Biosurfactants Market Report Scope & Overview

The Biosurfactants Market size was USD 4.50 billion in 2023 and is expected to Reach USD 11.38 billion by 2031 and grow at a CAGR of 12.3% over the forecast period of 2024-2031. 

Biosurfactants are surface-active chemicals that occur naturally in animals, plants, and microbes. These chemicals are amphiphilic, which means they are both hydrophilic and hydrophobic components. This distinct structure enables them to minimize surface tension between two ordinarily incompatible substances, such as oil and water.

Biosurfactants Market Revenue Analysis

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Biosurfactants have a wide range of structural characteristics and can be divided into numerous classes based on their composition of chemicals, such as glycolipids, polymeric, and phospholipids biosurfactants. Glycolipids, such as rhamnolipids and sophorolipids, are said to be the most common type of biosurfactant. Biosurfactants are used in pharmaceutics as antibacterial and emulsification agents, as well as for the delivery of genes and intracellular product recovery.

Microbial biosurfactants are biocompatible and environmentally friendly solutions created by living cells, primarily bacteria, and yeasts, without the use of organic synthesis. Because of the significant operational expenses associated with obtaining microbial biosurfactants, their use has been restricted to the personal care and pharmaceutical industries. Given customer preferences for environmentally friendly products, efforts are being made to make microbial biosurfactants more affordable and readily available.



  • Rising environmental concerns

In agriculture, chemical surfactants are frequently employed for pesticide and herbicide applications. However, its widespread use can contaminate soil and water. Common synthetic surfactants used in cleaning, agriculture, and oil spill recovery may remain in the environment for extended periods of time, causing pollution and adverse environmental effects. The remaining surfactants are discharged into sewage systems or directly into surface water sources, where the majority of them end up in debris, the ground, and water. Surfactants exist in waterbodies like rivers and seas. wastewater treatment is used in making environmental issues a severe socioeconomic issue. To reduce this harm to the environment manufacturers are shifting towards biosurfactants.


  • Requirement of pre-treatment and large-scale production

  • Lack of production in biosurfactants and high cost of Rhamnolipids

Rhamnolipids are prominent biosurfactants that have been extensively researched and verified by science. Rhamnolipids have the most patents and research articles among other surfactants. The expense of production, however, prevents it from dominating its industry.

Due to variables like the requirement for specialized fermentation equipment, nutrients for microbial growth, and downstream processing steps for purification, producing biosurfactants can be more expensive than producing regular surfactants. A thorough understanding of fermentation, downstream processing, and microbiology is necessary for the generation of biosurfactants.


  • Rising demand from the personal care products and petroleum industry

  • Detergents and Industrial Cleaners Segment

Surfactants play an important part in the development of laundry and cleaning products for households. Excellent cleaning qualities of biosurfactants include emulsification, dispersion, and solubilization of oils and other hydrophobic substances. They are suitable for a wide range of cleaning applications since they can effectively remove dirt, grease, and stains from surfaces. They may be less irritating and allergic, making them a better choice for both people and the environment. Biosurfactants' foaming ability can be modified to fit specific needs. Controlled foaming is desirable in certain industrial cleaning processes for effective coverage and cleaning.


  • Availability of raw material

  • High cost of production of biosurfactants

In comparison to the well-established synthetic surfactant sector, the biosurfactant market is still very small. Biosurfactant manufacture can be more expensive than typical synthetic surfactant production. The requirement for specialized strains of microbes, as well as sophisticated and typically slower production techniques, can all contribute to increased costs. The transition from laboratory-scale to large-scale manufacturing can be challenging. It can be difficult to achieve consistent and high yields of biosurfactants. Variations in microbial growth conditions, substrate availability, and fermentation procedures can all have an impact on the amount and quality of biosurfactants generated.


Russia Ukraine war has led to increasing prices, and a supply-demand gap for all products which contain biosurfactants. The conflict has increased the prices of FMCG products. Due to the rise in crude oil prices to $110 per barrel. Experts in the FMCG sector predict that costs for soaps and detergents will rise more and that demand will clearly slow down. Procter & Gamble Co, a manufacturer of household products halted new projects due to sanctions, and monetary controls prevent it from continuing to operate in Russia.


The recession is predicted to lower demand for biosurfactants. Home care applications account for around 43% of the category, while industrial and institutional cleaning applications account for 30%. Businesses may postpone or cancel new product development projects in order to save money. This could stymie the development of new biosurfactants. Governments may increase regulatory monitoring of biosurfactants to protect consumers. For biosurfactant manufacturers, this might mean higher pricing and longer lead times. Biosurfactant demand is expected to increase in a range of industries, including the oil and gas industry, cosmetics, and agriculture.


