Methyl Isobutyl Carbinol Market is forecast to reach US$541.3 million by 2026, after growing at a CAGR of 4.1% during 2021-2026. Methyl Isobutyl carbinol is a liquid that is transparent, colorless, mildly water-soluble, and miscible in most organic solvents. Methyl isobutyl carbinol is branched hexyl alcohol, an organic chemical compound that is used as plasticizers, hydraulic fluids, frothers, corrosion inhibitors in various applications. The growth of the methyl isobutyl carbinol market is expected to be fueled by an increase in the use of lube oil additives. In the near future, demand for frothers in copper and molybdenum sulfide ores is expected to be a major driver of the methyl isobutyl carbinol industry. However, the availability of substitutes and demand fluctuations could limit the market’s growth.
The global pandemic of Coronavirus 2019 (Covid-19) has not only resulted in illnesses and deaths, but it has also wreaked havoc on the global economy. The mining industry was not resistant to these effects, and the recession had a significant short-, medium-, and long-term impact on the industry, affecting business growth. Currently, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the usage of methyl isobutyl carbinol in the production of lubricant and paints and coatings has been declined, this is due to the lockdown of manufacturing industries, which tends to reduce the growth of methyl isobutyl carbinol market in the current time. Also, due to shutdown of various construction projects, mining activities, and manufacturing industries, specifically automotive, marine, and aerospace, leads to reduce the demand for paints and coatings, which tends to constrain the consumption of methyl isobutyl carbinol. Thus, all these factors affected the methyl isobutyl carbinol market negatively.
Methyl Isobutyl Carbinol Market Segment Analysis – By Application
The plasticizers segment held the largest share of more than 30% in the methyl isobutyl carbinol market in 2020 and is growing at a CAGR of 5.8% during 2021-2026. In the processing of methyl amyl sebacate and methyl amyl phthalate, which are used as plasticizers, methyl isobutyl carbinol is mainly used as a raw material. The demand for methyl isobutyl carbinol is expected to be stimulated by increased demand for plasticizers in various applications such as flooring & walls, cables/wires, film & sheet coverings, consumer goods, and coated fabrics. In the building industry, methyl isobutyl carbinol based plasticizers are also used to improve the desirable qualities of plastic or green concrete. For making reinforced concrete or mass concrete of higher workability nowadays it has become a standard practice to use plasticizer or superplasticizer, this is expected to accelerate the demand and supply of methyl isobutyl carbinol.
Methyl Isobutyl Carbinol Market Segment Analysis – By End-Use Industry
The mining segment held a significant share in the methyl isobutyl carbinol market in 2020 and is growing at a CAGR of 8.4% during 2021-2026. For the extraction of ores such as copper, molybdenum sulfide, and coal, methyl isobutyl carbinol is the preferred frother. In the mining industry, froth flotation is used to distinguish useful hydrophobic minerals from hydrophilic waste gangue. This method is particularly useful for separating a variety of sulfides, carbonates, and oxides before further refining. MIBC is used in the flotation process as a frother. MIBC absorbs at the water-air interface, helps to produce bubbles, and keeps flotation froths stable. MIBC is the most widely used alcohol frothers because of its many benefits, including fast kinetics, dry but easy-to-break frothers, a preferred option for many sulfide ores and coals, high-grade concentrates with excellent selectivity, and suitability for fine particles. Because of these benefits, methyl isobutyl carbinol is becoming more common in the mining industry as frothers.
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Methyl Isobutyl Carbinol Market Segment Analysis – By Geography
Asia-Pacific region held the largest share in the methyl isobutyl carbinol market in 2020 up to 37%. China and India are the major producers of a variety of mining materials, including gold, coal, copper, and steel. A rise in infrastructure development and automotive production in Asia-Pacific is driving the growth of the mining industry. Power and cement industries are also aiding the growth for the sector in Asia-Pacific. Given the strong growth prospects for the residential and commercial construction industries in the area, demand for iron and steel is expected to continue. According to the India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF), India’s index of mineral production was 132.7 in March 2020, and the mining group under the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) was 109.7 in FY20, representing a 1.7 percent year-on-year increase. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), in 2017, China invested about $11.1 billion in minerals exploration, representing a year-on-year increase of 1.0%. In 2017, Thailand was one of the world’s leading producers of feldspar (ranking fifth in world production with 5.6% of the world total), gypsum (fifth-ranked producer with 6.0% of the world total), and rare earth (sixth-ranked producer with about 1% of the world total). The demand for methyl isobutyl carbinol is therefore strong in the country because of an increase in the number of mining activities. This increase in mining activity is projected to provide lucrative opportunities for market growth in the future.
