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Global epoxidized soybean oil (ESBO) market valuation to exceed USD 650 million by 2024, Europe to emerge as a pivotal revenue pocket

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The global epoxidized soybean oil (ESBO) market, in the years to come, is estimated to register significant growth prospects, attributed to the product’s vast end user landscape. Epoxidized soybean oil is commonly used as a plasticizer and heat stabilizer in several food contact materials, particularly in vinyl chloride or PVC films and gaskets. Currently, the product’s immense popularity can be primarily credited to the enforcement of stringent regulations against the use of phthalate stabilizers.

U.S. Epoxidized Soybean Oil Market Size, By End-Use, 2017 & 2024, (Kilo Tons)
U.S. Epoxidized Soybean Oil Market Size, By End-Use, 2017 & 2024, (Kilo Tons)

Speaking of which, phthalates are a group of synthetic chemicals that are extensively used in several consumer products that include medical devices, building materials, packaging and children’s toys and childcare products made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Lately, the chemical has been identified as a developmental and reproductive toxicant. Moreover, the US EPA classified DEHP and BBP as possible human carcinogens respectively. Epoxidized soya bean oil serves as the perfect alternative against phthalates in order to build plasticizers and heat stabilizers, thereby propelling ESBO market size.

The rapid emergence of biocompatible lubricants due to stringent regulations applicable to mineral-oil-based lubricants and their non-biodegradable toxic wastes may also impact the epoxidized soybean market positively. Before hitting the market, vegetable lubricants made from vegetable oil are required to overcome some poor performance characteristics like thermal and oxidative instabilities. This helps demonstrate the improved performance of epoxidized soybean oil in certain high-temperature lubricant applications.

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The problems associated with vegetable oils like poor oxidization and low-temperature properties can be enhanced by attributing functional groups at the sites of unsaturation occurred due to chemical modifications. In several countries, about 40 percent of a lubricant can be lost to the environment and with rising petrol prices, development of new industrial products from soybean seem economically feasible. Although soybean oil shows superior lubricity, vegetable-oil-based lubricants possess a weaker oxidative stability and flow under low temperatures but by attaching some functional groups at the site of unsaturation these problems can be resolved. The fact that vegetable-oil properties can be improved for lubrication through functionalization methods will drive the epoxidized soybean oil market in the years to come, as they are deployed as industrial lubricants.

The epoxidized soybean oil market may witness significant growth in Europe, driven by highly developed countries such as France and Germany, that boast of an expanding regional food and beverage industry. Incidentally, in 2017 the Committee for Social-Economic Analysis backed a proposal by the European Chemicals Agency and Denmark to limit the use of four phthalates namely BBP, DEHP, DBP and DIBP in articles comprising plasticized materials. In 2018, The European Environmental Bureau and CHEM Trust sent a letter to EU Member State representatives on the REACH Committee bringing to attention that the restriction excludes the use of phthalates in food contact materials even though maximum exposure to DEHP comes from food.

The restriction of phthalates from FCMs is likely to encourage the use of epoxidized soybean oils for creating gaskets of glass jars and on food and beverage can coatings, that would eventually augment the epoxidized soybean oil market.

The transesterification of epoxidized soybean oil often helps in preparing epoxidized methyl esters Transesterification is achieved within 10 minutes at 50 degree Celsius without losing epoxide function. Epoxidized methyl esters characterize a renewable substrate that is readily turned into fuels, surfactants, additives and other industrial products. Therefore, the transesterification process can increase the availability of epoxidized methyl esters and endorse the development of new bio-based products, impelling the growth of epoxidized soybean oil industry.

The epoxidized soybean oil market is indeed slated to record commendable gains attributed to the product usage as a raw material for various applications including polyol replacements, functional fluids, fuel additives, and agricultural and pharmaceutical molecules. Owing to its high molecular weight, the product can resist volatilization, extraction, and migration and act as a polymeric plasticizer. Driven by its widespread demand credited to its highly beneficial characteristics, the global epoxidized soybean market is anticipated to exceed $650 million by the year 2024.

Author NameKrithika Krishnan

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North America soy chemicals market to emerge as a pivotal regional contender over 2018-2024, escalating demand for soy-based food products and medicines to fuel the industry expansion

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Pertaining to the surging importance of soybean pertaining to its many medicinal benefits, soy chemicals market has emerged as one of the most profitable spheres of the healthcare cosmos. Experts assert that the consumption of soy can lead to a reduction in cardiovascular diseases, breast cancer, as well as cosmetic and dermatological problems. In addition, soy injections help patients with diabetes mellitus to improve metabolism. Considering the nutritional benefits of soy, most of the nutritionists have been encouraging the consumption of soy and its food derivatives that has resulted in the demand upsurge for soy-based drugs and food products on a large scale. On these grounds, several medical companies have been developing soybean oil-based medicines, providing a push to soy chemicals market trends.

U.S. Soy Polyols Market Size, By Application, 2017 & 2024, (Kilo Tons)

Nowadays, several restaurants and food companies have been making tall claims about having incorporated heart-healthy oils in their products such as dressings, bottled oils, baked goods, snacks, and dips to attract more consumers who have been trying to reduce the inclusion of saturated fat in their diet. The U.S. is one of the largest producers of soybean, accounting for more than 30 percent of worldwide production.  In America, soybean is one of the most used ingredients owing to its health potential. In this regard, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been providing suitable support to pharmacies and biomedical companies that have been involved in the development of soybean oil-based medicines for reducing the risks associated with coronary heart disease and cancer.

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Recently, the agribusiness and food ingredient company, Bunge North America received an approval from the U.S. FDA for its claim related to the consumption of soybean oil and its connection to coronary heart diseases. With its versatile portfolio, Bunge is continuously striving to disseminate the importance of soybean oil and its health benefits. Moreover, facilitated with in-depth scientific and clinical research, Bunge is looking forward to strengthening its business with strategic acquisitions and joint ventures. The growing North America soy chemicals industry is slated to generate such attractive business opportunities for players such as Bunge over the years ahead. Indeed, driven primarily by Canada, U.S., and Mexico, North America soy chemicals market, claim estimates, will register a CAGR of more than 5% over 2018-2024.

In order to target the leading consumers of soybean and its food products, globally renowned companies have been establishing suitable partnerships to commercialize their activities by reducing import costs. Validating the aforementioned fact, on February 2018, Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland company formed a JV to supply soybean meal and oil across Egypt. This JV has also acquired the crush plant of the Egypt based oil company located in Borg Al-Arab. In addition, Cargill also has been investing to expand its daily crush capacity from 3000 metric tons to 6000 metric tons with which it will decrease the soybean meal imports in Egypt. This strategy will help Cargill to expand its business across Egypt and North Africa to enhance its customer base by supplying affordable, safe, and healthy food. With the adoption of such business tactics, the players in the soy chemicals market are aiming to utilize their existing facilities and infrastructure in order to meet the growing regional product demand.

The increasing popularity of soybean oil and its byproducts among the manufacturers of consumer and industrial products over petroleum and other hazardous ingredients is slated to stimulate the industry trends over the years ahead. In addition to medicinal usage, the deployment of soybean products for manufacturing coatings, plastics, solvents, adhesives, rubber, and lubricants will also have a positive influence on business growth. Driven by the rising number of facility expansions, soy chemicals market size is anticipated to be pegged at USD 44.5 billion by the end of 2024.

Author Name : Sunil Hebbalkar