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Biosurfactants Market Size, Share & COVID-19 Impact Analysis, By Type (Glycolipids, Lipopeptides, Phospholipids, Polymeric, and Others), By Application (Household Cleaners, Industrial and Institutional Cleaners, Food Processing, Oil & Petroleum, Personal Care, Agrochemicals, and Others), and Regional Forecast, 2022-2029

Region : Global | Format: PDF | Report ID: FBI102761



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The global biosurfactants market size was valued at USD 3.96 billion in 2021 and is projected to grow from USD 4.18 billion in 2022 to USD 6.04 billion by 2029, exhibiting a CAGR of 5.4% during the forecast period. The global COVID-19 pandemic has been unprecedented and staggering, with biosurfactants experiencing higher-than-anticipated demand across all regions compared to pre-pandemic levels. Based on our analysis, the global market exhibited a growth rate of 8.79% in 2020 as compared to 2019.

This market is expected to rise significantly due to the increased need for cleaning substances and sanitation products. They are natural and renewable bio-based surface-active chemicals. They are used in various industries, including food, cosmetics, manufacturing, and chemicals.


High Demand from End Sectors to Influence Market Growth During COVID-19 Pandemic

The global pandemic harmed communal health and significantly hampered people and several nations worldwide. The outbreak of the severe acute respiratory syndrome, also known as coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) has demonstrated that countries all over the world are completely incapable of dealing with the pressures of a global pandemic, especially one whose treatment is unidentified and current cures are centered on symptoms rather than the source. However, health officers and researchers have conducted extensive research to battle the pandemic and contain the disease.

The economy and general well-being were severely harmed due to disturbances in the working of various sectors, including the government and commercial sectors. For instance, Evonik Industries suffered a decline in sales by 6.9% in 2020.

Since the beginning of the pandemic in December 2019, consumption of a variety of items spiked, particularly gloves, soaps, disinfectants, and hand sanitizers. These biosurfactants have proven to be effective treatments indirectly, in a method that aims many of the pandemic's most important avenues for resolution. The potential for these surfactants to be nontoxic and effective in cleaning has been known, leading to a significant increase in demand from cleaning product manufacturers, resulting in capacity extension and manufacturer acquisitions. For example, recently, Evonik announced plans to build the world's first industrial-scale manufacturing facility for completely biodegradable rhamnolipids.


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Crude Oil Recovery Activities to Influence Market Growth

Petroleum is one of the utmost important energy sources and a significant feedstock material for chemical manufacturing, which has driven the modern world's growth and rapid economic development over the last few decades. Fuel biotechnology has progressed recently due to a growing global necessity for ecological technologies that boost the proficiency of petrochemical procedures in the oil industry.

Several petrochemical-derived petroleum industries use synthetic surfactants as activating agents to improve the accessibility or recovery of petroleum products and a range of other removals, cleaning, treatment, and conveyance applications. In classical oil production systems, the primary diminution is tailed by secondary and, in certain cases, tertiary retrieval stages.

Chemical approaches involve injecting surfactants, hydrocarbon solvents, gas, or even a combination into the oil-water surface tension to mobilize leftover oil. However, eco-friendly and cost-effective alternatives to thermal and biochemical EOR have been sought due to the high cost and unsafe effects on the environment.

Microbial Enhanced Oil Recovery, abbreviated as MEOR, is a form of the tertiary oil recovery process. Microbes or their metabolic yields are employed to augment the quantity of residual oil recovered. It is often less expensive to use microorganisms to generate goods from low-priced substrate materials than to use chemically boosted oil recovery.

These microorganism-derived surfactants are gaining popularity for various industrial solicitations due to their biodegradable nature, ability to be synthesized on renewable surfaces, and capacity to function in harsh environments such as those associated with the process of tertiary crude oil retrieval.

Traditional physical and chemical oil recovery procedures are expensive; thus, Microbial Enhanced Oil Recovery is a good option. MEOR enhances reservoir conditions with microorganisms or their metabolic harvests, allowing deposited oil to be out. Microorganisms are important for the withdrawal of trapped leftover oil. Owing to the versatility and proven efficiency in providing a true image of operations and directions of utilization in the oil business, biosurfactants are usually hailed as key adaptable tools that can modify and modernize petroleum biotechnology. These biosurfactants enhance hydrocarbon deployment, permitting better crude oil recovery from tanks.


