Diesel Exhaust Fluid (AdBlue) Market Research Report - Global Forecast till 2027

Diesel Exhaust Fluid (AdBlue) Market Research Report: Information by Technology [Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR), Lean NOx Trap (LNT), Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR), Diesel Oxidation Catalyst and others] and Region (Asia-Pacific, Europe, North America, Latin America and the Middle East & Africa) - Forecast till 2027

ID: MRFR/IA - E/3599-CR | March 2020 | Region: Global | 449 pages

Diesel Exhaust Fluid (Adblue) Market Overview


Diesel Exhaust Fluid (AdBlue) Market is projected to witness healthy growth during the forecast period, 2019–2028. The market was valued at USD 13,676.7 Million in 2018 and is expected to register a CAGR of 8.4% to reach USD 30,643.9 Million by the end of 2028.


Diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) is a fluid that is used to reduce the air pollution caused by a diesel engine. It is also known by the names AUS 32 or ARLA 32 and marketed as AdBlue. The DEF or AdBlue is an aqueous urea solution made with 32.5% urea and 67.5% deionized water. To meet stringent NOx emission standards for commercial truck engines and off-road engines, most engine makers have installed an embedded selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology in the diesel vehicles, which requires DEF to operate. AdBlue is filled in a separate tank in vehicles with SCR technology. DEF is injected in the selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system, where it is heated in the exhaust stream and decomposes into ammonia and CO₂. When the NOx from the engine exhaust stream reacts inside the catalyst with the ammonia, the harmful NOx molecules in the exhaust stream are converted to harmless nitrogen and water, which are then released from the tailpipe of the vehicle. Typically, a diesel engine requires about 3% DEF of the fuel. The increasing demand for diesel exhaust fluid (AdBlue) in end-use industries, including marine, automotive, and aerospace, is the primary factor likely to boost the growth of the global diesel exhaust fluid (AdBlue) market. The growth of the market is also driven by the stringent regulations regarding greenhouse gases (GHGs) emission and an increase in the demand for the product in the automotive industry.


However, the fluctuating prices of raw materials such as urea and the growing demand for electric vehicles across the globe are the significant factors projected to hamper the growth of the global diesel exhaust fluid (AdBlue) market during the forecast period.


Key Players


BASF SE (Germany), Yara (Norway), Mitsui Chemicals Inc (Japan), BP p.l.c (UK), Viscol.co.za (Republic of South Africa), Engen Petroleum Ltd (South Africa), Borealis AG (Austria), Nissan Chemical Corporation (Japan), GreenChem (Netherlands), NOVAX Material & Technology Inc (China), Royal Dutch Shell PLC (The Netherlands), and Adeco doo (Siberia) are a few of the Key Players operating in the Global Market.


The global diesel exhaust fluid (AdBlue) market is characterized by the presence of many global, regional, and local vendors. The market is highly competitive, with all the players competing to gain maximum market share. Rapid advancements in catalytic technology, frequent changes in government regulations, and growing application of AdBlue in the automotive industry, agricultural machinery, diesel-powered heavy industrial machinery, and others are the key factors increasing the demand for the product. The vendors compete based on cost, product quality, and brand name. The vendors must offer cost-effective and high-quality AdBlue to compete in the global market.


Market Dynamics


The Global Diesel Exhaust Fluid (AdBlue) Market is projected to witness healthy growth and register a CAGR of 8.4% during the forecast period, 2019–2028. The prominent factors driving the growth of the market are the increase in the adoption of carbon emission norms by the automotive manufacturers and the increase in the sale of passenger cars and commercial vehicles across the globe. However, the gradual adoption of electric vehicles and mass of production of e-vehicles is expected to hamper the growth of diesel-powered vehicles in the coming years, thereby hampering the growth of the diesel exhaust fluid (AdBlue) market during the assessment period. Nevertheless, the rapidly growing automotive industry in countries in Asia-Pacific such as China, Japan, India, and Singapore coupled with the development of hybrid selective non-catalytic reduction (SNCR) and adoption of SCR technology in passenger vehicles are likely to boost the demand for AdBlue and create lucrative opportunities for the players operating in the global market.  
Global Diesel Exhaust Fluid (AdBlue) Market, by Emission Control Technology, 2018 (USD Million) Diesel Exhaust Fluid (AdBlue) Market


Sources: MRFR Analysis


Segmentation


The Global Diesel Exhaust Fluid Market has been segmented by Technology and Region.


Based on Technology, the global diesel exhaust fluid market has been segmented into diesel exhaust fluid (DEF/AdBlue/SCR Technology) and other emission control technology lean NOx trap (LNT), exhaust gas recirculation (EGR), diesel oxidation catalyst, and others. The diesel exhaust fluid segment is expected to register a CAGR of over 8.0% during the forecast period. Diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) is a liquid used to reduce air pollution caused due to the diesel engine. It is also known by the names AUS 32, ARLA 32, and marketed as AdBlue. The DEF or AdBlue is an aqueous urea solution made with 32.5% urea and 67.5% deionized water. The other emission control technologies segment has been sub-segmented into lean NOx trap (LNT), exhaust gas recirculation (EGR), diesel oxidation catalyst, and others. The LNT segment held the largest market share of over 45.0% and is estimated to be valued at around USD 55.0 billion in 2018.


