Chloromethane Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The Chloromethane Market is segmented by product type (methylene chloride, methyl chloride, carbon tetrachloride, and chloroform), application (silicones, agriculture chemicals, chemical intermediate, pharmaceutical, personal care, and other applications), and geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle-East and Africa). Market sizing and forecasts have been done for each segment based on revenue (USD million).

Chloromethane Market Size

Chloromethane Market Summary
Study Period: 2018 - 2028
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: > 4 %

Major Players

Chloromethane Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Chloromethane Market Analysis

The chloromethane market is projected to register a CAGR of over 4% during the forecast period.

COVID-19 negatively impacted the market in 2020. Owing to the pandemic, several countries worldwide went into lockdown to curb the spreading of the virus. The supply and demand chain was completely disrupted, impacting the demand for chloromethane from various applications such as agriculture, personal care, chemicals, etc. However, the condition recovered in 2021 and is expected to benefit the market during the forecast period.

  • Over the short term, increasing usage of silicone in various end-user industries and growing demand from the pharmaceutical and personal care industries are driving the market growth.
  • On the flip side, stringent regulations on chloromethane and the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic are the major restraints expected to hinder the market's growth.
  • Ongoing research and development in the production of chloromethane are expected to offer various lucrative opportunities for market growth.
  • By application, the silicone segment is expected to dominate the market owing to the increase in the usage of silicone elastomers in the construction and automotive industries.
  • The Asia-Pacific region dominated the chloromethane market worldwide, with the largest consumption from countries such as China, India, and Japan.

Chloromethane Industry Segmentation

Chloromethane, also called methyl chloride, is a chemical compound of a group of organic compounds called haloalkanes. The chloromethane market is segmented by product type, application, and geography. By product type, the market is segmented into methylene chloride, methyl chloride, carbon tetrachloride, and chloroform. By application, the market is segmented into silicones, agriculture chemicals, chemical intermediate, pharmaceutical, personal care, and other applications. The report also offers market size and forecasts for 15 countries across major regions. Market sizing and forecasts are based on revenue (USD million) for each segment.

Product Type
Methylene Chloride
Methyl Chloride
Carbon Tetrachloride
Agriculture Chemicals
Chemical Intermediate
Personal Care
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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Chloromethane Market Trends

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

Increasing Usage of Silicone in Various End-user Industries

  • Most chloromethane produced is used as feedstock in manufacturing chemical intermediates like methyl chlorosilanes. These methyl chlorosilanes are employed in the production of silicone fluids.
  • Silicone fluids made using chloromethane are used in a broad range of products, such as processing aids (antifoaming agents, release agents, and light-duty lubricants) and specialty chemicals for consumer products (cosmetics, furniture polishes, auto polishes, and paper coatings).
  • According to Global Silicones Council, an estimated volume of 673,000 tons of silicone products are sold to the construction sector each year, the largest volumes sold among other sectors such as automotive, paints & coatings, and others. The revenue of the global construction industry is expected to grow steadily over the next few years and reach USD 4.4 trillion by 2030.
  • Silicone resins are used in water-repellent resins, coatings, molding resins, electrical insulation, laminating resins, and others. Properties such as solubility in organic solvents, water-repellence, and flexibility, make silicones a better material of choice as intermediates.
  • Silicone elastomers are used in automotive applications, like wire and cable insulation, and surgical and other medical applications. China was the leader in the global auto market in 2021, with sales of 26.27 million vehicles. The United States remains second at 15.4 million vehicles, followed by Japan at 4.44 million units.
  • Moreover, in the construction industry, silicones are used in structural glazing and weatherproofing while contributing to the energy efficiency of buildings. They also help improve in-shop productivity, reduce material waste, extend building life, and reduce lifecycle costs.
  • In 2021, the global production of silicon amounted to an estimated total volume of 8 million metric tons. China is the world's largest silicon producer, with a production volume estimated at six million metric tons in 2021, followed by Russia, which produced 580,000 metric tons in the same year.
  • The factors above are expected to continue to drive the consumption of silicones in the coming years, thus driving the market for chloromethane.
Chloromethane Market :  Production volume of chloromethanes, Volume (1,000 Metric Tons), India, 2017-2021

