Global Alpha Olefins Industry to 2026 – Rising Demand from Paper and Pulp Industries Drives Growth –



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The global alpha olefins market is expected to register a CAGR of over 5% during the forecast period (2021-2026).

Companies mentioned

  • Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC

  • Exxon Mobil Corporation

  • Evonik Industries AG

  • Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd



  • Qatar Chemical Company Ltd


  • Sasol

  • Royal Dutch Shell PLC

Main market trends

Growing use in the application of surfactants

  • Surfactants are present in a wide range of cleaning products, and one of the usual groups are anionic surfactants, which are particularly valued for their foaming power. There are a multitude of anionic surfactants for use in detergents, although the most commonly used today are the salts of dodecylbenzene sulfonic acid and ethoxylated sodium lauryl sulfate.

  • Conversely, new trends have led to rethinking the suitability of these surfactants, due to factors such as dangerous or difficult handling, biodegradability, compatibility with skin and fabrics, washing efficiency at low temperature or transport costs associated with diluted products. For this reason, ingredients developed in the last century, such as Alpha-Olefin Sulfonate (INCI: Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate), are once again of interest in the detergency and cosmetics sectors.

  • Alpha olefin sulfonate is an anionic surfactant that has been used effectively for many years in laundry and personal care products, but has gradually been replaced by other low-cost products.

  • The main advantages of alpha olefin sulfonate in cleaning products are its great ability to form stable foams even in diluted products, in hard water and at low temperature, good cleaning properties, useful in detergents and cosmetics, rapid biodegradability, good skin compatibility and high water solubility. It is therefore suitable for liquid or powder detergents and personal hygiene products, including hand-held dishwashers, laundry detergents, car cleaners or bath gels.

  • The most commonly used alpha olefin sulfonate (OSA) in personal care is sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate, which works as a detergent, wetting agent and also as an emulsifier. When properly formulated, Sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate imparts consumer-acceptable viscosity, foaming profile, and fast flash foam to produce stable foam, among other benefits.

Asia-Pacific region dominates the market

  • The Asia-Pacific region is expected to be the dominant market for the consumption of alpha-olefins. In countries like China, Japan, South Korea, India and countries in Southeast Asia, the demand for alpha-olefins is increasing. China is also the largest producer of lubricants, oil field chemicals, plasticizers, etc. for the world market.

  • China has one of the largest pulp and paper industries in the world. China is one of the top three producers of paper in the world. However, due to environmental concerns, the country announced a ban on all imports of waste paper in 2020, and it is estimated to have phased out over 45 million metric tonnes of downgraded paper capacity in the past seven. years. New investment in the country’s pulp and paper industry is also slowing due to tight regulatory controls and low availability of raw materials. This is expected to have a negative impact on the demand growth of the studied market in the country, during the forecast period.

  • In China, the per capita consumption of toilet / bath soap in China is four kilograms, which is one of the highest in the world. In addition, the consumption of soap and detergent has seen a sharp increase in the country, due to hygiene awareness due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This consumption is expected to propel the demand for alpha-olefins in the years to come.

  • Procter & Gamble (China) Ltd, Nice Group, Guangzhou Liby Enterprise Group Co. Ltd, Unilever (China) Ltd and Nafine Chemical Industry Group Co. Ltd are the main producers of soaps and detergents in the country.

  • Alpha-olefins are mainly consumed to make polyethylene, such as linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) and high density polyethylene (HDPE), which are used in a variety of applications ranging from packaging to pipes.

Main topics covered:





4.1 Drivers

4.1.1 Growing demand from the paper and pulp industries

4.1.2 Other pilots

4.2 Constraints

4.2.1 Non-biodegradable nature of polyethylene

4.2.2 Impact of COVID-19 on the market

4.2.3 Other means of restraint

4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis

4.4 Porter’s five forces analysis

4.5 Technology overview


5.1 Type

5.2 Application

5.3 Geography


6.1 Mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, collaborations and agreements

6.2 Market share analysis ** / Ranking analysis

6.3 Strategies adopted by the main actors

6.4 Company profiles


7.1 Growing R&D investments for the development of alpha olefins from various sources

7.2 Other opportunities

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