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Fatty acid methyl esters (FAME) are fatty acids' esters. Fatty acid esters have physical qualities that are closer to those of fossil diesel fuels than pure vegetable oils, but their properties vary depending on the type of vegetable oil. Biodiesel is a renewable alternative fuel that is made up of a blend of various fatty acid methyl esters. Fatty acid methyl esters is non-toxic and biodegradable. The fatty acid methyl ester market is chemically oriented and has seen a significant shift in demand due to non-traditional uses of the product in a range of applications, including as environmentally friendly and low-cost fuels. Fatty acid methyl ester are used not only as biofuels, but also as lubricants, fuel additives, coatings, metalworking fields, cosmetics, and personal care products.

The global fatty acid methyl esters market is estimated to surpass US$ 82,939.6 Million by the end of 2030, in terms of revenue, exhibiting at a CAGR of 4.8% during the forecast period (2022 to 2030).

Drivers

During the forecast period, the market is likely to be driven by increasing demand for biodiesel due to fatty acid methyl ester environment-friendly nature. Fatty acid methyl ester is generally obtained from vegetable oils through transesterification, and it is mainly used as primary constituent in biodiesel. The growing dependency on fossil fuel and depleting reserves of fossil fuel have led to countries seeking alternative and sustainable fuel sources such as biodiesel. This, in turn, is expected to boost the consumption of fatty acid methyl ester which is a major raw material used in the manufacturing of biodiesel.

Biodiesel produced from fatty acid methyl ester has high cetane number, which helps incomplete combustion, thereby lowering emissions. Due to various government regulations in favor of bio-based products, the demand for fatty acid methyl ester is expected to rise in the near future. Favorable government policies for bio-based products in the U.S., Europe, India, and China is expected to have a positive impact on biodiesel consumption during forecast period, which in turn is expected to boost the demand for fatty acid methyl ester during forecast period.

For instance, according to the National Policy on Biofuels, the government of India is planning to blend 5% biodiesel by 2022, which is expected to drive the consumption of fatty acid methyl ester over the forecast period. Moreover, fatty acid methyl ester-based biodiesel has greater efficiency and better performance than mineral- based biodiesels.

Among region, Asia Pacific dominated the global fatty acid methyl esters market in 2021, accounting for 31.14% share, in terms of revenue, followed by Latin America and Europe. As a result of increase in demand for biodiesel from emerging economies such as China, Japan, South Korea, and India in the Asia Pacific region, . The growing consumer spending on green products and growing understanding of the harmful effects of chemicals used in cosmetic products have led to an increase in the region's demand for oleochemicals, which in turn is driving demand for fatty acid methyl ester. According to a survey performed by the All India Cosmetic Manufacturers Association in 2021, over 71% of Indian customers claimed they would purchase a face cream or lotion if it contained plant components. The growing demand for biodiesel from China Japan, South Korea, and India is expected to create lucrative opportunities for fatty acid methyl ester market.

Figure 1. Global Fatty Acid Methyl Esters Market, Revenue Share (%), By Region, 2021

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Market Restraints

The lack of awareness and adoption of biodiesel in many underdeveloped countries such as Nigeria, Central African Republic, Chad, Burundi, South Sudan, Mali, Burkina Faso, and others is restraining the fatty acid methyl ester market growth. The production of biodiesel requires huge investments and capital cost. The availability of such investments, skilled labors, and capital cost are key concerns for these underdeveloped countries, consequently reducing the adoption and application of biodiesel. Thus, the aforementioned factors are expected to restrain the fatty acid methyl ester market growth during forecast period.

Market Opportunities

Changes in the consumption habits of people is expected to drive the demand for bakery and confectionery products, which in turn is expected to influence the food & beverages industry growth. Nowadays, the inclusion of bakery products in daily diet is increasing in many emerging economies such as China, India, Brazil, South Africa, etc. In bakery preparations and confectioneries, fatty acid methyl ester is mainly used as an emulsifier. All of these factors are expected to create lucrative opportunities for the fatty acid ethyl ester market during the forecast period. Growing awareness about processed food coupled with increasing research and development activities for food processing equipment has increased the trust of consumers in the safety of processed foods. Thus, the aforementioned factors are expected to drive the demand for processed food, which in turn is expected to create lucrative opportunities for fatty acid methyl ester market.

