FROM AT HOME CAR WASH TO CAR WASH CENTERS, WHAT DO CONSUMERS WANT?
WHO WASHES THEIR CAR AT HOME?
WHO WASHES THEIR CAR AT CAR WASH CENTERS?
Household customers account for the largest share of car wash & detailing industry revenue at approximately 76%. Car Wash & Detailing household customers are broadly defined as consumers that have a driver’s license, own a car, and are older than 16 years of age. Business customers contribute 22% of industry revenue. Revenue from this segment is largely derived from servicing delivery vans and taxi cabs.
“Recent improvements in consumers’ disposable income will help the industry rebound in the coming years, with anticipated revenue growth of 3.3% annually to reach $7.7 billion by 2018.”
The industry includes full and self -service car wash facilities, as well as truck and bus washes and vehicle detailing services. Interior cleaning and hand wax services are offered by 59.4% of car wash centers, followed by exterior cleaning (56.5%), shampoo floor mats (50.7%) and upholstery cleaning (46.4%) to name just a few.
KEY CAR CARE MARKET TRENDS
The sustainability trend has taken precedence over the last 5 years. 83% of all ingredients found in consumer car care product launches in North America have a green claim; for instance, biodegradable and plant-based. Additionally, environmentally friendly product and botanical/herbal are included in the top 10 marketing claims. Furthermore, the need for environmentally friendly and waterless/no rinse products due to environmental concerns and restrictions are of increasing need and desire.
Today, household products marketed as multipurpose compete with products designed specifically for car care, more prominently in the surface and glass cleaning categories.
29% of household product launches in North America are positioned as all purpose/multi-purpose surface care, driving their extended use as alternatives to clean car surfaces.
This is creating further market opportunity for the HI&I formulator, while increasing the need for differentiation from the manufacturers of products targeted exclusively to vehicle care. The focus is on multipurpose products that are fast acting and provide repellant and protection properties to ensure long-lasting cleaning benefits.
ODOR NEUTRALIZING & CONVENIENCE
Odor neutralizing, ease of use and time/speed are included in the top 10 marketing claims for car care product launches in North America over the last 10 years. In line with today’s consumers lifestyles, products that reduce cleaning time and make next-time-cleaning easier continue to be in high demand.
|Dicoco Quat||CARSPRAY 300||Beading & Sheeting. Versatile. 70-80% active in IPA (no added water)|
|Quat/Nonionic||CARSPRAY 400||Promotes sheeting while maintaining beading on surfaces.|
|Quat/Nonionic||CARSPRAY 401||High flash version of Carspray 400 in Propylene Glycol|
|Ester Oil||TEGOSOFT OS||Ethylhexyl Stearate. Versatile. Good biodegradability. Low toxicity and odor.|
|Ester Oil||TEGOSOFT OL||Ethylhexyl Laurate. Versatile. Good biodegradability. Low toxicity and odor.|
|Nonionic||CARSPRAY 205||Co-emulsifier. Superior co-emulsifier for drying aids/ rinse aids|
|Silicone Quat||TEGOPREN 6922||Quaternium 80. Long-term protection and hydrophobicity. Speeds up the drying effect.|
|Silicone Quat||TEGO Polish Additiv Q 70||Quaternium 80 Blend. Protection, high gloss, hydrophobicity and color refreshment.|
|Amino Functional Silicone||TEGO Polish Additiv ACS||Amosiloxane. Self-emulsifying (W/O) amino siloxane & protective surface finish. Water repellency. Weather resistance. Adds depth to color.|
|Surfactant||Barlox 10 S||Decyl Dimethyl Amine Oxide. This controlled foaming surfactant can be used in a broad number of industrial applications where coupling, detergency and formulation compatibility are important. Amongst Lonza’s BarloxTM amine oxides, BarloxTM 10S is one of the lowest foamers.
|Specialty Polymer||REWOCARE 755||Specialty Polymer. Repels dirt, spot and streak free. Easier next-time cleaning. Speeds up
drying effect. Gloss and extra shine.
|OTHER FORMULATION SOLUTIONS|
|Methylglycinediacetic Acid (MGDA)||Trilon M||Green, biodegradable. Effective at lower concentrations.|
|Aqueous Acrylic Copolymer||Polyquart Ampho 149||Fast, long-lasting, Spot and fog-free, no residue left in no rinse products. High shine, easier next time cleaning and less resoiling.|
|Caprylyl/Myristyl Glucoside||Glucopon 425 N||Made from renewable resources, readily biodegradable. Superior wetting, safe for all surfaces.|
|Proprietary Surfactant||Inoterra DWE||Biodegradable, environmentally friendly, NP-9 replacement. Efficient at low concentrations, superior degreasing properties. Excellent in spray applicattions.|
|Cationic Surfactant||Dehyquart CSP||Biodegradable, Provides quick drying, water repelling agents that leave a long lasting gloss effect. Less Flammable and more cost effective!|