Emerging economies in the Asia-Pacific region represent high-potential markets for personal care products and cosmetics. As beauty and personal care products are among the biggest applications of alpha olefin sulfonates, the burgeoning growth of the personal care industry in the region is likely to create significant sales opportunities for alpha olefin sulfonates market players.
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Stringent Safety Regulations Create Challenges for Alpha Olefin Sulfonates Market Players
While manufacturers in the alpha olefin sulfonates market are concentrating their efforts on minimizing the cost of production, stringent standards and environmental regulations imposed are influencing competitive pricing.
The European Union has adopted REACH regulations, which stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals, to mitigate negative impacts of chemical products on the human health and the environment. All the chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors, downstream users, as well as alpha olefin sulfonates market players have to comply with REACH regulations to carry out operations in the European Economic Area (EEA).
In addition, the United States Environment Protection Agency (EPA) has imposed labeling regulations for chemical products manufactured or marketed in the U.S., under its Safer Choice Program. Though participating in this program is not mandatory for alpha olefin sulfonates manufacturers, consumers in the U.S. prefer to purchase products that meet these standards.
Although adherence to these regulations is beneficial considering the long-term impact of chemicals on the environment, a cost escalation is the bitter medicine in the short run.
Price and Supply Fluctuations of Alpha Olefin Sulfonates: A Key Challenge
Despite the growing preference for alpha olefin sulfonates in a wide range of industrial applications, its volatile prices are creating a hindrance in its adoption in some applications. Alpha olefin sulfonates are ethylene based surfactants, which are derived from petrochemical compounds. On account of this, they are prone to constant fluctuations in supply, affecting its price structure.
Due to turbulent raw material prices and supply uncertainties, alpha olefin sulfonates are likely to get replaced in certain applications by bio-based anionic surfactants such as methyl ester sulfonates (MES) and alcohol ether sulfate (AES), which are derived from palm oil and coconut oil, respectively. This may impact future prospects of the alpha olefin sulfonates market.
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Manufacturers Adopt Advanced Manufacturing Processes to Enhance Performance Properties of Alpha Olefin Sulfonates
Industrial applications of alpha olefin sulfonates are mainly attributed to its unique physical properties, such as emulsification and biodegradability. A majority of manufacturers in the alpha olefin sulfonates perform oligomerization of ethylene to manufacture alpha olefin sulfonates commercially. In this process, the carbon chain length distribution makes a significant impact on the interfacial properties of alpha olefin sulfonates.
The significant impact of alkyl chains on interfacial properties of alpha olefin sulfonates makes it important for manufacturers to investigate the retention of important properties, thereby, adding to the production costs. Thereby, in order to reduce the impact of alkyl chain length on performance characteristics of alpha olefin sulfonates, leading market players are adopting advanced technologies such as sulfonation processing technology. This is likely to emerge as a popular trend in the alpha olefin sulfonates market in the upcoming years.
The report provides detailed information about leading players in the alpha olefin sulfonates market, including Stepan Company, Huntsman Corporation, Pilot Chemical Company, Clariant AG, Nouryon, Kao Corporation, RSPL Ltd., Nirma Limited, Zanyu Technology Group Co. Ltd., Godrej, Lubrizol, and Enaspol a.s.
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