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Dimethyl Ether Market by Raw Material Types (Fossil Fuel Based and Bio Based) for LPG Blending, Aerosol Propellants, Transportation Fuel, Industrial Applications and Other Applications - Global & China Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2014 - 2020

Dimethyl Ether (DME) is the simplest ether in the ether group. DME is either derived from fossil fuel such as coal and natural gas or from renewable materials such as biomass, municipal waste, black liquor and agricultural waste. Currently, fossil fuel based DME accounts for the higher market share by a huge margin. DME is a downstream derivative of methanol, which is derived from fossil fuel or bio based feedstock. DME exhibits uncanny similarities with LPG. This has resulted in the chemical’s growth as LPG blending chemical. DME is found in a gaseous state at room temperature. It can be easily liquefied and transported using the existing LPG supply and storage techniques. DME is a non-toxic, clean, and potentially renewable fuel. These favorable characteristics have helped the DME market record significant growth over the past decade.

Usage of DME for LPG blending purpose is the largest application in the global DME market. The DME-LPG blending market is dominated by the Asia Pacific, especially China. Among the countries in Asia Pacific, China alone accounts for over 80% of demand for DME for LPG blending purpose; countries such as Indonesia, Thailand, India and Japan account for the rest of the demand. DME-LPG blends containing up to 20% DME in terms of volume do not require any enhancement to their existing equipment and supply chain. China imports the bulk of LPG; the country has extensive coal reserves as well as DME manufacturing capacity. Blending DME in domestic LPG has reduced China’s import burden significantly. Environment-friendly aerosol propellant alternative to HFC and HCFC was the foremost application of DME prior to the advent of LPG blending application. However, currently, its usage as transportation fuel for heavy vehicles is the most promising application of DME. DME itself is not conducive to be used as fuel owing to its lack of viscosity and lubricity. However, it provides value when blended in the correct proportion with diesel. Furthermore, the low carbon emission and clean burning properties of DME are expected to provide the fastest growth rate to this application in the near future. In terms of volume, the global DME market is likely to expand at a CAGR of 8.2% from 2014 to 2020.

Fossil fuel based raw materials are the most common raw materials used to manufacture DME. Fossil fuel based raw materials include coal and natural gas. While natural gas is environmentally less toxic in nature, the majority of DME is manufactured using coal. This could be attributed to the high production capacity in China; the country primarily relies on its vast coal reserves to produce methanol and subsequently DME. However, bio based DME is estimated to expand at the fastest pace, with the bulk of the demand for bio based DME being generated from developed economies of North America, Europe, Japan and South Korea. China has also invested significantly in the production of bio based DME for usage as transportation fuel.

China accounted for the largest market share (80.4%) of DME in 2013. The country was followed by rest of Asia Pacific, Europe and North America in the same year. The DME market in the Rest of the World is projected to expand at the fastest rate during the forecast period, primarily owing to the current low volume in the market and high demand. The DME market in China is likely to witness the highest growth in terms of volume. The DME markets in North America and Europe are also expected to expand at brisk pace during the forecast period.

The DME market in China and across the globe is moderately concentrated in nature; most major manufacturers are based in China. Major companies operating in the market include Jiutai Energy Group, Shenhua Ningxia Coal Industry Group Co., Ltd., China Energy Ltd., Korea Gas Corporation, and Guangdong JOVO Group Co., Ltd.

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Chapter 1 Preface
1.1 Research Description
1.2 Market Segmentation
     1.2.1 Global & China Dimethyl Ether Market, Segmentation by Applications, Raw Material and Region
1.3 Research Scope
     1.3.1 Assumptions
1.4 Research Methodology
     1.4.1 Abbreviations

Chapter 2 Executive Summary
2.1 Global & China Dimethyl Ether Market, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)

