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Dipropylene Glycol n-Butyl Ether Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Application (Cleaning Formulation, Coatings, Chemical Intermediates), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2020 - 2025

  • Report ID: GVR-4-68038-618-9
  • Number of Pages: 100
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)

Report Overview

The global dipropylene glycol n-butyl ether market size was valued at USD 9.23 million in 2019 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.8% from 2020 to 2025. The outburst of viruses globally has resulted in high awareness amongst consumers to keep the environment and surface clean. Thus, rising awareness is anticipated to benefit the global demand for cleaning products. Companies manufacturing household cleaners are focusing on the development of new and innovative eco-friendly cleaners to meet the rising demand of the consumers globally. The global leaders in the home cleaners segment have witnessed significant growth in the sales of household and laundry care products from 2016 to 2019. These companies have a strong global presence and the rise in the sale of homecare cleaners indicates the growing demand for these products globally.

North America dipropylene glycol n-butyl ether market size

The environment compliant properties of dipropylene glycol n-butyl ether are anticipated to promote its usage in these products, thereby driving its global demand. The coating industry has witnessed significant growth in the use of environment-friendly materials as a part of sustainable or green chemistry in recent years. Rise in consumer awareness pertaining to sustainable products and increasingly strict environmental regulations regarding the reduction of VOC emissions are supporting the growth of eco-friendly coatings. The eco-friendly nature of dipropylene glycol n-butyl ether-based coatings has been one of the most important factors in boosting the market growth.

DPnB coatings are preferred across a wide range of applications, including automotive, industrial coatings, and water-based wood coatings. DPnB adds hardness, stability, and block resistance to the material applied. Rising demand for environmentally friendly and durable coatings with better aesthetics is likely to propel the demand for biodegradable coatings in the forthcoming years.

Being a readily biodegradable organic solvent, along with low human and animal toxicity, dipropylene glycol n-butyl ether has been exempted by major regulatory bodies, such as REACH, U.S. EPA, and China's Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE). It has also been regarded as a non-VOC chemical by the European Union, which is further expected to foster its usage in coatings and cleaners over the forecast period.

Plasticizers are largely used in the manufacturing of flexible PVC, which is one of the most widely used plastics. Without the addition of plasticizers, PVC is extremely brittle. It is used in specific construction activities, in fiber for clothing, and in the healthcare industry. In the construction industry, PVC is used for insulation on an electrical wire and in particular flooring applications as an alternative to rubber. Growing urbanization and infrastructure investments are anticipated to boost the growth of the global construction industry.

Application Insights

Coating formulations dominated the market for dipropylene glycol n-butyl ether with a share of 43.4%, in terms of revenue, in 2019. The segment is also expected to witness the fastest growth in the forecast period. This is attributed to the non-VOC characteristics of the product. The global solvent market for coatings has undergone a paradigm shift due to adverse effects on environment resulting from application of volatile organic compounds in crude oil-based solvents. Therefore, companies are shifting their consumption from traditional paints to environmental solvents. DPnB is anticipated to replace PnB (Propylene glycol n-butyl ether) due to its lower VOC emissions.

Demand for coatings is expected to be led by the automotive, construction, and industrial applications. In the automotive industry, demand for coatings is also driven by its consumption for vehicle refurbishing activities and its aftermarket. Coatings are further gaining traction due to their aesthetic appeal and protective properties, which is anticipated to result in a positive demand for the product over the forecast period

Dipropylene glycol n-butyl ether-based cleaners are thus anticipated to gain preference against oily and greasy stains. In face washes, the solvent dissolves the dust and retains moisture to the skin. The overall market for cleaners is anticipated to witness robust growth due to the potential threat of bacterial and viral diseases. Increasing awareness among consumers to control such diseases is further expected to propel the demand for cleaners. Moreover, product innovations in formulation of cleaners, such as multi-purpose cleaner, are expected to benefit the global consumption of such goods.

