Global Methyl Tertiary-Butyl Ether (MTBE) Market Insights and Major Trends Encouraging Growth Until

Published: Wed Nov 28 2018

Methyl tertiary-butyl ether (MTBE) seeks widespread adoption as a fuel additive in gasoline engines on the coattails of its property of high oxygen content raising. MTBE is used in industrial engines as it enables complete combustion of fuel, while reducing knocking in the engine, thereby improving lifespan of machinery. MTBE also seek extensive employment in the automotive industry, as it helps in curtailing emissions from vehicles. Medical applications of MTBE have witnessed a tremendous surge, for example – MTBE is increasingly utilized for dissolving gallstones.

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A new report by Fact.MR slates that the global methyl tertiary-butyl ether (MTBE) market will reflect a volume CAGR of 4.6% throughout 2017 to 2026. Nearly US$ 17,000 Mn worth of methyl tertiary-butyl ether is estimated to be sold worldwide by 2026-end.

APEJ to Lead Global MTBE Market

In terms of value, Asia-Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ) will continue to lead the global methyl tertiary-butyl market. China and India are major MTBE consumers in the region owing to presence of a large number of vehicles these countries. Additionally, environmental protection policies in APEJ are relatively less stringent, which in turn abodes well for penetration of MTBE in the region. Europe and North America will also prevail as major markets for methyl tertiary-butyl ether, in terms of value. There has been a steady expansion of the refinery sector in these regions since the recent past. Anti-knocking properties of MTBE suits well to reduce wear & tear of the heavy-duty machinery in this sector.

Reformulation of gasoline by using MTBE as a fuel additive, owing to its great oxygen content raising property, has been a trending practice witnessed worldwide. Reformulated gasoline seeks extensive adoption in the marine and oil & gas sector. According to the report, MTBE will witness the largest application in reformulated gasoline during the forecast period.

Oil & gas industry will continue to be the largest revenue contributing end-use industry to the global MTBE market, mainly driven by surging demand for gasoline & its additives in the industry. Based on product type, oxygenating agent will account for the lion’s share of the market throughout the forecast period.

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  • Key Research Findings from Fact.MR’s Report on MTBE Market

  1. Volume sales of methyl tertiary-butyl ether will remain the largest in Asia-Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ), and are poised to account for roughly two-fifth market share by 2026-end. In terms of volume, APEJ is envisaged to endure as the fast-expanding market for MTBE through 2026, followed by Latin America. Presence of numerous vehicles coupled with relatively lenient environmental protection policies will continue to fuel adoption of MTBE in these regions in the foreseeable future.

  1. In terms of volume, Oil & gas will continue to be dominant among end-use industries in the global MTBE market. This is mainly because this industrial sector accounts for a large amount of gasoline which in turn creates demand for MTBE as a fuel additive. However, polymer industry and chemical industry are set to record the fastest volume consumption of MTBE through 2026.

  2. Based on applications, reformulated gasoline will continue to hold the lion’s share of the market, in terms of volume. Sales of MTBE for application in reformulated gasoline will remain considerably larger than those in solvent and extractant combined.

  3. In terms of volume, derivative grade MTBE will remain fast-expanding product in the market through 2026.

With increasing competition in the global MTBE market, key companies are focusing on the development of innovative application-specific product variants of methyl tertiary-butyl ether at affordable costs. Dynamics that are expected to guide the market expansion rely on goodwill of companies, their robust product portfolios and long-term contracts.

Competition Tracking

Occupancy of numerous key suppliers is a major factor responsible for the fragmented nature of the global methyl tertiary-butyl ether market. Leading players in the market have prominent geographical presence coupled with enormous production facilities situated in countries including The U.S. and China. Growing demand for MTBE across various end-use industries has intensified the competition among players, compelling them to develop and offer high-quality products at competitive prices.

Key players elucidated in the report include Wanhua Chemical Group Co., Ltd., Huntsman Corporation, Qatar Fuel Additives Company, Petrochemical Corporation of Singapore, Akzo Nobel, BP plc, S.C Carom S.A, Evonik Industries AG, LyondellBasell Industries Holdings B.V., Reliance Industries Ltd., and Petronas Chemicals Group Berhad.

Table of Content:

  1. Global Economic Outlook

  2. Global Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether Market - Executive Summary
    2.1. Global Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether Market - Opportunity Analysis
    2.2. Global Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether Market - Megatrends

  3. Global Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether Market Overview
    3.1. Introduction
    3.1.1. Global Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether Market Taxonomy
    3.1.2. Global Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether Market Definition
    3.2. Global Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether Market Size (US$ Mn) & Volume (‘000 Tonnes) and Forecast, 2012-2026
    3.2.1. Global Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether Market Y-o-Y Growth
    3.3. Global Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether Market Dynamics
    3.4. Supply Chain
    3.5. Cost Structure
    3.6. Pricing Analysis
    3.7. PESTLE Analysis
    3.8. Porter’s Five Force Analysis
    3.9. Key Regulations
    3.10. Investment Feasibility Matrix
    3.11. Market Positioning & Behavior Assessment
    3.12. Key Players Competition Matrix
    3.13. Forecast Scenario
    3.14. List of Distributors
    3.15. Key Participants Market Presence (Intensity Map) By Region

  4. Global Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether Market Analysis and Forecast 2012-2026
    4.1. Global Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether Market Size and Forecast By Product Type, 2012-2026
    4.1.1. Oxygenating Agent Market Size and Forecast, 2012-2026 Revenue (US$ Mn) and Volume ('000 Tonnes) Comparison, By Region


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