Automotive Plastics Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The market is segmented by Material ( Polypropylene, Polyurethane, Polyvinyl Chloride, Polyethylene, Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene, Polyamides, Polycarbonate, and Other Materials), Application (Interior, Exterior, Under Bonnet, and Other Applications), Vehicle Type (Conventional/Traditional Vehicles and Electric Vehicles), and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, Middle-East and Africa). The report offers the market size and forecasts in terms of volume (metric tons) for all the above segments.

Market Snapshot

Automotive Plastics Market Summary
Study Period: 2017-2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia-Pacific
Largest Market: Asia-Pacific
CAGR: >10 %
Automotive Plastics Market Major Players

Need a report that reflects how COVID-19 has impacted this market and its growth?

Market Overview

The automotive plastics market is expected to register a CAGR of over 10% during the forecast period (2022-2027).

The COVID-19 pandemic primarily negatively impacted automotive plastics producers by shutting down automotive production and decreasing the demand for vehicles due to worldwide financial instability. However, in 2021 market grew significantly mainly due to an increase in sales of electric vehicles. This is expected to boost the market studied in coming years.

  • Over the medium term, the increasing demand for lightweight and electric vehicles is expected to drive the demand for the market during the forecast period.
  • On the flip side, challenges associated with plastic recycling are likely to hinder the market’s growth.
  • Technological development in electric vehicles is projected to act as an opportunity for the market in the future.
  • The Asia-Pacific region dominated the global market due to increased demand for electric vehicles in the region.

Scope of the Report

Plastics are majorly processed into automotive components and parts owing to their ease of manufacturing, possible sourcing from renewable raw materials, and relative ease of improved design. Further, automotive plastics play a crucial role in performance and safety innovations in commercial vehicles, HMVs, modern cars, and SUVs. The market is segmented based on material, application, vehicle type, and geography. By material, the market is segmented into polypropylene, polyurethane, polyvinyl chloride, polyethylene, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, polyamides, polycarbonate, and other materials. By application, the market is segmented into the interior, exterior, under-bonnet, and other applications. By vehicle type, the market is segmented into conventional/traditional vehicles and electric vehicles. The report also covers the size and forecasts for the automotive plastics market in 15 countries across major regions. For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done based on volume (metric tons).

Polypropylene (PP)
Polyurethane (PU)
Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
Polyethylene (PE)
Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)
Polyamides (PA)
Polycarbonate (PC)
Other Materials (Polyoxymethylene (POM) and Acrylic (PMMA)etc)
Under Bonnet
Other Applications (Chassis and Electrical Components etc)
Vehicle Type
Conventional/Traditional Vehicles
Electric Vehicles
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South America
Rest of South America
Middle-East and Africa
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

Report scope can be customized per your requirements. Click here.

Key Market Trends

Under Bonnet Application to Dominate the Market

  • Plastic can act as an electric conductor and insulator (mainly insulator). So it plays a vital role in various under-bonnet applications concerning propulsion, alternative drive systems, and batteries.
  • Plastics make electric and hybrid automotive batteries more affordable and aid in value addition by replacing heavy electric cells with compensatory light-weighting.
  • The plastic sensors, harnesses, connectors, seals, fuses, and capacitors used in ‘under-the-hood’ applications in hybrid or electric vehicles help consolidate parts, resist corrosion and reduce noise.
  • Hybridization (the use of combined gas and electric propulsion system) has already increased the demand for efficiency, battery longevity, weight, and space savings, as well as safety standards in the automotive sector.
  • EV manufacturers know that consumers demand driving ranges similar to driving ranges of gasoline vehicles. Plastic innovations are already assisting the manufacturers with this demand. Lithium-ion battery packs, Ni-MH battery packs, and snap-fit li-ion battery cell packs are all made possible with plastics.
  • Improving the heat and chemical resistance of plastics in contact with some of the most demanding under-bonnet applications, such as turbochargers, makes it possible for small engines to meet high-profile performance requirements.
  • Therefore, from the above-mentioned points, under bonnet application is expected to dominate the market.
Automotive Plastics Market : Volume (%), by Application, Global, 2021

