Ethylene Oxide Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The market is segmented by Derivative (Ethylene Glycols, Ethoxylates, Ethanolamines, Glycol Ethers, Polyethylene Glycol, and Other Derivatives), End-user Industry (Automotive, Agrochemicals, Food and Beverage, Textile, Personal Care, Pharmaceuticals, Detergents, and Other End-user Industries), and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle-East and Africa).

Market Snapshot

Study Period:

2016 - 2026

Base Year:


Fastest Growing Market:

Asia Pacific

Largest Market:

Asia Pacific


4 %

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Market Overview

The global ethylene oxide market is expected to grow with a CAGR greater than 4% during the forecast period. One of the major factors driving the market is the growing usage of PET in the food & beverage industry. However, the declining automotive industry across the globe is hindering the growth of the market studied.

  • ¬†Increasing demand for household and personal care products in the developing countries is another major driver for the market studied
  • Asia-Pacific is expected to witness the highest market share during the forecast period.
  • Among the end-user industries, the personal care industry is likely to account for the highest growth rate during the forecast period.

Scope of the Report

The ethylene oxide market report includes:

Ethylene Glycols
Monoethylene Glycol (MEG)
Diethylene Glycol (DEG)
Triethylene Glycol (TEG)
Glycol Ethers
Polyethylene Glycol
Other Derivatives
End-user Industry
Food and Beverage
Personal Care
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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Key Market Trends

Personal Care Industry to Witness the Highest Growth Rate

  • Ethylene oxide derivatives find their uses in different applications in the household cleaners and personal care products. Ethyleneamines are used as building blocks to produce surfactants.
  • A variety of 2-alkyl imidazolines and their salts, prepared mainly from EDA, are reported to have good foaming properties. TEPA, ethoxylated with an average of 17 moles of ethylene oxide, improves the soil redeposition and clay soil removal properties of certain liquid laundry detergents.
  • Increasing awareness about the advantages of multi-functional surfactants is also expected to boost the demand for specialty surfactants, during the forecast period.
  • The demand for cosmetic products is also increasing rapidly, owing to the demand from markets, such as Japan and China.
  • Hence, owing to the above-mentioned factors, the personal care industry is likely to witness the highest growth care industry during the forecast period.

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Asia-Pacific Region to Dominate the Market

  • Asia-Pacific region dominates the global ethylene oxide market currently. China accounts for the major consumption of ethylene oxide and its derivatives in the Asia-Pacific region. China is the largest market in terms of production and consumption of ethylene oxide in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Ethylene oxide is used in the manufacture of ethylene glycol, which further has multiple applications in the automotive sector, such as additives in lubricants and fuels as an anti-freezing agent, friction modifiers, and coolant. Additionally, acrylonitrile, a derivative of ethylene oxide, is used in the manufacture of rubber, with multiple applications in automobiles, such as tires, insulation, and interiors. Ethylene oxide has a unique application in the manufacture of pesticides and insecticides in the agricultural sector. China has the highest agricultural output globally.
  • Additionally, Asia-Pacific witnessing a rapid growth in the demand for glass prepreg market owing to the increasing demand from countries like China, India, and Japan.
  • Asia-Pacific accounts for the largest share in the cosmetic market, with Americas and Europe holding the second- and third-largest shares, respectively.
  • Asia-Pacific has become the largest consumer, as well as producer of surfactants. The production has reached very high levels, becoming a major hub for the exporting of cosmetics and personal care products to developed nations, like the United States.
  • Hence, owing to the above-mentioned factors, Asia-Pacific is likely to witness the highest market share during the forecast period.

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Competitive Landscape

The global ethylene oxide market is moderately consolidated as the majority of the market share is divided among a few players. Some of the key players in the market include Dow, SABIC, ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC, China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation, and BASF SE, among others.

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Table Of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Growing Usage of PET in the Food and Beverage Industry

      2. 4.1.2 Increasing Demand for Household and Personal Care Products in the Developing Countries

      3. 4.1.3 Growing Demand for Antifreeze Agents

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Declining Automotive industry

      2. 4.2.2 Impact of 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


    1. 5.1 Derivative

      1. 5.1.1 Ethylene Glycols

        1. Monoethylene Glycol (MEG)

        2. Diethylene Glycol (DEG)

        3. Triethylene Glycol (TEG)

      2. 5.1.2 Ethoxylates

      3. 5.1.3 Ethanolamines

      4. 5.1.4 Glycol Ethers

      5. 5.1.5 Polyethylene Glycol

      6. 5.1.6 Other Derivatives

    2. 5.2 End-user Industry

      1. 5.2.1 Automotive

      2. 5.2.2 Agrochemicals

      3. 5.2.3 Food and Beverage

      4. 5.2.4 Textile

      5. 5.2.5 Personal Care

      6. 5.2.6 Pharmaceuticals

      7. 5.2.7 Detergents

      8. 5.2.8 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. 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 BASF SE

      2. 6.4.2 China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation

      3. 6.4.3 Clariant

      4. 6.4.4 Dow

      5. 6.4.5 Huntsman International LLC

      6. 6.4.6 India Glycols Limited

      7. 6.4.7 Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited

      8. 6.4.8 INEOS AG

      9. 6.4.9 LOTTE Chemical CORPORATION

      10. 6.4.10 LyondellBasell Industries Holdings B.V.

      11. 6.4.11 NIPPON SHOKUBAI CO., LTD.

      12. 6.4.12 Reliance Industries Limite

      13. 6.4.13 ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC

      14. 6.4.14 SABIC

      15. 6.4.15 Sasol Limited

  7. *List Not Exhaustive

** Subject to Availability

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