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Published: August 2012
Ethanolamines are a class of organic compounds that include:
- Monoethanolamine (MEA)
- Diethanolamine (DEA)
- Triethanolamine (TEA)
They are used in surfactants, gas purification, herbicides and wood preservatives.
The following pie chart shows world consumption of ethanolamines:
Over 30% of the consumption of ethanolamines in 2011 was for the production of surfactants. Herbicides (which may include some ethanolamines consumed for other agricultural chemicals) accounted for over 15% of total consumption in 2011, followed by gas treatment applications (11%).
The markets with the most growth potential will be herbicides (for DEA), ethyleneamines (for MEA) and ester quats (for TEA). Most applications are mature and growing at rates similar to those for GDP.
In North America, ethanolamines consumption is forecast to grow at an average annual rate of about 3% between 2011 and 2017. Herbicides will drive ethanolamines consumption in both North America and the world, followed by surfactants (to a lesser extent). Gas treatment applications will also grow at a healthy rate of over 3% per year through 2017. Overall, world ethanolamines consumption is forecast to grow at an average annual rate of 4.5–5.0% during 2011–2017, driven by consumption in China.