Palmitic Acid Market Report by Type (Distilled Type, Fractionated type), Application (Soap and Detergent, Personal Care and Cosmetics, Grease and Lubricant, and Others), and Region 2024-2032

Palmitic Acid Market Report by Type (Distilled Type, Fractionated type), Application (Soap and Detergent, Personal Care and Cosmetics, Grease and Lubricant, and Others), and Region 2024-2032

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Market Overview:

The global palmitic acid market size reached US$ 253.7 Million in 2023. Looking forward, IMARC Group expects the market to reach US$ 314.9 Million by 2032, exhibiting a growth rate (CAGR) of 2.4% during 2024-2032. The increasing product usage in food products as a food additive and flavor enhancer, the rising research and development activities, and the product diversification in industrial applications are some of the factors propelling the market.

Report Attribute
 Key Statistics 
Base Year
Forecast Years
Historical Years
Market Size in 2023 US$ 253.7 Million
Market Forecast in 2032 US$ 314.9 Million
Market Growth Rate (2024-2032)

Palmitic acid is a saturated fatty acid with a 16-carbon chain, making it one of the most common fatty acids. It is found in various animal and plant sources. It plays a crucial role in cellular structure and energy storage. This essential component contributes to the formation of lipids and is involved in several biological processes, including signal transduction and protein modification. It is a saturated fatty acid that lacks double bonds between its carbon atoms. This characteristic contributes to its stability and resistance to oxidation. Due to its non-polar nature, it is soluble in organic solvents, such as ether, benzene, and chloroform. It is a crucial component of lipids, including triglycerides and phospholipids, essential for cell structure and energy storage in organisms. It is commonly found in various natural sources, including animal fats and plant oils.

Palmitic Acid Market

The global market is primarily driven by the increasing demand for palmitic acid in the food industry. This can be attributed to the rising product use in food products as a food additive and flavor enhancer. In line with this, the growing product adoption of various cosmetic products, such as soaps, shampoos, and creams, is significantly contributing to the market. Furthermore, the escalating product uptake in pharmaceutical formulations is positively influencing the market. Apart from this, the widespread product applications in industrial processes, such as lubricants and surfactants, are catalyzing the market. Moreover, the growth in palm oil production is bolstering the market. Besides, the increasing consumer awareness of healthy fats is fostering the market. Additionally, the rising consumption of convenience foods using this acid as an ingredient is providing a boost to the market.

Palmitic Acid Market Trends/Drivers:

Rapid advancements in biotechnology

Rapid advancements in biotechnology have significantly impacted various industries, including the production and application of the product. Biotechnological innovations have revolutionized how this acid is produced, making the process more efficient and cost-effective. Through genetic engineering and metabolic engineering techniques, microorganisms can be optimized to produce the acid in higher yields, reducing the dependence on traditional sources like palm oil. Moreover, biotechnology has enabled the development of sustainable and renewable sources for acid production. Researchers have explored using algae and other microorganisms to produce the acid, which offers a greener alternative to traditional methods and reduces environmental impacts. Furthermore, advancements in biotechnology have facilitated the discovery of new applications in various industries, such as pharmaceuticals, biofuels, and specialty chemicals. These emerging applications have expanded the market potential, driving further growth in the industry. As biotechnology progresses, its positive influence on palmitic acid production, sustainability, and versatility is expected to propel the market forward.

Shift towards sustainable and natural ingredients

The global shift towards sustainable and natural ingredients has been a driving force behind various industries, including cosmetics, food, and pharmaceuticals, and has significantly impacted the market. Consumers are increasingly conscious of the environmental and health impacts of their choices, leading to a growing preference for products derived from sustainable and renewable sources. In response to this demand, manufacturers have sought eco-friendly alternatives, including palmitic acid derived from plant-based sources like palm oil, coconut oil, or other vegetable oils. Sustainable sourcing practices and certifications have become essential considerations for companies looking to meet consumer expectations and regulatory requirements. Additionally, the rising awareness of the potential adverse effects of synthetic and chemically derived ingredients has prompted a shift towards natural alternatives. Palmitic acid, a naturally occurring fatty acid, fits well into this trend. As a result, it has found applications in natural and organic cosmetics, personal care products, and even clean-label food formulations.

Rising favorable regulations promoting the product use in various applications

The rise of favorable regulations promoting the use of the product in various applications is bolstering the market. Governments and regulatory bodies worldwide have recognized the importance of sustainable and environmentally friendly products. As a result, they have implemented policies and standards that encourage the use of natural and renewable ingredients. In the food industry, regulatory approvals and safety assessments have facilitated the incorporation of palmitic acid as a food additive and preservative, contributing to its increasing demand. Additionally, the acceptance of palmitic acid in pharmaceutical applications has been bolstered by regulatory clearances, ensuring its safe usage in medicinal formulations. Moreover, the adoption of acid in cosmetic and personal care products has been facilitated by regulations prioritizing consumer safety and sustainable sourcing. Compliance with these regulations has given manufacturers the confidence to utilize palmitic acid in various formulations. Favorable regulations not only validate the safety and efficacy of palmitic acid but also create a conducive business environment, encouraging investment and research in the development of innovative applications. This regulatory support is expected to continue propelling the growth of the market across diverse industries.

