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Isopropyl Alcohol Price Trend and Forecast

Regional Price Overview

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

For the First Half of 2022


The prices of isopropyl alcohol surged throughout the Asia-Pacific region, given the limited stocks amid covid related delays. The prices averaged 1295 USD/MT during the first quarter. With industries temporarily halting production along with port congestions and raised feedstock quotations, isopropyl alcohol prices soared. However, these soaring prices impacted consumer demand affecting the market’s buying potential, thereby crashing the prices.


The first half of Q1 witnessed a marginal rise in prices owing to high inventory levels and bearish demand. However, the prices surged toward the end of Q1 because of the economic backlash unleashed by the Russia-Ukraine conflict. The robust demand from the paints and coatings sectors further supported the high prices averaging 1535 USD/MT.

These higher prices negatively impacted consumer demand leading to the phenomenon of demand destruction. However, towards the end of Q2, the prices again registered an upward peak as the upward cost pressure relaxed and the demand rebounded.

North America

The solid demand from the pharmaceutical and personal care industries supported the high prices of isopropyl alcohol, averaging 1662 USD/MT FOB Texas. The inflated freight charges, supply shocks, and labour shortages supported the raised prices. These high prices amid the speculations of a global recession triggered cautious buying activity in the market, reducing the offtakes and crashing the prices.

Analyst Insight

According to Procurement Resource, the price trends for isopropyl alcohol will further crash in the upcoming months. The lacklustre demand from the downstream sectors coupled with the easing upstream cost pressure led to stockpiling of products in the market, thereby supporting the lowered prices.

For the Year of 2020

Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA) is a primary ingredient in rubbing alcohol and other common household products like cleansers, disinfectants, and hand sanitizers. The price of IPA normally remains in the range of 1000-1120 USD/MT. However, as the pandemic peaked in 2020, isopropyl alcohol prices rose to 1780 USD/MT.

IPA is used by the pharmaceutical industry. Alcohol swabs and wipes with a 70% concentration of IPA are used to clean wounds. It  is also present in several oral mouthwash solutions.

Asia Pacific is one of the fastest-growing markets for this chemical, with China leading the way. Because it is commonly available in the region, it is acquired in bulk at a reasonable price. Furthermore, the growing cosmetics and personal care business, rapid economic expansion, and rising income levels have all contributed to an increase in demand for IPA-based goods.

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Isopropyl alcohol appears to be a colourless, flammable chemical molecule with a pungent odour. The most basic sort of secondary alcohol is one in which the alcohol carbon atom is connected to two additional carbon atoms. It is both a structural isomer of 1-propanol and a structural isomer of ethyl methyl ether. It is a frequent constituent in chemical compounds such as antiseptics, disinfectants, and detergents, and is utilised in the creation of a wide range of industrial and domestic chemicals.

Product Details

Report Features Details
Product Name Isopropyl Alcohol
Industrial Uses Cosmetic and Personal care, Pharmaceutical, Food and Beverage, Paints and Coatings, Chemical
Chemical Formula C3H8O
Synonyms 2-Propanol, Isopropanol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Rubbing Alcohol
Molecular Weight 60.1 g/mol
Supplier Database The Dow Chemical Company, Exxon Mobil, Shell Chemicals Europe B.V., INEOS Enterprises Group Limited, Super Chemical Technology Co. Ltd
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

  • Production of Isopropyl Alcohol from Propene

Isopropyl alcohol is made from high-quality (or polymer-grade) propene. Direct hydration of gaseous propene with water in the presence of acidic catalysts is used to produce this product, which is very popular in the United States. As a by-product, propyl alcohol is obtained in relatively small amounts.


The displayed pricing data is derived through weighted average purchase price, including contract and spot transactions at the specified locations unless otherwise stated. The information provided comes from the compilation and processing of commercial data officially reported for each nation (i.e. government agencies, external trade bodies, and industry publications).

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