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Middle East Bio-chemicals market was pegged at 1,998.5 Kilo Tons in 2022, and is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 6.57%, in terms of volume, over the forecast period (2023-2030) to reach 3,326.0 Kilo Tons by 2030. Traditional chemicals that are derived from petroleum sources are used more than bio-based chemicals. Bio-chemicals market is expected to witness growth over the forecast period, as a result of increased expenditure by chemical producers in research and development to establish more efficient processes for using bio-resources. Manufacturers are shifting their preference towards bio-chemicals, and thus, there is increasing demand for bio-chemicals. In order to reduce plastic pollution, leading packaging manufacturers are adopting sustainable strategies to offer environment friendly products.

 For instance, in June 2019, Berry Global Group Inc., Berry Global, Inc. produces and markets plastic packaging products. The Company provides agricultural films, drink cups, plates, bottles, bowls, jars, containers, lids, tubes, closures, and trash bags, as well as offers tapes, adhesives, and other packaging products. Berry Global serves customers worldwide. Signed the new Plastic Economy Commitment led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to eliminate plastic pollution at its source. The company develops innovative packaging products to enhance recyclability to create more sustainable packaging in the near future. Moreover, in October 2019, © Henkel Adhesives Technologies India Private Limited, manufactured chemically recycled plastic bottles in coordination with Alpha Packaging. This product has been designed as an important step towards circular economy for plastic to reduce plastic pollution. Such activities by key manufacturers in Middle East is expected to drive the market growth throughout the forecast period. Raw materials used for the production of the Bio-chemicals includes corn, sugarcane, sugar beet, wheat, and cassava, among others. Low costs associated with the production of these raw materials, the overall cost for the production of bio-based chemicals is low as compared to conventional non-renewable chemicals. These raw materials can be produced on a large scale without any hindrances.    

Middle East Bio-chemicals Market- Impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic

COVID-19 impact had a mixed impact on the Middle East bio- chemicals market. The pandemic led to reduced demand for construction chemicals, and thus, the construction sector was affected by the pandemic as many projects were delayed or cancelled. This led to a decrease in demand for construction chemicals such as adhesives, coatings, and sealants. Moreover, Middle East Bio-chemicals was also effected by disruptions in supply chain. The petrochemical industry is a key contributor to the Bio-chemicals market in the Middle-East. However, the pandemic led to disruptions in the supply chains for petrochemicals including delay in the delivery of raw materials and chemicals. Government support for local producers is a good effect of the pandemic. Several governments in the Middle East have implemented policies to encourage local production of bio-chemicals, in order to reduce dependency on imports and supports the local economy during the pandemic. Overall COVID-19  had a mixed impact on Middle East Bio-chemicals market.

Middle East Bio-chemicals Market- Drivers

  • Rising Demand For Natural & Safe Ingredients from Personal Care & Cosmetics Industry

Rising demand for natural & safe ingredients from personal care & cosmetics industry is expected to boost demand for bio-chemicals in Middle East. Polylactic acid and bio emulsifiers are used in the personal care industry due to its moisturizing, sebum control, pH adjustment, anti-aging, and antimicrobial properties. Moreover, due to stringent regulations on volatile organic substances (VOC’s), there is huge demand for bio- chemicals in the paints & coatings industry. Properties such as low corrosion, low toxicity, high solvency power, water miscible, and excellent pigment wetting are expected to boost demand for Bio-chemicals in the paint & coating industries.

Figure 1. Middle East Bio-chemicals Market, By Application, 2022


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  • Rising Government Initiatives

Governments in the Middle East are promoting the usage of Bio-chemicals in various sectors including agriculture, construction, and healthcare. For instance, in 2030, the Saudi Arabia government is investing in the production of biofuels and bio- chemicals, while the UAE government has launched the “Bioeconomy Strategy 2030” to promote the usage of bio-based products and technologies in various sectors. This factor is expected to drive the market growth during the forecast period.

Middle East Bio-chemicals Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2022 Market Size in 2022: 1,998.5 KT
Historical Data for: 2017 to 2021 Forecast Period: 2023 to 2030
Forecast Period 2023 to 2030 CAGR: 6.57 % 2030 Value Projection: 3,326.0 KT
Geographies covered:
  • Middle East: Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Egypt, Kuwait, Rest of Middle East
Segments covered:
  • By Product Type: (Bio-plastic( Bio-based Degradable-Polybutyrate Adipate Terephthalate (PBAT), Polyhydroxyalkanoate(PHA), Polybutylene Succinate (PBS), Starch Blends,Polylactic Acid (PLA), Others )and (Bio-based Non-degradable-Polyethylene (PE), Polyamide (PA), Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET), Others), (Bio-lubricants-Vegetable Oil, Mineral Oil) (Bio-solvents-Glycerol, Ethanol, Ketone, Others) Bio-surfactants, and Others)
  • By Application: Chemicals & Fertilizers, Food & Beverages, Pharmaceuticals, Paints & Coatings, Automotive, Packaging, Personal Care & Cosmetics, Others
Companies covered:

BASF SE, Clariant A.G., Evonik Industries A.G., Total S.A., Cargill Inc., Biolive, Saudi Biodiesel, Saudi Bio-Acid Company, Sain Bag, and Neutral Fuels 

Growth Drivers:
  • Rising demand for natural & safe ingredients from personal care & cosmetics industry
  • Rising government initiatives 
Restraints & Challenges:
  • High capital cost of bio-chemicals

Middle East Bio-chemicals Market- Restraints

  • High Capital Costs of Bio-chemicals

The production of Bio-chemicals requires huge investment in technology and infrastructure that can be a barrier for smaller companies or those with limited funding. Building a bio-refinery or other bio-based production facility requires high capital investment. This factor can hinder the market growth during the forecast period.

