Butane Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The Butane market is segmented by end-user industry (residential/commercial, industrial (including chemical feedstock), engine fuel, refinery, and other end-user industries), source (natural gas processing and refining), and geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle-East and Africa). The report offers market size and forecast for Butane Market in volume (million tons) for all the above segments.

Butane Market Size

Butane Market Summary
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Study Period 2018 - 2028
Base Year For Estimation 2022
CAGR > 6.00 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia Pacific
Largest Market Asia Pacific
Market Concentration Low

Major Players

Butane Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Butane Market Analysis

During the forecast period, the butane market is estimated to witness a CAGR of over 6%.

The butane market was affected by the COVID-19 virus, as it is used in the residential sector. The major use of butane is in LPG, which increased demand during the pandemic as most families were confined to their homes. The consumption of LPG cylinders spiked exponentially for a major part of the year. India, the second largest LPG consumer, also saw a hike in demand. According to the Oil Ministry, the sales of domestic LPG have registered a growth of 10.3 % during the fiscal year (April 2020 to February 2021). After the COVID era, the other sectors have also started to open up, thus keeping the demand for butane high along with its usage in the residential sector, which had not seen much of a hit since the pandemic. Therefore, the demand for butane is positively impacted in the post-pandemic era.

  • Over the long term, one of the major factors driving the market studied is the rising demand from the petrochemical industries. Apart from this, increasing demand from the metalworking and construction Industry is also considered one of the reasons driving the market forward.
  • However, increasing research and development in renewable sources are expected to negatively affect the market's growth.
  • Nevertheless, the increasing use of butane in power generation will likely act as an opportunity.
  • Asia-Pacific dominated the world market, with the largest consumption generated by China and India.

Butane Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Butane Market according to our research experts:

Increasing Demand from Residential/Commercial Sector

  • Butane is a highly flammable, colorless, liquefiable gas. It is a fossil fuel utilized in homes, farming, industry, transportation, and other industries.
  • Butane is used as LPG, refrigerant, lighters, and aerosol. It is also used to fuel cutting torches and other equipment. Due to their ability to be efficiently compressed, gas canisters are an excellent choice for storing butane.
  • LPG is the most used cooking oil in the world, virtually in all households. The major reason for LPG usage over any other fuel source is that it is inexpensive and includes an excellent heating capability. It allows us to prepare food in less time, saving money on fuel. It also burns completely and produces no residue or particle matter, resulting in lower maintenance costs and a lower carbon impact.
  • According to Observer Researcher Foundation, the consumption of LPG in India during 2021-22 was about 13% of the total petroleum product consumption. Of these, approximately 90% of the total was consumed by households and 10% by other industries. Over 60% of LPG was imported, and over 99% of domestic production was from public-sector refineries.
  • During the World LPG week 2022, held in India, the Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas applauded the awareness spread by the PMUY (Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana) scheme. It covered around 9.55 crore households in India till November 2022.
  • He also highlighted the growth of the LPG sector in India in recent years by mentioning that the LPG coverage in India improved to 105.4% in Nov 2022, compared to 61.9% in April 2016.
  • According to the global economic analysis specialist ING, the German government also set affordable housing as one of the major objectives for the country. The government plans to build 400,000 new housing units every year, 100,000 of which are publicly subsidized.
  • Owing to the enormous scope of butane in LPG production, the basic necessity of almost every residence around the globe, the butane market is expected to grow substantially during the forecast period.
Butane Market - Active Liquified Petroleum Gas Domestic Customers, in Millions, India, FY 2017 - FY 2022

