Global Polyolefins Market – Trends & Forecast, 2017-2023


Geographically, Asia Pacific accounted for the largest market share in terms of value and volume. In this China is the largest and India as well as Japan is expected to be the fastest growing market for polyolefins on account of rapid industrialization and growth of end user industries.

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Polyolefins belongs to a class of polymers which is odorless, non-porous, and non-polar material that are derived from the polymerization of monomer named as olefin, olefin is made up of only hydrogen and carbon atoms. It is classified as a hydrocarbon with high molecular weight. Polypropylene and polyethylene are one of the types of polyolefins which are used in various application such as blow molding, injection molding, fibers, film & sheets, and others. Moreover, they possess excellent properties such as high chemical resistance and superior chemical stability which make them widely utilized in numerous end use industries such as electronics & electrical, packaging, construction, automotive, pharmaceuticals & medical, and others.

According to Market Research Future Analysis, cumulatively the global polyolefins market is expected to reach USD 324 Billion by 2023 expanding at a CAGR of 6.49% during forecast period of 2017-2023. According to end user type, packaging and automotive together are about to grow around USD 160 Billion by 2023 which is a clear indication for more demand from these sector and further more demand for polyolefins. The growth of this market is majorly driven by their increasing consumption in consumer goods and FMCG sector. Moreover, polyolefins are widely preferred over metallic and non-metallic substitutes on account of their light weight, resistance to physical and chemical attacks, and high durability. The above mentioned reason is responsible for their wide usage in production of packaging products which is used on daily basis. Furthermore, rising government regulations regarding the optimization of fuel efficient vehicles has led to raise the demand for light weight automobile parts. Increasing disposable income along with rising lightweight automotive production and sales in developed and developing countries is estimated to drive the demand for polyolefins market. Geographically, Asia Pacific accounted for the largest market share in terms of value and volume. In this China is the largest and India as well as Japan is expected to be the fastest growing market for polyolefins on account of rapid industrialization and growth of end user industries.


Sources: MRFR analysis
Regional Analysis

The global polyolefins market is segmented into Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, Middle East, and Latin America. Among them, the Asia Pacific region is accounted for the largest market for polyolefins followed by North America and Europe. Asia Pacific accounts for around 47% of the volume share in the global market. Some of the prominent factors attributed to the regional growth are rapid industrialization, ease in availability of raw material supply, inexpensive land and labor cost, and presence of largest production base with minimal regulatory norms. The demand for polyolefins is expected to surge in various countries of Asia Pacific such as India, Japan, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, and South Korea on account of continuous growth of automotive sector along with increasing construction activities. Europe and North America are relatively mature markets and are predicted to witness steady growth. In Europe, Germany, the U.K, and France are among the major contributors to the regional market growth and is expected to retain their dominance over the forecast period on account of the wide utilization of polyolefins in packaging and automotive sector. Emerging countries of Latin America and North America such as Mexico, Brazil, and U.S. are predicted to witness significant growth due to rising volume of vehicle production and sales in these regions. Furthermore, high adoption rate in electronics and electrical industry along with continuous growth of pharmaceutical and medical sector is estimated to fuel the regional market growth. In the Middle East and Africa, countries such as Qatar, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates are expected to be the dominating region on account of rising building and construction activities. Moreover, increasing development of institutional, residential, and commercial buildings along with high utilization of polyolefins in construction industry is expected to propel the regional market growth.
The polyolefins market is further categorized into type, application, end user, and region. Based on type, the market is segmented into polyethylene, polypropylene and others. Based on application, the market is categorized into film & sheets, blow molding, injection molding, fibers and others. Based on end user, the market is classified into packaging, automotive, construction, pharmaceuticals/medical, electronics & electrical and others. Based on region, the market is segmented into Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, North America, and the Middle East & Africa.
Key Players
Some of the key players operating in the global polyolefins market are W.R. Grace, LyondellBasell Industries Holdings B.V, E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, PetroChina Company Limited, PolyOne Corporation, Arkema SA and SABIC.
Key Findings
Global polyolefins market is estimated to reach USD 324 billion by 2023 with 6.49% CAGR during review period of 2017-2023. Asia-Pacific accounted for the largest market share on account of increasing application industries in this region. Among type segment, polyethylene acquired the market share of 46% in 2015 with the market value of USD 96.6 billion in 2016 growing at a CAGR of 6.45% till forecast period. Among applications, packaging industry emerged as the leading application industry in global polyolefins market.
Geographic Analysis
The report covers brief analysis of geographical region such as:
• North America
o US
o Canada
• Europe
o Germany
o France
o Italy
o U.K.
o Rest of Europe
• Asia Pacific
o China
o India
o Japan
o Rest of Asia Pacific
• Latin America
• Middle East & Africa

Intended Audience
• Polyolefins manufacturers
• Traders and distributors of polyolefins
• Polyolefins Associations
• Potential investors
• Raw material suppliers
DC –Description
• Polyolefins
• Polyolefin Plastic
• Polycarbonate
• Polypropylene
• Thermoplastic
• Polystyrene
• Polyurethane
• Flame retardant
• Polysulfide

