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The global polypropylene market size was USD 79.85 billion in 2018 and is projected to reach USD 122.31 billion by 2026, exhibiting a CAGR of 5.5% during the forecast period.
Polypropylene (PP) is a type of thermoplastic linear hydrocarbon polymer, produced from its monomer propylene using a chain-growth polymerization process. It is partially crystalline and belongs to the group of polyolefins. It is also known as polypropene. This polymer is used in a wide variety of applications including the manufacturing of automobile parts, films, fibers, and laboratory equipment.
In the current global scenario, this polymer is majorly used in the injection molding application as it can be easily melted and molded in any shape and size without disturbing the original qualities. Polypropylene is a lightweight material and has a wide range of properties such as superior working temperature, tensile strength, high chemical resistance to corrosive environments and organic solvents, staining resistance, and low moisture absorption. All these properties make PP a suitable material for use in various applications and will drive the polypropylene market growth.
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Many technologies are integrated with polypropylene production such as shperipol, unipol PP, novolen, innovene PP, hypol, sherizone, borstar PP, chisso, sumitomo, and others. Among these technologies, sheripol by LyondellBasell is majorly used for production of PP which provides high specificity and is efficient in producing good quality polymer. Unipol PP is the second-largest technology that is a simple gas phase technology process with low operating cost. The current polypropylene market trends are rising demand for plastic-based products, and growing packaging and automotive industries.
“Rising Demand for Polypropylene from Various End-Use Industries”
The polypropylene industry is growing rapidly owing to the rising demand from the packaging industry, where demand is associated with the increasing consumption of packaged food and beverages. PP has moisture barrier property that increases its ability to provide effective packaging solutions for food & beverage industry and helps in reducing the possibility of food deterioration and quality loss. This material allows easy processability, effective sealing, and provides stiffness properties which are used for manufacturing of interior and exterior parts of the automobiles including safety subsystems, doors, and seat assemblies.
Polypropene is also used for manufacturing of toys, fashion apparels, sports equipment, and others as it is easily moldable and provides high durability and flexibility. Hence, polypropene market high demand is showing potential in the agricultural segment owing to the increasing demand for agricultural tools such as drippers, microtubes, and nozzles.
Polypropylene possesses high rigidity property that has increased its use in the industrial applications, mainly for packaging of electrical spares and parts. Additionally, it enhances the transparency and appearance of packaging material for clear visibility of the products. The diversified and efficient properties of polypropylene are expected to increase polypropylene market demand across various end-use industries.
“The Copolymer Segment is Expected to Generate the Highest Revenue during the Forecast Period”
Copolymer type of polypropylene is among the most versatile thermoplastic polymers, having applications in packaging, injection moulding, thermoforming, blow moulding, and others. High impact resistance, optimum thermal resistance, good optical, and flexibility properties enhance the use of PP in food containers, auto-components and vessels.
Copolymer segment has various applications, which include the production of injection molds and medicine bottles in pharmaceutical industry. It is also used in the production of different types of automobile parts such as dashboards and bumpers. In addition, this type of polypropylene is used in electrical and electronics, infrastructure & construction, and consumer goods/lifestyle industries, having a positive impact on PP market growth. All these factors are expected to drive the polypropene market revenue during the forecast period.
“Packaging Segment of Polypropylene Market is Expected to Exhibit a Significant CAGR during the Forecast Period”
Packaging is the major application for PP owing to its properties such as high-temperature resistance, moisture barrier, flexibility, and lightweight, making it ideal material for food packaging. It is also cost-efficient for packaging of other products such as surgical equipment, drugs, auto components, and cosmetics. Additionally, the optical clarity, transparency, and electrical non-conductivity properties of PP will increase its use in the packaging of electrical & electronic products.
Demand for polypropylene from healthcare & pharmaceuticals industry for surgical equipment and other products has increased due to its non-corrosive nature, and chemical resistance that enhances the shelf life of drugs.
