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Methanol Market

Methanol Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Feedstock Type (Natural gas, Coal), By Application (Formaldehyde, Acetic acid, MTBE, DME, Fuel blending, MTO, Biodiesel), By End-User (Construction, Automotive, Electrical & electronics, Pharmaceutical, Packaging, Paints & coatings) and By Region(North America, Europe, APAC, Middle East and Africa, LATAM) Forecasts, 2024-2032

Report Code: SRCH784DR
Study Period 2020-2032 CAGR 4.7%
Historical Period 2020-2022 Forecast Period 2024-2032
Base Year 2023 Base Year Market Size USD XX Billion
Forecast Year 2032 Forecast Year Market Size USD XX Billion
Largest Market Asia Pacific Fastest Growing Market North America
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Market Overview

The global methanol market size will significantly grow At a CAGR of 4.7 % by the forecast period (2022-2030) and as per the statistics from The Methanol Foundation, in the year 2015, the global demand for methanol reached 75 million metric tons, primarily driven by the rising energy application for methanol, accounting for about 40% of the total methanol consumption. About 200,000 tons or 254 million liters of methanol is used for chemical feedstock or transportation fuel, further driving the methanol market growth. Globally, there are over 90 methanol plants with a total production capacity of approximately 110 million metric tons.

Methanol, chemical formula (CH3OH), is a colorless and volatile liquid alcohol produced by oxidizing methane. The compound finds application in the transportation industry as an alternative fuel for its high-octane-rated, excellent blending properties. Methanol is environmentally friendly, reduces greenhouse, and is considered an ideal alternative for crude oil, gasoline, and diesel fuel.

Methanol is used across several applications, from biomass to landfill gases. The compound can be obtained from wasted CO2 to generate electricity. Since the 1800s, methanol, a primary feedstock, has been serving as the world’s widely used industrial chemical, mainly produced using natural gas. Globally, the methanol plant produces around 5,000 metric tons which are 2.3 billion liters of methanol every day by reforming natural gas.

Market Dynamics

Power Industry’s Dependency on Natural Gas to Drive the Methanol Market Growth

The power industry is the backbone of the industrial sector, offering energy to manufacturing, industrial, commercial, and residential sectors across the globe. Fossil fuel power plants transform heat generated from coal into electricity using steam turbines. In 2017, fossil fuel power plants produced about 64.5% of electricity globally. In 2018, the electric power sector accounted for around 35% of the U.S. natural gas consumption. The global electricity demand increased by 4% in the year 2018. Coal remained the largest source of electricity generation with nearly 2.6% increase, further surging the carbon dioxide emission by 2.5%, with coal being responsible for about 80% of the overall emission.

Regional Analysis

China: World’s Largest Producer of Methanol

China alone produces about 65% of the world’s methanol, followed by Italy, Japan, Israel, and South Korea. Energy is one of the most significant aspects of the economic development of a country. As per the NITI Aayog, India is expected to play an essential role in the global energy space, and the country is projected to contribute about 25% to the global energy demand by 2040. The energy demand in India is anticipated to grow with a CAGR of 3.5% by 2040. In 2015–16, India imported around 37% of its total primary energy demand, whereas the country’s import dependency of crude oil and natural gas increased from 73% and 17% in 2005–06 to 81% and 40% in 2015.

China is the largest producer of methanol and DME and leads the world market. In 2015, the country produced around 47 million tons of methanol that accounted for 55% of the global methanol production and employs over 70% of the total methanol produced from coal. China also produced 3.8 million tons of DME in 2015.

In China, extensive use of methanol in the automobile sector drives the methanol market growth. The country has gained momentum in the commercialization of methanol vehicles and leads the world in terms of scale and technology. Guizhou province of Southwest China plans to introduce about 10,000 methanol vehicles by the end of 2019, of which about 7,000 vehicles will be employed in Guiyang. The Guizhou government introduced new policies that include subsidies urging taxi companies, government departments, and schools to use methanol vehicles. The city is home to more than 5,000 methanol-fueled taxis, accounting for 75% of the total methanol vehicles in the country. The government also established about 13 methanol filling gas stations to encourage the use of methanol across the country.

