Glycol Ethers Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The market is segmented by Type (E-series and P-series), Application (Solvent, Anti-icing Agent, Hydraulic and Brake Fluid, and Chemical Intermediate), End-user Industry (Paints and Coatings, Printing, Pharmaceuticals, Cosmetic and Personal Care, Adhesives, and Others End-user Industries), and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle-East and Africa)

Market Snapshot

Glycol Ethers Market - Market Summary
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: >5.5 %

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Market Overview

The market for glycol ethers is expected to register a CAGR of more than 5.5%, during the forecast period. The major factors driving the growth of the market studied are the increasing usage in cosmetics and personal care products, and accelerating demand in the paints and coatings industry. On the flipside, REACH and EPA regulations regarding the usage of glycol ethers, and the emergence of new products, like cellulosic ethanol, to use as a solvent for cleaning agents are restraining the growth of the market studied.

  • The paints and coatings segment dominated the market. It is expected to grow during the forecast period, with anticipated robust demand for paints and coatings from various industries, such as construction, packaging, etc.
  • The growing awareness leading to excess demand for P-series glycol, for low emission oxygenated diesel fuel, is likely to provide opportunities for the market studied, during the forecast period.
  • Asia-Pacific dominated the market across the globe due to the significant growth in demand and thereby, production in industries, such as paints & coatings, adhesives, and cosmetic & personal care.

Scope of the Report

The scope of the glycol ethers market report includes:      

Methyl Glycol Ether
Ethyl Glycol Ether
Butyl Glycol Ether
Propylene Glycol Monomethyl Ether (PM)
Dipropylene Glycol Monomethyl Ether (DPM)
Tripropylene Glycol Monomethyl Ether (TPM)
Other Propylene Glycol Ethers
Anti-Icing Agent
Hydraulic and Brake Fluid
Chemical Intermediate
End-user Industry
Paints and Coatings
Cosmetics and 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

Paints and Coatings Segment to Dominate the Market

  • Glycol ether helps in the formation of a proper film during coating cure and acts as an active solvent in resins. It helps in optimizing the evaporation rate of the solvent in a coating. It is also helpful in improving the flow out characteristics of the paint, and in eliminating brush marks during painting.
  • The paints and coatings industry is the largest consumer of glycol ethers. Paints and coatings are extensively used in various industries, such as construction, automotive, and packaging.
  • Residential and commercial construction has been increasing significantly across the world, which is driving the demand for glycol ethers, for their application in the production of architectural paints and coatings.
  • According to the World Bank, the construction industry expenditure in 2020 is likely to witness a growth of about 4.2% from 2019. This, in turn, is likely to increase the demand for glycol ether over the forecast period. 
  • Asia-Pacific has been witnessing a growth of residential and commercial construction projects, due to growing housing needs, and noticeable growth opportunities prevailing in the region.
  • In the Middle East, the government's efforts to develop non-oil industries are leading to investments in industries, such as tourism, hospitality, healthcare, further driving the demand for, and investments in the commercial infrastructure.
  • North America also witnessed a noticeable increase in residential construction and renovation projects in the country. Steady economic recovery in Europe has triggered the construction activities in the region.
  • Additionally, in the global automotive industry, though production declined in 2018 by 1.1%, factors, such as increasing investments in the sector to increase production, continuous efforts of automakers to develop and launch new cars, and efforts toward development and promotion of electric vehicles of the industry, are likely to drive the growth of the automotive industry.
  • Hence, the aforementioned trends are likely to increase the demand and production in the paints and coatings market, which may further drive the demand for raw materials, like glycol ethers.
Glycol Ethers Market - Segmentation Trends

Asia-Pacific Region to Dominate the Market

  • The Asia-Pacific region dominated the market share. The demand for products, such as paints, coatings, and adhesives, has been increasing from the end-user industries, such as automotive, construction, electronics, and packaging.
  • Countries, such as India, China, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Indonesia, have numerous construction projects and investments planned, which may increase the demand for architectural paints, coatings, and adhesives.
  • Countries, such as India, Thailand, Vietnam, Pakistan, and Malaysia, have recorded noticeable growth in automotive production. China, the world’s largest automotive producer, has plans to increase the production of electric vehicles (EVs) to 2 million a year, by 2020, and 7 million a year by 2025.
  • Furthermore, in the cosmetics and personal care industry, the demand is increasing at a noticeable rate in the region, owing to the influence of western culture and increased cosmetic demand from the youth population. With this, the market players are increasing investments and production, thereby driving the demand for raw materials, including glycol ethers.
  • The pharmaceutical industry in India, South Korea, and ASEAN countries are witnessing huge investments from foreign countries, in order to exploit the market opportunities, which may increase the demand for glycol ethers in the region, during the forecast period.
  • Hence, such favorable market trends are likely to drive the growth of the glycol ethers market in the region, during the forecast period.
Glycol Ethers Market - Regional Trends

Competitive Landscape

The glycol ethers market is fragmented, with numerous players holding insignificant market share to affect the market dynamics individually. Some of the noticeable players in the market include BASF SE, Eastman Chemicals Company, Royal Dutch Shell, and Dow, among others.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Increasing Use in Cosmetics and Personal Care Products

      2. 4.1.2 Accelerating Use in Paints and Coatings Industry

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 REACH and EPA Regulations Regarding Glycol Ether Use

      2. 4.2.2 Emergence of New Products, like Cellulosic Ethanol, to Use as a Solvent for Cleaning Agents

    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 Type

      1. 5.1.1 E-series

        1. Methyl Glycol Ether

        2. Ethyl Glycol Ether

        3. Butyl Glycol Ether

      2. 5.1.2 P-series

        1. Propylene Glycol Monomethyl Ether (PM)

        2. Dipropylene Glycol Monomethyl Ether (DPM)

        3. Tripropylene Glycol Monomethyl Ether (TPM)

        4. Other Propylene Glycol Ethers

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Solvent

      2. 5.2.2 Anti-Icing Agent

      3. 5.2.3 Hydraulic and Brake Fluid

      4. 5.2.4 Chemical Intermediate

    3. 5.3 End-user Industry

      1. 5.3.1 Paints and Coatings

      2. 5.3.2 Printing

      3. 5.3.3 Pharmaceuticals

      4. 5.3.4 Cosmetics and Personal Care

      5. 5.3.5 Adhesives

      6. 5.3.6 Other End-user Industries

    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 Analysis**

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 BASF SE

      2. 6.4.2 Dow

      3. 6.4.3 Eastman Chemical Company

      4. 6.4.4 FBC Chemical Corp.

      5. 6.4.5 India Glycols Ltd

      6. 6.4.6 Ineos Group Limited

      7. 6.4.7 Kemipex

      8. 6.4.8 KH Neochem Co. Ltd

      9. 6.4.9 LyondellBasell Industries NV

      10. 6.4.10 Nippon Nyukazai Co. Ltd

      11. 6.4.11 Oxiteno

      12. 6.4.12 Recochem, Inc. (H.I.G. Capital)

      13. 6.4.13 Royal Dutch Shell PLC

      14. 6.4.14 Sasol Limited

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Growing Awareness Leading to Excess Demand for P-series Glycol for Low Emission Oxygenated Diesel Fuel

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Glycol Ethers Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Glycol Ethers Market is growing at a CAGR of >5.5% over the next 5 years.

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

North America holds highest share in 2020.

BASF SE, Dow, Eastman Chemicals Company, Royal Dutch Shell, LyondellBasell Industries NV are the major companies operating in Glycol Ethers Market.

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