Linear Alpha Olefin Market Report and Forecast 2017-2022


Linear alpha olefins, also known as normal alpha olefins, are alkenes with a terminal double bond between the first and the second carbon atom and a chemical formula CXH2X. In 1960s, they were produced by the thermal cracking of waxy paraffin found in crude oils. Nowadays, they are produced on an industrial level by a process of oligomerization of ethylene. The main uses of linear alpha olefins are as co-monomers in polyethylene production, in the manufacture of poly alpha olefins (used in synthetic lubricants) and in the production of oxo alcohols (used largely in detergents and plasticizers). A recent application of C14 is as an on-land drilling fluid base stock as it is biodegradable and has a significant environmental advantage over other drilling fluids. During 2009-2016, the global Linear Alpha Olefin market grew at a CAGR of around 4.1%. The consumption of Linear Alpha Olefin is driven by the LLDPE, detergents and HDPE industries which account for the majority of its consumption. The report by Expert Market Research entitled “Linear Alpha Olefin Market Report and Forecast 2017-2022” provides a comprehensive analysis for anyone who plans to foray in the Linear Alpha Olefin market.

Historical market trends for the linear alpha olefin industry have been provided from 2009-2016 and forecasts have been presented till 2022. On a regional level, the report has segmented the global linear alpha olefin market into the following regions – North America, Western Europe, South Africa, Middle East, Japan and Other Asia. North America currently represents the largest market. On the basis of end-use, the global linear alpha olefin market has been segmented as LLPDE, detergents, HPDE, lubricants, LDPE, plasticizers, fine chem and oil field chemical. LLDPE currently represent the biggest end use industry for linear alpha olefins.

The value chain analysis of linear alpha olefins has also been covered in this report encompassing all the activities in the value chain such as procurement, manufacturing, sales and distribution. Furthermore, the study assesses the market based on Porter’s five forces model, which evaluates the level of competition in the market by analysing factors such as bargaining power of buyers and suppliers, threat from substitutes and new entrants. A thorough evaluation on the competitive landscape of the linear alpha olefin industry has also been provided. The report also covers the global import and export trends of linear alpha olefins with Belgium being the largest importer and the United States being the largest exporter.

This report provides an exhaustive insight into the manufacturing of linear alpha olefins. Factors such as chemical reactions involved, process flow, raw material requirements, mass balance and various manufacturing steps have been thoroughly discussed in the report. The report also provides a comprehensive market evaluation of the major feedstocks required for manufacturing linear alpha olefin viz. ethylene. For feedstock, the report provides price trends, market breakup by end-use, market breakup by region and its key manufacturers.

The following are the key questions answered by this report:

  • What are the market trends for the global linear alpha olefin market?
  • Which are the biggest markets (regions) for linear alpha olefin?
  • What are the key application areas for linear alpha olefin?
  • Who are the key manufacturers in the linear alpha olefin market?
  • What are the price trends of linear alpha olefin?
  • What are the raw material requirements for the manufacturing of linear alpha olefin?
  • What are the chemical reactions involved during the manufacturing of linear alpha olefin?
  • Who are the major importers and exporters of linear alpha olefin?
  • What is the value chain analysis of the linear alpha olefin industry?
  • What are the market trends of major feedstocks?
  • What are the price trends of major feedstocks?
  • Which are the biggest markets (regions) for major feedstocks?
  • What are the key application areas for various feedstocks?
  • Who are the key players for various feedstocks?

In order to prepare this research report, Expert Market Research conducted face to face and telephonic interviews with numerous industry participants in the linear alpha olefin industry. They included manufacturers, distributors, end users, consultants, marketing professionals, researchers, etc. Primary research accounted for the bulk of the research efforts, complimented by an extensive secondary research. Secondary sources included annual reports, press releases, books, journals, white papers, newspapers, magazines, government sources and various proprietary databases.

Expert Market Research uses its comprehensive database of macroeconomic and industry specific data to produce its market forecasts. The initial baseline forecast is produced with the most recent market data. After an initial baseline forecast, all future macroeconomic and sector specific events and assumptions are taken into account to generate the final forecast.

