1,3-Butylene Glycol Market Research Report: By Product (Pharmaceutical Grade, Industrial Grade), Application (Cosmetic & Personal Care Products, Food Products)- Global Industry Analysis and Demand Forecast to 2030

  • Published: July 2020
  • Report Code: CM11196
  • Available Format: PDF
  • Pages: 198

1,3-Butylene Glycol Market Overview

The 1,3-butylene glycol market size stood at $139,994.9 thousand in 2019, and it is expected to demonstrate a CAGR of 5.0% during the forecast period (2020–2030). The growth of the cosmetic product industry, along with the rising demand for 1,3-butylene glycol in the pharmaceutical sector, is the major factor driving the 1,3-butylene glycol industry.

On account of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the market has witnessed a negative impact, due to the temporary shutdown of manufacturing facilities in quarter 1 of 2020. However, the demand for the compound is expected to showcase a strong demand from the cosmetics and personal care sectors, once the lockdown is lifted and production resumes.

1,3-Butylene Glycol Market

Segmentation Analysis

Pharmaceutical Grade To Demonstrate Faster Growth

The pharmaceutical-grade category, under segmentation by product, is expected to showcase the higher CAGR in the 1,3-butylene glycol market during the forecast period. This is majorly ascribed to the increasing adoption of the pharmaceutical grade in the cosmetic, personal care, and food industries. In recent years, common skin-related diseases, viz. acne, eczema, and seborrheic dermatitis, have increased in prevalence, due to stress, anxiety, alcohol and tobacco consumption, exposure to ultraviolet radiation, and pollution.

Considering such factors, the consumption of the pharmaceutical grade is expected to increase, owing to its usage as a humectant, for the prevention of moisture loss, as well as an emollient and stabilizer in skincare products.

Humectant Category To Generate Highest Revenue

The humectant category held the largest share, based on function, in 2019, and the trend is likely to continue in the 1,3-butylene glycol market during the forecast period. The compound is vastly used as a humectant in cosmetic and personal care products, such as hair conditioners, body cleansers, facial creams, eye lotions, after-sun lotions, frizz serums, and lip balms. Humectants have the ability to retain and lock the moisture, when applied on the skin, owing to which they are required in high volumes.

With the growth of the personal care and cosmetics sector across the globe, the consumption of the compound, as a humectant, is expected to increase, in turn, promoting the growth of the 1,3-butylene glycol market.

Cosmetics & Personal Care Products Application To Retain Its Dominance

In 2019, cosmetics and personal care products witnessed the highest consumption of the compound, and this category is expected to retain its dominance throughout the forecast period. This is attributable to the increasing consumption of 1,3-butylene as a masking agent, humectant, skin conditioning agent, viscosity controller, and solvent, in cosmetic and personal care products. With the growth of these end-use industries, the consumption of the compound is witnessing a rise, in turn, propelling the 1,3-butylene glycol market.

Geographical Outlook

Asia-Pacific (APAC) to Generate Highest Revenue in 1,3-Butylene Glycol Market

In the recent past, the consumption of the compound has witnessed a rapid spike in the APAC region, particularly in developing countries, such as China, India, Indonesia, and Thailand. The rise in the disposable income has led to an increase in the spending on cosmetic and beauty care products, owing to which the requirement for the compound, as a raw material, is quite high. Considering such factors, along with the constant rise in the population, the consumption of the compound is expected to increase further, in turn, driving the 1,3-butylene glycol market.

APAC To Showcase Highest CAGR during Forecast Period

Geographically, APAC is expected to demonstrate the fastest growth during the forecast period. Countries such as India and China are creating huge opportunities for the growth of the 1,3-butylene glycol market, on account of the increasing investments in the healthcare sector, along with the rising disposable income. Additionally, the regional market holds immense potential for growth, on account of the increasing demand for cosmetics and personal care products.

1,3-Butylene Glycol Market

Trends & Drivers

Development of Cost-Effective Fermentation Process

Lately, the quest to develop a cost-effective fermentation process for the production of 1,3-butylene glycol, by the manufacturers, has been observed as a key trend in the industry. Although the compound is an important substrate for the synthesis of industrial chemicals, efficient manufacturing from renewable resources has not been fully achieved, despite the high demand for it. This, in turn, has compelled manufacturers across the globe to develop a cost-effective fermentation process for the manufacturing of the compound.

