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Low Foam Surfactants Market Research Report - Global Forecast till 2030

Global Low Foam Surfactants Market: Information by Type (Non-Ionic, Amphoteric and Cationic), Application (Commercial Machine Dishwashing, Food & Dairy Process Cleaners, Metal Cleaning & Metalworking Fluids, Home & Personal Care, Pulp & Paper, Agrochemicals, Oilfield Chemicals, Textile and others) and Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Middle East & Africa) - Forecast till 2030

ID: MRFR/CnM/6671-HCR | December 2022 | Region: Global | 140 Pages         

Low Foam Surfactants Market

Low Foam Surfactants Market is projected to be worth USD 23.6 billion by 2030, registering a CAGR of 5.2% during the forecast period (2022 - 2027).


By Type Non-Ionic Amphoteric Cationic
By Application Commercial Machine Dishwashing Food & Dairy Process Cleaners Metal Cleaning & Metalworking Fluids Home & Personal Care Pulp & Paper Agrochemicals Oilfield Chemicals Textile others

Key Players

  • Akzo Nobel N.V. (The Netherlands)
  • Air Products and Chemicals
  • Inc (US)
  • Solvay (Belgium)
  • BASF SE (Germany)
  • Nufarm (Australia)
  • Clariant (Switzerland)
  • Evonik Industries AG (Germany)
  • Stepan Company (US)
  • Huntsman International LLC (US)
  • Kao Corporation (Japan)
  • Croda International Plc (UK)
  • Galaxy Surfactants Ltd (India)
  • Dow (US).


  • The global market is majorly driven by their widespread applications
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Low Foam Surfactants Market Overview

Detergents contain surfactants that attract the surface to the liquid. A low foaming surfactant offers excellent detergency, excellent wetting properties, exceptional caustic and acid stability, and excellent defoaming capabilities resulting in excellent results. Low foam surfactants are expected to register a CAGR of more than 5% by 2020, reaching a value of over USD 20 billion. In addition to their widespread use in industrial and institutional cleaning, mechanical dishwashing, metal cleaning, milk equipment cleaning, and pulp and paper additives, detergents also play a significant role in driving the market globally. There are multiple properties and functions of these products, such as soil removal, foaming, foam stability, wetting, emulsification, and dispersion.

 Water hardness will not affect properties in any way. Low foam surfactants are often used for the stabilization of particulates, so they also drive the need for low foam surfactants in coating formulations, such as architectural, industrial, maintenance, and automotive paints. In the construction, automotive, shipbuilding, and aerospace industries, low foam surfactants are widely used, and this will boost the demand for paints & coatings. Their properties include being antimicrobial, foaming, conditioning, and mildly detergent, which makes them excellent for shampoos, face washes, and skincare creams. Surfactants with low foam are also expected to grow in popularity since personal care products are in high demand worldwide.

COVID-19 Analysis

Globally, the low foam surfactant industry has been severely hurt by a worldwide pandemic that has caused reduced demand and productivity, operational disruptions and supply chain disruptions, as well as regional lockdowns. Since China is a leading manufacturer and consumer of surfactants, it is one of the most affected countries. Due to China's complete shutdown, demand for surfactants declined in the first quarter of 2020. As the situation in nations like the United States and Europe worsens, the surfactant industry will be impacted by logistics and supply chain interruptions.

A negative oil price also negatively impacts synthetic surfactants since they are petroleum-based products. Many major companies manufacture surfactants, including Akzo Nobel N.V., Air Products, and Chemicals, BASF SE, Clariant AG, The Dow Chemical Company, Evonik Industries AG, and Huntsman Corporation. Due to regulations that exist in their region, these major producers have taken action to protect their workers.

Competitive Landscape

The low foam surfactant market is dominated by several major players, including 

  • Akzo Nobel N.V. (The Netherlands),

  • Air Products and Chemicals, Inc (US),

  • Solvay (Belgium),

  • BASF SE (Germany),

  • Nufarm (Australia),

  • Clariant (Switzerland),

  • Evonik Industries AG (Germany),

  • Stepan Company (US),

  • Huntsman International LLC (US),

  • Kao Corporation (Japan),

  • Croda International Plc (UK),

  • Galaxy Surfactants Ltd (India)

  • Dow (US).