Chapter 3 Dimethyl Ether Market - Industry Analysis
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Value Chain Analysis
3.3 Market Drivers
     3.3.1 Application as LPG Blend in Asia Pacific, Particularly China, Accounted for the Meteoric Rise in Demand for DME
             3.3.1.1 Quantitative Comparison Between LPG and DME Properties
     3.3.2 Application as Aerosol Propellants has Traditionally been the Mainstay of DME Market
             3.3.2.1 Environmental Effect Comparative Study of Aerosol Types
3.4 Market Restraints
     3.4.1 Government Regulations Pertaining to Blending of DME in Domestic LPG Cylinders in China
     3.4.2 Limited Viscosity and Lubricity of Dimethyl Ether, a Restraint for Use as Diesel Alternative in Automotives
             3.4.2.1 Property Comparison of DME – Diesel Blended Fuel
3.5 Market Opportunities
     3.5.1 Bio-DME is expected to provide impetus to the global DME market for Transportation Application
             3.5.1.1 Co2 Emission Comparison Based on DME Feedstocks
3.6 Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
     3.6.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
     3.6.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers
     3.6.3 Threat of New Entrants
     3.6.4 Threat from Substitutes
     3.6.5 Degree of Competition
3.7 Global Dimethyl Ether - Market Attractiveness Analysis
     3.7.1 Global Dimethyl Ether - Market Attractiveness Analysis, 2013
3.8 Global Dimethyl Ether Market - Company Market Share Analysis
     3.8.1 Global Dimethyl Ether Market: Company Market Share Analysis, 2013

Chapter 4 Dimethyl Ether Market – Application Analysis
4.1 Global & China Dimethyl Ether Market: Application Overview
     4.1.1 Global & China Dimethyl Ether Market, Volume Share, by Application, 2013 - 2020
4.2 LPG Blending
     4.2.1 Global Demand for Dimethyl Ether for LPG Blending, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)
4.3 Aerosol Propellants
     4.3.1 Global Demand for Dimethyl Ether for Aerosol Propellant, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)
4.4 Transportation Fuel
     4.4.1 Global Demand for Dimethyl Ether for Transportation Fuel, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)
4.5 Industrial Applications
     4.5.1 Global Demand for Dimethyl Ether for Industrial Applications, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)
4.6 Others
     4.6.1 Global Demand for Dimethyl Ether for Other Applications, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)

Chapter 5 Dimethyl Ether Market - Raw Material Analysis
5.1 Global & China Dimethyl Ether Market: Raw Material Overview
     5.1.1 Global & China Dimethyl Ether Market, Volume Share, by Raw Material, 2013 - 2020
5.2 Fossil Fuel Based
     5.2.1 Global Demand for Fossil Fuel Based Dimethyl Ether, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)
5.3 Bio Based
     5.3.1 Global Demand for Bio Based Dimethyl Ether, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)

Chapter 6 Dimethyl Ether Market - Regional Analysis
6.1 Global & China Dimethyl Ether Market: Regional Overview
     6.1.1 Global Dimethyl Ether Market, Volume Share, by Region, 2013 - 2020
6.2 North America
     6.2.1 North America Dimethyl Ether Market, Volume by Application, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons)
     6.2.2 North America Dimethyl Ether Market, Revenue by Application, 2013 - 2020 (US$ Mn)
     6.2.3 North America Dimethyl Ether Market, Volume by Raw Material, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons)
     6.2.4 North America Dimethyl Ether Market, Revenue by Raw Material, 2013 - 2020 (US$ Mn)
6.3 Europe
     6.3.1 Europe Dimethyl Ether Market, Volume by Application, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons)
     6.3.2 Europe Dimethyl Ether Market, Revenue by Application, 2013 – 2020 (US$ Mn)
     6.3.3 Europe Dimethyl Ether Market, Volume by Raw Material, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons)
     6.3.4 Europe Dimethyl Ether Market, Revenue by Raw Material, 2013 - 2020 (US$ Mn)
6.4 Asia Pacific
     6.4.1 China
             6.4.1.1 China Dimethyl Ether Market, Volume by Application, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons)
             6.4.1.2 China Dimethyl Ether Market, Revenue by Application, 2013 – 2020 (US$ Mn)
             6.4.1.3 China Dimethyl Ether Market, Volume by Raw Material, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons)
             6.4.1.4 China Dimethyl Ether Market, Revenue by Raw Material, 2013 - 2020 (US$ Mn)
     6.4.2 Rest of Asia Pacific
             6.4.2.1 Rest of Asia Pacific Dimethyl Ether Market, Volume by Application, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons)
             6.4.2.2 Rest of Asia Pacific Dimethyl Ether Market, Revenue by Application, 2013 – 2020 (US$ Mn)
             6.4.2.3 Rest of Asia Pacific Dimethyl Ether Market, Volume by Raw Material, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons)
             6.4.2.4 Rest of Asia Pacific Dimethyl Ether Market, Revenue by Raw Material, 2013 - 2020 (US$ Mn)
6.5 Rest of the World (RoW)
     6.5.1 RoW Dimethyl Ether Market, Volume by Application, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons)
     6.5.2 RoW Dimethyl Ether Market, Revenue by Application, 2013 – 2020 (US$ Mn)
     6.5.3 RoW Dimethyl Ether Market, Volume by Raw Material, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons)
     6.5.4 RoW Dimethyl Ether Market, Revenue by Raw Material, 2013 - 2020 (US$ Mn)

