Polytetramethylene Ether Glycol (PTMEG) Market Size, Share, Opportunities, And Trends By Application (Polyurethane Fibers (Spandex), Thermoplastic Urethane Elastomers, Other Applications), By End-User Industry (Paints And Coatings, Automotive, Textiles, Other End-user Industries), And By Geography - Forecasts From 2024 To 2029

  • Published : Jul 2024
  • Report Code : KSI061617005
  • Pages : 146

The polytetramethylene ether glycol (PTMEG) market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.96% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

The Polytetramethylene Ether Glycol (PTMEG) market is among the relatively newly formed markets that specialize in the manufacturing and consumption of a multipurpose chemical compound. PTMEG, commonly referred to as polytetramethylene glycol (PTMG) or polybutylene glycol (PBG), is a polymer of tetrahydrofuran (THF). At room temperature, it is a honey-like, highly viscous liquid with diversified uses because of properties like high molecular weight, low viscosity, high solubility, thermal and oxidation stability, and hydrolytic stability.

Some of the main application areas of PTMEG are the production of polyurethane fibre (spandex), thermoplastic polyurethane elastomers, and co-polyester ether elastomers (COPE), among others. They are well utilized in textile fabrics, automotive, paint, and coatings, as well as other related industries. The constantly expanding necessity for high-performance, lightweight, and flexible materials across different industries and the enhancement of athletic wear and sportswear trends will contribute to the PTMEG market.

Polyester is the largest end-use application segment for the PTMEG market, closely followed by the textile industry, especially for the manufacture of spandex fibers. Raised by the growing need for comfortable, stretchable fabrics in the apparel segment, it is the driving force behind the PTMEG demand. The increase in the demand for activewear and sportswear has led to ever-increasing demand for high-performance, lightweight, and flexible materials like PTMEG. It is anticipated that countries of Asia Pacific, such as China, India, and South East Asia countries are major textile producers, and thus, PTMEG demand will witness an increase in the future years. Moreover, the textile industry is rapidly growing in emerging economies, which is willing to grab more opportunities; the increased demand for the latest fashion and the functionality of apparel also contributes towards the PTMEG market growth.

The automotive industry is another major end-user segment, as cars use PTMEG in various components such as car seats, gear shift levers, and decorative trims. Consumers appearing to favor the decoration of automobiles’ interiors is also positively affecting the consumption of PTMEG. Such materials as PTMEG will be employed in producing webbing products such as seat belts and other vital sections of car manufacturing. Hence, it is projected that the automobile industry will be one of the growing industries in the future due to the increasing use of automobiles globally, and this is the reason for undertaking an automobile industry analysis. Thus, PTMEG gives the thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) products flexibility and durability, which are some of the valuable characteristics for materials in specific applications. Prospects of the PTMEG market rise in the near future will be driven by the increasing automotive industry, especially in the growth countries.

 Construction and infrastructure development industries are the other main systems fuelling the PTMEG market. Promoters of construction in areas such as Asia-Pacific can lead to construction activities that will, in turn, enhance demand for inputs such as polyurethane and hence will dictate the demand for PTMEG. PTMEG is applied in construction uses because it possesses acceptable characteristics like flexibility, sturdiness, and mechanical strength. Its increasing use in various industries, as well as the continuously increasing importance of environment-friendly and high-performance materials in construction applications, will positively affect the sales of PTMEG. Other factors, such as raising construction activities across emerging markets along with the prominence of infrastructure development, can be attributed to the PTMEG market in the future years.


  • The polyurethane fibers (Spandex) segment by application will likely be the fastest-growing segment during the forecast period.

The rubber segment, again, among all the applications for PTMEG, is projected to witness the highest CAGR during the time under consideration, more explicitly, the polyurethane fibers or spandex application segment. Elasticated or Spandex is a synthetic material similar to Lycra that is very stretchable, strong, and durable. PTMEG is a major element used in the formulation of spandex fibers commonly used in textile products for interchangeability and convenient, comfortable wear.

