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1,3 Propanediol Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (Conventional, Bio-based), By Application (Polytrimethylene Terephthalate, Polyurethane, Personal Care & Detergents), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2023 - 2030

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  • Number of Pages: 139
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1,3 Propanediol Market Size & Trends

The global 1,3 propanediol market size was valued at USD 398.0 million in 2022 and is anticipated to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.1% from 2023 to 2030.The demand for the product is attributed to the rise in demand for polytrimethylene terephthalate from various end-use industries such as personal care, cosmetics, and cleaning products. The 1,3 propanediol (1,3 PDO) market is expected to be driven by shifting consumer preference toward bio-based products. It is anticipated that the increasing consumer acceptability for bio-based products across a range of end-use sectors would further support market expansion.

U.S. 1,3 Propanediol market size and growth rate, 2023 - 2030

The rising biodiesel production is anticipated to propel the 1,3 propanediol industry. Crude glycerol, a by-product of biodiesel production, is a vital bio-based raw material utilized in the production of 1,3-propanediol. Due to several government laws to encourage biodiesel blending in conventional fuel, the growing demand for biodiesel is visible in various regions. The government has put rigorous policies in place in several nations, including Brazil, China, the U.S., and some member states of the European Union, to promote biodiesel mixing and lessen the reliance on fossil fuels.

Industry participants are increasingly focusing on producing 1,3-propanediol from bio-based sources due to the inherent characteristics to control the greenhouse gas effect and reduce the environmental impact. The bio-based 1,3-propanediol production process is expected to witness strong demand in the future. Emerging economies in regions such as Asia Pacific are touted to drive the regional bio-based 1,3-propanediol demand.

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the market for 1,3 propanediol negatively due to the shutdown of various production units of end-use industries. Polytrimethylene terephthalate (PTT) is utilized the in manufacturing of sportswear & leisure, carpet, and various other textile applications, which witnessed a decline the demand due to lockdowns. Similarly, restrictions in the operations of beauty parlors and salons restricted the demand for beauty and personal care products, which affected the 1,3 PDO market negatively.

Application Insights

The polytrimethylene terephthalate segment accounted for the largest revenue share of 67.4% in 2022. This is attributed to the rise in demand for PTT in various applications such as upholstery, apparel, specialty resins, consumer goods, and other industrial applications. Various characteristics of PTT such as stretch recovery properties, lower production cost for bio-based 1, 3 PDO, and lower environmental impact benefit PTT demand over other polymers.

Global 1,3 Propanediol market share and size, 2022

Desired product characteristics pertaining to PTT applications such as upholstery, apparel, specialty resins, and consumer goods include softness, stretch recovery, easy care, longevity, and biodegradability. The inherent PTT properties outperform nylon & polyethylene terephthalate in fiber applications and polybutylene terephthalate & polyethylene terephthalate in resin applications.

Polytrimethylene terephthalate applications have widened with the advent of new technologies and include end-users such as monofilaments, engineering, and thermoplastics. Superior PTT properties have led to this product being accepted as a primary substitute for other polymers such as PBT, PET, PC, and PP.

The polyurethane segment is expected to expand at the fastest CAGR of 9.7% during the forecast period. A major factor in the high demand for polyurethane is the wide range of end-use industries that rely on polyurethane products. Polyurethane is extensively used in industries such as construction, automotive, furniture, electronics, footwear, and packaging. In the construction industry, polyurethane is used for insulation purposes in buildings and infrastructure projects.

The automotive industry utilizes polyurethane in various applications, including seat cushions, interior trims, and bumpers. Meanwhile, the furniture industry uses polyurethane foam for cushioning and upholstery. The electronics industry relies on polyurethane coatings for protection against moisture and corrosion. Thus, the versatility of polyurethane makes it a preferred choice across multiple industries, thereby driving its market growth.

The personal care and detergents segment is expected to grow at a significant rate over the forecast period. The strong growth is witnessed due to the consumption of 1,3 propanediol in beauty and skin treatment products. 1,3 propanediol is commonly used as an ingredient in various personal care products such as skin treatment.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific dominated the market and accounted for the largest revenue share of 41.8% in 2022. Furthermore, it is expected to expand at the fastest CAGR of 9.6% during the forecast period. This is due to the rise in consumption and production of the product in textile, personal care & detergents, and cosmetics application in the region. The rise in investments in the retail sector has made the availability of consumer goods easier in the region, driving market growth.

1,3 Propanediol Market Trends, by Region, 2023 - 2030

Furthermore, favorable government mandates and laws related to bio-diesel are increasing production in nations such as China, India, Indonesia, and Malaysia. This will enhance glycerol production, which will support the expansion of the 1,3 propanediol market. The demand for bioplastics is evident in every major region, especially in the Asia Pacific and Latin America, owing to the strong demand from emerging economies such as China, Brazil, and India. Favorable policies and government regulations to encourage the use of bio-based products are critical factors driving the global market.

