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The global smart polymers market size was valued at USD 3.15 billion in 2022 and is projected to grow from USD 3.41 billion in 2023 to USD 8.15 billion by 2030, exhibiting a CAGR of 13.2% during the forecast period.
Smart polymers are stimulus-responsive polymers that respond to a small variation in light, pH, humidity, and temperature. The variation may be completely uniform and predictable throughout the material. Due to their responsive capability, these products are widely used in medical devices, 3D printing, and cell therapy. Additionally, these products may be used as drugs, proteins, and cell carriers. Moreover, physical properties such as injectability and shape memory make it appropriate for applications from biotechnology & medicine to electrical & electronics. All these factors are anticipated to boost the market.
Interrupted Production Activities Due to Imposed Lockdown Impacted Global Market During COVID-19 Pandemic
The COVID-19 outbreak occurred at the end of 2019 and it has impacted the global business as restriction on the end-use industries caused a decreased product demand. The pandemic affected global business operations, which affected product demand-supply. Furthermore, the governments of highly affected countries, such as China, the U.S., and India, imposed restrictions on business operations such as production and logistics. However, on the other hand, the rise in demand for the medical & healthcare industry supported the global market. Despite the uncertainties, the market returned to normalization as the demand for medical devices increased after the massive hit of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thus, all these factors impacted the market during the pandemic.
Growing Popularity in the Automotive Industry Due to their Properties
The demand for shape memory polymers automotive components, such as bumpers, panels, engine mounts, and dashboards, is creating a massive opportunity for the market. These products offer self-healing subsystems to automobiles, as adding these materials to the vehicle may add new features and improve vehicle performance at a lower cost. Additionally, using smart polymer materials in vehicles may improve fuel efficiency, reduce vehicle mass, and design flexibility.
Moreover, the product offers advantages over simple polymers as they produce sensors, actuators, and hydrogels due to their high load-bearing capacity and less stressful production conditions for automotive components. Furthermore, the product may be combined with other materials to deliver excellent thermal, optical, magnetic, and physicochemical properties. Thus, the growing popularity of the product in the automotive industry creates remarkable opportunities for existing and new product manufacturers to establish market presence.
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Rising Consumption in the Biomedical Industry to Drive the Market Growth
The smart polymers market growth is associated with chemical and physical properties combined with it. The products have excellent properties such as shape memory, self-healing, and stimuli-responsive behavior. This makes them appropriate for end-use applications such as biotechnology & medicine, textile, automotive, and electrical & electronics. In recent years, the biomedical industry's consumption of products has increased. Smart polymers offer favorable properties that play a massive role in drug delivery and precision medicines.
On the other hand, research and development activities have led to an increased product usage in the biomedical industry. For instance, the use of shape memory products has increased in the target drugs and cell therapy owing to increased demand for advanced treatment. Thus, researchers focus on transforming the normal polymer into a product by rearranging the targeted mechanical bond. Thus, the increased product consumption in the biomedical industry and the rise in R&D activities are expected to boost the market during the forecast period.
Increasing Government Rules and Regulations Over Use of Polymer-based Products to Hamper Market Growth
The utilization of smart polymers has increased over the past years owing to the high demand from end-use industries. Still, increasing concerns about the use of polymer-based products are expected to hamper the market growth. These products emit toxic gases such as CO2 and SO2 during manufacturing. Moreover, strict government policies and rise in demand for green-plastic products are anticipated to hinder market growth.
On the other hand, governments of countries such as the U.S. and the U.K. are encouraging green chemical-based polymers that emit a lower amount of carbon dioxide during production. For instance, phthalates are released into the environment while manufacturing these polymers and cause human organs such as throat and reproductive system damage. The increasing rules and regulations on the use of plastic in industrial use are another key restraining factors for the global market.
Physical Segment to Register Appreciable Growth Owing to Expanding Usage in Automotive Industry
In terms of type, the market is segmented into physical, chemical, biological, and others. The growth of physical stimuli responsive polymers is associated with their use in different end-use industries, such as biotechnology, medicine, and automotive, as they respond to ultrasounds and temperature, making them appropriate for producing medical devices and automotive components.