Other applications of dipropylene glycol n-butyl ether include manufacturing of printing inks, cosmetics, and agricultural formulations. It is used as a coalescing agent in the production of printing inks. The partial solubility in water makes it a suitable choice in the production of printing inks. When used in pen inks, DPnB allows free flow and prevents color clogging. Printing inks find application in various end-use industries, such as consumer goods, packaging, and electronics.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific dominated the market for dipropylene glycol n-butyl ether with a share of 35.2%, in terms of revenue, in 2019. The region is also expected to witness the fastest growth in the years to come. This is attributed to rapidly growing manufacturing sector and significant investments by major companies in the production of propylene oxide. For instance, in December 2019, LyondellBasell and Sinopec signed an MoU to build a 300 kilotons per annum facility of propylene oxide in China.

Demand for cleaners in North American households is driven by increasing consumption of products, such as dishwashing detergents, laundry care products, and multi-purpose kitchen and floor cleaners. Procter & Gamble, one of the leading sellers of cleaners in the region, witnessed a rise in the sale of cleaners from USD 20.73 billion in 2016 to USD 22.08 billion in 2019.

Global dipropylene glycol n-butyl ether market share

Increasing sale of secondhand cars in the U.S. has resulted in a rise in refurbishing trends, thus resulting in high demand for coatings. Increasing demand for replacement or spare parts in developed countries, such as the U.K. and U.S., coupled with expanding application scope of coatings in numerous parts of the automobile, is expected to drive their production, thus positively influencing the market growth over the next few years.

In Europe, approval for the utilization and manufacturing of the product from the major regulatory bodies in the region is one of the major factors positively influencing the significant consumption of the product.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The market structure is made up of chemical giants and contract manufacturing companies. Companies enter into agreements with end-users for the supply of products to prevent the risk of overproduction which leads to increased inventory costs. The strategy framework of the market is largely dependent upon application industry growth North America is a potential market for glycol ether due to its rapidly growing end-use industries, such as automotive industry, architectural sectors, aerospace industry, and construction sector. Moreover, companies such as Eastman Chemical Company and Dow have a significant presence in the region. Dow is one of the leading manufacturers of glycol ethers with production facilities located in Plaquemine, Louisiana, and Seadrift. Some of the prominent players operating in the dipropylene glycol n-butyl ether market are:

  • Dow

  • Jiangsu Dynamic Chemical Co., Ltd.

  • LyondellBasell Industries Holdings B.V.

  • Banner Chemicals Limited

  • Monument Chemical

  • Penta Manufacturer


  • Henan Haofei Chemical Co. Ltd.


  • Henan GP Chemicals Co. Ltd.

Dipropylene Glycol n-Butyl Ether Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2020

USD 10.13 million

Revenue forecast in 2025

USD 13.29 million

Growth Rate

CAGR of 6.8% from 2020 to 2025

Market demand in 2020

4,478.1 tons

Volume forecast in 2025

5,610.4 tons

Growth Rate

CAGR of 5.7% from 2020 to 2025

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2014 - 2018

Forecast period

2020 - 2025

Quantitative units

Volume in Tons, Revenue in USD million, and CAGR from 2020 to 2025

Report coverage

Volume and revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Application, region

Regional scope

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

Country scope

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

Key companies profiled

Dow; Jiangsu Dynamic Chemical Co., Ltd.; LyondellBasell Industries Holdings B.V.; Banner Chemicals Limited; Monument Chemical; Penta Manufacturer; YIDA CHEMICAL; Henan Haofei Chemical Co. Ltd.; AECOCHEM; Henan GP Chemicals Co. Ltd.

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Segments Covered in the Report

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

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

    • Cleaning Formulation

    • Coatings

    • Chemical Intermediates

    • Others

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

    • North America

      • The U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • The U.K.

      • France

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

      • South Korea

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

    • Middle East & Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

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