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Tetrahydrofuran Market

Global Market Study on Tetrahydrofuran (THF): Increasing Demand for PTMEG from Spandex Manufacturing Expected to Drive Revenue Growth

Tetrahydrofuran Market Segmented By PTMEG, Solvents, Pharmaceuticals in North America, Latin America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, APEJ, Japan

Market Introduction

Tetrahydrofuran (THF) is a chemical compound having molecular formula C4H8O. It is majorly derived from 1, 4-Butanediol. It is majorly used as a precursor of polymer and as a solvent for Grignard reaction. Tetrahydrofuran (THF) is gaining importance because of increasing demand for PTMEG production. Improving economies of emerging countries are also pushing the global market of Tetrahydrofuran (THF).

There are several processes used for the manufacturing of Tetrahydrofuran (THF). Tetrahydrofuran (THF) can be manufactured using furfural through the corbonylation and hydrogenation process. Tetrahydrofuran (THF) can also be manufactured from maleic anhydride through catalytic hydrogenation. However, the most widely accepted process of Tetrahydrofuran (THF) manufacturing is through 1, 4-butanediol dehydration and cyclization. Other methods of Tetrahydrofuran (THF) manufacturing include the dichloro-butane method and butadiene oxidation method.

Tetrahydrofuran (THF) is used in a wide range of applications. Major applications of Tetrahydrofuran (THF) include pharmaceutical, solvent and PTMEG. Tetrahydrofuran (THF) is used as a solvent in the production and processing of various polymers and adhesives. It (THF) finds its largest use in the manufacturing of PTMEG and polytetrahydrofuran. THF is polymerized to form PTMEG which is used as a raw material for various fibers (Spandex) within the textile industry. Spandex is used in various textile apparels for improving the properties of textiles.

The PVC production industry is responsible for a major share of THF demand. Within the pharmaceutical industry, Tetrahydrofuran (THF) is primarily used as a reaction medium in processes, such as Grignard syntheses or reduction of lithium aluminium hydride. It is also used as an extractor for various drugs. Large-scale production of API drugs is responsible for a major share of THF demand in India.

The global Tetrahydrofuran (THF) market is estimated to be valued at US$ 1.5 Bn by 2018 end and is expected to reach US$ 2.8 Bn by the end of 2026 while expanding at a CAGR of 7.8% over the forecast period. The global Tetrahydrofuran (THF) market is projected to represent incremental opportunity of over US$ 1264.3 Mn between 2018 and 2026.

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Global Tetrahydrofuran (THF) Market Expected to Grow at a Significantly High Rate over the Forecast Period

Tetrahydrofuran (THF) is generally used as an intermediate raw material or as a solvent in applications, such as PTMEG, PVC, pharmaceuticals, magnetic tapes, adhesives, paints and coatings, amongst others. Thus, the PTMEG industry is expected to hold a leading share in terms of demand for Tetrahydrofuran (THF) during the forecast period. As per the PMR analysis, increasing demand for manmade fibers is pushing the demand for spandex within the textile industry.

PTMEG is used for the production of spandex. Increasing demand for special purpose textiles from all over the world is expected to drive the demand for Tetrahydrofuran (THF) during the forecast period. China and India hold dominant shares in the textile industry globally and thus, rapid growth of Asian markets is bolstering the Tetrahydrofuran (THF) market in the region.

Growing demand for Tetrahydrofuran (THF) from PVC and other solvent applications is also pushing the demand for (THF) in the Asia Pacific region. That apart, Tetrahydrofuran (THF) is favored for Grignard reactions in the pharmaceutical industry, which is pushing its use in this industry.

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Asia Pacific Excluding Japan (APEJ) to Lead the Global Tetrahydrofuran (THF) Market; MEA Projected to be a High Growth Market After APEJ During the Forecast Period

The Global Tetrahydrofuran (THF) market is segmented by region into North America, Europe, APEJ, Latin America, MEA, and Japan. PMR analysis shows that the Tetrahydrofuran (THF) market in Asia Pacific Excluding Japan (APEJ) holds the largest share in the global market due to the presence of large textile, polymer and pharmaceutical and chemical industries in the region.

China accounted for the largest market, not only in APEJ, but also in the world. PMR analysis also shows that the Tetrahydrofuran (THF) market might suffer due to oversupply. This can be attributed to the low prices of Tetrahydrofuran (THF) in the APEJ market. Large capacity addition has been done in the past years by various players, which has led to an oversupply situation in the market. However, growing demand from the PTMEG application is expected to balance the situation over the forecast period.

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Few Manufacturers Hold Key Share in the Global Tetrahydrofuran (THF) Market

The global Tetrahydrofuran (THF) market is highly consolidated with the presence of few large manufacturers. Some of the important global players operating in th market are Dairen Chemical Corporation (DCC), BASF SE, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation, Sipchem, and others.

Dairen Chemical Corporation accounted for the leading share in the global Tetrahydrofuran (THF) market and was followed by BASF SE and other players. Large capacities of production and comparatively low demand is the reason for the low operating rates in the Tetrahydrofuran manufacturing plants. That apart, advancements in technologies and new product developments by various players are also expected to change the market scenario during the forecast period.

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Key Trends

The supply and demand of Tetrahydrofuran (THF) in different regions is dependent on the macro-economic factors affecting the Tetrahydrofuran (THF) market. Moreover, the demand shift from matured markets to high growth market can be attributed to increasing demand from emerging economies. The market his witnessed large capacity additions in the past few years. Large players in the market are increasing market share by plant expansion and new product developments.

Expansion strategy has accounted for more of the total developments in the market in the last 8 years. Tetrahydrofuran (THF) manufacturers are also trying to penetrate the market through joint ventures and partnerships. BASF opened its first catalyst manufacturing facility in Asia. The facility will be based in China and will cater to the growing demand for catalysts from the Asian region. These catalysts are used for the manufacturing of various chemicals, including butanediol. Butanediol is used for tetrahydrofuran (THF) manufacturing. Growing spandex demand from the Asia Pacific is expected to drive the demand for the Tetrahydrofuran (THF) during the forecast period.

New Developments, such as bio-based Tetrahydrofuran (THF), have been observed in the market. BASF launched its bio-based PolyTetrahydrofuran product, in 2015, in the market. Such developments are expected to push the sustainable demand for Tetrahydrofuran (THF) during the forecast period.

Key Players

Some of the players reported in this study on the global Tetrahydrofuran (THF) market include Dairen Chemical Corporation, Nan Ya Plastics, BASF, Ashland, INVISTA, Lyondellbasell and SIPCHEM.

Tetrahydrofuran (THF) Market: Segmentation

Attribute Details


  • Solvents
  • Pharmaceuticals


  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • Middle East & Africa
  • APEJ
  • Japan

- Companies Covered in This Report -

  • Dairen Chemical Corporation (DCC)
  • Mitsubishi Chemicals Holdings Corporation
  • Nan YA Plastics
  • Ashland
  • Lyondellbasell
  • Korea PTG
  • mg organics pvt. Ltd
  • Ultimate Chem (India) Pvt. Ltd.
  • SRL
  • Others.

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