Global oleochemicals market

Oleochemicals Market Size, Share, Growth Analysis, By Type(Fatty Acids, Fatty Alcohols), By Application(Food & Beverages, Chemicals) - Industry Forecast 2024-2031


Report ID: SQMIG15A2276 | Region: Global | Published Date: February, 2024
Pages: 165 | Tables: 65 | Figures: 75

Oleochemicals Market Insights

Oleochemicals Market size was valued at USD 33.1 billion in 2019 and is poised to grow from USD 35.43 billion in 2023 to USD 54.43 billion by 2031, growing at a CAGR of 6.3% in the forecast period (2024-2031).

The global oleochemicals market size is projected to grow at a positive CAGR between 2023 and 2030. Oleochemicals are organic compounds that are obtained from renewable sources such as animal fats, and vegetable oils. It is widely used across several industries such as food and beverages, cleaning products, and industrial applications. The market size is anticipated to grow owing to the shift towards bio-based products and increase in consumer awareness for eco-friendly alternatives.

Oleochemicals are produced through oleochemistry which includes the chemical transformation of glycerides that are found in fats and oils. The common materials used in oleochemical production comprise coconut oil, soybean oil, and rapeseed oil. The major types of oleochemicals include fatty esters, derivatives, and fatty alcohols.

Oleochemicals market is significantly driven by the growing demand for chemicals in the food and beverage industry. Apart, the expansion in the food industry in emerging countries is expected to drive more demand for oleochemicals in the forthcoming years.

US Oleochemicals Market is poised to grow at a sustainable CAGR for the next forecast year.

Market snapshot - 2024-2031

Global Market Size

USD 33.1 billion

Fastest Growth

fatty acids

Growth Rate

6.3% CAGR

Global Oleochemicals Market ($ Bn)
Country Share for Asia Pacific(%)
Global Oleochemicals Market BY Type (%)

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Oleochemicals Market Segmental Analysis

Oleochemicals market is segmented based on type, application, and region. Based on type, the market is segmented into fatty acids, fatty alcohols, methyl esters, and glycerin. Based on the application, the market is segmented into food & beverages, chemicals, animal feed, and others. Based on region, the oleochemicals market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and MEA.

Oleochemicals Market Analysis by Type

The fatty acids segment dominated the global oleochemicals market. The category is expected to grow as a result of rising demand for bio-based fatty acids from end-use industries such as personal care, cosmetics, chemicals, food & beverages, pharmaceuticals, and others. The increasing use of oleochemicals is predicted to result in significant demand for fatty alcohols and methyl esters. A strong growth rate in the glycerin category is projected due to rising product demand from the personal care and cosmetics industry.

Global Oleochemicals Market BY Type, 2023 (%)

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Oleochemicals Market Regional Insights

In 2022, Asia Pacific accounted for USD 17 billion in 2022 and held the biggest market share for oleochemicals because of the region's high output of raw materials. The regional market is anticipated to grow as green alternatives are more adopted and raw materials become more readily available. For instance, the biggest producers of palm oil—the primary feedstock for oleochemical production—are Malaysia and Indonesia. Malaysia produced 25.8% of the world's total palm oil, according to the Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC).
North America is rapidly expanding and the market is primarily driven by consumers' growing knowledge of the negative consequences of chemical compounds in personal care and cosmetic products. Due to the increased need for biofuels, Europe is expected to grow significantly. The market growth is anticipated to be facilitated by rising consumer knowledge of the sustainability of biodiesel and the number of manufacturers of cosmetics and personal care products. Due to the region's improved economic and social climate, significant growth is predicted. 
Leading palm oil producers are Guatemala, Ecuador, and Colombia. The local market is likely to be driven by these factors. Due to a large number of surfactant and soap-making enterprises, the markets in Middle East & Africa is projected to experience significant expansion.

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Oleochemicals Market Dynamics

Oleochemicals Market Driver

Significant demand from diverse industries to boost the market growth.

