The methanol market is dynamic with production occurring throughout the world both onshore and off. Petrochemical Reporters estimates the world capacity at around 100 millions tons per year with production of some 70 million tons in 2013.
Methanol finds use not only as a chemical building block used to produce acetic acid, DME, MTBE and formaldehyde, but also as a key chemical commodity itself. Methanol is used as an intermediate in a number of applications and often finds use on its own.
In transportation it finds use due to its high octane rating that allows superior vehicle performance. This is the fastest growing segment of the methanol market. Other high growth segments include biodiesel production and electricity generation.
This report provides intelligence and analysis on the methanol supply sources, demand drivers and trade. The report includes a 5 year history and 10 year forecast for all major producing regions listed below with new capacity additions documented. The report includes demand of methanol into its end use applications such as acetic acid, formaldehyde etc., making use of intelligence within Petrochemical Reporters data base to obtain a detailed analysis of demand based on derivative consumption. An overview of each of the commercial technologies mentioned will be included in the appendix along with a detailed methodology.