Toluene Market

Toluene Market

Toluene Market Forecasts to 2030 - Global Analysis By Derivative Type (Benzene, Gasoline Additives, Solvents and Other Derivative Types), By Source (Petroleum-Based Toluene and Biomass-Based Toluene), Grade, Production Process, End User and By Geography

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Published: 2024 ID: SMRC26040

This report covers the impact of COVID-19 on this global market

According to Stratistics MRC, the Global Toluene Market is accounted for $26.8 billion in 2023 and is expected to reach $42.8 billion by 2030 growing at a CAGR of 6.9% during the forecast period. Toluene is a colorless, flammable liquid aromatic hydrocarbon compound with a sweet, benzene-like odor. It is primarily used as a solvent in various industrial applications, including paints, coatings, adhesives, and chemical manufacturing processes. Toluene is also found naturally in crude oil and is a byproduct of petroleum refining.

According to Oxford Economics, it is estimated that the global construction industry output increase by 85% to reach US$ 15.5 Tn by 2030.

Market Dynamics: 


Increasing demand for gasoline blending

The increasing demand for gasoline blending serves as a driver in the toluene market due to toluene's use as a key component in the production of octane-boosting additives for gasoline. Toluene helps enhance the octane rating of gasoline, improving engine performance and efficiency. With growing demand for higher-octane gasoline to meet stringent emission standards and optimize engine performance, the demand for toluene as a blending component in gasoline is expected to rise, thereby driving market growth.


Volatility in crude oil prices

Fluctuations in oil prices can disrupt production costs, supply chain dynamics, and profit margins, leading to uncertainty and risk for businesses. Moreover, industries that use crude oil derivatives as raw materials may experience challenges in forecasting expenses and managing operational budgets, potentially hindering investment decisions and market growth. 


Increasing focus on bio-based toluene production

Bio-based toluene offers a sustainable alternative to conventional toluene derived from fossil fuels, reducing environmental impact and dependence on finite resources. Moreover, it aligns with global efforts towards carbon neutrality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. As consumers and industries prioritize sustainability, the demand for bio-based toluene is expected to grow, creating opportunities for innovation and investment in renewable and eco-friendly manufacturing processes.


Stringent environmental regulations

Stringent environmental regulations pose a threat to the toluene market due to concerns over its impact on human health and the environment. Toluene emissions contribute to air pollution and may pose health risks, including respiratory issues and neurological effects. Regulatory measures aimed at reducing volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions, such as limits on industrial emissions and product usage, can restrict toluene usage.

Covid-19 Impact: 

The COVID-19 pandemic impacted the toluene market by disrupting supply chains, reducing industrial activities, and decreasing demand for petroleum-based products. Lockdown measures and economic uncertainties led to a decline in consumption across various end-use industries, such as automotive, construction, and manufacturing. However, gradual economic recovery and the resumption of industrial activities have supported a modest rebound in toluene demand as global conditions stabilize.

The benzene segment is expected to be the largest during the forecast period

The benzene segment is anticipated to lead the toluene market during the forecast period. Benzene, a derivative of toluene, is a key raw material in the production of various chemicals, including styrene, phenol, and nylon. These chemicals find extensive applications in industries such as plastics, rubber, and pharmaceuticals. Moreover, benzene's versatility and wide-ranging use in manufacturing processes contribute to its dominant position in the toluene market.

The biomass-based toluene segment is expected to have the highest CAGR during the forecast period

The biomass-based toluene segment is projected to achieve the highest compound annual growth rate in the toluene market during the forecast period. This growth is driven by increasing environmental concerns and efforts to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Biomass-based toluene offers a sustainable alternative derived from renewable sources, such as agricultural residues and waste biomass. Additionally, advancements in biofuel technologies and government initiatives promoting renewable energy sources further propel the growth of this segment.

Region with largest share:

Asia Pacific is positioned to witness the largest market share in the toluene market. This is due to the region's robust industrial sector, particularly in chemicals, paints, coatings, and adhesives, which drives significant demand for toluene. Additionally, rapid industrialization, urbanization, and infrastructure development initiatives fuel market growth. Moreover, the availability of raw materials, favorable government policies, and expanding manufacturing capacities further strengthen Asia Pacific's dominance in the toluene market, ensuring its continued prominence in the foreseeable future.

Region with highest CAGR:

North America is poised for rapid expansion in the toluene market due to various factors. The region's robust industrial infrastructure, particularly in the chemicals, automotive, and construction sectors, drives significant demand for toluene-based products. Additionally, technological advancements in extraction and production processes contribute to enhanced toluene availability and cost-effectiveness. Moreover, growing investments in renewable energy and bio-based toluene production further stimulate market growth in North America, positioning the region for considerable expansion in the toluene market.