The chemical type of product is widely utilized in textile and electrical & electronics applications. These products respond to the pH value and improve the end-use products' ionic strength. Additionally, they may sense certain changes in the surroundings and adjust accordingly. Thus, all these factors are expected to boost product demand in the market.
The biological smart polymers offer significant properties to biotechnology & medicine applications. These products are used in drug delivery, cell therapy, and protein purification owing to their responsive nature to enzymes and biomolecules.
Biotechnology & Medicine Segment to Exhibit Significant Growth Due to Rising Medical Equipment Demand
Based on application, the market is segmented into biotechnology & medicine, textile, automotive, electrical & electronics, and others. Biotechnology & medicine segment held the largest smart polymers market share in 2022. The segment growth is associated with a rise in the demand for advanced treatment and medical devices after the outbreak of COVID-19. This material is widely adopted to produce target drugs and medical devices such as hernia patches. The segment is the fastest growing among the other applications.
The growth of the textile segment is anticipated to boost the consumption of the product as the material is used to achieve advanced functionality that includes color-changing design, self-healing monitoring, and provides extreme protection against the odd environment.
The rise in disposable income is anticipated to surge the automotive industry over the past years. The increase in smart polymer demand in this industry is associated with the rising material usage in producing shape memory dashboards and other components.
The growth of the electrical & electronics segment is related to rise in technological advancements worldwide. These smart polymers provide electric and heat insulation; hence, they are highly consumed in the manufacturing of electronic and electrical goods.
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North America Smart Polymers Market Size, 2022 (USD Billion)
North America Smart Polymers Market Size, 2022 (USD Billion)
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The market size in North America was valued at USD 1.37 billion in 2022. The market growth in the region is associated with rising advancements and increasing demand for electrical & electronic equipment. This surges product demand as smart materials are used to produce electricity and heat-insulated body components.
The market growth in Asia Pacific is attributed to the rise of economies in the region. Countries in the region, such as India and China, are the fastest growing economies. Thus, the growth of different end-use industries such as automotive, medical, and textile is high in the region. Thus, the consumption of various raw materials has increased over the past years from these industries. Smart polymers are one of the key raw materials used in biotechnology, medicine, and other applications. Thus, the market is rapidly increasing in the region.
The Europe market had significant gains owing to high per capita income and modern lifestyle. Additionally, the automotive industry is gradually growing in the region, which is another key factor driving the market. Rapid industrialization in Latin America is associated with the growing demand for the product as the number of manufacturers has increased over time.
The market in the Middle East & Africa is expected to grow at a moderate CAGR during the forecast period owing to the entrance of key product manufacturers and suppliers.
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Key Players to Strengthen their Position by Increasing Regional Presence Worldwide
Leading companies of the market include the Lubrizol Corporation, Spintech, BASF SE, SMP Technologies Inc., Autonomic Materials, Nouryon, Covestro AG, Evonik Industries AG, Huntsman International LLC, and DuPont.
BASF SE has a strong presence in the U.S. and manufactures products. The company has a presence in England, Belgium, India, Singapore, Japan, and other countries in Europe. The company is one of the biggest manufacturers of engineered materials in the U.S. Similarly, the other key players have established a strong regional presence, robust distribution channels, and varied product offerings.
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The research report provides detailed market analysis and focuses on crucial aspects such as types, applications, and leading companies. It provides quantitative data in terms of value, research methodology for market size estimation, and insights into market trends. It highlights key industry developments and the competitive landscape. In addition to the above mentioned factors, the report encompasses numerous factors that have contributed to the market growth in recent years.
Value (USD Billion)
CAGR of 13.2% during 2023-2030
By Type, Application, and Geography
Fortune Business Insights says that the global market size was USD 3.15 billion in 2022 and is projected to reach USD 8.15 billion by 2030.
In 2022, the market value stood at USD 3.15 billion.
Registering a CAGR of 13.2%, the market will exhibit rapid growth in the forecast period (2023-2030).
Biotechnology & medicine segment is expected to be the leading segment in this market during the forecast period.
Rising consumption in the biomedical industry is anticipated to drive the market growth.
The U.S. held the largest share of the market in 2022.
Lubrizol Corporation, Spintech, BASF SE, SMP Technologies Inc., and Autonomic Materials are some of the leading players in the global market.
The rising demand for smart materials in the automotive industry is expected to drive the product adoption over the forecast period.
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