MTBE Gasoline Additive Market was valued at US $ XX Mn and expected to grow at XX% Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) from 2019 to 2025.
Market Outline: MTBE Gasoline Additive Market
Methyl tertiary-butyl ether (MTBE) is a chemical compound prepared by the chemical reaction between methanol and isobutylene. The compound is represented by chemical name is 2-methoxy 2-methylpropane, with molecular formula C5H12O. MTBE helps in increasing the oxygen content of gasoline and thus fall under chemical group called oxygenates. All room temperature flammable, colorless, volatile liquid that dissolves in water. MTBE has been used in gasoline since 1979 due to environmental and health concerns. The use of MTBE as gasoline additive majorly started as a replacement for metallic additives, such as lead and Methylcyclopentadienyl Manganese Tricarbonyl (MMT). The use of MTBE octane improved fuel quality through the phase out of lead, reduction in sulfur, benzene, aromatics, and olefins.
Market Dynamics: MTBE Gasoline Additive Market
The major driver for MTBE market is its application as gasoline additive, where it is used as anti-knocking agent and an octane booster in the fuel for gasoline engines. Due to its lower cost and effectiveness, MTBE is preferred over others. MBTE finds application as a solvent and forms azeotropes with methanol and water. Fuel oxygenates do not naturally occur in gasoline. Instead, they are added to increase gasoline’s oxygen content. By increasing gasoline’s oxygen content, the gasoline burns better, thereby lowering harmful emissions from vehicles and reducing pollution. However, the main problem with MTBE is that it is thought to be carcinogenic, and it mixes easily with water. If gasoline containing MTBE leaks from an underground tank at a gas station, it can get into groundwater and contaminate wells. These are the main factors that restrict the growth of MTBE gasoline additive market.
Market Scope: MTBE Gasoline Additive Market
MTBE gasoline additive market is segmented based on manufacturing process and application
Based on manufacturing process, market is segmented into the following:
- Steam Cracker
- Fluid Liquid Cracker
Based on the application, market is segmented into the following:
- Gasoline Additive
Regional Analysis: MTBE Gasoline Additive Market
Geographically, MTBE gasoline additive market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East and Africa. Asia Pacific MTBE Gasoline Market APAC is projected to be the fastest-growing market for MTBE. The rising demand for reformulated gasoline is leading to the growth of the MTBE market in APAC. Some of the world’s largest MTBE producers, such as Sinopec (China), China National Petroleum Corporation (China), and PETRONAS (Malaysia) are headquartered in the APAC region. APAC is the largest importer of MTBE globally. Due to rapid economic expansion and increase in foreign direct investment in countries, such as China and South Korea, the MTBE market is expected to witness significant growth during the next five years. China led the MTBE market in APAC, accounting for more than half of the demand for MTBE in the region in 2016.It is the largest consumer of MTBE and also has the highest production capacity in the world. MTBE Gasoline Additive Market was the second-largest market in 2017 and is expected to maintain its dominance during the review period. The presence of a developed automotive industry and major MTBE manufacturing companies are contributing to the growth of the regional market. However, the increasing restrictions on the use of MTBE owing to environmental and health issues are expected to hinder market growth in the region. South America MTBE Gasoline Additive Market countries such as Brazil have a high potential growth in the forecast period owing to the upcoming refinery sector in the region, which requires MTBE as an anti-knocking agent to reduce wear and tear in heavy-duty machinery.
Competition Assessment: MTBE Gasoline Additive Market
Some of the players in the MTBE gasoline additive market include:
- SABIC (Saudi Arabia)
- Evonik (Germany)
- China National Petroleum Corporation (China)
- Huntsman International (US)
- Eni (Italy)
- Sinopec (China)
- LyondellBasell (Netherlands)
- Shell (Netherlands)
- Emirates National Oil Company (UAE)
- Qafac (Qatar)
Notable Market Developments: Global MTBE Gasoline Additive Market
- SABIC acquires Shell’s Stake in Sadaf one of the largest petrochemicals companies in the Middle East.