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Fatty Acid Methyl Esters Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2021 Market Size in 2021: US$ 43,180.3 Mn
Historical Data for: 2017 to 2021 Forecast Period: 2022 to 2030
Forecast Period 2022 to 2030 CAGR: 4.8% 2030 Value Projection: US$ 82,939.6 Mn
Geographies covered:
  • North America: U.S. and Canada
  • Europe: U.K., Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia, and Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific: China, India , Japan, South Korea, ASEAN, Australia, and
  • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Latin America: Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, and Rest of Latin America
  • Middle East and Africa: Middle East and Africa
Segments covered:
  • By Source: Vegetable Oils, Animal Fats, and Used Cooking Oils
  • By Product Type: Methyl Oleate, Methyl Laurate, Methyl Myristate, Methyl Caprate, Methyl Stearate, and Others (Methyl Palmitate, Coconut Methyl Esters, etc.)
  • By  Application: Fuels, Paints & Coatings, Food Additives, Detergents & Surfactants, Lubricants & Metal Working Fluids, Agrochemicals, Personal Care & Cosmetics, and Others (Wetting Agents, Plasticizers, etc.)
Companies covered:

Acme Synthetic Chemicals, ADM (Archer Daniels Midland Company), Berg + Schmidt GmbH & Co. KG, Cargill, Incorporated, Chemrez Technologies, Inc., CREMER OLEO GmbH & Co. KG, Elevance Renewable Sciences, Inc., Emery Oleochemicals, Godrej Industries Limited, JNJ Oil Industries, Inc., KLK OLEO, Krishi Oil Limited, Mohini Organics Pvt. Ltd., P&G Chemicals, Renewable Energy Group, Inc., Stepan Company, Univar Solutions Inc., Vertec BioSolvents Inc., Victorian Chemical Company Pty Ltd., and Wilmar International Ltd.

Growth Drivers:
  • Growing demand for biodiesel due to  fatty acid methyl esters  environment-friendly nature
  • Growing demand for fatty acid methyl ester from various end-use industries
Restraints & Challenges:
  • Fluctuating prices of raw materials
  • Lack of awareness and adoption of biodiesel

Figure 2. Global Fatty Acid Methyl Esters Market – Opportunity Analysis

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Market Trends

The fatty acid methyl esters market is expected to be dominated by the fuel sector. Countries are looking for alternative fuel sources due to their increasing reliance on fossil fuels and the depletion of fossil fuel stocks. As a result, the methyl ester fatty acid market is expected to grow, as a demand for methyl ester fatty acid increases in the production of biodiesel. Along with its qualities such as fewer harmful emissions and biodegradability, biodiesel is becoming more popular. Biodiesel has been a popular fuel in recent years due to its ability to increase the cetane number and improve fuel lubricity. By lowering friction inside the moving parts and minimizing further wear, this improved lubricity aids in the reduction of friction. In 2019, the U.S. consumed roughly 43 million barrels (1.8 billion gallons) of biodiesel, given by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) in August 2020. B5 biodiesel is utilized in trucking, and B20 biodiesel is used in school and transit bus fleets, garbage trucks, mail trucks, and military vehicles.

Figure 3. Global Fatty Acid Methyl Esters Market, Revenue Share (%), By Source, in 2021

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On the basis of source, vegetable oils dominated the global fatty acid methyl esters market in 2021, accounting for around 82.50% of market share, in terms of revenue, followed by animal fats and used cooking oils, owing to increasing demand for the fatty acid methyl ester derived from vegetable oils is used in various applications such as fuels, paints & coatings, food additives, surfactants, lubricants, metal working fluids, agrochemicals, and emulsifiers.

Global Fatty Acid Methyl Esters Market - Impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic

Manufacturing activities were halted during the pandemic due to supply chain disruptions and labor shortages, which in turn negatively affected the global fatty acid methyl esters market growth. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the world is still facing unprecedented challenges. Fatty acid manufacturing companies are facing problems due to supply-demand disruption and building long-term strategies has become difficult. Growing concerns for freight rates and container shortages had cumulatively worsen supply chain problems. As result, raw material prices increased sharply and created panic situation for fatty acid methyl ester manufacturers. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the fragility of global supply chains. After the first wave of the pandemic, many paints and coatings companies are exploring local supply chains.