Asia-Pacific Region to Dominate the Market

  • The Asia-Pacific region is expected to dominate the market for chloromethane during the forecast period. In countries like China, India, Japan, and South Korea, the demand for chloromethane is increasing in the region due to the increasing demand from various end-user industries.
  • China is the second-largest market for pharmaceuticals globally. The pharmaceutical market is rapidly emerging due to the country's growing middle-class and aging society. The pharmaceutical sales of the country reached USD 175 billion by 2022. It is expected to boost the growth of chloromethanes used in pharmaceutical applications.
  • China's pharmaceutical industry experienced rapid progress since the country entered the World Trade Organization. As of 2021, China holds 12% of the global pharmaceutical market, following the United States, responsible for 40% of the total revenue worldwide.
  • In addition, the Chinese government promulgated Healthy China 2030, a blueprint outlining its ongoing intent to prioritize health as a precondition for sustained social and economic development.
  • China is investing USD 1.43 trillion in major construction projects in the next five years till 2025. According to National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the Shanghai plan includes an investment of USD 38.7 billion in the next three years, whereas Guangzhou signed 16 new infrastructure projects with an investment of USD 8.09 billion.
  • The Indian pharmaceutical sector is expected to grow to USD 100 billion, while the medical device market is expected to grow by USD 25 billion by 2025. In 2022, pharmaceutical exports from India were valued at USD 24.62 billion, which included pharmaceutical exports of bulk drugs, intermediates, drug formulations, and biologicals, among other products.
  • India is the biggest vaccine exporter, responsible for around 65-70% of the World Health Organization (WHO) vaccine requirements. The exports of drugs & pharmaceuticals stood at USD 12,724.06 million, and exports of medicinal and pharmaceutical products stood at USD 4066.86 million from April 2022 to September 2022.
  • In 2022, India contributed about USD 640 billion to the construction industry due to government initiatives in infrastructure development and affordable housing, such as housing to all, smart city plans, etc. The growing construction activities in the country are driving the demand for silicones, which, in turn, may drive the chloromethane market over the forecast period.
  • The above factors and government support contribute to the increasing demand for chloromethanes during the forecast period.
Chloromethane Market Regional Trends

Chloromethane Industry Overview

The chloromethane market is consolidated, with top players accounting for a major market share. Some of the key companies in the market include Gujarat Alkalies and Chemical Limited, Occidental Petroleum Corporation, AGC Chemicals, Nouryon, and KEM ONE.

Chloromethane Market Leaders

  1. Occidental Petroleum Corporation

  2. AGC Chemicals

  3. KEM ONE

  4. Gujarat Alkalies and Chemical Limited

  5. Nouryon

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Chloromethane Market  Concentration

Chloromethane Market News

  • January 2023: Nouryon, a global leader in specialty chemicals, announced the acquisition of a Poland-based supplier of chelated micronutrients, foliar, and other specialty agricultural solutions. With this acquisition, the company would be able to expand its services and product offerings for customers in the industry,
  • May 2022: AGC Inc., a global manufacturer of glass and chemicals, increased the production capacity of AGC’s chlor-alkali business in the Indochina Peninsula. An investment of USD 0.76 billion is planned to increase the annual production capacity of caustic soda, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and vinyl chloride monomer.

Chloromethane 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 Usage of Silicone in Various End-user Industries

      2. 4.1.2 Growing Demand from the Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Industries

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Stringent Regulations on Chloromethane

      2. 4.2.2 Negative Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic

    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 in Value)

    1. 5.1 Product Type

      1. 5.1.1 Methylene Chloride

      2. 5.1.2 Methyl Chloride

      3. 5.1.3 Carbon Tetrachloride

      4. 5.1.4 Chloroform

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Silicones

      2. 5.2.2 Agriculture Chemicals

      3. 5.2.3 Pharmaceutical

      4. 5.2.4 Chemical Intermediate

      5. 5.2.5 Personal Care

      6. 5.2.6 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 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 AGC Chemicals

      2. 6.4.2 Gujarat Alkalies and Chemical Limited

      3. 6.4.3 Gujarat Fluorochemicals Limited

      4. 6.4.4 KEM ONE

      5. 6.4.5 Merck KGaA

      6. 6.4.6 Nouryon

      7. 6.4.7 Occidental Petroleum Corporation

      8. 6.4.8 Shin-Etsu Chemical Co. Ltd

      9. 6.4.9 The Sanmar Group

      10. 6.4.10 Tokuyama Corporation

      11. 6.4.11 Tokyo Chemical Industry Co. Ltd

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Ongoing Research and Development in the Production of Chloromethane

    2. 7.2 Other Opportunities

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Chloromethane Market Research FAQs

The Chloromethane Market is studied from 2018 - 2028.

The Chloromethane Market is growing at a CAGR of >4% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2022.

Occidental Petroleum Corporation, AGC Chemicals, KEM ONE, Gujarat Alkalies and Chemical Limited, Nouryon are the major companies operating in Chloromethane Market.

Chloromethane Industry Report

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