Key players in the market

Some of the key players in Toluene Market include BASF SE, BP plc, Braskem S.A., Chevron Phillips Chemical, Covestro AG, DIC India, Dow Chemical Company, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Formosa Chemicals & Fibre Corporation, Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), INEOS Group Holdings S.A., LG Chem Ltd., Lotte Chemical Corporation, LyondellBasell Industries, Mitsui Chemicals, Inc., PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited, Reliance Industries Limited, Shell Chemicals, Sinopec, Tosoh Corporation, Total S.A. and Versalis.

Key Developments:

In September 2023, Versalis partnered with Technip Energies to integrate plastic waste recycling technologies.

In March 2023, DIC India Limited, part of DIC Group, reported that it has inaugurated its advanced and latest toluene-free plant Optima for liquid ink manufacturing at Saykha in Bharuch district, Gujarat. Spread across 92,500 square meters, the plant has the capacity to manufacture more than 10,000 tons of TF, KF/NTNK (Toluene Free/ Ketone Free) liquid inks in two shifts in phase I.

In September 2022, Covestro has introduced polyether polyols using biobased feedstock. Company is now offering renewable1 toluene diisocyanate (TDI) and methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) for the production of polyurethane foams.

Derivative Types Covered:
• Benzene
• Gasoline Additives 
• Solvents 
• Toluene Diisocyanate (TDI) 
• Tri-Nitrotoluene (TNT) 
• Xylene 
• Other Derivative Types

Sources Covered:
• Petroleum-Based Toluene
• Biomass-Based Toluene

Grades Covered:
• Industrial Grade
• Commercial Grade
• Other Grades

Production Process Covered:
• Coke/Coal Process
• Pygas Process
• Reformate Process
• Styrene Process

End Users Covered:
• Automotive
• Chemicals & Petrochemicals
• Construction
• Cosmetics
• Electronics
• Pharmaceuticals
• Printing Inks
• Other End Users

Regions Covered:
• North America
o US
o Canada
o Mexico
• Europe
o Germany
o UK
o Italy
o France
o Spain
o Rest of Europe
• Asia Pacific
o Japan        
o China        
o India        
o Australia  
o New Zealand
o South Korea
o Rest of Asia Pacific    
• South America
o Argentina
o Brazil
o Chile
o Rest of South America
• Middle East & Africa 
o Saudi Arabia
o Qatar
o South Africa
o Rest of Middle East & Africa

What our report offers:
- Market share assessments for the regional and country-level segments
- Strategic recommendations for the new entrants
- Covers Market data for the years 2021, 2022, 2023, 2026, and 2030
- Market Trends (Drivers, Constraints, Opportunities, Threats, Challenges, Investment Opportunities, and recommendations)
- Strategic recommendations in key business segments based on the market estimations
- Competitive landscaping mapping the key common trends
- Company profiling with detailed strategies, financials, and recent developments
- Supply chain trends mapping the latest technological advancements

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Table of Contents

1 Executive Summary     
2 Preface     
 2.1 Abstract    
 2.2 Stake Holders    
 2.3 Research Scope    
 2.4 Research Methodology    
  2.4.1 Data Mining   
  2.4.2 Data Analysis   
  2.4.3 Data Validation   
  2.4.4 Research Approach   
 2.5 Research Sources    
  2.5.1 Primary Research Sources   
  2.5.2 Secondary Research Sources   
  2.5.3 Assumptions   
3 Market Trend Analysis     
 3.1 Introduction    
 3.2 Drivers    
 3.3 Restraints    
 3.4 Opportunities    
 3.5 Threats    
 3.6 End User Analysis    
 3.7 Emerging Markets    
 3.8 Impact of Covid-19    
4 Porters Five Force Analysis     
 4.1 Bargaining power of suppliers    
 4.2 Bargaining power of buyers    
 4.3 Threat of substitutes    
 4.4 Threat of new entrants    
 4.5 Competitive rivalry    
5 Global Toluene Market, By Derivative Type     
 5.1 Introduction    
 5.2 Benzene    
 5.3 Gasoline Additives     
 5.4 Solvents     
 5.5 Toluene Diisocyanate (TDI)     
 5.6 Tri-Nitrotoluene (TNT)     
 5.7 Xylene     
 5.8 Other Derivative Types    
6 Global Toluene Market, By Source     
 6.1 Introduction    
 6.2 Petroleum-Based Toluene    
 6.3 Biomass-Based Toluene    
7 Global Toluene Market, By Grade     