Spandex has seen a rise in usage in athleisure and activewear due to the rising health-consciousness and exercise fad, which forms a major growth driver. More consumers require stretchable and soft fabrics such as fabrics for active wear, lingerie, or medical apparel & costumes, hence the call for spandex fibers. Therefore, with the increasing textile industry globally, and more specifically, in the Chinese Market and other South Asian countries like India and countries in the Southeast Asia region, it is believed that the demand for PTMEG will increase in the next few years.

Furthermore, the use of PTMEG in spandex due to its increasing applications in the production of stretchable fabrics for uses in swimwear, compression, and shapewear is clearly adding to the PTMEG market’s growth. Spandex fibers give these garments the perfect fit, comfort, and flexibility; therefore, it is a common component in the textiles market. Finally, it can be noted that the polyurethane fibers (spandex) segment will be the most rapidly developing product segment of PTMEG based on the steady growth in the textile industry’s demand for stretchable and comfortable fabrics for activewear. Concerning the main demand drivers, the increase of spandex in numerous textile products and the fast development of the textile industry in new countries will boost the PTMEG demand in the following years.

  • The paints and coatings segment by end-user industry will likely be the fastest-growing segment during the forecast period.

Among all the end-user industries worldwide, the paints and coatings segment will likely grow fastest for polytetramethylene ether glycol through the forecast period. PTMEG finds its application as a basic material in all forms of architectural and industrial OEM paints and in many forms of specialty coatings such as marine paints, military-specified paints, and auto refinishes.

The increasing use of PTMEG in paints and coatings and the rising usage of products affiliated with its application, such as automotive, transportation, and construction industries, are expected to buttress the PTMEG market. According to the American Coatings Association, in 2021, the US coatings industry sent out architectural coatings of more than US$14 billion and industrial OEM coatings of US$8. 7 billion, and special purpose coatings US$4 billion. One can identify the multiple benefits of PTMEG-based paints and Coatings, including enhanced adhesion, flexibility, and durability that make them ideal for several uses. This should be complemented by the growing consumer concern for sustainable and high-performance materials in the paints and coating business, which is expected to drive the PTMEG market.

In addition, the increasing use of paints and coatings in emerging nations, which include the Asia Pacific, will create demand for PTMEG. paints and coatings imports have been steadily increasing due to the concept of industrialization and urbanization status of countries such as China, India, and Southeast Asian nations. Thus, the paints and coatings segment is expected to become the largest end-user industry for PTMEG production due to the growing demand for high performance, flexibility, and material durability in various segments such as automotive, transportation, construction, and so on. Thus, based on the current trends, it can be anticipated that the PTMEG market will continue to grow owing to increasing concern towards sustainable materials and the increasing demand for paints and coatings in emerging economies in the coming years.

Polytetramethylene Ether Glycol (PTMEG) Market Geographical Outlook

  • Asia Pacific to dominate the polytetramethylene ether glycol (PTMEG) market during the forecast period.

The Asia Pacific region is projected to dominate the PTMEG market throughout the forecast period, as a number of factors drive the growth of the studied market.

Other major drivers would be the rapid growth of major textile producers and users such as China, India, and other Southeast Asian nations. These countries are major manufacturing centers for textiles and have a huge demand for spandex fibers made from PTMEG. On the other hand, athleisure and activewear became really famous recently, which pushed up the demand for high-performance, lightweight, and easily flexible materials like PTMEG in the textile industry.

Furthermore, the growth of the automobile industry in the Asia Pacific region is another prime factor driving the PTMEG market. While it has several applications like seat covers, gear shift knobs, and other decorative parts in an automobile, the growing interest among customers to decorate interior parts of the car boosts demand for PTMEG. Additionally, economic growth in the Asia-Pacific region can foster construction and infrastructure development, which will increase the demand for materials like polyurethane, hence impacting PTMEG demand. This is because PTMEG finds application in various construction aspects where its high properties are needed—flexibility, durability, wear, and tear resistance.

