Exploring the Lucrative and Expanding Applications of Hexane in Various Industries


Hexane is a hydrocarbon with the chemical formula C6H14. It is a colorless, volatile liquid generated from crude oil. Hexane is largely utilized as a solvent in the rubber, plastics, and chemical industries. It is also used to extract edible oils from seeds and vegetables, as well as a cleaning agent for various surfaces.

The hexane market is projected to reach USD 3.1 Billion by 2027 from USD 2.4 Billion in 2022, at a CAGR of 4.8%, during the forecast period. The market is witnessing growth majorly due to growing demand of edible oils. Also, high demand from the pharmaceutical industry is expected to drive the market for hexane.    

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Based on grade, the hexane market is segmented into oil extraction/food grade, industrial grade, and pharmaceutical grade. Among the grades, Oil extraction/food grade accounted for largest share in 2021, in terms of value. Oil extraction/food-grade hexane is widely for the extraction of edible oils. It helps extract the maximum possible quantity of oil from seeds and vegetables, without disturbing their nutritional content. Thus, the usage of hexane as an extraction solvent fuels the growth of this segment. 

Based on application, the hexane market is segmented into oil extraction, industrial cleaning & degreasing, pharmaceutical, polymerization, and others. The oil extraction segment accounted for largest share in 2021, in terms of value. The growth can be attributed to the increasing population, and improvement in standards of living, which are leading to increase in demand for edible oil. Thus, the increased consumption from food processing sector is expected to drive the market for hexane.

Based on region, the hexane market is segmented into Asia Pacific, North America, Europe, Middle East & Africa, and South America. Asia Pacific is the largest and fastest growing market for hexane, in terms of value, in 2021. The rising demand for hexane in edible oils, pharmaceutical products, adhesives, and paints & coatings in China, India, US, Japan, and South Korea is driving the market in Asia Pacific.

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Some of the leading players in this market include China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (China), Shell plc (UK), Exxon Mobil Corporation (US), Rompetrol-Rafinare (Romania), Junyuan Petroleum Group (China), TotalEnergies (France), Phillips 66 Company (US), Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (India), Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (Brazil), Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (India), Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (India), Honeywell International Inc. (US), Sumitomo Chemical (Japan), among others.