Isostearic Acid Market Report by Application (Adhesives, Coating and Paintings, Finishing Agents, Sealants, Surfactants, Viscosity Adjusters), End User (Chemicals Esters, Personal Care, Lubricants and Greases, and Others), and Region 2024-2032

Isostearic Acid Market Report by Application (Adhesives, Coating and Paintings, Finishing Agents, Sealants, Surfactants, Viscosity Adjusters), End User (Chemicals Esters, Personal Care, Lubricants and Greases, and Others), and Region 2024-2032

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Market Overview: 

The global isostearic acid market size reached US$ 494.8 Million in 2023. Looking forward, IMARC Group expects the market to reach US$ 813.4 Million by 2032, exhibiting a growth rate (CAGR) of 5.68% during 2024-2032. The rapid product utilization in the formulation of coatings and paints, the shifting consumer preference towards sustainable and bio-based products from traditional chemicals, and considerable growth in the personal care industry are some of the major factors propelling the market.

Report Attribute
 Key Statistics 
Base Year
Forecast Years
Historical Years
Market Size in 2023 US$ 494.8 Million
Market Forecast in 2032 US$ 813.4 Million
Market Growth Rate (2024-2032) 5.68%

Isostearic acid refers to an unsaturated fatty acid that features a branched structure, and is typically available in liquid state at room temperature. It is characterized by its exceptionally good oxidative stability. high viscosity and good solubility in organic solvents. It also is resistant to oxidation, thereby it is used as an additive in products that require a long shelf life. Despite its high branching degree, it is resistant to crystallization, which makes it suitable for low-temperature applications. This versatile ingredient is widely used in cosmetics, personal care products, lubricants, and coatings. This compound provides hydration and a smooth texture to skin by acting as an emollient, moisturizer, and thickening agent. In addition to this, it also assists in improving the viscosity control and lubricity in lubricants.

Isostearic Acid Market

The global market is primarily driven by the rapid product utilization in the formulation of coatings and paints. In line with this, the augmenting demand for paints and coatings with high oxidative stability and viscosity control is resulting in a higher product uptake in the construction and automotive sectors. Additionally, the shifting consumer preference towards sustainable and bio-based products from traditional chemicals is fueling the market. Also, the rapid adoption of bio-based polymers as alternatives to conventional plastics is acting as a significant growth-inducing factor for the market. Furthermore, continual technological advancements and product innovations, such as enzymatic synthesis and biocatalysis, are also contributing to the market growth. Some of the other factors contributing to the market include rapid urbanization, considerable rise in building and construction activities, augmenting sales of automobiles, and extensive research and development (R&D) activities conducted by key players.

Isostearic Acid Market Trends/Drivers:

Considerable growth in the personal care industry

A vital ingredient in cosmetics, skincare products, and hair care formulations, isostearic acid is widely used in the personal care industry. With consumers becoming more interested in personal grooming and the increasing demand for natural and organic products, the demand for isostearic acid is predicted to grow in the future. Isostearic acid, which has the benefits of being non-combustible and non-corrosive, is becoming an increasingly popular ingredient in personal care products due to its properties that make it a desirable component. It is also known for its ability to provide excellent lubrication without being greasy or sticky and is a safe and effective alternative to many other ingredients. It is also an environmentally friendly option due to its biodegradability and non-toxicity. It has a variety of uses, from hair care to skin care, and is a great choice for those looking for a natural, safe, and effective alternative.

Augmenting demand for lubricants and greases

Due to its remarkable lubricating properties, isostearic acid is a suitable ingredient for the manufacturing of industrial lubricants and greases as it possesses remarkable lubricating properties. As industrial sectors continue to expand and evolve, there is a growing need for advanced lubricant solutions to optimize machinery performance and reduce friction-related issues. It can be used to create lubricants with superior lubricating properties, superior thermal stability, and improved compatibility with other lubricant components. This has made it a preferred choice in various industries, such as automotive and heavy machinery, thereby driving the product demand. Additionally, due to its high wear resistance, isostearic acid has seen a positive trend in lubricants and grease applications.

