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Silicone Surfactants Market Size, Share & Industry Analysis, By Application (Emulsifiers, Foaming Agents, Solubilizers, and Others), By End-Use (Refrigeration, Construction, Paints & Coatings, Personal Care, and Others), and Regional Forecast, 2024-2032

Last Updated: May 27, 2024 | Format: PDF | Report ID: FBI104900



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The global silicone surfactants market size was valued at USD 2.23 billion in 2023. The market is projected to grow from USD 2.34 billion in 2024 to USD 3.46 billion by 2032, exhibiting a CAGR of 5.0% during the forecast period.

Silicone surfactants, also known as silicone polyethers, are water-miscible emulsifying polymers containing hydrophobic siloxane and hydrophilic polyether characteristics. These surfactants are used in several industries as solubilizers, foaming agents, emulsifiers, and softeners. They improvise the functionality of end-products such as detergents, cleaning liquid, soap, shampoo, and body wash. Moreover, rising demand from the paints & coatings industry, where they add leveling, slip, and mar resistance properties to coating formulations, will create growth opportunities for the market. Additionally, the rising trend among consumers for quality hygiene and a high-end lifestyle is propelling the market.

The COVID-19 pandemic has harshly affected the supply chain of raw materials for silicone manufacturers, thereby leading to dwindling product demand. Further, disruption in construction activities affected the market, where the product is used as additives in polyurethane foam that offers insulation to the structures. This shutdown and halt in construction activities led to a dip in polyurethane foam consumption that resulted in declining usage of silicone surfactants in this industry.  However, rising detergents and the soap industry also led to the silicone surfactants market growth, as consumers took preventive measures to keep the house's interior immaculate during the lockdown. This increased the consumption of cleaning products, thereby surging silicone polyethers demand.

Silicone Surfactants Market Trends

Rising Demand for Surfactants from Several New Applications is Creating Market Opportunities

Strong demand from paints & coatings, construction, agriculture, refrigeration, and other industries is anticipated to boost the growth of the market. Silicone surfactants enhance the performance of paints & coatings by changing properties such as dispersing, solubilizing, foaming/defoaming, leveling, and photo-stabilizing. Further, these surfactants are used as an additive during polyurethane foam manufacturing. This polyurethane foam is used in the insulation of buildings, industrial construction, and vehicles. The increasing use of polyurethane foam in cooling systems or refrigeration will surge the product demand during the forecast period.

In addition, the product offers a superior wetting property that enhances the activity of ingredients in agrochemicals such as insecticides, herbicides, plant growth regulators, and foliar nutrients. The rising demand for the product from the above mentioned industries is expected to provide market growth opportunities.

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Silicone Surfactants Market Growth Factors

Increase in Demand from Personal Care Product Manufacturers to Drive the Market

The rising personal care product manufacturing is increasing the product demand from hair care, grooming, and skincare formulations. Natural products are a major trend in the personal care industry. Cosmetics and personal care products to enhance the skin condition and give a healthier-looking appearance and high consumption of cosmetics due to improving lifestyle of consumers have surged the product demand. Moreover, as consumers have become more aware of ingredients in the products they apply to their skin and use in their homes, natural surfactants in cosmetics improve the integrity and performance of cosmetic formulations. Consumers are willing to pay a high price for natural and organic cosmetic and skin products. This results in increased demand for these surfactants, thereby driving the market.

Further, several key players in the market, such as Dow and Shin-Etsu, have unveiled plans for improvements in surfactants portfolio. These companies have started using sustainable and natural ingredients to produce sustainable surfactants derived from plants. Further, surfactants produced from plants are less harmful to the environment but it is a good approach to preserving the quality of cosmetic products. These factors altogether are creating a more compelling and attractive product demand.