Among application, the food & beverages segment accounted for largest market share of 31.70%, in terms of revenue, in 2022. Bio-chemicals are used in the manufacturing of food ingredients that  are used in the food processing industry. Growing packaged food industry in the Middle East is expected to boost demand for food ingredients, and this is further expected to boost demand for bio-chemicals.

Personal Care & Cosmetics segment is also expected to witness the fastest growth, due to rising trend of certified products in this region Bio-chemicals are used in the formulation of various personal care & cosmetic products due to its neutral and sustainable properties.

Figure 2. Middle East Bio-chemicals Market, By Country


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Middle East Bio-chemicals Market - Country Insights

Saudi Arabia accounted for the largest market share of 40% in 2018, and is expected to retain its dominance throughout the forecast period. In Saudi Arabia, non-biodegradable plastic packaging products were banned in 2017, and according to the new government regulations, plastics needs to be Oxo-biodegradable. According to regulations of the Saudi organizations such as Saudi Standards, and Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO), plastic products must be manufactured from approved Oxo-biodegradable material. This regulation is applicable for production and import of plastic packaging in Saudi Arabia. Such government policies and regulations are expected to boost demand for Bio-chemicals and materials in the packaging industry in the region.

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)comprises of six countries including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, and Kuwait. The GCC countries have a strong presence in the Bio-chemicals market, due to abundance of natural resources particularly oil and gas in these countries. These countries investing the development of bio-chemicals, as part of their efforts to diversify their economies and reduce dependence on fossil fuels.

Middle East Bio-chemicals Market- Recent Developments

  • In June 2021, Cargill, is an agribusiness company that provide products and services in the food, financial products, agricultural, industrial, and risk management fields, partnered with Helm Company, to produce 1, 4-butanediol in US$ 300 million commercial scale under a JV Qore. This will assist leading companies in replacing fossil-based chemistry with bio-based intermediates, allowing them to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Helm is a leading provider of customized branded merchandise, marketing fulfilment, and ecommerce retail turnkey solutions to some of the world's largest and best-known companies.
  • In March 2021, © 2023 OMV Aktiengesellschaft OMV, an Austria-based refiner, announced plans to build a pilot plant at its 200,000 b/d Schwechat refinery, to produce advanced biofuels using waste-based glycerol by 2023. This facility will use a catalyst to prepare about 1.23 mnl/year of propanol from glycerol. It is a waste product or byproduct that is obtained from the manufacturing of biodiesel.
  • In August 2021, BASF SE, a chemicals company that manufactures products ranging from chemicals, plastics, performance products, crop protection products to oil and gas, and Eni, signed an agreement to develop new technology and produce bio-propanol from glycerin, a byproduct from the manufacturing of industrial biodiesel or fatty acid methyl ester.
  • In March 2019, Cummins Dubai, entered into a partnership with Neutral Fuels, to generate power from its diesel generator for RIT Tiger Fest Music and Dance. The power was generated from 100% biodiesel (B100). This helped Neutral Fuels in expanding its portfolio in the Middle East region.

Middle East Bio-chemicals Market - Key Players

Major players operating in the Middle East Bio-chemicals market include BASF SE, Clariant A.G., Evonik Industries A.G., Total S.A., Cargill Inc., Biolive, Saudi Biodiesel, Saudi Bio-Acid Company, Sain Bag, and Neutral Fuels.

Definition: Bio chemicals are chemical compounds that are naturally occurr in living organisms. These compounds include amino acids, nucleic acids, carbohydrate, lipids, enzymes, hormones, vitamins, and other organic molecules that are involved in various biological processes such as metabolism, growth, and development. Bio-chemicals are important in the field of biochemistry, as these are studied to understand the molecular basis of life and how different biological processed are regulated.

Frequently Asked Questions

Middle East Bio-chemicals market is expected to reach 3,326.0 Kilo Tons by 2030.

Major players operating in the market include BASF SE, Clariant A.G., Evonik Industries A.G., Total S.A., Cargill Inc., Biolive, Saudi Biodiesel, Saudi Bio-Acid Company, Sain Bag, and Neutral Fuels among others.

Rising demand for natural & safe ingredients from personal care & cosmetics industry, and rising government initiatives are expected to drive the market growth over the forecast period.

The market is estimated to exhibit a CAGR of 6.57% over the forecast period (2023-2030).

Saudi Arabia held a dominant position in the market in 2022, accounting for around 43.70% market share.

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