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Alkylate Market

Alkylate Market

Alkylates Market Growth to Spur on the Back of Extensive Applications Across the Global Aviation Industry during 2021-2031

Alkylate Market

Market Snapshot

According to Fact.MR’s recent study on the global alkylate market, the market is expected to exhibit modest growth, ascending at around 2.5% CAGR through 2031. Expected valuation by the end of the forecast period is approximately US$ 100 Bn, with projections for 2021 indicating a market value worth US$ 78.1 Bn. Demand from the aviation and automobile sectors coupled with advancements in manufacturing infrastructure is expected to drive growth further over the coming years.

Key Points Covered in Alkylate Industry Survey

  • Market Estimates and Forecasts (2016-2031)
  • Key Drivers and Restraints Shaping Market Growth
  • Segment-wise, Country-wise, and Region-wise Analysis
  • Competition Mapping and Benchmarking
  • Brand Share and Market Share Analysis
  • Key Product Innovations and Regulatory Climate
  • Assessment by Product Grade / Purity / Formulation Standards
  • Assessment of Import Price, Bulk Price, Contractual Price, Producer / Distributor Price
  • Certifications and Compliance Requirements
  • COVID-19 Impact on Alkylate and How to Navigate
  • Recommendation on Key Winning Strategies

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Consumption Analysis of Alkylate from 2016-2020 Vs Market Outlook for 2021 to 2031

As per Fact.MR – market research and competitive intelligence provider, during the historic period of 2016 to 2020, the market registered a moderate growth rate and value sales of alkylation increased at around 2% CAGR.

Demand for alkylate grew steadily over the past years, creating substantial growth opportunities for key players. Though the industry came across difficulties in 2020 due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the overall industry outlook has remained positive over the past decade. 

With key end-use segments such as automobiles, aviation, and agriculture, to name a few, gaining traction again, demand for alkylate is set to grow steadily over the coming years.  An increase in government expenditure on these key end-use sectors and a rise in research & development (R&D) activities by alkylate manufacturers are likely to further propel the demand and supply of alkylate through 2031. 

Considering these factors, the global alkylate market is slated to expand at around 2.5% CAGR over the next ten years (2021-2031), and reach a valuation of approximately US$ 100 Bn.

How is Requirement from Aviation Sector Spearheading Growth of Alkylate Manufacturers?

Alkylate is highly used in the production of avgas (alkylate fuel), which is an aviation fuel used in aircraft with spark-ignited internal combustion engines. As the aviation sector is recovering slowly, yet steadily, it is contributing steadily to raising industry revenue. According to “Aerospace Industry Spotlight”, published by SelectUSA, the United States aerospace industry is the largest in the world, employing around 509,000 workers in its scientific and technical fields across the nation. 

Furthermore, the report states that investment in the U.S. aerospace industry is facilitated by a large pool of well-trained machinists, aerospace engineers, and other highly skilled workers with experience in the aerospace industry. This gives a glimpse of the growing opportunities for alkylate manufacturers around the globe.

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Expansion of Production Capacities Stimulating Alkylate Industry Growth?

New and existing players are investing majorly in the new production capacities which are contributing towards the growth of the global market. For instance, Hengli Petrochemical commissioned a new alkylation unit at its new crude-to-paraxylene integrated refining and petrochemical complex. It is equipped with proprietary technologies from E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co. The new 300,000-tonnes/year STRATCO alkylation unit will enable Hengli to produce high-quality alkylate, a key component for cleaner, and high octane gasoline, from a 100% isobutylene feed stream.

Manufacturers in the alkylate market are gaining a strong research base in techniques that maximize product octane and minimize end-point with this feedstock. In addition, globally, the demand for cleaner burning gasoline blend components is increasing. Companies are using this opportunity to develop a new solid acid catalyst technology in order to outperform liquid acids and to adopt reactors that actively replace hydrofluoric acid (HF) alkylation.

Country-Wise Analysis  

What’s Augmenting Growth of Alkylate Manufacturers in the U.S?

The U.S has been taking the spotlight in North America for alkylate for the past decade. The high requirement in the automobile and aviation sectors and advancements in manufacturing units are fuelling sales in the country. A market share worth 40% is projected for the U.S market.

According to SelectUSA, new R&D initiatives in the U.S. automotive industry are transforming it rapidly, while out of US$ 105 billion spent globally, almost a fifth is spent in the U.S. Hence, suppliers are targeting the U.S. in order to increase their revenues.

Will Germany Remain in the Spotlight for Alkylate Providers?

Backed by highly advanced aviation, agriculture, and automobile industries, Germany is the hotspot for alkylate manufacturers and is expected to maintain its lead in Europe, expanding at a CAGR of 3.5% until 2031.

According to a report published by the European Commission (EC), the German automotive industry is highly potential, while its annual output is close to 6 million units, representing 31.5% share of the European Union (EU). As these figures are subject to grow further, players in Germany are set to come across more opportunities in the foreseeable future.

