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Surfactants and polymers to lead the way in 2013 for cosmetics ingredients, says Kline

By Andrew MCDOUGALL , 20-Mar-2013
Last updated the 20-Mar-2013 at 16:55 GMT

The significant growth shown in the surfactants and polymers categories in personal care ingredients should see the market boosted in the future according to research firm Kline.

The analyst posted the latest figures from it Global Personal Care Ingredients database with conditioning polymers, antimicrobials an emulsifiers leading the way in 2012.

According to Kline, there has been significant growth in all categories over the last five years, but surfactants and polymers, have stood out and are leading the charge.

Steady surfactants

Surfactants are raw materials that possess both water-soluble and oil-soluble characteristics, and are used in almost every cosmetic product.

They make up the largets category in personal care ingredients and have maintained this primacy over the last five years, according to Kline’s database.

The ubiquitous specialty surfactants continue to contribute to the highest volumes of the global personal care ingredients market consumption rate, with consumption across the US, Europe, India, Japan, China, and Southeast Asia at 507 million lbs in 2012.

The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.6 percent is regionally forecast to the year 2017, driven largely by the global natural trends in Europe, as well as other regional and national trends.

The natural trend is one driving both mature and emerging markets, with popular surfactants such as alkyl polyglucoside and lauryl glucosides showing good growth.

Dynamic polymers

Whilst not being the largest category in the ingredients market, polymers have also shown promise, displaying the most dynamic growth over the last few years.

Conditioning polymers are common in hair care products to ease compatibility and boost sensory properties, and have been used more recently in skin care applications too.

The category is expected to experience the most dynamic growth, among all the eight product categories covered by Kline’s research, estimated to post approximately 5 percent CAGR over the next five years.

The strongest growth for conditioning polymers is expected in India, posting double-digit CAGR over the forecast period, although Southeast Asia is projected to display similarly high growth rates.

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