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Market Leader - Alpha Olefins Market


The global market for alpha olefins is expected to witness high growth between 2017 and 2022. Increasing demand from end-use industries such as automobiles and packaging are expected to drive the alpha olefins market. Shale gas, which is rich is olefin content, has been discovered in several countries recently, and thus has led to an expansion of the olefin industry. Abundant availability of cheap natural gas-based feedstock from North America’s highly productive shale has led to the growth of the alpha olefins industry. This increase in the availability of ethane and propane feedstock from shale gas has prompted nearly all major North American alpha olefin producers to announce ethylene/propylene or alpha olefins capacity additions.

Growth of the automobile and packaging industries in the Asia-Pacific is also expected to lead to the growth of the alpha olefins market. Additionally, factors such as increasing population, higher disposable incomes, higher standards of living, rising consumption of packaged food, and increasing automobile manufacturing facilities are also expected to contribute to its growth in the region.

The global alpha olefins market has a large number of market players; however the market is led by some major players, such as Shell (The Netherlands), Chevron Phillips (US), Ineos (Switzerland), SABIC (Saudi Arabia), Sasol (South Africa), Evonik (Germany), Dow Chemical (US), ExxonMobil (US), PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim (Russia), and Qatar Chemical Company Ltd. (Qatar), among others.

Most of these companies are leaders in the alpha olefins market and are focusing on capturing the full value chain to achieve economies of scale and product innovations in order to strengthen their market shares.

Market players are concentrating on expanding their product portfolios and developing cost-effective technologies. The companies are investing in establishing new facilities mainly in emerging regions so as to increase their global reach. These developments are being undertaken to meet the increasing demand for alpha olefins for various applications.

New product developments and expansions are the key strategies adopted by major alpha olefins manufacturers between 2012 and 2017. The top players in the alpha olefins market are adopting these strategies for better penetration and expansion of their businesses into untapped and emerging regions. These new ventures are expected to help companies satiate the growing demand for alpha olefins in several applications. Shell (The Netherlands), Dow Chemical (US), and Chevron Phillips (US) are among the market players who adopted these strategies in order to acquire greater market shares.

Shell (The Netherlands) is amongst the leading suppliers of alpha olefins. The company adopted expansions as a strategy to maintain its premium position in the market. For instance, in November 2015, it expanded its production capacity at its chemical manufacturing site in Louisiana (US). Similarly, in March 2015, it also invested at its Wesseling (Germany) plant to upgrade the steam cracking unit to produce heavy olefins and aromatics.

Chevron Phillips (US) also adopted the expansions strategy to sustain its premium market position. For instance, in December 2014, it expanded its ethylene business by increasing production capacity at its manufacturing facility in Texas. This expansion helped the company in supporting the growth of its olefins business.

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Alpha Olefins Market by Type (1-Butene, 1-Hexene, 1-Octene, 1-Decene, 1-Dodecene), Application (Polyolefin Co-monomers, Surfactants and Intermediates, Lubricants, Fine Chemicals, Plasticizers, Oil Field Chemicals), and Region - Global Forecast to 2022 2

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