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White Spirit Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

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  • 120 Pages
  • April 2023
  • Region: Global
  • Mordor Intelligence
  • ID: 5318442
The white spirit market is expected to register a CAGR of more than 5% during the forecast period. COVID-19 negatively impacted the market in 2020. However, the market is now estimated to reach pre-pandemic levels and is expected to grow steadily.

Key Highlights

  • The increasing demand from the paints and coatings industry and augmenting infrastructure development are driving the market's growth.
  • On the flip side, toxic and hazardous nature is expected to significantly hinder the market's growth.
  • Customization of products more specific to an application and the increasing demand as a substitute for turpentine will likely act as opportunities in the future.
  • Asia-Pacific is expected to dominate the global market during the forecast period.

White Spirit Market Trends

Growing Demand from Paint Thinner Application

  • White spirit is a petroleum-derived, transparent liquid that stands to be an effective organic solvent widely used as a paint thinner.
  • White spirit is commonly used in the construction industry, wherever paints are used. The growth of the global construction industry is boosting the demand for paints and coatings, stimulating the white spirit market.
  • According to the US Census Bureau, during December 2021, the construction spending in the country was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of USD 1,639.9 billion, 0.2% more than the revised November estimate of USD 1,636.5 billion.
  • China's growth is fueled mainly by rapid residential and commercial building expansion. China is encouraging and enduring a continuous urbanization process, with a projected rate of 70% by 2030.
  • Also, China's construction output peaked in 2021 at about USD 4.44 trillion. As a result, these factors tend to increase the demand for the white spirit during the forecast period.
  • In addition, white spirit is used for wooden furniture or floors, making it useful for application in the furniture industry. With numerous construction projects under planning or development phases worldwide, the expected growth in demand for furniture is also expected to create apparent demand for white spirit over the years to come.
  • All the factors above are expected to drive the demand for white spirit for paint thinner applications over the forecast period.

Asia-Pacific to Dominate the Market

  • Asia-Pacific is expected to dominate the market for the white spirit during the forecast period due to increased demand from countries like India and China.
  • According to China's five-year plan unveiled in January 2022, the construction industry in the country is estimated to register a growth rate of approximately 6% in 2022. China is planning to increase prefabricated building construction to reduce pollution and waste from construction sites.
  • China's paints and coatings industry is expected to experience high demand during the forecast period, primarily due to increased demand for decorative coating.
  • In May 2021, PPG announced the completion of a USD 13 million investment in its Jiading, Chinese paint and coatings facility, including eight new powder coating production lines and an expanded Powder Coatings Technology Center. The expansion will increase the plant's capacity by more than 8,000 metric tons annually, positively impacting the market growth.
  • Furthermore, India will likely invest around USD 1.3 trillion in housing over the next seven years. It is expected to see the construction of 60 million new homes. The availability of affordable housing is likely to rise by around 70% in 2024, thus, supporting the market growth.
  • All the factors mentioned above are expected to drive the white spirit market in the region over the forecast period.

White Spirit Industry Overview

The white spirit market is fragmented in nature. Some of the major players in the market include Neste, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Shell plc, DHC Solvent Chemie GmbH, and TotalEnergies, among others (not in particular order).

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Table of Contents

1.1 Study Assumptions
1.2 Scope of the Study



4.1 Drivers
4.1.1 Increasing Demand from the Paints and Coatings Industry
4.1.2 Augmenting Infrastructure Development
4.2 Restraints
4.2.1 Toxic and Hazardous Nature of White Spirit
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 Consumers
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 Value)
5.1 Grade
5.1.1 Low-flash Grade
5.1.2 Regular-flash Grade
5.1.3 High-flash Grade
5.2 Application
5.2.1 Paint Thinner
5.2.2 Cleansing Agent
5.2.3 Degreasing Agent
5.2.4 Fuel
5.2.5 Disinfectant
5.2.6 Other Applications
5.3 Geography
5.3.1 Asia-Pacific China India Japan South Korea Rest of Asia-Pacific
5.3.2 North America United States Canada Mexico
5.3.3 Europe Germany United Kingdom Italy France Rest of Europe
5.3.4 South America Brazil Argentina Rest of South America
5.3.5 Middle-East and Africa Saudi Arabia South Africa Rest of Middle-East and Africa

6.1 Mergers 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 Al Sanea
6.4.2 Cepsa
6.4.3 DHC Solvent Chemie GmbH
6.4.4 Exxon Mobil Corporation
6.4.5 HCS Group GmbH
6.4.7 KH Chemicals
6.4.8 Kuwaitintlfactory
6.4.9 Mehta Petro Refineries Limited
6.4.10 Neste
6.4.11 Shell Plc
6.4.12 STOCKMEIER Group
6.4.13 TotalEnergies

7.1 Customization of Products More Specific to Application
7.2 Increasing Demand as a Substitute for Turpentine

Companies Mentioned (Partial List)

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

  • Al Sanea
  • Cepsa
  • DHC Solvent Chemie GmbH
  • Exxon Mobil Corporation
  • HCS Group GmbH
  • KH Chemicals
  • Kuwaitintlfactory
  • Mehta Petro Refineries Limited
  • Neste
  • Shell Plc
  • TotalEnergies