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Ethylene Glycol Market

Market Insights on Ethylene Glycol covering sales outlook, demand forecast & up-to-date key trends

Ethylene Glycol Market : Global Industry Analysis 2016 - 2020 and Opportunity Assessment 2021 - 2031

Ethylene Glycol Market Overview

According to the latest research, the demand for Ethylene Glycol is anticipated to grow with a compelling growth rate of about 3.1% to 4.5% in between the coming assessment period of 2021-2031.

It is mainly used as a raw material in the manufacture of polyester fibres and for antifreeze formulations.

What is Driving Demand for Ethylene Glycol

Major factors driving the market are the growing demand from the textile industry and automotive industry. The availability of enhanced ethylene glycol production technology, increased popularity of bio-based ethylene glycol, and rising demand from the textile industry are projected to fuel market expansion throughout the forecast period.

Rapid growth in the textile and PET resin products industries is expected to boost the consumption during the forecast period. 

The packaging industry has been driven by rapid growth and changing lifestyles of consumers, and the growing use of Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) in a variety of consumer goods products, including as food containers and bottles, is expected to enhance demand for MEG which is likely to boost the market throughout the forecast period.

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Growth of automotive sector to boost the market and increase demand of Ethylene Glycol

It is widely used as an antifreeze in automobile engines. Because it has a lower freezing point than water, it is used to keep an automobile radiator cool throughout the winter.

Globally, the number of vehicles on the road is increasing and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.5 percent.  

Growing vehicle production and sales volumes are to responsible for the increase in vehicle on-road volumes. Coolants and antifreeze will be in high demand due to the increased number of vehicles on the road.

The demand for MEG will be fuelled by an increase in coolants and antifreeze usage.

Many end use industries depend on the use of ethylene glycol as a feedstock. It's mostly used to make PET bottle resins, polyester fibre, and films. Fibre is the most common application of MEG.

Due to the usage of MEG in the production of PET and polyester fibres, it is widely used in the textile and apparel industries, as well as garment manufacturing, home furnishings, carpets, and rugs. Hence the market is expanding due to the high potential for polyester applications in the textile industry.

APAC Market Outlook

Asia- Pacific dominated the worldwide ethylene glycols market and it is also predicted to be the fastest-growing market because of the increased demand and consumption of MEG, the majority of producers are expanding their production capacity in Asia through both organic and inorganic expansion techniques.

Plastic manufacturing, chemicals, and textiles are among the end-user industries that are rapidly expanding in the region.

The increasing demand for MEG in polyester and PET applications in the textile and packaging end-user sectors makes China the largest ethylene glycol market. China is also projected to see capacity increases for PET resin in addition to fiber application.

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Europe and North America Demand Outlook

The increased production and sale of passenger vehicles in Germany, France, and the United Kingdom is expected to drive ethylene glycol consumption in automotive applications, boosting the market in these countries.

North America, owing to the presence of leading automotive players and the growing PET resin sector will lead to significant demand for this product in the North America market over the projection period.

Who are the Key Manufacturers and Suppliers

Some of the leading manufacturers and suppliers include

  • Exxon Mobil Corp.
  • Dow Chemical
  • Sinopec
  • Shell chemical
  • Reliance Industries ltd.
  • Huntsman Chemical Corporation
  • LOTTE Chemical Corp.
  • , Kuwait Petroleum Corporation
  • LyondellBasell Industries
  • Formosa Plastics Corporation and many others.

Major players in the worldwide market are increasing their regional presence and company operations through organic and inorganic growth methods such as joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, expansion, collaborations, new product launches, strategic alliances, and R&D.

The report is a compilation of first-hand information, qualitative and quantitative assessment by industry analysts, inputs from industry experts and industry participants across the value chain.

The report provides in-depth analysis of parent market trends, macro-economic indicators and governing factors along with market attractiveness as per segments.

The report also maps the qualitative impact of various market factors on market segments and geographies.

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Key Segments

By Derivative Type:

  • Monoethylene Glycol (MEG)
  • Diethylene Glycol (DEG)
  • Triethylene Glycol (TEG)

By Application:

  • Polyester Fibres
  • PET
  • Antifreeze and Coolants
  • Films
  • Others

By End Use Industry:

  • Textiles
    • Apparel
    • Non-Apparel
  • Automotive
  • Packaging
  • Others

By Region:

  • North America
    • US
    • Canada
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • Italy
    • France
    • U.K.
    • Spain
    • Russia
    • Nordics
    • Rest of Europe
  • East Asia
    • China
    • Japan
    • South Korea
  • South Asia Pacific
    • India
    • ASEAN Countries
    • Oceania
    • Rest of South Asia Pacific
  • Middle East and Africa
    • GCC Countries
    • Turkey
    • Northern Africa
    • South Africa
    • Rest of MEA

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