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Isobutanol, also known as 2-methylpropan-1-ol is an organic compound, specifically an alcohol represented as i-BuOH. It is a colorless, flammable, and a specific smell which is used primarily as an organic solvent either directly or as esters. The compound has isomers n-butanol, 2-butanol, and tert-butanol which are industrially significant molecules. It is generally prepared by carbonylation of propylene in laboratory, but can also be produced by biosynthesis using E. coli and other organisms.
There has been growth in environmental concerns and awareness in consumers regarding toxicity of solvents has significantly raised the demand for bio-based solvents. Increasing demand for bio-based isobutanol from various sectors and specially for clean jet fuels is expected to drive the market. Growing demand for isobutanol across oil & gas and chemical sector shall create positive impact on market. Additionally, emergence of isobutanol as feedstock chemical for esters shall foster market growth.
However, isobutanol is highly flammable liquid which can cause serious accidental fires. This is expected to limit the market growth.
Key Market Driver -
Increasing demand for biosynthesized isobutanol.
Key Market Restraint -
Based on type, the global isobutanol market is segmented into synthetic and bio-based. Based on application, is segmented into oil & gas, solvents & coatings, chemical intermediates, and other applications.
From a geographical standpoint, the market is categorized into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa.
The global isobutanol market consists of global & regional players operating. Some of the key players in the market include BASF SE, Eastman Chemical Company, Gevo , Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC, Sahara PCC, The Dow Chemical Company, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, INEOS, and others.
The market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. Asia pacific is expected to emerge as the largest market for isobutanol. Growing petrochemicals, oil & gas, and chemical industries is expected to surge the market growth. Europe is expected to follow Asia pacific attributed to the upcoming capacity expansions in petrochemical industries and bio-refineries in Belgium, Hungary, Italy, Germany and others. North America is expected to show considerable growth attributed to the large consumer base of chemical and petrochemical industries. Latin America and Middle East & Africa shall exhibit sluggish growth by the end of forecast period.
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