1-Decene Market Size & Share, by Derivative (Polyalphaolefins, Oxo Alcohols, Linear Alkyl Benzene, Linear Mercaptans, Chlorinated Alpha Olefins); Grade (Bio-based, Synthetic); Application (Surfactants, Plasticizers); End-user (Food & Beverage, Pharmaceutical) - Global Supply & Demand Analysis, Growth Forecasts, Statistics Report 2023-2035

  • Report ID: 4591
  • Published Date: Jan 30, 2023
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Global 1-Decene Market Definition

Decene is an organic compound that contains a chain of ten carbon atoms with one double bond and has the chemical formula C10H20, making it an alkene. Depending on the position and geometry of the double bond, there are many isomers of decene, but 1-decene is the only isomer having industrial importance.

1-decene is a hydrocarbon from the alkene group that has a white, clear, mobile liquid appearance with a pleasant odor of a toxic nature. Generally, 1-decene is obtained with a process known as oligomerization of ethylene or by cracking higher carbon content petroleum waxes. However, it can only be produced through full-range alpha-olefin distribution which does not apply to the production processes of 1-hexene or 1-octene. The common usage of 1-Decene is as a monomer in copolymers. Also, it can be used as an intermediate for producing oxo alcohols, epoxides, alkylated aromatics, amines, and synthetic fatty acids. Another application of 1-decene (C10) is during the manufacturing of plasticizer alcohols, where poly alpha olefin (PAO) is used as a high-performance synthetic lubricant for automatic transmission engines, aviation, industrial gear systems, crankcases, and marine applications.

Usually, 1-decene is stored under a nitrogen cover to protect it from air and oxygen owing to its moisture-sensitive nature. Further, 1-decene also has anti-corrosive properties, owing to which it is a preferred option for making perfumes, oils, dyes, pharmaceuticals, resins, dough-dividing machines, industrial gear systems, automatic transmission engines, and marine applications.

Global 1-Decene Market: Key Insights

Base Year


Forecast Year



~10 %

Base Year Market Size (2022)

~ USD 2 Billion

Forecast Year Market Size (2035)

~ USD 6 Billion

Regional Scope

  • North America (U.S., and Canada)
  • Latin America (Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America)
  • Asia-Pacific (Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, NORDIC, Rest of Europe)
  • Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC North Africa, South Africa, Rest of the Middle East and Africa)

Global 1-Decene Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2023 - 2035

The global 1-decene market is estimated to garner a revenue of ~USD  6 billion by the end of 2035 by growing at a CAGR of ~10% over the forecast period, i.e., 2023 – 2035. Further, the market generated a revenue of ~USD 2 billion in the year 2022. The primary factor that is attributed to creating lucrative growth opportunities in the market is the expansion of the manufacturing sector and the use of PAO as a raw material in many manufacturing industries as a transmission, compressor, lubricator, and gear oil. As per the reported data, the revenue generated by the manufacturing industry of the U.S. is projected to be approximately USD 9 trillion as of 2022.

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Apart from the aforementioned factors, the increased utilization rate of 1-decene in the food and beverage industry as food additives, glazing, and polishing agents, is anticipated to be a positive contributing factor to the market growth in the forecast period. Moreover, it is being utilized as a non-stick coating in utensils, as a lubricant in dough-dividing machines, as an anti-dusting and anti-foaming agent, and as a plasticizer in the food and beverage industry. In addition, the advantages of 1-decene have also made it a preferable chemical intermediate in the manufacture of detergents, their derivatives, and industrial surfactants. As, a result of its characteristics, 1-decene is being highly utilized in end-use industries including automotive, petrochemical, and oil & gas, which subsequently is expected to bring profitable opportunities for the market. Furthermore, the rising economies as well as the rising spending capacities of consumers, along with the decrease in the prices of raw materials, are other anticipated growth drivers to fuel the market in the upcoming years.

Global 1-Decene Market: Growth Drivers and Challenges

Growth Drivers

  • Growth in Automotive Industry - 1-decene is being highly adopted in the automotive and manufacturing industries as a high-quality lubricant, anti-corrosive, and high resistance power. This trend is projected to increase demand for 1-decene in the assessment period. Recent statistics reveal that the global automotive industry is expected to reach approximately USD 9 trillion by 2030. 

  • High Consumption of Packaged Food – Hydrogenated poly-1-decene, originating from 1-decene is heavily used as a substitute for white mineral oil in glazing and polishing packaged food items such as dry fruits and sugar confectionery. Thus, an increase in demand for packaged food is forecasted to bring growth opportunities for the market growth in the future. The latest report showed that the global sales of packaged food rose to around USD 3 trillion in 2019 from USD 2 trillion in 2016.

  • High Investments by Companies in R&D Activities – World Bank showed the data on Research and Development expenditure to be 2.63% of total GDP in 2020, up from 2.13% of total GDP in 2017 across the globe.

  • Recent Advances in Chemical Industry – The focus of government and expenditure made the chemical industry grow.  This has propelled the Indian chemical industry to grow with a revenue of USD 300 billion by 2025.


  • Highly Toxic in Nature – 1-decene carries an odor that is toxic and also has CNS depressant properties. Its improper use can irritate the eyes, and respiratory tract, and also cardiovascular problems. The ingestion of 1-decene may lead to aspiration, causing lung damage. Additionally, it is toxic to aquatic life with long-lasting effects. Thus, the harmful nature of 1-decene is attributed to pose a challenge to market growth.

