GVR Report cover Petrochemicals Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Petrochemicals Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (Ethylene, Propylene, Butadiene, Benzene, Xylene, Toluene, Methanol), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2022 - 2030

  • Report ID: 978-1-68038-560-1
  • Number of Pages: 249
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)

Report Overview

The global petrochemicals market size was valued at USD 556.09 billion in 2021 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.2% from 2022 to 2030. The demand for petrochemicals is attributed to an increase in the demand for downstream products from various end-use industries such as construction, pharmaceuticals, and automotive, which is a major factor driving the market. Petrochemical is a vital component for many industrial processes, and hence forms the backbone of an industrial economy. Some of the products derived from petrochemicals include tires, industrial oil, detergents, and plastics. Basic plastic derived from the product act as a building block in the manufacturing of consumer goods.

U.S. petrochemicals market size, by product, 2020 - 2030 (USD Billion)

End-use industries evaluate the quality of products supplied from time to time and establish procurement agreements with suppliers to purchase petrochemicals derivatives in bulk and ensure their stable and seasonal supply. An increasing number of product suppliers in the market has resulted in the high bargaining power of the buyers.

The industry is significantly affected by the prices of crude oil as it is a basic raw material used for the manufacturing of the product. The volatility in the prices and supply of crude oil has affected the production cost of petrochemicals, which, in turn, makes their production process costly. Factors such as the growing inclination of consumers in the developed and developing regions toward environment-friendly products and the volatile prices of raw materials of petrochemicals are likely to hamper the market growth in the coming years.

The steam cracking process is one of the most commonly used processes for manufacturing petrochemicals from natural gas or crude oil. In this process, ethane, a derivative of natural gas or naphtha that is predominantly derived from crude oil, is used for the manufacturing of olefins. A steam cracker has equipment operating at pressure from near-vacuum to 100 atm and operating at temperatures from 100 K to 1400 K.

Product Insights

Ethylene dominated the market with a revenue share of over 40.0% in 2021. This is attributed to an increase in demand for ethylene from various industries such as construction, packaging, and transportation. Ongoing industrialization and flourishing automotive and packaging sectors in emerging economies such as India, Brazil, Vietnam, and Thailand are expected to fuel the consumption of ethylene in the countries over the forecast period. Surged use of polyethylene, High-density Polyethylene (HDPE), and Low-density Polyethylene (LDPE) is expected to foster the overall growth of the market for petrochemicals.

The methanol segment is predicted to register the highest revenue-based CAGR of 7.8% over the forecast period. Methanol is used as a feedstock for producing acetic acid and formaldehyde, which are used in foams, adhesives, foams, solvents, plywood subfloors, and windshield washer fluids. The demand for methanol is predicted to witness growth on account of its high demand in several end-use industries such as construction, paints and adhesives, pharmaceuticals, plastics, and automotive.

Butadiene was the second-largest product segment in 2021, in terms of revenue. It is majorly utilized as a chemical intermediate and a monomer during the production of polymers such as styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR), Polybutadiene Rubber (PBR), Polychloroprene (PBR), and Nitrile Rubber (NR). Butadiene derivatives have witnessed a significant increase in demand specifically in China, India, and other Asian countries owing to the flourishing end-use industries such as automobile, consumer goods, and construction.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific dominated the market with a volume share of over 50.0% in 2021. The flourishing chemicals industry and the increase in polymer consumption are anticipated to be the key factors for the market growth in this region. Companies in the region are shifting toward natural gas liquids and other non-oil feedstocks to cater to the rising demand for the product, along with strategizing cost-effective methods to increase sales of the products.

Global petrochemicals market share, by region, 2021 (%)

The growing shale gas exploration activities in the U.S. and Canada are expected to fuel the growth of the market in North America. The rising shale gas production in these countries provides an opportunity for replacing conventional feedstocks with shale gas for producing various petrochemicals. Major capacity addition in the U.S. and Canada are expected to fuel the growth of the market in North America over the forecast period.

Europe is anticipated to register a revenue-based CAGR of 5.7% over the forecast period. This is due to the ongoing recovery of the overall manufacturing sector from the global pandemic in Europe, coupled with the addition to the oil and gas capacity of the region. The market in Western Europe is anticipated to witness stagnant growth owing to market saturation. Increasing ethylene production in key countries, such as Germany, France, and the U.K., has led to the surged demand for petrochemicals from manufacturers to produce various industrial chemicals.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The rising demand for petrochemicals in various applications such as automobiles, packaging, household goods, and medical equipment is a key factor encouraging the manufacturers operating in this segment to increase their production capacity across the globe. Companies engaged in manufacturing petrochemical products continuously undergo mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures with governments and other key players that are already in the field of oil and gas. Through these operational integrations, companies seek to expand their reach to potential customers at optimum distribution cost.

China National Petroleum Corporation signed an agreement with the Republic of Benin to construct a pipeline from Niger to the Atlantic coast in Benin to strengthen its crude oil business footprint in Africa. LyondellBasell Industries Holdings B.V. and the China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation announced a 50-50 joint venture to produce propylene oxide (PO) and styrene monomer (SM) in China. Some prominent players in the global petrochemicals market include:


  • Chevron Corporation

  • China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC)

  • China Petrochemical Corporation

  • ExxonMobil Corporation

  • INEOS Group Ltd.

  • LyondellBasell Industries Holdings B.V.

  • Royal Dutch Shell PLC

Petrochemicals Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2022

USD 584.50 billion

Revenue forecast in 2030

USD 1,002.45 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 6.2% from 2022 to 2030

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2018 - 2020

Forecast period

2022 - 2030

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD billion, volume in million tons, and CAGR from 2022 to 2030

Report coverage

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

Segments covered

Product, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Latin America; Middle East; Africa

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; Germany; U.K.; Belgium; Netherlands; France; China; India; Japan; South Korea; Indonesia; Brazil

Key companies profiled

BASF SE; Chevron Corporation; China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC); China Petrochemical Corporation; ExxonMobil Corporation; INEOS Group Ltd.; LyondellBasell Industries Holdings B.V.; Royal Dutch Shell PLC

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Segments Covered in the Report

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

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

    • Ethylene

      • Polyethylene

      • Ethylene Oxide

      • EDC

      • Ethyl Benzene

      • Others(including Alpha Olefins, Vinyl Acetate, etc.)

    • Propylene

      • Polypropylene

      • Propylene Oxide

      • Acrylonitrile

      • Cumene

      • Acrylic Acid

      • Isopropanol

      • Others

    • Butadiene

      • SB Rubber

      • Butadiene Rubber

      • ABS

      • SB Latex

      • Others (Nitrile Rubber, Mechanical Belts, etc.)

    • Benzene

      • Ethyl Benzene

      • Phenol/Cumene

      • Cyclohexane

      • Nitrobenzene

      • Alkyl Benzene

      • Others (including Alkyl Benzene, Maleic Anhydride)

    • Xylene

    • Toluene

      • Benzene

      • Xylenes

      • Solvents

      • TDI

      • Others (including pesticides, drugs, nitro toluene, etc.)

      • Vinyl

      • Styrene

    • Methanol

      • Formaldehyde

      • Gasoline

      • Acetic Acid

      • MTBE

      • Dimethyl Ether

      • MTO/MTP

      • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Volume, Million Tons; Revenue, USD Billion, 2018 - 2030)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • UK

      • France

      • Belgium

      • Netherlands

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

      • South Korea

      • Indonesia

    • Latin America

      • Brazil

    • Middle East

    • Africa

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