31 January 2013 09:48 [Source: ICIS news]
KUALA LUMPUR (ICIS)--Detergents will continue to be the dominant end-user of surfactants in the coming years, an industry consultant said on Thursday.
"Although the use of surfactants in personal care, industrial, agricultural and food sectors is increasing, detergents will continue to be the major user for the next few years," said Pek Lee Choo, associate principal, Linden Tree Partners, addressing the first ICIS Asian Oleochemicals Conference being held in Kuala Lumpur.
Global consumption of surfactants, which was at 15m tonnes/year in 2012, was evenly distributed among the Asia-Pacific, the Americas and the Europe-Middle East-Africa regions, she said.
"However, per capita consumption in North America, Western Europe and Japan is expected to decline in the next five years, but is set to increase in Central/South America, Eastern Europe, Middle East/Africa and China," she added.
Per capita consumption in North America is set to decrease to 8kg in 2017 from 8.5kg in 2012, while it would increase in China from 1.5kg to 2kg, as the economy expands, she added.
The two day conference ends on 1 February.
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