Global Diesel Exhaust Fluid (Adblue) Market Share, by Other Emission Control Technology, by Region, 2018 (%) Diesel Exhaust Fluid (AdBlue) Market

Sources: MRFR Analysis


Regional Analysis


The Global Diesel Exhaust Fluid (Adblue) Market has been divided based on region into Asia-Pacific, Europe, North America, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa.


The global diesel exhaust fluid (AdBlue) market is studied across five key regions, namely, North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa. The market in North America held the largest market share in 2018 and is projected to exhibit a healthy CAGR of around 8.0% during the forecast period. However, the market in Asia-Pacific for DEF (AdBlue) is expected to grow at the highest CAGR of over 9.0%, which is mainly due to high growth in demand for the product is rapidly growing automotive industry in this regional market.


The market in Asia-Pacific held the largest market share of over 35% in 2018 and is projected to exhibit a healthy CAGR of over 8.5% during the forecast period. This is mainly attributed to the increasing stringency of vehicular emission regulations by the local governments in major economies, namely, China, India, and Indonesia. Additionally, the robust growth of the automotive industry in this region is expected to fuel the demand for the various emission control technologies to meet the global and domestic emission standards.


The high competition among the players and easy manufacturing process has encouraged the players to produce AdBlue even on a small scale if they abide by the specifications provided by the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA). Various technologies and processes are used by different automobile manufacturing companies that require AdBlue. The players operating in the global market are adopting various strategies to maintain the position and increase the geographic presence. Among recent developments, from 2017 to 2019, only Yara has expanded its production capacity. However, other companies are looking to invest and expand in the coming years. For instance, in February 2018, Yara has set up the world’s largest facility to produce AdBlue in Brunsbüttel, Germany, with an annual production capacity of 1.1 million tons. The production facility includes a new deep-sea ship loading facility, a 17,500 m3 AdBlue tank, and a fully automated truck loading station operating 24/7 with a digitalized unmanned gate.


Market Segmentation

Global Diesel Exhaust Fluid (AdBlue) Market, by Technology



  • Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF/AdBlue/SCR Technology)

    • Other Emission Control Technology

    • Lean NOx Trap (LNT)

      • Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR)

      • Diesel Oxidation Catalyst

      • Others







Global Bronze Market, by Region

  • North America

    • US

    • Canada





  • Europe

    • Germany

    • UK

    • Russia

    • France

    • Spain

    • Italy

    • Belgium

    • Netherlands

    • CIS

    • Rest of Europe





  • Asia-Pacific

    • China

    • Japan

    • India

    • South Korea

    • Indonesia

    • Thailand

    • Australia & New Zealand

    • Rest of Asia-Pacific





  • Latin America

    • Brazil

    • Mexico

    • Argentina

    • Rest of Latin America





  • Middle East & Africa

    • Turkey

    • Saudi Arabia

    • UAE

    • Rest of Middle East & Africa




Available Additional Customizations



  • Company Profiles of Other Key Players

  • Regulatory Framework of General Chemicals

  • Raw Material Pricing Analysis

  • Pricing Analysis


Intended Audience



  • Adblue (DEF) manufacturers

  • Suppliers and traders

  • Government, associations, and industrial bodies

  • Investors and trade experts

  • Consulting in Bronze experts



Report Scope:
Report Attribute/Metric Details
  Market Size   2028: USD 30,643.9 Million
  CAGR   8.4% CAGR (2020-2027)
  Base Year   2019
  Forecast Period   2020-2027
  Historical Data   2018
  Forecast Units   Value (USD Million)
  Report Coverage   Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends
  Segments Covered   Technology
  Geographies Covered   North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World (RoW)
  Key Vendors   BASF SE (Germany), Yara (Norway), Mitsui Chemicals Inc (Japan), BP p.l.c (UK), Viscol.co.za (Republic of South Africa), Engen Petroleum Ltd (South Africa), Borealis AG (Austria), Nissan Chemical Corporation (Japan), GreenChem (Netherlands), NOVAX Material & Technology Inc (China), Royal Dutch Shell PLC (The Netherlands), and Adeco doo (Siberia)
  Key Market Opportunities   Development of hybrid selective non-catalytic reduction (sncr)/selective catalytic reduction (scr) system
  Key Market Drivers

  • Growing adoption of diesel exhaust fluid (adblue) due to global emission reduction norms
  • Increasing use of adblue in heavy-duty vehicles
  • Increasing sale of passenger cars and commercial vehicles across the globe


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    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :


    The diesel exhaust fluid market can surge at 9.50% CAGR by 2025.

    The diesel exhaust fluid market can value at USD 2.45 Bn by 2025.

    Brenntag AG (Germany), Blue Sky Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) (US), Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. (Japan), and Carson (Portland) are some reputed names in the diesel exhaust fluid market.

    Diesel exhaust fluid are non-toxic. This property is likely to be beneficial for its market expansion.

    The North America diesel exhaust fluid market can cash-in on the easy accessibility of modern technologies.