Methyl Isobutyl Ketone Market Intelligence


With this purchase you will be subscribed for a 12-month PRO membership to the upcoming all new Beroe LiVE (launching in Q3, 2020)


 No Additional Benefits

Subscription Benefits:

  • PRO access to New Beroe LiVE*
  • Unlimited updates on the Report*
  • Supplier Watchlist for 3 suppliers*
  • Supplier Shortlisting Tool*

With this purchase you will be subscribed for a 12-month PRO membership to the upcoming all new Beroe LiVE (launching in Q3, 2020)


*These features will be unlocked on the new Beroe LiVE when it launches (Q3, 2020)

Are you looking for answers on Methyl Isobutyl Ketone category?

Are you looking for answers on Methyl Isobutyl Ketone category?

  • What are the key trends in Methyl Isobutyl Ketone category?
  • Am I paying the right price?
  • Am I working with the right supplier?
  • What are the major challenges and risks in Methyl Isobutyl Ketone industry?
  • How is Methyl Isobutyl Ketone industry performing?

Over 50,000+ users trust Beroe

Report Coverage

  • Global Trade Dynamics
  • Supply–Demand Trends and Outlook
  • Cost Structure Analysis
  • Key Global Supplier Profiles

Production Size


2.5 - 3.0 Percent

Production Size North America

44.0 TMT

Production Size Western Europe

60.0 TMT

Table of contents

  1. Methyl Isobutyl Ketone Executive Summary
  2. Global MIBK Market Epilogue
  3. Global MIBK Market Snapshot
  4. Supply Market Outlook
  5. Demand Market Outlook
  6. Industry Best Practices
  1. Methyl Isobutyl Ketone Market Analysis
  2. Global Market Outlook
  3. - Current Market Size
  4. - Demand - Supply Trends and Forecast
  5. - Key End - use Industries
  6. - Trade Dynamics
  7. Regional Market Outlook (North America,Europe, and APAC)
  8. - Current Market Size
  9. - Demand - Supply Trends and Forecast
  10. - Trade Dynamics
  1. Methyl Isobutyl Ketone Industry Analysis
  2. Industry Outlook (North America, Europe, and APAC)
  3. - Industry Drivers and Constraints
  4. - Mergers and Acquisitions
  5. - Innovations
  6. - Porter's Five Forces Analysis
  1. Cost and Price Analysis (North America, Europe, and APAC)
  2. - Cost Structure Analysis
  1. Methyl Isobutyl Ketone Supplier Analysis
  2. Global Capacity Share by Suppliers
  3. Regional Capacity Share by Suppliers
  4. MIBK Exhaustive Supplier List
  5. - Supplier Capacity
  6. - Product Portfolio
  7. - Global Market Share
  8. - Geographical Footprint
  9. Detailed Supplier Profiling of Top Five Global Suppliers
  10. - SWOT Analysis
  11. - Financial Update
  1. Methyl Isobutyl Ketone Industry Best Practices
  2. MIBK Sourcing Practice among Top Buyers
  3. MIBK Engagement Model Snapshot
  4. Contract Models Adopted in the Industry

Want a more detailed personalised report?

Global Market Outlook on Methyl Isobutyl Ketone

  • The global market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 2.5–3.0 percent during 2018–2022
  • Increasing demand from the paints and coatings segment, alongside CPG and automobile industries, is likely to drive the demand for MIBK in the emerging markets, such as Asia, Brazil, and Eastern Europe, while demand growth in Europe and North America is expected to remain moderate


Demand Market Outlook

  • The global MIBK market has abundant supply; however, regionally, North America, Europe, and APAC are dependent on imports, predominantly from Sasol, South Africa
  • MIBK demand will continue to be driven by the paints and coatings segment, followed by the tire segment, driven by growing investment in economies, such as Brazil and India

Global Market Size: MIBK

  • There was a steep dip in MIBK prices in 2015 as against 2014, backed by the decreasing feedstock acetone and propylene prices and the overall sluggish downstream demand markets
  • Crude oil abundance and expected stability in feedstock prices at the lower limits are expected to stabilize the methyl isobutyl ketone market value
  • An expected marginal increase by 1–2 percent annually through 2022 would be driven by the global demand; however, the methyl isobutyl ketone market size may not reach 2015 levels again

Global Capacity–Demand Analysis

  • No expected capacity additions, due to a moderate growth of 2.5 percent across the globe for MIBK in the paints and coatings segment
  • Overall, the global demand –supply scenario is expected to remain stable

Market Outlook 

  • Capacity: There are no planned capacity additions announced until 2022, as moderate demand is noticed in most parts of the world
  • Operating rates and multiple short-term shutdowns: Suppliers in Japan and China have been announcing temporary plant shutdowns for the past one year, due to weak margins. Operating rates range from 50 percent to 80 percent among suppliers across the producing regions
  • Demand: The global MIBK demand is expected to increase at the rate of 2.5–3.0 percent through 2022, especially from the paints and coatings segment in the developing countries

Engagement Outlook 

  • It is recommended to engage in multiple sourcing options, since there is a limited supply security, especially with Asian suppliers
  • There is high supplier security with European and North American suppliers, since they are backward integrated with no expected plant shutdowns
  • Small and medium-volume buyers in CPG are recommended to engage in long-term contracts to ensure supply security

Global Demand by Application

  • Demand from automobile segment witnessed a moderate demand owing to slowdown in automobile production. However, it is expected that the demand from automobile segment and seasonal demand from construction sector and the solvent extraction would continue to drive the demand of MIBK until 2022
  • Demand growth of MIBK from solvent extraction and surfactant industry is expected to outpace paints and coatings and rubber industry by 2022

Downstream Demand Outlook

  • The key applications of MIBK include paints and coatings and rubber antioxidant, including solvent extraction and surfactant applications, constituting to almost 93 percent of the overall demand share
  • The U.S. and Europe are becoming stringent on the usage of MIBK in rubber, due to emission standards. This is less stringent in Asia and other developing economies
  • The global demand for solvent extraction and surfactants is expected to increase at the rate of 2–3 percent annually through 2022, owing to demand for cheaper solvents, particularly in Asia
  • Small-volume buyers are recommended to secure their supply with long-term contracts and collaborate, based on innovation and branding, in order to compete against the large-volume buyers in the paints and coatings and rubber segments

Industry Drivers and Constraints


  • More than 60 percent of global MIBK output is produced using acetone
  • Acetone controls the supply and prices of MIBK to a great extent
  • Rapid urbanization, rise in middle-class population, and an increase in residential construction spending are the key factors that support the increased demand for MIBK globally
  • Downstream sectors in Asia, particularly the tire industry, where MIBK is used as rubber anti-oxidant, are expected to improve, driving the demand for MIBK


  • Butyl acetate is the substitute for MIBK in the solvents industry, the feedstock for that is acetic acid, which is cheaper compared to acetone (feedstock for MIBK)
  • Higher methyl isobutyl ketone prices compared to butyl acetate have encouraged the coating industries to switch to butyl acetate
  • Supply of acetone is dependent on demand for co-product, phenol
  • In 2012, weak phenol demand resulted in lower acetone production, which resulted in supply shortage of feedstock acetone for MIBK producers


With this purchase you will be subscribed for a 12-month PRO membership to the upcoming all new Beroe LiVE (launching in Q3, 2020)


Complimentary 12-month access to Beroe LiVE

Any more questions?

Get in touch with us quickly and easily.


COVID-19: Assess impact on your suppliers and ensure business continuity with Beroe’s WIRE
(World Instant Risk Exposure)