1,3-Propanediol (PDO) Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The 1,3-Propanediol (PDO) Market is segmented by Source (Bio-Based PDO and Petrochemical-Based PDO), Application (Polyurethane, Personal Care, Polytrimethylene Terephthalate, and Other Applications), End-user Industry (Synthetic Drugs, Engineering Plastics, Textile Dyeing, and Finishing, and Other End-user Industries), and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle-East and Africa). The report offers market size and forecasts for 1,3-Propanediol (PDO) in revenue (USD million) for all the above segments.

1,3-Propanediol (PDO) Market Size

1,3-Propanediol Market Summary
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Study Period 2018 - 2028
Base Year For Estimation 2022
CAGR > 7.00 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia Pacific
Largest Market North America
Market Concentration High

Major Players

1,3-Propanediol Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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1,3-Propanediol (PDO) Market Analysis

The Global 1,3-Propanediol (PDO) market is anticipated to register a CAGR of over 7% during the forecast period.

The market was negatively impacted due to COVID-19. Due to supply chain disruptions, work stoppages, and measures imposed by governmental authorities to slow the virus spread negatively affected the market. Hence, such impact and uncertainties due to the outbreak acted as a stumbling block for the 1,3-Propanediol (PDO) market. However, the condition is recovered in 2021, which is expected to benefit the market during the forecast period.

  • Over the medium term, the increasing application scope of polyesters using 1,3-propanediol and the growing polytrimethylene terephthalate (PTT) demand are the major driving factors.
  • On the other side, the presence of cheaper substitutes hinders the market's growth.
  • Growing demand for bio-based products acts as an opportunity for the growth of the market in near future.
  • Asia-Pacific region is expected to be the fastest growing market, with the most significant consumption from countries like China and India.

1,3-Propanediol (PDO) Industry Segmentation

1,3-propanediol (PDO) is a colorless viscous liquid soluble in water and is mainly used as a building block in the production of the polymers such as polytrimethylene terephthalate (PTT). The 1,3-propanediol market is segmented by source, application, end-user industry, and geography. By source, the market is segmented into bio-based PDO and petrochemical-based PDO. By application, the market is segmented into polyurethane, personal care products, polytrimethylene terephthalate (PTT), and other applications (household and engine coolants). By end-user industry, the market is segmented into synthetic drugs, engineering plastics, textile dyeing, finishing, and other end-user industries(cosmetics and pharmaceutical). The report also covers the market size and forecasts for the 1,3-Propanediol (PDO) Market in 15 countries across major regions. For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts are based on revenue (USD million).

Bio-based PDO
Petrochemical-based PDO
Personal Care Products
Polytrimethylene Terephthalate
Other Applications (Household, Engine Coolants)
End-user Industry
Synthetic Drugs
Engineering Plastics
Textile Dyeing and Finishing
Other End-user Industries (cosmetics and pharmaceutical)
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South America
Rest of South America
Middle-East and Africa
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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1,3-Propanediol (PDO) Market Trends

Increasing Demand from the Engineering Plastics End-User Industry

  • 1,3 Propanediol is used as an intermediate in the production of plastics like PTT and PU. PTT is used as an engineering plastic and a thermoplastic.
  • Polyester fabrics and yarns made from PET, PBT, and PTT fibers are ideal for engineering applications such as automotive parts, mobile phone housings, and other industrial and consumer products. The rising production of PU and other engineering plastics made with PDO is expected to drive the market.
  • Companies associated with the 1,3-Propanediol (PDO) business are looking for the expansion of polyurethane production across the regions, which escalated the demand worldwide.
  • Polyurethane production in the United States hugely contributes to the US economy. The polyurethanes industry operates in nearly 1,000 locations in the United States.
  • Various major chemicals producing companies are working on expanding portfolios for engineering plastics by investing in the establishment of manufacturing facilities. For instance, in July 2022, BASF SE opened up new manufacturing facilities for engineering plastics in the Zhanjiang Verbund site in the province of Guangdong in southern China, with an annual capacity of 60,000 metric tons.
  • The chemical industry plays an important role in the growth of the propanediol market. Over the three years from 2021 to 2024, the industry is expected to grow in every segment, with overall industry growth expected to be 1.8% in 2024.
  • 1,3-Propanediol (PDO) is an appealing chemical for use in the production of new types of polymers such as poly trimethylene terephthalate. PTT is mainly used in fibers for carpets, and textiles known as Triexta fibers. The global production of textile fibers amounted to 14 kilograms per capita and is expected to increase to approximately 17.5 kilograms per capita by 2030.
  • From the abovementioned factors, the demand for the engineering plastics end-user industry is expected to grow over the forecast period.
1,3-Propanediol (PDO) Market : Production Volume of Plastic Products, China, in Million Tons, 2012 - H1 2022