By Product

  • Glycolipids

    • Rhamnolipids

    • Trehalolipids

    • Sophorolipids

  • Lipopeptides

    • Surfactin

    • Lechenysin

  • Phospholipids

  • Polymeric

By Application  

  • Industrial & Institutional Cleaners

  • Personal Care

  • Household Detergents

  • Agrochemical

  • Oil & Petroleum

  • Others


In terms of global consumption, Europe was the greatest consumer of biosurfactants. The region's large share of biosurfactants may lead to increased awareness among manufacturers' use of biosurfactants as an alternative to chemical surfactants, hence reducing carbon footprint. Furthermore, the region's tight regulatory environment supports the usage of bio-based products over conventional petroleum-based ones.

North America was the market's second-highest consumer of biosurfactants. consumer preferences are expected to change owing to increased concern about the harmful impact of toxins released by chemical surfactants during decomposition. Surfactant demand in the personal care sector is likely to drive demand in the area.

Asia Pacific is an emerging market that will earn a significant share during the projection period due to the growing application industry. Countries with well-established agricultural, textile, and personal care sectors, such as India and China, are likely to boost demand for biosurfactants in the future years.

The Middle East and Africa region are predicted to increase due to the growth in a large number of household detergents and personal care products industries. South America's expansion is expected to be driven by the amount of feedstock from the agroindustry sector, which might be used as a substrate for the production of biosurfactants. 

Biosurfactants Market By Region

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North America

  • US

  • Canada

  • Mexico


  • Eastern Europe

    • Poland

    • Romania

    • Hungary

    • Turkey

    • Rest of Eastern Europe

  • Western Europe

    • Germany

    • France

    • UK

    • Italy

    • Spain

    • Netherlands

    • Switzerland

    • Austria

    • Rest of Western Europe

Asia Pacific

  • China

  • India

  • Japan

  • South Korea

  • Vietnam

  • Singapore

  • Australia

  • Rest of Asia Pacific

Middle East & Africa

  • Middle East

    • UAE

    • Egypt

    • Saudi Arabia

    • Qatar

    • Rest of Middle East

  • Africa

    • Nigeria

    • South Africa

    • Rest of Africa

Latin America

  • Brazil

  • Argentina

  • Colombia

  • Rest of Latin America


BASF SE, Evonik Industries AG, Ecover, Mitsubishi Chemicals, AkzoNobel, Givaudan, Saraya, MG Intobio, Jeneil Biotech, Soliance, Lion Corp, Sun Products, Kao Corp, Chemtura, Croda, Hoilferm, Indorama Ventures, Locus Bio-Energy, Solvay and other key players are mentioned in the final report.

Evonik Industries AG-Company Financial Analysis

Company Landscape Analysis


Hoilferm- In 2023 Hoilferm and Fibernol collaborated to create biosurfactants from Fibenol wood sugars, offering a more environmentally friendly alternative to standard surfactants. Fibenol, on the other hand, discovered a means to transform wood wastes into lignocellulosic sugars that are safe for the environment with a smaller carbon footprint.

Indorama Ventures- In 2023 Indorama Ventures introduced Surfonic Bio, a series of biosurfactants with biodegradable, low toxicity, and mildness obtained through a sustainable technique.

Locus Bio-Energy- In 2023 Locus Bio-Energy introduced AcidBoostTM, a biosurfactant-based product range that tackles the common challenges faced by wellbore cleanup with acid stimulation fluid systems. The advanced biosurfactant technique enables operators to utilize a single acid ingredient that outperforms traditional, multi-stage solvent packages.

Solvay- In 2022 In Solvay introduced glycolipid biosurfactants from Mirasoft SL L60 and Mirasoft SL A60, these enable the creation of environmentally friendly cosmetics. These chemicals, which are based on sugar and rapeseed oil and have low environmental and carbon footprints, can be used in a variety of beauty care products.

  Market Report Scope:
Report Attributes Details
Market Size in 2023  US$ 4.50 Billion
Market Size by 2031  US$ 11.38 Billion
CAGR   CAGR of 12.3 % From 2024 to 2031
Base Year 2023
Forecast Period  2024-2031
Historical Data  2020-2022
Report Scope & Coverage Market Size, Segments Analysis, Competitive  Landscape, Regional Analysis, DROC & SWOT Analysis, Forecast Outlook
Key Segments
  • By Product (Glycolipids {Rhamnolipids, Trehalolipids, Sophorolipids}, Lipopeptides {Surfactin, Lechenysin}, Phospholipids, Polymeric)
  • By Application (Industrial & Institutional Cleaners, Personal Care, Household Detergents, Agrochemical Oil & Petroleum, Others)
Regional Analysis/Coverage North America (US, Canada, Mexico), Europe (Eastern Europe [Poland, Romania, Hungary, Turkey, Rest of Eastern Europe] Western Europe] Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Rest of Western Europe]), Asia Pacific (China, India, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, Australia, Rest of Asia Pacific), Middle East & Africa (Middle East [UAE, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Rest of Middle East], Africa [Nigeria, South Africa, Rest of Africa], Latin America (Brazil, Argentina, Colombia Rest of Latin America)
Company Profiles BASF SE, Evonik Industries AG, Ecover, Mitsubishi Chemicals, AkzoNobel, Givaudan, Saraya, MG Intobio, Jeneil Biotech, Soliance, Lion Corp, Sun Products, Kao Corp, Chemtura, Croda, Hoilferm, Indorama Ventures, Locus Bio-Energy, Solvay 
Key Drivers • Rising environmental concerns
Market Opportunity • Rising demand from the personal care products and petroleum industry
• Detergents and Industrial Cleaners Segment


