Polyethylene Market (By Type: LDPE, LLDPE, and HDPE; By Application: Packaging, Consumer Goods, Automotive, Healthcare/Pharmaceuticals, Electronics/Electrical, Construction, Agriculture, and Others) - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, Regional Outlook, and Forecast 2021 – 2030


The global polyethylene market size was valued at US$ 114.79 billion in 2021 and is expected to hit US$ 151.85 billion by 2030, poised to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR)of 3.2% from 2021 to 2030.

Polyethylene Market Size 2020 to 2030

Growth Factors

The polyethylene market is primarily driven by its extensive usage in the various industries such as packaging, construction, and consumer goods. The polyethylene is chemical resistant, has huge strength, and is easily available at a low cost. It is widely used in various forms such as food wraps, detergent bottles, fuel tanks, and shopping bags all over the globe. The durability and strength offered by the polyethylene makes it the most preferred material in the packaging industry, which fosters the demand for the polyethylene across the globe. The affordability and the easy availability is further expected to significantly drive the growth of the global polyethylene market. Moreover, the recyclability, easy processing, and cheap cost are the several factors that contributes significantly towards the growth of the polyethylene market. The rising demand for the polyethylene across the automotive, electronics, and pharmaceuticals industries is further expected to drive the market growth during the forecast period.

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic fostered the consumption of the polyethylene . The rapid increase in the demand for the online sales channels in the various industries such as food & beverages, consumer goods, and pharmaceutical industries has significantly fostered the consumption of the polyethylene for packaging. The versatility, strength, cheap cost, and light-weight characteristics of the polyethylene served as a popular packaging material especially for the food and beverages products. Moreover, the rapid emergence of the online food delivery platforms such as Zomato and Swiggy has significantly contributed n the demand for the polyethylene packaging. Polyethylene has adverse environmental impacts but its usage is expected to grow at a significant rate as it has strong penetration across various industries all over the globe and it is used in everyday products.

Scope of The Polyethylene Market

Report Coverage Details
Market Size USD 111.8 Billion
Growth Rate From 2021 to 2030 CAGR of 3.2%
Revenue Projection By 2030 USD 151.85 Billion
Largest Market Asia Pacific
Fastest Growing Market North America
Base Year 2021
Forecast Period 2021 to 2030
Segments Covered Type, Application, Region
Companies Mentioned The Dow Chemical Company, Exxon Mobil Corporation, LyondellBasell Industries N.V., SABIC, China Petrochemical Corporation, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, INEOS, Borealis AG, Chevron Phillips Chemical Co., SCG Chemical

 

Type Insights

The HDPE segment dominated the polyethylene market in 2020. The major factor behind its dominance is the low production cost of the HDPE. Moreover, along with the low cost, the high temperature resistance and higher strength and density of the HDPE has exponentially propelled the growth of the HDPE segment. The extensive usage of the HDPE in preparing bottles, caps, chemical resistant pipes, ballistic plates, and a variety of other products has boosted the growth of the HDPE segment in the past. The growing need for controlling cost and increasing profitability across various industry verticals is expected to boost the demand for the HDPE in the forthcoming years.

The LLDPE is estimated to be the most opportunistic segment during the forecast period. The growing popularity of the metallocene catalyst technology that significantly enhances the performance of resins is anticipated to drive the demand for the LLDPE segment during the forecast period. The LLDPE has higher tensile strength and higher puncture resistance properties as compared to that of the LDPE, which is a major growth driver of the LLDPE and the adoption of the LLDPE is expected to surpass the LDPE segment in the upcoming future.

Application Insights

Based on the application, the packaging was the most dominant segment in 2020. This is simply attributed to the increased adoption of the polyethylene in the packaging industry for packing a wider variety of goods across the globe. The PET derived from the polyethylene offers a moisture resistant and protectives structure to the products that makes it the highly demanded material in the packaging industry. The rising demand for the consumer electronics, food and beverages, automotive vehicles, and the growing penetration of the e-commerce platforms across the globe is expected to significantly drive the growth of the polyethylene market in the forthcoming future.

The construction is expected to be the fastest-growing segment in the foreseeable future. The increasing adoption of the polyethylene in the under-construction sites for protecting the various construction materials from moisture and water is expected to drive the market growth. Moreover, the HDPE is used to protect the ground water from getting toxic during the oil drilling process.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific was the dominating segment in 2020 and is expected to be the fastest-growing segment throughout the forecast period. This is attributable to the rapidly growing nature of various industries in the region such as pharmaceutical, healthcare, construction, automotive, consumer goods, and packaging owing to the presence of huge consumer base. Moreover, the rapid industrialization and rapid urbanization of the Asia Pacific region is significantly propelling the demand for the polyethylene market. The rapidly growing penetration of the various e-commerce platforms such as Amazon, Flipkart, Zomato, and Wal-Mart is expected to drive the polyethylene market growth. The rising investments in expanding the manufacturing facilities of various consumer electronics in the region is further fueling the demand. The huge demand for the polyethylene in the construction industry in the developing nations like China, India, Indonesia, and Philippines is offering a lucrative growth opportunities to the market players operating in the Asia Pacific polyethylene market.

Key Developmental Strategies

  • In July 2020, Dow Chemicals and Thong Guan collaborated to introduce new bio-based product series of polyethylene that targeted to serve the Asia Pacific region’s rapidly growing demand for the polyethylene.
  • In July 2019, the ExxonMobil Corporation started the production of the new high performance polyethylene products in its Texas facility. This expansion strategy aimed at increasing the production volume by 65%.
  • In May 2020, UPM Raflatac introduced its new line of Forest Film products, which is produced from the post-consumer recycled plastics and it is used in the packaging of products. This strategy aimed at reducing the carbon footprint that will also provide a competitive advantage to the company.

The various developmental strategies adopted by the market players in the polyethylene market significantly contributes towards the market growth and helps the players to gain market share and competitive edge. The polyethylene market is fragmented owing to the presence of numerous market players across the globe and the various competitors are adopting various developmental strategies such as acquisitions, mergers, collaborations, new product launches, and partnerships in order to gain market share and exploit the prevailing market opportunities.

Some of the prominent players in the global polyethylene market include:

  • The Dow Chemical Company
  • Exxon Mobil Corporation
  • LyondellBasell Industries N.V.
  • SABIC
  • China Petrochemical Corporation
  • Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
  • INEOS
  • Borealis AG
  • Chevron Phillips Chemical Co.
  • SCG Chemical

Segments Covered in the Report

By Type

  • HDPE
  • LDPE
  • LLDPE

By Application

  • Packaging
  • Consumer Goods
  • Automotive
  • Healthcare/Pharmaceuticals
  • Electronics/Electrical
  • Construction
  • Agriculture
  • Others

By Geography

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • U.K.
    • Germany
    • France
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
  • Rest of the World

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is the polyethylene market worth?
According to Precedence Research, the global polyethylene market size was estimated at US$ 111.8 billion in 2020 and is predicted to be worth around US$ 151.85 billion by 2030.
The global polyethylene market is growing at a registered CAGR of 3.2% from 2021 to 2030.
The global polyethylene market is expected to grow due to the growing applications of the polyethylene across various end use verticals such as automotive, construction, agriculture, and consumer goods.
Some of the prominent players in the global polyethylene market include The Dow Chemical Company, Exxon Mobil Corporation, LyondellBasell Industries N.V., SABIC, China Petrochemical Corporation, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, INEOS, Borealis AG, Chevron Phillips Chemical Co., SCG Chemical.
The Asia Pacific region will lead the global polyethylene market during the forecast period 2021 to 2030?

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