Ethoxylate is a chemical compound which is produced using carcinogen ethylene oxide. They are generally primary non-ionic surfactants. Ethoxylates are the second-largest downstream sector of ethylene oxide (EO) after ethylene glycols. Alcohol ethoxylates are the most widely used type of non-ionic surfactants, composed of an alkyl chain, which is combined with ethylene oxide.
It is a surface active agent; used to change the surface tension of water to assist in applications such as cleansing, wetting surfaces, foaming and emulsifying. Being non-ionic surfactants, alcohol ethoxylates have excellent grease removing properties suitable to be used in laundry products, household cleaners and hand dishwashing liquids. The other desirable properties are moderate foaming ability, superior cleaning of fibers and high tolerance of water hardness. Alcohol ethoxylates are used widely in manufacturing products such as domestic detergents, household & personal care products, and industrial and institutional cleaning products.
Europe holds the largest share of the global alcohol ethoxylate market, due to the increased use in end user industries. In-depth profiling of the key players have been conducted, along with the recent developments (including new product launches, partnerships, agreements, collaborations, and joint ventures) and strategies adopted by them to sustain and strengthen their position in the Asia-Pacific alcohol ethoxylate market.
Major players in this market include ASF SE (Germany), Huntsman Corporation (U.S.), Clariant AG (Switzerland), Stepan Company (Illinois), Shell Chemicals (Netherlands), Sasol Ltd (South Africa), Ineos Group (Switzerland), India Glycols (India), The Dow Chemical Company (U.S.), and others.