Asia-Pacific Region is expected to Dominate the Market

  • The Asia-Pacific region is expected to dominate the global market share. With the increase in demand for lightweight vehicles and a large automotive production base in countries such as China, India, and Japan, the usage of automotive plastics is increasing in the region.
  • China continues to be the world’s largest vehicle market by both annual sales and manufacturing output, with domestic production expected to reach 35 million vehicles by 2025.
  • On the bright side, the Chinese government is focusing on increasing the production and sale of electric vehicles in the country. Electric vehicle (EV) sales reach a total of 3.3 million units in 2021, up from 1.3 million in 2020. Such trends are expected to drive the Chinese automotive industry’s growth during the forecast period.
  • According to OICA, the vehicle production in India reached a total of 4,399,112units in 2021, an increase of 30% over 2020 for the same period. Moreover, with the consistent economic development and rising incomes, the automotive industry has been witnessing a continued shift in vehicle preferences, from two- to four-wheelers, which helps to augment the demand for passenger cars in the country.
  • Moreover, in November 2021, Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and two other public sector oil firms announced they would install 22,000 electric vehicle charging stations over the next 3–5 years.
  • Regarding e-mobility, Japan's government has raised subsidies for electric vehicles (EV) and aims to increase EV charging stations to 150,000 by 2030. The significant OEMs support e-Mobility Power, a joint venture established to construct, maintain and operate charging stations and related electrical infrastructure.
  • Such factors are expected to boost the market demand at a steady rate in the region.
Automotive Plastics Market : CAGR by Region, 2022-2027

Competitive Landscape

The automotive plastics market is partially fragmented in nature. Key players in the automotive plastics market include (not in any particular order) BASF SE, Covestro AG, Celanese Corporation, Borealis AG, and DSM, among others.

Major Players

  1. BASF SE

  2. Covestro AG

  3. Celanese Corporation

  4. Borealis AG

  5. DSM

Automotive Plastics Market Concentration

Recent Development

  • In March 2022, Covestro AG started two polycarbonate compounding production lines at its Greater Noida plant near New Delhi in India. The new plants are intended to meet the growing demand for compounded plastics, particularly for the automotive and electrical and electronics industries.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Increasing Demand for Lightweight Materials from Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

      2. 4.1.2 Other Drivers

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Challenges Associated with Plastic Recycling

      2. 4.2.2 Other Restraints

    3. 4.3 Industry Value-Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Degree of Competition


    1. 5.1 Material

      1. 5.1.1 Polypropylene (PP)

      2. 5.1.2 Polyurethane (PU)

      3. 5.1.3 Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)

      4. 5.1.4 Polyethylene (PE)

      5. 5.1.5 Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)

      6. 5.1.6 Polyamides (PA)

      7. 5.1.7 Polycarbonate (PC)

      8. 5.1.8 Other Materials (Polyoxymethylene (POM) and Acrylic (PMMA)etc)

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Exterior

      2. 5.2.2 Interior

      3. 5.2.3 Under Bonnet

      4. 5.2.4 Other Applications (Chassis and Electrical Components etc)

    3. 5.3 Vehicle Type

      1. 5.3.1 Conventional/Traditional Vehicles

      2. 5.3.2 Electric Vehicles

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.4.2 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      3. 5.4.3 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Italy

        5. Rest of Europe

      4. 5.4.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.4.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Colaborations and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Market Share(%)**/Ranking Analysis

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Asahi Kasei Advance Corporation

      2. 6.4.2 BASF SE

      3. 6.4.3 Borealis AG

      4. 6.4.4 Braskem

      5. 6.4.5 Celanese Corporation

      6. 6.4.6 Covestro AG

      7. 6.4.7 Daicel Corporation

      8. 6.4.8 DuPont

      9. 6.4.9 DSM

      10. 6.4.10 Exxon Mobil Corporation

      11. 6.4.11 LANXESS

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Technological Development in Electric Vehicles

    2. 7.2 Other Opportunities

**Subject to Availability
You can also purchase parts of this report. Do you want to check out a section wise price list?

Frequently Asked Questions

The Automotive Plastics Market market is studied from 2017 - 2027.

The Automotive Plastics Market is growing at a CAGR of >10% over the next 5 years.

Asia-Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Asia-Pacific holds highest share in 2021.

BASF SE, Covestro AG, Celanese Corporation, Borealis AG, DSM are the major companies operating in Automotive Plastics Market.

80% of our clients seek made-to-order reports. How do you want us to tailor yours?

Please enter a valid email id!

Please enter a valid message!