Rising Environmental Concerns to Support Market Growth During the Forecast Period

Surface-active agents are frequently used, and consumption grows in unison with the human population and actions. Detergent (including toothpaste and shampoos) products are the most prevalent uses for these chemicals (degreasing, agricultural, oil extraction, and so on). Surfactant is a large class of chemicals found in cleansers and other detergent products. The remaining surfactants are let into sewer systems or straight into surface watercourses, with the bulk of them ending up in the soil, sediment, and water. Ecological issues are a serious social issue since surfactants exist in our rivers, wastewater treatment facilities, and seas, and they are utilized over 15 million tons per year.

The most critical issue is the discharge of crude effluent or wastewater undergoing only basic treatment. The discharge of wastewater containing huge concentrations of surfactants can have grave ecological implications. Extensive water treatment is required to accumulate wastewater, treat it, and resend it for reuse. Environmental concerns about surfactants (low biodegradability, toxicity, eutrophication, and allergies) have motivated more research and the growth of novel bio-based surfactants. These surfactants play an important role in reducing carbon emissions and major greenhouse gases. They beat traditional surfactants in efficacy and efficiency due to their greater surface activity.

In recent years, heavy metal contamination has been highlighted as a major environmental threat, and numerous technologies for removing them from the environment have been developed. These surfactants were an environment-friendly and cost-effective alternative to traditional, time-consuming cleanup methods. These biosurfactants must meet the market's requirement for sustainable bio-based raw ingredients that are less hazardous and biodegradable while offering enough performance and a competitive price point. Due to their diversity, these surfactants are considered a feasible option for pollution cleaning in the environment. As a result, biosurfactants and their potential applications have grown a lot of interest. The surface tension they produce at lower concentrations is less, indicating that they are more efficient. There is a larger push for the industry due to increased environmental awareness.


Interference in Production of Biosurfactant is Likely to Obstruct Growth

The crucial problem for producers is that the properties given by bio-based surfactants are limited, thereby restraining their application. Surfactants are commonly used in product formulations when a change in one component impacts the performance of the final product. Customers may not understand what a bio-based surfactant is or it is used. As one-to-one replacements of conventional surfactants are rare, new product formulation development is typically required. Brand manufacturers must regard bio-based surfactants as providing additional demonstrable value.

Many industries are confident that their products will not be reformulated. As a result, technical advancements heavily influence this industry. Before making major product development decisions, brand owners closely monitor what technology developers bring to the market. Customers cannot afford to take the risks of dealing with a single manufacturer. As a result, a shortage of biosurfactant makers could standstill future expansion. The EU regulation required to register a new product after development is time-consuming and costly but necessary.

Sophorolipids, rhamnolipids, and MELs can be employed in washing powders, solutions, and linearly alkyl benzene sulfonates as partial substitutes for the most common surfactant (LASs). One of the most challenging elements of using these alternative products is that each organism produces a mix of congener molecules with different structures and properties, making downstream processing extremely complicated and expensive. In addition, in the U.K., P. Aeruginosa, the principal producer of rhamnolipids, is classified as a class II pathogen. Due to inadequate lecithin recovery and other economic constraints, most lecithin that may be recovered from soy oil production is now not being collected. These factors are projected to limit the biosurfactants market growth.


By Type Analysis

Glycolipids Segment to Hold Prime Share Attributed to High Demand from End-Use Sectors

The market is segmented into lipopeptides, glycolipids, polymeric, phospholipids, and others in terms of type.

The trehalolipids, rhamnolipids, and sophorolipids segments of the glycolipids segment accounted for most of the biosurfactants market share. High demand for rhamnolipids from the end-use industry can be linked to the cosmetic and personal care industries.

The fastest-growing segment is predicted to be lipopeptides.

Owing to rising product demand from the personal care industry, the phospholipids segment is expected to rise significantly.

By Application Analysis

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Household Cleaners Segment Earned Most Revenue Due to Growing Concern of Hygiene

The market is segmented into industrial and institutional cleaners, household cleaners, oil & petroleum, food processing, personal care, agrochemicals, and others in terms of application.

In the application segment, household cleaners earned the most revenue in 2021, followed by the personal care sector.

They are becoming more widely used in personal care and hygiene products, which will boost the segment growth. However, due to consumers' significant spending on hygiene products, the household cleaners segment is predicted to increase the fastest.


Europe Biosurfactants Market Size, 2021 USD Billion)

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In 2021, the European market was valued at USD 1.92 billion. Due to the widespread use of industrial biotechnology, Europe will hold more than 48% of the market share in 2021. Growing awareness among manufacturers about using green surfactant alternatives to decrease carbon footprints is expected to boost growth. Increased legislation on consuming chemicals that could produce dangerous byproducts or discharge toxins into the environment on biological degradation is also projected to enhance growth. According to the European Commission, the EU community implemented a policy limiting surfactant use in detergents from 1970 to address lathering in water systems, which disrupts the marine ecosystem.

