Toluene Market Intelligence


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Are you looking for answers on Toluene category?

Are you looking for answers on Toluene category?

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

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Report Coverage

  • Competitor Landscape
  • Global Trade Outlook
  • Historical Pricing Trends
  • Market Trends

Production Size

Global Production Size/ Capacity

$28.4 billion (2019)


1.1 percent

North America Production Size/ Capacity

21 percent

Europe Production Size/ Capacity

18 percent

Table of Contents

  1. Executive Summary
  2. Supply Market Outlook
  3. Demand Market Outlook
  4. Industry Best Practices
  5. COVID-19 Impact
  1. Market Analysis
  2. Global Market Size: Toluene
  3. Global Market Outlook
  4. Regional Market Outlook (North America, EU, and Asia)
  1. Industry Analysis
  2. Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
  3. Industry Drivers and Constraints
  4. Innovations and Industry Events
  1. Cost and Pricing Analysis
  2. Cost and Price Analysis
  3. Purchasing Process: RFP/RFI Questionnaire
  1. COVID-19 Impact
  2. Sourcing Location Watch
  3. Supplier Watch
  4. Industry Watch
  1. Supplier Performance Assessment
  2. KPI and SLA Components
  1. Industry Best Practices
  2. Optimal Engagement and Procurement Practices

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Toluene Global Market Outlook:

Market Growth: The global AC market was valued at approx. 1.65 MMT in 2017, and it is set to grow at a CAGR of 8.4 percent to reach 2.5–3 MMT by 2021

Growth Drivers: Regulatory actions across the major economies, increasing emphasis on water treatment, fuelled by the strong global economic growth across all sectors, are escalating the demand for AC

Porter's Analysis on Toluene

Supplier Power

  • Aromatics comes predominantly as a by-product in crude refining in the western markets: Production of toluene is quite low in the West as against Asia, where BTX units are set up. Toluene is mainly produced as a co-product in refinery gasoline stream. So, the industry is technically backward integrated, which results in complete control over the supply chain

Barriers to New Entrants

  • Huge capital cost on the back of changing feedstock dynamics, due to the shale gas advent: Barrier for entrants is higher due to the high capital cost involved in setting up a plant. The US has shifted to gas-based setup, which puts the toluene sector at a disadvantage

Intensity of Rivalry

  • Integrated facilities and import dependency: Comparatively, consolidated industry with complete control over the value chain starting from crude oil or naphtha
  • However, availability of material from Asia adds to the supply options for buyers, thus increasing the rivalry among domestic producers for the market share

Threat of Substitutes

  • There are no substitutes available for benzene in the derivative markets

Buyer Power

  • Buying power is low for small volume buyer (personal care product manufacturers): Mostly, toluene producers are forward integrated with production of gasoline and other fuels from crude oil
  • The demand for toluene in chemical derivative production remains considerably lower when compared to fuel production and so, the buyer power is very low

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