The global polyethylene glycol market size was valued at USD 4,678.7 million in 2022 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.0% from 2023 to 2030. The rising importance of material properties such as non-toxicity, wear resistance, and solubility in organic solvents is a significant factor driving the market. The emergence of polyethylene glycol (PEG) as a lubricating solution in the pharmaceutical industry on account of it exhibiting the aforementioned properties is expected to have a positive impact on the market.
Pharmaceutical industry growth in emerging markets including China, India, and Brazil coupled with increased expenditure on technology advancement is expected to drive PEG market. The rising popularity of water-based coatings, paints, and inks on account of increased application scope in construction and automotive industries is expected to augment PEG market demand over the forecast period.
PEG is also used as a color stabilizer in the production of paper and ceramic. Paper industry growth in China and India on account of surging domestic demand is expected to promote PEG demand. Automotive, construction and household industries are key consumers of ceramic tiles, and the growth in these industries are expected to augment PEG demand over the next six years. The market presence of substitutes such as MEG and other glycol ethers is expected to pose a credible threat and negatively impact the market over the forecast period.
Technological advancement in hydraulic fracturing has resulted in increasing the production of unconventional resources such as shale gas and tight oil, which is likely to increase the availability of petrochemicals, meant for PEG production and is expected to open new market avenues. Acme-Hardesty developed bio-based PEG produced from sugarcane which is expected to be utilized as a sustainable solution and would open new opportunities for PEG over the forecast period.
Medical application dominated the market with a revenue share of more than 40% in 2022. This is attributed to its wide application in dispensing agents, solvents, delivery liquids for medications, ointments, fillers for tablets & suppository bases in ophthalmic solutions, and treating constipation. The emergence of PEG as an alternative to MEG (mono-ethylene glycol) in the pharmaceutical industry on account of its non-toxic nature is expected to have a positive impact on the market.
PEG is also used as a binder for technical ceramics production and as a gas insulator for inducing superconductivity in an electric-double layer transistor. PEGs are also extensively used as thickeners, moisture-carriers, softeners and solvents in cosmetics. However, health and environmental hazards associated with the addition of PEG to personal care products are expected to hamper market growth.
Asia Pacific region dominated the market with a revenue share of more than 48% in 2022. This is attributed to the industrial growth of the pharmaceutical, automotive, and construction sectors in India and China.
North America is expected to witness growth on account of the dominance of the U.S. in the global pharmaceutical industry coupled with growing automotive production in Mexico. The European Commission has framed supportive policies meant at promoting the biopolymer industry. As a result, chemical manufacturers are anticipated to focus on developing bio-based PEG, which is likely to open new market opportunities. Positive downstream oil & gas industry outlook in the Middle East and Brazil is expected to ensure raw material availability for PEG production over the forecast period.
The global market is highly fragmented on account of the high penetration of companies across the world. Raw material availability of ethylene oxide on account of its increased demand for the production of MEG, which is further processed to manufacture PET, is expected to be a paramount concern for manufacturers. Key market players in the global polyethylene glycol market include:
Dow Chemical Company
Jiangsu Haian Petrochemical Plant
Shanghai Bronkow Chemical
Market size value in 2023
USD 4949.1 million
Revenue forecast in 2030
USD 7,482.4 million
CAGR of 6.0% from 2023 to 2030
Base year for estimation
2018 - 2021
2023 - 2030
Revenue in USD million, volume in kilotons, and CAGR from 2023 to 2030
Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends
North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Central & South America; Middle East & Africa
U.S.; Canada; Mexico; Germany; U.K.; France; China; India; Japan; Brazil; Saudi Arabia
Key companies profiled
BASF; Dow Chemical Company; LOTTE CHEMICAL; Ineos; Croda; Liaoning Oxiranchem; Liaoning Kelong; Jiangsu Haian Petrochemical Plant; Shanghai Bronkow Chemical; Taijie Chemical; Huangma Chemical; India Glycols.
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This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis on the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2018 to 2030. For this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global polyethylene glycol market report based on application, and region:
Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million; Volume, Kilotons, 2018 - 2030)
Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million; Volume, Kilotons, 2018 - 2030)
Central & South America
Middle East & Africa
b. The global polyethylene glycol market size was estimated at USD 4,678.7 million in 2022 and is expected to reach USD 4,949.1 million in 2023.
b. The global polyethylene glycol market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 6.0% from 2023 to 2030 to reach USD 7,482.4 million by 2030.
b. Asia Pacific dominated the polyethylene glycol market with a share of 48.7% in 2022. This is attributable to the industrial growth of the pharmaceutical, automotive, and construction sectors in India and China.
b. Some key players operating in the polyethylene glycol market include BASF, Dow Chemical Company, LOTTE CHEMICAL, Ineos, Croda, Liaoning Oxiranchem, Liaoning Kelong, Jiangsu Haian Petrochemical Plant, Shanghai Bronkow Chemical, Taijie Chemical, Huangma Chemical, India Glycols.
b. Key factors that are driving the market growth include increasing importance of material properties such as non-toxicity, wear-resistance and solubility in organic solvents and the emergence of polyethylene glycol as a lubricating solution in the pharmaceutical industry.
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