Glycol ethers are most commonly used as solvents, which account for more than half of the total glycol ether consumption, in 2015. They are used in various end-user industries such as paints and coatings, where they are used as solvents and coalescing agents. They are also used in the printing industry (in inks), cosmetics and personal care, pharmaceuticals and adhesive industry.
The market is mainly driven by an increase in the use of glycol ethers in cosmetics and personal care products. The growing end-user industries will directly lead to the increase in demand for glycol ether, thus boosting the market. However, certain drawbacks like the volatile prices of raw material and the growing environmental and health concerns leading to various regulations regarding its use may act as roadblocks to the growth of the market.
The glycol ethers market, on the basis of synthesis route, can be categorized into either E-series or P-series. E-series are ethylene oxide-based, whereas P-series are propylene oxide-based. P-series glycol ethers have a larger market share and are growing fast due to the concerns regarding the toxicological effects of some E-series glycol ethers. E-series can further be divided into methyl-, ethyl-, and butyl glycol ethers. P-series can be divided into propylene-, dipropylene-, and tripropylene glycol ethers. Regarding application, the market is segmented into solvent, anti-icing agent, hydraulic brake fluid, chemical intermediate and others.
The market has also been geographically segmented into APAC, North America, Europe, South America, and MEA. In terms of consumption in 2016, Asia-Pacific leads the market for both the E-series and P-series glycol ethers, with China being the single largest consumer. The P-series consumption has recently shifted focus towards the Asian market from the European region, which dominated the market, earlier. This recent growth in the Asia-Pacific market is expected to continue during the forecast period, due to urbanization and industrialization.
Opportunities and Market Players
The focus of the governments of various developing economies, like India, on infrastructure can lead to massive increase in the demand for glycol ethers in the coming years.
Some of the major companies dominating the market for glycol ethers production and uses are:
- BASF SE
- Eastman Chemical Company
- Royal Dutch Shell PLC
- The Dow Chemical Company
Market analysis for the global glycol ethers market, with region-specific assessments and competition analysis on a global and regional scale.
Market definition along with the identification of factors instrumental in changing the market scenario and prospective opportunities.
Extensively researched competitive landscape section with profiles of major companies along with their market share.
Identification and analysis of the macro and micro factors that affect the global glycol ethers market on both global and regional scale.
A comprehensive list of key market players along with the analysis of their current strategic interests and key financial information.
Insights on the major countries/regions where this industry is growing and also identify the regions that are still untapped.
1.2 Research Methodology
1.3 Market Definition
2. Executive Summary
3. Market Insights
3.1 Market Overview and Definition
3.2 Industry Value Chain Analysis
3.3 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Model
3.3.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
3.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers
3.3.3 Threat of New Entrants
3.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products
3.3.5 Degree of Competition
4. Market Dynamics
4.1.1 Increasing Use in Cosmetics and Personal Care Products
4.1.2 Growth of Various End-User Industries
4.2.1 Volatile Prices of Raw Materials
4.2.2 REACH Regulations Regarding Use
4.3.1 Industrialization and Infrastructure Development in Asia
5. Market Segmentation and Analysis
5.1 By Type (Synthesis Route)
22.214.171.124 Methyl glycol ethers
126.96.36.199 Ethyl glycol ethers
188.8.131.52 Butyl glycol ethers
184.108.40.206 Propylene glycol monomethyl ether (PM)
220.127.116.11 Dipropylene glycol monomethyl ether (DPM)
18.104.22.168 Tripropylene glycol monomethyl ether (TPM)
22.214.171.124 Other Propylene glycol ethers
5.2 By Application
5.2.2 Anti-Icing Agent
5.2.3 Hydraulic and Brake Fluid
5.2.4 Chemical Intermediate
5.3 By End-User Industry
5.3.1 Paints and Coatings
5.3.4 Cosmetics and Personal Care
6. Regional Market Analysis (Market Size, Growth and Forecast)
6.1.4 South Korea
6.1.6 Australia & New Zealand
6.1.7 ASEAN Countries
6.1.8 Rest of APAC
6.2.6 The Netherlands
6.2.7 Rest of Europe
6.3 North America
6.3.4 Rest of North America
6.4 South America
6.4.3 Rest of South America
6.5 Middle East and Africa
6.5.1 South Africa
6.5.2 Saudi Arabia
6.5.3 Rest of MEA
7. Competitive Landscape
7.1 Mergers & Acquisitions
7.2 Joint Ventures Collaborations and Agreements
7.3 Market Share Analysis
7.4 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players
8. Company Profiles
8.1 BASF SE
8.2 Eastmen Chemical Company
8.3 FBC Chemical Corp
8.4 Ineos Group Limited
8.5 KH Neochem Co., Ltd.
8.6 LyondellBasell Industries N.V.
8.7 Nippon Nyukazai Co., Ltd.
8.9 Recochem Inc.
8.10 Royal Dutch Shell plc
8.11 Sasol Limited
8.12 The Dow Chemical Company