Global Dimethyl Carbonate Market: Snapshot
The two key drivers of dimethyl carbonate production are two of its largest applications in the industries of polycarbonates and paints and coatings.
Polycarbonates are currently in very high demand from the rapidly growing end-user industries of automotive and electronics. Both industries are currently in full swing and are expected to continue growing in the near future. As a result, the higher demand for polycarbonates becomes a driver for the manufacture of dimethyl carbonate. Similarly, the paints and coatings industry is being boosted by the construction industry, consequently upping the demand for dimethyl carbonate.
With all these factors of influence in place, the global market for dimethyl carbonate is expected to progress at a CAGR of 6.6% between 2015 and 2023 in terms of revenue. By the end of 2016, this market revenue should be reaching US$440 mn. By the end of 2023, the market is expected to be valued at US$690.1 mn. In terms of volume, dimethyl carbonate global production is expected to weigh in at 599 kilo tons.
Asia Pacific Demand for Dimethyl Carbonate on the Rise
By the end of 2023, the Asia Pacific demand for dimethyl carbonate is expected to be at 49.26% of the market. Europe comes in at second place in terms of demand, followed by North America in third.
China is a massive contributor to the Asia Pacific demand for dimethyl carbonate. Together with Japan, the two regions are expected to take up more than three quarters of the total dimethyl carbonate volume in Asia Pacific by 2023. In fact, China is considered to be a top producer and consumer of dimethyl carbonate in the world currently, as the players in this country also export large quantities of dimethyl carbonate to emerging economies.
Europe recognized dimethyl carbonate as a non-toxic chemical in 1992, after which it steadily started to replace chloromethane, phosgene, and methyl chloroformate in several end-use industries. A majority of the demand for dimethyl carbonate in Europe is expected to continue originating from Germany and France.
Polycarbonate Industry Demand for Dimethyl Carbonate Continues to Grow
By 2023, 53.2% of the total volume of dimethyl carbonate produced is expected to be taken up by the polycarbonate industry. Dimethyl carbonate is an important constituent in the manufacture of polycarbonates, as it is used to produce diphenyl carbonate, one of the core chemicals in the condensation polymerization process that produces polycarbonates. The applications of polycarbonates are diverse and include appliances, lighting devices, medical devices, optical media, electronics, and automobiles. Most of these industries, especially the automotive and electronics industries, are showing a positive growth rate. Therefore, their demand for polycarbonates is expected to drive the production of dimethyl carbonate.
The key players involved with the production of dimethyl carbonate include Dongying City Longxing Chemical Co., Ltd., Shandong Shida Shenghua Chemical Group Co., Ltd., Alfa Aesar, EMD Millipore Corporation, HaiKe Chemical Group, Akzo Nobel N.V., UBE Industries Limited, Tangshan Chaoyang Chemical Co., Ltd., and BASF SE.
Dimethyl carbonate is a green chemical that can be used as a starting material for organic synthesis, replacing harmful compounds such as dimethyl sulfate and phosgene. It is denser than water and slightly soluble in water. Additionally, dimethyl carbonate has mild non-offensive odor and favorable evaporation rate and economic profiles. Expansion of the polycarbonate industry coupled with increasing demand in the paints & coatings industry is projected to drive the dimethyl carbonate market during the forecast period. Additionally, its potential application as a gasoline additive in the energy industry is anticipated to provide opportunities for market growth during the forecast period.
Dimethyl carbonate is produced on a relatively small scale; China accounts for 50% share of the production of dimethyl carbonate. It can be produced according to the following technologies: phosgene route, epoxide route, and oxidative carbonylation route. Under the phosgene route, phosgene reacts with methanol to provide dimethyl carbonate and hydrochloric acid. Under the epoxide route, epoxides react with carbon dioxide to provide cyclic carbonates. Cyclic carbonates yield dimethyl carbonate and glycols after transesterification with methanol. Under the oxidative route, carbon monoxide and methanol react with an oxidant compound (nitrogen oxide or oxygen) to yield dimethyl carbonate.
This study analyzes, estimates, and forecasts the global dimethyl carbonate market in terms of volume (Kilo Tons) and revenue (US$ Mn) from 2014 to 2023. Market numbers given in the report describe the global demand for dimethyl carbonate, but not the production or supply. The dimethyl carbonate report also analyzes several driving and restraining factors and their impact on the market during the forecast period.
The report provides detailed analysis of the dimethyl carbonate market by key applications. It segments the market into the following key applications: polycarbonate, solvent, pharmaceutical, pesticide, and others (including methylating agents). The report also segments the market based on major geographies into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. It further provides volume and revenue for each application segment for each region. This includes 12 unique country-specific analysis.
Based on application, the report analyzes the attractiveness of each segment with the help of an attractiveness tool. The study includes value chain analysis, which provides a better understanding of key players in the supply chain from raw material manufacturers to end-users. Additionally, the study analyzes market competition through Porter’s Five Forces analysis.
Key market participants profiled in the study include Dongying City Longxing Chemical Co., Ltd., Shandong Shida Shenghua Chemical Group Co., Ltd., Alfa Aesar, EMD Millipore Corporation, Sigma-Aldrich Co. LLC, HaiKe Chemical Group, Akzo Nobel N.V., UBE Industries Limited, Tangshan Chaoyang Chemical Co., Ltd., and BASF SE. Profiles of key participants comprise important parameters such as company overview, financial overview, business strategy, and recent developments.
Primary research represents the majority of our research efforts, complemented by an extensive secondary research. We reviewed key players’ product literature, annual reports, press releases, and relevant documents for competitive analysis and market understanding. Secondary research also includes a search of technical writing, recent trade, internet sources, and statistical data from government websites, trade associations, and agencies. This has proven to be the most reliable, effective, and productive approach for procuring precise market data, recognizing business opportunities, and acquiring industry participants’ insights.
Secondary research sources that are referred to include textbooks, external patented databases, company websites, financial reports, commentaries, broker reports, annual reports, investor presentations, and appropriate patent and regulatory databases, statistical databases, and market reports, news articles, press releases and webcasts specific to the companies operating in the market. Secondary sources referred for this study include the European Union (EU), ICIS Chemical Business Magazine, Chemical Week Magazine, and company presentations.
The report segments the global dimethyl carbonate market as:
Dimethyl Carbonate Market – Application Analysis
- Others (Including methylating agents)
Dimethyl Carbonate Market - Regional Analysis
- North America
- Rest of North America (RoNA)
- Rest of Europe
- Asia Pacific
- Rest of Asia Pacific (APAC)
- Latin America
- Rest of Latin America (LATAM)
- Middle East & Africa
- GCC Countries
- South Africa
- Rest of Middle East & Africa (MEA)