Chapter 7 Company Profiles
7.1 China Energy Ltd.
7.2 Fuel DME Production Co., Ltd.
7.3 Korea Gas Corporation
7.4 Royal Dutch Shell PLC
7.5 Akzo Nobel NV
7.6 Oberon Fuels, Inc.
7.7 Grillo-Werke AG
7.8 Shenhua Ningxia Coal Industry Group Co., Ltd.
7.9 E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co
7.10 Mitsubishi Corporation
7.11 Guangdong JOVO Group Co., Ltd.
7.12 Jiutai Energy Group

List of Figures 

FIG. 1 Global & China Dimethyl Ether Market, Segmentation by Applications, Raw Material and Region
FIG. 2 Global & China Dimethyl Ether Market, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)
FIG. 3 Global Dimethyl Ether Market - Value Chain Analysis
FIG. 4 Co2 Emission Comparison Based on DME Feedstocks
FIG. 5 Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
FIG. 6 Global Dimethyl Ether - Market Attractiveness Analysis
FIG. 7 Global Dimethyl Ether Market: Company Market Share Analysis, 2013
FIG. 8 Global & China Dimethyl Ether Market, Volume Share, by Application, 2013 - 2020
FIG. 9 Global Demand for Dimethyl Ether for LPG Blending, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)
FIG. 10 Global Demand for Dimethyl Ether for Aerosol Propellant, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)
FIG. 11 Global Demand for Dimethyl Ether for Transportation Fuel, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)
FIG. 12 Global Demand for Dimethyl Ether for Industrial Applications, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)
FIG. 13 Global Demand for Dimethyl Ether for Other Applications, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)
FIG. 14 Global & China Dimethyl Ether Market, Volume Share, by Raw Material, 2013 – 2020
FIG. 15 Global Demand for Fossil Fuel Based Dimethyl Ether, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)
FIG. 16 Global Demand for Bio Based Dimethyl Ether, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)
FIG. 17 Global Dimethyl Ether Market, Volume Share, by Region, 2013 - 2020

List of Tables

TABLE 1 Global & China Dimethyl Ether Market, Snapshot
TABLE 2 Drivers for the Dimethyl Ether Market - Impact Analysis
TABLE 3 Quantitative Comparison Between LPG and DME Properties
TABLE 4 Environmental Effect Comparative Study of Aerosol Types
TABLE 5 Restraints for Dimethyl Ether Market - Impact Analysis
TABLE 6 Property Comparison of DME - Diesel Blended Fuel
TABLE 7 North America Dimethyl Ether Market, Volume by Application, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons)
TABLE 8 North America Dimethyl Ether Market, Revenue by Application, 2013 - 2020 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 9 North America Dimethyl Ether Market, Volume by Raw Material, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons)
TABLE 10 North America Dimethyl Ether Market, Revenue by Raw Material, 2013 - 2020 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 11 Europe Dimethyl Ether Market, Volume by Application, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons)
TABLE 12 Europe Dimethyl Ether Market, Revenue by Application, 2013 - 2020 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 13 Europe Dimethyl Ether Market, Volume by Raw Material, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons)
TABLE 14 Europe Dimethyl Ether Market, Revenue by Raw Material, 2013 - 2020 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 15 China Dimethyl Ether Market, Volume by Application, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons)
TABLE 16 China Dimethyl Ether Market, Revenue by Application, 2013 - 2020 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 17 China Dimethyl Ether Market, Volume by Raw Material, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons)
TABLE 18 China Dimethyl Ether Market, Revenue by Raw Material, 2013 - 2020 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 19 Rest of Asia Pacific Dimethyl Ether Market, Volume by Application, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons)
TABLE 20 Rest of Asia Pacific Dimethyl Ether Market, Revenue by Application, 2013 - 2020 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 21 Rest of Asia Pacific Dimethyl Ether Market, Volume by Raw Material, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons)
TABLE 22 Rest of Asia Pacific Dimethyl Ether Market, Revenue by Raw Material, 2013 - 2020 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 23 RoW Dimethyl Ether Market, Volume by Application, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons)
TABLE 24 RoW Dimethyl Ether Market, Revenue by Application, 2013 - 2020 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 25 RoW Dimethyl Ether Market, Volume by Raw Material, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons)
TABLE 26 RoW Dimethyl Ether Market, Revenue by Raw Material, 2013 - 2020 (US$ Mn)


