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Fatty Methyl Ester Sulfonate (FMES) Market Professional Survey and Strong Application Scope by 2023

Fatty Methyl Ester Sulfonate (FMES) Market Professional Survey and Strong Application Scope by 2023
Fatty Methyl Ester Sulfonate (FMES) Market Professional Survey and Strong Application
Scope by 2023
Fatty Methyl Ester Sulfonate (FMES) is an anionic surfactant obtained from palm oil. It is derived
by the esterification of fatty acid present in palm oil, followed by sulfonation. Methyl ester of palm
oil fatty acid is sulfonated by sulfur trioxide to produce FMES. The number of carbon atoms
present in the fatty acid varies from 12 to 18. The property of FMES to act as a potential surfactant
depends on the carbon chain length. FMES with 16 carbon chain length shows the highest level of
performance, followed by 18 and 12 carbon chain lengths.
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FMES is used widely as detergent in industries, as it offers physiochemical properties that enable
it to act as washing agent. It exhibits high detergency and calcium ion stability. FMES functions
as an excellent emulsifier and softening agent. It is used in soap, household detergents, liquid
detergents, slurry, etc. Usage of FMES modifies the viscosity of paste detergent and slurry washing
powder. Furthermore, FMES is employed in industrial and institutional cleaners. Personal care and
detergent industries are the major end-users of FMES. Additionally, FMES can be employed in
oilfield chemicals. Sodium salt of FMES can also act as an emulsifying agent in the plastic
industry. It is used as release agent in rubber and printing inks industries. FMES is environment
friendly, as it is obtained from natural sources such as palm oil and coconut oil.
The global FMES market is projected to expand significantly in the next few years. Asia Pacific
has been dominating the market for FMES of late due to growth in the personal care industry in
developing countries such as China, India, Thailand, and South Korea. The FMES market in the
region is estimated to expand at a fast paced CAGR during the forecast period. Expansion of
personal care and textiles segments is likely to play a key role in the growth of the FMES market
in Asia Pacific in the near future. North America also held substantial share of the global FMES
market in 2014. Strong market for personal care products in developed countries such as the U.S.
and Canada boosted demand for FMES in 2014. The FMES market in North America is anticipated
to experience steady growth during the forecast period. Latin America and Middle East & Africa
are expected to be the emerging markets for FMES in the near future. Developing countries such
as Brazil and Saudi Arabia are anticipated to be the potential markets for FMES during the forecast
period, owing to strong demand from the personal care industry. The FMES market in Latin
America and Middle East & Africa is expected to register rapid CAGR during the forecast period.
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Some of the key manufacturers of FMES include Chemithon Corporation, Lion Corporation (S)
Pte Ltd, Wilmar International Ltd., P&G Chemicals, KLK OLEO, Krishi Oils Limited, Fenchem,
and China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec).
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