Polyolefin Market (By Type: Polyethylene, Polypropylene, Polyolefin Elastomer, and Ethylene Vinyl Acetate; By Application: Film & Sheet, Injection Molding, Blow Molding, and Profile Extrusion) - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, Regional Outlook, and Forecast 2023 - 2032

The global polyolefin market size accounted for USD 243 billion in 2022, and it is expected to hit around USD 604.94 billion by 2032, poised to grow at a CAGR of 9.6% from 2023 to 2032.

Polyolefin Market Size 2023 to 2032

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Key Takeaways

  • Asia Pacific led the global market with the largest market share of 48% in 2022.
  • By Type, the polyethylene segment has held the biggest revenue share of 35% in 2022.
  • By Type, the polypropylene segment is expected to expand at a significant CAGR during the projected period.
  • By Application, the film & sheet segment had the biggest market share of 45% in 2022.

Polyolefin Market in the Asia Pacific 2023-2032

The Asia Pacific polyolefin market size was valued at USD 119.07 billion in 2022 and is estimated to reach around USD 299.14 billion by 2032, growing at a CAGR of 9.70% from 2023 to 2032.

Asia Pacific Polyolefin Market Size 2023 to 2032

Asia Pacific dominated the polyolefin market and accounted for the largest revenue share of 48% in 2022. Asia Pacific is the dominating and the fastest-growing market for polyolefin. The rapid industrial growth of economies such as China, India, and Indonesia is boosting the consumption of polyolefin in the region. The construction and building, automotive, food and beverages, and pharmaceutical industries in the Asia-Pacific is growing and expanding at a significant pace and is responsible for the exponential growth of the global polyolefin market.

The growth of the polyolefin market in North America and Europe is attributable to the consumer goods, transportation, and construction industries. Moreover, the consumers in Europe and North America are much concerned with deteriorating environmental issues and this factor is anticipated to propel the demand for the bio-based polyethylene.

Polyolefin Market Share, By Region, 2020 (%)

Growth Factors

Polyolefin is extensively used as polymer in various industries such as textiles, packaging, and consumer goods. The growing demand for polyolefin in the packaging industry and solar power industry is driving the growth of the market. The polyolefin can be easily converted to fibrous structures such as non-woven fabrics, knitted fabrics, and yarns. Hence, it is commonly used in the textile industry. The growth of the textile industry across the globe is fostering the demand for the polyolefin. Moreover, growing research and developmental activities by the market players may result in the potential use of polyolefin with the nanotechnologies that can be used across various industries.

Advancements and innovations in the polyolefin fibers is expected to grow its application in the medical field. It is also used in the production of hygiene related products like pads. Furthermore, the growing demand for sheets and films from the construction & building, transportation, and agricultural industries is anticipated to augment the market growth during the forecast period. In agriculture, the polyolefin films is used to protect the fruits and vegetables from pests, insects, rain, and frost. It also helps in efficient water utilization in agriculture by reducing evaporation of water. Hence, these factors are the driving force of the polyolefin market around the globe.

Polyolefin Market Scope 

Report Coverage Details
Growth Rate from 2023 to 2032 CAGR of 9.6%
Market Size in 2023 USD 265.11 Billion
Market Size by 2032 USD 604.94 Billion
Largest Market Asia Pacific
Base Year 2022
Forecast Period 2023 to 2032
Segments Covered Type, Application
Regional Scope North America, APAC, Europe, Latin America, MEAN, Rest of the World
Companies Mentioned Sinopec Corp., Repsol, Chevron Phillips Chemical Co., ExxonMobil Corp., Reliance Industries, BASF SE, Total SE, Formosa Plastic Corp., SABIC, LyondellBasell Industries