  • Numerous industries, including those in food and beverage, medicines, personal care, cosmetics, polymer and plastics, and others heavily rely on these compounds. Both skincare and hair care products contain these environmentally friendly ingredients. The market is anticipated to expand rapidly due to the increased demand for hypoallergenic and chemical-free components from the cosmetics and personal care industry. Another aspect promoting expansion is their application in the food business. Oleochemicals are employed as flow and thickening agents as well as in food packaging that has received FDA approval. For instance, calcium stearate is employed in the production of sweets as a flow agent and food emulsifier.
  • Oleochemicals are produced from the feedstock of both plants and animals. Vegetable oil waste is a sustainable, affordable, low-cost, and low-toxic source of raw materials for manufacturing. They are a great alternative to chemicals made from petroleum. These chemicals are produced when waste vegetable oils are trans-esterified, epoxidized, and sulfurized. Surface-active agents (Biosurfactants) are widely employed in the petroleum industry.

Oleochemicals Market Restraint

Competition from Petrochemical-based products and limited availability of raw materials to constrain the market growth

  • Oleochemicals face a stiff competition from petrochemical-based products, that are cheap and offer better performance. This can create difficulties for oleochemicals to sustain market competition mainly in the industrial sector.
  • Limited availability of raw materials used in the production of oleochemicals can be very limited in a certain geographic location. This can impact the demand factors and disrupt the supply chain.

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Oleochemicals Market Competitive Landscape

To complete diverse research and development tasks, market leaders are taking strategic actions including partnerships and collaborations. They are able to offer cutting-edge products and keep their place in the global oleochemicals industry thanks to these activities. A good example of this is the collaboration between Genomatica and Covestro. Both businesses want to achieve market growth that is sustainable through this cooperation. The competitive environment for the worldwide oleochemicals market is somewhat fragmented as a result of the existence of numerous companies in it.

Top Players in the Global Oleochemicals Market

  • BASF SE
  • Procter & Gamble Chemicals
  • Wilmar International Ltd.
  • IOI Oleochemicals
  • Emery Oleochemicals Group
  • Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad
  • Godrej Industries Limited
  • Cargill, Inc.
  • Kao Chemicals
  • Vantage Specialty Chemicals
  • Musim Mas Group
  • Akzo Nobel N.V.
  • Oleon NV
  • Oleo-Fats, Inc.
  • PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited
  • Eastman Chemical Company
  • Evonik Industries AG
  • Sasol Limited
  • Ecogreen Oleochemicals
  • SABIC

Oleochemicals Market Recent Development

  • In 2021, the Asia Pacific accounted for USD 15.08 billion. Asia Pacific dominated the global oleochemicals market because of the region's high output of raw materials. The regional market is anticipated to grow as green alternatives are more adopted and raw materials become more readily available. For instance, the biggest producers of palm oil—the primary feedstock for oleochemical production—are Malaysia and Indonesia. Malaysia produced 25.8% of the world's total palm oil, according to the Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC).
  • The North America market is expanding rapidly.  The market is primarily driven by consumers' growing knowledge of the negative consequences of chemical compounds in personal care and cosmetic products.
  • Due to the increased need for biofuels, the Europe market is expected to grow significantly. Growth is anticipated to be facilitated by rising consumer knowledge of the sustainability of biodiesel and the number of manufacturers of cosmetics and personal care products. Due to the region's improved economic and social climate, significant growth is predicted. Leading palm oil producers are Guatemala, Ecuador, and Colombia. The local market is likely to be driven by this. Due to a large number of surfactant and soap-making enterprises, Middle East & Africa is predicted to experience significant expansion.

Oleochemicals Key Market Trends

  • Increase in demand from end-use industries: The end-use industries for oleochemicals include food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, and personal care. 
  • Increase in use of biofuels: Biofuels are trending due to their eco-friendly properties. Biodiesel is created by transesterifying natural oils and fats. It is projected that the use of such bio-fuels would present a growth opportunity.

Oleochemicals Market SkyQuest Analysis

SkyQuest’s ABIRAW (Advanced Business Intelligence, Research & Analysis Wing) is our Business Information Services team that Collects, Collates, Co-relates, and Analyses the Data collected using Primary Exploratory Research backed by robust Secondary Desk research.

According to our analysis, by type, the fatty acid segment dominated the global oleochemicals market in 2021 and is anticipated to maintain its dominance throughout the forecast period. In 2021, Asia Pacific dominated the global oleochemicals market owing to the region's increased output of raw materials.