Frequently Asked Questions

Ans. USD 11.38 billion is the projected Biosurfactants Market size of the market by 2031.

Ans. USD 4.50 billion is the projected value in 2023 for Biosurfactants Market.

Ans. The CAGR of the Biosurfactants Market over the forecast period is 12.3%.

Ans. Opportunity are Rising demand from the personal care products and petroleum industry and detergents and Industrial Cleaners Segment

Ans. Restraints are the Requirement of pre-treatment and large-scale production & Lack of production in biosurfactants and the high cost of Rhamnolipids

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
1.1 Market Definition
1.2 Scope
1.3 Research Assumptions

2. Research Methodology

3. Market Dynamics
3.1 Drivers
3.2 Restraints
3.3 Opportunities
3.4 Challenges

4. Impact Analysis
4.1 Impact of Ukraine- Russia War
4.2 Impact of Ongoing Recession
4.3. Introduction
4.3.1 Impact on major economies US Canada Germany France United Kingdom China Japan South Korea Rest of the World

5. Value Chain Analysis

6. Porter’s 5 forces model

7. PEST Analysis

8. Biosurfactants Market Segmentation, By Product
8.1 Glycolipids
8.1.1 Rhamnolipids
8.1.2 Trehalolipids
8.1.3 Sophorolipids
8.2 Lipopeptides
8.2.1 Surfactin
8.2.2 Lechenysi
8.3 PhospholipidsPolymeric

9. Biosurfactants Market Segmentation, By Application
9.1 Industrial & Institutional Cleaners
9.2 Personal Care
9.3 Household Detergents
9.4 Agrochemical
9.5 Oil & Petroleum
9.5 Others

