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Methyl ester sulfonates (MES) are extensively used for cleansing purposes. It is widely used in the manufacturing of laundry detergent powders and cakes. They are green surfactants and are used in eco-friendly washing detergents as they are produced from renewable plant resources. The global methyl ester sulfonate market is being driven by the growing demand for the product, which reached a volume of 0.7 million metric tons in 2020. The methyl ester sulfonate market is further expected to grow at a CAGR of 14% between 2021 and 2026 to reach a volume of almost 1.5 million metric tons by 2026.
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Due to MES having surfactant properties, a solid structure, and being biodegradable, the manufacturers are increasingly preferring the material as it helps in decreasing their carbon footprint. Smart and eco-conscious consumers are also seeking MES in detergents as it ensures environmental sustainability and efficiency. Powder detergents account for a significant share of the global MES market. The increasing demand from developing economies, like India and China, for powder detergents, is propelling the market for methyl ester sulfonate forward.
The Asia Pacific is the leading market for methyl ester sulfonate, occupying nearly 80% of the supply market share. The industry in the Asia Pacific region is being driven by the high growth rate of powder detergents in the emerging economies of the region like India and China. The regional industry is also finding further impetus for its growth in the easy availability of feedstock, which makes the manufacturing process more cost-efficient. The domestic demand is expected to rise due to a significant increase in the use of MES as an alternative to LAS. North America follows the Asia Pacific region. While the region currently accounts for nearly a fifth of the global MES capacity, North America is expected to witness a slower growth in the coming years due to a shift away from powder detergents.
Properties and Applications
Methyl ester sulfonates (MES) are anionic surfactants made from the sulfonation of saturated fatty acid methyl esters. It is derived from palm oil and acts as a surfactant having cleansing properties. It is used in the processing of laundry detergent powders and detergent cakes. MES is used as a biodegradable alternative to the petrochemical-derived LAS. Methyl esters are raw materials that are used in a wide variety of markets ranging from agrochemicals to industrial markets. It is cost-effective and compatible with the application of builders and enzymes. It also has excellent synergistic effect when combined with other surfactants. Methyl ester sulfonates are divided based on the following applications:
The report also covers the regional markets of the product like North America, the Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa.
The rising demand for powder detergents and dishwashing is driving the market for methyl ester sulfonate, especially within the emerging economies. It is a biodegradable substitute for petrochemical-derived LAS and is finding great impetus for its demand growth as a potential replacement for LAS in powder detergents, further driving the market. The growing awareness regarding environmentally friendly raw materials is aiding the industry growth as MES is a biodegradable material. Manufacturers are, thus, increasingly preferring MES due to its eco-friendly nature.
The increasing demand from other application sectors like dishwashing paste and agricultural industries in developing regions, such as the Asia Pacific, is aiding the growth of the methyl ester sulfonates industry. The increased consumption of powder detergents in India and China has supported the growth of the detergent industry in the Asia Pacific, which is further driving the MES industry in the region. The increasing disposable incomes, along with a rising hygiene awareness in growing economies like China and India in the Asia Pacific, is also a major driver for the industry.
In the Asia Pacific region, there has been an increase in demand for MES due to a mounting demand for powder detergents, coupled with rising LAS prices. LAS prices are affected by fluctuating crude oil prices, which are expected to rise in the coming years. MES is cheaper and eco-friendlier as compared to LAS and offers the potential to replace it. Thus, the increasing prices of LAS will influence the adoption of MES by the manufacturers.
The report gives a detailed analysis of the following key players in the global methyl ester sulfonate market, covering their competitive landscape, capacity, and latest developments like mergers, acquisitions, and investments, expansions of capacity, and plant turnarounds:
The comprehensive EMR report provides an in-depth assessment of the industry based on Porter’s five forces model, along with giving a SWOT analysis. A detailed price analysis of the product has also been provided for the product across global and regional markets like North America, Europe, the Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa.
