Butanediol (BDO) Market Analysis: Plant Capacity, Production, Operating Efficiency, Technology, Demand & Supply, Application, Distribution Channel, Regional Demand, 2015-2030

Format: Online | Last Updated: Nov 2021

[Online Quarterly Update] Butanediol market witnessed a demand of 3.08 million tons in 2020 and is anticipated to grow at a healthy CAGR of 6.50% through the forecast period, 2030. Butanediol is a colorless, thick, water-soluble organic compound also termed as 1,4 Butanediol, BDO, Butane-1,4-diol, etc. It is highly versatile and acts as a precursor to several derivatives such as polyesters, esters, carbamates, and urethanes. Commercially, BDO is produced by several methods such as reppe method, maleic anhydride method, butadiene-acetic acid method, propylene oxide method, etc. Among these, the reppe process is the most used method across the world to produce Butanediol. In the reppe method, Formaldehyde reacts with Acetylene followed by hydrogenation to produce BDO. Due to the rising environmental concerns, the 1,4-Butanediol manufacturers are now investing in the production of bio-based BDO that is synthesized from sustainable sources (Plant-based feedstocks) which is expected to drive its market growth during the forecast period. 
In addition, BDO is also a key ingredient in the production of several other highly utilized products such as polybutylene terephthalate (PBT), polybutylene adipate terephthalate (PBAT), polyurethanes (PU), polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP), gamma butyrolactone (GBL), tetrahydrofuran (THF) and Others. A major part of the total Butanediol produced globally, is consumed in the production of Tetrahydrofuran which is further utilized to produce Polytetramethylene Ether Glycol (PTMEG), a key feedstock used to produce spandex fibers, polyesters, polyethers & urethane elastomers. Polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) is the second largest consumer of Butanediol. On the basis of the applications of Butanediol and its derivatives, the major end-use industries of BDO include Automotive, Medical & Pharmaceuticals, Electronics and Electricals, Footwear, Textiles, and Others. The growing demand from the Automotive and Electronics & Electricals industries is going to boost the Butanediol market in the upcoming years.
In 2020, due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, major global economies imposed nationwide lockdowns and trade restrictions to curb the spread of the virus. Many industries were severely impacted due to slowdown in industrial operations, and raw material scarcity. Automotive, Textile and Electronics were among the most hit sectors which consequently contributed to the low demand of BDO from these industries due to a slowdown in their production and sales in the first half of 2020. However, there was a surge in the demand for Butanediol from pharmaceuticals amid covid pandemics. Additionally, in the latter half of 2020, there was an improvement in the demand for Butanediol due to the speedy recovery of the end-use industries. 
Region-wise, Asia Pacific accounted for the maximum demand share of the Butanediol market in 2020 and is expected to remain the same through the forecast period owing to the factors such as rapid industrialization, growing population, coupled with a large consumer base in the region. Additionally, China is the largest electronics manufacturer in the world and is among the leading automobile manufacturers globally. Increased focus on the development of electric vehicle is expected to further push the demand of BDO in the coming years.
Leading players in the Butanediol market globally include BASF SE, Dairen Chemical Corporation, LyondellBasell Chemicals, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Shanxi Sanwei Group, International Specialty Products, Invista, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation and SABIC, among others.
Years Considered for this Report:
Historical Years: 2015 – 2019
Base Year: 2020
Estimated Year: 2021
Forecast Period: 2022 – 2030
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Objective of the Study: 
• The primary objective of the study was to evaluate and forecast the Butanediol capacity, production, demand, inventory, and demand–supply gap globally.
• To categorize Butanediol demand based on End Use, Application, Region, and Distribution channel
• To identify major customers of Butanediol globally.
• To evaluate and forecast Butanediol pricing globally.
• To identify and profile major companies operating globally Butanediol market.
• To identify major news, deals and expansion plans globally Butanediol market.
To extract data for Global Butanediol market, primary research surveys were conducted with Butanediol manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, wholesalers and end users. While interviewing, the respondents were also inquired about their competitors. Through this technique, Chemanol’s was able to include manufacturers that could not be identified due to the limitations of secondary research. Moreover, chemicals analyzed various end user segments and projected a positive outlook for Global Butanediol market over the coming years. 
ChemAnalyst calculated Butanediol demand globally by analyzing the historical data and demand forecast which was carried out considering the end-use industries growth. ChemAnalyst sourced these values from industry experts and company representatives and externally validated through analyzing historical sales data of respective manufacturers to arrive at the overall market size. Various secondary sources such as company websites, association reports, annual reports, etc., were also studied by ChemAnalyst. 
Key Target Audience
• Butanediol manufacturers and other stakeholders
• Organizations, forums and alliances related to Butanediol distribution
• Government bodies such as regulating authorities and policy makers
• Market research organizations and consulting companies
The study is useful in providing answers to several critical questions that are important for industry stakeholders, such as Butanediol manufacturers, distributors and policymakers. The report also provides useful insights about which market segments should be targeted over the coming years to strategize investments and capitalize on growth opportunities.
Report Scope: 
In this report, the Global Butanediol market has been segmented into following categories, in addition to the industry trends which have also been detailed below:
Market size volume in 2020
3.08 million tons
Growth Rate
CAGR of 6.50% from 2021 to 2030
Base year for estimation
Historic Data
2015 – 2019
Forecast period
2022 – 2030
Quantitative units
Demand in tons and CAGR from 2021 to 2030
Report coverage
Revenue forecast, demand & supply, competitive analysis, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends
Segments covered
1. End Use: (Automotive, Pharmaceuticals, Electricals and Electronics, Textile, Footwear, and Others)
2.  Application: (Polybutylene terephthalate (PBT), polybutylene adipate terephthalate (PBAT), polyurethanes (PU), polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP), gamma butyrolactone (GBL), tetrahydrofuran (THF) and Others)
3.  Distribution Channel: (Direct/Institutional Sales, Other Channel Sales)
Regional scope
North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; South America; Middle East & Africa
Country scope
United States; Mexico; Canada; China; India; Japan; South Korea; Taiwan; Singapore; Germany; Belgium; France; United Kingdom; Spain; Italy; Sweden; Austria; Saudi Arabia; Iran; South Africa; Brazil; Argentina
Key companies profiled
BASF SE, Dairen Chemical corporation, LyondellBasell Chemicals, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Shanxi Sanwei Group, International Specialty Products, Invista, Mitsubishi Chemical corporation and SABIC among others.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

Which are the major End Use industries of Butanediol?

The major end use industries of Butanediol are Automotive, Pharmaceuticals, Electricals and Electronics, Textile, Footwear, and Others

Which are the major Applications of Butanediol?

The major applications of Butanediol include polybutylene terephthalate (PBT), polybutylene adipate terephthalate (PBAT), polyurethanes (PU), polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP), gamma butyrolactone (GBL), tetrahydrofuran (THF) and Others. Among these, THF industry is the largest consumer of BDO followed by PBT. 

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