Report Metric Details
Market size value in 2023 USD 33.1 billion
Market size value in 2031 USD 54.43 billion
Growth Rate 6.3%
Forecast period 2024-2031
Forecast Unit (Value) USD Billion
Segments covered
  • Type
    • Fatty Acids, Fatty Alcohols, Methyl Esters, Glycerin
  • Application
    • Food & Beverages, Chemicals, Animal Feed, Others
Regions covered North America (US, Canada), Europe (Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Rest of Europe), Asia Pacific (China, India, Japan, Rest of Asia-Pacific), Latin America (Brazil, Rest of Latin America), Middle East & Africa (South Africa, GCC Countries, Rest of MEA)
Companies covered
  • BASF SE
  • Procter & Gamble Chemicals
  • Wilmar International Ltd.
  • IOI Oleochemicals
  • Emery Oleochemicals Group
  • Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad
  • Godrej Industries Limited
  • Cargill, Inc.
  • Kao Chemicals
  • Vantage Specialty Chemicals
  • Musim Mas Group
  • Akzo Nobel N.V.
  • Oleon NV
  • Oleo-Fats, Inc.
  • PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited
  • Eastman Chemical Company
  • Evonik Industries AG
  • Sasol Limited
  • Ecogreen Oleochemicals
  • SABIC
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Table Of Content

Executive Summary

Market overview

  • Exhibit: Executive Summary – Chart on Market Overview
  • Exhibit: Executive Summary – Data Table on Market Overview
  • Exhibit: Executive Summary – Chart on Oleochemicals Market Characteristics
  • Exhibit: Executive Summary – Chart on Market by Geography
  • Exhibit: Executive Summary – Chart on Market Segmentation
  • Exhibit: Executive Summary – Chart on Incremental Growth
  • Exhibit: Executive Summary – Data Table on Incremental Growth
  • Exhibit: Executive Summary – Chart on Vendor Market Positioning

Parent Market Analysis

Market overview

Market size

  • Market Dynamics
    • Exhibit: Impact analysis of DROC, 2021
      • Drivers
      • Opportunities
      • Restraints
      • Challenges
  • SWOT Analysis

KEY MARKET INSIGHTS

  • Technology Analysis
    • (Exhibit: Data Table: Name of technology and details)
  • Pricing Analysis
    • (Exhibit: Data Table: Name of technology and pricing details)
  • Supply Chain Analysis
    • (Exhibit: Detailed Supply Chain Presentation)
  • Value Chain Analysis
    • (Exhibit: Detailed Value Chain Presentation)
  • Ecosystem Of the Market
    • Exhibit: Parent Market Ecosystem Market Analysis
    • Exhibit: Market Characteristics of Parent Market
  • IP Analysis
    • (Exhibit: Data Table: Name of product/technology, patents filed, inventor/company name, acquiring firm)
  • Trade Analysis
    • (Exhibit: Data Table: Import and Export data details)
  • Startup Analysis
    • (Exhibit: Data Table: Emerging startups details)
  • Raw Material Analysis
    • (Exhibit: Data Table: Mapping of key raw materials)
  • Innovation Matrix
    • (Exhibit: Positioning Matrix: Mapping of new and existing technologies)
  • Pipeline product Analysis
    • (Exhibit: Data Table: Name of companies and pipeline products, regional mapping)
  • Macroeconomic Indicators

COVID IMPACT

  • Introduction
  • Impact On Economy—scenario Assessment
    • Exhibit: Data on GDP - Year-over-year growth 2016-2022 (%)
  • Revised Market Size
    • Exhibit: Data Table on Oleochemicals Market size and forecast 2021-2027 ($ million)
  • Impact Of COVID On Key Segments
    • Exhibit: Data Table on Segment Market size and forecast 2021-2027 ($ million)
  • COVID Strategies By Company
    • Exhibit: Analysis on key strategies adopted by companies

