Linear Alpha Olefins Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2017-2022



Linear alpha olefins are unbranched alkenes with a double bond at the first carbon atom of the chain. The presence of this double bond increases the reactivity of the compound and makes it useful for a number of applications. Linear alpha olefins are used in the production of a number of products ranging from various polymers to synthetic lubricants. According to IMARC Group’s latest report “Linear Alpha Olefins Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2017-2022”, the global linear alpha olefins market has grown at a CAGR of around 5% during 2009-2016 mainly driven by the growing plastics industry which is a major end-user of linear alpha olefins. The report provides a comprehensive insight into the industry including its market break-up by region, market breakup by end-uses, value chain analysis, import and export trends, key players and market outlook. The report also gives an in-sight into the manufacturing process of linear alpha olefins, covering key success and risk factors for manufacturers, manufacturing process flow, the reactions involved, raw materials and their requirements, etc.

The report has analysed the global linear alpha olefins market on the basis of end-use. The applications of linear alpha olefins depend on their carbon chain length. 1-C4 to 1-Clinear alpha olefins are used as co-monomers in the production of polyethylene. 1-C to 1-C10 linear alpha olefins are used as precursors for plasticizer alcohols. 1-C12 to 1-C14­ linear alpha olefins are used in the production of detergents and synthetic lubricants. Other uses of linear alpha olefins are in the manufacturing of synthetic acids, pulp, paper, drilling applications, etc. The polyethylene industry currently represents the biggest and fastest growing consumer of linear alpha olefins accounting for the majority of the total global consumption. The polyethylene application is followed by detergents, lubricants and plasticizer alcohols.

Linear Alpha Olefins Market Forecast

The report has analysed and segmented the global linear alpha olefins market on the basis of key regions. It finds that North America currently represents both the world’s largest producer and consumer of linear alpha olefins. In terms of production, North America is followed by Western Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, South Africa, Middle East and Japan. In terms of consumption, North America is followed by Western Europe, Asia (excluding Japan), Middle East and South Africa. On the basis of import and export trends, the report finds Belgium as the largest global importer of linear alpha olefins accounting for more than a fifth of the total global import volumes. Belgium was followed by the United States of America, France, Thailand and Netherlands.

The report has also analysed the global competitive landscape of the linear alpha olefins market. Some of the major players operating in this market include - Shell Chemical Ltd, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP, Sasol Limited, the DOW Chemical Company and ExxonMobil Chemical Company.


The essential aspects of the global linear alpha olefins market evaluated in the report include:

  • Market trends
  • Major regions
  • Key application areas
  • Key manufacturers
  • Price trends
  • Raw material requirements
  • Chemical reactions involved in the manufacturing process
  • Major importers and exporters
  • Value chain analysis
  • Market trends for major feedstocks
  • Price trends for major feedstocks
  • Key regions for major feedstocks
  • Key application areas for major feedstocks
  • Key players for major feedstocks

1 Preface
2 Research Methodology
3 Executive Summary
4 Introduction

    4.1Overview
    4.2 Properties
5 Global Linear Alpha Olefins Industry
    5.1 Market Overview
    5.2 Market Performance
        5.2.1 Volume Trends
        5.2.2 Value Trends
    5.3 Price Trends
    5.4 Market Breakup by Region
    5.5 Market Breakup by Type
    5.6 Market Breakup by End Use
    5.7 Market Forecast
    5.8 SWOT Analysis
        5.8.1 Strengths
        5.8.2 Weaknesses
        5.8.3 Opportunities
        5.8.4 Threats
    5.9 Value Chain Analysis
    5.10 Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
        5.10.1 Overview
        5.10.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers
        5.10.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
        5.10.4 Degree of Competition
        5.10.5 Threat of New Entrants
        5.10.6 Threat of Substitutes
     5.11 Trade Data
        5.11.1 Imports
        5.11.2 Exports
    5.12 Key Market Drivers and Success Factors
6 Performance of Key Regions
    6.1 North America
    6.2 Middle East
    6.3 Western Europe
    6.4 South Africa
    6.5 Others
7 Market by Type
    7.1 Butene
    7.2 Hexene
    7.3 Octene
    7.4 Decene
    7.5 Dodecene
    7.6 Tetradecene
    7.7 Hexadecene
    7.8 Octadecene
    7.9 Eicosene
    7.10 C22
    7.11 C24+
8 Market by End Use
    8.1 LLDPE
    8.2 Detergent Alcohols
    8.3 HDPE
    8.4 Lubricants
    8.5 LDPE
    8.6 Others
9 Competitive Landscape
    9.1 Market Structure
    9.2 Market Breakup by Key Players
    9.3 Key Player Profiles
        9.3.1 Shell
        9.3.2 CPChem
        9.3.3 INEOS
        9.3.4 Sasol
        9.3.5 DOW
        9.3.6 Exxonmobil
10 Linear Alpha Olefins Manufacturing Process
     10.1 Product Overview
    10.2 Chemical Reactions Involved
    10.3 Manufacturing Process
    10.4 Detailed Process Flow
    10.5 Raw Material Requirement
    10.6 Mass Balance and Feedstock Conversion Rate
11 Linear Alpha Olefins Feedstock Market Analysis
    11.1 Ethylene
        11.1.1 Market Performance
        11.1.2 Volume Trends
        11.1.3 Value Trends
        11.1.4 Price Trends
        11.1.5 Market by Breakup by Region
        11.1.6 Market by End-Use
        11.1.7 Key Suppliers

