Global Fatty Acid Methyl Ester Market size was valued at USD 23.2 Billion in 2024 and is expected to reach USD 33.4 Billion by 2033, at a CAGR of 5.6% during the forecast period 2024 – 2033.

Fatty Acid Methyl Ester Market: Overview

Fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) is a chemical compound formed by the reaction between fatty acids and methanol. This reaction, known as esterification, results in the conversion of fatty acids, commonly found in fats and oils, into their corresponding methyl esters. FAMEs are often used as biodiesel fuels, offering a renewable and environmentally friendly alternative to conventional diesel fuel.

The global fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) market is witnessing several key trends. Firstly, there is a growing demand for biodiesel, driven by increasing environmental concerns and government regulations promoting renewable energy sources.

This demand surge is propelling the expansion of FAME production capacity worldwide. Additionally, technological advancements in the production process are enhancing efficiency and reducing costs, making FAME more competitive compared to conventional diesel.

Moreover, there’s a rising focus on sustainable sourcing of feedstocks for FAME production, such as waste oils, algae, and non-food crops, to mitigate concerns about food security and land use change. Overall, these trends indicate a promising outlook for the global FAME market, driven by sustainability goals, regulatory support, and innovation in production processes and feedstock sourcing.

By type, rapeseed methyl ester segment held the highest market share in 2022 and is expected to keep its dominance during the forecast period 2024-2032. Owing to growing adoption as a biodiesel feedstock due to rapeseed’s high oil content and favorable fatty acid profile. Additionally, there’s a rising focus on improving RME production efficiency, sustainability, and quality to meet the increasing demand for renewable diesel fuels.

By application, fuels segment held the highest market share in 2022. Fuel drives the fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) market due to increasing demand for renewable and environmentally friendly alternatives to conventional diesel. FAME, derived from biodiesel production, serves as a sustainable fuel option, meeting regulatory requirements for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and enhancing energy security.

As governments worldwide implement policies favoring biofuels and consumers seek cleaner energy options, the demand for FAME continues to grow, driving expansion in the market for this biodiesel derivative.

North America leads the fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) market due to several factors. Stringent environmental regulations promoting biodiesel usage as a renewable fuel source drive demand. Additionally, the region has a well-established infrastructure for biodiesel production and distribution.

Moreover, technological advancements in FAME production processes and feedstock sourcing contribute to market growth. Lastly, favorable government policies, such as tax incentives and renewable fuel standards, further stimulate the adoption of FAME in North America’s transportation sector.

Report Scope

Feature of the Report Details
Market Size in 2024 USD 23.2 Billion
Projected Market Size in 2033 USD 33.4 Billion
Market Size in 2023 USD 22.5 Billion
CAGR Growth Rate 5.6% CAGR
Base Year 2023
Forecast Period 2024-2033
Key Segment By Type, Application and Region
Report Coverage Revenue Estimation and Forecast, Company Profile, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors and Recent Trends
Regional Scope North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and South & Central America
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CMI has comprehensively analyzed fatty acid methyl ester market. The driving forces, restraints, challenges, opportunities, and key trends have been explained in depth to depict in depth scenario of the market. Segment wise market size and market share during the forecast period are duly addressed to portray the probable picture of this fatty acid methyl ester industry.

The competitive landscape includes key innovators, after market service providers, market giants as well as niche players are studied and analyzed extensively concerning their strengths, weaknesses as well as value addition prospects. In addition, this report covers key players profiling, market shares, mergers and acquisitions, consequent market fragmentation, new trends and dynamics in partnerships.

Global Fatty Acid Methyl Ester Market 2024–2033 (By Billion)

List of the prominent players in the Fatty Acid Methyl Ester Market:

  • Wilmar International Limited
  • Cargill Incorporated
  • Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM)
  • Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC)
  • Bunge Limited
  • IOI Group
  • Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad (KLK)
  • Mewah International Inc.
  • Emery Oleochemicals
  • P&G Chemicals
  • Avril Group
  • Croda International Plc
  • Kao Corporation
  • Vantage Specialty Chemicals
  • Ecogreen Oleochemicals
  • Berg + Schmidt GmbH & Co. KG
  • Evonik Industries AG
  • Godrej Industries Limited
  • Jarchem Industries Inc.
  • Others

Godrej Industries Limited stands as India’s premier producer of oleochemicals, sourced from organic materials. Offer dynamic range comprises fatty alcohols, acids, surfactants, glycerine, and speciality items. These serve as vital ingredients across home and personal care, pharmaceutical, and food sectors.

The Fatty Acid Methyl Ester Market is segmented as follows:

By Type

  • Rapeseed Methyl Ester
  • Soy Methyl Ester
  • Palm Oil Methyl Ester
  • Others

By Application

  • Fuels
  • Lubricants
  • Coatings
  • Metal Working Fluids
  • Food & Agriculture
  • Others

Regional Coverage:

North America

  • U.S.
  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • Rest of North America


  • Germany
  • France
  • U.K.
  • Russia
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Netherlands
  • Rest of Europe

Asia Pacific

  • China
  • Japan
  • India
  • New Zealand
  • Australia
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Rest of Asia Pacific

The Middle East & Africa

  • Saudi Arabia
  • UAE
  • Egypt
  • Kuwait
  • South Africa
  • Rest of the Middle East & Africa

Latin America

  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Rest of Latin America