Key Market Overview:
Alpha Olefin Market size was valued at USD 9.12 Billion in 2021, registering a CAGR growth of 6.1% during the forecast period (2022-2030), and the market is projected to be valued at USD 15.54 Billion by 2030.
Alpha olefins are unsaturated hydrocarbons with a straight chain of carbon atoms and a double bond at the alpha (1st) position. Alpha Olefins are typically produced by the oligomerization of ethylene, and the properties of such compounds depend on the number of carbon atoms in the chain. Additionally, due to the versatile properties of alpha olefins such as colorless, odorless liquids or solids with low volatility, low toxicity, and highly reactive nature, the compound is used in a wide range of applications. Alpha olefin is one of the primary raw materials used in the production of surfactants which are further used for the manufacturing process of cleaning and personal care products. The proliferation of the cosmetic industry globally is driving the growth of the overall alpha olefin market. Furthermore, alpha-olefin is used in the production of a variety of chemical intermediates, including alcohols, fatty esters, and acids.
The Asia-Pacific region is expected to be the fastest-growing market for alpha olefins, due to the rapidly growing demand for consumer goods and the presence of major players in the petrochemical industry. Along with supportive government policies and initiatives which is also contributing to the growth of the market in the Asia-Pacific region.
- The increasing demand for consumer goods, such as personal care products, cleaning agents, and food packaging material is driving the growth of the alpha olefins market.
- Alpha olefin is used to improve the barrier properties and extend the shelf life of packaged goods thus, the demand for alpha olefin is highly increasing in the packaging industry which boosts the growth of the market.
- The expansion of the petrochemical industry and the increasing demand for polyethylene and other polyolefin is driving growth in the alpha olefins market.
The production of alpha olefins requires a significant investment in equipment and infrastructure, which acts as a great barrier for both small-scale industries and the entry of new companies and thus, limit the growth of the market.
Technological innovations in the production of alpha olefins and polyolefin are creating new opportunities for the market. The development of new production processes and materials is anticipated to increase efficiency and reduce the cost of alpha-olefin. Moreover, using alpha olefins as a raw material in the production of bio-based materials, which are perceived to be more environmentally friendly is estimated to provide opportunities for the market.
Alpha Olefin Report Coverage:
|Market Size in 2030 (USD Billion)
|By Product Type
|Linear Alpha Olefins (1-Hexene, 1-Octene, 1-Butene, 1-Pentene, 1-Nonene, 1-Decene, 1-Dodecene, Others.), and Branched Alpha Olefins (2-Ethylhexene, 4-Methylpentene, 6-Methylheptene, 8-Methylnonen, Others.), and Poly Alpha Olefins (Polyalphaolefin Base Stocks and
Synthetic Hydrocarbon Oils)
|Surfactants, Lubricant & Fuel Additives, Paper Sizing, Polyethylene, Drag Reducing Agents, Drilling Fluids, and Others.
|North America, Europe
Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East, and Africa
|Royal Dutch Shell, ExxonMobil, LyondellBasell Industries, Chevron Phillips Chemical, INEOS Group, SABIC, Total, Formosa Plastics, Dow, and Huntsman Corporation.
By Product Type
The product type segment is separated into linear alpha olefins (LAO), branched alpha olefins (BAO), and poly alpha olefins. Within the linear alpha olefins segment, some of the common product types include 1-hexene, 1-octene, 1-butene, 1-pentene, 1-nonene, 1-decene, 1-dodecene, and others. Linear alpha olefins is expected to be the fastest growing segment during the forecast period due to the wide variety of applications including co-monomers for polyethylene, synthetic lubricants, surfactant intermediates, and base oil for synthetic drilling fluids.
However, branched alpha olefins typically have higher melting and boiling points, and higher viscosity and density compared to linear alpha olefins. Also, such compounds have higher branching, higher surface tension, and lower volatility. Branched alpha olefin is more reactive and hydrophobic than linear alpha olefin, making them more suitable for applications where chemical stability and compatibility are important factors.
Poly alpha olefin is a non-polar base oil with a high viscosity index, excellent low-temperature flow and pour-point characteristics, and good oxidation stability.
The application segment is divided into surfactants, lubricant & fuel additives, paper sizing, polyethylene, drag-reducing agents, drilling fluids, and others. The polyethylene segment holds a substantial share of the alpha olefins market. The growth in the polyethylene segment is attributed due to its excellent properties such as durability, flexibility, and lightweight, making the compound suitable for end-use industries like packaging, construction, automotive, and others. Moreover, the growing demand for sustainable packaging solutions and increasing environmental regulations are expected to boost the growth of this segment.
Furthermore, the surfactant segment is anticipated to grow rapidly during the forecast period due to the increasing demand for household cleanings such as detergents and personal care products such as shampoos and body washes. Alpha olefins, being a key ingredient in the production of these products, is driving the growth of this segment.
The regional segment includes Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, the Middle East, and Africa, Latin America. The fastest growing region in the alpha olefin market is Asia-Pacific, particularly China, and India, due to rapidly growing economies and high demand for consumer goods and construction materials. Also, the Asia Pacific region is a major producer and consumer of alpha olefins. The presence of major players in the petrochemical industry along with supportive government policies and initiatives is contributing majorly to the growth of the market in the Asia-Pacific region.
Additionally, Europe is also expected to be the fastest-growing region in the alpha olefin market. Europe has a well-developed chemical industry and is a major producer and consumer of alpha olefins. Also, the increasing focus on sustainability and the use of bio-based products is boosting the growth of the market in Europe.
Alpha Olefin Market Competitive Landscape:
The alpha olefin market is highly competitive, with several key players and numerous small and medium-sized enterprises. These companies have strong research and development capabilities and a strong presence in the market through their extensive product portfolios and distribution networks. The market is characterized by intense competition, with companies focusing on expanding their product offerings and increasing their market share through mergers, acquisitions, and partnerships. The key players in the market include-
- Royal Dutch Shell plc
- ExxonMobil Corporation
- LyondellBasell Industries Holdings B.V.
- Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC
- INEOS Group Holdings Limited
- Formosa Plastics Corporation
- Dow Inc.
- INEOS Oligomers signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Saudi Aramco and Total in June 2019 to build three new plants as part of the Jubail 2 complex in Saudi Arabia. The plants include a 425,000-ton acrylonitrile plant and a 400,000-ton Linear Alpha Olefin (LAO) plant, which is expected to increase the company’s production capacity and strengthen its position in the alpha olefins market.
- In January 2019, Shell started production of its alpha-olefins unit at its Geismar, Louisiana facility in the United States. The 425,000-ton-per-year capacity expansion brought the total alpha olefins (AO) production at Geismar to more than 1.3 million tons per annum. This expansion is expected to increase Shell’s production capacity and strengthen its position in the market.
- In May 2019, ExxonMobil announced plans to expand its Vistamaxx production in its Texas facility, which would allow the company to enter the linear alpha olefins market. The linear alpha olefins produced by ExxonMobil would be used in the production of detergents and synthetic lubricants, which are in high demand. This expansion is expected to increase ExxonMobil’s production capacity and strengthen its position in the market.
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