Solvents Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The market report covers global industrial solvent companies and is segmented by source (bio-based solvents and petrochemical-based solvents), type (oxygenated solvents, hydrocarbon solvents, halogenated solvents, and other types), application (adhesives, paints and coatings, personal care, pharmaceuticals, and other applications), and geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and the Middle East and Africa). For each segment, market sizing and forecasts have been done on the basis of value (USD).

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Study Period 2019 - 2029
Market Size (2024) USD 33.59 Billion
Market Size (2029) USD 42.28 Billion
CAGR (2024 - 2029) 4.70 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia Pacific
Largest Market Asia Pacific

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Solvents Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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The Global Solvents Market size is estimated at USD 33.59 billion in 2024, and is expected to reach USD 42.28 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 4.70% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

The solvents market was negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic as there was a slowdown in production and mobility wherein industries such as paints and coatings, polymers and adhesives, etc., were forced to delay their production due to containment measures and economic disruptions. Currently, the market has recovered from the pandemic. The market reached pre-pandemic levels in 2022 and is expected to grow steadily.

The paints and coatings industry is expected to dominate the application segment of the global solvents market over the period due to significant demand for construction chemicals and the growing automotive industry.

On the flip side, chemical-based solvents can negatively affect human health in different ways. They not only affect human health but also severely affect the environment and the health of animals, and this can hinder the growth of the market.

The development of oxygenated-based industrial solvents is expected to create new opportunities for the market to grow.

Asia-Pacific region represents the largest market and is expected to be the fastest-growing market over the forecast period owing to the consumption from countries such as China and India.

Solvents Market Trends

Significant Demand from Construction and Automotive Industry

  • Solvents are used in various construction and automotive materials, such as paints, coatings, and adhesives. As the demand for energy-efficient buildings and vehicles increases, solvents demand is likely to increase from these industries.
  • Ketones are widely employed in paints and coatings owing to their ability to acquire low-viscosity properties and high solid content. Ester solvents are primarily used in paints as a hardener and find their usage as an industrial cleaner.
  • Bio-based solvents are employed in paints and coatings to dissolve binders and colors and offer consistency. Solvents like glycol ether esters are added to some decorative paints and spray paints to prevent them from drying in mid-air.
  • Solvents are used in many construction products, such as paints, thinners, and glues. Increasing construction activities in countries such as China, India, the United States, and Brazil are expected to boost the growth of the paints and coatings application segment.
  • In 2023, the United States construction industry is booming, with an estimated USD 2.1 trillion worth of structures built each year, according to the Associated General Contractors of America.
  • The construction industry in India is also increasing, accounting for around 9% of the country's GDP, according to the National Investment Promotion & Facilitation Agency. This ever-increasing construction industry is driving demand for paints and coatings, a significant application industry for solvents.
  • Solvents find various applications in the automotive industry. Additives in gasoline help keep the water separate from the gasoline. Furthermore, solvents assist the fuel burn cleaner, which can help reduce tailpipe emissions. Solvents aid in de-ice frozen door locks, cleaning carburetors, keeping the engine cool, and hygienic upholstery and carpet.
  • According to the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA), the global automotive industry grew by 6% in 2022 compared to 2021. Automotive production increased in developed and developing countries worldwide, including China, Germany, South Korea, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Italy. Over 85 million motor vehicles were manufactured in 2022.
  • Thus, significant demand in the automotive sector is generating lucrative opportunities for innovation in the paints & coatings aftermarket, surging the need for the solvents market.
Global Solvents Market - Automotive Production, In Million Units, Global, 2018-2022

Asia-Pacific Region to Dominate the Market

  • Increasing construction spending in countries like China and India, along with expanding industrialization in these countries, is anticipated to boost the solvents market growth in the region.
  • End-user industries such as paints, coatings, and adhesives flourish in countries such as China, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, and South Korea. They are expected to fuel product demand in the region over the period.
  • According to the National Bureau of Statistics of China, the value of construction output accounted for CNY 31.2 trillion (USD 4.5 trillion) in 2022, up from CNY 29.31 trillion (USD 4.2 trillion) in 2021. Moreover, as per the forecast given by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, China’s construction sector is expected to maintain a 6% share of the country’s GDP going into 2025.
  • In the budget 2023-2024, the Indian finance minister announced an allocation of INR 2.7 lakh crore (USD 3.39 billion) for boosting housing construction. This allocation increased by nearly 10% as compared to the previous year. This will provide a significant boost to housing construction.
  • Additionally, the region accounts for 3% of the world’s proven oil reserves and 10% of the world’s proven gas reserves, of which China holds 28% of the regional total. This is driving the production of petrochemicals, which, in turn, is expected to fuel the growth of the solvents market.
  • Moreover, rapid growth in building & construction activities and strong demand for automobiles are expected to drive the need for solvents in the paints & coatings application. Also, the personal care market is booming in the region and, in turn, fueling the growth of the solvents market.
  • According to OICA, the total automotive production in the Asia-Pacific region accounted for 50.02 million units, registering an increase of 7% compared to 46.77 million units produced last year.
  • Due to the factors above, the demand for solvents is expected to increase in the region during the forecast period.
Global Solvents Market - Growth Rate by Region

Solvents Industry Overview

The solvents market is partially consolidated in nature. The major players (not in any particular order) include Eastman Chemical Company, BASF SE, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Honeywell International Inc., and Celanese Corporation, among others.

