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Wax Market to Reach USD 10 Billion by 2024

Published on 2018-07-04. Author : SpecialChem

Sturdy growth in cosmetics and personal care industry will be majorly driving wax market demand over the forecast period. Wax has air and water barrier properties, which open up a myriad of applications in various industries such as packaging, cosmetics and adhesives.

Wax for Manufacturing of Hot Melt Adhesive

Wax Market
U.S. wax market size, by product, 2013 - 2024

The global cosmetics industry is driven by product innovation, the rise of e-commerce and growth in travel retail across the globe. Wax has skincare properties and its flexibility and plasticity facilitates easy application. These properties make wax highly desirable in cosmetics industry.

This application segment shall remain moderately attractive during the forecast timeframe. Adhesive was another prominent application segment in the market in 2016. It is used in polyvinyl chloride processing, manufacturing of hot melt adhesive and conversion of polyolefin. GTL waxes are used primarily in hot melt adhesives as these offer properties such as low viscosity, high temperature resistance and hardness.

Major Applications


Paraffin is a type of petroleum wax that possesses well-formed crystal structure. It held the largest share in petroleum and mineral wax category in 2016. Major applications of this product include electric insulation, candles and lubrication. Demand for paraffin wax has been gradually increasing from 2013 till date and is likely to rise at a steady pace over the forecast timeframe.

In 2016, the packaging segment accounted for a prominent share of the overall wax market. The product has extensive usage in paper and food packaging to provide extra protection against foreign odors and moisture. This segment shall be moderate to highly attractive over the next few years. Wood & fire-logs and rubber segments are expected to be the least attractive due to availability of substitutes. The adhesive end-user segment is likely to be low to moderately attractive due to the presence of synthetic chemical substitutes.

In 2016, Asia Pacific was the largeston, by volume and revenue in the global wax market. Asia Pacific was followed by Europe by volume. The Asia Pacific wax market is likely to expand at a comparatively faster rate in the next few years. This is due to high product demand in industries such as cosmetics, packaging and rubber & adhesives in China, India, Indonesia, South Korea and Japan. Wax market product demand in Latin America and Middle East & Africa is likely to expand at prominent rates in the next few years.

Global wax market exhibited a high degree of consolidation and the top 5 players accounted for more than 70% of the overall industry share in 2016. Major companies operating in the wax market which are highly integrated are China National Petroleum Corporation, Exxon Mobil, International Group, Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Sinopec Limited. These companies have an advantage due to their presence across the value chain compared to other product manufacturers. Market players are investing in R&D to maximize product application scope, which will ultimately accelerate wax market size during the forecast period.

Packaging Sector


Increasing product application in packaging sector will also be a key factor for the wax market growth over the forecast duration. The global packaging industry is primarily driven by the BRICS market which accounts for approximately 37% of the global demand. The packaging industry growth in Asia Pacific is mainly a result of increasing consumption of consumer goods, which in turn has driven the need for sophisticated packaging. Increasing consumption levels in Asia Pacific and Latin America can be attributed to the rising disposable income of the middle class in these regions.

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Source: Global Market Insights
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