1,3-Butylene Glycol Market

Growing Cosmetic Products Market

The compound is vastly used as a humectant in cosmetics, owing to its ability to serve as a viscosity-decreasing component. Additionally, it stabilizes volatile compounds, such as fragrances and flavors, by fixing them in cosmetic formulations, helps in aroma retention, as well as prevents the spoilage caused to cosmetic formulations by microorganisms. Moreover, the compound has an excellent distribution coefficient, which leads to better efficacy of the preservatives mixed in the formulations, thus making it possible to lower the dose of the applied preservatives.

In addition, the aging population and increasing disposable income, along with a surge in the investments in the cosmetics sector, are significantly driving the beauty and personal care industry, owing to which the consumption of the compound is increasing at a fast pace. Therefore, such factors are expected to drive the 1,3-butylene glycol market in the coming years.

Global 1,3-Butylene Glycol Market Report Coverage
Report Attribute Details
Historical Years 2014-2019
Forecast Years 2020-2030
Base Year (2019) Market Size $139,994.9 thousand
Forecast Period (2020-2030) CAGR 5.0%
Report Coverage Market trends, revenue estimation and forecast, segmentation analysis, regional and country breakdown, manufacturing process, production capacity of major manufacturers, price trend analysis, value chain analysis, Porter’s five forces analysis, companies’ strategic developments, company profiling
Market Size by Segments Product, function, application, region
Market Size of Geographies U.S., Canada, Germany, France, Russia, Italy, U.K., Japan, China, India, Australia, South Korea, Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Saudi Arabia, U.A.E., Nigeria, Egypt, South Africa
Secondary Sources and References (Partial List) American Academy of Dermatology, Association of International Chemical Manufacturers, European Medicines Agency, European Trade Association, Food and Drink Federation, Food and Drug Administration, Food Safety Professionals Association


Increasing Demand from the Pharmaceutical Sector

The demand for the compound in the pharmaceutical sector is projected to witness strong growth. This is majorly ascribed to its antibacterial properties, which make it a suitable pharmaceutical ingredient. The pharmaceutical industry has witnessed significant growth in the past few years, particularly in the emerging nations of Asia and Latin America, where the manufacturers of the chemical are focusing on taking advantage of the untapped potential of the market.

Key Players Engaging in Partnerships to Enhance Geographical Presence

Lately, players in the industry have been engaging in partnerships and agreements, in order to expand their coverage in several countries, which is also serving as a strategic move helping them stay ahead of their competitors in the 1,3-butylene glycol market. For instance:

  • In May 2020, Genomatica Inc. and Glenn LLC, an Azelis Americas Company, jointly announced Glenn LLC to be the exclusive distributor of Genomatica’s Brontide natural butylene glycol in the U.S.
  • In October 2019, Daicel Corporation expanded its distribution agreement with Genomatica Inc., by entering into an exclusive sales agreement to promote and sell the latter’s Brontide natural 1,3-butylene glycol in the APAC region. Daicel has promoted Genomatica’s Brontide butylene glycol in the personal care market of the APAC region since December 2017. The success of the initial partnership, combined with Genomatica’s large-scale commercial production of Brontide since January 2019, encouraged both the companies to expand their relationship to an exclusive sales agreement.

1,3-Butylene Glycol Market

Some of the key players in the 1,3-butylene glycol market include:

  • Daicel Corporation
  • KH Neochem Co. Ltd.
  • Genomatica Inc.
  • Godavari Biorefineries Ltd.
  • OQ Chemicals GmbH
  • Haihang Industry Co. Ltd.

1,3-Butylene Glycol Market Size Breakdown by Segment

The 1,3-butylene glycol market report offers comprehensive market segmentation analysis along with market estimation for the period 2014–2030.

Based on Product

  • Pharmaceutical grade
  • Industrial grade

Based on Function

  • Humectant
  • Emollient
  • Stabilizer
  • Intermediate

Based on Application

  • Cosmetic & personal care products
  • Food products

Geographical Analysis

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • U.K.
    • France
    • Italy
    • Russia
  • Asia-Pacific (APAC)
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • Indonesia
    • Australia
    • South Korea
  • Latin America (LATAM)
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
    • Colombia
  • Middle East and Africa (MEA)
    • South Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
    • Nigeria
    • Egypt 
  • Major Markets
    • U.S.
      • By Product
      • By Function
      • By Application
    • China
      • By Product
      • By Function
      • By Application
    • Japan
      • By Product
      • By Function
      • By Application
    • South Korea
      • By Product
      • By Function
      • By Application
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