BASF SE (Germany) plans to boost its market position by increasing its capacity to manufacture low-foaming surfactants. Recent examples include the company's expansion of the production of waxes, surfactants, and emollients in October 2015. These developments helped the company capture a significant share of the local market. An announcement regarding the operation of BASF SE (Germany)'s integrated ethylene oxide complex in Antwerp, Belgium, was made as part of its expanded capacity announcement carried out in July 2018. Moreover, ethylene oxide capacity will be expanded along with downstream derivatives such as surfactants.

Market Dynamics

Market dynamics affecting low foam surfactants

  • A growing number of bio-based surfactants are expected to benefit producers in near future.

  • Several end-user industries such as cosmetics, industrial cleaning, health care, and household products will increase their demand for low foam surfactants over the next few years.

  • Low foam surfactants market trends show greener and more sustainability as a result. Herbal compounds and biodegradable compounds are being used by players to manufacture low foaming surfactants.

  • The rise in urbanization, the increasing number of working women, changes in lifestyles, and a growing awareness of hygiene & skincare are other factors affecting the market.

Technology Analysis

The advancements in technology have led to manufacturers of laundry liquid using a new ingredient, non-GMO rapeseed oil, which delivers benefits with its low foaming properties. Companies in the low foam surfactants market adopt modern production techniques to ensure high-quality products that comply with environmental regulations. Due to a growth in consumer demand for low foam surfactants, increased population, and increased adoption of advanced manufacturing technologies by market participants, Asia Pacific is likely to dominate the global low foam surfactants market during the forecast period.

Market Segmentation

Type, application, and region were used to segment the market for low foam surfactants.

Market segments are based on the type and include non-ionic products, amphoteric products, and cationic products.

In terms of applications, the global market has been divided into commercial dishwashing machines, food & dairy process cleaners, metal cleaning & metalworking fluids, home & personal care, pulp & paper, agrochemicals, oilfield chemicals, textiles, and others.

Intended Audience

  • Low foam surfactant manufacturers

  • Traders and distributors of low foam surfactants

  • Research and development institutes

  • Potential investors

  • Raw material suppliers

  • Nationalized laboratories

Regional Analysis

In this report, five geographical regions are analyzed: Europe, Asia-Pacific, North America, Latin America, and the Middle East, and Africa.

In Asia-Pacific, low foam surfactants are used in a variety of applications, including agrochemicals, textiles, and home & personal care products. Chinese, Japanese, Indian, and South Korean manufacturers dominate the regional market.

During the review period, both North America and Europe are expected to experience significant growth due to surfactant demand from end-use industries. The large industrial base and growing concern for the environment in these regions are expected to lead to an increase in bio-based surfactants demand.

Latin America's market for surfactants is expected to grow due to Brazil's growing agricultural industry and the use of surfactants in agrochemicals.

As household detergents, industrial cleaners, oilfield chemicals, and personal & beauty care products, as well as oilfield chemicals, are increasingly being manufactured using surfactants, the Middle East & Africa market is slated to grow substantially during the forecast period.

Recent Developments

  • July 2021- Verdant Specialty Solutions, based in Houston, announced the acquisition of ParaFlow Energy Solutions and DeForest Enterprises from Chemical Services Group, US Chemicals Company. DeForest is a leading Enterprise in the surfactants sector with various chemistries, including phosphate esters, water-soluble corrosion inhibitors, hydrotropes, and high and low foam amphoteric chlorine and stable peroxide surfactants, low foam wetting agents, and alkaline and acid-stable surfactants. With these deals, the company is planning to grow its surfactants and specialty solutions in several segments.

  • ParaFlow Energy Solutions offers technologies used in demulsifier applications to aid in solids and iron drop-out and products useful for paraffin mitigation in upstream crude oil manufacturing. It provides materials for the parting and recovery of valuable hydrocarbons from crude oil and refinery slop oil storage tank bottoms. Together, ParaFlow and DeForest serve more than 100 customers in markets including auto care, construction, pigments and inks, oilfield, metalworking and metal finishing, and industrial and institutional cleaning.