MARKET DYNAMICS & OUTLOOK

  • Market Dynamics
    • Exhibit: Impact analysis of DROC, 2021
      • Drivers
      • Opportunities
      • Restraints
      • Challenges
  • Regulatory Landscape
    • Exhibit: Data Table on regulation from different region
  • SWOT Analysis
  • Porters Analysis
    • Competitive rivalry
      • Exhibit: Competitive rivalry Impact of key factors, 2021
    • Threat of substitute products
      • Exhibit: Threat of Substitute Products Impact of key factors, 2021
    • Bargaining power of buyers
      • Exhibit: buyers bargaining power Impact of key factors, 2021
    • Threat of new entrants
      • Exhibit: Threat of new entrants Impact of key factors, 2021
    • Bargaining power of suppliers
      • Exhibit: Threat of suppliers bargaining power Impact of key factors, 2021
  • Skyquest special insights on future disruptions
    • Political Impact
    • Economic impact
    • Social Impact
    • Technical Impact
    • Environmental Impact
    • Legal Impact

Market Size by Region

  • Chart on Market share by geography 2021-2027 (%)
  • Data Table on Market share by geography 2021-2027(%)
  • North America
    • Chart on Market share by country 2021-2027 (%)
    • Data Table on Market share by country 2021-2027(%)
    • USA
      • Exhibit: Chart on Market share 2021-2027 (%)
      • Exhibit: Market size and forecast 2021-2027 ($ million)
    • Canada
      • Exhibit: Chart on Market share 2021-2027 (%)
      • Exhibit: Market size and forecast 2021-2027 ($ million)
  • Europe
    • Chart on Market share by country 2021-2027 (%)
    • Data Table on Market share by country 2021-2027(%)
    • Germany
      • Exhibit: Chart on Market share 2021-2027 (%)
      • Exhibit: Market size and forecast 2021-2027 ($ million)
    • Spain
      • Exhibit: Chart on Market share 2021-2027 (%)
      • Exhibit: Market size and forecast 2021-2027 ($ million)
    • France
      • Exhibit: Chart on Market share 2021-2027 (%)
      • Exhibit: Market size and forecast 2021-2027 ($ million)
    • UK
      • Exhibit: Chart on Market share 2021-2027 (%)
      • Exhibit: Market size and forecast 2021-2027 ($ million)
    • Rest of Europe
      • Exhibit: Chart on Market share 2021-2027 (%)
      • Exhibit: Market size and forecast 2021-2027 ($ million)
  • Asia Pacific
    • Chart on Market share by country 2021-2027 (%)
    • Data Table on Market share by country 2021-2027(%)
    • China
      • Exhibit: Chart on Market share 2021-2027 (%)
      • Exhibit: Market size and forecast 2021-2027 ($ million)
    • India
      • Exhibit: Chart on Market share 2021-2027 (%)
      • Exhibit: Market size and forecast 2021-2027 ($ million)
    • Japan
      • Exhibit: Chart on Market share 2021-2027 (%)
      • Exhibit: Market size and forecast 2021-2027 ($ million)
    • South Korea
      • Exhibit: Chart on Market share 2021-2027 (%)
      • Exhibit: Market size and forecast 2021-2027 ($ million)
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
      • Exhibit: Chart on Market share 2021-2027 (%)
      • Exhibit: Market size and forecast 2021-2027 ($ million)
  • Latin America
    • Chart on Market share by country 2021-2027 (%)
    • Data Table on Market share by country 2021-2027(%)
    • Brazil
      • Exhibit: Chart on Market share 2021-2027 (%)
      • Exhibit: Market size and forecast 2021-2027 ($ million)
    • Rest of South America
      • Exhibit: Chart on Market share 2021-2027 (%)
      • Exhibit: Market size and forecast 2021-2027 ($ million)
  • Middle East & Africa (MEA)
    • Chart on Market share by country 2021-2027 (%)
    • Data Table on Market share by country 2021-2027(%)
    • GCC Countries
      • Exhibit: Chart on Market share 2021-2027 (%)
      • Exhibit: Market size and forecast 2021-2027 ($ million)
    • South Africa
      • Exhibit: Chart on Market share 2021-2027 (%)
      • Exhibit: Market size and forecast 2021-2027 ($ million)
    • Rest of MEA
      • Exhibit: Chart on Market share 2021-2027 (%)
      • Exhibit: Market size and forecast 2021-2027 ($ million)

KEY COMPANY PROFILES

  • Competitive Landscape
    • Total number of companies covered
      • Exhibit: companies covered in the report, 2021
    • Top companies market positioning
      • Exhibit: company positioning matrix, 2021
    • Top companies market Share
      • Exhibit: Pie chart analysis on company market share, 2021(%)