What’s Driving Sales of Alkylate in China?

China is leading in the world’s fastest-growing industry for alkylate - Asia Pacific and is anticipated to sustain its position throughout the forecast period. The requirement from highly advanced automobile and aviation industries is bolstering demand growth in the country.

According to a report titled China-Aviation, published by the International Trade Administration on 3rd February 2021, aviation is the best prospect industry for China, while the country is the world’s second-largest and fastest-growing civil aerospace and aviation services industry. This explains well why suppliers of alkylate are focusing on China in order to increase their sales footprint. Almost 50% of global alkylate demand is expected to be fueled by China.

How Lucrative is India for Alkylate Manufacturers?

India has emerged as a lucrative market for alkylate, expected to exhibit substantial growth throughout the forecast period. Advancements in agricultural and automobile sectors are spurring the growth of alkylate manufacturers in India.

According to Indian Brand Equity (IBEF), from 2017 to 2020, India received ~US$ 1 billion in agritech funding. With significant interest from the investors, India ranks third in terms of agritech funding and number of agritech start-ups. By 2025, Indian agritech companies are likely to witness investments worth US$ 30-35 billion.

This implies lucrative growth scope for manufacturers in India as demand for alkylate in the agriculture sector is high. Fact.MR anticipates the demand for alkylates in India to surge at over 2% CAGR until 2031.

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Category-wise Insights

Why are Alkylates Highly Demanded in the Aviation Industry?

By end use, alkylate applications will be maximum across the aviation industry, expanding at over 2% CAGR until 2031, projects Fact.MR. Due to its properties such as gasoline blending, low vapor pressure and high octane, alkyls are widely deployed in aviation fuel.

Critically, alkylate possesses low fuel volatility and evaporative emissions, an important criterion across countries where smog is a major concern. Furthermore, low sulfur content renders it an ideal choice for vehicular fuel, particularly for aircrafts.

Will Alkylates for Solvent Applications Sustain its Dominance?

Currently, solvents is the leading segment in the global alkylate industry in terms of application, and is expected to remain dominant during the forecast period. Solvents have extensive usage in various domains, such as chemical laboratories, biotechnological R&D activities and other biological fields.

Alkylation of solvents, particularly of petroleum based fuels, is important as it adds high octane hydrocarbons to motor and aviation gasoline. This helps achieve auto ignition to meet recommended octane ratings. Fact.MR expects the segment to clock a CAGR of 3% until 2031

Competitive Landscape  

Prominent manufacturers of alkylate are emphasizing on expanding their production and manufacturing capabilities, attributed to the increase in demand across key end-use industries. Notable developments in the alkylate industry are mentioned below:

  • In April 2021, Chevron Corporation and Honeywell announced the commissioning and start-up of the world’s first commercial-scale ISOALKY™ process unit that utilizes ionic liquids to produce alkylate. The ISOALKY™ technology represents a major innovation in alkylation technology.
  • In March 2021, Lummus Technology announced a start-up of its CDAlky® C5 alkylation unit at Valero's St. Charles Refinery in Norco, Louisiana. The capacity of the alkylation complex is 17,000 BPSD of Alkylate products.
  • In January 2019, Royal Dutch Shell (Shell Chemical) initiated production of its fourth alpha olefins (AO) unit at its Geismar, Louisiana chemical manufacturing site. The 425,000 ton-per-year capacity expansion has increased total production capacity to 1.3 million tons per annum

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Report Scope 



Market size value in 2020

USD 78.1 Billion

Market forecast value in 2031

USD 100 Billion (approx.)

Growth Rate

CAGR of 2.5% from 2021-2031

Forecast Period


Historical Data Available for


Market Analysis

US$ Mn for Value

Key Regions Covered

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • East Asia
  • South Asia
  • Oceania
  • Middle East & Africa

Key Countries Covered

  • U.S.
  • Canada
  • Germany
  • U.K.
  • France
  • Italy
  • Russia
  • China
  • Japan
  • India
  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • GCC
  • South Africa

Key Market Segments Covered

  • Production Process
  • End Use
  • Application
  • Region

Key Companies Profiled

  • Reliance Industries Limited
  • Marathon Petroleum Corporation
  • ExxonMobil Corporation
  • PJSC Lukoil Oil Company
  • Valero Energy Corporation
  • Royal Dutch Shell Plc.
  • Chevron Corporation
  • Honeywell International Plc.
  • Janex S.A
  • Neste Oyj
  • Soltex Inc.
  • Hengyi Industries Sdn Bhd


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Key Segments Covered

  • Production Process

    • Sulfuric Acid Alkylation Process
    • Hydrofluoric Acid Alkylation Process
    • Others
  • End Use

    • Alkylate for Aviation
    • Alkylate for Automobiles
    • Alkylate for Agriculture
    • Alkylate for Electronics
    • Others
  • Application

    • Solvents
    • Surfactants & Synthetic Sulfonates
    • Specialty Lubricants
    • Functional Fluids
    • Additives
    • Others

Alkylate Market- Scope of Report

A recent study by Fact.MR on the alkylate market offers a 10-year forecast for 2021 to 2031. The study analyzes crucial trends that are currently determining the growth of the market. This report explicates on vital dynamics, such as the drivers, restraints, and opportunities for key market players along with key stakeholders as well as emerging players associated with offering alkylate.