  • Fluctuation in Costs of Raw Materials

  • Rising Concern for Stringent Governmental Rules

Market Segmentation Derivative

The global 1-decene market is segmented and analyzed for demand and supply by end-use industry into food & beverage, pharmaceutical, paints & dyes, and others. Out of these, the food & beverage segment is expected to garner the highest market share by 2035. The factors contributing to segment growth are the high consumption of food and beverage products by the burgeoning population along with the rising use of 1-decene as a food additive. In 2021, food manufacturing sales reached almost USD 120 billion around the world and are projected to increase at a steady rate. Also, the benefits of 1-decene to be an effective glazing and polishing agent for food products and its help in producing synthetic fatty acids as an alpha-olefin is anticipated to create a positive outlook for the segment’s growth in the assessment period.

The global 1-decene market is also segmented and analyzed for demand and supply by derivative into polyalphaolefins, oxo alcohols, linear alkyl benzene, linear mercaptans, chlorinated alpha olefins, and others. Out of these, the polyalphaolefins segment is attributed to garner the highest market share by the end of 2035 on the back of its high utilization rate in the automotive industry as well as other manufacturing sectors. Moreover, it is in high demand from the constructing spectrum owing to its anti-corrosive properties against metals, steel, and alloys.

Our in-depth analysis of the global 1-decene market includes the following segments:

   By Derivative

  • Polyalphaolefins
  • Oxo Alcohols
  • Linear Alkyl Benzene
  • Linear Mercaptans
  • Chlorinated Alpha Olefins
  • Others

   By Grade

  • Bio-based
  • Synthetic

   By Application

  • Surfactants
  • Plasticizers
  • Others

  By End-Use Industry

  • Food & Beverage
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Others

Global 1-Decene Market Regional Synopsis

The North American 1-decene market, amongst the market in all the other regions, is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2035. The major factors that are estimated to drive market’s growth in the forecast period are the rapid expansion of the automobile industry along with the high demand for vehicles by the rising population in the region. Moreover, 1-decene is an excellent option to work as a lubricant, gear oil, transmission, and compressor in automobiles. As per the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA), the sales of all types of vehicles in the American region grew from 20,814,832 in 2020 to 22,001,152 in 2021, whereas the production of the same region was 16,151,639 vehicles in 2021. Furthermore, the continuous expansion of the petrochemical infrastructure and the oil & gas sector in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico is expected to increase the utilization of 1-decene in the following years. Noteworthy growth in the packaging industry, along with the chemical industry, is also expected to bring lucrative opportunities for the expansion of market size. Recent reports calculated that the chemical industry in the United States region amounted to almost USD 550 billion in 2019.

Moreover, the market in the Asia Pacific region is also expected to show a notable success rate. The rapid technological advancement, along with the surge in demand for polyethylene from various industries is expected to impetus the market growth in the region.

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Top Featured Companies Dominating the Global 1-Decene Market

  • Shell Group
    • Company Overview
    • Business Strategy
    • Key Product Offerings
    • Financial Performance
    • Key Performance Indicators
    • Risk Analysis
    • Recent Development
    • Regional Presence
    • SWOT Analysis
  • Exxon Mobil Corporation
  • Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC
  • Sasol Limited
  • Qatar Chemical Company Ltd
  • Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd.
  • Saudi Basic Industries Corporation
  • Alfa Aesar (Thermo Fisher Scientific)
  • Gelest, Inc.



In the News

  • Shell group is all set to start the production of the fourth alpha olefins (AO) unit at its Geismar, Louisiana, USA chemical manufacturing site. 

  •  Exxon Mobil Corporation has decided to invest USD 2 billion to expand its Baytown, Texas chemical plant.


Author Credits:  Smruti Ranjan, Rajrani Baghel

  • Report ID: 4591
  • Published Date: Jan 30, 2023
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Key Questions Answered in the Report

1) What are the major factors driving the growth of the 1-decene market?

Ans: The rising manufacturing sector along with the rising demand from end-use industries is expected to bring lucrative growth opportunities for the market growth.

2) What would be the CAGR of 1-decene market over the forecast period?

Ans: The market is anticipated to attain a CAGR of ~10% over the forecast period, i.e., 2023 – 2035.

3) What are the challenges affecting the 1-decene market growth?

Ans: The toxic nature of 1-decene leading to health hazards along with constant fluctuation in raw material costs and rising stringent governmental rules is estimated to be the growth hindering factors for the market expansion.

4) Which region will provide more business opportunities for growth of 1-decene market in future?

Ans: The market in the North American region is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2035 and provide more business opportunities in the future.

5) Who are the major players dominating the 1-decene market?

Ans: The major players in the market are Shell group, Exxon Mobil Corporation, INEOS AG, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC, Sasol Limited, Qatar Chemical Company Ltd, Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd., Saudi Basic Industries Corporation, Alfa Aesar (Thermo Fisher Scientific), Gelest, Inc., and other key players.

6) How are the company profiles selected?

Ans: The company profiles are selected based on the revenues generated from the product segment, the geographical presence of the company which determines the revenue generating capacity as well as the new products being launched into the market by the company.

7) What are the segments in the1-decene market?

Ans: The market is segmented by derivative, grade, application, end-use industry, and by region.

8) Which segment captures the largest market size in end-use industry in the1-decene market?

Ans: The polyalphaolefins segment is anticipated to garner the largest market size by the end of 2035 and display significant growth opportunities.


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