Global Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK) Market strategic research study offers company accounts, industry investors, and industry members with consequential insights to enable them to make reliable strategic decisions regarding the opportunities in the global market.


In this report, we thoroughly examine and analyse the Global market for Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK) so that market participants can improve their business strategy and ensure long-term success. This report provides players with useful information and suggests result-based ideas to give them a competitive advantage in the global Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK) industry. It will show how other players compete in the global Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK) Market and explain the strategies you use to differentiate yourself from other participants.


This Research Report Answers the Following Questions:

  • How Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK) market will grow in the coming year?
  • Will the COVID-19 pandemic surge the demand for such platforms?
  • How are key companies planning to promote benefits of Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK)?
  • What are the industry growth drivers, obstacles, and dynamics?
  • Which segment is expected to lead in the coming years?


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Industry Insights

The global methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) market was valued at USD 2.56 billion in 2015 and is anticipated to reach USD 4.01 billion by 2024. Methyl-ethyl-ketone (MEK) is a colourless and a harsh smelling carbon-based compound. It is commonly identified as butanone. It is characterized by outstanding chemical properties including high viscosity, low boiling point, high solvency and high evaporation rate owing to which it is used as a solvent across several applications. This liquid has a sweet smell indicated the presence of acetone and butterscotch, hence is produced on a large scale in the industries. Photo-oxidation of air pollutants such as hydrocarbons and butane results in the form of MEK. It is widely used in industrial applications as it is easily soluble in water. The primary usage of MEK is as a solvent in processes involving gums cellulose acetate, resins and cellulose nitrate. Other end use applications where MEK is used include domestic products such as lacquer and varnishes, synthetic rubber, paraffin wax and glues as well as paint remover.


MEK is a liquid solvent used in chemical intermediates, adhesives, printing inks, magnetic tapes and lube oil dewaxing processes. Solvent is suitable for surface coatings that help in reducing emissions from its highly efficiency and versatility. It is used in chemical manufacturing, particularly for drugs and cosmetics. Other uses of MEK include surgical instruments sterilization and vegetable oil extraction. MEK market is expected to be driven in the foreseeable future by its widespread use in industrial sectors including feedstock and intermediate chemical applications such as additives in furniture polishes, rubber based cement, pharmaceuticals and PVC piping applications.


Application Insights

The compound is used as a solvent in various applications and primarily in paints& coatings and printing inks owing to its properties such as low boiling points and low viscosity. Other applications include rubber-based industrial cement, textiles, plastics, cleaning agents and PVC piping. In the pharmaceutical industry, MEK is used in resins and thinners that are applied as lacquers/solvents. In addition, MEK peroxides are used as a catalytic agent in the polymerization process of polyester resins. Global demand for MEK is driven by the rising demand for paints and coatings from furniture, automobile and infrastructural industries.


The higher solvency and lower density of ketones compared to the corresponding ester substitutes contribute to reduced VOC content just by changing to ketone solvents such as MEK. Owing to the dual functionality, MEK has slow evaporation rate, complete solubility in water and high solvent strength which gives it a unique advantage as a solvent in water-based coatings.


For achieving stable production rates and minimizing operational challenges in the production system of MEK, the primary areas requiring attention are Instrumentation and metallurgy in process control parameters, scheduled maintenance and Inspection and acid handling areas.


Regional Insights

The global market is segmented into four regions: North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Row. Asia Pacific is expected to dominate the MEK industry and emerge as the market leader. This can be attributed to the steady growth in paints &coatings market resulting from heavy consumption in manufacturing and construction industries. The European market is anticipated to experience uniform growth trends on account of stringent regulations and increasing concerns regarding health and fitness which are restraining the use of methyl ethyl ketone in this region. Market demand in the U.S is projected to be stable, and the declining prices are expected to further increase its demand in the coming years.


Competitive Insights

Key participants of the methyl ethyl ketone market include Arkema S.A., Shell Chemicals, Exxon Mobil, Sasol Solvents, Maruzen Petrochemical Co Ltd., SK Energy Co Ltd., Petro China, Lanzhou Petrochemicals and Idemitsu Kosan Co. Ltd.


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