The global phenol market was worth more than USD xx billion in revenue in 2018 and is expected to cross USD xx billion in 2023, growing at a healthy CAGR of over xx% during the forecast period.
Phenol is an aromatic hydrocarbon derived from cumene. It is a major feedstock for producing many downstream derivatives. The two important derivatives of phenol include bisphenol A and epoxy resins. Phenol is produced by cumene process along with acetone. Phenol and its derivatives are mainly used as a feedstock in the manufacturing of numerous downstream chemicals.
Rising demand of bisphenol A and epoxy resins from various industries such as automobiles, electronics, and adhesive industry is likely to drive the phenol market. As phenol is a major feedstock for bisphenol A and epoxy resins production, demand for these derivatives is expected to fuel the growth of phenol market. Demand for automobiles, electronics, and adhesive industry are actually increasing because of growing population and extra income in developing countries. Additionally, demand for adipic acid, caprolactum and isocyanates from various industries such as nylon, polyurethane and other industries is likely to increase at a greater rate because of an upsurge in demand from end-use markets. These derivatives demand is growing at a higher rate, which in turn will boost consumption of phenol.
Drivers and Restraints of Phenol Market
Growing investments in downstream industries in regions like the Far East and North America are likely to offer tremendous possibilities for phenol and its derivatives market in the future. As a result of accessibility to raw material, multinational businesses are investing in resource-rich regions to be able to limit the overall production cost.
Phenol and its derivatives are exposed to the probability of volatility in supply and price of crude oil. Phenol being a derivative of cumene which is in turn dependent on benzene prices faces high probability to crude oil price volatility. Phenol has an adverse effect on human body if exposed to it for a longer duration. Its remnants are normally found in soil and air which often makes environmental regulatory institutions to implement strict regulations on usage of phenol. Existing and future regulations concerning the use of phenol and its derivatives in end products are likely to challenge the market growth.
Phenol Market by Region
Asia was the largest consumer of phenol and its derivatives and this pattern is anticipated to continue to be identical over the following few years. Consumption in Asia is showing upward trend because of increase in economic activity in China. China, Japan and South Korea were the largest consumers of phenol in this region, whereas India is likely to grow at a higher pace. Growing demand for automobile, construction, electricals/electronics and other industries will drive phenol market in Asia. Consumption of phenol and its derivatives in rest of the world was minimal however it is likely to grow at a reasonable rate next to Asia. North America is likely to grow at a significant rate due to demand from electronics and automobile industry. Demand from Europe was low relatively and is likely to stay same in the next few years due to strict environmental regulations.
Top players in this market include Aditya Birla Chemicals, PTT Phenol, Mitsubishi Corporation, Bayer Material Science, and Shandong Sheng Quan Chemicals Co. Ltd. among others.
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