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Cumene also known as isopropylbenzene is a organic compound that is centered on an aromatic hydrocarbon also with a aliphatic substitution. It is a colorless and flammable liquid with a boiling point of 152 °C where it is used as a component of refined fuels and crude oil. All the cumene which is being produced through various methods such as Friedel–Crafts alkylation of benzene, solid phosphoric acid (SPA), Zeolites-based catalysts, and through aluminium chloride cataylsts. Cumene has major application in production of phenol and acetone, where it is used as chemical intermediate. As these chemicals are used for plastic production, thus growth in the plastic industry is expected to spport market growth of cumene.
The market for cumene is driven by the rising demand for phenol from plastic industry. Phenol is used for production of palstic and acetone is used as solvent. Increasing use of plastics in automotive industry, packaging industry, consumer goods industry, cosmetics industry, and others act as a driving factor for cumene market growth.
Key Market Driver -
Rising demand for phenol from plastic industry
Key Market Restraint -
Harmful effects of cumene from long exposure
Harmful effects of cumene from long exposure to humans is likely to challenge the industry profitability. Human exposure to cumene may cause slight irritation, discomfort and redness in eyes. Prolonged exposure of this chemical to body may cause a high risk to health. Moreover, governmental regulations over environmental concerns also affect the market growth, thus restraining the market for cumene.
Based on application, the market is segmented into phenol and acetone. From a geographical standpoint, the market is categorized into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa.
The global cumene market is fairly fragmented, with a number of global & regional players operating. Some of the key players in the cumene market includes JX Holdings, ExxonMobil Corporation, BASF SE, China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation, Borealis, Sinopec Group Ltd., Borealis, Shell Global, Total S.A., Braskem, and others.
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The cumene market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. The Asia-Pacific region dominates the cumene market in terms of both consumption and production. The growing automotive industry in growing economies such as China, India, and South Korea. New product launches in consumer and cosmetics industry is expected to support the market growth for cumene market. In North America, growing technological advancement in the region is augmenting the market growth. Established automotive industry and rising demand for growing lightweight automobiles is driving the market for cumene market. Moreover, established automovile market in europe is expected to support the market growth for cumene. The consumption of cumene market is also increasing in Latin America and Middle East & Africa due to growing urbanisation and growing disposable income among the consumers to drive the market growth. Easy availability of raw materials such as natural gas and crude oil is further expected to augment the market growth of cumene.
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