Chapter 1 Preface 
1.1 Research Methodology and Market Definitions 
1.2 Introduction 
1.3 Report Summary 
Chapter 2 Global Linear Alpha Olefin: Industry Overview 
2.1 Chemical Overview and Properties 
2.2 Key Factors Driving the Global Linear Alpha Olefin Industry 
2.3 Volume Trends 
2.4 Value Trends 
2.5 Price Trends 
2.6 Market Breakup by Region 
2.6.1 North America 
2.6.2 Western Europe 
2.6.3 Central and Eastern Europe 
2.6.4 South Africa 
2.6.5 Middle East 
2.6.6 Japan 
2.6.7 Other Asia 
2.7 Market Breakup by End-Use Industries 
2.7.1 LLPDE 
2.7.2 Detergents 
2.7.3 HPDE 
2.7.4 Lubricants 
2.7.5 LDPE 
2.7.6 Plasticizers 
2.7.7 Fine Chem 
2.7.8 Oil Field Chemical 
2.8 Value Chain Analysis 
2.9 Import and Exports 
2.9.1 Imports by Major Countries 
2.9.2 Exports by Major Countries 
2.10 Market Outlook 
Chapter 3 Porters five forces Analysis 
3.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers 
3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers 
3.3 Threat of New Entrants 
3.4 Threat of Substitutes 
3.5 Degree of Competition 
Chapter 4 Competitive Landscape 
Chapter 5 Raw Material Market Analysis 

5.1 Price Trends 
5.2 Market Breakup by Region 
5.3 Market Breakup by End-Use 
5.4 Competitive Landscape 
5.5 Market Outlook 
Chapter 6 Manufacturing of Linear Alpha Olefins 
6.1 Key Success and Risk Factors for Manufacturers 
6.2 Manufacturing Process 
6.3 Raw Material and Their Requirements 
6.4 Reactions Involved 

List of Figures

List of Figures

Figure 2 1: Global Linear Alpha Olefin Market: Consumption Volume Trend (in Million Tons), 2009-2016 
Figure 2 2: Global Linear Alpha Olefin Market: Sales Value Trend (in Billion USD), 2009-2016
Figure 2 3: USA Price Trends of Linear Alpha Olefins (in USD/Ton), 2009-2022 
Figure 2 4: Global Linear Alpha Olefins Market: Production Breakup by Region (in %), 2016 
Figure 2 5: Global Linear Alpha Olefins Market: Consumption Breakup by Country (in %), 2016
Figure 2 6: Global Linear Alpha Olefin Market: Breakup by End-Use (in %), 2016
Figure 2 7: Global Linear Alpha Olefins: Import Volume Breakup by Country (in %), 2016 
Figure 2 8: Belgium Linear Alpha Olefins: Import Volume Trend (in Tons), 2010-2016
Figure 2 9: Global Linear Alpha Olefins: Export Volume Breakup by Country (in %), 2016 
Figure 2 10: United States of America: Linear Alpha Olefins: Export Volumes Trend (in Tons), 2010-2016 
Figure 2 11: Global Linear Alpha Olefin Market Forecast: Consumption Volume Trend (in Million Tons), 2017-2022 
Figure 2 12: Global Linear Alpha Olefin Market Forecast: Sales Value Trend (in USD Billion), 2017-2022 
Figure 4 1: Global Linear Alpha Olefin Manufacturing Capacity: Breakup by Manufacturer (in %) 
Figure 5 1: United States Historical and Future Price Trends of Ethylene (in USD/Ton), 2009-2022 
Figure 5 2: Global Ethylene Market: Consumption Breakup by Region (in %), 2016
Figure 5 3: Global Ethylene Market: Breakup by End-Use (in %), 2016 
Figure 5 4: Global Ethylene Market: Consumption Volume Trend (in Million Tons), 2009-2016 
Figure 5 5: Global Ethylene Market Forecast: Consumption Volume Trend (in Million Tons), 2017-2022 
Figure 6 1: Linear Alpha Olefins Manufacturing Process: Detailed Process Flow 
Figure 6 2: Linear Alpha Olefins Manufacturing Process: Conversion Rate of Feedstocks 

List of Tables

Table 2 1: Linear Alpha Olefins: Overview and Properties 
Table 2 2: Global Linear Alpha Olefins: Import Values and Volumes of Major Countries, 2016
Table 2 3: Global Linear Alpha Olefins: Export Values and Volumes of Major Countries (in Tons), 2016 
Table 4 1: Global Linear Alpha Olefins Market: List of Key Players 
Table 5 1: Global Ethylene Market: Capacity of Major Players (in Tons) 
Table 6 1: Linear Alpha Olefins Manufacturing Process: Raw Material Requirements 

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