Dimethyl Ether (DME) Price Trend and Forecast

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Get the latest insights on price movement and trend analysis of Dimethyl Ether (DME) in different regions across the world (Asia, Europe, North America, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa).

Dimethyl Ether (DME) Price Trend for the Second Half of 2023


During the early stages of the H2 of 2023, there was a notable increase in the cost of raw materials like sulphuric acid and various other chemicals in the Indian market. However, as the quarters progressed, an oversupply situation emerged, forcing the traders to destock their inventories and offer huge discounts on bulk purchases.

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Dimethyl Ether (DME) Price Trends and Forecast

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The initially supportive higher prices of sulphuric acid also started to oscillate in the latter half of the fourth quarter, resulting in the southward journey of dimethyl ether prices and reduced industrial activities.


Initially, the escalating cost of feedstock materials seemed to work in favor of the dimethyl ether market and was able to push dimethyl ether prices upward in Europe. However, disruptions in the supply chain and a contraction in consumer spending soon disrupted this trend. The fertilizers sector, facing adverse climate conditions and sudden heavy rainfall, also felt the impact of existing tensions, further affecting the dimethyl ether market.

North America

In the United States, dimethyl ether prices witnessed a decline in the final month of the fourth quarter after oscillating through a major part of the third and fourth quarters. This drop was attributed to weak demand from downstream sectors like textiles and agrochemicals, coupled with oversupply in the domestic market. Additionally, the decrease in the cost of feedstock materials added to manufacturers' concerns. Therefore, amid dire market conditions, the traders adopted a cautious stance as economic and demand recovery appeared distant.

Analyst Insight

According to Procurement Resource, the price trend of Dimethyl ether is estimated to oscillate in a narrow range in the upcoming quarters as the uncertain demand and fluctuating cost of feedstock materials will drive the market.

Dimethyl Ether (DME) Price Trend for the First Half of 2023


Dimethyl Ether (DME) prices fluctuated throughout the first half of 2023 in the Asian markets. DME prices primarily varied with the price oscillations in the feedstock methanol market and downstream demands from the aerosol and solvent industries. The prices rose steadily at the beginning of Q1, given the active buying sentiment due to the lunar new year holidays.

However, the prices declined towards the end of Q1, as the factories started churning products after opening. Some incline was seen in the initial months of Q2, given the momentary rise in demands. Soon, the dimethyl ether prices declined as the market supply overtook the demand dynamics leading to the saturation of the market.


European Dimethyl Ether (DME) markets, too, witnessed wavering price trend in H1’23. The price inclination was very narrow, which kept the Dimethyl Ether (DME) prices anchored in the market. The primary reason for slow growth was a decline in the upstream costs and lowered energy and freight costs. However, at the end of quarter two, the price trend for Dimethyl Ether (DME) declined as the downstream demands plunged in the European markets.

North America

The North American Dimethyl Ether (DME) market mimicked the pricing patterns as seen in its Asian counterpart. The DME prices fluctuated throughout the said period. Upstream costs were supported by stable energy and transportation costs. Although variations in the feedstock prices influenced the trend, overall, trend inclined at the beginning and declined at the end of each quarter as per downstream demands.

Analyst Insight

According to the Procurement Resource, Dimethyl Ether (DME) prices will likely remain oscillating in the coming months, given the erratic downstream demands and fluctuating feedstock prices.

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Dimethyl Ether (DME) or methyl ether is the simplest aliphatic ether. It is a colourless gas that has a subtle, ethereal odour. It easily burns and is a volatile poisonous liquid compound with application as a fuel, solvent, propellant, aerosol, and refrigerant.

Product Details

Report Features Details
Product Name Dimethyl Ether (DME)
Industrial Uses Used to make small molecules like acetic acid or dimethyl sulfate, as a refrigerant to substitute chlorofluorocarbons, as a spray-can propellant, as a clean burning fuel, as a solvent, aerosol.
Chemical Formula C2H6O/CH3OCH3
CAS Number 115-10-6
Synonyms DIMETHYL ETHER, Methoxymethane, Methyl ether, Dimethyl oxide, Oxybismethane etc.
HS Code 29093090
Molecular Weight 46.07 g/mol
Supplier Database Topsoe A/S, Mitsubishi Corporation, Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Korea Gas Corporation, Nouryon etc.
Region/Countries Covered Asia Pacific: China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, Iran, Thailand, South Korea, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Nepal, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, UAE, Israel, Hongkong, Singapore, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Australia, and New Zealand

Europe: Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy,  Spain, Russia, Turkey, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Belgium, Austria, Ireland Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, Romania, Finland, Czech Republic, Portugal and Greece

North America: United States and Canada

Latin America: Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Columbia, Chile, Ecuador, and Peru

Africa: South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco
Currency US$ (Data can also be provided in local currency)
Supplier Database Availability Yes
Customization Scope The report can be customized as per the requirements of  the customer
Post-Sale Analyst Support 360-degree analyst support after report delivery

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Production Processes

In the catalytic reactor, syngas undergoes a two-step process. First, it is converted into methanol (CH3OH) using a catalyst like copper-zinc oxide-aluminum oxide. Then, methanol is dehydrated to form dimethyl ether (CH3OCH3) using a catalyst like alumina or zeolite.


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