World demand for solvents will approach 20 million metric tons in 2007 as growth rates improve considerably from the 1997-2002 period. Hydrocarbon and chlorinated solvents will continue their regulation-driven decline, with oxygenated and green solvents replacing them to a large extent. The Asia/Pacific region holds the best prospects.
This study analyzes the global solvents industry. It presents historical data for 1992, 1997 and 2002 and forecasts to 2007 and 2012 by chemical type (e.g., hydrocarbons, alcohols, ketones, esters, glycol ethers, chlorinated); by market (e.g., paints and coatings, printing inks, cleaning products); by world region and for 14 countries.
The study also examines the market environment, details industry structure and market share, and profiles 32 leading competitors including Royal Dutch/Shell, Dow Chemical, BP, INEOS, SASOL, Exxon Mobil, Celanese, BASF, and Lyondell.