Asia-Pacific Region to be the Fastest Growing Market

  • Asia-Pacific region is expected to be the fastest growing market for 1,3-propanediol during the forecast period. The market is primarily driven by increasing production and consumption of 1,3-propanediol in PTT, cosmetics, personal care & cleaning products, polyurethane, and textile applications.
  • The increasing investments in the retail sector advancement made the availability of consumer goods easier, which in turn is boosting the 1,3-propanediol demand from the personal care and home care industries.
  • According to the Ministry of Economy and Industry, India's beauty and personal care industry is expected to reach more than USD 12 billion by the end of 2023, with an annual growth rate of 6.5 %.
  • According to the World's Top Exporters, China was the third-largest importer of cosmetics in the world in 2021, with a total value of about USD 18.5 billion. Hong Kong, which imported skincare and cosmetics worth over USD 7.3 billion in 2021, was the next-largest cosmetics importer in Asia-Pacific.
  • China is also one of the major consumers of cosmetics, which increases the consumption of PDO from the cosmetics segment of the country. In 2022, wholesale and retail companies' retail sales of cosmetics in China totaled about USD 55 billion. Thus growth in the cosmetics and personal care products market is expected to drive the market studied in China during the forecast period.
  • According to data from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, China's textile industry continued its steady expansion in 2021. The combined operating revenue of significant textile enterprises rose by 14.2% year on year (YoY) to reach USD 650.4 billion during the period.
  • Therefore, the aforementioned factors may contribute toward the growth in the demand for 1,3-Propanediol (PDO) in the Asia-Pacific region, during the forecast period.
1,3-Propanediol (PDO) Market - Growth Rate by Region

1,3-Propanediol (PDO) Industry Overview

The 1,3-propanediol (PDO) market is consolidated, with a few major players holding a significant portion of the market. Some major companies (not in a particular order) include Metabolic Explorer, Merck KGaA, Dupont Tate & Lyle Bio Products Company, Zhangjiagang Glory Chemical Industry Co. Ltd, and Haihang Industry.

1,3-Propanediol (PDO) Market Leaders

  1. Metabolic Explorer

  2. Merck KGaA

  3. Zhangjiagang Glory Chemical Industry Co., Ltd

  4. Haihang Industry

  5. DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

1,3-Propanediol (PDO) Market Concentration

1,3-Propanediol (PDO) Market News

  • Recent developments pertaining to the market studied will be covered in the complete report.

1,3-Propanediol (PDO) Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Increasing Application Scope of Polyesters Using 1,3-Propanediol

      2. 4.1.2 Growing Demand for Polytrimethylene Terephthalate (PTT)

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Presence of Cheaper Substitute Products

    3. 4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services

      5. 4.4.5 Degree of Competition

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size in Value)

    1. 5.1 Source

      1. 5.1.1 Bio-based PDO

      2. 5.1.2 Petrochemical-based PDO

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Polyurethane

      2. 5.2.2 Personal Care Products

      3. 5.2.3 Polytrimethylene Terephthalate

      4. 5.2.4 Other Applications (Household, Engine Coolants)

    3. 5.3 End-user Industry

      1. 5.3.1 Synthetic Drugs

      2. 5.3.2 Engineering Plastics

      3. 5.3.3 Textile Dyeing and Finishing

      4. 5.3.4 Other End-user Industries (cosmetics and pharmaceutical)

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.4.2 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      3. 5.4.3 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. Italy

        4. France

        5. Rest of Europe

      4. 5.4.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.4.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Market Share (%)** /Ranking Analysis

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 China Petrochemical Corporation

      2. 6.4.2 DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products

      3. 6.4.3 DSM

      4. 6.4.4 Gantrade Corporation

      5. 6.4.5 Haihang Industry

      6. 6.4.6 Merck KGaA

      7. 6.4.7 Metabolic Explorer

      8. 6.4.8 RTP Company

      9. 6.4.9 Relationship Science LLC

      10. 6.4.10 Sheng Hong Group Holdings Ltd

      11. 6.4.11 Shell

      12. 6.4.12 TCI Chemical Industry Co.Ltd

      13. 6.4.13 Tokyo Chemical Industry Co. Ltd

      14. 6.4.14 Zhangjiagang Glory Chemical Industry Co., Ltd

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Growing Demand for Bio-based Products

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1,3-Propanediol (PDO) Market Research FAQs

The 1,3-Propanediol (PDO) Market is projected to register a CAGR of greater than 7% during the forecast period (2023-2028).

Metabolic Explorer, Merck KGaA, Zhangjiagang Glory Chemical Industry Co., Ltd, Haihang Industry and DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products are the major companies operating in the 1,3-Propanediol (PDO) Market.

Asia Pacific is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2023-2028).

In 2023, the North America accounts for the largest market share in the 1,3-Propanediol (PDO) Market.

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