Product Insights

The conventional segment accounted for a larger revenue share of 50.9% in 2022. One of the primary factors driving the petrochemical-based segment is the increasing demand from various end-use industries. 1,3 PDO finds extensive application as a raw material in the production of polyesters, polyurethanes, and other polymers. The textile industry utilizes 1,3 PDO in the manufacturing of synthetic fibers, which are widely used in clothing and home furnishings.

Additionally, PDO is used in the production of personal care products such as moisturizers, shampoos, and cosmetics. The automotive industry also employs PDO in the manufacturing of interior components and coatings. The growing demand for these end-use products directly translates into increased demand for petrochemical-based PDO.

The bio-based segment is expected to expand at the fastest CAGR of 9.3% during the forecast period. The high growth is attributed to the shift in consumer preference towards bio-based products. Production techniques created by DuPont and Tate & Lyle assert that they consume 40% less energy, and 20% less greenhouse gas during the production process of bio-based products. The emergence of cost-effective bio-based PTT has further added to the credibility and demand for bio-based PDO.

Other bio-based polymers such as polyethylene have also developed their niche applications and market. 1,3 propanediol is produced using chemical and bio-based sources through multiple methods. Chemical processes include the methods involving ethylene oxide and acrolein developed by Shell Chemical LP and Degussa, respectively. On the other hand, bio-based methods encompass the corn syrup and glycerol methods.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

Mergers & acquisitions characterize the bio-based market with companies trying to forge strategic alliances with industry participants that have technological capability and access to raw materials. New entrants are heavily dependent on such partnerships to mark their presence in the industry. To penetrate the rapidly growing market, key players offer technological licenses or collaborate with companies with a wide distribution network, access to raw materials, and a thorough understanding of the regional market. Top players are boosting their production capacities to address rising demand from end-use industries.

Key 1,3 Propanediol Companies:

  • DuPont
  • Metabolic Explorer
  • Zhangjiagang Glory Biomaterial Co., Ltd.
  • Zouping Mingxing Chemical Co., Ltd.
  • Shell Chemicals LP
  • Merck KGaA
  • Tokyo Chemical Industry Co., Ltd.
  • Shenghong Group Holdings
  • Primient
  • Haihang Industry

Recent Developments

  • In February 2023, Huntsman International LLC announced that it would be introducing three new products at the European Coatings Show. Among the new products scheduled for release at the show are a novel mono-polyether amine called JEFFAMINE M-3085 and a novel polyurethane system for intumescent coating called POLYRESYST IC6005

  • In September 2022, Covation Biomaterials and Primient, a producer of 1,3-propanediol made entirely from plants, announced their participation in Primient's Sustainable Agriculture Program. Their involvement assists corn farmers in the U.S. Midwest in adopting sustainable and regenerative farming methods on a scale equivalent to 100% of corn’s agricultural footprint used in producing their plant-based products, namely Zemea PDO, Susterra PDO, and Sorona polymer

  • In October 2021, Ashland introduced a new deodorant known as Sensidin Pure Skin Multifunctional, which offers powerful and rapid efficiency against microorganisms causing odor. The new product contains 1,3-Propanediol, a well-known natural solvent and humectant, along with the active antimicrobial ingredient octenidine HCl

1,3 Propanediol Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2023

USD 424.5 million

Revenue forecast in 2030

USD 799.3 million

Growth rate

CAGR of 9.1% from 2023 to 2030

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2018 - 2021

Forecast period

2023 - 2030

Quantitative units

Volume in kilo tons, revenue in USD million,   and CAGR from 2023 to 2030

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Product, application, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Central & South America; MEA

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; Mexico; UK; Germany; France; Italy; Spain; China; Japan; India; South Korea; Brazil; Argentina; Saudi Arabia; South Africa

Key companies profiled

DuPont; Metabolic Explorer; Zhangjiagang Glory Biomaterial Co., Ltd.; Zouping Mingxing Chemical Co., Ltd.; Shell Chemicals LP; Merck KGaA; Tokyo Chemical Industry Co., Ltd.; Shenghong Group Holdings; Primient; Haihang Industry

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Global 1,3 Propanediol Market Report Segmentation

This report forecasts revenue and volume growth at the global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2018 to 2030. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global 1,3 propanediol market report on the basis of product, application, and region:

Global 1,3 Propanediol Market Report Segmentation

  • Product Outlook (Volume, Kilo Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Conventional

    • Bio-based

  • Application Outlook (Volume, Kilo Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Polytrimethylene Terephthalate

    • Polyurethane

    • Personal Care & Detergents

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Volume, Kilo Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)
    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • UK

      • Germany

      • France

      • Italy

      • Spain

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • Japan

      • India

      • South Korea

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

      • Argentina

    • Middle East and Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

      • South Africa

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