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

The report covers Ethylbenzene and Styrene Industry Analysis and is segmented by Application (Styrene, Gasoline, Diethylbenzene, Natural Gas, Paint, and Asphalt and Naphtha), End-user Industry (Packaging, Electronics, Construction, Agriculture, Automotive, 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 Ethylbenzene in volume (kilo tons) for all the above segments.

Ethylbenzene Market Size

Ethylbenzene Market - Market Summary
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Study Period 2017-2027
Market Volume (2023) 33.92 Million tons
Market Volume (2028) 39.37 Million tons
CAGR (2023 - 2028) 3.03 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia Pacific
Largest Market Asia Pacific

Major Players

Ethylbenzene Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Ethylbenzene Market Analysis

The Global Ethyl Benzene Market size is expected to grow from 33.92 million tons in 2023 to 39.37 million tons by 2028, at a CAGR of 3.03% during the forecast period (2023-2028).

The market was negatively impacted by COVID-19 in 2020. However, the market recovered significantly in the 2021-22 period, and the construction and automotive manufacturing activities have reinstated the demand for ethylbenzene-based polymer and other products, including automotive dashboards, exterior panels, styrene-acrylic emulsions, solvents and reagents for paints and coatings, and others. The pandemic had increased the demand for packaging from the food and e-commerce industries, thereby stimulating the demand for the market studied.

  • The increasing demand for styrene from various end-user industries and the increasing usage of ethylbenzene in the recovery of natural gas are expected to drive the market's growth.
  • On the other hand, strict rules about using ethylbenzene are likely to slow the growth of the market that was studied.
  • Ethylbenzene application as a solvent and reagent in the production of various products, such as paints and coatings, adhesives, and cleaning materials, will likely provide new growth opportunities for the market.
  • Asia-Pacific dominated the market across the world, with the largest consumption coming from countries such as China and South Korea.

Ethylbenzene Market Trends

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

Styrene Production to Dominate the Market

  • Styrene production will have a positive influence on ethylbenzene market demand. Styrene is a precursor to several industrial polymers, including acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene, polystyrene, styrene-butadiene elastomers and latex, styrene-acrylonitrile resins, and unsaturated polyester.
  • The aforementioned styrene-based polymers, elastomers, and resins find a wide range of applications in various end-user industries, such as electronics, packaging, agriculture, petrochemicals, and construction. Polystyrene is majorly used in disposables, packaging, and low-cost consumer products.
  • According to World Bank, in 2021, the top exporters of styrene polymers were the Netherlands (USD 620,100.91 thousand), Turkey (USD 291,832.22 thousand), Belgium (USD 248,619.88 thousand), and Greece (USD 248,471.97 thousand).
  • According to OEC, in September 2022 China's styrene polymers exports accounted for USD 73.9 million. Between September 2021 and September 2022 the exports of China's styrene polymers have increased by USD 21.9 million (42.1%) from USD 52 million to USD 73.9 million.
  • According to the World Bank, United States exports of styrene polymers (expansible polystyrene) in primary forms was USD 198,686.76 thousand and a quantity of 97,729,500 Kg.
  • The cyclic hydrocarbon styrene imports in India stood at 907.04 kilotons in FY2021-22, and the consumption is likely to increase as per the rising demand in the country.
  • The demand for styrene is continuously growing due to an increased demand for rubber tires. According to the European Rubber Journal's annual global sector survey, sales among leading Chinese suppliers increased by 30% year-on-year in 2021 to reach USD 1,561 million. It is further expected to increase in the upcoming year
  • Therefore, the aforementioned factors are expected to significantly impact the market in the coming years
Ethylbenzene Market - Styrene Polymers (expansible polystyrene, in primary forms) Export by Country, in USD Thousand, 2021

Asia-Pacific Region to Dominate the Market

  • The Asia-Pacific region dominated the global market share. With growing construction and packaging industries and increasing applications as solvents and reagents in paints and coatings, dyes, perfumes, inks, and synthetic rubber in countries such as China, India, and Japan, the usage of ethylbenzene has been increasing in the region.
  • Ethylbenzene is mainly used for the production of styrene, which further gets processed to form polystyrene, a major raw material for packaging products. According to the India Brand Equity Foundation, India is emerging as a key exporter of packaging materials in the global market. The export of packaging materials from India grew to USD 1,119 million in 2021-22 from USD 844 million in 2018-19. This increase in the demand for packaging within the country is stimulating the demand for the market studied.
  • With increasing investments in public infrastructure, renewable energy, infrastructure, and commercial projects, the construction sector is expected to record growth at a moderate pace over the next few years, thereby improving both consumer and investor confidence and, in turn, stimulating the demand for ethylbenzene over the forecast period.
  • According to the National Bureau of Statistics of China, in 2021, the value added of construction enterprises in China was CNY 8,013.8 billion (USD 1,248.42 billion), up by 2.1 percent over the previous year, thereby enhancing the demand for paints and coatings and ethylbenzene-based polymers from the construction industry, which in turn stimulates the demand for the studied market.
  • The demand for lightweight automotive materials has increased during this period, owing to the increased demand from the electric vehicle segment. Ethylbenzene-based polymers, including acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene and others, are used for manufacturing various automotive exterior and interior parts, including dashboards, exterior panels, bumpers, and others.
  • In 2021, around 2,14,81,537 passenger cars were sold in China compared to 2,01,77,731 passenger cars sold in 2020, witnessing an increase of about 6%, thus leading to a surge in the demand for raw materials used to produce automotive parts such as dashboards, among others, which in turn positively impacted the demand for the market studied.
  • The Indian passenger vehicle market saw a staggering 27% growth, as the sales estimated for FY2021-22 are 30,82,279, compared to 24,33,473 in FY 2020-21.
  • According to the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA), with the advance of digitalization boosting demand and expanding exports, global production by Japanese electronics and IT companies grew by 8% year on year in 2021, reaching JPY 37,300 billion. This growth in the electronics segment will enhance the demand for the ethylbenzene market in the coming years.
  • Therefore, the aforementioned factors are expected to have a significant impact on the market in the coming years.
Ethylbenzene Market - Ethylbenzene Market - Growth Rate by Region, 2022-2027

