Market Research Logo

North American Hydrocarbon Solvents (HCS) Market—Outlook and Trends

North American Hydrocarbon Solvents (HCS) Market—Outlook and Trends

The North American market for hydrocarbon solvents (HCS) generated unit shipments of roughly 􂀀 million metric tons valued at $􂀀 billion in 2014, with special boiling points (SBPs) and dearomatized aliphatic chemistries generating more than % of the market revenue. The market’s compound average growth rate (CAGR) is forecasted to be 􂀀% during 2014–2019.

SBPs have the highest share of market volume with 􂀀%, followed by dearomatized aliphatics with 􂀀%.

SBPs overlap with aliphatics, as they are derived from aliphatics. Leading HCS suppliers do not differentiate SBPs in North America, and define them as aliphatics with narrower boiling ranges for specific applications that do not necessarily require an ASTM Stoddard solvent. Due to definitional overlaps with aliphatics and paraffins, SBP market size is estimated to be high, when Exxon, Shell, Calumet, and Citgo products with SBP features are included.

Aromatics, excluding toluene and xylene (T&X), hold 􂀀% share, while mineral spirits hold 􂀀%.

Aromatics and mineral spirits exhibit lower growth than n-paraffins, isoparaffins, dearomatized aliphatics, and SBPs.

Low vapor pressure (LVP)* SBPs and dearomatized aliphatics are expected to be the main HCS of the future.

About this report

This market insight covers the North American hydrocarbon solvents (HCS) market. The segments are analyzed by n-paraffins, isoparaffins, special boiling points, aromatics, dearomatized aliphatics, and mineral/white spirits. Aromatics do not include toluene and xylene (T&X). HCS demand, market growth, and trends are discussed for the following vertical markets: paints and coatings, oilfield and drilling, adhesives and sealants, industrial and institutional cleaning, process chemicals, functional fluids, printing inks, pharmaceuticals, and others. Value chain dynamics, purchase process, competitive structure, and key market drivers and restraints are discussed for 2014–2019. Also included are company profiles, market forecasts, and strategies.


  • Executive Summary
    • Key Findings
    • Opportunity Dashboard
    • Product Application Roadmap
      • Table Total HCS Market: End-use Segment Key Parameters, North America, 2014-2019
    • End-use Segments-Summary
    • Demand Forecast by End-use Segment
      • Table Total HCS Market: Volume Demand by End-use Segment, North America, 2014-2019
  • Total HCS Market Overview
    • Classification by Type
    • HCS Selection Factors
    • HCS Selection Factor Scores
  • Total HCS Market Analysis and Forecasts
    • Volume Shares by Country
    • Volume Shares by Type
    • HCS Market by Chemistry
    • Demand by End-use Segment
    • Demand Forecast by End-use Segment
      • Table Total HCS Market: Volume Demand by End-use Segment, North America, 2014-2019
    • Demand by End-use Segment
      • Table Total HCS Market: Market Size and Growth by End-use Segment, North America, 2014-2019
    • Market Drivers
    • Market Restraints
    • Demand Forecast
      • Table Total HCS Market: Volume Demand, North America, 2014-2019
    • Demand Forecast by End-use Segment
  • Total HCS Market-Competitive Analysis
    • Competitive Structure
      • Table Total HCS Market: Revenue of Top 5 HCS Suppliers, North America, 2014
  • Total HCS Market-Value Chain Analysis
    • Value Chain Analysis
    • End-use Segments and Customers
  • Total HCS Market-Pricing Trends
    • Price Trends and Outlook
      • Table Total HCS Market: Estimated HCS Prices by Category, North America, 2014
    • Prices in Downstream Markets
      • Table Total HCS Market: Estimated HCS Prices in Downstream Markets, North America, 2014
    • End-use Segment Attractiveness
    • HCS-Price Definition, Sources, and Methodology
  • Total HCS Market-Purchase Process
    • Purchase Process Overview
    • Purchase Process by End-use Segment
    • Purchase Process-Oilfield and Drilling
    • Purchase Process-I&I Cleaning
    • Purchase Process-Process Chemicals
    • Purchase Process-Functional Fluids
    • Purchase Process-Paints and Coatings
  • HCS Market-Oilfield and Drilling Segment
    • Volume Shares by Type-Oilfield and Drilling
    • Applications by Product-Oilfield and Drilling
    • HCS Brands-Oilfield and Drilling
    • Drivers and Restraints-Oilfield and Drilling
    • Demand Forecast-Oilfield and Drilling
      • Table Oilfield and Drilling Segment: Volume Demand, North America, 2014-2019
    • Potential End Users-Oilfield and Drilling
    • End-user Company Profiles-Oilfield and Drilling
  • HCS Market-Industrial and Institutional (I&I) Cleaning Segment
    • Volume Shares by Type-I&I Cleaning
    • Applications by Type-I&I Cleaning
    • Drivers and Restraints-I&I Cleaning
    • Demand Forecast-I&I Cleaning
      • Table HCS Market: Volume Demand in I&I Cleaning Segment, North America, 2014-2019
    • HCS Demand-I&I Cleaning
  • HCS Market-Process Chemicals Segment
    • HCS Demand-Process Chemicals
    • Drivers and Restraints-Process Chemicals
    • Demand Forecast-Process Chemicals
      • Table Process Chemicals Segment: Volume Demand, North America, 2014-2019
    • HCS Demand-Process Chemicals
  • HCS Market-Functional Fluids Segment
    • HCS Demand-Functional Fluids
    • Drivers and Restraints-Functional Fluids
    • Demand Forecast-Functional Fluids
      • Table Functional Fluids Segment: Volume Demand, North America, 2014-2019
    • HCS Demand-Functional Fluids
  • HCS Market-Paints and Coatings Segment
    • HCS Demand-Paints and Coatings
      • Table HCS Market: Typical Gloss Paint Formulation (Using Solvent), North America, 2014
      • Table Paints and Coatings Segment: Typical Emulsion Paint Formulation (Using Water), North America, 2014
    • Drivers and Restraints-Paints and Coatings
    • Demand Forecast-Paints and Coatings
      • Table Paints and Coatings Segment: Volume Demand, North America, 2014-2019
    • HCS Demand-Paints and Coatings
  • HCS Market-Adhesives and Sealants Segment
    • HCS Demand-Adhesives and Sealants
    • Drivers and Restraints-Adhesives and Sealants
    • Demand Forecast-Adhesives and Sealants
      • Table Adhesives and Sealants Segment: Volume Demand, North America, 2014-2019
  • HCS Market-Consumer Products Segment
    • HCS Demand-Consumer Products
    • Demand Forecast-Consumer Products
      • Table Consumer Products Segment: Volume Demand, North America, 2014-2019
  • HCS Market-Printing Inks Segment
    • HCS Demand-Printing Inks
    • Demand Forecast-Printing Inks
      • Table Printing Inks Segment: Volume Demand, North America, 2014-2019
  • HCS Market-Pharmaceuticals and Others Segments
    • HCS Demand-Pharmaceuticals
    • Demand Forecast-Pharmaceuticals
      • Table Pharmaceutical Segment: Volume Demand, North America, 2014-2019
    • HCS Demand-Others
    • Demand Forecast-Others Segment
      • Table Others Segment: Volume Demand, North America, 2014-2019
  • Total HCS Market-The Future of HCS

Download our eBook: How to Succeed Using Market Research

Learn how to effectively navigate the market research process to help guide your organization on the journey to success.

Download eBook

Share this report