Methyl Isobutyl Ketone Price Trend and Forecast

Regional Market Overview

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

Methyl Isobutyl Ketone Price Trend for the H1 of 2023


The first quarter of 2023 was favorable for Methyl Isobutyl Ketone (MIBK) prices. The prices in this quarter inclined as the activities of the supply chain were not apt according to the demand from the end-user sector. This, in turn, led to the depletion in the level of inventories, and as a result, the manufacturers were able to increase their profit margins.

The feedstock prices and rising cost of air freight raised the overall production costs, and thus, the price trend of Methyl Isobutyl Ketone soared. But at the onset of the second quarter, the outlook of the market became weak as the consumption of downstream sectors declined, which caused a problem of oversupply in the region that ultimately led to the decline in the prices of methyl isobutyl ketone.


The PEG prices escalated in the first quarter of 2023 in the European region. It was supported by the low level of inventories and elevated demand from the adhesives and paints industries. But this trend was short-lived, and the prices nosedived in the second quarter. Several factors contributed to this decline, collectively impacting the Methyl Isobutyl Ketone market. The feeble demand, weak production costs, and oversupply of Methyl Isobutyl Ketone in the region were the leading causes of this decline.

North America

The trend of Methyl Isobutyl Ketone prices in North America was similar to that observed in the Asia Pacific region. In the first quarter of 2023, the price trend inclined with the support from the high consumption appetite of the market and the inability of the traders to keep up with the rising demand.

This increased the stress on manufacturers and ultimately led to the rise in the price trend of methyl isobutyl ketone. However, the second quarter was not favorable for the rising price trend. The market struggled with the gradually declining demand and high levels of inventories. Along with this, the uncertainties in the energy prices and excessive pilling of the stocks led to the decline in the prices of methyl isobutyl ketone.

Analyst Insight

According to Procurement Resource, the price of Methyl Isobutyl Ketone is expected to showcase a declining trend in the upcoming quarter. The market sentiments are slow in their recovery, and the demand from the end-user sector also seems weak, which will negatively impact the Methyl Isobutyl Ketone.

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Methyl Isobutyl Ketone (MIBK) is an organic molecule with the chemical formula CH3COCH2CH2CH(CH3)2. It is a transparent, colorless liquid. It smells strongly like sugar and is highly combustible. In many industrial applications, including paints, coatings, adhesives, and chemical processes, it is predominantly employed as a solvent. It is suited for applications that call for controlled drying and great solvency for a variety of substances due to its characteristics, which include a high solvency power, low water solubility, and a relatively slow evaporation rate.

Product Details

Report Features Details
Product Name Methyl Isobutyl Ketone
Chemical Formula C6H12O
Industrial Uses Paints and coatings, Adhesives and sealants, Printing inks, Extraction
Molecular Weight 100.16 g/mol
CAS Number 108-10-1
HS Code 29141300
Synonyms 4-Methylpentan-2-one, MIBK
Supplier Database Sasol, Dow, Shell plc, Mitsui Chemical, Inc,KUMHO P&B CHEMICALS, INC
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 first step of production of Methyl Isobutyl Ketone via aldol condensation, barium hydroxide is used to transform acetone into diacetone alcohol, which is then further dehydrated to produce mesityl oxide. The resulting mesityl oxide is then hydrogenated, saturating the double bond to provide methyl isobutyl ketone.


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