Global Propylene Market 2016-2020

  • Published: Oct 2016
  • Pages: 68
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This market research report identifies players like BASF, Dow Chemical, ExxonMobil Chemical, INEOS, and LyondellBasell Industries to be the key vendors in the global propylene market. This research report also presents a detailed segmentation of the market production process technology (steam cracking, refinery, and on-purpose), downstream products (polypropylene, propylene oxide, acrylonitrile, acrylic acid, cumene, and others), and geography (APAC, Europe, North America, and ROW).

Overview of the global propylene market

Technavio’s propylene market research analyst predicts that the global propylene market will grow moderately during the forecast period, posting a CAGR of almost 6%. Propylene is the second most-produced derivative in the petrochemical industry, after ethylene, and is expected to have significant demand across diverse industries over the next four years. One of the primary drivers for this propylene market growth is the rising demand for polyurethane. Polyurethanes are manufactured from propylene oxide and have extensive applications in sealants, thermal insulators, and flooring materials that are used in industries like packaging, automotive, footwear, furniture, and construction. With the growing demand for polyurethanes in the automotive sector, especially in the manufacture of automobile seating, headrests, armrests, dashboards, and headliners, the market for propylene will subsequently experience high growth by 2020.

In terms of geographical segmentation, APAC dominated the global market for propylene in 2015 and the demand for propylene is expected to increase significantly in the region throughout the forecast period. Much of the region’s growth can be attributed to the increased use of propylene in industries like construction, furniture, and automotive. Moreover, the growing use of acrylonitrile in electronics and electrical gadgets, home appliances, and automobiles in countries like China and India, will positively influence the growth of this propylene market size in the coming years.

Competitive landscape and key vendors

The global propylene market is dominated by some established vendors such as BASF, ExxonMobil Chemical, Dow Chemical, LyondellBasell Industries, and INEOS. To gain competitive edge over other vendors, these leading players pull back-integration into existing feedstock chains to maintain an efficient manufacturing base and steady product supply. A major portion of the manufactured propylene is used by the manufacturers to produce derivatives such as polypropylene, propylene oxide, cumene, acrylonitrile, acrylic acid, and others. The major propylene markets are China, the US, and Western Europe, which account over 75% of the total propylene market demand. Several vendors in the market are developing and promoting environment-friendly technologies with less by-product generation. These companies have planned to extend their production capacities to regions like China, Malaysia, Russia, and the US.

Leading vendors in the market are -

  • BASF
  • Dow Chemical
  • ExxonMobil Chemical
  • LyondellBasell Industries

Other prominent vendors in the propylene market include DuPont, Sumitomo Chemical, Saudi Basic Industries (SABIC), and Chevron Phillips Chemical.

Segmentation by production process technology and analysis of the propylene market

  • Steam cracking
  • Refinery
  • On-purpose

The steam cracking segment dominated the market and accounted for the largest share of the global market during 2015. However, the global propylene production is anticipated to be driven primarily by on-purpose technologies over the forecast period. One of the major reasons for the growing preference for propylene through on-purpose production processes is because of the inclusion of other production processes like propane dehydrogenation, high severity catalytic cracking, and metathesis processes.

Segmentation by downstream products and analysis of the propylene market

  • Polypropylene
  • Propylene oxide
  • Acrylonitrile
  • Acrylic acid
  • Cumene

The polypropylene industry dominates the global propylene market and occupied the majority of the shares of the market in 2015. Polypropylene is one of the major propylene derivatives that is used as raw material for producing a wide range of specialized products like cumene, epoxies, propylene oxide, phenol formaldehyde resins, isopropyl alcohol, acrylonitrile, n-butyl alcohol, and 2-ethylhexanol. Polypropylene has massive usage across various industries like textiles, labeling, and packaging. The growing applications in the packaging sector, such as cigarette packaging, cotton swab sticks, drinking straws, flexible packaging films, food packaging, will further augment the growth of this segment over the next four years.