 7.1 Introduction    
 7.2 Industrial Grade    
 7.3 Commercial Grade    
 7.4 Other Grades    
8 Global Toluene Market, By Production Process     
 8.1 Introduction    
 8.2 Coke/Coal Process    
 8.3 Pygas Process    
 8.4 Reformate Process    
 8.5 Styrene Process     
9 Global Toluene Market, By End User     
 9.1 Introduction    
 9.2 Automotive    
 9.3 Chemicals & Petrochemicals    
 9.4 Construction    
 9.5 Cosmetics    
 9.6 Electronics    
 9.7 Pharmaceuticals    
 9.8 Printing Inks    
 9.9 Other End Users    
10 Global Toluene Market, By Geography     
 10.1 Introduction    
 10.2 North America    
  10.2.1 US   
  10.2.2 Canada   
  10.2.3 Mexico   
 10.3 Europe    
  10.3.1 Germany   
  10.3.2 UK   
  10.3.3 Italy   
  10.3.4 France   
  10.3.5 Spain   
  10.3.6 Rest of Europe   
 10.4 Asia Pacific    
  10.4.1 Japan   
  10.4.2 China   
  10.4.3 India   
  10.4.4 Australia   
  10.4.5 New Zealand   
  10.4.6 South Korea   
  10.4.7 Rest of Asia Pacific   
 10.5 South America    
  10.5.1 Argentina   
  10.5.2 Brazil   
  10.5.3 Chile   
  10.5.4 Rest of South America   
 10.6 Middle East & Africa    
  10.6.1 Saudi Arabia   
  10.6.2 UAE   
  10.6.3 Qatar   
  10.6.4 South Africa   
  10.6.5 Rest of Middle East & Africa   
11 Key Developments     
 11.1 Agreements, Partnerships, Collaborations and Joint Ventures    
 11.2 Acquisitions & Mergers    
 11.3 New Product Launch    
 11.4 Expansions    
 11.5 Other Key Strategies    
12 Company Profiling     
 12.1 BASF SE    
 12.2 BP plc    
 12.3 Braskem S.A.    
 12.4 Chevron Phillips Chemical    
 12.5 Covestro AG    
 12.6 DIC India    
 12.7 Dow Chemical Company    
 12.8 Exxon Mobil Corporation    
 12.9 Formosa Chemicals & Fibre Corporation    
 12.10 Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL)    
 12.11 INEOS Group Holdings S.A.    
 12.12 LG Chem Ltd.    
 12.13 Lotte Chemical Corporation    
 12.14 LyondellBasell Industries    
 12.15 Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.    
 12.16 PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited    
 12.17 Reliance Industries Limited    
 12.18 Shell Chemicals    
 12.19 Sinopec    
 12.20 Tosoh Corporation    
 12.21 Total S.A.    
 12.22 Versalis    
List of Tables      
1 Global Toluene Market Outlook, By Region (2021-2030) ($MN)     
2 Global Toluene Market Outlook, By Derivative Type (2021-2030) ($MN)     
3 Global Toluene Market Outlook, By Benzene (2021-2030) ($MN)     
4 Global Toluene Market Outlook, By Gasoline Additives  (2021-2030) ($MN)     
5 Global Toluene Market Outlook, By Solvents  (2021-2030) ($MN)     
6 Global Toluene Market Outlook, By Toluene Diisocyanate (TDI)  (2021-2030) ($MN)     
7 Global Toluene Market Outlook, By Tri-Nitrotoluene (TNT)  (2021-2030) ($MN)     
8 Global Toluene Market Outlook, By Xylene  (2021-2030) ($MN)     
9 Global Toluene Market Outlook, By Other Derivative Types (2021-2030) ($MN)     
10 Global Toluene Market Outlook, By Source (2021-2030) ($MN)     
11 Global Toluene Market Outlook, By Petroleum-Based Toluene (2021-2030) ($MN)     
12 Global Toluene Market Outlook, By Biomass-Based Toluene (2021-2030) ($MN)     
13 Global Toluene Market Outlook, By Grade (2021-2030) ($MN)     
14 Global Toluene Market Outlook, By Industrial Grade (2021-2030) ($MN)     
15 Global Toluene Market Outlook, By Commercial Grade (2021-2030) ($MN)     
16 Global Toluene Market Outlook, By Other Grades (2021-2030) ($MN)     
17 Global Toluene Market Outlook, By Production Process (2021-2030) ($MN)     
18 Global Toluene Market Outlook, By Coke/Coal Process (2021-2030) ($MN)     
19 Global Toluene Market Outlook, By Pygas Process (2021-2030) ($MN)     
20 Global Toluene Market Outlook, By Reformate Process (2021-2030) ($MN)     
21 Global Toluene Market Outlook, By Styrene Process  (2021-2030) ($MN)     
22 Global Toluene Market Outlook, By End User (2021-2030) ($MN)     
23 Global Toluene Market Outlook, By Automotive (2021-2030) ($MN)     
24 Global Toluene Market Outlook, By Chemicals & Petrochemicals (2021-2030) ($MN)     
25 Global Toluene Market Outlook, By Construction (2021-2030) ($MN)     
26 Global Toluene Market Outlook, By Cosmetics (2021-2030) ($MN)     
27 Global Toluene Market Outlook, By Electronics (2021-2030) ($MN)     
28 Global Toluene Market Outlook, By Pharmaceuticals (2021-2030) ($MN)     
29 Global Toluene Market Outlook, By Printing Inks (2021-2030) ($MN)     
30 Global Toluene Market Outlook, By Other End Users (2021-2030) ($MN)     
Note: Tables for North America, Europe, APAC, South America, and Middle East & Africa Regions are also represented in the same manner as above.      

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