GVR Report cover Diethylene Glycol Monobutyl Ether Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Diethylene Glycol Monobutyl Ether Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Application (Paints, Coatings, & Inks, Cleaning Agents), By Region (North America, Europe, APAC, Central & South America, MEA), And Segment Forecasts, 2019 - 2025

  • Report ID: GVR-4-68038-160-3
  • Number of Pages: 90
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)

Industry Insights

The global diethylene glycol monobutyl ether market size was estimated at USD 178.4 million in 2018 and is expected to witness a CAGR of 3.9% from 2019 to 2025. Increasing consumption of the product as a cleaning agent and in the formulation of paints and coatings is expected to drive the market over the forecast period.

Global diethylene glycol monobutyl ether market size

Diethylene glycol monobutyl ether is one of the broadly utilized coalescents in formulating latex paints for architectural applications. Increased construction spending in emerging countries is expected to trigger the demand for paints and coatings in the building and construction sector, which in turn is expected to augment market growth.

Diethylene glycol monobutyl ether (DEGBE) is a colorless liquid, which is miscible in water and oil. Also, it is soluble in benzene, ethanol, acetone, and ethyl ether. Ethylene oxide is one of the key raw materials for manufacturing diethylene glycol monobutyl ether. It is an organic compound and is a flammable, colorless liquid having a faint odor. It is primarily formulated by the catalytic oxidation of ethylene. Diethylene glycol monobutyl ether is manufactured by reacting ethylene oxide with n-butanol in presence of alkali catalysts.

Diethylene glycol monobutyl ether is widely used as a solvent in cleaners and detergents, dyes, ink, and paint industries. According to the European Union Risk Assessment Report, in Europe, the product is used as a cleaning agent and in paint and surface coatings. In France, its use in the cosmetics industry is permissible, wherein it is used as a solvent in hair dyes with a maximum concentration of 9%. Moreover, various companies including Eastman Chemical Company have been granted permission under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act to use diethylene glycol monobutyl ether without limitation for food-use and non-food use pesticide products.

The textile industry is a rapidly-growing market backed by constant technological innovations such as the development of smart textiles, the introduction of geotextiles, antimicrobial medical textiles, and waterproof breathable textiles. The demand for improved appearance of textiles has paved way for new dyeing techniques and unique formulations, globally. Diethylene glycol monobutyl ether is used as a wetting-out solution in the textile industry. In the textile dyeing application, DEG monobutyl ether promotes rapid and uniform penetration of dyes.

Diethylene glycol monobutyl ether does not cause any severe human health hazard and can be recycled. Therefore, it is not subjected to any stringent waste disposal regulations. Also, safety standards associated with transportation and storage of the product are lenient.

Application Insights

Diethylene glycol monobutyl ether is one of the broadly utilized coalescents in formulating latex paints and paints for architectural applications. Its demand in the paints, coatings, and inks segment accounted for 36.3% of global market revenue in 2018. Latex paints dominate the paint industry followed by oil-based paints. Since latex paints are water-based formulations, they dry faster compared to their counterparts, thereby reducing the time of application for a second coat. These paints are therefore broadly used in indoor painting applications.

DEG monobutyl ethers are used to formulate several industrial multi-purpose cleaners. In manufacturing facilities, proper cleaning of the equipment and its surrounding space is critical to ensure proper and uninterrupted functioning of the machines. Cleaning of the equipment includes degreasing, removal of accumulated dirt and dust, and disinfecting the surrounding areas. To maintain and preserve workplace cleanliness and hygiene, manufacturers working in the cleaning products formulation space have developed multiple surfactants, chelating agents, solvents, pH regulators, and solubilizers, wherein diethylene glycol monobutyl ethers are used in formulations. This is projected to drive demand for diethylene glycol monobutyl ether in cleaning agents with a CAGR of 3.5%, in terms of volume, over the forecast period.