Cost Associated with the Paints & Coatings Process on Surface Application to Boost Market Growth

Paints & coatings assembly are the costliest part of the manufacturing process. The longer the process takes to coat and paint the end-use product, such as automotive components, the higher the processing and labor costs. Therefore, companies that are involved in the pains & coating business prefer silicone surfactants to increase the surface activity. Such properties of the product help to decrease the cost associated with the re-coating and labor charges and improve the final quality of the surfaces. Additionally, silicone surfactants increase moisture resistance, level the surface, and reduce surface tension. Thus, the growing demand for paints and coatings from end-use industries such as automotive, construction, and others is propelling the demand for silicon surfactants in the global market.


Availability of Alternatives is Expected to Restrain the Market Growth

The key market restraint to the global market is the availability of cheaper alternatives. Synthetic surfactants are easy to manufacture and have available raw materials. Therefore, they are offered at cheaper rates to several end-use industries. Several small and medium personal care manufacturers are on the rise. Moreover, government approval is time-consuming and requires expensive legislative formalities that act as a major restraint for the market. Further, the manufacturer also has to consider environmental effects and deforestation as side effects of manufacturing plant-based surfactants, thus affecting the market growth.

Silicone Surfactants Market Segmentation Analysis

By Application Analysis

Emulsifiers Segment to Account for Major Share Due to Demand from Personal Care Products

Based on application, the market is segmented into emulsifiers, foaming agents, solubilizers, and others.

The emulsifiers segment held the largest share in the market owing to the increasing use of surfactants in the personal care and cleaning industries. Increasing demand for lotions, creams & conditioners, and detergents from consumers in household and personal care applications is expected to drive the segment progress. The growth of the foaming agents segment can be attributed to the increased production of cosmetics, household chemicals, and fire protection products across the globe. The product facilitates foam formation and reduces surface tension in the solutions, making it a key ingredient for face washes, hand washes, shampoo, detergents, and soaps.

Solubilizers are often used to enhance the dissolution of the active agent. Growth in the end-use industries such as agriculture, cosmetics, and personal care is expected to increase the demand for solubilizers, including silicone surfactants. The others segment includes products used as a wetting agent and PH modifier for several textile and chemical formulations for construction and agricultural industries.

By End-Use Analysis

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Personal Care Segment Held Dominant Share Owing to Consumer Demand

Based on end-use, the market is categorized into refrigeration, construction, paints & coatings, personal care, and others.

The personal care segment held a dominant market share, which can be associated with the increased use of silicone surfactants in the production of skincare and hair care products. These products require active agents such as emulsifiers and foaming agents to activate the product for better results on the skin. Lifestyle changes and improved disposable income have surged the demand for personal care products, thereby driving the silicone polyether consumption. The rising trend for renovation as a result of improving lifestyle among consumers is leading to the use of surfactants in paints & coatings and polyurethane foam to improve the interior and exterior aesthetic of home and offices. This is driving the market growth for construction applications.

Silicone surfactants offer paints & coatings with enhanced properties such as higher dispersion and longer product retention. Hence, the growing product demand from paint & coatings used for wood, automobiles, building & structure, and electronic goods is expected to drive the market. Further, the product is used as an additive in polyurethane foam manufacturing, which is suitable for insulation of cooling systems or refrigerators. The increasing demand for refrigeration from the food & beverage, pharmaceutical, and medical industries is driving the segment growth.

The others segment includes the use of the product in cosmetics, textile, and agriculture industries. Agriculture surfactants are bio-based products used with water-based herbicide spray solutions as they accentuate the emulsifying, dispersing, spreading, wetting, and other surface modifying properties of organic pesticides. Further, the segment growth can be attributed to the higher demand for cleaning products from manufacturing industries. Industrial cleaning includes the use of surfactants as raw materials in cleaners with various chemical ingredients intended to work for removing types of soils and garbage during the manufacturing process.