Competitive Section

Key players operating in the global fatty acid methyl esters market include Acme Synthetic Chemicals, ADM (Archer Daniels Midland Company), Berg + Schmidt GmbH & Co. KG, Cargill, Incorporated, Chemrez Technologies, Inc., CREMER OLEO GmbH & Co. KG, Elevance Renewable Sciences, Inc., Emery Oleochemicals, Godrej Industries Limited, JNJ Oil Industries, Inc., KLK OLEO, Krishi Oil Limited, Mohini Organics Pvt. Ltd., P&G Chemicals, Renewable Energy Group, Inc., Stepan Company, Univar Solutions Inc., Vertec BioSolvents Inc., Victorian Chemical Company Pty Ltd., and Wilmar International Ltd.

Few Recent Developments

In December 2019, announced to acquire performance technologies and industrial chemicals business. The acquisition would expand Cargill’s bio-industrial business to better serve industrial manufacturers for greener ingredient solutions. This acquisition would also help to grow Cargill's chemical business.

FAME (fatty acid methyl ester) is a form of fatty acid ester produced by transesterifying fats with methanol. The primary molecules in biodiesel are FAME, which are obtained by transesterification from vegetable oils. When base chemicals like sodium methoxide, potassium hydroxide, or sodium hydroxide are present, an alkali-catalyzed reaction between methanol and lipids produces FAME, which is employed in the manufacturing of biodiesel and detergents. The most widely accessible biodiesel type in the marine industry is FAME-based biofuel, which is typically blended with regular marine diesel. FAME's application in the food industry as a thickening & emulsifying agent is expected to drive the market growth during the forecast period.

Market Dynamics

Growing demand for fatty acid methyl ester from various end-use industries is expected to benefit the global fatty acid methyl esters market. Fatty acid methyl ester is the most preferred alternative to conventional mineral-based products for applications in lubricants, paints & coatings, food & agriculture, detergent & surfactants, metal working, emulsifiers, and others. This is owing to its superior properties such as high lubricity, excellent solubility inorganic solvents, high boiling points, non-toxicity, and biodegradability. Additionally, growing demand for fatty acid methyl ester in agrochemicals such as pesticide and fertilizer preparation is anticipated to further drive the fatty acid methyl ester market growth. Thus, the aforementioned properties and applications are expected to be key factors driving the global fatty acid methyl ester market growth over the forecast period.

However, the market's growth is expected to be restrained by high manufacturing costs due to unpredictable prices of raw materials and the global outbreak of coronavirus. Fatty acid esters required high processing cost. As a result, emerging nations such as Asia Pacific and the Middle East and Africa are still not able to employ high-cost technologies, which could limit the market for fatty acid esters.

Key features of the study:

  • This report provides an in-depth analysis of the global fatty acid methyl esters market, and provides market size (US$ Million & Kilotons) and compound annual growth rate (CAGR%) for the forecast period (2022–2030), considering 2021 as the base year
  • It elucidates potential revenue opportunities across different segments and explains attractive investment proposition matrices for this market
  • This study also provides key insights about market drivers, restraints, opportunities, new product launches or approval, market trends, regional outlook, and competitive strategies adopted by key players
  • It profiles key players in the global fatty acid methyl esters market based on the following parameters – company highlights, products portfolio, key highlights, financial performance, and strategies
  • Key companies covered as a part of this study include Acme Synthetic Chemicals, ADM (Archer Daniels Midland Company), Berg + Schmidt GmbH & Co. KG, Cargill, Incorporated, Chemrez Technologies, Inc., CREMER OLEO GmbH & Co. KG, Elevance Renewable Sciences, Inc., Emery Oleochemicals, Godrej Industries Limited, JNJ Oil Industries, Inc., KLK OLEO, Krishi Oil Limited, Mohini Organics Pvt. Ltd., P&G Chemicals, Renewable Energy Group, Inc., Stepan Company, Univar Solutions Inc., Vertec BioSolvents Inc., Victorian Chemical Company Pty Ltd., and Wilmar International Ltd.
  • Insights from this report would allow marketers and the management authorities of the companies to make informed decisions regarding their future product launches, type up-gradation, market expansion, and marketing tactics
  • The global fatty acid methyl esters market report caters to various stakeholders in this industry including investors, suppliers, product manufacturers, distributors, new entrants, and financial analysts
  • Stakeholders would have ease in decision-making through various strategy matrices used in analyzing the global fatty acid methyl esters market

