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Methyl Ethyl Ketone Price Trend and Forecast

Regional Price Overview

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

Due to fluctuations in demand patterns, the market outlook for Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK) in Asia remained mixed in Q4. Methyl ethyl ketone prices in the regional market surged in October due to a combination of circumstances, including limited production in China and increased demand in India due to the festive season. Traders ran out of stock as imports became more expensive in the regional market week after week.

However, as stock availability increased after the festive season, peaked prices returned to normal across the Indian market. Improved imports from China, according to traders, increased their inventory levels, allowing them to lower their product costs.

Methyl ethyl ketone prices remained stable during December, as demand for solvents in the paint and coatings industry fell owing to seasonal factors. In December, CFR MEK prices for India fell to 1715 USD/MT due to abundant MEK supply and poor buying demand.

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Methyl Ethyl Ketone or MEK, which is commonly known as butanone, is an organic compound. This ketone is a colourless liquid having strong, sweet odour, which is similar to that of butterscotch and acetone. It is miscible in water and is typically utilised as a commercial solvent.

Product Details

Report Features Details
Product Name Methyl Ethyl Ketone
Industrial Uses Solvents, Absorbent, Adhesive, Paints and Coatings, Lube oil dewaxing, Gums and resins, Chemical intermediates, Plastic welding agent
Chemical Formula CH3C(O)CH2CH3 or C4H8
Synonyms 78-93-3 , Butanone, Ethylmethylketone, Butan-2-one, Methylpropanone, Methylacetone
Molecular Weight 72.107 g/mol
Supplier Database ExxonMobil Corporation, Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Arkema Group, Sasol Limited, Tasco Chemical Corporation, Solventis
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 Process

  • Production of Methyl Ethyl Ketone via Dehydrogenation

In order to produce Methyl Ethyl Ketone via dehydrogenation, 2-butanol is utilised as the starting material.  The dehydrogenation of 2-butanol is the presence of a catalyst like copper, zinc, or bronze gives Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK) as the result.


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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