Increasing awareness regarding sustainable and bio-based products

In contrast to traditional chemical ingredients, isostearic acid is derived from natural sources such as vegetable oils, due to which it is considered to be a preferrable biodegradable and sustainable alternative. The rising awareness and preference for eco-friendly and renewable products has led to a substantial increase in the product demand in recent years. The increasing awareness of the importance of sustainability has made isostearic acid an attractive option for diverse industries. This has resulted in isostearic acid being used in a wide range of products such as cosmetics, detergents, and lubricants. As a result, manufacturers are investing heavily in research and development to improve the production process of isostearic acid and make it more cost-effective and environmentally friendly. This is leading to an accelerating demand for isostearic acid in the market.

Isostearic Acid Industry Segmentation:

IMARC Group provides an analysis of the key trends in each segment of the global isostearic acid market, along with forecasts at the global, regional, and country levels from 2024-2032. Our report has categorized the market based on application and end user.

Breakup by Application:

Isostearic Acid Market

  • Adhesives
  • Coating and Paintings
  • Finishing Agents
  • Sealants
  • Surfactants
  • Viscosity Adjusters

The report has provided a detailed breakup and analysis of the market based on the application. This includes adhesives, coating and paintings, finishing agents, sealants, surfactants, and viscosity adjusters.

The widespread product utilization in the production of adhesives, coating and paintings, finishing agents, sealants, surfactants, and viscosity adjusters are primarily driven by the considerable growth in end-use industries. In addition to this, continual technological advancements in these sectors are leading to the development of innovative formulations, thereby improving the performance characteristics of these isostearic acid-based products.

The augmenting demand for sustainable and eco-friendly solutions in industrial setting is leading to the rising product demand and its byproducts derived from natural or renewable sources. Furthermore, the implementation of stringent regulations promoting sustainable practices is also propelling the demand for eco-friendly isostearic acid products in various applications across both small and large-scale businesses.

Breakup by End User:

  • Chemicals Esters
  • Personal Care
  • Lubricants and Greases
  • Others

Chemicals esters hold a larger share in market

A detailed breakup and analysis of the market based on the end user has also been provided in the report. This includes chemicals esters, personal care, lubricants and greases, and others. According to the report, chemicals esters accounted for the largest market share.

The major factors driving the growth of this segment are the wide range of applications and versatility of isostearic acid as a raw material for chemicals esters in numerous end use industries. Furthermore, the functional properties of chemicals esters derived from isostearic acid, including high viscosity, oxidative stability, emollience, and moisturizing effects resulting in enhanced desirability in small as well as large-scale industrial applications, are propelling the market growth in this segment.

On the other hand, the personal care segment is expected to gain momentum in the market due to the escalating demand for natural and organic ingredients in the formulation of various personal care products. Additionally, the lubricants and greases segment is primarily driven by rapid industrialization, continual technological advancements, and the paradigm shift towards bio-based lubricants, where isostearic acid serves as a key ingredient.

Breakup by Region:

Isostearic Acid Market

  • North America
    • United States
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • France
    • United Kingdom
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Others
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • Australia
    • Indonesia
    • Others
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Others
  • Middle East and Africa

Europe exhibits a clear dominance, accounting for the largest isostearic acid market share

The report has also provided a comprehensive analysis of all the major regional markets, which include North America (the United States and Canada); Europe (Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, and others); Asia Pacific (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Indonesia, and others); Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, and others); and the Middle East and Africa. 

Europe held the biggest market share in the market since the region has witnessed the implementation of stringent regulations and policies which promote the use of sustainable and bio-based products across various industry verticals. Apart from this, significant growth in the cosmetics and personal care industry across the region, where isostearic acid is extensively utilized in various products such as lipsticks, creams, lotions, and cosmetics, is driving the product demand in Europe. Furthermore, the augmenting demand for specialty chemicals as raw materials for lubricants, surfactants, and coatings is majorly contributing to the market growth across the region.

Competitive Landscape:

The top players in the market are implementing various strategic initiatives, such as product development and innovation, to ensure substantial growth in the market. The major companies are investing in research and development (R&D) activities to create innovative product variants with enhanced performance characteristics. Additionally, the key players are also expanding their production capacities by establishing new manufacturing facilities to meet the rising product demand. In line with this, various players are also focusing on market expansion by entering new geographical regions and forming strategic partnerships and collaborations with suppliers, distributors, and research institutions. Furthermore, they are also leveraging several marketing channels and implementing branding initiatives focusing on their commitment to sustainability and eco-friendly practices.