10. Regional Analysis
10.1 Introduction
10.2 North America
10.2.1 North America Biosurfactants Market by Country
10.2.2 North America Biosurfactants Market by Product
10.2.3 North America Biosurfactants Market by Application
10.2.4 USA USA Biosurfactants Market by Product USA Biosurfactants Market by Application
10.2.5 Canada Canada Biosurfactants Market by Product Canada Biosurfactants Market by Application
10.2.6 Mexico Mexico Biosurfactants Market by Product Mexico Biosurfactants Market by Application
10.3 Europe
10.3.1 Eastern Europe Eastern Europe Biosurfactants Market by Country Eastern Europe Biosurfactants Market by Product Eastern Europe Biosurfactants Market by Application Poland Poland Biosurfactants Market by Product Poland Biosurfactants Market by Application Romania Romania Biosurfactants Market by Product Romania Biosurfactants Market by Application Hungary Hungary Biosurfactants Market by Product Hungary Biosurfactants Market by Application Turkey Turkey Biosurfactants Market by Product Turkey Biosurfactants Market by Application Rest of Eastern Europe Rest of Eastern Europe Biosurfactants Market by Product Rest of Eastern Europe Biosurfactants Market by Application
10.3.2 Western Europe Western Europe Biosurfactants Market by Country Western Europe Biosurfactants Market by Product Western Europe Biosurfactants Market by Application Germany Germany Biosurfactants Market by Product Germany Biosurfactants Market by Application France France Biosurfactants Market by Product France Biosurfactants Market by Application UK UK Biosurfactants Market by Product UK Biosurfactants Market by Application Italy Italy Biosurfactants Market by Product Italy Biosurfactants Market by Application Spain Spain Biosurfactants Market by Product Spain Biosurfactants Market by Application Netherlands Netherlands Biosurfactants Market by Product Netherlands Biosurfactants Market by Application Switzerland Switzerland Biosurfactants Market by Product Switzerland Biosurfactants Market by Application Austria Austria Biosurfactants Market by Product Austria Biosurfactants Market by Application Rest of Western Europe Rest of Western Europe Biosurfactants Market by Product Rest of Western Europe Biosurfactants Market by Application
10.4 Asia-Pacific
10.4.1 Asia Pacific Biosurfactants Market by Country
10.4.2 Asia Pacific Biosurfactants Market by Product
10.4.3 Asia Pacific Biosurfactants Market by Application
10.4.4 China China Biosurfactants Market by Product China Biosurfactants Market by Application
10.4.5 India India Biosurfactants Market by Product India Biosurfactants Market by Application
10.4.6 Japan Japan Biosurfactants Market by Product Japan Biosurfactants Market by Application
10.4.7 South Korea South Korea Biosurfactants Market by Product South Korea Biosurfactants Market by Application
10.4.8 Vietnam Vietnam Biosurfactants Market by Product Vietnam Biosurfactants Market by Application
10.4.9 Singapore Singapore Biosurfactants Market by Product Singapore Biosurfactants Market by Application
10.4.10 Australia Australia Biosurfactants Market by Product Australia Biosurfactants Market by Application
10.4.11 Rest of Asia-Pacific Rest of Asia-Pacific Biosurfactants Market by Product Rest of Asia-Pacific Biosurfactants Market by Application
10.5 Middle East & Africa
10.5.1 Middle East Middle East Biosurfactants Market by Country Middle East Biosurfactants Market by Product Middle East Biosurfactants Market by Application UAE UAE Biosurfactants Market by Product UAE Biosurfactants Market by Application Egypt Egypt Biosurfactants Market by Product Egypt Biosurfactants Market by Application Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Biosurfactants Market by Product Saudi Arabia Biosurfactants Market by Application Qatar Qatar Biosurfactants Market by Product Qatar Biosurfactants Market by Application Rest of Middle East Rest of Middle East Biosurfactants Market by Product Rest of Middle East Biosurfactants Market by Application
10.5.2 Africa Africa Biosurfactants Market by Country Africa Biosurfactants Market by Product Africa Biosurfactants Market by Application Nigeria Nigeria Biosurfactants Market by Product Nigeria Biosurfactants Market by Application South Africa South Africa Biosurfactants Market by Product South Africa Biosurfactants Market by Application Rest of Africa Rest of Africa Biosurfactants Market by Product Rest of Africa Biosurfactants Market by Application
10.6 Latin America
10.6.1 Latin America Biosurfactants Market by Country
10.6.2 Latin America Biosurfactants Market by Product
10.6.3 Latin America Biosurfactants Market by Application
10.6.4 Brazil Brazil Biosurfactants Market by Product Brazil Biosurfactants Market by Application
10.6.5 Argentina Argentina Biosurfactants Market by Product Argentina Biosurfactants Market by Application
10.6.6 Colombia Colombia Biosurfactants Market by Product Colombia Biosurfactants Market by Application
10.6.7 Rest of Latin America Rest of Latin America Biosurfactants Market by Product Rest of Latin America Biosurfactants Market by Application

11 Company Profile
11.1 Evonik Industries AG
11.1.1 Company Overview
11.1.2 Financials
11.1.3 Product/Services Offered
11.1.4 SWOT Analysis
11.1.5 The SNS View
11.2 Mitsubishi Chemicals
11.2.1 Company Overview
11.2.2 Financials
11.2.3 Product/Services Offered
11.2.4 SWOT Analysis
11.2.5 The SNS View
11.3 BASF SE (U.S.)
11.3.1 Company Overview
11.3.2 Financials
11.3.3 Product/Services Offered
11.3.4 SWOT Analysis
11.3.5 The SNS View
11.4 Jeneil Biotech
11.4 Company Overview
11.4.2 Financials
11.4.3 Product/Services Offered
11.4.4 SWOT Analysis
11.4.5 The SNS View
11.5 Givaudan
11.5.1 Company Overview
11.5.2 Financials
11.5.3 Product/Services Offered
11.5.4 SWOT Analysis
11.5.5 The SNS View
11.6 AkzoNobel
11.6.1 Company Overview
11.6.2 Financials
11.6.3 Product/Services Offered
11.6.4 SWOT Analysis
11.6.5 The SNS View
11.7 Sun Products
11.7.1 Company Overview
11.7.2 Financials
11.7.3 Product/Services Offered
11.7.4 SWOT Analysis
11.7.5 The SNS View
11.8 MG Intobio
11.8.1 Company Overview
11.8.2 Financials
11.8.3 Product/Services Offered
11.8.4 SWOT Analysis
11.8.5 The SNS View
11.9 Soliance
11.9.1 Company Overview
11.9.2 Financials
11.9.3 Product/ Services Offered
11.9.4 SWOT Analysis
11.9.5 The SNS View
11.10 Kao Corp
11.10.1 Company Overview
11.10.2 Financials
11.10.3 Product/Services Offered
11.10.4 SWOT Analysis
11.10.5 The SNS View

12. Competitive Landscape
12.1 Competitive Benchmarking
12.2 Market Share Analysis
12.3 Recent Developments
12.3.1 Industry News
12.3.2 Company News
12.3.3 Mergers & Acquisitions

13. USE Cases and Best Practices

14. Conclusion

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