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The global polypropylene market size stood at USD 78.22 billion in 2019 and is projected to reach USD 105.49 billion by 2027, exhibiting a CAGR of 5.0% during the forecast period.
In the current global scenario, PP 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. PP has a wide range of properties such as superior working temperature, tensile strength, high chemical resistance, and low moisture absorption which will drive its demand for various applications. Many technologies are integrated with PP production such as spheripol, unipol PP, novolen, innovene PP, hypol, sherizone, borstar PP, chisso, sumitomo, and others. The rising demand for lightweight and efficient plastic from the packaging and automotive industries is boosting the growth of the market.
COVID-19: Declining Demand from Building & Construction Industry to Hamper Growth
The supply of polypropylene has been affected due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It has resulted in the decreasing demand from industries such as automotive and building & construction. Additionally, the prices of crude oil fell significantly due to the collapse of demand. The decreasing production activities in various industries and the increasing restrictions due to lockdown globally have reduced the operating rates. However, the demand for products from the healthcare and food packaging industries is showcasing a surge due to the rising preference of single-use healthcare products and packaged food and beverages.
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Rising Demand from Automotive Industry is a Prominent Trend
Polypropylene is the most frequently used plastic in the manufacturing of automobiles. According to the Plastic Trade Association, in 2019, amongst the different types of plastics used in the manufacturing of automotive, PP accounts for the highest share of 32%. Owing to its properties such as resistance to impact, heat, and moisture, PP finds application in bumpers, gas cans, and seat panels. Additionally, it is an economical alternative to expensive plastics with similar durability and strength. The above-mentioned reasons are responsible for the increasing demand for the product from the automotive industry.
Rising Demand for Polypropylene from Various End-Use Industries to Fuel Growth
This market is growing rapidly owing to the rising demand from the packaging industry, This high demand is associated with the increasing consumption of packaged food and beverages. PP has a moisture barrier property that increases its ability to provide effective packaging solutions for the food & beverage industry. It also helps in reducing the possibility of food deterioration and quality loss. Besides, the material is used for the manufacturing of the interior and exterior parts of automobiles including safety subsystems, doors, and seat assemblies. This is because it enables easy processability, effective sealing, and provides stiffness.
Polypropene is also used for the manufacturing of toys, fashion apparel, sports equipment, and others as it is easily moldable and provides high durability and flexibility. Owing to these properties, the market is set to show a high potential in the agricultural segment in the coming years. The increasing demand for agricultural tools such as drippers, microtubes, and nozzles will propel growth.
PP possesses high rigidity property that has increased its use in industrial applications, mainly for the packaging of electrical spares and parts. Additionally, it enhances the transparency and appearance of the packaging material for clear visibility of products. The diversified and efficient properties of PP are expected to increase its demand across various end-use industries.
Fluctuating Crude Oil Prices and Availability of Substitutes to Hinder Growth
Polypropylene is obtained by the polymerization of propylene gas, which is derived from petroleum crude oil. The supply and prices of crude oil oscillate due to volatile political scenarios in the Middle East, as well as in the other oil-producing countries. The inconsistencies in the pricing of crude oil affect the cost structure of the final product, which has a negative effect on the growth of the market. Furthermore, the availability of substitutes such as polyethylene and polyethylene terephthalate which offer properties similar to PP is acting as a threat to the market growth.
Copolymer Segment to Generate Highest Revenue Owing to Usage in Pharmaceutical Industry
The copolymer is among the most versatile thermoplastic polymers, having applications in packaging, injection molding, thermoforming, blow molding, and others. High impact resistance, optimum thermal resistance, good optical, and flexibility properties would enhance the use of copolymer in food containers, auto-components, and vessels.
The copolymer has various applications, which include the production of injection molds and medicine bottles in the 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 PP is used in electrical and electronics, infrastructure & construction, and consumer goods/lifestyle industries, thereby affecting the growth of this segment positively. All these factors are expected to further drive the market revenue during the forecast period.
