ALBANY, New York
January 2, 2013
According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research (
Butanes Market - Global Industry Size, Market Share, Trends, Analysis and Forecast, 2010 - 2018
", the global market for butanes was estimated to be 201.26 million tons in 2011 and is expected to reach 236.45 million tons by 2018, growing at a CAGR of 2.46% from 2013 to 2018. In terms of revenues, the market was estimated to be worth
USD 167.04 billion
in 2011 and is expected to reach a market worth
USD 282.59 billion
by 2018, growing at a CAGR of 8.9% from 2013 to 2018.
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The growing demand for LPG from residential and commercial sectors where it is mainly used as a domestic fuel is the major factor driving the market for butanes. Butane use as petrochemical feedstock for producing ethylene and other derivatives is also driving the market demand owing to growing ethylene capacity in the
. However, volatility in crude oil prices and the regulatory issues owing to growing environmental concerns are the major factors inhibiting the market for butanes.
The growing demand for LPG in emerging economies of
and other countries in the
region provides immense opportunities for butane producers to set up SBUs in
in order to cater to the growing demand in the region.
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LPG represents the biggest application of butanes and accounted for 66.1% of the global butanes produced in 2011. LPG is also the fastest growing application for butanes, at a CAGR of 2.58% from 2013 to 2018. Butanes are also used as a feedstock for producing various petrochemicals and as a blending agent in refineries. LPG is majorly used as a cooking and heating fuel in residential and commercial sectors. The segment accounted for just over 49% of the global LPG demand in 2011. LPG as an auto gas represents the fastest growing segment at a CAGR of 2.92% from 2013 to 2018.