Brassylic Acid Market – Insights
Brassylic acid is a versatile chemical intermediate. Brassylic acids were first created in the nineteenth century by oxidative ozonolysis of erucic acid. Brassylic acid is a dibasic acid, which is available in the market in the form of flakes, powder or in diluted form. It belongs to the family of organic compounds called long-chain dicarboxylic acid.
The esters of brassylic acid are used as low-temperature plasticizers in polyvinyl chloride. Moreover, esters of brassylic acid are used as lubricants which are used at a wide range of temperatures and are extensively utilized to manufacture synthetic musk. Commercially, brassylic acid serves as a monomer of dicarboxylic acid for the production of polyamides such as nylon 613 and nylon 1313.
The demand for brassylic acid is expected to increase over the forecast period, owing to rising applications of brassylic acid in various end-use industries such as fragrances & perfumes, lubricants, and adhesives coupled with important use in the formation of polyurethanes, alkyd resins, and polyamides. Moreover, it is used as monomers for certain co-polymers such as nylon 13,13.
Various diesters of brassylic acid are incorporated into PVC and are used as plasticizers. These derivatives of brassylic acid possess property to remain stable at low temperature conditions. Di-cyclohexyl brassylate (a derivative of brassylic acid) has properties similar to those shown by bis-3-ethylhexyl pthalate, which is the most widely used plasticizer in moderate temperature applications.
Moreover, nylon that is manufactured with brassylic acid have low moisture absorption capability, which are suitable for applications that require toughness, retention of strength, abrasion resistance and electrical properties under changing climatic conditions. Furthermore, the properties of nylon 1313 which is manufactured using brassylic acid is similar to that of the commercially produced polyamides such as nylon 11, 12, 610, and 612. These factors are expected to drive demand for brassylic acid over the forecast period.
Companies operating in the global brassylic acid market are focusing on adopting various strategies and innovative sustainable production processes for fragrances. For instance, in 2012, International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF), a U.S.-based company that manufactures flavors and fragrances, reduced usage of water by 10% per metric ton of fragrance production from 2007.
Brassylic acid is majorly used in fragrance industry for synthesis of macrocyclic musk, however, other musk compounds such as nitro musk and polycyclic musk compounds are readily available in the market. Moreover, direct contact with brassylic acid can cause skin & eye irritation and is expected to cause respiratory problems. Availability of substitutes and its potential to cause health problems are expected to hamper growth of the market over the forecast period.
The global brassylic acid market was valued at US$ 582.0 Mn in 2018 and is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 3.6%, in terms of revenue over the forecast period (2019-2027), to reach US$ 792.5 Mn by 2027.
Figure 1. Global Brassylic Acid Market Share (%), By Region, 2018
Source: Worldwide Market Reports, 2018-19
Europe accounted for the largest revenue share of 41.3% in the global brassylic acid market in 2018, whereas Asia Pacific is expected to witness significant growth over the forecast period. In Asia Pacific, emerging economies such as China and India are expected to exhibit significant growth in the brassylic acid market, owing to increasing industrialization and urbanization in the region. For instance, according to a report by FUCHS, a Germany-based manufacturer of lubricants and specialty products, Asia Pacific accounted for over 40% of the total lubricant market in 2017 and is expected to expand further. Rising demand for lubricants in Asia Pacific region is expected to drive demand for brassylic acid in the region.
Figure 2. Global Brassylic Acid Market Share (%), By Application, 2018
Source: Worldwide Market Reports, 2018-19
Among application, fragrances segment held the dominant position and accounted for 43.8% revenue share in the global brassylic acid market in 2018. Fragrance industry is growing across the globe, owing to continuous demand of fragrances from various industries such as perfumes, cosmetics, personal care & cosmetics, and homecare among others, which is expected to drive growth of the market over the forecast period.
Major players operating in the global brassylic acid market include Cathay Industrial Biotech, Palmary Chemical, Unisource Chemicals Pvt. Ltd., Zibo Guangtong Chemical Co., Ltd., Beyo Chemical Co., Ltd, Larodan Ab, Evonik Industries, Nantong Senos Biotechnology Co., Ltd., and Shanghai Kaleys Holding Co., Ltd.