Growing demand from end user industries such as paints & coatings, chemical and petrochemical, textile, agriculture, building & construction, pharmaceutical, and personal care are expected to drive the demand for the N-Butanol market in the forecast period 2024-2028.

According to TechSci Research report, “Global N-Butanol Market - By Region, Competition Forecast and Opportunities, 2018-2028F”, global n-Butanol market is projected to grow at an impressive rate in the forecast period 2024-2028. N-Butanol is a primary alcohol that is used as a solvent, fuel, ingredient in lacquers, and intermediate in the production of butyl rubber. Growing uses of n- Butanol is an extremely viable renewable biofuel for usage in internal combustion engines which is expected to significantly increase the demand for n-Butanol, thereby driving the growth of global N-butanol market. Properties of butanol, such as higher energy content and lower Reid vapor pressure, makes it a more effective biofuel than conventional gasoline, diesel fuel, and other broadly used biofuels like methanol, ethanol, and biodiesel.

Growing use of n-butanol for coating applications across different end user industries such as automotive, furniture, aerospace, marine, among others. Coatings based on n-butanol provide protection to equipment and structure across different industries. Apart from providing aesthetic qualities coatings based on n-butanol provide resistance to corrosion, fire, microbes, wear & slip, among others.

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Adverse effects on humans and fluctuating cost of raw materials are major impede for n-Butanol market growth. Exposure to n-Butyl alcohol can be responsible for dizziness, headache, nausea, and vomiting. High concentrations of exposure may cause instability and might lead to an abnormal heartbeat. Besides these, China is a major importer of n-Butanol, with a value of USD 183 million in 2020, owing to its large manufacturing unit. Hence, sanctions, trade wars, and pandemic lockdowns may fluctuate the cost price of raw material. Therefore, the factors mentioned above are expected to hinder the n-Butanol market growth.

Global n-Butanol market is segmented based on grade and application:

Based on grade, the market is divided into industrial grade v/s pharmaceutical grade. Industrial grade is expected to hold the largest market share in the forecast period 2024-2028. Due to rising demand from different end user application areas, especially construction and automotive industry for coating applications. The flourishing construction and automotive sectors in countries such as China, India, Japan, and Germany are further increasing the growth of industrial grade n-butanol. 

Based on application, the market is divided into butyl acetate, butyl acrylate, glycol ethers, direct solvent, plasticizers, and others. Butyl acrylate is expected to hold the largest market share in the forecast period, 2024-2028. Owing to the high glass transition temperature, it is one of most demanded butyl carboxylate-based product. It is used in paint and coating and construction sector to provide water resistance properties, thus  dominating the segment.

Major companies operating in global n-Butanol market are:

  • Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
  • Dow Chemical Company
  • OXEA GmbH
  • Sasol Ltd
  • KH Neochem Co Ltd
  • China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC)
  • INEOS Oxide Ltd
  • Perstorp Holding AB
  • Saudi Kayan Petrochemical Company

Various companies operating in the market are following strategies such as mergers & acquisitions, product launches, new capacity launches, expansion, among others to stay competitive and have an edge over other players operating in the market. For instance, in September 2022, Johnson Matthey Plc. and Dow Chemical Company announced that Anqing Shuguang Petrochemical Oxo Co., Ltd. had licensed LP Oxo Technology to produce around 200,000 tons annually of 2-ethyl hexanol and 25,000 tons annually of iso-butyraldehyde. This license helps Johnson Matthey Plc. and Dow Chemical Company to enhance production and expand Anqing’s oxo business in the development of oxo alcohols market.

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"Demand for N-Butanol is anticipated to grow worldwide in the upcoming year due to its diverse usage, desired characteristics, and cost-effectiveness. Technological improvements such as the development of eco-friendly butanol, collaboration, and acquisition of dependent industries are other decisions influencing the market's growth. Government initiatives to uplift food and textile industries, a trade agreement between countries, and the formation of trade groups are market propelling factors. All the factors mentioned above are expected to influence market growth and create favorable conditions to boost the Bio adhesives market growth till 2028.” said Mr. Karan Chechi, Research Director with TechSci Research, a research-based global management consulting firm.

“N-Butanol Market- Global Industry Size, Share, Trends, Opportunity, and Forecast, 2018-2028F, Segmented By Grade (Industrial Grade v/s Pharmaceutical Grade), By Application (Butyl Acetate, Butyl Acrylate, Glycol Ethers, Direct Solvent, Plasticizers, and Others), By Region and Competition has evaluated the future growth potential of global N-Butanol market and provides statistics & information on market size, structure, and future market growth. The report intends to provide cutting-edge market intelligence and help decision makers take sound investment decisions. Besides, the report also identifies and analyzes the emerging trends along with essential drivers, challenges, and opportunities in global N-Butanol market.”


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