Methyl Isobutyl Carbinol Market – Drivers
Growing Demand for Methyl Isobutyl Carbinol in the Construction Industry
Methyl Isobutyl Carbinol (MIBC) has a major application in the construction industry in paint and surface coatings. Currently, in several emerging economies in the Asia-Pacific region and the South American region, the construction sector is a thriving industry that is expected to drive the use of the MIBC market. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), in February 2021 Private sector houses rose 15.1% monthly and rose about 57.5% yearly, in seasonally adjusted terms. In addition, in countries such as the United States, refurbishment and upgrading of existing and mature buildings may further drive investment in the sector. According to the USA Census Bureau, in Quarter 4 (Oct to Dec) 2019 in Great Britain, the repair and maintenance of non-housing and public housing increased 1.6 percent and 0.9 percent, respectively. Further, the level of construction output in November 2020 was 0.6% above February 2020; with repair and maintenance work 7.4% above. The ever-increasing populations, rapid urbanization, as well as the increase in purchasing power, are the factors driving the building and construction industry. As a result of the factors mentioned above, it is anticipated that the market will be flourished.
Flourishing Automotive Industry Accelerating the Market Growth
Lubricating oil is often used to reduce the friction, heat, and wear between mechanical components that are in contact with each other in automobiles. The automotive industry is flourishing in various countries. For instance, as per the Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA), in India, the passenger vehicle sales in November 2020 stood at 291,001 units, compared with 279,365 units in November 2019, registering a 4.17% growth. In 2018, the total Japanese EV demand reached 27,000 units, a 250 percent improvement over the previous ten years. According to the International Trade Administration (ITA), Hybrid vehicles (HV) are another category that has been growing in Japan. HV sales stand at 1.4 million units in 2018, an increase of 130% increase during the past 10 years. And with the increasing automobile demand, there is an upsurge in the demand for lube oils. Growing demand for lube oils may drive the demand for methyl isobutyl carbinol, which is used in the manufacturing of lubes oil additives.
Methyl Isobutyl Carbinol Market – Challenges
Toxic Effects of Methyl Isobutyl Carbinol
It is expected that the rise in understanding of the harmful effects of methyl isobutyl carbinol would hamper the market. Furthermore, it is predicted that changes in demand and the availability of alternatives will negatively impact the industry soon. Acute (short-term) methyl isobutyl carbinol exposure can irritate the eyes and mucous membranes, causing human fatigue, headache, nausea, lightheadedness, vomiting, dizziness, incoordination, and narcosis. In humans, chronic long-term) occupational exposure to methyl isobutyl ketone has been found to induce nausea, headache, eye burning, fatigue, sleeplessness, abdominal discomfort, and mild liver enlargement. The toxic nature of methyl isobutyl carbinol is the only issue that reduces its consumption if it comes directly in contact with a human. This tends to reduce the growth of the market.
Methyl Isobutyl Carbinol Market Landscape
Technology launches, acquisitions, and R&D activities are key strategies adopted by players in the methyl isobutyl carbinol market. Methyl isobutyl carbinol market top companies are Shell Chemicals, BASF, Dow Chemical, E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, Mitsubishi Chemical, LG Chem, AkzoNobel, Sumitomo Chemical, Mitsui Chemicals, Toray Industries, Eastman Chemical Company, and Evonik Industries.
Asia-Pacific dominates the methyl isobutyl carbinol market, owing to the rapid increase in consumption of methyl isobutyl carbinol in the region. The rising automotive, construction and mining industry in the region is increasing the consumption of methyl isobutyl carbinol.
Due to rising demand in the power sector and the increased output of electric vehicles, refined copper consumption could rise. Since methyl isobutyl carbinol is used as a floatation frother in the copper ore refining process, it could drive the methyl isobutyl carbinol market.
Increased demand for steel due to the expansion of the building and real estate industries will result in increased demand for molybdenum, which will ultimately drive the market for methyl isobutyl carbinol (MIBC), which is used in the manufacture of molybdenum.
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