Propanol Market

2019 Analysis and Review of Propanol Market by Type - n-Propanol and Isopropanol for 2019 - 2029

Isopropanol Holds Over 90% Share

Isopropanol continues to account for a voluminous share of market revenue as compared to n-propanol. By 2025, isopropanol worth around US$ 3 Bn will be sold globally, which is why market players are significantly focused on this chemical. However, the sustainability trend is translating into rising demand for low volatile chemical compound (VOC) emitting chemicals, especially in food processing and pharmaceutical applications. This is paving the way for n-propanol, which will witness a slight increase in demand in the near future.

East Asia – Ground Zero for Propanol Market

The propanol market unveils huge potential in East Asia, which accounts for around a third of global demand. China and Japan are emerging as the epicenter of both, production and end-use consumption of propanol. With burgeoning chemical and pharmaceutical industries in these countries, market players are viewing East Asia from both, manufacturing and target market perspectives. While the markets in North America and Europe also contribute decently to global revenue, the former will outpace the latter over the next few years in terms of value.

Acetone-based Isopropanol – A Possible Breakthrough

Increased preference for light-feed petrochemicals in developed regional markets, dearth of propylene supply, and subsequent price hike are likely to impact the production of isopropanol from propylene feedstock. Such volatility in propylene prices, is, therefore, influencing isopropanol manufacturers to embrace acetone-based isopropanol production approaches. As the method delivers pharma- and electronic-grade isopropanol, production will be beneficial for the growth of the propanol market.

How Growth will Unfold

In 2019, propanol worth US$ 1.3 Bn was used as a direct solvent in paints & coatings, and inks, or to produce other solvents such as lacquer formulations and window cleaning agents. Owing to its high miscibility and low toxicity attributes, the adoption of propanol as a direct solvent across various industries - automotive and construction – will significantly contribute to stakeholders’ bottom lines. Manufacturers are also focusing on capitalizing on other application areas such as pharmaceuticals and household & personal care products.


How will the propanol market fare in the future?

The propanol market is projected to register stable growth over the coming years. Rising environmental concerns over VOC-emitting chemicals could slightly decrease isopropanol sales, benefitting n-propanol during the projected timeline of the market.

Will increasing prices of petroleum feedstock affect the future trajectory of the propanol market?

Yes, volatility in petroleum feedstock prices could adversely impact market growth. Propylene is the key petroleum feedstock that is used for propanol production. However, to achieve growth in the future, manufacturers are inclined towards acetone-based propanol production.

Which application area holds potential growth opportunities for market players?

Solvent application is continuously dominating the market. Growing application in pharmaceuticals and household & personal care products is likely to surge the demand for propanol in the near future.

What is the degree of competition in the propanol market?

The global propanol market is moderately consolidated, as limited number of regional and local players operate in the landscape. Some players such as ExxonMobil Corporation, Royal Dutch Shell Plc, The Dow Chemical Company, and Sasol are estimated to account for over 40% of the global market

Which region will lead the global sales of propanol?

Asia Pacific remains the vanguard of the propanol market, with the emergence of China and India as two of the world’s largest chemical markets. China is continuously working on becoming self-sufficient in propanol to reduce imports from overseas.


The global propanol market is segmented in detail to cover every aspect of the market and present a complete market intelligence approach to the reader.


  • n-Propanol
  • Isopropanol


  • Solvents
  • Chemical Intermediates
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Household and Personal Care Products
  • Others


  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • East Asia
  • South Asia
  • Oceania
  • Middle East & Africa

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