Methodology

For the Oleochemicals Market, our research methodology involved a mixture of primary and secondary data sources. Key steps involved in the research process are listed below:

1. Information Procurement: This stage involved the procurement of Market data or related information via primary and secondary sources. The various secondary sources used included various company websites, annual reports, trade databases, and paid databases such as Hoover's, Bloomberg Business, Factiva, and Avention. Our team did 45 primary interactions Globally which included several stakeholders such as manufacturers, customers, key opinion leaders, etc. Overall, information procurement was one of the most extensive stages in our research process.

2. Information Analysis: This step involved triangulation of data through bottom-up and top-down approaches to estimate and validate the total size and future estimate of the Oleochemicals Market.

3. Report Formulation: The final step entailed the placement of data points in appropriate Market spaces in an attempt to deduce viable conclusions.

4. Validation & Publishing: Validation is the most important step in the process. Validation & re-validation via an intricately designed process helped us finalize data points to be used for final calculations. The final Market estimates and forecasts were then aligned and sent to our panel of industry experts for validation of data. Once the validation was done the report was sent to our Quality Assurance team to ensure adherence to style guides, consistency & design.

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Oleochemicals Market size was valued at USD 33.1 billion in 2019 and is poised to grow from USD 35.43 billion in 2023 to USD 54.43 billion by 2031, growing at a CAGR of 6.3% in the forecast period (2024-2031).

To complete diverse research and development tasks, market leaders are taking strategic actions including partnerships and collaborations. They are able to offer cutting-edge products and keep their place in the oleochemicals industry thanks to these activities. A good example of this is the collaboration between Genomatica and Covestro. Both businesses want to achieve market growth that is sustainable through this cooperation. The competitive environment for the worldwide oleochemicals market is somewhat fragmented as a result of the existence of numerous companies in it. 'BASF SE', 'Procter & Gamble Chemicals', 'Wilmar International Ltd.', 'IOI Oleochemicals', 'Emery Oleochemicals Group', 'Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad', 'Godrej Industries Limited', 'Cargill, Inc.', 'Kao Chemicals', 'Vantage Specialty Chemicals', 'Musim Mas Group', 'Akzo Nobel N.V.', 'Oleon NV', 'Oleo-Fats, Inc.', 'PTT Chemical Public Company Limited', 'Eastman Chemical Company', 'Evonik Industries AG', 'Sasol Limited', 'Ecogreen Oleochemicals', 'SABIC'

Numerous industries, including those in food and beverage, medicines, personal care, cosmetics, polymer and plastics, and others heavily rely on these compounds. Both skincare and hair care products contain these environmentally friendly ingredients. The market is anticipated to expand rapidly due to the increased demand for hypoallergenic and chemical-free components from the cosmetics and personal care industry. Another aspect promoting expansion is their application in the food business. Oleochemicals are employed as flow and thickening agents as well as in food packaging that has received FDA approval. For instance, calcium stearate is employed in the production of sweets as a flow agent and food emulsifier.

Increase in demand from end-use industries: The end-use industries for oleochemicals include food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, and personal care. 

In 2022, Asia Pacific accounted for USD 17 billion in 2022 and held the biggest market share for oleochemicals because of the region's high output of raw materials. The regional market is anticipated to grow as green alternatives are more adopted and raw materials become more readily available. For instance, the biggest producers of palm oil—the primary feedstock for oleochemical production—are Malaysia and Indonesia. Malaysia produced 25.8% of the world's total palm oil, according to the Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC).North America is rapidly expanding and the market is primarily driven by consumers' growing knowledge of the negative consequences of chemical compounds in personal care and cosmetic products. Due to the increased need for biofuels, Europe is expected to grow significantly. The market growth is anticipated to be facilitated by rising consumer knowledge of the sustainability of biodiesel and the number of manufacturers of cosmetics and personal care products. Due to the region's improved economic and social climate, significant growth is predicted. Leading palm oil producers are Guatemala, Ecuador, and Colombia. The local market is likely to be driven by these factors. Due to a large number of surfactant and soap-making enterprises, the markets in Middle East & Africa is projected to experience significant expansion.

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