty laundry liquids, laundry powders, light-duty washing powders, and household cleaners are included within LAS. For instance, according to some studies, a lower cost of laundry powders compared to laundry liquids will account for a significant share of the segmental growth of the linear alkyl benzene market. Additionally, LAS can be quickly processed in powdered form and does not affect enzyme stability.


April 202: CEPSA, a Spanish petrochemical producer, announced that they were changing their production unit's infrastructural and technical setup in Spain from the hydrofluoric technology to the delta process. This will mark CEPSA as the first company in Spain to do so.


April 2022: CEPA announced the introduction of NextLAB, a sustainable linear alkyl benzene manufactured from renewable and recycled raw materials. NextLAB is mainly used for producing biodegradable household laundry and cleaning products.


February 2020: The Indian Oil Corporation, a petrochemical manufacturer in India announced that they were planning to change the liner alkyl benzene market by investing more than USD 4.2 million for the next five years. This investment is expected to improve the company’s energy performance and cope up with increasing demands.


Additionally, increased demand for liquid-based detergents is expected to push segmental growth for LAS. Light-duty dishwashing liquids are utilized for handwashing applications in dinnerware, hand laundering of delicate fabrics, and hosier in automotive and industrial applications. Additionally, light-duty washing liquids are used in various kitchen applications on stoves and countertops. Most prominent players in the segment for LAS are used in combination with minute qualities of AES and fatty alkanol amines (FAA). These factors will account for the largest linear alkyl benzene market during the forecast period.


Linear Alkyl Benzene Regional Insights


By Region, the study provides the market insights for Linear Alkyl Benzene into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World. Asia Pacific Linear Alkyl Benzene market accounted for USD 4.6 billion in 2022 and is expected to exhibit a significant CAGR growth during the study period. This is attributed to the rising awareness of cleanliness products among the general population.


Further, the major countries studied in the market report for Linear Alkyl Benzene are: The U.S, Canada, Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, India, Australia, South Korea, and Brazil.



Figure 3: LINEAR ALKYL BENZENE MARKET SHARE BY REGION 2021 (%) LINEAR ALKYL BENZENE MARKET SHARE BY REGIONSource: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review


Europe Linear Alkyl Benzene market accounts for the second-largest market share owing to the increased focus of the general population on cleanliness and hygienic properties. Factors such as an increased focus on consumer spending from emerging economies such as Germany, U.K., and Italy will accommodate a larger market share. Also, advancements in the manufacturing sector are expected to drive increased market growth. Further, the Germany Linear Alkyl Benzene market held the largest market share, and the UK Linear Alkyl Benzene market was the fastest growing market in the European region


The Asia-Pacific Linear Alkyl Benzene Market is expected to hold the largest market share during the forecast period owing to rising demand from China, India, and Japan for various cleaning products. Studies have indicated rising sales of soap, washing powder, and synthetic detergent. Growing consumption of industrial cleaners in the region and a rapidly growing industrial segment will augment the market growth. Moreover, China Linear Alkyl Benzene market held the largest market share, and the India Linear Alkyl Benzene market was the fastest growing market in the Asia-Pacific region


For instance, India Linear Alkyl Benzene market is expected to contribute a wider share to the Asia Pacific market. Factors such as the growing demand of consumers are giving rise to personal care products among the general population, which will fuel the growth of the linear alkyl benzene market in India. According to the Chemical and Petrochemical Manufacturers Association (CPMA), the Indian annual production of LAB was about 550 kilotons in FY2020-21. According to the Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals (India), the production volume of synthetic detergent will increase from 714.68 kilotons in 2020 to 736.44 kilotons in 2021.


Linear Alkyl Benzene Key Market Players & Competitive Insights


Major market players focus on increasing their consumer base by investing heavily within their research and development departments. The prominent players are also focused on introducing a wider range of strategies for accelerated market developments including widened product launches, mergers & acquisitions, increased investments, and wider collaborative nature within their competitors. Market leaders in the linear alkyl benzene industry also focus on decreasing operational costs by lowering manufacturing expenses.


The market leaders in the linear alkyl benzene industry are prompting an increase in profits by focusing on their extended supply chains. In recent years, the linear alkyl benzene industry is getting extremely successful by partnering with local vendors and suppliers. The linear alkyl benzene market major player includes players such as Sasol Ltd. (South Africa), Clariant AG (Switzerland), Hansa Group AG (Germany), Croda International Plc (UK), Honeywell International Inc (U.S.), Desmet Ballestra Group N.V (Belgium), Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (India), Reliance Industries Limited. (India), Fushun Petrochemicals, Unggul Indah Cahaya and Deten Quimica, among others are working to expand the market expanding their product portfolios.