Asia-Pacific Region to Dominate the Market

  • Asia-Pacific dominated the global market share for the butane market. The increasing LPG usage in the residential and commercial sectors and the dominance of the Asia-Pacific region in the automobile industry saw the region dominate every aspect of the butane market.
  • According to the Observer Researcher Foundation, LPG consumption in India during 2021-22 was approximately 13% of total petroleum product consumption. Approximately 90% of the total was consumed by households, with the remaining 10% absorbed by other industries.
  • According to the PMUY scheme initiated by the Indian government, India already became the second-largest consumer of LPG across the globe. The scheme aims to replace conventional cooking fuels such as firewood and cow dung in rural regions. These contribute to environmental deterioration and have negative health consequences with a much more efficient fuel that does not affect the environment negatively.
  • China also saw increased demand for LPG during 2022 due to the increasing petrochemical capacity. Looking at the demand for LPG, Russia also doubled its rail exports of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to China in 2022 as part of the Kremlin's drive to diversify its energy export sales. The exports of LPG saw a major increase from 62,600 tonnes in the year 2021 to 147,100 tons in 2022.
  • Furthermore, the growing production of motor vehicles is expected to support the domestic demand for butane, used in engine oils. According to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, the country saw an increase of 2.1% in the sales of automobiles in the year 2022 compared to 2021.
  • Owing to the abovementioned factors, the increasing demand for butane is expected to increase exponentially in the Asia-Pacific region during the forecast period.
Butane Market - CAGR by Region, Global, 2023-2028

Butane Industry Overview

The butane market is highly fragmented, with international and local players in individual countries. The major companies include (not in particular order) Exxon Mobil Corporation, BP plc, Shell plc, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC, and Merck KGaA, among others.

Butane Market Leaders

  1. Merck KGaA

  2. Exxon Mobil Corporation

  3. Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC

  4. BP plc

  5. Shell plc

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Butane Market Concentration

Butane Market News

  • November 2022: BW LPG Limited announced the complete acquisition of Vilma Oil’s LPG Trading Operations, which will help the company to accelerate its ambition to expand the Product Services division in the LPG segment.
  • June 2022: Otodata Holding Inc. announced the acquisition of AIUT’s LPG branch, which will help the company provide its customers across the globe with advanced data readout, monitoring, metering, and analysis across the LPG and industrial gas industry.

Butane Market Report - 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 Rising Demand in Petrochemical Industry

      2. 4.1.2 Increasing Demand from Metal Working and Construction Industry

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Increasing R&D in the Field of Renewable Sources

      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

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

    1. 5.1 End-user Industry

      1. 5.1.1 Residential/Commercial

      2. 5.1.2 Industrial ( including Chemical Feed Stock)

      3. 5.1.3 Engine Fuel

      4. 5.1.4 Refinery

      5. 5.1.5 Other End-user Industries

    2. 5.2 Source

      1. 5.2.1 Natural Gas

      2. 5.2.2 Refining

    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 & 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 (%) **/Ranking Analysis

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 BP plc

      2. 6.4.2 Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC

      3. 6.4.3 China Petrochemical Corporation

      4. 6.4.4 ConocoPhillips Company

      5. 6.4.5 Dow

      6. 6.4.6 Exxon Mobil Corporation

      7. 6.4.7 Linde plc

      8. 6.4.8 Merck KGaA

      9. 6.4.9 Shell plc

      10. 6.4.10 TotalEnergies

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Increasing Usage of Butane in Power Generation

**Subject to Availability

Butane Industry Segmentation

An alkane with the formula C4H10 is said to be Butane. It is a highly flammable, colorless, easily liquefied gas that quickly vaporizes at room temperature. Butane serves many purposes, out of which a few are as a fuel for cigarette lighters and portable stoves, a propellant in aerosols, a heating fuel, a refrigerant, and in the manufacture of a wide range of products. The butane market is segmented by end-user industry, source, and geography. By end-user industry, the market is segmented into residential/commercial, industrial (including chemical feedstock), engine fuel, refinery, and other end-user industries. By source, the market is segmented into natural gas processing and refining. The report also covers the market size and forecasts for the butane market in 15 countries across major regions. The market sizing and forecasts are based on volume (million tons) for each segment.

End-user Industry
Industrial ( including Chemical Feed Stock)
Engine Fuel
Other End-user Industries
Natural Gas
South Korea
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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Butane Market Research FAQs

The Butane Market is projected to register a CAGR of greater than 6% during the forecast period (2023-2028).

Merck KGaA, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC, BP plc and Shell plc are the major companies operating in the Butane Market.

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

In 2023, the Asia Pacific accounts for the largest market share in the Butane Market.

Butane Industry Report

Statistics for the 2023 Butane market share, size and revenue growth rate, created by Mordor Intelligence™ Industry Reports. Butane analysis includes a market forecast outlook to 2028 and historical overview. Get a sample of this industry analysis as a free report PDF download.

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