Meta-Xylene Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The market is segmented by Application (Isophthalic Acid, 2,4- and 2,6-xylidine, Solvents, and Other Applications) and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle East & Africa)

Market Snapshot

meta xylene market
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: North America
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: >4 %

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Market Overview

The global meta-xylene market is expected to record a CAGR of over 4% during the forecast period. The major factor driving the market studied is the increasing demand from the construction industry and adhesives.

  • The harmful and hazardous effects of meta-xylene are expected to hinder the market's growth.
  • Availability of cheaper feedstock through increasing shale oil discoveries is likely to act as an opportunity for the market in the forecast period.

Scope of the Report

The global meta-xylene market report includes:

Isophthalic Acid
2,4- and 2,6-xylidine
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 & Africa
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

Isophthalic Acid to Dominate the Market

  • Isophthalic acid is an aromatic dicarboxylic acid, industrially produced by the oxidation of m-xylene, using the Co–Mn–Br catalyst system. Commercially, it is used as a component of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) copolymer, which is used in bottle resins and to a much lesser extent, for fibers. It is a white solid with a slightly unpleasant odor and it sinks in water.
  • It has excellent thermal stability for low resin color, weathering, high heat distortion temperature, outstanding boiling, water and stain resistance, outstanding hardness, superior corrosion, and stain resistance.
  • Isophthalic acid’s second major use is as a component of high-quality alkyds and polyester resins for industrial coatings and unsaturated polyesters, for fiberglass-reinforced plastics applications.
  • Purified isophthalic acid (PIA) is mainly used as an intermediate in the production of unsaturated polyester resins, followed by polyester and alkyd resins (mainly for surface coatings) and inks, reinforced plastics, and packaging applications.
  • Few other applications of Isophthalic acid are as follows: aerospace coatings, architectural coatings, automotive, building materials, coil coatings, construction chemicals, electronic connectors, equipment and machinery, lubricants, metal coatings, packaging components non-food contact, paints and coatings, polyester (pet), process additives, protective coatings, refrigerator and coolant systems, and sport drinks packaging.
  • The above mentioned points are expected to rapidly increase the demand for isophthalic acid. This would, in turn, increase the demand for meta-xylene over the forecast period.
Meta - Xylene Market Revenue Share

United States to Dominate the North American Region

  • Residential construction spending in the country slightly fluctuated, in 2017. However, the normal pace was restored gradually in 2018 and has been growing since then. With the growing construction industry in the country, there is an increase in the number of new homes.
  • In addition, growth is also being witnessed in the housing repair and refurbishment activities.
  • The United States is the second-largest producer of automobiles in the world. PET is widely used to replace parts in automobile, in order to reduce weight and wear and tear, by providing trouble-free performance for a longer span of time.
  • With the production of automobiles expected to increase over the forecast period, the consumption of PET in the country is likely to increase.
  • The United States, being one of the most developed countries in the world, penetration of meta-xylene is extremely high. This trend is expected to continue over the forecast period.
Meta - Xylene Market Regional Trends

Competitive Landscape

The global meta-xylene market is fragmented in nature. The major companies include Merck KGaA, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, Honeywell International Inc., and MITSUBISHI GAS CHEMICAL COMPANY INC.

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 Increasing Demand from the Construction Industry

      2. 4.1.2 Increasing Demand for Adhesives

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Harmful and Hazardous Effects of Meta-Xylene

      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 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 Application

      1. 5.1.1 Isophthalic Acid

      2. 5.1.2 2,4- and 2,6-xylidine

      3. 5.1.3 Solvents

      4. 5.1.4 Other Applications

    2. 5.2 Geography

      1. 5.2.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.2.2 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      3. 5.2.3 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. Italy

        4. France

        5. Rest of Europe

      4. 5.2.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.2.5 Middle East & Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle East & 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 Avantor

      2. 6.4.2 British Petroleum

      3. 6.4.3 Chevron Phillips Chemical Company

      4. 6.4.4 Compania Espanola De Petroleos, S.A.U. (Cepsa)

      5. 6.4.5 Exxonmobil

      6. 6.4.6 Honeywell International Inc.

      7. 6.4.7 Lotte Chemical

      8. 6.4.8 Merck KGaA


      10. 6.4.10 Perstorp

      11. 6.4.11 Shell Chemicals LTD

      12. 6.4.12 Total Petrochemicals

      13. 6.4.13 Versalis SpA

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Availability of Cheaper Feedstock through Increasing Shale Oil Discoveries

    2. 7.2 Other Opportunities

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Meta-Xylene Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

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

North America is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2020.

Merck KGaA, Honeywell International Inc., Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, MITSUBISHI GAS CHEMICAL COMPANY INC. are the major companies operating in Meta-Xylene Market.

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