North America is a rapidly rising region with a major bio-based surfactant market. Consumer preferences are predicted to shift due to growing concern about the negative impact of toxins emitted by chemical surfactants after decomposition. The market is likely to grow as spending on well-being and hygiene rises. Furthermore, rising demand for biosurfactants in the petroleum & oil industry for oil recovery is expected to boost growth.

Due to the enormous economic strength of Mexico and Brazil, South America is predicted to grow significantly. The abundance of feedstock from the agro-industrial sector, which could be used as a substrate for the production of biosurfactants is predicted to drive expansion throughout South America.

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Owing to the substantial number of personal care products and household detergents producing companies, the Middle East & Africa is expected to grow significantly.


Adoption of Various Strategies by Companies to Expand their Global Presence

The global market is concentrated in nature. Stepan Company, Evonik Industries, AGAE Technologies, and Jeneil are some of the key market players.

Industry players operate based on the application characteristics and product's price. To achieve a competitive advantage and boost their market share, many major and key industry players are engaged in numerous partnerships to promote brand and sales.


  • Jeneil (U.S.)

  • Evonik Industries (Germany)

  • AGAE Technologies (U.S.)

  • Glycosurf (U.S.)

  • Tensiogreen (U.S.)

  • Stepan Company (U.S.)

  • Holiferm (U.K.)


  • June 2022- Solvay introduced Mirasoft SL A60 and Mirasoft SL L60. These are high-performance biosurfactants that enable the development of sustainable beauty care products.

  • January 2022 – Evonik is constructing a new production plant for bio-based and fully biodegradable rhamnolipids. The new plant is expected to start production in two years. This new product introduction will strengthen Evonik's partnership with Unilever.

  • March 2022 – Sasol Chemicals in collaboration with Holiferm Limited will develop new biosurfactants and enable sophorolipids commercialization. The manufacturing facility in the U.K. is scheduled to begin its operations in early 2023.

  • June 2020- The NatSurFact business of Logos Technologies LLC, a rhamnolipid generated from renewable sources, was recently acquired by Stepan Company. As customer demands for sustainability continue to rise, Stepan's rhamnolipid represents an important new technology across industries.

  • December 2019– Evonik and Unilever partnered to launch a new green cleaning ingredient called rhamnolipids.


An Infographic Representation of Biosurfactants Market

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The global research report scrutinizes the industry in-depth, focusing on critical factors such as prime players, products, and raw materials. In addition, the study provides insights into biosurfactants market trends and key industry advancements. In addition to the variables listed above, the study covers a variety of other factors that have contributed to the market's recent expansion.

This study examines the industry's up-to-date market dynamics and opportunities and historical data and revenue growth estimates at the global, regional, and country levels.

Report Scope & Segmentation



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Volume (Kilo Tons) & Value (USD Billion)


By Type, Application, and Region

By Type

  • Glycolipids

    • Rhamnolipids

    • Trehalolipids

    • Sophorolipids

  • Lipopeptides

  • Phospholipids

  • Polymeric

  • Others

By Application

  • Household Cleaners

  • Industrial & Institutional Cleaners

  • Food Processing

  • Oil & Petroleum

  • Personal Care

  • Agrochemicals

  • Others

By Region

  • North America (By Type, Application)

    • U.S. (By Application)

    • Canada (By Application)

  • Europe (By Type, Application)

    • Germany (By Application)

    • U.K. (By Application)

    • France (By Application)

    • Italy (By Application)

    • Rest of Europe (By Application)

  • Asia Pacific (By Type, Application)

    • China (By Application)

    • Japan (By Application)

    • India (By Application)

    • ASEAN (By Application)

    • Rest of Asia Pacific (By Application)

  • Latin America (By Type, Application)

    • Brazil (By Application)

    • Mexico (By Application)

    • Rest of Latin America (By Application)

  • Middle East & Africa (By Type, Application)

    • GCC (By Application)

    • South Africa (By Application)

    • Rest of Middle East & Africa (By Application)

Frequently Asked Questions

Fortune Business Insights says that the global market size was USD 3.96 billion in 2021 and is projected to reach USD 6.04 billion by 2029.

In 2021, the European market size stood at USD 1.92 billion.

The market will exhibit steady growth and a CAGR of 5.4% during the forecast period (2022-2029).

The household cleaners segment is expected to be a leading segment in the market during the forecast period.

Environmental concerns regarding the use of chemical surfactants are expected to drive the market.

Evonik, AGAE Technologies, Tensiogreen, and Jeneil Biotech are the major players in the global market.

Europe dominated the market in 2021.

Shift in preference for bio-based products is expected to drive the market.

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