 Key questions answered in the report include

  • What will the propylene market size and the growth rate be in 2020?
  • What are the key factors driving the global propylene market?
  • What are the key market trends impacting the growth of the global propylene market?
  • What are the challenges to market growth?
  • Who are the key vendors in the global propylene market?
  • What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the vendors in the global propylene market?
  • Trending factors influencing the market shares of APAC, Europe, North America, and ROW.
  • What are the key outcomes of the five forces analysis of the global propylene market?

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Propylene or propene is the second most important product of the olefin market. This compound is primarily used in the production of plastics and the chemical industry. It is consumed as acrylic acid, polypropylene, acrylonitrile, cumene, propylene oxide, oxo-alcohols, and epichlorohydrin. Polypropylene is the largest end use for the growing propylene demand. It has extensive usage in films and packaging. It is a commodity polymer and has a wide range of end-use segments such as packaging, films, construction, and, and automotive applications. BASF, ExxonMobil, and INEOS have been identified as some of the most prominent vendors in this market space.

The report, global propylene market, is part of Technavio’s chemicals and materials research portfolio. This portfolio provides a comprehensive market analysis along with the market share, market sizing, and market segmentations covering areas such as additives, adhesives and sealantsagrochemicals and fertilizersbio-chemicals and bio-materialschemical engineering equipmentglass and ceramicsindustrial gasesmetals and mineralsolefinspaints, coatings, and pigmentspersonal protective equipmentplastics, polymers, and elastomers, and specialty chemicals. These market research reports provide a perspective on the various market opportunities and market threats along with the key trends that would influence the market growth during the forecast period. It presents insights into the changing competitive landscape and a detailed profiling and market analysis of the vendors. Also covered in the research are the key regions or countries that would have an impact on the market during the assessment years.

Table of Contents

PART 01: Executive summary

  • Highlights

PART 02: Scope of the report

  • Market overview

PART 03: Market research methodology

  • Research methodology
  • Economic indicators

PART 04: Introduction

  • Key market highlights
  • Overview
  • Propylene production process

PART 05: Market landscape

  • Global propylene market
  • Five forces analysis

PART 06: Segmentation by production process technology

  • Global propylene market by production process technology
  • Steam cracking production process
  • Refinery production process
  • On-purpose production process

PART 07: Market segmentation by downstream products 

  • Global propylene market by downstream products
  • Polypropylene
  • Propylene oxide
  • Acrylonitrile
  • Acrylic acid
  • Cumene
  • Others

PART 08: Market segmentation by geography

  • Global propylene market by geography
  • Propylene market in North America
  • Propylene market in Europe
  • Propylene market in APAC
  • Propylene market in ROW

PART 09: Market drivers

  • Growing demand from China
  • Increase in demand for polyurethane

PART 10: Impact of drivers

PART 11: Market challenges

  • Environmental concerns regarding production of propylene
  • Fluctuating raw material prices

PART 12: Impact of drivers and challenges

PART 13: Market trends

  • Increasing on-purpose production of propylene
  • Growing preference for sustainable products

PART 14: Vendor landscape

  • Competitive scenario
  • Key vendors
  • Imports and exports
  • Other prominent vendors
  • BASF
  • Dow Chemical
  • ExxonMobil Chemical
  • LyondellBasell Industries

PART 15: Appendix

  • List of abbreviations

PART 16: Explore Technavio

Research Framework

Technavio presents a detailed picture of the market by way of study, synthesis, and summation of data from multiple sources. The analysts have presented the various facets of the market with a particular focus on identifying the key industry influencers. The data thus presented is comprehensive, reliable, and the result of extensive research, both primary and secondary.


Primary sources

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  • Channel partners
  • Industry experts
  • Strategic decision makers

Secondary sources

  • Industry journals and periodicals
  • Government data
  • Financial reports of key industry players
  • Historical data
  • Press releases


Data Synthesis

  • Collation of data
  • Estimation of key figures
  • Analysis of derived insights

Data Validation

  • Triangulation with data models
  • Reference against proprietary databases
  • Corroboration with industry experts



  • Market drivers
  • Market challenges
  • Market trends
  • Five forces analysis


  • Market size and forecast
  • Market segmentation
  • Geographical insights
  • Competitive landscape
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