Electric Vehicles Engineering Plastics Market Size To Hit USD 106.3 Bn By 2030

Published Date : 17 Jan 2023

The global electric vehicles engineering plastics market size accounted for USD 15.26 billion in 2022 and is projected to hit around USD 106.3 billion by 2030 with a noteworthy CAGR of 26.85% from 2022 to 2030.

Engineering plastics for electric cars are mostly used in these vehicles because they lighten their weight and enable them to go farther between recharges. The technical plastics used in electric car construction also provide exceptional heat resistance, making it possible to build battery compartments and cooling systems while maintaining the strength and safety of electric vehicles.

Engineering plastics are being sought after more and more by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers to satisfy the demanding mechanical and chemical property requirements for different EV components. Notably, the development of lighter-weight electric cars will greatly increase their range, spurring demand for these vehicles.

Massive income streams are being generated by the strict mechanical and chemical property requirements for EV components. The usage of polymers in several components, including the dashboard, interior trim, bumpers, lights, electric motor and powertrain, connections, and cables, may be linked to the need.

Production of electric vehicles has accelerated significantly in several economies throughout the world. Strong policy support and governmental incentives, such as purchasing incentives, are crucial pillars for promoting electromobility in the transportation industry. Engineering plastics are being used more frequently as EV manufacturers put more emphasis on satisfying the safety, durability, and other performance standards of cars.

Research and development into high-performance polymer compounds has been sparked by growing trends in electrification and weight reduction in cars. Additionally, chemical firms in the market for engineering plastics for electric vehicles are rapidly tailoring their goods to satisfy the needs of polymers for internal and exterior car components, broadening the scope of the industry.

Electric Vehicles Engineering Plastics Market Report Scope

Report Coverage Details
Market Size in 2022 USD 15.26 Billion
Market Size by 2030 USD 106.3 Billion
Growth Rate from 2022 to 2030 CAGR of 26.85%
Base Year 2022
Forecast Period 2022 to 2030
Segments Covered By Resin, By Components and By Vehicle Type
Regions Covered  North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Middle East & Africa


Report Highlights

  • The market for engineering plastics for electric vehicles is dominated by Asia-Pacific as a result of expanding government requirements to encourage the use of electric vehicles in the area as well as rising environmental awareness.
  • In 2021, the Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) type segment led the global market and was responsible for the highest revenue share of more than 74.9%.
  • In 2021, the interior trim market segment led the sector and generated more than 15.9% of the total revenue.
  • In 2021, the external application segment led the market and accounted for the highest revenue share of more than 30.9%.
  • In 2021, the PU (polyurethane) segment led the global market and was responsible for more than 27% of the total revenue. It has improved chemical resistance, radiation resistance, toughness, water resistance, and other properties. In EV batteries, polyurethane increases power and enhances crash safety.

Regional Snapshots

In terms of volume, Asia accounted for the largest portion of the global plastics market for electric vehicles in 2020. During the predicted period, a CAGR of 28.4% is anticipated. The principal nations in the region are China, Japan, India, and South Korea. Asahi Kasei, LG Chem, Daikin, AGC, and JSR Corporation are the principal businesses in this area. Geographically, sales of electric vehicles are greatest in Asia. Asia now has the largest and fastest-growing market for polymers used in electric vehicles.

By vehicle and application, the market for plastics for electric vehicles in Asia is anticipated to be worth USD 387 million in 2020 and USD 1,353 million by 2025, growing at the highest CAGR of 28.4% throughout that time. Due to growing government regulations to encourage the use of electric vehicles, decreasing total car weight, and increased environmental concerns, China is anticipated to dominate the Asian plastics market for electric vehicles over the projected period.

Market Dynamics

Drivers

The demand for thermally stable plastic and the rising trend of weight reduction in PHEV, HEV, and BEVs, along with growing concern about carbon footprint reduction, are the main factors driving the market's growth rate. The increasing demand for replacing metals with plastics in interior components and the decrease in overall weight of the cars are the factors that are anticipated to restrain market growth for engineering plastics used in electric vehicles during the forecast period. 

