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1,3-Propanediol Market - By Source (Bio-Based, Petrochemical-Based), By Application (Polyurethane {Textile, Footwear, Automotive, Furniture}, Polytrimethylene Terephthalate, Personal Care & Detergents, Pharmaceutical, Food & Beverages, Heat Transfer Fluid, Inks and Coatings) & Global Forecasts to 2027

  • Report ID: GMI4927
  • Published Date: Jan 2021
  • Report Format: PDF

1,3-Propanediol Market Size

1,3-Propanediol market size was over USD 450 million in 2020 and is estimated to grow over 8.3% CAGR between 2021 and 2027 owing to rising demand for green & sustainable products. Increasing demand for 1,3-propanediol from cosmetics & personal care application will pave way for the growth opportunity in the market.

1,3-Propanediol is a bifunctional organic compound, which can be produced either via petrochemical or bio-based routes. 1,3-propanediol is a building block to produce polymers such as polytrimethylene terephthalate & polyurethane along with the production of paints & coatings, resins and adhesives. It can be chemically synthesized from petrochemicals such as propenal or ethylene oxide. The bio-based route includes fermentation of glycerol or fermentation of sugars. Glycerol is the by-product of biodiesel production.

1,3-Propanediol Market Outlook

Increasing inclination towards sustainable development and green economy across the globe is set to play key role in the 1,3-propanediol market growth during the forecast period. The increasing demand for bio-based products and emphasize on R&D activities is driving the demand for 1,3-propanediol for various application including personal care & cosmetics. The global trend towards the adoption of organic & green cosmetics products is likely to spur the demand for 1,3-propanediol for applications such as, solvent, preservative booster and humectant.

In 2020, the global cosmetics market is estimated to be valued over USD 335 billion and is expected witness steady growth during the forecast period. Increasing spending on beauty products, acceleration of urbanization, shifting consumer interest towards innovative and premium products, penetration of e-commerce in the industry, and the growth of upper middle classes. This in turn is set to drive the 1,3 propanediol market share from personal care & cosmetics industry.

1,3-Propanediol Market Analysis

1,3-Propanediol Market by Bio based

The 1,3-propanediol market is segmented by source into bio-based and petrochemical-based. Bio-based segment accounted for a largest revenue share in the global market, valued at USD 363.47 Million in 2020. Growing environmental awareness, increasing demand for bio-based products, and government intensives is expected to augment the market growth.

The demand for biodiesel increased significantly in recent past driven by favorable government initiatives and mandates such as, European Union set up a mandator biofuel target of 10% for the European transport sector in 2020. Increasing biodiesel production particularly in Asia-Pacific and Europe has resulted into increased availability of glycerol and reduction in price. This may boost the development of the glycerol fermentation pathway.

1,3-Propanediol Market by Polyurethane Application

The global market is bifurcated on the basis of application as polyurethane, polytrimethylene terephthalate (PTT), personal care & detergents, pharmaceutical, food & beverages, heat transfer fluid, inks and coatings and others. Polyurethane application was valued at USD 80.90 million in 2020. Increasing demand for high performance and bio-based polymer textile, footwear and automotive application will augment the 1,3-propanediol market revenue. Moreover, increasing bio-based polyurethane coatings, bio-based waterproof breathable films, bio-based TPU outsoles and bio-based synthetic leather uppers will augment the market growth.

The long-term growth of the market is set to be optimistic owing to significant investment for Research & development and capacity expansion in bio-based product universe. Furthermore, favorable government policies for green economy and sustainable development, changing lifestyle and economic growth will support the growth of the global 1,3-propanediol market.

1,3-Propanediol Market by Region

Asia-Pacific was valued at USD 148.8 million in 2020 and is anticipated to register a CAGR of 9.6% during the review period. The market growth is attributed to increasing manufacturing of personal care & cosmetic product in Asia-Pacific region such as in China and India driven by increasing consumer spending and growing affluent population. Furthermore, growing automotive industry coupled with increasing investment in construction activities to spur the 1,3-propanediol market sales.

In sync with the global trend the companies in the region are adapting to new technologies and are looking for renewable and sustainable products. Furthermore, favorable government regulations and mandated regarding biodiesel in countries such as China, India, Indonesia, and Malaysia are leading to increase in biodiesel production thereby contribute to higher glycerol production and in turn will assist the 1,3-Propanediol market growth. In countries such as China and Malaysia several manufacturers are investing in R&D for process development and building production units of 1,3-propanediol to meet the growing demand in the Asia Pacific.

1,3-Propanediol Market Share

The global market is consolidated in nature comprising of a very limited players, primarily owing to patented production technologies. Key players operating in the 1,3-Propanediol industry include

  • Dupont
  • Tate & Lyle Bio Products Company
  • Haihang Industry Co., Ltd
  • METabolic Explorer
  • Zouping Mingxing Chemical Co., Ltd
  • Zhangjiagang Huamei Biomaterial Co., Ltd
  • Hunan Rivers Bioengineering Co., Ltd
  • Shangdong Mingxing

Leading market participants such as Dupont, Tate & Lyle Bio Products Company and METabolic Explorer are emphasizing on investing on increasing production capacities to meet the increasing demand for product in the market.

In 2019, DSM announced that it formed a strategic alliance with METEX NØØVISTA, the subsidiary of METABOLIC EXPLORER to market bio-based cosmetic grade 1,3-propanediol produced at METEX NØØVISTA production site at Carling Saint Avold, France with an initial annual capacity of 5 KT.

In 2018, DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products Company, LLC announced its plan to increase the production capacity of bio-based 1,3-propanediol at its Loudon, Tennessee manufacturing facility by 35 million pounds annually.

The global 1,3-propanediol market report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of volume in tons & revenue in USD Million from 2016 to 2027 for the following segments:

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By Source

  • Bio-Based
  • Petrochemical-Based

By Application

  • Polyurethane
    • Textile
    • Footwear
    • Automotive
    • Furniture
    • Others
  • Polytrimethylene Terephthalate (PTT)
  • Personal Care & Detergents
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Food & Beverages
  • Heat Transfer Fluid
  • Inks and Coatings
  • Others

By Region

  • North America
    • U.S
    • Canada
    • Mexico 
  • Europe 
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Russia 
  • Asia Pacific 
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • Thailand
    • Malaysia
    • Australia
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
  • Middle East and Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
    • South Africa


Authors: Kunal Ahuja, Tushar Malkani

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The global market for 1,3-propanediol had reached USD 450 million during 2020 and is anticipated to expand at over 8.3% CAGR up to 2027.

The market for bio-based 1,3-propanediol was valued at around USD 363.47 million in 2020 and will expand with increased environmental awareness.

The industry share from polyurethane application segment had surpassed USD 80.9 million in 2020 owing to increasing demand for bio-based polyurethane coatings and other products.

The APAC industry for 1,3-propanediol had crossed USD 148.8 million in 2020 and will record around 9.6% CAGR between 2021-2027 with high production of personal care and cosmetic products.

1,3-Propanediol Market Scope

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