Solvents Market Leaders

  1. Eastman Chemical Company

  2. BASF SE

  3. Exxon Mobil Corporation

  4. Honeywell International Inc.

  5. Celanese Corporation

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Solvents Market Concentration
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Solvents Market News

October 2023: BASF launched its latest solutions for home care, industrial and institutional cleaning, and personal care at the SEPAWA Congress in Berlin. BASF strengthens its portfolio of sustainable solutions for detergents, cleaners, and personal care products with new enzyme technology, biodegradable polymer, and O/W emulsifiers.

April 2022: Solvay announced the production of a new generation, eco-friendly solvent, Rhodiasolv IRIS, at its Melle site in France. This solvent is efficient, non-flammable, readily biodegradable, low volatile, and non-CMR (carcinogenic, mutagenic, and reprotoxic). It is used in many applications, including the formulation of phytosanitary products, paint stripping, graffiti and resin clean-up, industrial cleaning, and agrochemistry.

March 2022: Groupe Berkem, a bio-based chemicals leader, launched its range of 100% bio-based alkyd resins for construction paints. This innovation transforms existing products into sustainable solutions using bio-based oils, organic chemistry byproducts, and a 100% bio-based solvent. It contributes to the global solvent market by providing eco-friendly solutions for construction paints.

Solvents 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 Surging Demand from the Paints & Coatings Sector

      2. 4.1.2 Stringent Regulations in Place to Minimize VOC Emissions

      3. 4.1.3 Other Drivers

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 High Manufacturing Costs and Performance Issues of Solvents

      2. 4.2.2 Detrimental Effects of Chemical Solvents

    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. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size In Value)

    1. 5.1 Source

      1. 5.1.1 Bio-Based Solvents

      2. 5.1.2 Petrochemical-based Solvents

    2. 5.2 Type

      1. 5.2.1 Oxygenated Solvents

      2. 5.2.2 Hydrocarbon Solvents

      3. 5.2.3 Halogenated Solvents

    3. 5.3 Application

      1. 5.3.1 Adhesives

      2. 5.3.2 Paints and Coatings

      3. 5.3.3 Personal Care

      4. 5.3.4 Pharmaceuticals

      5. 5.3.5 Polymer Production

      6. 5.3.6 Other Applications (Printing Inks, Agricultural Chemicals, Metal Cleaning)

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.4.2 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      3. 5.4.3 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Italy

        5. Rest of Europe

      4. 5.4.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.4.5 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 ADM

      2. 6.4.2 Arkema

      3. 6.4.3 Ashland

      4. 6.4.4 BASF SE

      5. 6.4.5 Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited

      6. 6.4.6 Celanese Corporation

      7. 6.4.7 Dow

      8. 6.4.8 Eastman Chemical Company

      9. 6.4.9 Exxon Mobil Corporation

      10. 6.4.10 Gandhar Oil Refinery (India) Limited

      11. 6.4.11 GROUPE BERKEM

      12. 6.4.12 Honeywell International Inc

      13. 6.4.13 Huntsman International LLC

      14. 6.4.14 INEOS

      15. 6.4.15 LyondellBasell Industries Holdings B.V.

      16. 6.4.16 Shell plc

      17. 6.4.17 Sasol Limited

      18. 6.4.18 Solvay

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Development of Oxygenated Based Industrial Solvents

    2. 7.2 Increasing Demand for Bio-Based Products

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Solvents Industry Segmentation

A solvent is a material capable of dissolving other substances, resulting in a uniform mixture at the molecular level. It typically exists in a liquid state, although it can also manifest as a gas or a solid. Solvents play a pivotal role in diverse industries and scientific processes, encompassing chemical synthesis, drug administration, and materials processing. The solvent's efficacy in dissolving a substance is contingent on its polarity.

The solvents market is segmented by source, type, application, and geography. By source, the market is segmented into bio-based solvents and petrochemical-based solvents. By type, the market is segmented into oxygenated solvents, hydrocarbon solvents, and halogenated solvents. By application, the market is segmented into adhesives, paints and coatings, personal care, pharmaceuticals, polymer production, and others (printing inks, agricultural chemicals, metal cleaning). The report also covers the market size and forecasts for the solvents market for 15 major countries across the major region. 

For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done on the basis of value (USD).

Bio-Based Solvents
Petrochemical-based Solvents
Oxygenated Solvents
Hydrocarbon Solvents
Halogenated Solvents
Paints and Coatings
Personal Care
Polymer Production
Other Applications (Printing Inks, Agricultural Chemicals, Metal Cleaning)
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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Solvents Market Research FAQs

The Global Solvents Market size is expected to reach USD 33.59 billion in 2024 and grow at a CAGR of 4.70% to reach USD 42.28 billion by 2029.

In 2024, the Global Solvents Market size is expected to reach USD 33.59 billion.

Eastman Chemical Company, BASF SE, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Honeywell International Inc. and Celanese Corporation are the major companies operating in the Global Solvents Market.

Asia Pacific is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2024-2029).

In 2024, the Asia Pacific accounts for the largest market share in Global Solvents Market.

In 2023, the Global Solvents Market size was estimated at USD 32.08 billion. The report covers the Global Solvents Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Global Solvents Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

Solvents Industry Report

Statistics for the 2024 Global Solvents market share, size and revenue growth rate, created by Mordor Intelligence™ Industry Reports. Global Solvents analysis includes a market forecast outlook to for 2024 to 2029 and historical overview. Get a sample of this industry analysis as a free report PDF download.

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Solvents Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)