Linear alkylbenzene (LAB) is a vital ingredient for synthetic detergents. Nearly 98% of LAB production is used to manufacture linear alkylbenzene sulfonate (LAS), which is used in household synthetic detergents. The remaining 2% of the demand for LAB comes from other applications, such as agricultural herbicides, emulsion polymerization, wetting agents, electric cable oil, ink solvents, and the paint industry.
The European linear alkylbenzene market was valued at $955.54 million in 2012, and is projected to reach $1,162.6 million by 2018, growing at a CAGR of 3.2% from 2013 to 2018. This growth will be heavily driven by developing regions because of low penetration and low per capita expenditure on detergents.
Alkylbenzene is also known as detergent alkylate, and a large portion of is converted to LAS, which is an anionic surfactant used mainly in household laundry, cleaning products, and in some industrial applications. LAB is also commonly used as raw material in the production of biodegradable household detergents. It is mainly produced from n-paraffins, kerosene, and benzene. Heavy-duty laundry liquids principally utilized for commercial laundry purposes and are the most common users of LAS. Alkylbenzene in small proportions is employed in the manufacture of ink, agricultural herbicides, paint industry, wetting agents, electric cable oil, and so on.
Italy and Spain were the biggest consumers of alkylbenzene among the key countries in Europe. In 2012, around 582.6 KT of alkylbenzene was consumed in Europe, with an anticipated demand growth of about 1.4% from 2013 to 2018. Italy was the leading consumer of alkylbenzene in the region, consuming about 23.1% of the total regional demand in 2012, with an expected demand growth of about 0.7% during the forecast period.
The key countries covered in the report on the European LAB market are Germany, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, and UK. The various applications studied include linear alkylbenzene sulfate and others. Further, as a part of qualitative analysis, the research report provides a comprehensive review of the important drivers, restraints, opportunities, and burning issues in this market.
The European LAB market report also provides an extensive competitive landscape of the companies operating in this market. It includes the company profiles of and competitive strategies adopted by various market players, including BASF SE, BP plc, Total S.A., Exxon Mobil Corp., The Dow Chemical Company, China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation, Royal Dutch Shell plc, and SABIC.
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Market Size and Forecast
- Consumption pattern (in-depth trend analysis), by application (country-wise)
- Competitive landscape with a detailed comparison of the portfolio of each company mapped at the regional- and country-level
- Market size in terms of volume (application wise and country wise)
- Production data at country level
- Comprehensive coverage of plant capacity estimates that will analyze the future prospects of the market
- Plant capacities of major countries (by companies)
- Analysis of load factor to understand actual production at country level
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- Raw materials used in making nitrobenzene
- Analysis of forward chain integration as well as backward chain integration to understand the approach of businesses prevailing in the European LAB market
- Detailed analysis of various drivers and their impact on the market
- Detailed analysis of various restraints and their impact on the market
- Identification of new opportunities for emerging players
- Detailed analysis of competitive strategies (new product launches, expansion, mergers & acquisitions) adopted by various companies and their impact on the European market
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