BTX Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The Global Benzene-Toluene-Xylene (BTX) Market is Segmented by Type (Benzene, Toluene, and Xylene (ortho, Meta, and Para)), Product by Application (benzene by Application (ethylbenzene, Cyclohexane, Alkylbenzene, Cumene, Nitrobenzene, and Other Applications), Toluene by Application (Paints and Coatings, Adhesives and Inks, Explosives, Chemical Industry, and Other Applications), and Xylene by Application (Solvent, Monomer, and Other Applications)), and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle East and Africa). The Report Offers Market Size and Forecasts in Terms of Volume.


Benzene-Toluene-Xylene (BTX) Market Size

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Benzene-Toluene-Xylene (BTX) Market Summary
Study Period 2019 - 2029
Market Volume (2024) 137.61 Million tons
Market Volume (2029) 165.65 Million tons
CAGR (2024 - 2029) > 4.00 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia-Pacific
Largest Market Asia-Pacific

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Benzene-Toluene-Xylene (BTX) Market Analysis

The Benzene-Toluene-Xylene Market size is estimated at 137.61 Million tons in 2024, and is expected to reach 165.65 Million tons by 2029, growing at a CAGR of greater than 4% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

  • The COVID-19 outbreak across the world severely impacted market growth in various sectors. Stoppage or slowdown of projects, movement restrictions, production halts, and labor shortages to contain the COVID-19 outbreak have led to a decline in the BTX market growth. However, it recovered significantly in 2021, owing to rising consumption from various applications, including paints and coating, adhesive and sealants, and the chemical industry.
  • The increasing demand for toluene from paints, coatings, and adhesives is expected to drive the BTX market. Moreover, increasing investments in capacity expansions drive the growth of paraxylene, xylene, and benzene.
  • The harmful effects of benzene-toluene-xylene (BTX) are expected to hinder the market's growth.
  • Moreover, emerging sustainable technologies to develop Benzene-Toluene-Xylene (BTX) are expected to create opportunities for the market in the coming years.
  • Asia-Pacific is expected to dominate the market between 2024 and 2029, owing to its growing development in major countries such as India, China, and Japan.

Benzene-Toluene-Xylene (BTX) Market Trends

Ethylbenzene is Expected to Dominate the Benzene by Application Segment

  • Ethylbenzene is commercially produced from benzene and ethylene in industrial plants, and a minor amount is isolated by purifying petroleum by-product streams. It is also present naturally in crude oil, some natural gas streams, and coal tar. Ethylbenzene appears as a clear, colorless liquid with an aromatic odor.
  • Belgium is the world's leading exporter country of ethylbenzene. In 2022, Belgium exported USD 342.53 million of ethylbenzene. Ranking second was the Czech Republic, which exported some USD 136.27 million of ethylbenzene. That year, the Netherlands was the top country importing ethylbenzene worldwide, with an import value of USD 353.67 million.
  • Minor ethylbenzene applications include the production of chemicals other than styrene or as a solvent, as well as some agricultural and home insecticide sprays, dyes, household degreasers, rubber adhesives, and rust preventives.
  • Over 98% of synthetic ethylbenzene is used as a raw material to manufacture styrene monomer. Ethylbenzene is used primarily in the production of styrene, which is produced by the catalytic dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene, which gives hydrogen and styrene.​
  • Styrene is used mainly in polymer production for polystyrene, acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS), styrene-acrylonitrile (SAN) resins, styrene-butadiene elastomers and latexes, and unsaturated polyester resins.​ Production capacity of styrene across countries are;
    • In 2022, around 2.45 million metric tons of styrene monomer were produced in South Korea. This represents a decrease from about 2.91 million metric tons in the previous year.
    • The volume of styrene production in Russia has fluctuated during the observed period. In 2022, production of the product fell to 715 thousand metric tons, having decreased slightly from the year earlier.
  • The major styrene industry markets include packaging, electrical and electronic appliances, construction, automotive, and consumer products.​
  • Ethylbenzene is added to gasoline as an anti-knock agent to reduce engine knocking and increase the octane rating. ​It is a component of automotive and aviation fuels. It also makes other chemicals, including acetophenone, cellulose acetate, diethyl-benzene, ethyl anthraquinone, ethylbenzene sulfonic acids, propylene oxide, and alpha-methylbenzyl alcohol.
  • Ethylbenzene is also used as a solvent, a constituent of asphalt and naphtha, and in synthetic rubber, fuels, paints, inks, carpet glues, varnishes, tobacco products, and insecticides.
  • Therefore, the demand for ethylbenzene will likely increase with the increasing usage in styrene production between 2024 and 2029.
Benzene Toluene Xylene (BTX) Market - Exported Value of Ethylbenzene, Global, in USD Million, 2021-2022

