The global pelargonic acid market was valued at US$ 162.21 million in 2020, according to Pelargonic Acid Market Report, by Grade (Natural Grade and Synthetic Grade), by Application (Detergents, Lubricants, Lacquer & Coatings, Herbicide, Food Additives, and Others (Personal Care & Cosmetics, etc.)), and by Region (North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Middle East & Africa), published by Coherent Market Insights

The global pelargonic acid market was valued at US$ 162.21 million in terms of revenue in 2020 and is estimated to exhibit a CAGR of 5.83% during the forecast period (2021 to 2027). Pelargonic acid, also known as nonanoic acid, is a chemical compound that occurs naturally in both plants and mammals. It's a fatty acid with nine carbons. Nonanoic acid is a colorless, oily liquid with a sour, rotten smell. In water, it's practically insoluble, but it's extremely soluble in organic solvents. Pelargonates or nonanoates are the esters and salts of pelargonic acid. They are utilized as an indoor and outdoor herbicide, as well as a blossom thinner for apple and pear trees.

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Key Trends and Analysis of the Global Pelargonic Acid Market:

  • One of the rising trends include increasing usage of pelargonic acid as a building block for polyol esters production. Owing to the bio-based nature of pelargonic acid, it has replaced fossil-based C8-C10 fatty acids that are derived from palm oil. Furthermore, the personal care and cosmetics business is predicted to grow in the forecast period as polyol esters are increasingly used in the manufacturing of cosmetic products.

Market Opportunities

  • The use of pelargonic acid as blossom thinner will drive the global pelargonic acid market in forecast period. Blossom thinning method is largely used for increasing fruit size and to promote the bloom of plants in the suitable seasons. The use of pelargonic acid as a pesticide has increased as a result of several regulatory standards. For example in 1992, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered (approved for sale) the first pesticide products containing pelargonic acid. This active component was found in four pesticide products designated as weed killers or blossom thinners. Blossom thinner application is expected to widen up market opportunities for several key players operating in the market.
  • Pelargonic acid is majorly used in food industry, as an additive. For instance, in 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved pelargonic acid as a food additive, and as an ingredient in solutions used commercially to peel fruits and vegetables. These approvals indicate that the U.S. FDA considers it safe for humans to eat food containing small amounts of pelargonic acid. Food additives have become increasingly important over time as a result of the diverse requirements of the food industry, end consumers, and regulatory agencies all around the world. Food additives are primarily used to give food items specific desirable attributes, improve food edibility, in terms of appearance and appeal, ensuring food safety through prevention of contamination, and others. This is expected to drive demand for pelargonic acid over the forecast period.

Market Restraints

  • Pelargonic acid is found in plants such as that of apples and grapes, so majority of people are regularly exposed to this acid. Overexposure to this acid may cause eye and skin irritation, contact dermatitis, and erythema. These drawbacks associated with the usage of pelargonic acid are expected to hamper its demand to some extent.
  • Moreover, exposure of pelargonic acid also creates hazard to aquatic life such as amphibians, and fish. Thus, various governing organizations have started prescribing a set of regulations to be followed while coming in direct contact with this acid. For instance, the ‘Regulation (EU) 528/2012 concerning the availability and use of biocidal products’ prescribed by EU (European Union) states the usage of protective clothing, eye/face protection, and gloves before coming in contact with pelargonic acid.

Key Takeaways

  • On the basis of application, detergents segment dominated the global pelargonic acid market in 2020 with around 55% of market share, in terms of revenue, followed by lubricants. The growth is attributed to increasing chemicals such as sodium nonanoyloxybenzenesulfonate, a bleach activator used in the production of laundry bleach additives, and powdered detergent contain traces of pelargonic acid.

Key Players

  • Key players operating in the global pelargonic acid market include Central Drug House, Croda International Plc., Emery Oleochemicals, Glentham Life Sciences Limited, Haihang Industry, Kunshan Odowell Co., Ltd, Matrica S.p.A, OQ Chemicals GmbH, Tokyo Chemical Industry Co., Ltd., and Zhengzhou Yibang Industry & Commerce Co., Ltd.
  • These players are constantly engaged in mergers and product launches in order to gain competitive advantage over other players. For instance, in March 2018, Belchim Crop Protection NV/SA, a Belgium-based manufacturer of crop protection products launched a natural herbicide named Katoun Gold, which is made up of fatty pelargonic acid.

Global Pelargonic Acid Market - Impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic

The COVID-19 had positive effects on the global pelargonic acid market. COVID-19 has drastically increased awareness regarding hygiene and cleanliness, which is expected to drive demand for pelargonic acid. This can be attributed to the fact that pelargonic acid is widely used in preparation of detergents as well as insect repellents. Before Covid-19 pandemic, pelargonic acid was considered as a hazardous chemical due to its adverse impacts on human health. But, the need for preventing insects in crop yields to curtail chances of insect borne diseases has been on the rise since the beginning of the pandemic. Moreover, shifting consumer inclination from synthetic chemicals to bio-based chemicals and pesticides to curtail health hazards caused by synthetic chemicals is expected to augment demand for chemicals such as pelargonic acid across the globe over the post-pandemic period.

Market Taxonomy

By Grade

  • Natural Grade
  • Synthetic Grade

By Application

  • Detergents
  • Lubricants
  • Lacquer & Coatings
  • Herbicide
  • Food Additives
  • Others (Personal Care & Cosmetics, etc.)

By Region

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


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