Anionic Surfactants Market- Analysis & Forecast 2022

The ****** anionic surfactants market is estimated at USD 16.36 Billion in 2017 and is projected to reach USD 20.10 Billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 4.2%.

Anionic surfactants are widely used in cleaning and related products such as detergents, soaps, cleaners, shampoos, and hand washes. These are among the largest application areas of surfactants due to which anionic surfactants account for the majority of share of the overall surfactants market. The rising number of applications in home care, personal care, oil & gas, construction, textiles, agriculture, and food processing industries is driving the anionic surfactants market. The growing demand for detergents and cosmetics is also driving the market.

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Market Dynamics


  • Growth in end-use industries
  • Increasing need for greener and sustainable surfactants


  • Stringent government regulations on toxic chemicals


  • Growing bio-based surfactants market

Home care, personal care, and oil & gas applications to drive the growth of anionic surfactants market

Home care

Anionic surfactants are used in home care applications such as laundry detergents, dishwasher detergents, carpet cleaners, floor cleaners, and various types of fabric softeners. Anionic surfactants in detergents help remove oil, dirt, and unwanted particles from fabrics, dishes, and other surfaces. They not only remove the dirt and unwanted particles but also keep them suspended during washing, resulting in a cleaner surface. Anionic surfactants are mainly used in the soap & detergents industry due to their surface tension reduction and wettability properties.

Personal care

Anionic surfactants, when added to a liquid, reduces the surface tension. The reduction in surface tension enhances the spreading and wetting properties. Anionic surfactants are responsible for antimicrobial properties, foaming and conditioning properties (in the case of shampoos, face washes, and skin care creams), mild detergency actions, and preservative properties that are essential in the personal care industry. They also act as cleansing agents, emulsifiers, foaming agents, solubilizers, and wetting agents and hence are mainly used in make-up, skin care, hair care, oral care, and other personal care products.

Oil & Gas

The ****** oil & gas industry uses different specialty chemicals, including anionic surfactants, to produce oil, natural gas, and coal bed methane. The EOR technique extensively uses anionic surfactants that lead to additional oil recovery. The other applications of anionic surfactants in the oil & gas industry are well stimulation, drilling/completion, production/refining, and pipeline transport. In the oil & gas industry, anionic surfactants can be used for different purposes as emulsifiers, dispersants, corrosion inhibitors, foam controlling agents, wetting agents, suspending agents, and biocides. Major oilfield surfactants are sulfates, sulfonates, and lignosulfonates.

The ****** anionic surfactants market has a large number of market players; however, the market is led by some major players, such as AkzoNobel (Netherlands), BASF (Germany), Clariant (Switzerland), DowDuPont (US), Evonik (Germany), Croda International (US), Stepan Company (US), Huntsman (US), Kao Corporation (Japan), and Galaxy Surfactants (India), among others.

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