Report Scope

Report Metric Details
By Feedstock Type
  1. Natural gas
  2. Coal
By Application
  1. Formaldehyde
  2. Acetic acid
  3. MTBE
  4. DME
  5. Fuel blending
  6. MTO
  7. Biodiesel
By End-User
  1. Construction
  2. Automotive
  3. Electrical & electronics
  4. Pharmaceutical
  5. Packaging
  6. Paints & coatings
Company Profiles Celanese Corporation Caribbean Gas Chemical US Methanol Natgasoline LLC Valero Energy Corp. BASF SE Mathanex Corporation Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Co., Inc. British Petroleum Shell CNOOC PEMEX China Shenhua Energy Amuminium Corporation of China Limited China Coal Energy SABIC
Geographies Covered
North America U.S. Canada
Europe U.K. Germany France Spain Italy Russia Nordic Benelux Rest of Europe
APAC China Korea Japan India Australia Taiwan South East Asia Rest of Asia-Pacific
Middle East and Africa UAE Turkey Saudi Arabia South Africa Egypt Nigeria Rest of MEA
LATAM Brazil Mexico Argentina Chile Colombia Rest of LATAM
Report Coverage Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, Environment & Regulatory Landscape and Trends
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Segmental Analysis

Pharmaceutical Segment to Dominate the Methanol Market

The pharmaceutical segment dominates the methanol market and will continue the same during the forecast period. Methanol is used as a solvent for manufacturing cholesterol, streptomycin, vitamins, hormones, and other pharmaceutical drugs. As per the data provided by the Observatory of Economic Complexity (OEC), the sales of special pharmaceuticals were valued at USD 12.2 billion in 2017 and are projected to double in the coming years. As per the data provided by the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations, the market witnessed rapid growth in research activities in Brazil, India, and China, which is about 11.5%, 11%, and 9.4%, respectively.

 In the last few years, the pharmaceutical industry has been expanding at an exponential rate, further increasing the demand for methanol. Today, India is one of the largest providers of generic drugs worldwide, and the expansion of the pharmaceutical sector in the country has propelled the demand for methanol. In 2017, the Indian pharmaceutical industry registered about 46 merger & acquisition deals worth USD 1.47 billion. As per IBEF, in October 2018, the Uttar Pradesh State (India) Government declared to establish six pharma parks and has funded about USD 712–855 million.

Market Size By Feedstock Type

Market Size By Feedstock Type
  • Natural gas
  • Coal
  • Key Players

    Methanol Market Share of Key Players

    Methanol Market Share of Key Players
    Celanese Corporation Caribbean Gas Chemical US Methanol Natgasoline LLC Valero Energy Corp. BASF SE Mathanex Corporation Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Co., Inc. British Petroleum Shell CNOOC PEMEX China Shenhua Energy Amuminium Corporation of China Limited China Coal Energy SABIC Others

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    What is the growth rate for the Methanol Market?
    The Global Market Size will grow at approx. CAGR of 4.7% during the forecast period.
    Some of the top industry players in Methanol Market are, Celanese Corporation, Caribbean Gas Chemical, US Methanol, Natgasoline LLC, Valero Energy Corp., BASF SE, Mathanex Corporation, Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Co., Inc., British Petroleum, Shell, CNOOC, PEMEX, China Shenhua Energy, Amuminium Corporation of China Limited, China Coal Energy, SABIC, etc.
    In the Methanol Market, China has established itself as the market leader with a significant market share.
    The Methanol Market has seen the most substantial growth rate in Asia Pacific.
    The global Methanol Market report is segmented as follows: By Feedstock Type, By Application, By End-User

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