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Isopropyl Alcohol Market Growth & Trends

The global isopropyl alcohol market size is projected to reach USD 4.85 billion by 2027, according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc., expanding at a CAGR of 8.2% from 2020 to 2027. Increasing demand for solvents across a wide range of industries globally is anticipated to remain a key factor favoring growth.

The substance is one of the highly used industrial solvents in industries, such as pharmaceuticals, personal care and cosmetics, paints and coatings, and food industry. The chemical is highly preferred in formulating personal hygiene products, including sanitizers, due to its properties of being an excellent disinfectant that works against viruses, bacteria, and other microorganisms.

Isopropyl alcohol (IPA) is the third largest produced lower alcohol globally, after ethanol and methanol. The key applications of isopropyl alcohol is its utility as a solvent in producing various pesticides and herbicides for the agricultural industry, formulating various surface coatings, and producing antiseptic products for personal hygiene industry. Formulations with 70% concentration of IPA against 30% water is proven to be effective as sanitizers by healthcare organizations and other regulatory authorities worldwide.

The recent outbreak of coronavirus is one of the key factors that induced the need for personal hygiene and safety for humans globally. The global pandemic highlighted the use of IPA in formulating hand sanitizers across North America, Middle East, Europe, and Asia Pacific. The first quarter of 2020 reflected high sales of sanitizers, which directly implied hefty consumption of isopropyl alcohol in the marketspace. Companies such as INEOS and ExxonMobil ramped up their production capacities of IPA induced sanitizers in Germany and other parts of Europe. The future demand is expected to be driven by demand stability of polypropylene, which has been one of the major applications.

Isopropyl Alcohol Market Report Highlights

  • By application, the cleaning agent segment is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of 7.3% from 2020 to 2027 based on volume owing to rising demand for disinfectant cleaning formulations
  • Europe is projected to expand at a revenue-based CAGR of 7.9% over the forecast period due to high demand for sanitizers and personal hygiene products from Germany, Italy, France, and U.K.
  • Increasing construction spending in Asia Pacific, which accounts for around 46% share of the global construction expenditure, followed by Europe with a 24% share, will lead to high demand for paints and coatings, thereby directly increasing demand for IPA across these regions
  • The chemical end-use segment is anticipated to reach USD 900.8 million by 2027 backed by rising demand for chemicals, such as methyl isobutyl ketone, methyl isobutyl carbinol, and isopropyl acetate.