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Global Petrochemical Market is Expected to Cross USD 890 Billion by 2020

Global demand for petrochemical market was valued at USD 550 billion in 2014 and is expected to reach USD 890 billion in 2020, at a CAGR of around 6.5% between 2015 and 2020.

Zion Research has published a new report titled “petrochemical market : Global Industry Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis and Forecast, 2014 – 2020” According to the report, global demand for Petrochemical Market was valued at USD 550 billion in 2014 and is expected to reach USD 890 billion in 2020, growing at a CAGR of around 6.5% between 2015 and 2020. 

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Petrochemicals are basically derived from hydrocarbons. Some chemical compounds made from petroleum are also obtained from other fossil fuels, such as coal or natural gas, or renewable sources such as corn or sugar cane. Petrochemical is mainly classified into two type such as olefin (including ethylene and propylene) and aromatics (including benzene, toluene and xylene isomers). Olefins and aromatics are produced in oil refineries by fluid catalytic cracking of petroleum fractions. Chemical plants produce olefins by steam cracking of natural gas liquids like ethane and propane. Aromatics are produced by catalytic reforming of naphtha. Olefins and aromatics are the building-blocks for a wide range of materials such as solvents, detergents, and adhesives. Olefins are the basis for polymers and oligomers used in plastics, resins, fibers, elastomers, lubricants, and gels. 

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Growing demand from key end user inductees including construction, packaging, transportation, textile, plastics, healthcare etc., coupled with favorable operating conditions mainly in the Middle East and Asia Pacific is expected to drive the global market for petrochemicals over the next five years. Strong growth of these end-use industries is the major driving factor for global petrochemical market.

However, manufacturers are expected to face major challenges such as growing environmental concerns. Owing rapidly growing pollution and global warming concerns, use of petrochemicals is expected to decline. Nevertheless, rapidly depleting crude oil reserves is expected to present major challenge to the manufacturers. Moreover, growing awareness about environment safety and shift towards use of bio-based chemicals is expected to hold the growth of this market.   

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On the basis of product segment petrochemicals market is segmented into ethylene, propylene, butadiene, benzene, xylene, toluene, vinyl, styrene and methanol. Ethylene was the most dominating petrochemical product, accounting for about 25% of the global petrochemicals market in 2014. Ethylene is primarily used in the manufacture of polypropylene and propylene oxide. Methanol is projected to be the fastest growing segment from 2014 to 2020. Growth of methanol is directly related to its increasing usage in gasoline blending and methanol to olefins (MTO) processes. Other petrochemicals such as butadiene, benzene, xylene, toluene, vinyl and styrene accounted for a significant portion of the global petrochemicals market share in 2013.

The manufacturing companies of petrochemicals have a significant impact on the value chain through a higher degree of forward integration. These companies manufacture raw materials as well as the final product and use it in various product types such as ethylene, propylene, butadiene, benzene, xylene, toluene, vinyl, styrene and methanol. BASF SE, ExxonMobil, The Dow Chemical Company, Shell Chemical Company, SABIC, Sinopec Limited, Lyondell Basell Industries, Total S.A., Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd., Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC and E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company are some important competitors in petrochemicals market. The report covers detailed competitive outlook including the market share and company profiles of the key participants operating in the global market.

Global Petrochemicals Market: Product Segment Analysis

  • Ethylene
  • Polyethylene
    • Ethylene oxide
    • Ethylene dichloride
    • Ethyl benzene
    • Other (Including alpha olefins and vinyl acetate)
  • Propylene
    • Polypropylene
    • Propylene oxide
    • Acrylonitrile
    • Cumene
    • Acrylic acid
    • Isopropanol
    • Other (Including polygas chemicals and oxo-chemicals)
  • Butadiene
    • Styrene-butadiene rubber
    • Butadiene rubber
    • Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene
    • Styrene-butadiene latex
    • Other (Including nitrile rubber and mechanical belts)
  • Benzene
    • Ethyl benzene
    • Cumene
    • Cyclohexane
    • Nitrobenzene
    • Alkyl benzene
    • Other (Including maleic anhydride)
  • Xylene
  • Toluene
    • Benzene
    • Xylenes
    • Solvents
    • Toluene diisocyanate
    • Other (Including pesticides, drugs and nitrotoluene)
  • Vinyl
  • Styrene
    • Polystyrene
    • Expandable polystyrene
    • Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene
    • Styrene-butadiene latex
    • Unsaturated polyester resins
    • Styrene-butadiene rubber
    • Other (Including copolymer resins)
  • Methanol
    • Formaldehyde
    • Gasoline
    • Acetic acid
    • Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE)
    • Dimethyl ether
    • Methanol to olefins (MTO)
    • Other (Including biodiesel, solvent and chloromethane)

Global Petrochemicals Market: Regional Segment Analysis

  • North America
    • U.S.
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • France
    • UK
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India 
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
  • Middle East and Africa

Table Of Content:

  • Chapter 1. Introduction
    • 1.1. Report description and scope
    • 1.2. Research scope
    • 1.3. Research methodology
      • 1.3.1. Market research process
      • 1.3.2. Market research methodology
  • Chapter 2. Executive Summary
    • 2.1. Global market volume and revenue, 2014 - 2020 (Million Tons) (USD Billion)
    • 2.2. Global petrochemicals market: Snapshot
  • Chapter 3. Petrochemicals Market – Global and Industry Analysis
    • 3.1. Petrochemical: Market dynamics
    • 3.2. Value chain analysis
    • 3.3. Market drivers
      • 3.3.1. Drivers for global petrochemicals market: Impact analysis
      • 3.3.2. Growth in demand for petrochemicals products
      • 3.3.3. Growing demand from end-use industries and government support in Asia Pacific
      • 3.3.4. Government support in Asia Pacific
      • 3.3.5. Abundant availability of raw materials in the Middle East

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