Terephthalic Acid Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The market is segmented by Derivative (Polyethylene Terephthalate, Polybutylene Terephthalate, Polytrimethylene Terephthalate, Dimethyl Terephthalate, and Other Derivatives), Application (Packaging, Fibers, Paints and Coatings, Adhesives, and Other Applications), and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle-East and Africa).

Market Snapshot

Terephthalic Acid Market - Market Summary
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: >5 %

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Market Overview

The terephthalic acid market is expected to register a CAGR of around 5%, during the forecast period. Rising demand for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) from the packaging industry is the main factor driving the market. The toxic effects of terephthalic acid are expected to hinder the growth of the market.

  • The polyethylene terephthalate (PET) segment dominated the market, and is expected to grow during the forecast period, owing to the increasing usage of PET in the packaging industry.
  • Advancement in production technology is likely to act as an opportunity in the future.
  • Asia-Pacific dominated the global market, with the highest consumption from countries, such as China and India.

Scope of the Report

The terephthalic acid market report includes:

Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)
Polybutylene Terephthalate (PBT)
Polytrimethylene Terephthalate (PTT)
Dimethyl Terephthalate
Other Derivatives
Paints and Coatings
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 and Africa
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Increasing Demand from Polyester Fibers

  • Purified Terephthalic Acid (PTA) is used to manufacture polyester coatings resins for use in the formulation of general metal, appliance, automotive, industrial maintenance, and coil coatings.
  • The primary application for PTA is in polyester powder coating resins. 
  • Polyester fibers made up of PTA (Purified Terephthalic Acid), blends with natural and other synthetic fibers.
  • Polyester fibres are used for various applications such as to make fabrics for apparel and home furnishings such as bed sheets, bedspreads, curtains and draperies.
  • They are also combined together with natural fibres such as cotton to produce a cloth with improved properties such as wrinkle resistance.
  • In Asia, the growth in terephthalic acid consumption has been driven due to strong polyester fibre demand, which is the largest segment accounting for nearly two-thirds of global polyester demand.
  • Such growth in polyester fibers is expected to drive the market for Terephthalic Acid during the forecast period.
Terephthalic Acid Market - Segmentation Trends

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Asia-Pacific to Dominate the Market

  • Asia-Pacific accounted for the highest share, with over 40%, in the terephthalic acid market.
  • The growth of various industries, such as food and beverage, packaging, and textile manufacturing, in China and India are likely to fuel the market growth, during the forecast period.
  • Increasing sales volume of apparel goods and clothing, through e-commerce portals in the Asia-Pacific countries, is also expected to create immense potential for the market. Additionally, Asia-Pacific is the largest consumer of yarn and fiber.
  • The rise in demand for yarn from the textile industry and increase in consumption of PET bottles are anticipated to influence the growth of the terephthalic acid market in the region.
  • China is the largest manufacturer of terephthalic acid in the region. Rapid urbanization and increasing penetration of the packaged food industry are driving the market growth in the country.
  • Thus, owing to the aforementioned factors, the demand for terephthalic acid is increasing in this region.
Terephthalic Acid Market - Regional Trends

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Competitive Landscape

The terephthalic acid market is partly fragmented and is dominated by very few players. Some of these major players include SABIC, BP PLC, Sinopec Corp., Eastman Chemical Company, and Arkema, 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 Significant Demand from the Textile Industry in Asia-Pacific

      2. 4.1.2 Increasing Consumption of Packaging Material

      3. 4.1.3 Growing Demand for PBT in Electrical Applications

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Toxic Effects of Terephthalic Acid

    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 Feedstock Analysis

    6. 4.6 Technological Snapshot

    7. 4.7 Trade Analysis

    8. 4.8 Regulatory Policy Analysis


    1. 5.1 Derivative

      1. 5.1.1 Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)

      2. 5.1.2 Polybutylene Terephthalate (PBT)

      3. 5.1.3 Polytrimethylene Terephthalate (PTT)

      4. 5.1.4 Dimethyl Terephthalate

      5. 5.1.5 Other Derivatives

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Packaging

      2. 5.2.2 Fibers

      3. 5.2.3 Paints and Coatings

      4. 5.2.4 Adhesives

      5. 5.2.5 Other Applications

    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. Russia

        6. 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 Analysis**

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Arkema

      2. 6.4.2 BP PLC

      3. 6.4.3 China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation

      4. 6.4.4 Eastman Chemical Company

      5. 6.4.5 Formosa Petrochemical Co.

      6. 6.4.6 Indian Oil Corporation Ltd

      7. 6.4.7 Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited

      8. 6.4.8 Lotte Chemical Corporation

      9. 6.4.9 Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation

      10. 6.4.10 Mitsui Chemicals Europe GmbH

      11. 6.4.11 PetroChina Company Limited

      12. 6.4.12 Reliance Industries Limited

      13. 6.4.13 SABIC

      14. 6.4.14 Samyang Holdings Corporation

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Advancement in Production Technology

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Terephthalic Acid Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Terephthalic Acid Market is growing at a CAGR of >5% over the next 5 years.

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

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2020.

SABIC, BP PLC, Sinopec Corp., Eastman Chemical Company, Arkema are the major companies operating in Terephthalic Acid Market.

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