Being a highly efficient and versatile solvent, Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK) is used for formulating high solids coatings, which help to reduce emissions from coating operations. Coating and paint solvents are the crucial sectors which consume 50% of MEK worldwide. Printing inks, plastics, textiles, adhesives for PVC pipes, resins and extraction solvent for pharmaceuticals are other essential application for MEK, responsible for further incline in market demand.

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Major growth for MEK in India has been driven by a strong demand from paints and coatings, aroma chemicals, printing inks, adhesives coatings, specialty intermediates in pharmaceutical industry and lube additives industries. Western and northern India account for almost the entire domestic consumption since almost all end use industries are situated in these regions.

MEK production went down over the years as better replacements were discovered, and eco-friendly and non-toxic solvents, such as ethyl acetate, saw an increase in demand. The demand for MEK in the country however did not shrink, resulting in increased imports. Apart from Celtex Petrochemical Limited, there is no major producer of MEK in India.

China is the largest consumer of MEK in the global market. Earlier, China was heavily dependent on imports to fulfil its demand. With advancement in production technology, China has however, controlled its dependability on imports.

The Asia Pacific region is projected to drive growth of MEK in future as demand in the region is increasing at a fast pace because of impetus from end user industries. Also, with increasing investments in the automobile and infrastructure industries, China and India will further induce consumption of MEK in the Asia Pacific region.

Highlights of the Report

  • Domestic installed capacity, production and demand
  • Key Manufacturers in India
  • Domestic Market Share and Trends
  • Region-wise Demand Distribution
  • Month-wise Import Quantities
  • Month-wise Export Quantities
  • Country-wise Share of Imports
  • Port-wise Share of Imports
  • Major End Users, Traders and Distributors
  • CIF Pricing
  • Prominent Production Technology Licensors
  • Industrial Manufacturing Process
  • Application and Use in Diverse Sectors
  • Global Market highlights
  • Health Impacts
  • Chemical and Physical Properties
  1. Chapter 1: Introduction
    1. Chemical and Physical Properties
    2. Application and Use
    3. Health Impacts
    4. Industrial Manufacturing Process
    5. Prominent Production Technology Licensors
  2. Chapter 2: Indian Scenario
    1. Production and Demand
    2. Region-wise Demand Distribution
    3. Key Producers in India
    4. Market Share and Trends
    5. Import and Exports
      1. Month-wise Import Quantities
      2. Month-wise Export Quantities
      3. Country-wise Share of Imports
      4. Port-wise Share of Imports
    6. Major End Users, Traders and Distributors
    7. Pricing in India
      1. CIF Pricing
  3. Chapter 3: Global scenario

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