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Alkyl Polyglucoside Market

Alkyl Polyglucoside Market

Alkyl Polyglucoside Market By Product Type (Coco, Lauryl, Decyl, Capryl), By Application (Homecare, Personal Care, Industrial & Institutional Cleaners, Oil Fields), By Primary Function (Cleansing Agent, Emulsifying Agent, Wetting Agent)- Global Market Insights 2021 to 2031

Alkyl Polyglucoside Market

Market Snapshot

Latest alkyl polyglucoside market analysis published by Fact.MR - a market research and competitive intelligence provider, shows that global demand enjoyed year-on-year (YoY) growth of 7.7% in 2021, to total 584 KT. Admixtures for cement, concrete & plaster application displayed negative Y-o-Y growth of 0.1% to total 26 KT, while industrial & institutional cleaners were up 0.6% to 91 KT over the same period.

Key Points Covered in Alkyl Polyglucoside Industry Survey:

  • Market Estimates and Forecasts (2016-2031)
  • Key Drivers and Restraints Shaping Market Growth
  • Segment-wise, Country-wise, and Region-wise Analysis
  • Competition Mapping and Benchmarking
  • Market Share Analysis
  • Consumption Analysis of Alkyl Polyglucosides
  • Certification and Compliamce Requirements
  • Leading Export-Import Destinations for Alkyl Polyglucosides
  • COVID-19 Impact on Alkyl Polyglucosides and How to Navigate
  • Recommendation on Key Winning Strategies

Revenue Analysis of Alkyl Polyglucoside from 2016 to 2020 Compared to Demand Outlook for 2021 to 2031

As per the alkyl polyglucoside industry research, historically, from 2016 to 2020, value of the alkyl polyglucoside business increased at around 5.9% CAGR, wherein, countries such as the U.S., Brazil, Germany, China, and Japan held significant market share.

Inclination of personal care product manufacturers towards bio-surfactants is significantly increasing, thus paving the way for strong growth of the market during medium- and long-run forecast period.

Through 2031, the market for alkyl polyglucosides is anticipated to expand at a high CAGR of close to 8%.

  • Alkyl polyglucoside revenues were up 0.7% year-over-year in 2020. Fact.MR estimates revenue to grow 2.2X by 2031, reaching nearly US$ 2.8 Bn.
  • As per Fact.MR’s alkyl polyglucoside business insights, global market revenue totaled US$ 1.1 Bn in 2020.
  • Demand for coco alkyl polyglucosides to accelerate at highest pace.
  • Demand for alkyl polyglucosides in personal care products to increase substantially.
  • Top 5 providers of alkyl polyglucosides held for more than 50% market share in 2020.
  • Demand for alkyl polyglucosides in home cleaning products to rise rapidly.
  • While demand was impacted by COVID-19, long-term forecasts look good, especially for homecare products.

Why is There Huge Demand for Alkyl Polyglucoside across Regions?

Non-ionic surfactants such as alkyl polyglucosides surfactants are naturally derived with enhanced bio-degradability meeting circular economy guidelines. Alkyl polyglucosides, which are used for a variety of uses including cosmetic and industrial applications, are seeing a surge in demand in the market as consumers become more aware of cleaning and personal care goods.

Key functions of alkyl polyglucosides such as emulsifiers, foaming agents, soil removing agents, and wetting and cleansing agent have strengthened its adoption across bundle of industries such as personal care and cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and homecare, wherein, it is used in applications such as surface cleaners, detergents, oral care, and other personal care and home care products.

Over the last decade, demand for alkyl polyglucosides has been increasing as regional polices associated with manufacturing such as ease of business, financial supports from institutions and other entities, cost effectiveness, raw material availability, etc., have improved. Demand for akyl polyglucosides as cleaning agents will see a steady rise over the coming years.

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What are the Key Barriers Faced by Alkyl Polyglucoside Suppliers?

Alkyl polyglucosides, being a bio-based surfactant, is largely being used for various applications ranging from detergents, skin care, and others. However, manufacturers have introduced alternative materials that can act as natural surfactants with similar properties offering higher efficiency across various application areas.

These alternatives, typically from the glucamide plant family, are widely being used in the cosmetics industry, as they offer enhanced mildness, sustainability, and are easily compatible with the skin.

In addition, these alternatives also deliver higher foam forming and cleaning efficiency, and are in alignment with Nordic and EU Ecolabel standards for environment health. Such alternatives are likely to exert a negative influence on the use of alkyl polyglucoside surfactants, thereby impeding the growth of the business.

Alkyl polyglucosides have been the subject matter of a number of patent protection applications during the last three decades. The initial proliferation of alkyl polyglucoside-related patents has subsequently been replaced, not only by a decrease in the number of applications but also by the tendency to narrow the scope of their protection.