Further expected to temper the expansion of the overall market are the government's favourable policies toward the adoption of electric vehicles and the strict emission regulations.

Restraints

Manufacturers of electric vehicles place a premium on consumer safety. Systems are therefore created to be dependable and to produce the least amount of performance variance possible. Aluminum and steel are being replaced by plastic because it is lighter and has qualities that are comparable to those of the metals, but there are also safety concerns. Many users have expressed worries about plastic's capacity to maintain its form and physical properties under stressful usage conditions. 

Additionally, the usage of polymers in autos is under danger due to worldwide plastic pollution levels. Due to the significant capital costs and infrastructure requirements for re-engineering, the plastic recovered from discarded automobiles typically ends up in landfills. Additionally, technological limitations on the recycling of designed and durable plastic components are a significant barrier to the market for engineering plastic for electric vehicles.

Opportunities

Several nations have acknowledged the necessity of switching to electric cars in light of the need to safeguard the environment and alternatives for fossil fuel-powered automobiles. However, the US and China are already making preparations for electric automobiles. As a result, major market participants as well as several governments throughout the world are heavily investing in technology research, decreasing wright due to the need for high heat resistant plastic, as well as the manufacturing of electric cars (EVs). 

For instance, BASF began construction on its first plant and debuted its smart Verbund project in Zhanjiang situated in the province of Guangdong, China, in 2019. It is a significant accomplishment for the organization's USD $10 billion investment initiatives announced in July 2018.

Challenges

On the other hand, the development of the market for engineering plastics for electric vehicles is anticipated to be hampered by the high cost of capital and infrastructure. The market's overall expansion is anticipated to be hampered by the unstable pricing of raw materials combined with the strict regulatory environment.

Recent Developments

In Zhanjiang which is located in the province of Guangdong, China, BASF debuted its smart Verbund project and started constructing its first plant this year. It is an important step in the company's USD 10 billion investment programme, which was first announced in July 2018. The initial factories will produce thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) and engineering plastics in order to meet the growing demands of various Asia-wide emerging industries in southern China.

 Covestro has created a new composite technology for 2020 that enables the industrial-scale fabrication of parts that are extremely thin, light, strong, and aesthetically pleasing. It is branded as MaezioTM which is based on Continuous Fiber-Reinforced Thermoplastic Polymers. Its base material is thermoplastic and the reinforcing is made of glass fibers or carbon.

In 2019, activities at the 50:50 joint venture between KOLON PLASTICS and BASF in Gimcheon, Korea, began. The joint venture was created in 2016. The world's largest POM manufacturing facility, with a combined annual capacity of 150,000 metric tonnes, is created by the new production, which has a capacity of 70,000 metric tonnes, and the current POM production capacity of 80,000 metric tonnes at KOLON PLASTICS. The around USD 220 million plant's construction got underway in April 2016.

Major Key Players

  • BASF SE
  • SABIC
  • LyondellBasell Industries Holdings B.V.
  • Evonik Industries
  • Covestro AG
  • Dupont
  • Sumitomo Chemicals Co. Ltd.
  • LG Chem
  • Asahi Kasei
  • LANXESS
  • INEOS Group
  • Celanese Corp.
  • AGC Chemicals
  • EMS Chemie Holding
  • Mitsubishi Engineering Plastics Corp.

Market Segmentation

By Resin

  • Polypropylene (PP)
  • Polyamide (PA)
  • Polycarbonate (PC)
  • Polyethylene (PE)
  • Polyurethane (PU)
  • Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
  • Polyvinyl Butyral (PVB)
  • Polybutylene Terephthalate (PBT)
  • Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)
  • Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)
  • Others

By Components

  • Steering & Dashboards
  • Car Upholstery
  • Bumper
  • Door Assembly
  • Exterior Trim
  • Interior Trim
  • Connector and Cables
  • Battery
  • Lighting
  • Electric Wiring
  • Others

By Vehicle Type

  • Electric Vehicle Battery (EVB)
  • Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV)/ Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle (PHEV)

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