1.1 Objectives of the Study
1.1.1 Research Objective
1.1.2 Key Findings of the Report
2 Research Methodology
2.1 Data Extraction
2.2 Data Corroboration
2.3 Market Structure
2.5 Market Models
3.1 Market Outlook
3.2 Market Scope and Segmentation
3.3 Additional Insights
4 Executive Summary
4.1 Key Market Developments
4.2 Market Analysis
4.3 Key Players
4.4 Cost Structure
4.5 Market Revenue and Growth
5 Market Dynamics
5.1 Market Driver Analysis
5.2 Market Restraint Analysis
5.3 Industry Challenges
5.4 Industry Opportunities
6 Global Methyl Ester Sulfonate Market Analysis
6.1 Figure: Global Methyl Ester Sulfonate Historical Market (2016-2020) & Forecast (2021-2026)
6.2 Chart: Global Methyl Ester Sulfonate Market Breakup by Application
6.3 Figure: Global Methyl Ester Sulfonate Market Breakup by Application: Historical Market (2016-2020) & Forecast (2021-2026)
6.4 Chart: Global Methyl Ester Sulfonate Market Breakup by Region
6.4.1 North America
188.8.131.52 United States of America
184.108.40.206 United Kingdom
6.4.3 Asia Pacific
6.4.4 Latin America
6.4.5 Middle East & Africa
220.127.116.11 Saudi Arabia
18.104.22.168 United Arab Emirates
22.214.171.124 South Africa
6.5 Figure: Global Methyl Ester Sulfonate Market Breakup by Region: Historical Market (2016-2020) & Forecast (2021-2026)
6.5.1 North America
126.96.36.199 United States of America
188.8.131.52 United Kingdom
6.5.3 Asia Pacific
6.5.4 Latin America
6.5.5 Middle East & Africa
184.108.40.206 Saudi Arabia
220.127.116.11 United Arab Emirates
18.104.22.168 South Africa
7 Global Methyl Ester Sulfonate Price Analysis
7.1 North America Historical Price Trends (2016-2020) and Forecast (2021-2026)
7.2 Europe Historical Price Trends (2016-2020) and Forecast (2021-2026)
7.3 Asia Pacific Historical Price Trends (2016-2020) and Forecast (2021-2026)
7.4 Latin America Historical Price Trends (2016-2020) and Forecast (2021-2026)
7.5 Middle East and Africa Historical Price Trends (2016-2020) and Forecast (2021-2026)
8 SWOT Analysis
9 Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
9.2 Buyer’s Power
9.3 Supplier’s Power
9.4 New Entrants
9.5 Degree of Rivalry
10 EMR’s Key Indicators for Demand
11 EMR’s Key Indicators for Price
12 Cost Analysis
12.1 Raw Material Cost
12.2 Utilities Cost
12.3 Labour Cost
12.4 Other Fixed Cost
13 Competitive Landscape & Supplier Analysis
13.1 Chemithon Corporation
13.1.1 Company Overview
13.1.2 Financial Analysis
13.2 Wilmar International
13.2.1 Company Overview
13.2.2 Financial Analysis
13.3 KLK Oleo
13.3.1 Company Overview
13.3.2 Financial Analysis
13.4 Stepan Company
13.4.1 Company Overview
13.4.2 Financial Analysis
13.5 Lion Corporation
13.5.1 Company Overview
13.5.2 Financial Analysis
13.6 Jiaxing Zanyu Technology Development Co., Ltd.
13.6.1 Company Overview
13.6.2 Financial Analysis
13.7 P&G Chemicals
13.7.1 Company Overview
13.7.2 Financial Analysis
14 Events and Developments
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15 Value Chain Analysis
16 Procurement Strategy
16.1 Contract Terms
16.2 Buying and Sourcing Trends
16.3 Storage and Warehousing
16.4 Certifications and Regulations
16.5 Risk Factors
17 Manufacturing Process
17.1 Detailed Process Flow
17.2 Operations Involved
17.3 Mass Balance
18 Production Cost Analysis and Project Economics
18.1 Land, Location, and Site Development
18.3 Plant Machinery
18.4 Cost of Raw Material
18.9 Other Capital Investment
The global methyl ester sulfonate market attained a demand volume of 0.7 million metric tons in 2020. It is expected to witness a further growth in the forecast period of 2021-2026, growing at a CAGR of 14%. The market demand is projected to reach 1.5 million metric tons by 2026.
EMR’s meticulous research methodology delves deep into the market, covering the macro and micro aspects of the industry. Based on its application, the global methyl ester sulfonate market can be segmented into laundry and dishwashing, among others, with powder laundry detergents accounting for the largest market share. The major regional markets for MES are North America, the Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa, with the Asia Pacific accounting for the largest share of the market. The key players in the above market include Chemithon Corporation, Wilmar International, KLK Oleo, Stepan Company, Lion Corporation, Jiaxing Zanyu Technology Development Co., Ltd., and P&G Chemicals, among others.
The major drivers of the market such as rising disposable incomes, increasing population, rising demand for powder detergents from India and China, and growing eco-consciousness are expected to aid the market growth. EMR’s research methodology uses a combination of cutting-edge analytical tools and the expertise of their highly accomplished team, thus, providing their customers with market insights that are accurate, actionable, and help them remain ahead of their competition.
EMR’s approach gives their clients a comprehensive assessment of the prevailing and projected market conditions through the collection, collation, and analysis of data from trusted sources. The key questions answered in the market study are:
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