Wax Market

Global Market Study on Wax: APEJ to Lead the Global Market in Terms of Revenue during 2017 - 2026

Wax Market Segmented By Paraffin Waxes, Microcrystalline Waxes, Polymer Waxes, Fischer-Tropsch Waxes, Vegetable Waxes, Animal and Insect Waxes Product in Building and Construction, Building and Construction, Pharmaceuticals Industries

Report ID: PMRREP20479

Number of Pages: 170

Format: PPT*, PDF, EXCEL

Industry: Chemicals and Materials

Published Date: December-2017

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Wax falls under the class of hydrocarbon fats that melts above 40°C, providing a viscosity liquid after melting. Wax is mainly used in industries, especially for coatings. Wax is also being used extensively as additives, and a base material to aid processing.

Working as a corrosion inhibitor, the wax is being largely in the production of the metal products. Increasing trend of candles is resulting in the rise in the use of wax by the companies producing a variety of candles in a different size, color and shape.

Containing special properties such as malleability, hydrophobicity, and its ability of solubility in organic nonpolar solvents is resulting in the increased use of wax in various industries such as pharmaceuticals, textile, paints, coatings, packaging, etc.

With the increasing demand for eco-friendly and renewable products. Manufacturers are focusing on developing bio-based wax, such as vegetable wax. Meanwhile, the cosmetic industry is also using wax as an active ingredient in skin care products, as it helps in decreasing dehydration and retains moisture for a long time.

Synthetic wax is also being used on a large scale as a substitute to natural wax. Synthetic wax is gaining traction as it is more durable. It is also being largely used in the automotive sector as it requires less effort to apply. It stays for a long-time on a car, eliminating the need for frequent application. It also attracts less dust while adding shine and protection.


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Paraffin Wax- Top-Selling Product

Paraffin wax is likely to be one of the top-selling product in the global wax market. Paraffin wax is projected to reach nearly US$ 3,800 million revenue by 2026 end. Available at a cheaper price, paraffin wax is being used on a large scale in packaging, cosmetics, and candle producing companies.

In packaging industry paraffin wax is used for coating the packaged material. In cosmetics, paraffin wax is used as an additive. Moreover, paraffin wax is also used in electrical insulation and in the lubrication industry.

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Plastic & Rubber to Account for Maximum Revenue Share

Plastic & rubber is likely to be one of the largest industries in the global market for wax. Plastic & rubber industry is projected to reach close to US$ 2,500 million revenue towards 2026 end. Owing to the increasing demand for plastic material in the retail industry, automotive industry, and food and beverages industry, the demand of wax for various application is also rising.

Polyethylene wax which is produced by polymerization of ethylene, helps in improving product appearance. Manufacturers are also coming up with new processes in order to produce wax along with desired properties.

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Application of Wax to be the Highest in Candles

Compared to the various applications of wax, its application in candles is likely to be the largest. By 2026 end, candles are projected to exceed US$ 4,500 million revenue.

Candles of various shapes, sizes and colors are being demanded on a large scale by individuals, especially for home décor in Europe and North America during the holiday season.

Moreover, scented candles are also being used largely in spa and aromatherapy. Hence, manufacturers are also increasingly using wax to produce candles.

APEJ to Dominate the Global Wax Market

Asia Pacific Excluding Japan (APEJ) is likely to remain dominant in the global market for wax. India and China are witnessing growth in the packaging, electronics and automotive industry. Hence the demand for different type and high quality of wax that can be used in the aforementioned industries is also growing.

Also, growth in the spa, aromatherapy and stress relieving activities across the countries including Malaysia, Thailand and India are creating a huge demand for various types of wax. These are some of the factors fueling the wax market in APEJ.

Competition Tracking

Royal Dutch Shell plc., Exxon Mobil Corporation, BP plc., The Lubrizol Corporation, Akzo Nobel NV, Honeywell International Inc., Archer Daniels Midland Company, Cargill, Inc., Evonik Industries AG, and BASF SE, are some of the key players in the global market for wax.


Global Wax Market: Market Segmentation

Attribute Details


  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • Japan
  • APEJ
  • MEA

Product Type

  • Paraffin Waxes
  • Microcrystalline Waxes
  • Gas-to-liquids (GTL) Waxes
  • Polymer Waxes
  • Fischer-Tropsch Waxes
  • Vegetable Waxes
  • Animal & Insect Waxes
  • Other Waxes


  • Plastic & Rubber
  • Adhesives & Sealants
  • Paper & Paperboard
  • Building and Construction
  • Inks & Coatings
  • Packaging
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Cosmetics & Toiletries Industry
  • Automotive
  • Firelogs


  • Candles
  • Rheology/Surface Applications
  • Polish
  • Cosmetics
  • Rubber
  • Soap Wax
  • Hot-melt adhesive
  • Other Applications

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Companies Covered in This Report

  • Exxon Mobil Corporation
  • Royal Dutch Shell plc
  • BP p.l.c: Company Profile
  • Akzo Nobel NV
  • The Lubrizol Corporation.
  • Honeywell International Inc.
  • Cargill, Inc.
  • Archer Daniels Midland Company
  • Evonik Industries AG
  • Others.

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