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Benzyl Alcohol Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

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  • 120 Pages
  • April 2023
  • Region: Global
  • Mordor Intelligence
  • ID: 5025763
The global benzyl alcohol market is projected to register a CAGR of over 5% during the forecast period.

Key Highlights

  • COVID-19 impacted most industries worldwide. Excluding pharmaceutical applications, the demand for benzyl alcohol in cosmetics decreased in 2020 due to the lockdown scenario and halted production units. However, now the market is stable and growing steadily.
  • Over the short term, the increasing demand from the food and beverage, cosmetics, and personal care industries is expected to drive the market's growth. On the flip side, a high concentration of benzyl alcohol causes toxic effects on humans and hinders the market's growth.
  • The increasing demand for benzyl alcohol as anti-parasite medicine and a common preservative in injectable drugs and the product's growing popularity because of its wide applications, fragrance component, viscosity-decreasing agent, and preservatives accelerate the benzyl alcohol market growth. The use of benzyl alcohol in preservatives (2%), solubilizing agents (5%) and disinfectants (10%) and its extensive use in antibiotics, anti-inflammatory products, or neuroleptics to reduce pain further influence the benzyl alcohol market.
  • Additionally, expansion of the pharmaceutical sector, consumption of aromatic solvents for drug formulation in the pharmaceuticals sector, and surge in investment positively affect the benzyl alcohol market. Furthermore, research and development and intensification of nitro benzaldehydes synthesis from benzyl alcohol extend profitable opportunities to the benzyl alcohol market players in the forecast period.
  • Asia Pacific represents the largest market and is expected to be the fastest-growing market over the forecast period due to the increasing consumption from countries such as China, India, and Japan.

Benzyl Alcohol Market Trends

Food and Beverage Industry Segment to Dominate the Market

  • Food additives and preservatives derived from benzyl alcohol are intensively used in the food and beverage industry. The food preservative market is expected to register a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 6% during the forecast period, owing to the rising consumption of processed and packaged food. This is expected to ensure the regular demand for benzyl alcohol as many preservatives are derived from it.
  • The food and beverages industry worldwide generated a revenue of USD 740 billion in 2022. The market is expected to grow at a (CAGR) of 7.14% during 2022-2027 annually, resulting in a projected market volume of USD 1.10 billion by 2027.
  • According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), the total value added by the food and beverages industry (including tobacco products) in the United States in the first three quarters of 2022 was about USD 967.6 billion, 1.3% more than the previous year’s value added in the same period.
  • Furthermore, the overall value added by food and beverage retail outlets in the third quarter of 2022 was roughly USD 201.5 billion, representing an almost 10% increase over the value generated in the third quarter of 2021 (around USD 183 billion).
  • In 2022, the Europe food and beverages industry employed approximately 4.6 million people and generated EUR 1.1 trillion (USD 1.159 trillion) in revenue and EUR 230 billion (USD 242.37 billion) in value-added, making it one of the largest manufacturing industries in Europe, increasing the food and beverages industry in the region.
  • Therefore, the abovementioned factors will significantly impact the market in the coming years.

Asia Pacific to Dominate the Market

  • In terms of benzyl alcohol consumption, Asia-Pacific is likely to be the major market. This is due to China's dominance in end-user sectors such as paints and coatings, adhesives and sealants, chemical processing, cosmetics, and personal care. China's glue usage accounts for around 32% of global consumption.
  • Benzyl alcohol is commonly used in construction to make adhesives, paints, varnishes, sealants, and other goods. The paints and coatings industry, where benzyl alcohol is used as a general solvent, is predicted to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of around 6% in the region over the projection period. This is because China is predicted to experience the highest increase in construction activity, followed by India.
  • The Chinese government has increased its investment in inexpensive housing facilities to meet housing demand. Furthermore, public-private partnership (PPP) projects have boosted the domestic construction sector.
  • China has the largest construction market in the world, encompassing 20% of all construction investments globally. China is expected to spend nearly USD 13 trillion on buildings by 2030, creating a positive market outlook for the paint and coating industry and thus driving the studied market.
  • Furthermore, according to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) of Japan, the total investment in the construction sector in the year 2022 was about 66,990 billion yen (USD 508.16 billion), which is an increase of around 0.6% as compared to the previous year.
  • Paints and coatings find their application in the automotive industry as well. According to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), the production of automobiles in the country also saw an increase of 3.4% in the year 2022, as compared to 2021. The total production in 2022 was approximately 27 million units; in 2021, it was about 26 million.
  • Benzyl alcohol is also used in various cosmetic formulations as a fragrance component, preservative, solvent, and viscosity-decreasing agent. China is also one of the major consumers of cosmetics. In 2022, wholesale and retail companies' retail sales of cosmetics in China reached CNY 393.6 billion (USD 57 billion). This was a slight decrease compared to the previous year, which was about CNY 402.6 billion (USD 58.6 billion).
  • Therefore, the abovementioned factors are expected to impact the market in the coming years significantly.

Benzyl Alcohol Industry Overview

The benzyl alcohol market is fragmented by nature. The major companies in the market studied include (not in any particular order) Gujarat Alkalies and Chemical Limited, Elan Chemical, Lanxess, Tosoh Corporation, and Valtris Specialty Chemicals, among others.

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Table of Contents

1.1 Study Assumptions
1.2 Scope of Study



4.1 Drivers
4.1.1 Increasing Demand from the Food and Beverage Industry
4.1.2 Growing Demand from the Cosmetics and Personal Care Industry
4.2 Restraints
4.2.1 High Concentration of Benzyl Alcohol Causing Toxic Effects on Humans
4.2.2 Other Restraints
4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis
4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis
4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.4.2 Bargaining power of Buyers
4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants
4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services
4.4.5 Degree of Competition

5 MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size in Volume)
5.1 End-user Industry
5.1.1 Cosmetics and Personal Care
5.1.2 Paints and Coatings
5.1.3 Chemical Processing
5.1.4 Pharmaceutical
5.1.5 Food and Beverage
5.1.6 Other End-user Industries
5.2 Geography
5.2.1 Asia Pacific China India Japan South Korea Rest of Asia Pacific
5.2.2 North America United States Canada Mexico
5.2.3 Europe Germany United Kingdom Italy France Rest of Europe
5.2.4 South America Brazil Argentina Rest of South America
5.2.5 Middle-East and Africa Saudi Arabia South Africa Rest of Middle-East and Africa

6.1 Merger and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements
6.2 Market Share (%)**/ Ranking Analysis
6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players
6.4 Company Profiles
6.4.1 Elan Chemical
6.4.2 Gujarat Alkalies and Chemical Limited
6.4.3 Hubei Greenhome Materials Technology,INC.
6.4.5 Merck KGaA
6.4.6 Tokyo Chemical Industry Co. Ltd
6.4.7 Tosoh Corporation
6.4.8 Shimmer Chemicals Pvt. Ltd
6.4.9 Valtris Specialty Chemicals
6.4.10 Wuhan Biet Co. Ltd

7.1 Intensification of Nitrobenzaldehydes Synthesis from Benzyl Alcohol in a Micro-reactor
7.2 Other Opportunities

Companies Mentioned (Partial List)

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes, but is not limited to:

  • Elan Chemical
  • Gujarat Alkalies and Chemical Limited
  • Hubei Greenhome Materials Technology,INC.
  • Merck KGaA
  • Tokyo Chemical Industry Co. Ltd
  • Tosoh Corporation
  • Shimmer Chemicals Pvt. Ltd
  • Valtris Specialty Chemicals
  • Wuhan Biet Co. Ltd