Guaiacol is a biodegradable product having low potential of bioaccumulation which is in high demand in pharmaceutical industry. Also, it acts as a precursor to various flavourants such as eugenol and vanillin. It is utilised in chemical, agriculture, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, and food industry. Investment in research and development by manufacturing companies is anticipated to grow the demand of guaiacol market. Investments in health care and pharmaceutics in developed as well as developing economies is deriving the market growth globally. As guaiacol is used in synthesis of fragrance and flavours, e.g. vanillin, zingerone, etc., its demand in cosmetic industry is also expected to surge.
The researchers in 2020 investigated regarding flexible NiCo based catalyst for direct hydrodeoxygenation of guaiacol to cyclohexanol. Ni based catalyst was prepared in the HDO of guaiacol and other lignin derived phenolic compounds. Among these catalysts, 20% NiCo/CNT catalyst demonstrated the highest guaiacol conversion with cyclohexanol as an important component in isopropanol. The HOD reaction of guaiacol occurred by the demethoxylation f guaiacol to phenol and the further hydrogenation of the aromatic ring to cyclohexanol.
Another method of hydrodeoxygenation of guaiacol to phenol can be done over Ceria supported iron catalysts. The researchers state that guaiacol can be transformed into phenol over a series of supported iron catalyst under atmospheric pressure. The experiment showed that with the support of CeO2, a linear relationship with iron up to 3 wt% corresponding to monolayer coverage was developed.
Solvay in March 2021 announced the process for synthetic eugenol which is a derivative of phenol. Synthetic eugenol is cost effective and its production does not require natural origins. The synthetic eugenol is produced by distillation to separate para-eugenol from various co-products and by-products having same boiling points resulted from guaiacol to eugenol reaction.
Guaiacol Market: Introduction
Guaiacol is a naturally occurring, biodegradable and organic compound that has low potential of bioaccumulation and mainly disperses in water. It is a slightly yellow colored liquid or a crystalline solid with a characteristic aromatic odor. Guaiacol is industrially manufactured by the methylation of catechol and is used in the manufacturing of a variety of chemical products. Vanillin is among the most commonly used chemical in the food industry to flavor ice-creams and chocolates. Guaiacol is used as a precursor in the manufacture of vanillin and is also used in the protection of crops in the agriculture sector. Guaiacol is also used as a raw material in the pharmaceutical industry. The synthesis of active pharmaceutical ingredient manufacturing in the pharmaceutical industry uses guaiacol. The characteristic aromatic odor of guaiacol has enabled the use of guaiacol in the manufacture of perfumery agents and flavoring agents. The National Center for Biotechnology Information U.S. has stated that guaiacol is thought to have properties of disinfectants and can be used to treat coughs. Guaiacol is also used to give a peaty, smoky and spicy flavor to whisky and in flavoring roasted coffee.
Guaiacol Market: Dynamics
The food and beverage industry is growing due to the increasing demand for food, which in turn drives the sales of guaiacol. Population growth has boosted the growth of the pharmaceutical industry and in turn propels the demand for guaiacol. The use of guaiacol in the manufacture of perfumery products will aid the growth of sales of guaiacol in the chemical and allied products industry. The use of guaiacol as an expectorant and its low shelf life also aid the growth of the guaiacol market. On the other hand, the high price of guaiacol will slow down the sales of guaiacol and the use of lignin instead of guaiacol in the manufacture of vanillin may also retard the market growth.
Guaiacol Market: Segmentation
Segmentation of the guaiacol market on the basis of application,
- Chemical Intermediate
- Raw Material for API Synthesis
Segmentation of the guaiacol market on the basis of end use industry,
- Chemicals and Allied Products
- Food and Beverage
Guaiacol Market: Regional Outlook
China and India have been witnessing good growth in pharmaceutical and food and beverage industries in the recent years. The growth of these industries is expected to aid the growth of guaiacol sales in the near future. North America also has rapidly growing food and beverage and pharmaceutical industries and is thus expected to provide a good platform for the growth of the guaiacol market in the region. The Middle East and Africa region has moderately growing pharmaceutical and chemical industries, which are expected to aid the growth of sales of guaiacol in the region. Europe is pegged to be a prominent region with its growing chemical, food and beverage and pharmaceutical industries. The growth of these three industries in the region is expected to boost the sales of guaiacol. The APAC region has shown moderate growth in pharmaceutical and chemical industries. Moderate growth in these industries is expected to drive the growth of the guaiacol market in the APAC region. The chemical industry in Latin America has shown appreciable growth in the recent years and the food and beverage industry in the region is also growing moderately. The growth of these industries in the region is expected to aid the growth of the guaiacol market. The food and beverage industry in Japan is also growing at a good rate, which is expected to propel the sales of guaiacol in the near future.
Guaiacol Market: Market Participants
The key market participants identified in the guaiacol market include,
- Cayman Chemical
- Merck KgaA
- LGC Limited
- TCI America
- Jiaxing Zhonghua Chemical Co., Ltd
- Anhui Bayi Chemical Industry Co., Ltd
- Central Drug House
- Jiangsu Lycra Chemical Technology Co., Ltd
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