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Soap & Other Detergent Manufacturing Report Summary

SIC Codes: 2841
NAICS Codes: 325611

Chapters Include

  • Industry Overview
  • Quarterly Industry Update
  • Business Challenges
  • Trends and Opportunities
  • Call Preparation Questions
  • Financial Information
  • Industry Forecast
  • Website and Media Links
  • Glossary of Acronyms
 

Soap & Other Detergent Manufacturing Industry Overview

Excerpt from Soap & Other Detergent Manufacturing Report

Companies in this industry manufacture soap and detergent products. Major companies include Church & Dwight, Colgate-Palmolive, Ecolab, and Procter & Gamble (all based in the US), along with Henkel (Germany), Nice Group (China), and Unilever (UK).

Competitive Landscape

Population growth, particularly among households with children, drives demand in the consumer sector, and economic growth drives demand in the commercial sector. The profitability of individual companies depends on efficient operations and effective sales and marketing. Large companies have scale advantages in purchasing, manufacturing, distribution, and marketing. Small companies can compete effectively by offering specialized products, providing superior customer service, or serving a local market. The US industry is highly concentrated: the top 50 companies generate about 90% of revenue.

Products, Operations & Technology

Household detergent (including laundry and dishwashing products) accounts for about half of US industry revenue; commercial and industrial soaps and detergents account for about 35%. Other products include household soap (about 10% of revenue) and toothpaste (about 5%).

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