Ethylbenzene is mainly used for the production of styrene, which is a precursor to various industrial polymers such as polystyrene, acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene, styrene-acrylonitrile resins, styrene-butadiene elastomers and latex and unsaturated polyester resins. Ethylbenzene, in the form of these polymers and others, finds application in various end-user industries such as packaging, electronics, construction, agriculture and petrochemicals.
The ethylbenzene market is mainly driven by an increase in the styrene demand in developing economies and its growing application in the expanding synthetic rubber and other end-user industries. The growing use of ethylbenzene for natural gas recovery is also expected to boost the market. However, long-term exposure to ethylbenzene is harmful, leading to strict regulations on its use. The highly fluctuating prices for raw materials are also affecting the market adversely.
The ethylbenzene markets major application is the production of styrene; wherein, nearly all of ethylbenzene is used for this purpose. Other smaller uses include its use as an anti-knocking agent in gasoline, which is gradually gaining prominence. It is also being used for the production of diethylbenzene, for recovery of natural gas, as a solvent in paint and as a constituent of asphalt and naphtha.
The market has been geographically segmented into APAC, North America, Europe, South America, and MEA. As of 2016, Asia-Pacific has the largest share in ethylbenzene market, with China, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan being the major consumers; this region is also expected to grow the fastest. APAC is followed by the North American countries, especially the United States, which is a major exporter and Europe. The market segmentation is expected to remain the same during the forecast period, with APAC gaining more market share.
Opportunities and Market Players
The industrial expansion in developing countries will lead to the growing demand for ethylbenzene in future. In addition, the R&D being carried out by major players to explore new and better applications of ethylbenzene and styrene is expected to create great opportunities for the market.
Some of the major companies dominating this market for ethylbenzene production and uses are -
- Dow Chemicals
- Changzhou Dohow Chemical Co., Ltd.
Market analysis for the global ethylbenzene 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 ethylbenzene 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
3.4 Price Analysis
4. Market Dynamics
4.1.1 Increasing Demand for Styrene
4.1.2 Increasing Use in Recovery of Natural Gas
4.1.3 Growing Application in Various End-User Industries
4.2.1 Strict Regulations on Use of Ethylbenzene
4.2.2 Fluctuating Raw Material Prices
4.3.1 Industrial Expansion in Developing Nations
4.3.2 Growing R&D to Explore New Applications
5. Market Segmentation and Analysis
5.1 By Application
5.1.1 Production of Styrene
188.8.131.52 Styrene-Acrylonitrile Resins
184.108.40.206 Styrene-Butadiene Elastomers and Latex
220.127.116.11 Unsaturated Polyester Resins
5.1.2 Antiknocking Agent in Gasoline
5.1.3 Production of Diethylbenzene
5.1.4 Recovery of Natural Gas
5.1.5 Solvent in Paint
5.1.6 Constituent of Asphalt And Naphtha
5.2 By End-User Industry
6. Regional Market Analysis (Market Size, Growth and Forecast)
6.1.4 South Korea
6.1.5 Australia & New Zealand
6.1.6 ASEAN Countries
6.1.7 Rest of APAC
6.2.6 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
6.5.4 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
8.3 Chevron Phillips Chemical
8.4 Dow Chemical
8.6 Changzhou Dohow Chemical Co., Ltd.
8.7 Eni Versalis
8.8 Honeywell UOP
8.9 Carbon Holdings (Cairo)
8.10 *list not exhaustive