The Household Cleaning Products Industry: Trends, Challenges, and the Role of Pigging Systems

Overview of the Household Cleaning Products Market

The household cleaning products industry is a fast-growing industry. According to a report conducted by Global Industry Analysts, the global household cleaning products market is predicted to grow by $20.2 billion US dollars, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.8% by the year 2025.

Household cleaning products include everything from toilet cleaners, dishwashing products, and surface cleaners to cleaning agentshomecare liquid production bottles, bleach and laundry detergents. Cleaning products play an essential role in maintaining household hygiene and health.

This blog article looks at the household cleaning products industry and the role of product recovery (“pigging”) systems. If you have just come across this page and are unsure what pigging is, here’s a detailed explanation of pigging and how it works.

What is Fuelling the Growth of the Household Cleaning Products Market?

There are many factors and trends contributing to the growth of the household cleaning products market.

Growing health and hygienic concerns among individuals have led to the increasing demand for household cleaning products. There’s also been continuous product innovation in recent years, with an increasing number of companies extending their product portfolio, which has revolutionised the market.

Eco-friendly and sustainable household products are also driving the market as consumers turn to cleaning products that contain ‘natural’ ingredients, avoid the use of harmful chemicals, and generate less carbon dioxide during manufacturing and use. High demand for premium household products in developed economies such as the UK, USA, Canada, and Japan has also boosted the market in recent years.

Rapid urbanisation, changing lifestyle and increasing purchasing power in developing regions have also fuelled the demand for household cleaning products.

Challenges Facing Homecare and Household Processing Manufacturers

Manufacturers of homecare and household cleaning products face numerous challenges.omecare-and-household-liquids

Due to intensifying competition in the market, companies are faced with huge pressure on prices and margins.

Despite intense competition, manufacturers need to ensure the delivery of high-quality products. Other challenges across the sector include ensuring consumer safety, offering convenience and ease of use, the demand for sustainably produced goods, reducing production waste and soaring commodity costs.

To counter these challenges, many manufacturers are looking at innovative ways to cut costs to boost productivity and profits. While some manufacturers have raised prices, another route taken by many manufacturers is to launch higher-end premium products.

Many manufacturers are also turning to innovative technologies such as ‘pigging’ to improve profitability, offset rising costs, improve efficiencies and boost the bottom line.

The Benefits of Pigging for Homecare Liquids Manufacturers are Substantial

From washing up liquid and window washes to surface cleaners and other liquids, manufacturers are realising that the benefits of pigging for homecare production are substantial.

Pigging is a well-established technology that uses a specialist projectile (the ‘pig’) which is propelled through the pipework under pressure. The hygienic (sanitary) pig recovers or removes the residual liquid, instead of wasting it. The product recovered (typically up to 99.5% from full process pipelines) is in useable form, completely saleable and can continue to be processed, packaged and sold.

Pigging Systems – What Do They Consist of?

Pigging systems consist of many different components (here’s an article that explains the key components of a pigging system). However, the most important part of a pigging system is the pig. The HPS pig is the benchmark of the industry. It’s a robust, highly durable construction, cylindrical in shape with no fins or assembled pieces to break or fall off.

It’s highly flexible and efficient, which means it can recover the maximum amount of product. It also contains a patented flexible magnetic core, which enhances safety and reduces the chances of contamination.

How Can Pigging Help Homecare and Household Cleaning Manufacturers?homecare-and-household-liquids

Because pigging systems recover residual product from pipelines, they increase product yields significantly. If it wasn’t for pigging, this product would typically be discarded as waste during cleaning, changeovers or when processing has finished. So, pigging essentially saves homecare and household cleaning manufacturers money by not flushing good, useable product down the drain.

Not only does pigging save manufacturers on the direct cost of the product, but it also saves on the disposal method costs. After all, the wasted product needs to be treated before being discharged into the environment. The cost of waste treatment will also include transport, power, and human resources. These costs can be considerable and can seriously hurt an organisation’s bottom line.

However, with a pigging system, savings can be immense. As an example, HPS implemented pigging systems for KIK Custom Products. The systems recover roughly 160 gallons of dishwasher fluid per batch. This is a significant saving and equates to approximately $2735 store value of product each batch, or between $54700 and $60170 of product a week. Here’s the case study on how HPS pigging systems are benefiting homecare liquid production.

Other Benefits of Pigging

Due to the pigging process removing nearly all residual product in the pipeline, it reduces the need to flush between batches. Pigging can also reduce clean in place (CIP) times significantly. This, in turn, reduces the amount of water and chemicals required. In this way, the environmental benefits of pigging are considerable.

Pigging also speeds up changeover times which increases overall system efficiency. Changing from one product to another results in downtime where the system is non-productive. So, speeding up changeover times equates to less downtime, increased productivity and reduced labour requirement.

Other benefits of pigging for homecare liquid production include increased product quality, higher capacity, improved cleaning, better margins, greater sustainably plus more.

Contact HPS

Founded in 1995,  HPS has an in-depth understanding of the process pigging industry. We have installed pigging systems for many household liquid manufacturers as well as other liquid processing companies. This includes P&G, KIK Custom Products, Unilever, Diversey, Reckitt Benckiser, plus many more.

If you are interested in improving your homecare and household processing operations using product recovery and pigging solutions, please contact HPS. Simply fill out the short form below and our friendly and knowledgeable pigging system experts will be in touch. We look forward to hearing from you!

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