Rising awareness regarding benefits of fatty amines is fueling their demand across several industries. Fatty amines are used as corrosion resistant agents in industries such as construction, chemical-manufacturing, and petroleum. In the pharmaceutical industry, they are used to manufacture CNS drugs, antibiotics, antifungals, anthelmintics, and neoplastic chemotherapy. They are also used in toiletries and cosmetics industries to manufacture personal-care products, dishwashing detergents, and fabric softeners. They also find application in textile manufacturing, color reprography, and gas treatment.
Usage of Fatty Amines in Development of Starch-based Films
Fatty amines are nitrogen-based derivatives of fatty acids, alcohol, and olefins, which are manufactured from fats and oils, natural sources, and petrochemical raw materials. They show strong adherence to surfaces by either physical or chemical bonding, owing to their cationic nature. By type, they can be categorized into primary, secondary, and tertiary fatty amines.
Escalating demand for products with high biodegradability and soaring need for sustainable solutions are stimulating the adoption of fatty amines in different segments of the chemical industry. To put this in perspective, in April 2017, a team of scientists from Agricultural Research Service (ARS) developed a new starch-based film or coating. This coating can make paper or other materials more biodegradable and water-resistant. To prepare this film, scientists used high-amylose corn starch and soybean oil-derived fatty amine salts. The film has adequate strength and flexibility and with further advancements can replace synthetic products in future.
Abundant availability and inexpensive prices of raw materials, coupled with low production cost and low toxicity levels, are likely to propel the global fatty amines market. Rising disposable income of people, especially in emerging countries, is boosting consumption of personal-care and cosmetic products. This, in turn, is estimated to spur the demand for fatty amines, finds Grand View Research. Introduction of innovative technologies and extraction processes is also likely to augur well for the market.
On the flip side, continual changes in environmental regulations can hamper the growth of the market. Furthermore, surfactant producers are shifting to bio-based yet low-cost petrochemicals alternatives, which is anticipated to limit widespread adoption of fatty amines.
Some of the key players in the market are Huntsman International LLC, Dow Chemical company, Kao Corporation, Ecogreen Oleochemicals GmbH, and Akzo Nobel NV.
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