Ethylbenzene Industry Overview

The ethylbenzene market is partially fragmented in nature. The major companies include LyondellBasell Industries Holdings B.V., INEOS, Honeywell International Inc, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC, and Dow, among others.

Ethylbenzene Market Leaders

  1. LyondellBasell Industries Holdings B.V.

  2. INEOS

  3. Honeywell International Inc

  4. Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC

  5. Dow

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

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Ethylbenzene Market News

  • December 2021: China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) and plastics, chemical, and refining company LyondellBasell announced the signing of a joint venture agreement to establish a 50:50 reciprocal joint venture to build a PO/SM plant together in China. The joint venture will be named Ningbo Zhenhai Refining & Chemical LyondellBasell New Materials Co. This will lead to a significant increase in the demand for ethylbenzene.
  • May 2021: Nizhnekamskneftekhim signed contracts with Lummus Technology LLC for the provision of licenses and technologies for the production of ethylbenzene, styrene, and propylene for the olefin complex.

Ethylbenzene 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 Demand for Styrene

      2. 4.1.2 Increasing Use in Recovery of Natural Gas

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Strict Regulations on the Use of Ethylbenzene

      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 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. 4.5 Technological Snapshot

      1. 4.5.1 Production Process

    6. 4.6 Trade Analysis

    7. 4.7 Price Index

    8. 4.8 Regulatory Policy Analysis

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

    1. 5.1 Application

      1. 5.1.1 Styrene

        1. Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene

        2. Styrene-Acrylonitrile Resins

        3. Styrene-Butadiene Elastomers and Latex

        4. Unsaturated Polyester Resins

      2. 5.1.2 Gasoline

      3. 5.1.3 Diethylbenzene

      4. 5.1.4 Natural Gas

      5. 5.1.5 Paint

      6. 5.1.6 Asphalt and Naphtha

    2. 5.2 End-user Industry

      1. 5.2.1 Packaging

      2. 5.2.2 Electronics

      3. 5.2.3 Construction

      4. 5.2.4 Agriculture

      5. 5.2.5 Automotive

      6. 5.2.6 Other End-User Industries

    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. 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 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 Carbon Holdings Limited (Cairo)

      2. 6.4.2 Changzhou Dohow Chemical Co. Ltd

      3. 6.4.3 Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC

      4. 6.4.4 Cos-Mar Company

      5. 6.4.5 Dow

      6. 6.4.6 Guangdong Wengjiang Chemical Reagent Co., Ltd.

      7. 6.4.7 Honeywell International Inc

      8. 6.4.8 INEOS

      9. 6.4.9 J&K Scientific Ltd.

      10. 6.4.10 LyondellBasell Industries Holdings B.V.

      11. 6.4.11 LLC 'Gazprom neftekhim Salavat'

      12. 6.4.12 PJSC "Nizhnekamskneftekhim"

      13. 6.4.13 ROSNEFT

      14. 6.4.14 Shanghai Myrell Chemical Technology Co., Ltd.

      15. 6.4.15 Sibur-Khimprom CJSC

      16. 6.4.16 TCI Chemicals (India) Pvt. Ltd.

      17. 6.4.17 Versalis S.p.A.

      18. 6.4.18 Westlake Chemical Corporation

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Growing use in applications as solvent and reagents

**Subject to Availability

Ethylbenzene Industry Segmentation

Ethylbenzene is a clear, flammable liquid with an odor similar to gasoline. It is commercially manufactured by a catalyzed reaction of ethylene and benzene at approx. 40 bar and temperatures around 250 °C. Ethylbenzene is exclusively used as a raw material to produce styrene monomers. It finds its major application in the construction, packaging, and electronics industries. The ethylbenzene market is segmented by application, end-user industry, and geography. By application, the market is segmented into styrene, gasoline, diethylbenzene, natural gas, paint, asphalt, and naphtha. By end-user industry, the market is segmented into packaging, electronics, construction, agriculture, automotive, and other end-use industries. The report also covers the market size and forecasts for the ethylbenzene market in 16 countries across major regions. For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done on the basis of volume (kilo tons).

Styrene-Acrylonitrile Resins
Styrene-Butadiene Elastomers and Latex
Unsaturated Polyester Resins
Natural Gas
Asphalt and Naphtha
End-user Industry
Other End-User Industries
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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Ethylbenzene Market Research FAQs

The Ethylbenzene Market size is expected to reach 33.92 million tons in 2023 and grow at a CAGR of 3.03% to reach 39.37 million tons by 2028.

In 2023, the Ethylbenzene Market size is expected to reach 33.92 million tons.

LyondellBasell Industries Holdings B.V., INEOS, Honeywell International Inc, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC and Dow are the major companies operating in the Ethylbenzene Market.

Asia Pacific is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2023-2027).

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

Ethylbenzene Industry Report

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