The report has provided a comprehensive analysis of the competitive landscape in the market. Detailed profiles of all major companies have also been provided. Some of the key players in the market include:

  • Croda International Plc
  • Emery Oleochemicals LLC
  • Foreverest Resources Ltd.
  • Jarchem Innovative Ingredients LLC
  • KLK EMMERICH GmbH (Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad)
  • Kokyu Alcohol Kogyo Co. Ltd.
  • Oleon NV (Avril Group)
  • Parchem Fine & Specialty Chemicals
  • Santa Cruz Biotechnology Inc.
  • Vantage Specialty Chemicals Inc. (H.I.G. Capital)

Recent Developments:

  • In September 2022, Croda International Plc released the inaugural "Biotechnology: Personal Care Market Report," a series that intends to assist progressive businesses in capitalizing on biotechnology prospects. The report focuses on the potential of biotechnology in the personal care industry in achieving sustainability goals.
  • In May 2023, the Cincinnati Plant of Emery Oleochemicals was recognized by the Ohio Chemistry Technology Council (OCTC) for its exceptional environmental performance. The company received the prestigious Award for Excellence in Environmental Performance as a testament to its commitment to environmental stewardship.
  • In June 2017, Foreverest Resources Ltd. introduced PINEYE, a new label for biobased antitranspirants designed for plants that utilizes a film-forming formula derived from bio-based ingredients, specifically tailored for use with hand sprayers and mixing tanks on aircraft.

Isostearic Acid Market Report Scope:

Report Features Details
Base Year of the Analysis 2023
 Historical Period 2018-2023
Forecast Period 2024-2032
Units US$ Million
Scope of the Report Exploration of Historical and Forecast Trends, Industry Catalysts and Challenges, Segment-Wise Historical and Predictive Market Assessment: 
  • Application
  • End User
  • Region 
Applications Covered Adhesives, Coating And Paintings, Finishing Agents, Sealants, Surfactants, Viscosity Adjusters
End Users Covered Chemicals Esters, Personal Care, Lubricants and Greases, Others
Regions Covered Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, Latin America, Middle East and Africa
Countries Covered United States, Canada, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico
Companies Covered Croda International Plc, Emery Oleochemicals LLC, Foreverest Resources Ltd., Jarchem Innovative Ingredients LLC, KLK EMMERICH GmbH (Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad), Kokyu Alcohol Kogyo Co. Ltd., Oleon NV (Avril Group), Parchem Fine & Specialty Chemicals, Santa Cruz Biotechnology Inc., UPICHEM, Vantage Specialty Chemicals Inc. (H.I.G. Capital), etc.
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Key Questions Answered in This Report:

  • How has the global isostearic acid market performed so far, and how will it perform in the coming years?
  • What are the drivers, restraints, and opportunities in the global isostearic acid market?
  • What is the impact of each driver, restraint, and opportunity on the global isostearic acid market?
  • What are the key regional markets?
  • Which countries represent the most attractive isostearic acid market?
  • What is the breakup of the market based on the application?
  • Which is the most attractive application in the isostearic acid market?
  • What is the breakup of the market based on the end user?
  • Which is the most attractive end user in the isostearic acid market?
  • What is the competitive structure of the global isostearic acid market?
  • Who are the key players/companies in the global isostearic acid market?

Key Benefits for Stakeholders:

  • IMARC’s report offers a comprehensive quantitative analysis of various market segments, historical and current market trends, market forecasts, and dynamics of the isostearic acid market from 2018-2032.
  • The research study provides the latest information on the market drivers, challenges, and opportunities in the global isostearic acid market.
  • The study maps the leading, as well as the fastest-growing, regional markets. It further enables stakeholders to identify the key country-level markets within each region.
  • Porter's five forces analysis assist stakeholders in assessing the impact of new entrants, competitive rivalry, supplier power, buyer power, and the threat of substitution. It helps stakeholders to analyze the level of competition within the isostearic acid industry and its attractiveness.
  • Competitive landscape allows stakeholders to understand their competitive environment and provides an insight into the current positions of key players in the market. 

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