COVID-19 Impact

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every segment of society, including individuals and businesses. The internet ecosystem has been playing a pivotal role all over the globe. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the dependency on online businesses has increased significantly. BFSI, healthcare and life sciences, manufacturing, automotive, retail, transport and logistics, among others, are leveraging the internet to provide necessary services to consumers. Vendors have experienced shortage in supply of polyolefin. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, various governments and regulatory authorities have mandated both public and private enterprises to shut down their manufacturing units in order to contain the spread of the virus. The manufacturing facilities were completely or partially restricted to operate. There was shortage of labor in the production units of polyolefin and the distribution and supply chains were disrupted due to the strict lockdown and travelling restrictions. This caused a severe harm to the production and sales revenue of the polyolefin market during the COVID-19 period. According to WTO, the supply of polyolefin may decline by 14% to 33% in 2021, owing to the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Type Insights

By Type, in 2022, the polyethylene dominated the market with around 35% share in terms of revenue of the total market.

The demand for the polyethylene is higher due to its wide application in the packaging industry. Affordable prices coupled with easy availability of polyethylene has perfectly augmented the segment growth in the recent years. The development and growing adoption of bio-degradable polyethylene owing to the rising environmental concerns is expected to drive the segment growth in the forthcoming years.

Polyolefin Market Share, By Type, 2020 (%)

On the other hand, the polypropylene is estimated to be the most opportunistic segment during the forecast period. This is attributed to the rising consumption of polypropylene in the production of fibers, films, sheets, and raffia due to its tensile strength. The adoption of polypropylene in manufacturing lightweight automotive vehicles is boosting its demand. Lightweight vehicles are fuel efficient and due to rising fuel prices and environmental concerns, the demand for light vehicles is on the rise.

Application Insights

By Application, in 2022, the film & sheet dominated the market with around 45% share in terms of revenue of the total market.

Polyolefin Market Share, By Application, 2020 (%)

The films and sheet are extensively used in the food and beverages sector, agricultural sector, cosmetics sector, and industrial packaging sector. The films and sheets are available in various ranges depending on the thickness. The films and sheets are commonly used in production of beverage bottles, for packing food items, and for making packages for cosmetic products. Moreover, new developments in the films and sheets include protection from UV rays of the sun, fluorescent films, and NIR blocking films. Therefore, growing application along with product advancements is fueling the growth of the segment.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The market is moderately fragmented with the presence of several local companies. These market players are striving to gain higher market share by adopting strategies, such as investments, partnerships, and acquisitions & mergers. Companies are also spending on the development of improved polyolefin. Moreover, they are also focusing on maintaining competitive pricing.

In September 2020, Borealis launched Bornewables, a new portfolio of polyolefin products manufactured using renewable raw materials which was derived from wastes. These developments will provide growth opportunities along with sustainability in the upcoming years.

Some of the prominent players in the polyolefin market include:

  • Sinopec Corp.
  • Chevron Phillips Chemical Co.
  • ExxonMobil Corp.
  • Reliance Industries
  • Total SE
  • Formosa Plastic Corp.
  • Repsol
  • LyondellBasell Industries 

Segments Covered in the Report

By Type

  • Polyethylene
  • Polypropylene
  • Polyolefin Elastomer
  • Ethylene Vinyl Acetate

By Application

  • Film & Sheet
  • Injection Molding
  • Blow Molding
  • Profile Extrusion

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 polyolefin market size?
According to Precedence Research, the global polyolefin market size reached at USD 243 billion in 2022 and is projected to reach USD 604.94 billion by 2032.
What is the CAGR of polyolefin market?
The polyolefin market is growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.6% from 2023 to 2032.
Who are the major players operating in the market?
The major players operating in the polyolefin market are Sinopec Corp., BASF SE, Chevron Phillips Chemical Co., ExxonMobil Corp., Reliance Industries, Total SE, Formosa Plastic Corp., SABIC, Repsol, LyondellBasell Industries.
Which are the driving factors of the polyolefin market?
The driving factors of the polyolefin market are growing demand from automotive industry for making lightweight vehicles and increasing demand for films and sheets from the agriculture sector.
Which segment is expected to hold the largest share in the polyolefin market?
In 2022, the polyethylene held the largest revenue share of 35%.
What is the Asia Pacific polyolefin market worth?
Asia Pacific region held the largest revenue share of 48% in 2022.


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