Asia-Pacific is Expected to Dominate the Market

  • Asia-Pacific dominated the market studied, with the largest share of the total market volume, and is estimated to be the fastest-growing region between 2024 and 2029.
  • In Asia-Pacific, the growing significance of benzene and toluene in various chemical applications and the growing usage of xylene as solvents and monomers are driving the growth of the market studied.
  • The region has several companies that manufacture benzene, toluene, and xylene and have various production capacities. For instance,
  • In April 2023, Tangshan Risun Chemicals Limited, a subsidiary of China Risun Group Limited, successfully commenced production at the newly built Phase II crude benzene hydrogenation refinery plant, which has an annual capacity of 360,000 tonnes, and Phase I natural benzene hydrogenation refinery plant transformation project with a yearly capacity of 200,000 tonnes.
  • Similarly, the crude benzene processing capacity of Tangshan Risun is likely to be boosted to 560,000 tonnes per year, making it the largest crude benzene hydrogenation refinery unit project in China. Thus, enhancing the benzene market.
  • In August 2023, Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd (MRPL) announced they would set up a world-scale isobutylbenzene production facility in the coming days. The production of Isobutylbenzene involves toluene. Thus, the new facility will likely increase the demand for toluene between 2024 and 2029.
  • Kashima Aromatics Co. Ltd, a joint venture among Japan Energy Corporation, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (current Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation), and Mitsubishi Corporation, has one of the largest production capacities in Japan, of approximately 520,000 tons of paraxylene and 230,000 tons of benzene a year.
  • Similarly, Mitsui Chemicals has a benzene production facility in Chiba, Japan, with an annual production capacity of 145 thousand tons.
  • SK Incheon Petrochem Co. Ltd’s aromatics business produces and sells commodity products used as raw materials for everyday supplies, construction, home electronics, and textiles. The constant investment by the company is anticipated to expand the BTX production capacity to 3 million tons per year, the most enormous scale in the area.
  • Moreover, according to Statistics Korea, in 2022, around 7.61 million metric tons of paraxylene were produced in South Korea. This represents a decrease from 8.69 million metric tons in the previous year. Paraxylene is commonly used as a building block to make other chemicals and acids, especially those used in plastic manufacturing.
  • Owing to all the factors above, the market for BTX in the region is projected to grow significantly between 2024 and 2029.
Benzene-Toluene-Xylene (BTX) Market - Growth Rate by Region

Benzene-Toluene-Xylene (BTX) Industry Overview

The global benzene toluene xylene (BTX) market is partially consolidated in nature, with competition among the major players to increase their share in the studied market. Some of the major players in the market are China Petrochemical Corporation (SINOPEC), Exxon Mobil Corporation, SABIC, Reliance Industries Limited, and PetroChina Company Limited.

Benzene-Toluene-Xylene (BTX) Market Leaders

  1. China Petrochemical Corporation (SINOPEC)

  2. Exxon Mobil Corporation

  3. SABIC

  4. Reliance Industries Limited

  5. PetroChina Company Limited

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

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Benzene Toluene Xylene (BTX) 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 Investments in Capacity Expansions is Driving the Growth of Paraxylene, Xylene, and Benzene

      2. 4.1.2 Increasing Demand for Toluene from Paints, Coatings, and Adhesives

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Hazards Associated with Benzene-toluene-xylene (BTX)

    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 Volume)

