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PUBLISHER: Mordor Intelligence | PRODUCT CODE: 1438392

Bio-based 1,4-Butanediol - Market Share Analysis, Industry Trends & Statistics, Growth Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

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The Bio-based 1,4-Butanediol Market size is estimated at 38.82 kilotons in 2024, and is expected to reach 60.83 kilotons by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 9.40% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

Bio-based 1,4-Butanediol - Market

The COVID-19 pandemic affected the bio-based 1,4-butanediol market because of quarantined workforces, general businesses shut down, and disrupted supply chains. During the pandemic, many factories responsible for bio-based 1,4-butanediol production were shut down. The closure of these manufacturing plants dampened bio-based 1,4-butanediol sales. Sections like automobile, electrical and electronics, and textile were temporarily held. However, in the present scenario, the market growth recovered.

Key Highlights

  • The major factors driving the market's growth are the increasing polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) demand from various industries and stringent government regulations.
  • On the flip side, massive competition from fossil fuel-based products remains a concern for the market studied.
  • The shift in focus toward eco-friendly products will likely provide opportunities for the market studied during the forecast period.
  • Europe dominated the market across the world. The demand in the region is driven by the growing usage of bio-based 1,4-butanediol in industries such as automotive, electronics, and consumer appliances.

Bio-based 1,4-Butanediol Market Trends

Increasing Demand in the Textile Market

  • 1,4 BDO is used as an adhesive in leather, plastics, polyester laminates, and polyurethane footwear. 1,4-butanediol is an immediate chemical used in thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) production, further used in making synthetic leather sole material.
  • However, 1-4 BDO produces tetrahydrofuran (THF), used to make spandex fiber captured in the garment industry. Spandex is a lightweight, soft, smooth synthetic fiber with a unique elasticity. Due to its elastic property, it is used in making stretchable clothing.
  • Spandex fibers, consisting of 80% polytetramethyleneether glycol (PTMEG or PolyTHF), can be stretched to between 500% and 700% of their original length and durably retain their shape.
  • The growth rates for spandex fiber are estimated to be around 10%, much higher than those for textiles. The trend toward comfortable clothing with high wearing comfort is driving demand in this area.
  • In September 2022, Lycra Company announced the world's first large-scale commercial manufacturing of bio-derived spandex using QIRA bio-based 1,4-BDO as one of its key ingredients. The company collaborated with Qore to manufacture next-generation bio-derived LYCRA. This manufacturing involves 70% of the LYCRA fiber content sourced from renewable feedstock, helping to reduce the carbon footprint of LYCRA fiber by nearly 44%. The first renewable LYCRA fiber made using QIRA bio-based 1,4-BDO will be produced at the LYCRA Company's production facility in Tuas, Singapore, by 2024. The LYCRA Company is seeking commitments with various brands and retail customers ready to pursue bio-derived solutions for their apparel.
  • Moreover, according to the Ministry of Finance Japan, the inward foreign direct investment (FDI) in the Japanese textile manufacturing industry accounted for USD 56 million in 2021, compared to USD 39 million in 2020.
  • Such factors depict that the market will observe stagnant growth from the textile industry during the forecast period.