Table of Contents

1 Executive Summary 13
2 Report Prologue 14
3 Market Introduction 15
3.1 Definition 15
3.2 Scope of the Study 15
3.3 Research Objective 15
3.4 Assumptions & Limitations 16
3.4.1 Assumptions 16
3.4.2 Limitations 16
3.5 Market Structure 16
4 Research Methodology 18
4.1 Research Process 18
4.2 Primary Research 19
4.3 Secondary Research 19
4.4 Market Size Estimation 19
5 Market Dynamics 22
5.1 Introduction 22
5.2 Drivers 23
5.2.1 Wide Range of Applications 23
5.2.2 Growing Packaging Industry 24
5.2.3 Increasing Demand from Construction Industry 24
5.2.4 Growing Asia-Pacific Region 24
5.3 Restraints 25
5.3.1 Increasing Demand – Supply Gap 25
5.3.2 Fluctuation in Crude Oil Prices 26
5.3.3 Stringent Environmental Regulations on Non-Biodegradable Plastic Residues Challenging Market Growth 26
5.4 Trends & Opportunities 27
5.4.1 Increasing Popularity of Green and Natural Polyolefins 27
5.4.2 Increasing Demand For Bio-Based Polyolefin 27
5.4.3 Increasing Demand from FMCG and Plastic Packaging Industries 28
6 Market Factor Analysis 29
6.1 Value Chain Analysis 29
6.1.1 Raw Material Suppliers 29
6.1.2 Polyolefins Manufacturers 29
6.1.3 Distributor/Supplier 29
6.1.4 End Users 30
6.2 Porter’s 5 Forces Analysis 30
6.2.1 Threat from New Entrants 30
6.2.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers 31
6.2.3 Bargaining Power of Supplier 31
6.2.4 Threat from Substitutes 32
6.2.5 Threat of Rivalry 32
7 Global Polyolefins Market, By Type 33
7.1 Introduction 33
7.2 Polyethylene (PE) 36
7.2.1 HDPE (High-density polyethylene) 39
7.2.2 LDPE (Low-density polyethylene) 40
7.2.3 LLDPE (Linear low-density polyethylene) 42
7.3 Polypropylene (PP) 44
7.4 Others 46
8 Global Polyolefins Market, By Application 47
8.1 Introduction 47
8.2 Film & Sheets 49
8.3 Blow Molding 51
8.4 Injection Molding 52
8.5 Fibers 54
8.6 Others 55
9 Global Polyolefins Market, By End User 57
9.1 Introduction 57
9.2 Packaging 59
9.3 Automotive 60
9.4 Construction 61
9.5 Pharmaceuticals/Medical 63
9.6 Electronics & Electricals 64
9.7 Others 65
10 Global Polyolefins Market, By Region 67
10.1 Introduction 67
10.2 North America 69
10.2.1 United States 73
10.2.2 Canada 76
10.3 Europe 79
10.3.1 Germany 83
10.3.2 United Kingdom 86
10.3.3 France 89
10.3.4 Italy 92
10.3.5 Rest of Europe 95
10.4 Asia-Pacific 98
10.4.1 China 102
10.4.2 Japan 105
10.4.3 India 108
10.4.4 Rest of APAC 111
10.5 Rest of the World 114
10.5.1 Middle East & Africa 118
10.5.2 Latin America 121
11 Competitive Landscape 125
11.1 Introduction 125
11.2 Acquisition 126
11.3 Expansion 127
11.4 Product Development & Product launch 130
12 Key Players 131
12.1 W.R. Grace 131
12.1.1 Company Overview 131
12.1.2 Product/Business Segment Overview 131
12.1.3 Financial Updates 132
12.1.4 Key Developments 133
12.2 LyondellBasell Industries Holdings B.V 134
12.2.1 Company Overview 134
12.2.2 Product/Business Segment Overview 134
12.2.3 Financial Updates 134
12.2.4 Key Developments 135
12.3 E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company 136
12.3.1 Company Overview 136
12.3.2 Product/Business Segment Overview 136
12.3.3 Financial Updates 137
12.3.4 Key Developments 138
12.4 PetroChina Company Limited 139
12.4.1 Company Overview 139
12.4.2 Product/Business Segment Overview 139
12.4.3 Financial Updates 140
12.4.4 Key Developments 140
12.5 PolyOne Corporation 141
12.5.1 Company Overview 141
12.5.2 Product/Business Segment Overview 141
12.5.3 Financial Updates 141
12.5.4 Key Developments 142
12.6 Arkema SA 143
12.6.1 Company Overview 143
12.6.2 Product/Business Segment Overview 143
12.6.3 Recent Financials 144
12.6.4 Key Developments 145
12.7 SABIC 146
12.7.1 Company Overview 146
12.7.2 Product/Business Segment Overview 146
12.7.3 Financial Updates 146
12.7.4 Key Developments 148
13 Conclusion 149

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