Detailed Segmentation:

  • Global Fatty Acid Methyl Esters Market, By Source:
    • Vegetable Oils
    • Animal Fats
    • Used Cooking Oils
  • Global Fatty Acid Methyl Esters Market, By Product Type:
    • Methyl Oleate
    • Methyl Laurate
    • Methyl Myristate
    • Methyl Caprate
    • Methyl Stearate
    • Others (Methyl Palmitate, Coconut Methyl Esters, etc.)
  • Global Fatty Acid Methyl Esters Market, By Application:
    • Fuels
    • Paints & Coatings
    • Food Additives
    • Detergents & Surfactants
    • Lubricants & Metal Working Fluids
    • Agrochemicals
    • Personal Care & Cosmetics
    • Others (Wetting Agents, Plasticizers, etc.)
  • Global Fatty Acid Methyl Esters Market, By Region:
    • North America
      • By Country:
        • U.S.
        • Canada
    • Latin America
      • By Country:
        • Brazil
        • Mexico
        • Argentina
        • Rest of Latin America
    • Europe
      • By Country:
        • U.K.
        • Germany
        • Italy
        • Spain
        • Russia
        • Rest of Europe
    • Asia-Pacific
      • By Country:
        • China
        • India
        • Japan
        • South Korea
        • ASEAN
        • Australia
        • Rest of Asia Pacific
    • Middle East & Africa
      • By Sub-region:
        • Middle East
        • Africa
  • Company Profiles
    • Acme Synthetic Chemicals*
      • Company Overview
      • Product Portfolio
      • Financial Performance
      • Key Strategies
      • Recent Developments
      • Future Plans
    • ADM (Archer Daniels Midland Company)
    • Berg + Schmidt GmbH & Co. KG
    • Cargill, Incorporated
    • Chemrez Technologies, Inc.
    • CREMER OLEO GmbH & Co. KG
    • Elevance Renewable Sciences, Inc.
    • Emery Oleochemicals
    • Godrej Industries Limited
    • JNJ Oil Industries, Inc.
    • KLK OLEO
    • Krishi Oil Limited
    • Mohini Organics Pvt. Ltd.
    • P&G Chemicals
    • Renewable Energy Group, Inc.
    • Stepan Company
    • Univar Solutions Inc.
    • Vertec BioSolvents Inc.
    • Victorian Chemical Company Pty Ltd.
    • Wilmar International Ltd.

 “*” marked represents similar segmentation in other categories in the respective.

Frequently Asked Questions

The market for global fatty acid methyl esters market is estimated to surpass US$ 82,939.6 Million by 2030, exhibiting a CAGR of 4.8% between 2022 and 2030.
The growth of the market is driven by growing demand for biodiesel due to its environment-friendly nature, as well as growing demand for fatty acid methyl ester from various end-use industries, around the world.
Rapidly expanding food & beverages industry and increasing fuel sector are expected to drive the market growth over the forecast period.
Fluctuating prices of raw materials and lack of awareness and adoption of biodiesel are expected to hamper the market growth. 
Major players operating in the global fatty acid methyl esters market, include Acme Synthetic Chemicals, ADM (Archer Daniels Midland Company), Berg + Schmidt GmbH & Co. KG, Cargill, Incorporated, Chemrez Technologies, Inc., CREMER OLEO GmbH & Co. KG, Elevance Renewable Sciences, Inc., Emery Oleochemicals, Godrej Industries Limited, JNJ Oil Industries, Inc., KLK OLEO, Krishi Oil Limited, Mohini Organics Pvt. Ltd., P&G Chemicals, Renewable Energy Group, Inc., Stepan Company, Univar Solutions Inc., Vertec BioSolvents Inc., Victorian Chemical Company Pty Ltd., and Wilmar International Ltd.
The market was valued at US$ 43,180.3 Million, in terms of revenue, in 2021.

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