Enzymes – no compromise on
Profits fall as surfactant prices rise
Surfactants are a significant cost factor in detergent formulation and
they’re subject to rising prices and price volatility. Enzymes in your
formulation can reduce your exposure to both.
High volatility in surfactant prices
Between 2007 and 2019, surfactant prices have fluctuated widely. The main reason is that surfactants and their ingredients are vulnerable to supply shortages. In just the last three years, low water levels in the Rhine and Hurricane Harvey in the US both had a severe impact on global supplies of surfactants. The results were price spikes of up to 20%.
Surfactants and enzymes in detergents
Surface-active agents (surfactants), are important to detergent performance because they reduce the surface tension of the water. That allows the detergent to combine with the water so it can remove the stain.
Enzymes are organic catalysts that are gentler on the environment than many surfactants. They work in detergents to break down stains into smaller pieces, so the detergent can remove them more easily.
Enzymes cut detergent formulation costs
Partially replacing surfactants with enzymes in your formulation allows you to cut your raw material costs, while reducing the impact of surfactant price spikes on your profitability.
An enzyme for every laundry need
Each enzyme breaks down a specific substance. That’s why we have a wide range of high-performing enzymes to tackle a wide range of stain types, as well as key consumer concerns such as whiteness, color preservation and fabric care.