Ethylene Glycols Market Size Worth $33.36 Billion By 2020

June 2015 | Report Format: Electronic (PDF)

The global market for ethylene glycol is expected to reach USD 33.36 billion by 2020, according to a new study by Grand View Research, Inc. Growing demand for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) for packaging applications, primarily in Asia Pacific and Latin America is expected to remain a key driving factor for the market. In addition, growth from the global textiles industry is also expected to support the ethylene glycol market development over the forecast period. Volatile prices and tight supply of raw materials, on account of frequent fluctuations in crude oil prices, are expected to inhibit the market growth over the next six years.

Monoethylene glycol (MEG) emerged as the leading product segment and accounted for 89.9% of total market volume in 2013. MEG in addition to being the largest product segment is also expected to be the fastest-growing ethylene glycol at an estimated CAGR of 4.8% from 2014 to 2020. MEG is mainly used for manufacturing PET and growth of the global beverages market is expected to drive the demand for MEG over the forecast period. Global market for di-ethylene glycol (DEG) is expected to reach USD 337.1 million by 2020.

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Further key findings from the study suggest:

  • The global market volume for ethylene glycols was 16,511 kilo tons in 2013 and is expected to reach 22,815.4 kilo tons by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 4.7% from 2014 to 2020.

  • PET emerged as the leading application market for ethylene glycols and accounted for 44.2% of total market volume in 2013. Growth of the beverages industry mainly in Asia Pacific and Latin America is expected to drive this market over the next six years. Polyester fibers are expected to be the fastest-growing market for ethylene glycols at an estimated CAGR of 5.1% from 2014 to 2020.

  • Asia Pacific dominated the global ethylene glycols market and accounted for 66.5% of total market volume in 2013. Asia Pacific along with being the largest market is also expected to be the fastest-growing market for ethylene glycols at an estimated CAGR of 4.9% from 2014 to 2020. This can be attributed to the growth of textile and automotive industries in the region. North America and European markets for ethylene glycols have reached their saturation point and are expected to grow at relatively lower growth rates over the forecast period.

  • The global market for ethylene glycol is fairly concentrated with the top four companies operating in the market including SABIC, Dow Chemical Company, Sinopec and Shell Chemical accounted for over 50% of the total market in 2013. Other companies operating in the market include Formosa Plastics Group, Honam Petrochemicals, and Ineos.

Grand View Research has segmented the ethylene glycol market on the basis of product, application, and region

Global Ethylene Glycol Product Outlook (Volume, Kilo Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2012 - 2020)

  • Monoethylene Glycol (MEG)

  • Diethylene Glycol (DEG)

  • Triethylene Glycol (TEG)

Global Ethylene Glycol Application Outlook (Volume, Kilo Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2012 - 2020)

  • PET

  • Polyester Fibers

  • Antifreeze

  • Films

  • Others

Ethylene Glycol Regional Outlook (Volume, Kilo Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2012 - 2020)

  • North America

  • Europe

  • Asia Pacific

  • RoW

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