January 28, 2023

As the chemical industry moves into 2022, strong demand for both commodity and specialty chemicals should keep prices robust throughout the year. However, the  industry could face margin pressures amid raw material cost inflation, which will likely remain high through the first half of 2022.

The global plastics market size stood at USD 439.28 billion in 2021. The market is anticipated to grow from USD 457.73 billion in 2022 to USD 643.37 billion by 2029 at 5.0% CAGR during the forecast period. Fortune Business Insights™ has deep-dived these inputs in its latest research report titled, “Plastics Market, 2022-2029.”

COVID-19 Impact

Strong Demand from Healthcare Sector Triggers Investments

Supply chain issues across automotive and building & construction sectors dented the growth prospect across emerging and advanced economies. A palpable reduction in manufacturing activities and a dip in crude oil prices challenged major players vying to boost their presence. However, bullish demand for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including goggles, shields, face masks, gloves, and respirators has redefined the global landscape. National Health Service trust in Lincolnshire, England asserted that approximately 2.3 billion PPE products were distributed to England’s health & social care personnel between February and July 2020.

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Report Coverage

The report offers a comprehensive perspective of the market size, share, revenue, and volume. It has deep-dived into SWOT analysis. Quantitative and qualitative assessments have provided a holistic view of the market. The primary interviews validate assumptions, findings, and the prevailing business scenarios. The report also includes secondary resources such as annual reports, press releases, white papers, and journals.


Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) to Gain Traction with Rising Demand for Resistance to Chemicals

In terms of type, the market is segregated into polyethylene, polypropylene, polyethylene terephthalate, polyvinyl chloride, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, polyamide, polycarbonate, polyurethane, polystyrene, and others. The polyvinyl chloride segment will account for a considerable share of the global market due to electric insulation and the demand for resistance to chemicals.

Packaging to Remain Dominant Due to Robust Demand from Food & Beverage Sector

With respect to end-use industry, the market is segregated into packaging, automotive & transportation, infrastructure & construction, consumer goods/lifestyle, healthcare & pharmaceutical, electrical & electronics, textile, and others. The packaging segment will exhibit notable growth during the assessment period, largely due to rising demand from the food & beverage sector.

Drivers and Restraints

Expanding Footprint of Engineering Plastics to Propel Growth Potentials

The plastics market share will witness notable traction during the forecast period, largely due to better mechanical and thermal properties. Surging demand for better polymer solutions will encourage leading companies to expedite investments. Prominently, surging demand for metal substitution could play a pivotal role in boosting the material demand. Furthermore, the food industry is poised to be the major recipient of plastics that avoid contamination and minimize food quality degradation. Increased usage of the polymer in fashion, sports, and toy-making will bode well for the industry growth.

However, rigorous regulations implementing plastic reduction policies could impede the industry growth.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific to Remain Stronghold with Soaring Demand for Consumer Goods

Stakeholders anticipate the Asia Pacific market forecast to be strong due to increased availability of raw materials. Robust growth in the construction and packaging sectors could foster growth across China, India, and Australia. Expanding footprint of sports goods, textiles, and toys will encourage leading companies to invest in the region.

Bullish demand from healthcare & pharmaceuticals and packaging industries in the U.S. will underpin the North America plastics market growth. Moreover, the automotive and transportation sectors could exhibit strong demand for synthetic materials. Amidst damages to the environment by polymers, recyclable plastics could be the trend reshaping the regional market.

The Middle East & Africa could emerge as favorable investment hubs for plastic manufacturers and suppliers. The robust outlook is primarily attributed to robust demand from the packaging and textile industries. The trend for lightweight packaging and the expanding application of polymers will muster the confidence of leading companies gearing to bolster their portfolios.

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Competitive Landscape

Major Players Prioritize Collaboration to Tap into Markets

Prominent players could inject funds into mergers & acquisitions, product rollouts, technological advancements and R&D activities. Besides, major companies could invest in innovations and product offerings in the ensuing period.

Key Industry Development

  • January 2022: Borealis joined hands with Reclay Group to keep up with the demand for recyclate material for use in high-end plastic applications.

Major Players Profiled in the Plastics Market Report:

  • LyondellBasell Industries N.V. (Netherlands)
  • ExxonMobil Chemical (U.S.)
  • China National Petroleum Corporation (China)
  • INEOS (U.K.)
  • China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (China)
  • SABIC (Saudi Arabia)
  • Ducor Petrochemicals (Netherlands)
  • Reliance Industries Limited (India)
  • Formosa Plastic Group (Taiwan)
  • Total S.A. (France)
  • Braskem (Brazil)
  • BASF SE (Germany)
  • Repsol (Spain)
  • Borouge (UAE)
  • Borealis AG (Austria)
  • MOL Group (Hungary)
  • Beaulieu International Group (Belgium)

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