However, due to innovations that continue to occur in respect to alkyl polyglucosides, new applications are expected to arise over the period of 2021-2031.

Which Region Offers the Largest Opportunity for Sales of Alkyl Polyglucosides?

Europe is the dominant market for alkyl polyglucoside business. In 2020, the region accounted for over 33% of the market value share. Accounting for such a prominent share is due to the fact that consumers in the region are extensive users of natural homecare and personal care products.

In addition, growing awareness of people towards harmful effects of parabens, sulfates, etc., in personal and homecare products has led to higher inclination towards organic products. Such a shift has created demand for bio-surfactants such as alkyl polyglucosides in the region.

Furthermore, stringent regulations by EU regulatory bodies on inorganic surfactants, as they are hazardous to the environment, have also forced personal care manufacturers to use alkyl polyglucosides in their products. As per latest forecasts, it is anticipated that demand for alkyl polyglucosides in the region will grow 2.3X by the end of 2031.

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Country-wise Analysis

What Makes the United States Lead the Alkyl Polyglucoside Business Landscape?

The United States is one of the prominent markets for alkyl polyglucosides. Historically (2016-2020), the U.S. market rose at a CAGR of over 3%, owing to favorable policies and higher adoption of the product by end-use industries.

It is one of foremost countries for setting fashion and beauty trends, which are playing the role of an influencer for increasing the demand for homecare and personal products. Cosmetic and detergents are dominating the demand pie of alkyl polyglucosides in the country.

Thus, the U.S. is anticipated to showcase strong market potential over the coming years. During 2021-31, the alkyl polyglucoside business in the country is expected to grow at a rate of 1.5X, and will project a market value of around US$ 466 Mn.

How Has Alkyl Polyglucoside Demand Been Shaping across Established & Emerging Markets?

Germany: The alkyl polyglucoside business has reached a maturity phase of PLC curve in Germany, owing to extensive adoption of the AKP for manufacturing various home care & personal care products.

Stringent regulatory policies on the usage of inorganic surfactants has led to higher usage of alkyl polyglucosides by end users in the country. This shift has been observed from the past decade, owing to which, sales of alkyl polyglucosidse in the country were valued at US$ 112 Mn in 2020. With the local government giving subsidies to organic product manufacturers, adoption of alkyl polyglucosides is estimated to further increase 1.7X by the end of 2031.

India: India is an emerging market for alkyl polyglucosides. Growing awareness of the people towards the benefits of organic products is driving its sales. Owing to this, local manufacturers of home & personal care products have started introducing organic products manufactured using alkyl polyglucosides.

Since, organic products cost more than synthetic ones, only a small portion of the population is using them. Launching of low cost organic products by players over the coming years will support market growth.

In 2020, India projected a value share of 20.7% in the APEJ market, and is set to expand at a CAGR of 7.5% through 2031.

How is China Faring in the Alkyl Polyglucoside Landscape?

From the past half-decade, alkyl polyglucoside sales in China grew at a rate of 6.7%, and have projected a market value of US$ 114.5 Mn in 2020. The country is experiencing such a growth due to the fact that the number of alkyl polyglucoside manufacturers is quiet high. The regional competitive landscape is highly fragmented.

Local producers, often sub-scale, are competing with larger multinationals who are setting up manufacturing primarily to take part in the growing consumer market for surfactant containing products such as laundry detergents, shampoos, and cosmetics.

In order to become a global surfactant industry leader, China is now looking to invest in research & development, sustainable solutions, and increasing capacity in line with the country’s socioeconomic development goals.

Category-Wise Insights

Why Does Home Care Application of Alkyl Polyglucosides Have Higher Significance over Personal Care?

Homecare application is diversified and the amount of alkyl polyglucosides utilized per home care products produced is high compared to personal care products. In 2020, homecare application accounted for nearly 47% of the global market share.

Apart from rate of utilization of alkyl polyglucosides in manufacturing, rate of consumption of home care downstream products is high as compared to personal care in terms of volume. These factors play a major role in driving demand for alkyl poly glucoside.

Higher potential of home care products such as disinfectants and cleaners was observed in FY2020, owing to precautionary measures taken by not only individuals but also by institutions, which has provided a spike in the production and enhanced demand by 10 fold.

During the forecast period, demand for home care products is anticipated to rise at a CAGR of over 7%, and will project a market value of US$ 1.1 Bn by the end of 2031.

Which Type of Primary Function is the Most Sought-after for Alkyl Polyglucoside?

As per latest in-depth alkyl polyglucoside business analysis on the various primary functions of alkyl polyglucosides, the following conclusions has been drafted.

