2,6-Diethylaniline Market Overview
2,6-Diethylaniline market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 4.1% during 2021-2026 owing to its usage as an intermediate in the manufacture of dyes, pharmaceuticals, and other chemicals, and also as a reaction catalyst. 2,6-Diethylaniline is also known as 2,6-Diethyl-benzenamine; Benzamine; 2,6-Diethylbenzenamine; or 2,6-Diethylphenylamine. 2,6-Diethylaniline is a clear yellow to reddish-brown liquid. 2,6-Diethylaniline is synthesized by the ortho alkylation catalyzed reaction of aniline and ethylene. It is used in the reaction injection molding (RIM) process for plastic formation The following properties- stability under normal temperature & pressure, good water solubility & biodegradability make it a key constituent in the agriculture industry where it finds applications as a pesticide, for instance, alachlor, butachlor & metolachlor. The growth in the agricultural sector fuels the growth of pesticides which thereby fuels the 2,6-diethylaniline market during the forecast period. An increase in consumption of herbicides is the key driver for the 2,6-diethylaniline market.
COVID-19 has disrupted global economies, with restrictions in movement (both domestic and international) leading to layoffs, downsizing, and GDP changes across the world. All the industries have been impacted including the agricultural industry. Lockdowns and social distancing caused the closing of restaurants, hotels, and schools which left some farmers with no buyers for more than half their crops. Farmworkers returned to their houses as there were lockdowns and for safety reasons, as at the beginning of the pandemic stay-at-home mandate was strictly enforced. On the other hand, only items deemed essential were allowed to be sold and transported during the initial stage of the pandemic when strict measures were in place, agricultural produce being an essential commodity was one of the few items that was not affected as much. Hence the impact has been significant on the agricultural industry and thus also affected the pesticide usage which impacted the 2,6-diethylaniline market.
The report: “2,6-Diethylaniline Market – Forecast (2021-2026)”, by IndustryARC, covers an in-depth analysis of the following segments of the 2,6-Diethylaniline Market.
By Purity: 99.5%, 99.0%,
98.0% and Others.
By Application: Pesticides, Dyes, Synthetic Resins, Antioxidants, Rubber Additives, Corrosion Inhibitors, and Others.
By End-Use Industry: Agriculture (Herbicides, Insecticides, Fertilizers, Agrochemicals, and Others), Others), Paints & Coatings, Rubber, Pharmaceuticals and Others.
By Geography: North America (USA, Canada, and Mexico), Europe (UK, Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Russia, Belgium, and Rest of Europe), Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand, Indonesia, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Rest of APAC), South America (Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, and Rest of South America), Rest of the World (Middle East, and Africa).
- Asia-Pacific dominates the 2,6-Diethylaniline market, owing to the flourishing agriculture industry in the region. According to the India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF), in FY20, India's agriculture, forestry, and fisheries sector was valued at US$276.37 billion.
- 2,6-Diethylaniline is used in the pesticide industry, particularly in the manufacture of herbicides such as alachlor, butachlor & metolachlor.
- The major opportunity for this market is high research spending.
Figure: Asia-Pacific 2,6-Diethylaniline Market Revenue, 2020-2026 (US$ Billion)
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2,6-Diethylaniline Market Segment Analysis – By Purity
The 98% purity segment held the largest share in the 2,6-Diethylaniline market in 2020. 2,6-Diethylamine belongs to the class of organic compounds known as aniline and substituted anilines. It is mainly used in the manufacture of pesticides. Other applications of 2,6-Diethylaniline are as an intermediate in the organic synthesis of carbodiimide and antioxidants. It is also used in the processing of plastics and dyestuff.
2,6-Diethylaniline Market Segment Analysis – By Application
The pesticides segment held the largest share of more than 30% in the 2,6-Diethylaniline market in 2020. 2,6-Diethylaniline is used as a reagent in the synthesis of herbicides, for instance, Butachlor, a pre-emergent chloroacetanalide herbicide commonly used for weed control in rice as well as cotton, maize, wheat, and other crops. 2,6-Diethylaniline is generally used as a key ingredient in the manufacture of chlorine-based herbicides such as alachlor, butachlor & metolachlor, and tiafentiurone, an insecticide. Decrease in cultivable land, increasing demand for food, usage of GMO crops, and adoption of new farming practices drive the usage of pesticides. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, by 2030 the world’s population is estimated to reach $8.3 billion, hence the demand for food is expected to grow. It is also estimated that about 800 million people go hungry every day. Hence, there is always an increased demand for agricultural produce. To keep up with the growing demand, it is essential that the crop does not go to waste or spoiled by pests. So, the market for pesticides also is booming. According to an article from the International Academy of Ecology and Environmental Sciences (IAEES), without pesticide use, the production of fruits, vegetables and cereals will lose 78%, 54% and 32% yields respectively. Whereas, using pesticides reduced the loss of around 35% of the total production. As a result, the pesticides segment is set to dominate the 2,6-diethylaniline market.