This report covers the analysis and forecast of the Dimethyl Ether (DME) on a global and regional level. The study provides historic data of 2013 along with the forecast for 2014 to 2020 based on volume (kilo tons) and revenue (US$ Mn). 

The study provides a decisive view of the DME market by segmenting it based on application, raw material type and regional demand with special emphasis on China. Application segments have been analyzed based on current trends and future potential, and the market has been estimated from 2014 to 2020 in terms of volume (kilo tons) and revenue (US$ Mn). Regional segmentation includes the current and forecast demand for North America, Europe, China, Rest of Asia Pacific, and Rest of the World (RoW). Segmentation also includes demand for individual application and raw material types in all the regions.

The study covers the drivers and restraints governing the dynamics of the market along with their impact on demand during the forecast period. Additionally, the report includes potential opportunities in the DME market on the global and regional level.

We have included a detailed value chain analysis in order to provide a comprehensive view of the DME market. Analysis of Porter’s Five Forces model has also been included to help understand the competitive landscape in the market. The study encompasses market attractiveness analysis, wherein applications have been benchmarked based on their market size, growth rate, and general attractiveness for future growth.

The market has been forecast based on constant currency rates. Prices of DME vary in each region and depend upon demand-supply scenario of the region. Hence, a similar volume-to-revenue ratio does not follow for each individual region. Individual pricing of DME for each application has been taken into account while estimating and forecasting market revenue on a global basis. Regional average price has been considered while breaking down the market by application segments in each region. 

The report provides the size of the DME market for 2013 and forecast for the next seven years up to 2020. The size of the DME market in China and across the globe is provided in terms of volume and revenue. Market volume is defined in kilo tons, while market revenue for regions is in US$ Mn. The market size and forecast for each product segment is provided in the context of global and regional markets. Numbers provided in the report are derived based on demand generated from different applications and raw material types. Market dynamics prevailing in China have been taken into account for estimating the future growth of the global market.

Market estimates for this study have been based on volumes, with revenues being derived through regional pricing trends. The price for commonly utilized grades of DME in each application has been considered, and customized product pricing has not been included. Demand for DME has been derived by analyzing the global and regional demand for DME in each application and by raw material type. The global and China DME market has been analyzed based on expected demand. Market data for each segment is based on volume demand and corresponding revenues. Prices considered for calculation of revenue are average regional prices obtained through primary quotes from numerous regional suppliers, distributors, and direct selling regional producers, based on manufacturer feedback and application requirement. Forecasts have been based on the expected demand from DME application segments. Existing Chinese government regulations and the expected relief pertaining to DME blended LPG regulations have been taken into account. We have used the bottom-up approach by considering individual application segments and integrating these to arrive at the global market. Application segments have been further broken down using the top-down approach to derive the regional market demand. Companies were considered for the market share analysis based on their product portfolio, revenue, and manufacturing capacity. In the absence of specific data related to the sales of DME of major China-based manufacturers, calculated assumptions have been made in view of the company’s product portfolio, segment revenue, and regional presence along with demand for products in its portfolio.

The report covers a detailed competitive outlook that includes market share and company profiles of key participants operating in the global market. Key players profiled in the report include Jiutai Energy Group, Shenhua Ningxia Coal Industry Group Co., Ltd., China Energy Ltd., Korea Gas Corporation, Guangdong JOVO Group Co. Ltd., Akzo Nobel N.V. and Grillo-Werke AG. Company profiles include attributes such as company overview, brand overview, financial overview (in terms of financial year), business strategies, and recent/key developments.

The report segments the global DME market as:

Dimethyl Ether Market - Application Analysis
  • LPG blending
  • Aerosol propellants
  • Transportation fuel
  • Industrial
  • Others (Including chemical feedstock, etc.)
Dimethyl Ether Market - Raw Material Analysis
  • Fossil fuel based DME
  • Bio based DME
Dimethyl Ether Market - Regional Analysis
  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Rest of the World


 
 
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