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Linear Alpha Olefins Market Size By Product (1-Butene, 1-Hexene, 1-Octene, 1-Decene, 1-Dodecene, 1-Tetradecene, 1-Hexadecene, 1-Octadecene), By Application (LLDPE, HDPE, PAO, Detergent Alcohols, Oil Field Chemicals, Lubricants, Plasticizers), Regional Outlook, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2017 – 2024

  • Report ID: GMI2182
  • Published Date: Nov 2017
  • Report Format: PDF

Industry Trends

Linear Alpha Olefins Market size was over USD 12.5 billion in 2016 and consumption may exceed 7 million tons by 2024. Positive application outlook in detergent alcohols, lubricants, oilfield chemicals, and plasticizers should drive the market demand. It is extensively used as co-monomers for polypropylene and polyethylene production, thereby favoring product demand.

Linear Alpha Olefins Market Outlook

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Polyethylene demand in packaging business was over USD 800 billion in 2016 and should witness significant gains owing to new packaging materials development. Rising linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) demand for its wide application usage in food packaging, shrink films, automotive, household products, and agriculture is likely to contribute towards the linear alpha olefins market growth.

Poly alpha olefins (PAO) segment is widely used in synthetic lubricants production. Synthetic lubricants business is expected to witness significant gains at over 3% by 2024. 1-Decene is a major PAO building block which finds application in automatic gearbox transmission fluids for automotive, turbine, and machinery due to lubricating properties with high viscosity index, high oxidative and thermal stability, low volatility, and high auto ignition points, thereby reducing engine friction, improving efficiency, and longer service life.

Growth of consumer goods and automotive industries may have a positive influence on oilfield drilling sector should drive linear alpha olefins market demand. Growing automotive sales along with rise in per-capita income should boost industry growth. Stringent policies for carbon emission in automotive industry may impact engine design and hinder overall industry growth.

Key raw material used in commercial production includes ethylene, C4 steam and syn-gas. Fluctuating raw material prices due to volatile crude oil & gas sector may hinder profitability and affect linear alpha olefins market price trend.

Market, By Product

1-Butene product segment is likely to witness significant gains of over 4.5% during forecast period owing to its extensive application scope in manufacturing commodity polymers including polyethylene and polypropylene. It is majorly used in the production of HDPE and LLDPE, which is extensively used in flexible packaging, and automotive industries, thereby stimulating the linear alpha olefins market growth.

1-Decene product segment should surpass USD 2.5 billion by 2024 due to its wide application scope in production of synthetic lubricants. Increasing usage mainly in automotive and industrial application owing to high density and viscosity supported by growth in automobile industry should propel the linear alpha olefins market value.

1-Hexene product segment should have significant growth during forecast period and can be attributed to growth in automotive, consumer goods and oilfield drilling activities. Positive indicators in plastic industry owing to shift in consumer preference towards compact and strong end-use products should propel the linear alpha olefins market.

Market, By Application

Oilfield chemical application is expected to grow at over 3.5% during forecast timeframe owing to growing energy demand accompanied with technological advancements in shale oil & gas extraction and drilling in the U.S.

 Linear Alpha Olefins Market by Application

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LLDPE application sector should surpass USD 10 billion by 2024 due to extensive application scope in polymer industry. Key properties including high impact resistance and superior tensile strength has led to increase in usage over other polymer materials supported by lenient regulations mainly in India, China and Brazil should have positive influence on linear alpha olefins market trends.

Market, By Region

Europe region will witness gains at over 3.5% during forecast timeframe. This growth can be attributed to presence of major automobile manufacturers in the region and stringent emission control regulations set forth by government agencies. Rise in per capita income coupled with increasing demand for plastic based products will further drive the linear alpha olefins market demand.

China market share will grow significantly exceeding over USD 1.5 billion by 2024. Growing adoption of synthetic lubricants in automobiles due to high performance and fuel efficiency along with reducing environmental impact should favor regional growth. Supporting regulations pertaining to production and usage of polymer are likely to act as another contributing factor towards regional linear alpha olefins market share.

Germany will witness significant gains owing to product demand from synthetic lubricant for its use in automobile applications. Increasing production levels from detergent alcohol in the region should further drive the linear alpha olefins market.

Competitive Market Share

Linear alpha olefins industry share is moderately fragmented with participants including Shell, INEOS, Sasol, SABIC, Exxon Mobil and Chevron Phillips. They are focusing on strategic alliances, collaborations and partnerships to develop manufacturing technology and expand regional presence. They have also concentrate on capacity augmentation and reducing production cost.

Industry Background

Linear alpha olefins are olefins or alkenes with long chain unsaturated hydrocarbon. They are essentially synthesized from ethylene, C4 and syn-gas following full range or on purpose process. The most commonly used commercial method for production include oligomerization of ethylene that produces even numbered carbon chains ranging from C4-C30.The double bond between the carbon determines its chemical properties and its ability for polymerization and metathesis.

Linear Alpha Olefins market report includes in-depth coverage of the industry, with estimates & forecast in terms of volume in tons and revenue in USD from 2013 to 2024, for the following segments:

By Product

  • 1-Butene
  • 1-Hexene
  • 1-Octene
  • 1-Decene
  • 1-Dodecene
  • 1-Tetradecene
  • 1-Hexadecene
  • 1-Octadecene
  • Others

By Application

  • HDPE
  • PAOs
  • Detergent Alcohols
  • Oil Field Chemicals
  • Lubricants
  • Plasticizers
  • Others     

The above information is provided on a regional and country basis for the following:

By Region

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


Authors: Kunal Ahuja, Sarita Bayas

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Linear Alpha Olefins Market size was over USD 12.5 billion in 2016

The worth of Linear Alpha Olefins Market is expected to reach a valuation of 21 bn by 2024.

According to the report published by Global Market Insights Inc., the linear alpha olefins business is supposed to attain $19 billion by 2024.

Positive application outlook in detergent alcohols, lubricants, oilfield chemicals, and plasticizers industries, and growing polyethylene demand in packaging industry are major factors expected to drive the growth of global market.

INEOS Oligomers, Royal Dutch Shell plc, Sasol, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, Idemitsu Kosan Co.Ltd, Nizhnekamskneftekhim, SABIC, Qatar Chemical Company Ltd, Jam Petrochemical Company, Evonik Industries AG, Exxon Mobil Corporation are some of the top contributors in the industry.

The linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) application segment registered a major market share in 2016 and is projected to record a remarkable growth rate throughout the forecast period.

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  • Base Year: 2016
  • Companies covered: 11
  • Tables & Figures: 183
  • Countries covered: 19
  • Pages: 175

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