Asia Pacific Silicone Surfactants Market Size, 2023 (USD Billion)

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Asia Pacific held a dominant silicone surfactants market share and was valued at USD 0.91 billion in 2023. There is rising demand for personal care and home care products from emerging countries such as India, Japan, and China. Economic development has led to the enhancement in the lifestyle of customers, causing high demand for personal care formulations such as hand wash shampoo, and shaving cream. Further, this region is a major consumer of personal care solutions and has higher consumption of paints & coatings due to the rapidly growing construction industry. This is expected to support the market growth.

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North America is estimated to have a significant share in the global market, attributed to the growing construction and healthcare industry in the region, where the silicone polyether is used for insulation and refrigeration applications. The rapid industrial development, and increasing disposable income in the region are further driving the product usage in additional applications that includes agriculture and personal care.

The European region is expected to have significant market growth during the forecast period. The increase in demand from personal care, home care, and other industries is driving product demand. Further, the rising cosmetics industry, as Europe is a major region for the fashion industry, shall augment the market growth. These surfactants are used to manufacture luxurious products, including cleansers, serums, face masks, and others.

Rest of the world will have gradual growth throughout the forecast period. Growing demand for homecare detergents, cleaners, cosmetics products, and changes in consumer lifestyle, will drive the market size. Moreover, major natural silicone producers present in the region are further making it easy to manufacture silicone surfactants, thereby creating market growth opportunities.

List of Key Companies in Silicone Surfactants Market

New Product Development and Acquisition Projects by Players to Intensify Competition

Major companies operating in the market are Dow Chemical Company, Momentive, Wacker AG, Innospec, Shin Etsu, and others. Profiled companies have adopted product innovation, acquisition, and collaboration to gain a competitive edge in the global market. For example, Dow Chemical Company has a strong global regional presence. The company offers products under the brand VORASURF and has adopted strategies such as product development and partnership with end-users.



  • March 2022: Dow announced a new product extension of VORASURF Silicone Surfactants to support the growing demand for enhanced energy efficiency and sustainable solutions in the rigid polyurethane foam market, focusing on spray and construction applications.


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The market research report covers detailed market analysis and concentrates on crucial aspects such as competitive landscape, applications, and end-uses. Also, the market report offers insights into market trends and highlights vital industry developments. In addition to the factors mentioned above, the report encompasses various factors that have contributed to the growth of the market in recent years.

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Report Scope & Segmentation



Study Period


Base Year


Estimated Year


Forecast Period


Historical Period


Growth Rate

CAGR of 5.0% from 2024 to 2032


Volume (Million Ton), Value (USD Billion)


By Application

  • Emulsifiers

  • Foaming Agents

  • Solubilizers

  • Others

By End-Use

  • Refrigeration

  • Construction

  • Paints & Coatings

  • Personal Care

  • Others

By Geography

  • North America (By Application, By End-Use)

    • U.S. (By End-Use)

    • Canada (By End-Use)

  • Europe (By Application, By End-Use)

    • Germany (By End-Use)

    • U.K. (By End-Use)

    • France (By End-Use)

    • Italy (By End-Use)

    • Rest of Europe (By End-Use)

  • Asia Pacific (By Application, By End-Use)

    • China (End-use)

    • Japan (By End-Use)

    • India (By End-use)

    • Rest of Asia Pacific (By End-Use)

  • Rest of the World (By Application, By End-Use)

    • Latin America (By End-Use)

    • Middle East & Africa (By End-Use)

Frequently Asked Questions

Fortune Business Insights says that the global market size was USD 2.23 billion in 2023 and is projected to reach USD 3.46 billion by 2032.

In 2023, the market value stood at USD 2.23 billion.

Growing at a CAGR of 5.0%, the market will exhibit steady growth over the forecast period (2024-2032).

The personal care segment is expected to lead this market during the forecast period.

The increasing demand from personal care product manufacturers is a key factor driving the market growth.

Dow Chemical Company, Momentive, Wacker AG, Innospec, and Shin Etsu are a few of the leading players in the global market.

Asia Pacific dominated the global market in terms of share in 2023.

The growing demand from the construction industry and rising need for insulating material in cooling systems are expected to surge the product demand.

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