Global Propylene Oxide Market 2017-2021

  • Published: Aug 2017
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This market research study identifies Asahi Glass, BASF, The Dow Chemical, Huntsman International, and Royal Dutch Shell as the leading players in the global propylene oxide market. A comprehensive analysis of this market is also presented by application (propylene glycols, polyether polyols, and others), by preparation (cumene-based process, tertiary butyl alcohol, styrene monomer, and chlorohydrin), and by geography (the Americas, APAC, Europe, and MEA).

Overview of the global propylene oxide market

Research analysis on the global propylene oxide market identifies that the increasing demand for polyurethane applications will be one of the major factors that will have a positive impact on the growth of the market. Technavio’s market research analysts predict that by volume, this market will grow at a CAGR of close to 4% by 2021. The demand for propylene oxides is increasing from the end-users of polyurethane market because polyurethanes are made from propylene oxides. This in turn, will drive the growth of the market for propylene oxide during the projected period. Polyurethanes have unique properties such as high abrasion resistance, high cut and tear resistance, superior load bearing, thick section molding, colorability, oil resistance, ozone resistance, radiation resistance, broader hardness range, castable nature, and low-pressure tooling. Polyurethanes are used in the automobile industry to manufacture automobile seating, headrests, armrests, dashboards, and headliners. The demand for polyurethanes and polypropylene will further increase due to the growth of the automotive industry in Brazil, China, and India.

The market for propylene oxide is gaining traction in APAC due to the growing demand for propylene oxide in the furniture, automotive, construction, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and food industries. Propylene is abundantly found in China, India, and other countries of APAC. The demand for propylene oxide will continue to increase in the 1,2-propylene oxide market during the estimated period because polyether polyols, the derivative of propylene oxide, is extensively used in the automotive segments.

Competitive landscape and key vendors

The propylene oxide market has the presence of many vendors. These vendors majorly use four production methods that include chlorohydrin, propylene oxide/tertiary butyl alcohol (TBA), cumene-based propylene oxide, and propylene oxide/styrene monomer (SM). Propylene oxide manufacturers are shifting towards the use of hydrogen peroxide to propylene oxide (HPPO) method to produce propylene oxide due to the reduced capital costs when compared with to the other methods. Furthermore, many companies in the 1,2-propylene oxide market are focusing on the development and commercialization of environment-friendly technologies that involve low carbon footprint emissions and generate less by-product.

Key vendors in this market are -

  • Asahi Glass
  • BASF
  • The Dow Chemical
  • Huntsman International
  • Royal Dutch Shell

Other prominent vendors in the market include INEOS, Balchem, SKC, Sumitomo Chemical, Viswaat Chemicals, Repsol, LyondellBasell Industries, SABIC, and Tokuyama.

Segmentation by application and analysis of the propylene oxide market

  • Propylene glycols
  • Polyether polyols

The use of polyether polyols is gaining popularity since polyether polyols are extensively used in various industries such as packaging, adhesives, synthetic lubricant, furniture, footwear, construction, coatings, ink, and automotive. Polyether polyols are categorized into flexible polyether polyols, rigid polyether polyols, and specialty polyether polyols based on their cell structure. The segment will continue to grow in the 1,2-propylene oxide market in the forthcoming years because polyether polyol is used as a raw material in the preparation of polyurethanes. China, India, and Taiwan primarily use this material due to the cheap labor cost and the availability of propylene oxide.

Segmentation by preparation and analysis of the propylene oxide market

  • Cumene-based process
  • Tertiary butyl alcohol
  • Styrene monomer
  • Chlorohydrin

The chlorohydrin method segment accounted for the majority propylene oxide market share during 2016 because it is highly preferred in countries such as Germany, Japan, Brazil, Italy, China, India, and South Korea. The 1,2-propylene oxide market will continue to grow in this segment during the estimated period because the large producers of propylene oxide such as The Dow Chemical, use this method to produce propylene oxide.

Key questions answered in the report include

  • What will the propylene oxide market size and growth rate be in 2021?
  • What are the key factors driving the global propylene oxide market?
  • What are the key market trends impacting the growth of the global propylene oxide market?
  • What are the challenges to market growth?
  • Who are the key vendors in the global propylene oxide market?
  • What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the vendors in the global propylene oxide market?
  • What are the trending factors influencing the market shares of the Americas, APAC, Europe, and MEA?
  • What are the key outcomes of the five forces analysis of the global propylene oxide market?

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Propylene oxide is an organic chemical which is highly reactive and is used as an intermediate in several chemical reactions. The chemical is usually a colorless volatile liquid at normal temperature and pressure.This upcoming research report on the global propylene oxide market offers insights into the significant trends and drivers influencing the growth of the chemicals and materials industry. Our reports for the chemicals and materials industry also follow an extensive data collection methodology and presents an analysis of rapidly growing sectors like specialty chemicals

Also, to accurately predict the market size, our market research experts follow a research approach that has data collection methods and assesses the changing landscape of the specialty chemicals sector. The key advantage achieved from the adoption of this approach is better analytical models and vendor analysis. By taking into account the market change and size, surging demand for several segments of the specialty chemicals sector, the market research professionals at Technavio present an all-inclusive picture of the propylene oxide market from 2017 to 2021.

This forthcoming market research report on the propylene oxide market also covers vendors like Dow Chemical Company, Shell Chemicals, BASF, Asahi Glass., and Tokuyama. Our industry analysts believe that the growing demand for polyurethane from the end user industries may stimulate the market across the globe significantly. Furthermore, to presents clients the scope to identify potential market opportunities and gain market dominance in niche markets, this report on the propylene oxide market also covers geographies like the Americas, APAC, Europe, and ROW.  

The upcoming industry research report for the propylene oxide market also categorizes the prominent drivers, key trends, along with the restraints that the specialty chemicals sector currently experiences. This upcoming report on the propylene oxide market presents insights into the rapidly changing vendor landscape to give clients an overview of the forthcoming events within the chemicals and materials industry. Technavio also offers in-depth market assessments into the sectors such as paints, coatings, and pigments and olefins

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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

  • Manufacturers and suppliers
  • 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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