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Packaging Segment to Exhibit a Significant CAGR during the Forecast Period
The packaging is the major application of polypropylene owing to its properties such as high-temperature resistance, moisture barrier, flexibility, and lightweight nature, making it an ideal material for food packaging. It is also cost-efficient for the 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.
The demand for polypropylene from the healthcare & pharmaceutical industry for surgical equipment and other products has increased due to its non-corrosive nature and chemical resistance that further would enhance the shelf life of drugs.
Similarly, the automotive segment is expected to surge the sales of the material in the forecast period due to the increased production capacity of automobiles. The easy availability of PP and its properties such as resistance to staining, high durability, and flexibility will support the manufacturing of lightweight vehicles, thereby reducing the vehicle’s cost & making it energy efficient. These factors will drive this market growth in the automotive industry.
Asia Pacific Polypropylene Market Size, 2019 (USD Billion)
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North America is anticipated to remain a key region holding a significant portion of the global polypropylene market share during the forecast period. The growth in the medical and electrical & electronics manufacturing industries is a key market driver in the region. However, the market in this region is set to showcase a relatively lower CAGR, as compared to Asia Pacific.
Asia Pacific is expected to exhibit a high growth due to the increasing demand from the packaging and automotive manufacturing industries. China, Japan, and India are key countries contributing to the market growth in the region owing to its increasing applications in the food & beverages, packaging, and automobile production in these countries. Key players in the market are trying to expand their presence in the region owing to huge opportunities from the growing automotive and construction industries.
On the other hand, Europe is projected to showcase significant growth in the market. The increasing demand for the packaging of food & beverages and the manufacturing of automobiles would contribute to the growth of the PP consumption in the region. The key manufacturing companies, processors, and compounders in the region are continually involved in the development of products for automobile manufacturers. Additionally, the use of products in the electrical & electronics and healthcare & pharmaceutical industries are some of the other key factors driving the market growth in Europe.
Latin America and the Middle East & Africa would exhibit gradual growth in the market, as compared to the other regions due to the increasing infrastructure & construction, as well as rising consumer goods/lifestyle preferences of consumers. In addition to this, the easy availability of raw materials will increase the polypropylene production in the Middle East & Africa.
Market Players Focus on Enhancing Product Portfolios to Strengthen their Positions
The major producers in the market have established diversified geographical presence and strong product offerings. Among the major producers, LyondellBasell is leading because of its technological development and a wide range of product offerings. The company is also using strategies such as acquisitions to increase its global presence. Moreover, ExxonMobil Chemical and SABIC have strong regional presence and have adopted strategies such as expansion & joint ventures to increase their market share.
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A growing trend is observed in the penetration of the polypropylene market across the industries. The market research report provides qualitative and quantitative insights on the market and a detailed analysis of market size & growth rate for all possible segments in the market.
Along with this, the report provides an elaborative analysis of the market dynamics and the 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 in the global market, the regulatory scenario in crucial countries, macro, and microeconomic factors, SWOT analysis, and key polypropylene market trends, competitive landscape, and company profiles.
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Fortune Business Insights says that the market stood at USD 78.22 billion in 2019 and is projected to reach USD 105.49 billion by 2027.
Registering a CAGR of 5.0%, the market will exhibit steady growth in the forecast period (2020-2027).
The packaging segment is expected to be the leading segment in the market.
The rising demand for PP from various industries, including packaging and automotive will drive the growth of the market.
Asia Pacific is expected to hold the highest share in the market.
Healthcare & pharmaceuticals and automotive are the key end-use industries that would drive the adoption of PP.
SABIC and LyondellBasell are the key players in the market. They have adopted strategies such as joint ventures and mergers & acquisitions to increase their presence in the market.
The rising demand for lightweight & efficient plastic products, as well as the growing automotive, packaging, and healthcare & pharmaceutical industries are the significant market trends.
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