Palmitic Acid Industry Segmentation:

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

Breakup by Type:

Palmitic Acid Market

  • Distilled Type
  • Fractionated Type

Fractionated type dominates the market

The report has provided a detailed breakup and analysis of the market based on type. This includes the distilled type and fractionated type. According to the report, fractionated type represented the largest segment.

Fractionated type is derived from the fractionation of palm oil or other natural sources. Fractionation separates the different components of the oil based on their melting points, resulting in a specific fraction enriched with palmitic acid. This type is commonly used in various industrial applications, including lubricants, surfactants, and specialty chemicals.

On the other hand, distilled type is obtained through a process that involves distillation to purify and separate the acid from other components. The distillation method ensures high purity and consistency in the final product. The distilled type has wide applications in the food industry as a food additive, pharmaceutical formulations, and cosmetics due to its high quality and reliability.

Breakup by Application:

  • Soap and Detergent
  • Personal Care and Cosmetics
  • Grease and Lubricant
  • Others

Soap and detergent dominates the market

The report has provided a detailed breakup and analysis of the market based on application. This includes soap and detergent, personal care and cosmetics, grease and lubricant, and others. According to the report, soap and detergent represented the largest segment.

Palmitic acid is a vital ingredient in soap manufacturing, contributing to the formation of stable lather and providing cleansing properties. Its use in detergents enhances its foaming capabilities, making it an essential component in the cleaning industry. Furthermore, this acid finds extensive application in the personal care and cosmetics sector. It is used in formulating various skincare products, such as creams, lotions, and sunscreens, due to its emollient and moisturizing properties. It also acts as a thickening agent, enhancing product stability and texture.

 Moreover, the acid produces greases and lubricants as it reduces friction and provides excellent viscosity. These applications use automotive, industrial machinery, and other mechanical systems to ensure smooth operation and protect against wear and tear.

Breakup by Region:

Palmitic 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 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.

The market in Europe is driven by the increasing demand for bio-based products and sustainable ingredients in the region. The stringent regulations promoting the use of natural ingredients in food, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics have further stimulated the adoption of palmitic acid. The presence of a well-established cosmetics and personal care industry in Europe has also played a pivotal role in the market's growth. As consumers in the region continue to prioritize eco-friendly and high-quality products, the market is expected to witness continued growth in Europe.

North America, on the other hand, has witnessed steady growth due to the widespread product applications across various industries. The region's strong manufacturing base, coupled with a high demand for personal care and cosmetic products, has driven the usage of products. Additionally, the growing awareness of sustainable and natural ingredients in consumer products has further bolstered its demand. Moreover, the presence of key players and their investments in research and development has contributed to the market expansion.

Competitive Landscape:

Top palmitic acid companies are vital in strengthening the market growth through various strategic initiatives. They are investing in research and development to enhance production methods, increase efficiency, and explore new palmitic acid applications. These companies also focus on sustainable sourcing practices to meet the rising demand for eco-friendly products. Moreover, they are expanding their global presence through mergers, acquisitions, and partnerships, enabling them to access new markets and distribution channels. They actively engage with consumers, understand their preferences, and develop tailored solutions to meet their needs. Additionally, investing in state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and adhering to stringent quality standards further solidifies their position in the market. By fostering innovation, sustainability, and customer-centric approaches, top companies are fostering increased adoption and market expansion, positively impacting the industry's overall growth and competitiveness.

The report has provided a comprehensive analysis of the competitive landscape in the palmitic acid market. Detailed profiles of all major companies have also been provided.

  • Acme Synthetic Chemicals
  • Caila & Pares S.A.
  • Godrej Industries Limited (Godrej Group)
  • IOI Oleochemical (IOI Corporation Berhad)
  • Kao Corporation
  • KLK Oleo (Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad)
  • Musim Mas Group
  • Pacific Oleochemicals Sdn Bhd
  • PMC Group, Inc.
  • P.T. Cisadane Raya Chemicals
  • P.T. Sumi Asih
  • VVF Limited
  • Wilmar International Ltd

Palmitic 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: 
  • Type
  • Application
  • Region
Types Covered  Distilled Type, Fractionated type
Applications Covered Soap and Detergent, Personal Care and Cosmetics, Grease and Lubricant, 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 Acme Synthetic Chemicals, BASF SE, Caila & Pares S.A., Godrej Industries Limited (Godrej Group), IOI Oleochemical (IOI Corporation Berhad), Kao Corporation, KLK Oleo (Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad), Musim Mas Group, Pacific Oleochemicals Sdn Bhd, PMC Group, Inc., P.T. Cisadane Raya Chemicals, P.T. Sumi Asih, VVF Limited, Wilmar International Ltd, etc.
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Key Questions Answered in This Report:

  • How has the global palmitic acid market performed so far, and how will it perform in the coming years?
  • What are the drivers, restraints, and opportunities in the global palmitic acid market?
  • What is the impact of each driver, restraint, and opportunity on the global palmitic acid market?
  • What are the key regional markets?
  • Which countries represent the most attractive palmitic acid market?
  • What is the breakup of the market based on the type?
  • Which is the most attractive type in the global palmitic acid market?
  • What is the breakup of the market based on the application?
  • Which is the most attractive application in the global palmitic acid market?
  • What is the competitive structure of the global palmitic acid market?
  • Who are the key players/companies in the global palmitic 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 palmitic acid market from 2018-2032.
  • The research study provides the latest information on the market drivers, challenges, and opportunities in the global palmitic 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 assists 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 palmitic 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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