Europe is Expected to Dominate the Market

  • The European region dominated the global market share. The demand in the market studied is driven by the growing demand from industries such as automotive, electronics, and consumer appliances.
  • Germany includes the most significant electronic and automobile industry in Europe. The German electrical and electronics market is Europe's largest and the 5th largest worldwide.
  • According to the ZVEI, Germany's electro and digital industry turnover accounted for EUR 200.4 billion (USD 218.19 billion) in 2021, witnessing a growth rate of 10.2% compared to EUR 181.9 billion (USD 198.05 billion) in 2020. Furthermore, the production from the electro and digital industry accounted for EUR 162.9 billion (USD 177.36 billion) in 2021, registering a growth rate of 8.8% compared to EUR 149.6 billion (USD 162.88 billion) in 2020. Such trends in the industry have enhanced the demand for bio-based 1,4 butanediol for electronics and semiconductor applications in the country.
  • Also, Germany leads the European automotive market, with 41 assembly and engine production plants contributing to one-third of Europe's total automobile production. In the overall 2021, the country produced 3,096,165 vehicles which declined by 12% compared to 3,742,454 cars in the same period in 2020. The declining automotive industry is likely to affect the market studied. However, the automotive industry is estimated to recover and grow later in the forecast period.
  • The United Kingdom is the largest European market for high-end consumer electronics products, with about 18,000 UK-based electronics companies. The demand for technologically-advanced electronic devices registered significant growth in the consumer electronics market in the country. This increase in demand is expected to drive electronics production in the country, leading to the need for bio-based 1,4-Butanediol for electronic applications.
  • The France automobile industry fared much better when compared to other major economies in Europe in the past few years. In overall 2021, the country produced about 917,907 units of vehicles, which increased by 3% in comparison to 2020.
  • Besides, with the increasing population income, consumer appliance demand, such as air-conditioners, fridges, washing machines, microwaves, etc., noticeably increased, further driving the consumer appliances market growth.
  • Hence, all such favourable market trends are expected to drive the demand for bio-based 1,4-butanediol for raw material applications in the region during the forecast period.

Bio-based 1,4-Butanediol Industry Overview

The global bio-based 1,4 butanediol market is an oligopoly, where Novamont SpA holds the dominant production capacity share. Some of the noticeable players in the market include Novamont SpA, Shandong Landian Biological Technology, DSM, BASF SE, and Global Bio-chem Technology Group Company Limited (not in a particular order), among others.

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  • 1.1 Study Assumptions
  • 1.2 Scope of the Study




  • 4.1 Drivers
    • 4.1.1 Increasing Demand for Polybutylene Terephthalate (PBT)
    • 4.1.2 Stringent Government Regulations
  • 4.2 Restraints
    • 4.2.1 Huge Competition From Fossil Fuel-based Products
    • 4.2.2 Other Restraints
  • 4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis
  • 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis
    • 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
    • 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers
    • 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants
    • 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services
    • 4.4.5 Degree of Competition
  • 4.5 Patent Analysis

5 MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size in Volume)

  • 5.1 Application
    • 5.1.1 Tetrahydrofuran (THF)
    • 5.1.2 Polybutylene Terephthalate (PBT)
    • 5.1.3 Gamma-Butyrolactone (GBL)
    • 5.1.4 Polyurethane (PU)
    • 5.1.5 Other Applications
  • 5.2 End-user Industry
    • 5.2.1 Automotive
    • 5.2.2 Electrical and Electronics
    • 5.2.3 Textile
    • 5.2.4 Other End-user Industries
  • 5.3 Geography
    • 5.3.1 Asia-Pacific
      • China
      • India
      • Japan
      • South Korea
      • Rest of Asia-Pacific
    • 5.3.2 North America
      • United States
      • Canada
      • Mexico
    • 5.3.3 Europe
      • Germany
      • United Kingdom
      • France
      • Italy
      • Rest of Europe
    • 5.3.4 Rest of the World
      • South America
      • Middle East and Africa


  • 6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements
  • 6.2 Market Share (%) Analysis
  • 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players
  • 6.4 Company Profiles
    • 6.4.1 BASF SE
    • 6.4.2 DSM
    • 6.4.3 Genomatica Inc.
    • 6.4.4 Global Bio-chem Technology Group Company Limited
    • 6.4.5 Novamont S.p.A
    • 6.4.6 Qira
    • 6.4.7 Shandong LanDian Biological Technology Co. Ltd
    • 6.4.8 Yuanli Science and Technology


  • 7.1 Shift in Focus toward Eco-friendly Products
  • 7.2 Other Opportunities
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