    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Benzene

      2. 5.1.2 Toluene

      3. 5.1.3 Xylene

        1. Ortho-xylene

        2. Meta-xylene

        3. Para-xylene

    2. 5.2 Product By Application

      1. 5.2.1 Benzene By Application

        1. Ethylbenzene

        2. Cyclohexane

        3. Alkylbenzene

        4. Cumene

        5. Nitrobenzene

        6. Other Applications

      2. 5.2.2 Toluene By Application

        1. Paints and Coatings

        2. Adhesives and Inks

        3. Explosives

        4. Chemical Industry

        5. Other Applications

      3. 5.2.3 Xylene By Application

        1. Solvent

        2. Monomer

        3. Other Applications

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.3.2 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      3. 5.3.3 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. Italy

        4. France

        5. Rest of Europe

      4. 5.3.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle East and Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Market Ranking Analysis

    2. 6.2 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 BASF SE

      2. 6.3.2 BP PLC

      3. 6.3.3 Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC

      4. 6.3.4 China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC)

      5. 6.3.5 Dow

      6. 6.3.6 Exxon Mobil Corporation

      7. 6.3.7 Formosa Plastics Group

      8. 6.3.8 GS Caltex Corporation

      9. 6.3.9 INEOS

      10. 6.3.10 IRPC Public Company Limited

      11. 6.3.11 JFE Chemical Corporation

      12. 6.3.12 JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corporation (Eneos)


      14. 6.3.14 OCI LTD

      15. 6.3.15 China National Petroleum Corporation

      16. 6.3.16 Reliance Industries Limited

      17. 6.3.17 Shell PLC

      18. 6.3.18 China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation Limited (SINOPEC)

      19. 6.3.19 SABIC

      20. 6.3.20 S-OIL Corporation

      21. 6.3.21 SK Innovation Co. Ltd

      22. 6.3.22 Totalenergies

      23. 6.3.23 YEOCHUN NCC CO. LTD

    4. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Emerging Sustainable Technologies to Develop BTX

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Benzene-Toluene-Xylene (BTX) Industry Segmentation

Benzene is a colorless liquid that is highly volatile in nature and slightly soluble in water. Some of the standard applications of benzene include manufacturing rubbers, dyes, lubricants, pesticides, detergents, and other drugs. It is also used to prepare intermediates to manufacture resin, plastics, and synthetic and nylon fibers.

Toluene is a clear liquid that is naturally found in crude oil. It is widely used in producing paints, fingernail polish, adhesives, rubber, lacquers, and paint thinners, as well as in some leather tanning and printing applications.

Xylene is an aromatic hydrocarbon widely used in staining and cover-slipping applications in the laboratory and tissue processing.

The Benzene-Toluene-Xylene (BTX) market is segmented by type, product by application, and geography. By type, the market is segmented into benzene, toluene, and xylene. By product by application, the market is segmented into benzene by application, toluene by application, and xylene by application. By geography, the market is segmented into Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle East and Africa. The report covers the market size and forecasts for the market in 19 countries across the world. For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts are based on volume.

Product By Application
Benzene By Application
Other Applications
Toluene By Application
Paints and Coatings
Adhesives and Inks
Chemical Industry
Other Applications
Xylene By Application
Other Applications
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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Benzene Toluene Xylene (BTX) Market Research FAQs

The Benzene-Toluene-Xylene Market size is expected to reach 137.61 million tons in 2024 and grow at a CAGR of greater than 4% to reach 165.65 million tons by 2029.

In 2024, the Benzene-Toluene-Xylene Market size is expected to reach 137.61 million tons.

China Petrochemical Corporation (SINOPEC), Exxon Mobil Corporation, SABIC, Reliance Industries Limited and PetroChina Company Limited are the major companies operating in the Benzene-Toluene-Xylene Market.

Asia-Pacific is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2024-2029).

In 2024, the Asia-Pacific accounts for the largest market share in Benzene-Toluene-Xylene Market.

In 2023, the Benzene-Toluene-Xylene Market size was estimated at 132.11 million tons. The report covers the Benzene-Toluene-Xylene Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Benzene-Toluene-Xylene Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

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BTX Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)