Guerbet alcohols belong to highly branched alcohols group that are low in volatility and reactive in producing various chemical derivatives. It is also used to produce plastic mold release, paper processing, metal lubrication, and personal care products. It is widely used in the cosmetic industry due to its excellent oxidative stability. Moreover, it has excellent solvent properties which make them ideal for the production of various chemicals and their derivatives. 2-butyloctanol, 2-hexyldecanol, and 2-octyldodecanol are the type of guerbet alcohols. Paints & coatings, cosmetic & personal care, metal & processing, textile, and detergents & cleaner are some of the major application area of guerbet alcohols.

The global guerbet alcohol market was estimated to account for slightly lesser than US$ 1000 million, in terms of revenue in 2018 and is predicted to grow at a CAGR of 5.8% during the forecast period (2019 to 2027)


Growing usage of guerbet alcohols from paints & coatings industry as emulsifier and binders is expected to propel the market growth of guerbet alcohols over the forecast period. Also, guerbet alcohol-based ethoxylates are excellent non-ionic surfactants that have combination of wetting and foaming properties which makes them ideal for wetting/emulsifying agents, detergents & cleaners, chemical intermediates, in liquid dishwashing preparations, hand cleaning gels, metal cleaners, and toilet cleaners. This factor is expected to foster the market growth of guerbet alcohols.

Market Opportunities

Growing the production of plastic around the globe is anticipated to accelerate the market growth of guerbet alcohols over the forecast period. According to the Beachapedia, an estimated 8.3 billion metric tons of plastics had been produced as of mid-2017. Moreover, in 2015, about 730,000 tons of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic "bags, sacks, and wraps" were generated in the United States. Therefore, the rising production of plastic is also expected to augment the market growth of guerbet alcohols.

Market Restraints

Strict government rules and regulations associated with the use of guerbet alcohols is expected to restrict the market growth over the forecast period. During the production of Guerbet alcohols, lots of hazardous chemicals are released which have a negative impact on the environment as well as human health. In order to minimize such environmental impacts governments have implemented various rules and regulation. This factor is expected to hamper the market growth of guerbet alcohols over the forecast period.

Key Takeaways

Among product type, 2-octyldodecanol dominated the global guerbet alcohol market in 2018 with a 32% of market share in terms of revenue, followed by 2-decyltetradecanol and 2-butyloctanol, respectively.

Market Trends

Improving living standards coupled with the growing awareness regarding hygiene among consumers is driving the demand for soaps and detergent, in turn propelling the market growth of guerbet alcohols. Moreover, growing demand for household cleaners where guerbet alcohol is widely used in this product due to excellent solvent property is further anticipated to foster the demand, thereby augmenting the market growth of guerbet alcohols over the forecast period.

Expanding chemical industry especially in Asia Pacific region is projected to accelerate the market growth of guerbet alcohols over the forecast period. According to the Invest India, Total production of major chemicals and petrochemicals stood at 27,847 MT during 2018-19, a growth of 4.15% over 2017-18. Alkali chemicals had the largest share in the chemical industry in India with approximately 69% share in the total production. Hence, the booming chemical industry is expected to favor the market growth.

Competitive Section

Key players operating in the global guerbet alcohol market are BASF SE, Sasol Ltd, New Japan Chemical Co., Ltd., Kisco Ltd., Kokyu Alcohol Kogyo Co., Ltd., and DowPol Corporation

Few Recent Developments

Sasol Limited 

  • In August 2019, Sasol announced world-scale U.S. Ethane Cracker operation in order to provide feedstock to six new derivative units at Lake Charles multi-asset site. The ethylene produced in the facility will be used in six downstream plants on-site to produce a range of high-value derivatives including ethylene oxide, mono-ethylene glycol, ethoxylates, low density and linear low-density polyethylene, and Ziegler and Guerbet alcohols.

Market Taxonomy

By Product Type 

  • 2-butyloctanol
  • 2-hexyldecanol
  • 2-octyldodecanol
  • 2-decyltetradecanol
  • 2-dodecylhexadecanol
  • Others

By End-use

  • Cosmetics & Personal Care
  • Metal Processing
  • Detergents & Cleaners
  • Others (Textile, Printing inks, Paper & Pulp, etc.)

By Region

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East and Africa


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