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).
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.
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Household detergents (including laundry and dishwashing products) account for about 50% of US industry revenue; commercial and industrial soaps and detergents account for about 30%. Other products include household soaps and toothpaste.