On the basis of its properties and primary function, alkyl polyglucoside emulsifying agents hold around 25% market share, and on the other hand, degreasing agents have shown a higher CAGR of 8.7% over the historical time frame.

Moreover, degreasing agents are expected to obtain high market share after wetting agents over the coming years.

How Has COVID-19 Impacted the Sales of Alkyl Polyglucosides?

COVID-19, which the World Health Organization has labelled as a pandemic, is having a significant influence on global economic growth and also this industry. According to the International Monetary Fund, global GDP declined by over 4% in 2020.

The pandemic has affected operations of various industries including homecare and personal care industries owing to rapid spread of COVID cases. As, alkyl polyglucosides are widely used in industries, the decline in their operations had a direct impact on alkyl polyglucosides market growth.

Since these personal and home care products come under the essential goods category, their sales was impacted during Q2 of 2020. From the start of Q3 2020, sales got back on track and so did the demand for alkyl polyglucosides, thus, having a minimal impact on the overall market.

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Competition Landscape

Prominent companies discussed in the report have focused on expansion, investment, acquisitions, delivery focus, portfolio expansion, and brand development.

Some of the key developments are:

  • In December 2019, Pilot Chemical Company acquired Órgano Síntesis S.A. de C.V. (OSSA). This step will assist the company to expand its surfactants and antimicrobial products in the Latin America.
  • In October 2019, BASF SE, increased its alkyl polyglucoside production by 1000 tons. With this the company’s total production capacity got increased to 3000 tons. This will allow the company to cater the increasing demand in Chinese market and other countries in Asia Pacific.

Similarly, recent developments related to other companies offering alkyl polyglucosides have been tracked by the team at Fact.MR, which are available in the full report.

Alkyl Polyglucoside Market Report Scope



Forecast Period


Historical Data Available for


Market Analysis

US$ Mn for Value & Tons for Volume

Key Regions Covered

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Rest of the World.

Key Countries Covered

  • US
  • China
  • U.K.

Key Market Segments Covered

  • Product type
  • Application
  • Primary Function
  • Region

Key Companies Profiled

  • Croda International Plc.
  • Huntsman Corporation
  • Dow Chemicals Co.
  • LG Household & Health Care Ltd
  • Galaxy Surfactants
  • Akzo Nobel NV
  • Pilot Chemical Company
  • Shanghai Fine Chemical Co Ltd


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Market Segments Covered in Alkyl Polyglucoside Industry Analysis

  • Product Type

    • Coco Alkyl Polyglucosides
    • Lauryl Alkyl Polyglucosides
    • Decyl Alkyl Polyglucosides
    • Capryl Alkyl Polyglucosides
    • Others
  • Application

    • Homecare
      • Surface Cleaners
      • Dishwashing Detergents
      • Laundry Detergents
      • Other Homecare Products
    • Personal Care
      • Bath Products
      • Cleansers & Wipes
      • Oral Care
      • Other Personal Care Products
    • Industrial & Institutional Cleaners
    • Agricultural Chemicals
    • Oil Fields
    • Admixtures for Cement, Concrete & Plaster
    • Others
  • Primary Function

    • Alkyl Polyglucoside Cleansing Agents
    • Alkyl Polyglucoside Emulsifying Agents
    • Alkyl Polyglucoside Wetting Agents
    • Alkyl Polyglucoside Degreasing Agents
    • Alkyl Polyglucoside Solubilizing Agents
    • Alkyl Polyglucoside Hydrotope
    • Alkyl Polyglucoside Foaming Agents
    • Others

- FAQs -

The global alkyl polyglucoside market is worth more than US$ 1.1 Bn at present.

Sales of alkyl polyglucosides are projected to increase at a CAGR of over 8% during 2021 – 2031.

Value sales of alkyl polyglucosides increased at a CAGR of 5.9% during 2016 – 2020.

Growing inclination of people towards organic personal care has led to the inclusion of alkyl polyglucosides in personal care.

Growing demand for bio-surfactants in soaps and dishwashers stands as the core driver for the market.

As per ratings on the basis of market share, market reach, and clientele, the top 5 manufacturers of alkyl polyglucosides account for more than 50% share in the market.

Top 5 countries driving demand for alkyl polyglucosides are the U.S., Brazil, China, Germany, and Japan.

North America accounted for over 30% of global alkyl polyglucoside demand in 2020.

The European market for alkyl polyglucosides is projected to expand at a CAGR of more than 7% over the decade.

The United States, China, Germany, and Japan are key producers of alkyl polyglucoside.

The market in South Korea and Japan will together expand at over 7.5% CAGR, with South Korea accounting for over 2% of the APEJ market and Japan accounting for over 5% share in the global market.

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