List of Figures
Figure 1: Global: Linear Alpha Olefins Industry Overview
Figure 2: Global: Linear Alpha Olefins Market: Consumption Volume Trends (in Million Tons), 2009-2016
Figure 3: Global: Linear Alpha Olefins Market: Consumption Value Trends (in Billion US$), 2009 - 2016
Figure 4: Global: Linear Alpha Olefins Price Trends (in US$/Ton), 2009 - 2016
Figure 5: Global: Linear Alpha Olefins Market: Production Breakup by Region (in %), 2016
Figure 6: Global: Linear Alpha Olefins Market: Consumption Breakup by Region (in %), 2016
Figure 7: Global: Linear Alpha Olefins Market: Breakup by Type (in %), 2016
Figure 8: Global: Linear Alpha Olefins Market: Breakup by End-Use (in %), 2016
Figure 9: Global: Linear Alpha Olefins Market Forecast: Consumption Volume Trends (in Million Tons), 2017-2022
Figure 10: Global: Linear Alpha Olefins Market Forecast: Consumption Value Trends (in Billion US$), 2017-2022
Figure 11: Global: Linear Alpha Olefins Industry: SWOT Analysis
Figure 12: Global: Linear Alpha Olefins Industry: Value Chain Analysis
Figure 13: Global: Linear Alpha Olefins Industry: Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
Figure 14: Global: Linear Alpha Olefins Market: Import Volume Breakup by Country (in %), 2015
Figure 15: Belgium: Linear Alpha Olefins Market: Import Volume Trend (in Tons), 2010-2015
Figure 16: Global: Linear Alpha Olefins Market: Export Volume Breakup by Country (in %), 2015
Figure 17: USA: Linear Alpha Olefins Market: Export Volume Trend (in Tons), 2010-2015
Figure 18: North America: Linear Alpha Olefins Market (in Tons), 2009, 2016 & 2022
Figure 19: Middle East: Linear Alpha Olefins Market (in Tons), 2009, 2016 & 2022
Figure 20: Western Europe: Linear Alpha Olefins Market (in Tons), 2009, 2016 & 2022
Figure 21: South Africa: Linear Alpha Olefins Market (in Tons), 2009, 2016 & 2022
Figure 22: Others: Linear Alpha Olefins Market (in Tons), 2009, 2016 & 2022
Figure 23: Global: Linear Alpha Olefins Market: Butene (in %), 2009, 2016 & 2022
Figure 24: Global: Linear Alpha Olefins Market: Hexene (in %), 2009, 2016 & 2022
Figure 25: Global: Linear Alpha Olefins Market: Octene (in %), 2009, 2016 & 2022
Figure 26: Global: Linear Alpha Olefins Market: Decene (in %), 2009, 2016 & 2022
Figure 27: Global: Linear Alpha Olefins Market: Dodecene (in %), 2009, 2016 & 2022
Figure 28: Global: Linear Alpha Olefins Market: Tetradecene (in %), 2009, 2016 & 2022
Figure 29: Global: Linear Alpha Olefins Market: Hexadecene (in %), 2009, 2016 & 2022
Figure 30: Global: Linear Alpha Olefins Market: Octadecene (in %), 2009, 2016 & 2022
Figure 31: Global: Linear Alpha Olefins Market: Eicosene (in %), 2009, 2016 & 2022
Figure 32: Global: Linear Alpha Olefins Market: C22 (in %), 2009, 2016 & 2022
Figure 33: Global: Linear Alpha Olefins Market: C24+ (in %), 2009, 2016 & 2022
Figure 34: Global: Linear Alpha Olefins Market: LLDPE (in Tons), 2009, 2016 & 2022
Figure 35: Global: Linear Alpha Olefins Market: Detergent and Alcohols (in Tons), 2009, 2016 & 2022
Figure 36: Global: Linear Alpha Olefins Market: HDPE (in Tons), 2009, 2016 & 2022
Figure 37: Global: Linear Alpha Olefins Market: Lubricants (in Tons), 2009, 2016 & 2022
Figure 38: Global: Linear Alpha Olefins Market: LDPE (in Tons), 2009, 2016 & 2022
Figure 39: Global: Linear Alpha Olefins Market: Other Applications (in Tons), 2009, 2016 & 2022
Figure 40: Linear Alpha Olefins Manufacturing Process: Detailed Process Flow
Figure 41: Linear Alpha Olefins Manufacturing Process: Conversion Rate of Feedstocks
Figure 42: Global: Ethylene Market: Consumption Volume Trends (in Million Tons), 2009-2016 
Figure 43: Global: Ethylene Market: Consumption Value Trends (in Million US$), 2009-2016 
Figure 44: Global: Ethylene Market: Price Trends (in US$/Ton), 2009-2016 
Figure 45: Global: Ethylene Market: Breakup by Region (in %), 2016 
Figure 46: Global: Ethylene Market: Breakup by End-Use (in %), 2016
Figure 47: Global: Ethylene Market Forecast: Consumption Volume Trends (in Million Tons), 2017-2022
Figure 48: Global: Ethylene Market Forecast: Consumption Value Trends (in Million US$), 2017-2022

List of Tables

Table 1: Linear Alpha Olefins: Chemical Properties
Table 2: Linear Alpha Olefins: Chemical Properties
Table 3: Global: Linear Alpha Olefins Market: Key Industry Highlights, 2016 and 2022
Table 4: Global: Linear Alpha Olefins Market Forecast: Breakup by Region, 2017-2022
Table 5: Global: Linear Alpha Olefins Market: Imports by Major Countries, 2015
Table 6: Global: Linear Alpha Olefins Market: Exports by Major Countries, 2015
Table 7: Global: Linear Alpha Olefins Market: Key Players
Table 8: Linear Alpha Olefins: Manufacturing Process: Raw Material Requirements
Table 9: Global: Ethylene Market: Key Manufacturers


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