Honeywell International Inc is an innovator and has had a broad market presence for the past 100 years. They have a solid company built over the last eight decades, especially in India. Honeywell International Inc. has three state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and four centers of excellence for technological development and innovation. Honeywell employs more than 13,000 people across 20 locations, including Bengaluru, Chennai, Dehradun, Delhi, Gurugram, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Madurai, Mumbai, Pune, and Vadodara. They operate various business segments such as Aerospace, Building Technologies, Performance Materials and Technologies, and Safety and Productivity Solutions.


Indian Oil Corporation is a Fortune 500 company ranked among the top highest energy PSUs. They are a diversified and integrated energy corporation that has a presence in almost all streams of oil, gas, petrochemicals, and alternative energy resources. They invest highly in technology and cutting-edge R&D. Indian Oil operates at more than 58,000 plus customer touch-points. The marketing network is bolstered by more than 70.05 MMTA of refining capacity. Furthermore, the corporation also has a broader network of more than 15,000 km across the country. The company also operates within numerous initiatives that relate to health, family welfare, education, environment protection, potable water, sanitation, empowerment of women and other marginalized groups.


Key Companies in the Linear Alkyl Benzene Market includes



  • Sasol Ltd. (South Africa)


  • Clariant AG (Switzerland)

  • Hansa Group AG (Germany)


  • Croda International Plc (UK)

  • Honeywell International Inc (U.S.)

  • Desmet Ballestra Group N.V (Belgium)

  • Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (India)

  • Reliance Industries Limited. (India)

  • Deten Quimica S.A. (Brazil)

  • Huntsman International LLC (U.S.)

  • Chevron Phillips Chemical Company (U.S.)

  • PetroChina Company Limited (China)

  • ISU CHEMICAL. (South Korea)

  • Jingtung Petrochemical Corp.

  • Fushun Petrochemicals

  • Unggul Indah Cahaya

  • Deten Quimica, among others


Linear Alkyl Benzene Industry Developments


August 2022: CEPSA announced that they supplied their first batch of NextLAB (Linear alkyl Benzene) to Unilever for linear alkylbenzene sulphonate (LAS)-based surfactant manufacturing. NextLab is the first linear alkylbenzene (LAB) that will be a renewable and biodegradable version to the traditional LAB.


June 2020: Studies have indicated that after the launch of the Swachh Bharat Mission in India, the market of alkyl benzene in the country is expected to proliferate due to the increased production of soaps, detergents, cleansing agents, and surface cleaners.


December 2018: DNOC and CEPSA agreed to develop a Linear Alkyl Benzene (LAB) plant in the Ruwais Derivates Park. In the new plant, the companies announced they were investing more than USD 45 billion and would have a production capacity of USD 225,000 metric tons per annum.


Linear Alkyl Benzene Market Segmentation


Linear Alkyl Benzene Application Outlook (USD Billion, 2018-2030)




  • Linear Alkylbenzene Sulfonates




  • Non-Surfactant Applications




Linear Alkyl Benzene Regional Outlook (USD Billion, 2018-2030)




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  • Rest of the World




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Report Attribute/Metric Details
Market Size 2023 USD 10.9 billion
Market Size 2024 USD 11.42 billion
Market Size 2032 USD 14.27 billion
Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) 4.3% (2024-2032)
Base Year 2023
Market Forecast Period 2024-2032
Historical Data 2018 & 2020
Market Forecast Units Value (USD Billion)
Report Coverage Revenue Forecast, Market Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends
Segments Covered Application and Region
Geographies Covered North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Rest of the World
Countries Covered The U.S, Canada, Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, India, Australia, South Korea, and Brazil
Key Companies Profiled Sasol Ltd. (South Africa), Clariant AG (Switzerland), Hansa Group AG (Germany), Croda International Plc (UK), Honeywell International Inc (U.S.), Desmet Ballestra Group N.V (Belgium), Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (India), Reliance Industries Limited. (India), Deten Quimica S.A. (Brazil), Huntsman International LLC (U.S.), Chevron Phillips Chemical Company (U.S.), PetroChina Company Limited (China), ISU CHEMICAL. (South Korea), Jingtung Petrochemical Corp, Fushun Petrochemicals, Unggul Indah Cahaya and Deten Quimica
Key Market Opportunities Rising demand for household and industrial cleaners
Key Market Dynamics Rising populations and the increasing per capita incomes of people Rising awareness of people towards personal and organizational hygiene


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The linear alkyl benzene market size was valued at USD 10.9 Billion in 2023

The market for Linear Alkyl Benzene is projected to grow at a CAGR of 4.3% during the forecast period, 2024-2032.

Asia Pacific had the largest share in the market for Linear Alkyl Benzene

The key players in the market for Linear Alkyl Benzene are Sasol Ltd. (South Africa), Clariant AG (Switzerland), Hansa Group AG (Germany), Croda International Plc (UK), Fushun Petrochemicals, Unggul Indah Cahaya and Deten Quimica, among others.

The linear alkylbenzene sulfonates application dominated the market for Linear Alkyl Benzene in 2023.

The linear alkylbenzene sulfonates application dominated the market for Linear Alkyl Benzene in 2023.

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