Methanol Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2020 - 2025)

The market is segmented by Derivatives (Formaldehyde, Methanol-to-olefins (MTO)/Methanol-to-propylene (MTP), Methyl Tert-butyl Ether (MTBE)/Tertiary Amyl Methyl Ether (TAME), Dimethyl Terephthalate (DMT), Acetic Acid, Dimethyl Ether (DME), Methyl Methacrylate (MMA), Methylamines, and Others), and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle East & Africa)

Market Snapshot

Study Period:


Base Year:


Fastest Growing Market:

Asia Pacific

Largest Market:

Asia Pacific


Greater Than 5 %

Major Players:

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Market Overview

The market for methanol is expected to register a CAGR of greater than 5% during the forecast period. One of the major factors driving the market studied is the increasing demand for methanol-based fuel. On the flipside, hazardous impacts on health as a result of exposure to methanol are expected to hinder the growth of the market.

  • Formaldehyde dominated the market and is expected to grow at a healthy during the forecast period, owing to the increasing applications in the construction, automotive, and personal care industry.
  • Increasing demand for methanol-based fuel from the marine industry is likely to act as an opportunity in the future.
  • Asia-Pacific dominated the market across the world, with the largest consumption from countries, such as China and India.

Scope of the Report

The methanol market report includes:

Methanol-to-olefins (MTO)/Methanol-to-Propylene (MTP)
Methyl Tert-butyl Ether (MTBE)/Tertiary Amyl Methyl Ether (TAME)
Dimethyl Terephthalate (DMT)
Acetic Acid
Dimethyl Ether (DME)
Methyl Methacrylate (MMA)
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
North America
United States
Rest of North America
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

Rising Demand for Methanol based Fuel

  • Methanol is considered as a gasoline component for the purpose of internal combustion and other engines, either directly or in combination with gasoline, in the form of ether (MTBE) in gasoline and fatty acid ester (FAME) in diesel. Methanol contains a number of physical properties, which makes it ideal for the transportation sector.
  • Methanol fuel is used in China as various blends, ranging from M5 to M100. Whereas, in Europe and North America, the blending of fuel is limited up to a few percentages in gasoline. Mid-level or high-level fuel blends of alcohol could enable manufacturers for designing high-efficiency engines, to compensate for the low energy density of methanol.
  • Methanol has an ability to reduce emissions of carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, and nitrogen oxides, as compared to gasoline. However, formaldehyde emissions tend to increase especially at cold-starts.
  • China alone produces 65% of the world’s methanol and utilizes this fuel for transport. Other countries, including Israel, Italy, Japan, and South Korea, majorly use methanol as a fuel.

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Asia-Pacific Region to Dominate the Market

  • The Asia-Pacific region dominated the global market share. With the growing petrochemical industry and increasing usage of methanol-based fuel in countries, such as China, India, and Japan, the usage of methanol is increasing in the region.
  • China is the leading producer of paints and coatings across the world. The country accounted for more than 20 million metric tons of coatings production, which is close to 30% of the global coatings output. It currently produces more than half of the Asia-Pacific coatings, and is home to more than 10,000 paint companies, among which local producers occupy more than half of the domestic paint market share. This production is expected to contribute to the demand for numerous derivatives, such as formaldehyde, acetic acid, and MMA, and is expected to boost the demand for methanol.
  • In the recent times, in Guizhou province, approximately 5,000 methanol-fueled taxis have been in operation, which is nearly about 75% of the total methanol vehicles in the country. The government has also launched 13 methanol filling stations.
  • Furthermore in India, the government is pushing the usage of methanol as fuel in vehicles and as cooking fuel, to promote sustainable development with less damage to the environment.
  • Under the Methanol Economy program by NITI Aayog, the production capacity is expected to increase up to 20 metric ton of methanol annually, by 2025, using Indian high ash coal, stranded gas, and biomass.
  • Such factors are boosting the demand for the market studied.

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Competitive Landscape

The methanol market is partly fragmented and is dominated by very few players. Some of these major players include Methanex, SABIC, Methanol Holdings (Trinidad) Ltd, LyondellBasell Industries Holdings BV, and Petronas.

Table Of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Expanding Petrochemical Sector in China and Other Asia-Pacific Countries

      2. 4.1.2 Rising Demand for Methanol-based Fuel

      3. 4.1.3 Growing Utilization of Methanol in the Production of Olefins Using MTO

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Usage of Ethanol Fuel or Bio Ethanol in Comparison to Methanol

    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

    5. 4.5 Global Capacity by Key Feedstock

    6. 4.6 Technological Snapshot

    7. 4.7 Trade Analysis


    1. 5.1 Derivatives

      1. 5.1.1 Formaldehyde

      2. 5.1.2 Methanol-to-olefins (MTO)/Methanol-to-Propylene (MTP)

      3. 5.1.3 Methyl Tert-butyl Ether (MTBE)/Tertiary Amyl Methyl Ether (TAME)

      4. 5.1.4 Dimethyl Terephthalate (DMT)

      5. 5.1.5 Acetic Acid

      6. 5.1.6 Dimethyl Ether (DME)

      7. 5.1.7 Methyl Methacrylate (MMA)

      8. 5.1.8 Methylamines

      9. 5.1.9 Others

    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

        4. Rest of North America

      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 Atlantic Methanol

      2. 6.4.2 BASF SE

      3. 6.4.3 Fairway Methanol LLC

      4. 6.4.4 Enerkem

      5. 6.4.5 Eni SpA (Ecofuel SpA)

      6. 6.4.6 Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers & Chemicals Ltd

      7. 6.4.7 Methanex Corporation

      8. 6.4.8 Methanol Holdings (Trinidad) Ltd

      9. 6.4.9 Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company Inc.

      10. 6.4.10 Oberon Fuels

      11. 6.4.11 OCI NV

      12. 6.4.12 Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS)

      13. 6.4.13 Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC)

      14. 6.4.14 Zagros Petrochemical Co.

      15. 6.4.15 Yankuang Group

      16. 6.4.16 LyondellBasell

      17. 6.4.17 Helm AG

      18. 6.4.18 Southern Chemical Corporation

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Use of Methanol in New Expanding Fuel Applications, such as in Marine

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