The product is used in lacquers, stamp-pads, dopes, and printing inks, wherein it is required to have an extremely low evaporation rate. It is used in high-bake enamels to provide characteristics such as desirable flow and glossiness. In printing box-boards and other allied materials, it is used as a dye solvent to enable quick and uniform penetration of ink. It is used as a solvent for felt tip pens and ballpoint pen inks, as well as in textile printing and dyeing. Furthermore, it is also used as a diluent in hydraulic brake fluids and as a stabilizer and deactivator for formulating agricultural pesticides. The wide application scope of the product is anticipated to foster the consumption of the product over the forthcoming period.

Regional Insights

North America market for diethylene glycol monobutyl ether is majorly driven by the product’s use in pharmaceuticals, detergents, and cleaning agents. The region recorded the highest consumption of industrial and institutional cleaners in 2017, followed by China. This can be attributed to the rising concerns related to sanitation in both the commercial and residential sectors. The aforementioned factors are expected to cumulatively augment the consumption of diethylene glycol monobutyl ether in the region with a CAGR of 3.3% in terms of revenue over the forecast period.

The demand for DEG monobutyl ether in paints and coatings formulation is expected to grow steadily in the region due to high infrastructural development projects in the pipeline such as LaGuardia Airport Construction Project, O’Hare Airport Construction Project, Second Avenue Subway Construction Project, Sound Transit 3 (ST3) Construction Project, and California High-Speed Rail Construction Project.

Global diethylene glycol monobutyl ether market share

Europe has stringent regulations, in terms of chemical manufacturing and utilization, across several countries. According to the European Commission, diethylene glycol monobutyl ether was majorly used in formulating cleaning products in Europe, followed by its use in paints and coatings production. However, the EU has restricted the use of DEGBE up to over 9% concentration in cosmetics manufacturing, especially in France. Besides, the use of DEGBE in food and medicine products is prohibited in European countries. However, growing demand for diethylene glycol monobutyl ether in formulating cleaning products is projected to drive the diethylene glycol monobutyl ether market in Europe.

The Asia Pacific is recognized as one of the largest markets for paints and coatings, wherein the key players in the industry are seeking stable growth through consolidation. Rising population, rapid infrastructural development, growing middle-class and upper-middle-class population, and widespread urbanization has cumulatively led to significant consumption of various paints and coatings for individualized living spaces and public infrastructure development. The paint and coatings application accounted for a revenue share of 37.1% in the Asia Pacific market for diethylene glycol monobutyl ether in 2018.

In Central and South America, Brazil is the largest consumer of diethylene glycol monobutyl ether and accounts for over 60% of the region’s demand in paints and coatings application. After Brazil, Argentina and Colombia are observed to be substantially large consumers of paints and coatings, which is driven by the rising demand for architectural paints in these countries.

Diethylene Glycol Monobutyl Ether Market Share Insights

Key industry participants such as Eastman Chemical, TCI Chemicals, and India Glycols have been investing heavily in research to formulate products for expanded applications in niche applications, particularly cosmetics. Other notable players in the DEGBE  market include Advance Petrochemicals Ltd., The Dow Chemical Company, Petronas Chemicals, and Solvents.

The Asia Pacific is the largest producer of the product with the presence of players such as Advance Petrochemicals Limited, India Glycols, Petronas Chemicals, and Hannong Chemicals. Volatility in crude oil prices has been impacting the overall ethylene oxide and derivatives industry including DEG monobutyl ethers, resulting in fluctuation of operations and product supply. This is one of the key challenges being faced by market players.

Report Scope



The base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2014 - 2017

Forecast period

2019 - 2025

Market representation

Volume in Kilotons, Revenue in USD Million & CAGR from 2019 to 2025

Region Scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America, Middle East & Africa

Country Scope

U.S., Canada, Mexico, U.K., Germany, France, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Saudi Arabia

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

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country-level and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2025. For this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global diethylene glycol monobutyl ether market report on the basis application and region:

  • Application Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Paints, Coatings, & Inks

    • Cleaning Agents

    • Other Applications

  • Regional Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • North America

      • The U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • France

      • U.K.

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • Japan

      • India

      • South Korea

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

    • Middle East & Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

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