Bitumen Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2019 – 2024)

The market is segmented by Product Type (Paving Grade, Hard Grade, Oxidized Grade, Bitumen Emulsions, Polymer Modified Bitumen, and Other Product Types), Application (Road Construction, Waterproofing, Adhesives, and Other Applications), and Geography.

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Asia Pacific

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Market Overview

The bitumen market is anticipated to register a CAGR of more than 4% during the forecast period, 2019-2024. Bitumen is widely used as a binding organic material, made from the by-products of refined crude oil. Bitumen is used in road construction, as it is easy to produce, reusable, non-toxic, and a strong binder.

  • Increasing road construction and repair activities and demand from commercial and domestic building constructions are augmenting the growth of the market studied.
  • Increasing environmental concerns are likely to hinder the market’s growth.
  • Robust growth in construction activities in the Asia-Pacific region is projected to act as an opportunity for the market in future.

Scope of the Report

The bitumen market report includes:

Product Type
Paving Grade
Hard Grade
Oxidized Grade
Bitumen Emulsions
Polymer Modified Bitumen
Other Product Types
Road Construction
Other Applications
South Korea
ASEAN Countries
Rest of Asia-Pacific
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South America
Rest of South America
Middle East & Africa
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

Increasing Demand Due to Increasing Road Construction Activities

  • The majority of bitumen consumed is processed into asphalt for road construction. Asphalt is a mixture of rock aggregates and bitumen. Bitumen serves as a binding agent and thus, is responsible for the stability of asphalt. Depending on the type of bitumen or composition of the mixture used, asphalt roads can be made suitable for regions with different climatic conditions or various levels of operational demands. Asphalt is also used for airport runways, parking decks, and working areas in ports.
  • Roadways is one of the key sectors that determines a country’s economic growth. Roads, airport runways, and parking decks are essential services that drive the economic activity by channelizing trade and mobility. Massive investments are required that help in modernization and maintenance of these systems.
  • Globally, the infrastructure sector is experiencing stable growth, as a result of increasing government spending to promote local infrastructure. In keeping pace with the growing economic activity and shifting demographic trends, spending on infrastructure activities is largely driven by developing economies in comparison to developed economies
  • In developing economies in Asia-Pacific, infrastructure activities are expected to increase significantly, especially in the transportation sector, owing to increasing urbanization and shifting focus toward the developing secondary sector in these countries. Furthermore, increasing economic prosperity is driving the infrastructure financing toward consumer sectors, including transportation and manufacturing, which provide and distribute raw materials for consumer goods.
  • India, in its 2018 budget, allotted INR 21,453.42 crore out of INR 71,000 crore budgetary allocation to the Highways Ministry for works under this Ministry. It includes expenditure on development of National Highways, including projects relating to expressways, two-laning of highways, under the National Highways Development Project, six-laning of crowded stretches of the Golden Quadrilateral, a special program for the development of road connectivity in Naxal affected areas, development of Vijayawada—Ranchi road, and for providing last mile connectivity.
  • As these sectors have potential to fetch larger investments in near future, the governments of developing economies (such as China and India, among others) are taking initiatives by floating tenders reflecting opportunities in building infrastructure, essential for the growth of a specific sector. Furthermore, the emergence of megacities in both, emerging and developed markets, which reflects the shifting economic and demographic trends, may create enormous need for new infrastructure.
  • All the aforementioned factors are expected to drive the global market during the forecast period.
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The Asia-Pacific Region is Expected to Dominate the Market

  • The Asia-Pacific region is expected to experience robust bitumen growth, owing to the industrial and infrastructural activities in countries, like China and India.
  • China is the largest economy, in terms of GDP. The country’s annual growth of GDP was 6.6% in 2018, and it is expected to increase by 6.3% in 2019. The growth in the country remains high, but is gradually diminishing, as the population is aging and the economy is rebalancing from investment to consumption, manufacturing to services, and external to internal demand.
  • The China Railway Corporation (CRC) announced its plans to construct 6,800 km of new railway lines, including 3,200 km of high-speed rail, which represents a 40% increase of new tracks compared to those in 2018.
  • The government has also approved the construction of urban and inter-city rail projects worth USD 127.26 billion (CNY 860 billion) in several cities, including Shanghai and Wuhan.
  • Similarly, India is expected to have a requirement of investment worth USD 777.73 billion in infrastructure by 2022, to have sustainable development in the country.
  • In 2018, the infrastructure sector in India witnessed private equity and venture capital investments worth USD 1.97 billion. The Government of India is expected to invest highly in the infrastructure sector, mainly highways, renewable energy and urban transport.
  • Such factors are projected to drive the market in the Asia-Pacific region.
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Competitive Landscape

The bitumen market is fragmented. In terms of market share, many of the major players currently dominate the market. Key players in the bitumen market include BP PLC, China Petrochemical Corporation, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Nynas AB, Shell International BV, Marathon Oil Company, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd, and Marathon Oil Company, among others.

Major Players

  1. BP PLC
  2. China Petrochemical Corporation
  3. Exxon Mobil Corporation
  4. Nynas AB
  5. Shell International BV

* Complete list of players covered available in the table of contents below

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Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Increasing Road Construction and Repair Activities

      2. 4.1.2 Demand from Commercial and Domestic Building Constructions

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Environmental Concerns

      2. 4.2.2 Other Restraints

    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 Consumers

      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


    1. 5.1 Product Type

      1. 5.1.1 Paving Grade

      2. 5.1.2 Hard Grade

      3. 5.1.3 Oxidized Grade

      4. 5.1.4 Bitumen Emulsions

      5. 5.1.5 Polymer Modified Bitumen

      6. 5.1.6 Other Product Types

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Road Construction

      2. 5.2.2 Waterproofing

      3. 5.2.3 Adhesives

      4. 5.2.4 Other Applications

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. ASEAN Countries

        6. 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. Russia

        6. Rest of Europe

      4. 5.3.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle East & Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle East & Africa


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

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis**

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Bouygues

      2. 6.4.2 BP PLC

      3. 6.4.3 China Petrochemical Corporation

      4. 6.4.4 Exxon Mobil Corporation

      5. 6.4.5 Icopal ApS

      6. 6.4.6 Indian Oil Corporation Ltd

      7. 6.4.7 JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation

      8. 6.4.8 Kraton Corporation

      9. 6.4.9 Marathon Oil Company

      10. 6.4.10 NuStar Energy LP

      11. 6.4.11 Nynas AB

      12. 6.4.12 Petrleos Mexicanos

      13. 6.4.13 Shell International BV

      14. 6.4.14 Suncor Energy Inc.

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Robust Growth in Construction Activities in Asia-Pacific

    2. 7.2 Other Opportunities

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