  • An integrated ethylene oxide complex, based in Antwerp, Belgium, was expanded by BASF SE (Germany) in July 2018. Ethylene oxide production capacity expansion will take place, as well as several downstream derivatives, such as surfactants.

  • Clariant AG (Switzerland) and Huntsman Corporation (US) announced their intent to merge in July 2017. The deal will be completed by December/January 2018.

  • AkzoNobel and Atul Limited agreed to start producing monochloroacetic acid (MCA) in 2016 following a collaboration in May 2017. Operations at the plant should start in 2019. The company is hoping to strengthen its position in Asia with this strategy.

  • A variety of specialty surfactants were introduced by the company for the Indian market in July 2016. Having introduced these products will enhance the company's position in the market in India.

  • Weed control booster Synergen, launched by the company in June 2016, is designed specifically for agriculture. The company has added a new offering for the modern agriculture sector with this acquisition.

Low foam surfactants have become widely used in commercial and household cleaning products, including laundry detergents, dishwasher detergents, carpet cleaners, floor cleaners, and various types of fabric softeners. Furthermore, water hardness does not affect them. In personal care use, they perform preservative functions as well as antimicrobial functions, foaming and conditioning actions, mild detergency actions, and mild detergency effects. This makes them ideal for shampoos, face washes, and skincare products. In the future, demand for personal care products is expected to surge due to an increase in global consumption. It is widely used in industrial cleaning to mix non-ionic surfactants with other surfactants. The low foam surfactants market is expected to experience demand for greener and sustainable surfactants in the coming years. Surfactants manufactured with herbal and biodegradable compounds are gaining popularity among players.

Report Overview

The Low Foam Surfactants report gives an analytical portrayal of the Low Foam Surfactants industry along with its current trends and future forecasts for determining the upcoming investment pockets. The report showcases the Low Foam Surfactants market value and also the low foam surfactants market share which helps to determine the growth of the industry in the future.

A detailed analysis of the Low Foam Surfactants market shares will be provided along with information about top drivers, restraints, and opportunities. To analyze the low foam surfactants market growth scenario from 2020 to 2028, a quantitative analysis is carried out. Based on competitive intensity and how the competition will develop in the coming years, the report provides a detailed analysis of the Low Foam Surfactants market.

Report Scope:

Report Attribute/Metric Details
  Market Size

  • 2025: USD 20 Billion
  • 2030 : Significant value
  •   CAGR

  • 5%(2019–2025)
  • 2030 : Substantial Value
  •   Base Year   2021
      Forecast Period   2022 to 2030
      Historical Data   2019 & 2020
      Forecast Units   Value (USD Billion)
      Report Coverage   Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends
      Segments Covered   By Type, Application and Region
      Geographies Covered    North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World (RoW)
      Key Vendors   Akzo Nobel N.V. (The Netherlands), BASF SE (Germany), Clariant (Switzerland), Evonik Industries AG (Germany), Croda International Plc (UK), Stepan Company (US), Huntsman International LLC (US), Kao Corporation (Japan), Galaxy Surfactants Ltd (India), Dow (US), Solvay (Belgium), Air Products and Chemicals, Inc (US), and Nufarm (Australia).
      Key Market Opportunities   The rising demand for bio-based surfactants and the widening scope of application are projected to offer lucrative opportunities
      Key Market Drivers   The global market is majorly driven by their widespread applications in home, industrial & institutional cleaning, mechanical dishwashing

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    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

    Global Low Foam Surfactants Market is projected to grow at a 5% CAGR between 2019-2025.

    Global Low Foam Surfactants Market is predicted to touch USD 20 billion by 2025.

    The Asia Pacific is expected to dominate the Low Foam Surfactants Market.

    Different types of Low Foam Surfactants Market include cationic, amphoteric, and non-ionic.

    Demand for bio-based surfactants and wipe the scope of application is boosting the market growth.