2,6-Diethylaniline Market Segment Analysis – By End-Use Industry
The agriculture segment held the largest share and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 3.9% during the forecast period. 2,6-Diethylaniline is a non-carcinogenic chemical, making it suitable to be used in herbicide manufacture. 2,6-Diethylaniline is an intermediate for the manufacture of pesticides, especially in the production of triazine herbicides and chloroacetanilide-based herbicides such as alachlor and butachlor. Alachlor is widely used in the United States, primarily on corn. Since the Green Revolution, due to the modernization of agriculture, the use of herbicides has grown steadily for controlling weeds. According to Global Trade Magazine, in 2020, global pesticide production reached 11 million tonnes, in value terms, pesticide production amounted to $65.9 billion in 2020 estimated at export prices. As a result, the growing focus across the agriculture sector is projected to fuel the growth of the global 2,6-Diethylaniline market over the forecast market.
2,6-Diethylaniline Market Segment Analysis – By Geography
The Asia-Pacific region held the largest share of more than 40% in the 2,6-Diethylaniline market in 202, owing to the agricultural industries in the region. The agrochemicals market is estimated to grow significantly in the APAC region due to the rise in globalization of the agrochemical industry which has a huge impact on the crop protection markets. The APAC region has the highest rate of population growth which means there is a need for increasing food production. Hence, the demand for various agrochemicals, herbicides, and pesticides are escalating. While the demand for food products is increasing in developing countries, the available cultivable land is shrinking due to urbanization. So, various agrochemicals are used to maintain soil fertility. According to IndexBox estimates, as of 2020, China constituted the country with the largest volume of pesticide production, accounting for 34% of the total volume. Moreover, pesticide production in China exceeded the figures recorded by the second-largest producer, the U.S. India ranked third in terms of total production with a 10% share. Asia is predominantly an agrarian society, where a majority of the population is dependent on agriculture for their livelihoods. Herbicides are one of the most extensively used crop protection chemicals. Countries such as Japan, India, and China are engaged in the production of herbicides such as alachlor that inhibit weed growth on soybean farms. Herbicide use is increasingly being adopted around the world especially in developing countries. Thus, with the flourishing agricultural industry, there will be an upsurge in the demand for pesticides, which is anticipated to drive the 2,6-Diethylaniline market in the Asia-Pacific region.
2,6-Diethylaniline Market Drivers
Increasing Herbicide Production
Herbicides are used for killing or inhibiting the growth of unwanted plants, such as residential or agricultural weeds and invasive plants. A great advantage of chemical herbicides over mechanical weed control is the ease of application, which often saves on the cost of labour. 2,6-Diethylaniline is used to manufacture chlorine-based herbicides such as alachlor, butachlor & metolachlor. According to the Ministry of Commerce, Cambodia spent $327.57 million on the import of agricultural fertilizers, insecticides and herbicides in 2020, up 1.25% from $323.54 million in 2019, in response to growth in the agriculture sector, to boost output and increase exports. Farming activity greatly increased in 2020, underpinned by government encouragement to increase production for domestic supply and exports. Furthermore, mechanical weeding practices are being replaced by chemical weeding. This fuels the market demand for 2,6-Diethylaniline and acts as a key driver.
Flourishing Plastic Industry
2,6-Diethylaniline is widely used in the plastics processing industry. Over the years, the plastics processing industry has seen a significant improvement with technological developments and the advent of new high-efficiency devices. 2,6-Diethylaniline is used as a chain extender for elastomeric polyurethanes, providing improved use temperatures, moisture absorption, and impact resistance. It is a curing agent for epoxies. It is also used as a precursor for polyimides and polyamides. It is employed in the reaction injection molding (RIM) process for plastic formation as they help in improving flexibility and also inhibits corrosion. Polyurethane plastics are the main use 2,6-Diethylaniline for molding into foams and elastomers. This acts as a driver for the 2,6-Diethylaniline market growth during the forecast period.
2,6-Diethylaniline Market Challenges
Regulation of Pesticides
2,6-Diethylaniline exhibits moderate toxicity and has a tendency to accumulate in surface run-offs. The European Union maintains the most stringent control over pesticide use, here the use of pesticides that have proved toxic to insects is restricted or banned. According to the European Food Safety Authority, a third of the food consumed in the EU contained residues of two or more pesticides, including illegal pesticides that are not approved to be used in the EU. In a benchmark established by the new Farm to Fork and Biodiversity strategy, the European Commission wants to reduce the use of chemical pesticides in the EU by 50% by 2030. This toxicity issue will be a constraint in terms of the European pesticide market. This might hinder the 2,6-Diethylaniline market demand for chlorine-based herbicides.
2,6-Diethylaniline Market Landscape
Technology launches, acquisitions, and R&D activities are key strategies adopted by players in the 2,6-Diethylaniline market. 2,6-Diethylaniline market top companies are:
- Aarti Industries
- Shandong Qiaochang Chemicals Co. Ltd.
- Hefei TNJ Chemical Industry Co. Ltd.
- Henan DaKen Chemical Co. Ltd.
- TCI Chemicals
- Lianyungang Jinbang Chemical Co., Ltd.