Global Ethylene Oxide Market Size, Share, Opportunities, COVID-19 Impact, And Trends By Application (Bottles, Coolants, Detergents, Others), By Industry Verticals (Pharmaceuticals, Medical, Textile, Plastic, Others), And By Geography - Forecasts From 2021 To 2026

  • Published : Nov 2021
  • Report Code : KSI061611403
  • Pages : 119

The global ethylene oxide market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 4.56% during the forecast period to reach US$65.912 billion by 2026, from US$48.240 billion in 2019. Ethylene Oxide is a highly flammable gas, at room temperature, and is used in the manufacturing of ethylene glycol. This man-made chemical is dissolved readily in water. Ethylene glycol has wider applications owing to which it creates a significant demand for ethylene oxide. The former is used to make an anti-freezer and polyester. Furthermore, ethylene glycol is also used in the medical industry to sterilize medical equipment and supplies. Robust growth in the end-user industries of ethylene oxide and/ or ethylene glycol is anticipated to drive the market for the ethylene oxide industry.

However, being highly flammable, ethylene oxide requires caution and a superior storage facility. Further, prolonged exposure to this gas has been observed to cause leukemia and other cancers in workers. The hazardous potential of ethylene oxide coupled with its adverse effect on the human body raises concerns in the industry and requires government and other institutions' interference and regulation. Increased restrictions and regulations by the government have the potential to hinder the market growth.

The pharmaceutical industry is calculated to account for the largest share in demand for ethylene oxide and grow at the fastest rate during the studied period.

Based on the end-user industry, the global ethylene oxide market is segmented into pharmaceuticals, plastic, textile, and others. The pharmaceutical industry's demand for ethylene oxide is expected to account for the largest share of the market and grow at the fastest rate. In the industry, ethylene oxide is primarily used for the sterilization of pharmaceutical products. the chemical provides a wide option for material compatibility, excluding those materials which are moisture and/ or temperature-sensitive. For the industry, ethylene oxide is an enhancement over radiation sterilization. The Pharmaceutical industry is expected to grow at an exponential rate during the forecasted period, which is, in turn, predicted to support the growth of the ethylene oxide market.

The Medical industry is the other prime driver of the market. The medical sector requires proper sterilization of the medical equipment, as they are having the potential to impact the patient, which may cause loss of life. Ethylene oxide is used for sterilizing the equipment, ensuring safety. The chemical is also used as an anti-freeze and has wider application.

Government intervention in the industry is expected to hinder the market growth of ethylene oxide.

Ethylene oxide is a highly flammable gas and has its disadvantages. Recent medical studies have discovered symptoms and development of leukemia and cancers in workers who have prolonged exposure to ethylene oxide gas. Increased cases have raised concerns among workers. Further, ethylene gas has a severe environmental impact. The gas easily catches fire in atmospheric air and has hazardous capabilities. Hence, the industry is under scrutiny by the government and other environmental agencies which have the potential to hinder the market growth. Action has been taken against industry growth by several government authorities to establish a safe working environment. The newly elected Biden government, in the US, has laid out regulatory plans for the industry, in 2021, which are speculated to hinder growth.

The North American and Europe regions are projected to hold a dominating share of the market. however, the Asia Pacific region is anticipated to grow at a significant rate.

Based on geography, the global ethylene oxide market is segmented into North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and the Asia Pacific region. The North American and Europe ethylene oxide market is predicted to dominate the global industry owing to the concentration of larger pharmaceutical companies. Further, the expansion of production units by a major market player in these regions is expected to drive the notable market. However, the Asia Pacific ethylene oxide market is calculated to grow at a significant rate during the forecasted period. growth of medical infrastructure and pharmaceutical companies is expected to support the market growth.

Covid Insights

The outbreak of coronavirus significantly impacted the market. With the spread of the virus at an exponential rate, demand for medical and pharmaceutical products skyrocketed that increasing the demand for ethylene oxide for sterilization.

Key Developments:

  • December 2019, Closure. Medline Industries temporarily shuts down its ethylene oxide sterilization facility situated in Waukegan, IL,  to bring the facility in line with the rules and regulations implemented upon the industry.
  • September 2019, Expansion. BASF SE has laid out plans to expand its integrated ethylene oxide and derivatives complex situated in the Verbund site, Antwerp, Belgium. The company planned to invest Euro500 million to add a production size of 400,000 tons per year. The capacity expansion is expected to be targeted toward customers in the European region. The extended production on the site is expected to begin in mid-2022.
  • June 2019, Expansion. Sasol announced the inauguration of its extended ethylene oxide production facility at the company’s Lake Charles Chemical Project (LCCP). Further, through this new unit, the company aims to bring the facility online, making the second unit go on a virtual platform. LCCP unit in North America is Sasol’s major producer of ethylene oxide.

