The Asia-Pacific region, which is short on alkylate production, will remain a net importer of alkylate as gasoline demand will remain strong. The region currently relies on imports from Europe and the Middle East. The following chart shows alkylate supply and demand for Asia-Pacific.
Increasing global gasoline demand, coupled with stringent gasoline specifications, including RVP, will keep alkylate demand strong for the global market. More-efficient engines (high compression and direct injected) prefer higher-octane gasoline.