The study also provides the dynamics responsible for influencing the future status of the alkylate market over the forecast period. A detailed assessment of value chain analysis, business execution, and supply chain analysis across regional markets has been covered in the report. A list of prominent companies operating in the alkylate market, along with their product portfolios, enhances the reliability of this comprehensive research study.

Report Summary

The study offers comprehensive analysis on diverse features, including production capacities, demand, product developments, revenue generation, and sales of alkylate across the globe.

A comprehensive estimate on the market has been provided through an optimistic as well as a conservative scenario, taking into account the sales of alkylate during the forecast period. Price point comparison by region with global average price is also considered in the study.

Key Questions Answered in Report

  • Which are the most lucrative alkylate markets?
  • Which factors will impact the growth of alkylate?
  • How will changing trends impact the strategies of market players?
  • How can market players capture the low-hanging opportunities across regions?
  • Which companies are leading the alkylate industry?
  • What are the winning strategies of stakeholders in the market?

Analysis on Market Size Evaluation

The market has been analyzed for each segment in terms of volume (Kilo Tons) and value (US$ Mn).

Estimates at global and regional levels for alkylate are available in terms of “US$ Mn” for value and “Kilo Tons” for volume. A Y-o-Y growth contrast on prominent market segments, along with market attractiveness evaluation, has been incorporated in the report. Furthermore, absolute dollar opportunity analysis of all the segments adds prominence to the report.

Absolute dollar opportunity plays a crucial role in assessing the level of opportunity that a manufacturer/distributor can look to achieve, along with identifying potential resources, considering the sales and distribution perspective in the global alkylate market.

Inspected Assessment on Regional Segments

Key sections have been elaborated in the report, which have helped deliver projections on regional markets. These chapters include regional macros (political, economic, and business environment outlook), which are expected to have a momentous influence on the growth of the alkylate market during the forecast period.

Country-specific valuation on demand for alkylate has been offered for each region, along with market scope estimates and forecasts, price index, and impact analysis of the dynamics of prominence in regions and countries. For all regional markets, Y-o-Y growth estimates have also been incorporated in the report.

Detailed breakup in terms of value & volume for emerging countries has also been included in the report.

In-depth Analysis on Competition Analysis

The report sheds light on leading manufacturers of alkylate, along with their detailed profiles. Essential and up-to-date data related to market performers who are principally engaged in offering alkylate has been brought with the help of a detailed dashboard view. Market share analysis and comparison of prominent players provided in the report permits readers to take preemptive steps in advancing their businesses. Company profiles have been included in the report, which include essentials such as product portfolios and key strategies, along with all-inclusive SWOT analysis on each player.

Company presence is mapped and presented through a matrix for all the prominent players, thus providing readers with actionable insights, which helps in thoughtfully presenting the market status, and predicting the competition level in the alkylate domain. 

Research Methodology

In Fact.MR’s study, a unique research methodology is utilized to conduct extensive research on the growth of the alkylate industry, and reach conclusions on future growth parameters. This research methodology is a combination of primary and secondary research, which helps analysts ensure the accuracy and reliability of the drawn conclusions.

Secondary resources referred to by analysts during the preparation of the market study include statistics from governmental organizations, trade journals, white papers, and internal and external proprietary databases. Analysts have interviewed senior managers, product portfolio managers, CEOs, VPs, marketing/product managers, and market intelligence managers, all of whom have contributed to the development of the research report as a primary resource.

- FAQs -

According to Fact.MR, the alkylate market is poised to be valued at US$ 78.1 Bn by 2021

The market for alkylate is expected to reach approximately US$ 100 Bn by 2031-end

The alkylates industry is expected to surge at a CAGR of 2.5% from 2021 to 2031

Extensive applications across the global aviation industry is poised to heighten prospects for alkylates until 2031

Some of the top companies manufacturing alkylate are Reliance, Marathon Petroleum, ExxonMobil, and LUKOIL.

Sales of alkylates in the U.S are likely to generate 40% of global market demand until 2031

China is expected to generate 50% of the global market for alkylates

Solvent applications are expected to be dominant, clocking a CAGR of 3% until 2031

Aviation accounts for bulk of alkylate sales, registering a 2% CAGR until 2031

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What research methodology is followed by Fact.MR?

Fact.MR follows a methodology that encompasses the demand-side assessment of the market, and triangulates the same through a supply-side analysis. This methodology is based on the use of standard market structure, methods, and definitions.

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