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Soap & Detergent Manufacturing in the UK: Market Research Report

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Soap & Detergent Manufacturing Market Research Report | SIC C20.411 | Mar 2017

Washed out: Revenue is expected to decline, despite a boost to exports in the current year

IBISWorld’s Soap & Detergent Manufacturing market research report can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Procter & Gamble Product Supply UK Ltd Procter & Gamble Product Supply UK Ltd market share
Unilever plc Unilever plc market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Revenue has contracted for much of the pastfive years and its decline is expected to continue
  • Reduced input prices supported improved performance in the middle of the past five-year period
  • The regulatory landscape is unlikely to be significantly affected by the UK’s exit from the European Union
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Soap and Detergent Manufacturing industry is a dynamic one, characterised by strong product innovation as manufacturers compete to retain consumer interest. A continuous stream of new, enhanced, repackaged, reformulated and eco-ethical products have been introduced over the past five years, a trend that is expected to continue over the coming five years. According to the International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance Products (AISE), innovation is a key driver for the industry. Over the past five years, there have been a number of technological breakthroughs in formulations, product ingredients and production processes for products used in both mass and niche markets... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

The Soap and Detergent Manufacturing industry is often associated with industry heavyweights that operate on a global scale. These include Unilever and Procter & Gamble, whose products tend to dominate retail shelf space, supported by extensive advertising and promotional resources. At the retail level, such players dominate several product segments, with the leading products and brand lines accounting for the lion’s share of the market.

However, at the manufacturing level, industry concentration tends to be lower. This reflects the existence of a number of distinct product categories. Emerging trends towards eco-consumerism and the need for sustainable inputs are both supporting a growing number of niche players that provide specialist green and sustainable products. Thi.. purchase to read more

Additional Insights for the Soap & Detergent Manufacturing Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Soap & Detergent Manufacturing Industry are

  • Access to niche markets
  • Having contacts in key markets
  • Having marketing expertise
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Population and Public concern over environmental issues in the Soap & Detergent Manufacturing industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Soap & Detergent Manufacturing Industry?

    Companies in this industry manufacture various surfactant products including soap, washing powder, dishwasher detergent, textile softener and crude glycerol. The products are then sold to downstream industrial, commercial and household users.

    Industry Products
    Laundry productsDishwashing productsSurface cleaning productsSoapSurface-active agents
    Industry Activities
    Organic surface-active agentManufacturing paper, wadding or felt coated with soap or detergentCrude glycerolSoapSurface-active preparation

    Table of Contents
    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Population
  • Public concern over environmental issues
  • Real effective exchange rate
  • Real household disposable income
  • World price of crude oil
  • Current Performance
  • Dampened demand
  • Strung out margins
  • Emerging economies
  • Cleaning up the environment
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Clean conscience
  • Structural changes
  • Regulatory conditions
  • Ethical consumerism
  • Table: Soap & Detergent Manufacturing Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Soap & Detergent Manufacturing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Supermarkets
  • Hotels
  • Dry-Cleaning & Other Cleaning Services
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Dye & Pigment Manufacturing
  • Inorganic Basic Chemical Manufacturing
  • Oil & Fat Production
  • Organic Basic Chemical Manufacturing
  • Petroleum Refining
  • Products & Services
  • Laundry products
  • Soap
  • Surface-active agents
  • Other
  • Surface cleaning products
  • Dishwashing products
  • Chart: Soap & Detergent Manufacturing Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Households
  • Industrial and institutional firms
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Soap & Detergent Manufacturing Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Depreciation and other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Soap & Detergent Manufacturing
  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition
  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Soap & Detergent Manufacturing Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Unilever UK Limited
    Procter & Gamble Product Supply UK Ltd
  • Table: Unilever UK Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Procter & Gamble Product Supply UK Ltd - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Soap & Detergent Manufacturing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth
  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the Soap & Detergent Manufacturing Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Exports (2008-2022)
  • Imports (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Jargon & Glossary
  • A material intended to assist cleaning. The term can be used to differentiate between soaps and other surfactants used for cleaning.
  • Ethical Consumerism
  • Ethical consumerism is the practice of purchasing products and services produced in a way that minimises social and/or environmental damage.
  • Surfactant
  • Surface-active agents or wetting agents lower the surface tension of a liquid.

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    This report on Soap & Detergent Manufacturing:
    • Provides Market Size information to assist with planning and strategic decisions.
    • Includes the necessary information to perform SWOT, PEST and STEER analysis.
    • Helps you understand market dynamics to give you a deeper understanding of industry competition and the supply chain.
    • Analyses key performance and operational metrics so that you can benchmark against your own business, that of your customers’ businesses, or your competitors’ businesses.
    The Soap & Detergent Manufacturing market research report includes:
    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
    • And of course, much more

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