Gamma Butyrolactone (GBL) Market : Latest Trends, Demand and Analysis 2031



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Gamma-Butyrolactone Market Forecast and CAGR

Gamma-Butyrolactone is a hygroscopic liquid that has an odour similar to a ketone and is colourless, greasy, and transparent. It also acts as a precursor involved in the production of a variety of chemical products. In the pharmaceutical industry, GBL is used as an an aesthetic and pacifier, as well as for producing interferon and ciprofloxacin. The global business is set to create incremental $ opportunity of more than US$ 90.5 Mn by 2031.

Apart from capacitors, batteries, and photographic films, it is used extensively in agricultural and forestry application. GBL also functions as an extracting, antioxidant, dispersion agent, absorbent, and coagulating agent which leads to the expansion of the market in the forecast period.

This comprehensive report on gamma-butyrolactone is intended to provide readers with a complete understanding of dynamics in global gamma-butyrolactone market. The report also provides several decision support framework that can help stakeholders of gamma-butyrolactone industry to take data driven decision on growth, expansion, acquisition and capacity addition.


What is Driving Demand of Market?

Tetrahydrofuran, the principal derivate of gamma-butyrolactone, consume more than half of all gamma-butyrolactone produced globally. GBL is also used as a precursor in producing herbicides, as a plant growth regulator. It is also used for the manufacturing of rubber, cosmetics and has its uses in dye industry as well.

Because of its properties like low freezing point, high boiling point, electrical properties and unique mixture of solvents, GBL has a wide set of practical applications. GBL has been found in the extract from pure wine samples and could also be found in comparable goods. The concentration detected approximately 5units and was easily identified using a simple extraction process.

In addition to this, it is used for dispersion and finishing agents in the photography sector. Not only this, it is used as raw material for the production of the solvents like Poly vinyl pyrrolidone(PVP) which is used for cosmetics, medical products, dyeing agent, adhesive thickening agent etc. Growing end-use industries are set to propel the demand.

Owing to these applications in the various industry will lead to driving the market. Furthermore, Because of rapid industrialization, the economic condition of developed countries is improving during the forecast period, this is expected to boost demand.

What are the Key Factor Driving the Sales of GBL on the Basis of Purity Segment?
Industrial grade gamma-butyrolactone various application in different industries which includes the textile industry in which it is used as a fiber spinning solvent and anti-static reagent. It also acts as an antioxidant in the resin industry as well as it also used in the preparation of medicines to absorb alkyne. Sales for the product has witnessed a significant impact due to COVID-19. As the industries remained shut down, the demand for the product witnessed a dip from various industries. However the demand for GBL remained constant from healthcare sector.


Common Grade gamma-butyrolactone is widely used in the production of insecticides in the agrochemical industry. Along with this, it is used as plant growth regulators. The common grade GBL is also used as precursors for the formulation of various medications in the pharmaceutical industry.

Electric grade GBL is used in the fabrication of capacitors and in electric batteries as an electrolytic solution. In the medical sector, it is also used as a sedative and anesthetic. Growing traction for the product to launch the market at greater heights.


China Market Outlook

China, as the world’s leading manufacturer and has a wide market in the region. Due to the expansion in the pharmaceutical, and agrochemical industry in the country, the demand is expected to rise owing to the increase in the consumption.

The growth in the manufacturing of Spandex, which is utilized in the textile industry, has boosted the market in recent year. In China, the rise in demand for polytramethylether glycol, a derivative of GBL has resulted in an increase in sales indeed propelling the market reach greater heights.

Changing trade agreements are expected to benefit demand, as a result, the sector will witness Green field investments. Growing urbanization and industrialization coupled with country’s high population could be a key driver.

North America Demand Outlook
In terms of regional growth, the production in the North America is likely to increase at steady rate. With the rise in the demand of the petroleum industry in the region, the sale will propel at promising rate as gamma butyrolactone acts as an extracting agent in the petroleum industry. The development of abundant oil and unconventional natural gas resources creates an historic opportunity to enhance economic growth in North America.


Furthermore, the consumer electronics business in North America is mostly mature owing to the country being technologically advanced. The trend of smart offices and smart homes being on highly positive note, the consumer electronics such as TV’s, smart refrigerators, small air conditioners etc. are set to witness huge growth in sales, leading GBL market to tramp on the same trend and boost the market.

Who are the Key Suppliers/Manufacturers?

The market is characterized by a mix of small and large players which includes

  • BASF
  • Boai NKY
  • Realsun Chemical
  • Binzhou Yuneng Chemical
  • Lutianhua Group
  • Xuchang Ruida Biology Technology
  • Jinlong Chemical
  • Changxin Chemical
  • Mitsubishi Chemical
  • Ruian Chemical
  • Ashland
  • LyondellBasell
  • Puyang Guangming Chemicals
  • Dairen Chemical


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