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Similarly, the automotive end-use industry is expected to provide growth to the polypropylene market sales in the forecast period due to increased production of automobiles. Easy availability of polypropylene and its properties such as resistant to staining, high durability and flexibility will support the manufacture of lightweight vehicles, making vehicles cost & energy efficient. These factors will drive the polypropene market growth in the automotive industry.
North America generated a revenue of USD 8.83 billion in 2018 and is anticipated to remain a key region holding a significant portion in the global PP market share during the forecast period. Growth in the medical and electrical & electronics manufacturing industries is a key driver for in the region. However, the growth of the polypropene market in the North America region is anticipated to grow at a relatively lower CAGR due to the stabilizing markets as compared to the growth in Asia Pacific.
Asia Pacific is expected to witness high growth due to demand from packaging and automotive manufacturing industries. China, Japan, and India are key countries contributing to the PP market growth in the region owing to its increasing applications in food & beverages, packaging and automobile production in these countries.
North America Polypropylene Market Size, 2018
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On the other hand, Europe is projected to witness significant growth in the polypropene industry. The increasing demand for packaging for food & beverages and the manufacturing of automobiles would contribute to the growth of the polypropylene consumption in the region. Additionally, the use of the PP in electrical & electronics and healthcare & pharmaceutical industries are other key factors driving the PP market growth in Europe.
Latin America and the Middle East & Africa would have gradual growth in the polypropylene market value compared to other regions due to growing infrastructure & construction and consumer goods/lifestyle preferences of consumers. In addition, the easy availability of raw materials will increase the production of PP in Middle East & Africa.
“Market Players like Exxon Mobil Chemical, SABIC, and LyondellBasell are Expected to Strengthen the Market Position with Respect to Providing Polypropylene Solutions to the Packaging and Automotive Industries”
The major producers in the polypropylene (PP) industry have established diversified geographical presence, and strong product offerings. Among the major producers, LyondellBasell is leading because of technological development with wide range of product offering and using strategies such as acquisitions to increase global presence. Moreover, Exxon Mobil chemical and SABIC have strong regional presence and have adopted strategies such as expansion & joint ventures to increase their market share.
"A growing trend is observed in the penetration of the polypropylene market across the industries"
The report provides qualitative and quantitative insights on the PP market and detailed analysis by size & growth rate for all possible segments. The market is segmented by type, end-use industry, and geography. Based on type, the PP market is classified into a homopolymer and copolymer. By end-use industry, the PP market is divided into packaging, automotive, infrastructure & construction, consumer goods/lifestyle, healthcare & pharmaceuticals, electrical & electronics, agriculture, and others. Geographically, the polypropene industry has been analyzed across five major regions, which are North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. These regions are further categorized into countries.
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Along with this, the report provides an elaborative analysis of the polypropylene market dynamics and competitive landscape. Various key insights presented in the report are the price trend analysis, recent industry developments, expansions, mergers & acquisitions, new product developments, joint ventures globally, the regulatory scenario in crucial countries, macro, and microeconomic factors, SWOT analysis, and key industry trends, competitive landscape and company profiles.
Value (USD Million) and Volume (Kiloton)
By End-Use Industry
Fortune Business Insights says that the PP market was valued at USD 79.85 Bn in 2018 and is projected to reach USD 122.31 Bn by 2026.
Growing at a CAGR of 5.5%, the market will exhibit steady growth in the forecast period (2019-2026)
The packaging segment is expected to be the leading segment for PP market during the forecast period.
Rising demand for polypropylene from various industries, including packaging and automotive will drive the growth of this market.
Asia Pacific is expected to hold the highest market share in the polypropylene.
Healthcare & pharmaceuticals and automotive are the key end-use industries that would drive the adoption of polypropylene.
SABIC and LyondellBasell are the key players in the market and have adopted strategies such as joint venture and mergers & acquisitions to increase global presence in market.
Rising demand for lightweight, efficient plastic products, and growing automotive, packaging, and healthcare & pharmaceutical industries are the market trends of polypropylene.
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