Global Ethylene Oxide Market Scope:

Report Metric Details
 Market Size Value in 2019  US$48.240 billion
 Market Size Value in 2026  US$65.912 billion
 Growth Rate  CAGR of 4.56% from 2019 to 2026
 Base Year  2019
 Forecast Period  2021–2026
 Forecast Unit (Value)  USD Billion
 Segments Covered  Application, Industry Verticals, And Geography
 Regions Covered  North America, South America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific
 Companies Covered BASF SE, Dow Du Pont Company, Sasol, Shell, SABIC, Akzo Nobel N.V., Nippon Shokubai Co., Ltd., Ineos Oxide, LyondellBasell Industries Holdings B.V., China Petrochemical Corporation
 Customization Scope  Free report customization with purchase

Market Segmentation:

  • By Application
    • Bottles
    • Coolants
    • Detergents
    • Others
  • By Industry Verticals
    • Pharmaceuticals
    • Medical
    • Textile
    • Plastic
    • Others
  • By Geography
    • North America
      • USA
      • Canada
      • Mexico
    • South America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Others
    • Europe
      • Germany
      • France
      • United Kingdom
      • Italy
      • Spain
      • Others
    • Middle East and Africa
      • Saudi Arabia
      • UAE
      • Israel
      • Others
    • Asia Pacific
      • China
      • Japan
      • South Korea
      • India
      • Thailand
      • Taiwan
      • Indonesia
      • Others

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Ethylene Oxide Market was valued at US$48.240 billion in 2019.
The ethylene oxide market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 4.56% during the forecast period.
The global ethylene oxide market is projected to reach a total market size of US$65.912 billion by 2026.
Robust growth in the end-user industries of ethylene oxide and/ or ethylene glycol is anticipated to drive the market for the ethylene oxide industry.
The North American and Europe regions are projected to hold a dominating share of the ethylene oxide market owing to the concentration of larger pharmaceutical companies.
1.1. Market Definition
1.2. Market Segmentation

2.1. Research Data
2.2. Assumptions

3.1. Research Highlights

4.1. Market Drivers
4.2. Market Restraints
4.3. Porters Five Forces Analysis
4.3.1. Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.3.2. Bargaining Powers of Buyers
4.3.3. Threat of Substitutes
4.3.4. The Threat of New Entrants
4.3.5. Competitive Rivalry in Industry
4.4. Industry Value Chain Analysis

5.1. Introduction
5.2. Bottles
5.3. Coolants
5.4. Detergents
5.5. Others 

6.1. Introduction
6.2. Pharmaceuticals 
6.3. Medical 
6.4. Textile
6.5. Plastic 
6.6. Others 

7.1. Introduction
7.2. North America
7.2.1. United States
7.2.2. Canada
7.2.3. Mexico
7.3. South America
7.3.1. Brazil
7.3.2. Argentina
7.3.3. Others
7.4. Europe
7.4.1. Germany
7.4.2. France
7.4.3. United Kingdom 
7.4.4. Spain 
7.4.5. Others
7.5. Middle East and Africa
7.5.1. Saudi Arabia
7.5.2. UAE
7.5.3. Israel
7.5.4. Others
7.6. Asia Pacific
7.6.1. China
7.6.2. India
7.6.3. South Korea
7.6.4. Taiwan
7.6.5. Thailand
7.6.6. Indonesia 
7.6.7. Japan
7.6.8. Others

8.1. Major Players and Strategy Analysis
8.2. Emerging Players and Market Lucrative
8.3. Mergers, Acquisition, Agreements, and Collaborations
8.4. Vendor Competitiveness Matrix

9.1. BASF SE
9.2. Dow Du Pont Company
9.3. Sasol
9.4. Shell
9.5. SABIC
9.6. Akzo Nobel N.V.
9.7. Nippon Shokubai Co., Ltd.
9.8. Ineos Oxide
9.9. LyondellBasell Industries Holdings B.V.
9.10. China Petrochemical Corporation


Dow Du Pont Company




Akzo Nobel N.V.

Nippon Shokubai Co., Ltd.

Ineos Oxide

LyondellBasell Industries Holdings B.V.

China Petrochemical Corporation