Moreover, the key PTMEG manufacturers in the Asia Pacific region, specifically in China, are likely to drive the market growth. The establishment of new PTMEG plants and capital increase have been declared in China to meet the fast-growing spandex market. The Asia Pacific region is foreseen to dominate the PTMEG market because of the rapidly expanding textile and automobile industries, the rise in construction activities, and the presence of key PTMEG manufacturers. The rise in demand for high-performance, flexible, and durable materials for various industries is likely to drive the regional PTMEG market during the forecast period.

The polytetramethylene ether glycol (PTMEG) market is segmented and analyzed as follows:

  • By Application
    • Polyurethane Fibers (Spandex)
    • Thermoplastic Urethane Elastomers
    • Other Applications
  • By End-User Industry
    • Paints and Coatings
    • Automotive
    • Textiles
    • Other End-user Industries
  • By Geography
    • North America
      • USA
      • Canada
      • Mexico
    • South America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Others
    • Europe
      • United Kingdom
      • Germany
      • France
      • Italy
      • Spain
      • Rest of Europe
    • Middle East and Africa
      • Saudi Arabia
      • Saudi Arabia
      • United Arab Emirates
      • Rest of Middle East and Africa
    • Asia-Pacific
      • China
      • India
      • Japan
      • South Korea
      • Taiwan
      • Thailand
      • Indonesia
      • Rest of Asia-Pacific


1.1. Market Overview

1.2. Market Definition

1.3. Scope of the Study

1.4. Market Segmentation

1.5. Currency

1.6. Assumptions

1.7. Base and Forecast Years Timeline

1.8. Key benefits for the stakeholders


2.1. Research Design

2.2. Research Process


3.1. Key Findings

3.2. Analyst View


4.1. Market Drivers

4.1.1. Increasing Demand for Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU)

4.1.2.  Growing Demand for Apparel and Clothing in Emerging Economies 

4.2. Market Restraints

4.2.1. Stringent Environmental Regulations

4.2.2. Slowdown in the European Economy 

4.2.3. Threats from Substitutes

4.3. Porter’s Five Forces Analysis

4.3.1. Bargaining Power of Suppliers

4.3.2. Bargaining Power of Buyers

4.3.3. The Threat of New Entrants

4.3.4. Threat of Substitutes

4.3.5. Competitive Rivalry in the Industry

4.4. Industry Value Chain Analysis


5.1. Introduction

5.2. Polyurethane Fibers (Spandex)

5.3.  Thermoplastic Urethane Elastomers

5.4. Other Applications 


6.1. Introduction

6.2. Paints and Coatings

6.3.  Automotive

6.4. Textiles

6.5. Other End-user Industries


7.1. Global Overview

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. Rest of South America

7.4. Europe

7.4.1. United Kingdom

7.4.2. Germany

7.4.3. France

7.4.4. Italy

7.4.5. Spain

7.4.6. Rest of Europe

7.5. Middle East and Africa

7.5.1. Saudi Arabia

7.5.2. United Arab Emirates

7.5.3. Rest of Middle East and Africa

7.6. Asia-Pacific

7.6.1. China

7.6.2. India

7.6.3. Japan

7.6.4. South Korea

7.6.5. Taiwan

7.6.6. Thailand

7.6.7. Indonesia

7.6.8. Rest of Asia-Pacific


8.1. Major Players and Strategy Analysis

8.2. Market Share Analysis

8.3. Mergers, Acquisitions, Agreements, and Collaborations

8.4. Competitive Dashboard


9.1. BASF SE

9.2. Chang Chun Group

9.3. Henan Energy Chemical Group Hebi

9.4. Hyosung Corporation


9.6. Korea PTG

9.7. LyondellBasell Industries Holdings BV

9.8. Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation

9.9. Sinopec Great Wall Energy & Chemical Co. Ltd (Sinopec Corp.)

9.10. Shanxi Sanwei Group Co. Ltd 


Chang Chun Group

Henan Energy Chemical Group Hebi

Hyosung Corporation


Korea PTG

LyondellBasell Industries Holdings BV

Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation

Sinopec Great Wall Energy & Chemical Co. Ltd (Sinopec Corp.)

Shanxi Sanwei Group Co. Ltd 

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