Pelargonic Acid Market

Pelargonic Acid Market Size By Application (Lubricating Oil, Bleaching Agents, Plant Protection Products, Cosmetics, Food Fragrances, and Others), Regions, Global Industry Analysis, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2024 to 2033

Base Year: 2023 Historical Data: 2020-22
  • Report ID: TBI-14101
  • Published Date: Feb, 2024
  • Pages: 237
  • Category: Chemicals & Materials
  • Format: PDF
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The global pelargonic acid market was valued at USD 193.2 million in 2023, growing at a CAGR of 7.2% from 2024 to 2033. The market is expected to reach USD 387.2 million by 2033. The increasing need for lubricants across various sectors is another factor propelling the market. Because of its superior lubricating qualities, pelargonic acid is a perfect constituent to use in lubricants for industrial, marine, and automotive applications. The need for lubricants based on pelargonic acid is expected to rise significantly as these sectors continue to flourish.

Market Introduction:

Also referred to as nonanoic acid, pelargonic acid is a straight-chain fatty acid. It is a strong-smelling liquid that dissolves in most organic solvents and water. The main natural sources of it are animal fats, coconut oil, and palm oil. Its growing use in herbicides—especially in organic farming—and its uses in the food and beverage sector are the main factors propelling this market's expansion. As it can swiftly destroy weeds and undesirable plants, pelargonic acid is frequently employed as an active component in herbicides. It is frequently used in organic farming as an alternative to synthetic pesticides because of its effectiveness against annual and perennial broadleaf weeds. It also serves as a food additive in the beverage and food sector. It is used to make fake butter flavourings and as a flavouring agent in cheese, butter, and cream. It also prevents the growth of fungus and bacteria when used as a preservative in the food sector. For instance, pelargonic acid is crucial in creating artificial butter flavourings. Products, including popcorn, baked goods, and snacks, use artificial butter flavourings. It contributes to these items' rich, buttery flavour without actually using butter. It also prevents the growth of fungus and bacteria when used as a preservative in the food sector.

Pelargonic Acid Market Size

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Recent Development

In July 2021, A teat spray called Quaress Omnia was introduced by agricultural solutions supplier Lely North America, Inc. to shield cows from mastitis. The antibacterial qualities of pelargonic acid, present in this spray, can aid in halting the development of bacteria on cow teats.

In 2020, the multinational chemical manufacturer Evonik announced The introduction of VISCOPLEX® 8-912, a novel lubricant based on pelargonic acid. Compared to conventional lubricants, the lubricant, intended for use in metalworking applications, can offer better performance and less environmental impact.

In 2020, The introduction of OXITENOX® 18, a novel surfactant based on pelargonic acid, was announced by the international chemical business Oxiteno. The surfactant can offer better foaming and cleaning performance than conventional surfactants. It is intended for use in personal care and household cleaning products.

Market Dynamics:


Demand from the cosmetics sector for pelargonic acid- As it is widely used in skin and hair conditioning products, the demand for it in the cosmetic and personal care industry is rising. Additionally, pelargonic acid is utilised in agriculture as a hazardous chemical substitute to enhance bio-based herbicides and lower the health hazards associated with synthetic herbicides. Additionally, cleaning products include pelargonic acid as a precursor to peroxynonanoic acid. Increased R&D (Research and Development) and growing applications in the food and agriculture industries are anticipated to boost market expansion. Several significant organisations are investing in R&D initiatives to enhance the utilisation of pelargonic acid.


Use of substitutes and restricted use of pelargonic acid- It is anticipated that the restricted application of pelargonic acid and the adoption of alternatives will hinder the market's expansion over the forecast period. Herbicides that include pelargonic acid have the potential to directly or indirectly affect living things and human health. The biological effects of herbicides containing pelargonic acid include various physiological changes and genetic harm in animals exposed to these substances. The excessive use of herbicides containing pelargonic acid has led to serious problems, such as herbicide residues in the water and soil, possible harm to non-target plants and commodities, and worries about the safety and health of people. Each of these issues constrains the growth of the global pelargonic acid market.


Increasing product launches by key players- Research & development are being conducted by several important companies to enhance and introduce novel pelargonic goods. The growing use of pelargonic acid as a detergent is one of the new trends. In cleaning goods, peroxynonanoic acid is also derived from pelargonic acid. Peroxycarboxylic acids are utilised in antimicrobial activities (sanitization, disinfection, and sterilisation) and as bleaching agents. Pelargonic acid is therefore used in water filtration, industrial detergents, and the control of microbiological activity in public areas (such as malls).

Regional segmentation analysis:

The regions analyzed for the market include North America, Europe, South America, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa. Asia Pacific emerged as the largest global pelargonic acid market, with a 35.4% market revenue share in 2023.

The pelargonic acid market in the Asia Pacific region has been growing because of increased product innovation and the agriculture industry's growing need for bio-based products. The building industry's growing need for lacquer and coatings is anticipated to fuel the need for pelargonic acid. Furniture and fixture surfaces are given a glossy sheen using lacquers, which are transparent or coloured coatings. They come in various sheen qualities, from ultra-matte to high gloss. It provides exceptionally durable coatings and is strongly resistant to abrasions, water, acid, and alkali damage. In general industry, coatings are used to increase the efficiency of the coated substance and protect the coated structure from wear and tear, corrosion, and UV radiation.

Asia Pacific Region Pelargonic Acid Market Share in 2023 - 35.4%

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Application Segment Analysis

The application segment is divided into lubricating oil, bleaching agents, plant protection products, cosmetics, food fragrances, and others. The plant protection products segment dominated the market, with a market share of around 25% in 2023. During the forecast period, there will be a large increase in the consumption of pelargonic acid or nonanoic acid due to the increased use of herbicides or plant protection chemicals to control weeds in plants and turf grass.

Some of the Key Market Players:
  • Croda International Plc.
  • Glentham Life Sciences Limited
  • Kunshan Odowell Co., Ltd
  • OQ Chemicals GmbH
  • Zhengzhou Yibang Industry & Commerce Co., Ltd
  • Central Drug House
  • Emery Oleochemicals
  • Haihang Industry
  • Matrica S.p.A
  • Tokyo Chemical Industry Co., Ltd.

Report Description:

Attribute Description
Market Size Revenue (USD Million)
Market size value in 2023 USD 193.2 Million
Market size value in 2033 USD 387.2 Million
CAGR (2024 to 2033) 7.2%
Historical data 2020-2022
Base Year 2023
Forecast 2024-2033
Region The regions analyzed for the market are Asia Pacific, Europe, South America, North America, and Middle East & Africa. Furthermore, the regions are further analyzed at the country level.
Segments Application

Frequesntly Asked Questions

As per The Brainy Insights, the size of the pelargonic acid market was valued at USD 193.2 million in 2023 to USD 387.2 million by 2033.

The global pelargonic acid market is growing at a CAGR of 7.2% during the forecast period 2024-2033.

Asia Pacific emerged as the largest pelargonic acid market.

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This study forecasts global, regional, and country revenue from 2020 to 2033. The Brainy Insights has segmented the global pelargonic acid market based on the below-mentioned segments:

Global Pelargonic Acid Market By Application:

  • Lubricating Oil
  • Bleaching Agents
  • Plant Protection Products
  • Cosmetics
  • Food Fragrances
  • Others

Global Pelargonic Acid Market By Region:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • France
    • U.K.
    • Italy
    • Spain
  • Asia-Pacific
    • Japan
    • China
    • India
  • South America
    • Brazil
  • Middle East and Africa  
    • UAE
    • South Africa


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