The global phenol market was worth US$ 20 Billion in 2018, registering a CAGR of 3.4% during 2011-2018. The market value is further anticipated to cross US$ 28 Billion by 2024, growing at a CAGR of 5.2% over the forecast period (2019-2024). Phenol is an aromatic organic compound with the chemical formula C6H5OH. It is a toxic, colorless crystalline solid which is commonly used as a disinfectant and antiseptic. As compared to other hydrocarbons with a similar molecular weight, it is more soluble in water due to its stronger hydrogen bonding. It is majorly used for manufacturing household products like detergents; as an intermediate or precursor for synthesizing several chemical compounds; and as a derivative in the production of nylon, herbicides, epoxies and cosmetics.
Breakup by End-Use:
Bisphenol A (BPA) currently represents the largest segment, accounting for the majority of the total market share. BPA finds vast applications in the production of epoxy resins and polycarbonate which are further used for manufacturing food and beverage containers, medical devices, electronic equipment, household appliances and automotive parts.
On a geographical front, Asia Pacific enjoys the leading position in the market on account of the increasing production and consumption of phenol in China. Besides this, a rise in the purchasing power of the consumers has escalated investments in the chemical, automotive and construction industries, thereby fueling the market growth.
The market is fragmented with the presence of several large and small manufacturers who compete in terms of quality and prices. Some of the biggest players operative in the market are:
The essential aspects of evaluated in the market report include:
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