Cross-Linked Polyethylene (XLPE) Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The market is segmented by Type (High-density Polyethylene, Low-density Polyethylene, and Other Types), End-user Industry (Building and Construction, Electrical and Electronics, Automotive, Medical, Chemical Industry, and Other End-user Industries), and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle East & Africa).

Market Snapshot

Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: <6 %

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Market Overview

The market for cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) market is expected to register a CAGR of around 6% during the forecast period. Major factors driving the market studied are low-cost, flexible, and Easy Installation. 

  • Fluctuation in raw material prices is expected to hinder the growth of the market studied.
  • Rapid urbanization is likely to act as an opportunity in the future.

Scope of the Report

The cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) market report includes:

High-density Polyethylene (HDPE)
Low-density Polyethylene (LDPE)
Other Types
End-user Industry
Building and Construction
Electrical and Electronics
Chemical Industry
Other End-user Industries
South Korea
ASEAN Countries
Rest of Asia-Pacific
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South America
Rest of South America
Middle East & Africa
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
United Arab Emirates
Rest of Middle East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

Building and construction to Dominate the Market

  • Building and construction are one of the major end-user industries in which cross-linked polyethylene is used. PEX tubing is a solid choice for radiant floor heating in residential housings. This heating system varies from traditional heating options, by heating the floors and any objects touching the floor. Radiant heating provides a more even, consistent heat to a room.
  • Besides, cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) tubing and piping are being widely used in plumbing operations, replacing copper and galvanized steel, and PVC piping, due to rusting, cost, and circulation. Due to its flexibility during installation, and cheaper cost than copper, it is finding more preference.
  • XLPE-based tubing and piping resist corrosions and perform well under a wide range of temperatures, allowing transportation of both heated water and cold water. Hence, this is being widely used in chilled and hot water pipe insulation. XLPE can run straight from a distribution point to an outlet fixture, without the need for cutting or splicing the pipe. This reduces costs in installing joints, as well as the drop in pressure, due to turbulence induced at the transitions.
  • The direct supply line from the water source to an appliance, using just one connection, is also possible. The durable nature of XLPE gives the piping more lifespan, as compared to metal and other thermoplastic pipes.
  • The growing application of cross-linked polyethylene pipes is expected to drive the market, during the forecast period.
Cross-Linked Polyethylene (XLPE) Market Trends

Asia-Pacific is the fastest growing Market

  • In the Asia-Pacific region, China is the largest economy in terms of GDP.
  • China is currently spending only about 3% of the global healthcare spending, to address the healthcare needs of 22% of the world’s total population. To reduce this gap, China is investing heavily in its domestic healthcare sector.
  • The Chinese government increased its per capita subsidy for Basic Medical Insurance (BMI) to RMB 450. This will result in the growth of healthcare expenditure, and, in turn, increase the production of healthcare products on the whole.
  • Additionally, growth in the construction sector, increased investments in industrial and public infrastructure, development of gas pipelines, water transmission, and sewer systems fueled by rapid urbanization, are the key factors that will drive the studied market, in the country, during the forecast period.
  • China is the second-largest market for pharmaceuticals, globally. The market for pharmaceuticals is emerging rapidly, owing to the growing middle-class and rapidly-aging society in the country, rising incomes, and increasing urbanization.
  • Chinese government promulgated Healthy China 2030, a blueprint that outlines its ongoing intent to prioritize health as a precondition for sustained social and economic development. Additionally, growing research on pharmaceuticals, in the country, will also augment the demand for XLPE, during the forecast period.
  • Such factors are boosting the demand for the market studied during the forecast period.
Cross-Linked Polyethylene (XLPE) Market Regional Trends

Competitive Landscape

The cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) market is fragmented in nature. Some of the major players include Dow, Nouryon, Borealis AG, LyondellBasell Industries Holdings B.V., and PolyOne Corporation, among others.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Low-cost, Flexible, and Easy Installation

      2. 4.1.2 Other Drivers

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Fluctuation in Raw Material Prices

      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 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services

      5. 4.4.5 Degree of Competition

    5. 4.5 Production Methods

      1. 4.5.1 Peroxide Method

      2. 4.5.2 Silane Grafting Method

      3. 4.5.3 Electron Beam Processing


    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 High-density Polyethylene (HDPE)

      2. 5.1.2 Low-density Polyethylene (LDPE)

      3. 5.1.3 Other Types

    2. 5.2 End-user Industry

      1. 5.2.1 Building and Construction

      2. 5.2.2 Electrical and Electronics

      3. 5.2.3 Automotive

      4. 5.2.4 Medical

      5. 5.2.5 Chemical Industry

      6. 5.2.6 Other End-user Industries

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. ASEAN Countries

        6. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.3.2 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      3. 5.3.3 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. Italy

        4. France

        5. Rest of Europe

      4. 5.3.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle East & Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. South Africa

        3. United Arab Emirates

        4. Rest of Middle East & Africa


    1. 6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, 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 Nouryon

      2. 6.4.2 Dow

      3. 6.4.3 Arkema

      4. 6.4.4 Borealis AG

      5. 6.4.5 Hanwha Chemical

      6. 6.4.6 Lyondelbasell Industries NV

      7. 6.4.7 PolyOne Corporation

      8. 6.4.8 Solvay SA

      9. 6.4.9 Armacell GmbH

      10. 6.4.10 Vanderbilt Chemicals LLC

      11. 6.4.11 Indu Insulations

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Rapid Urbanization

    2. 7.2 Other Opportunities

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Cross-Linked Polyethylene (XLPE) Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Cross-Linked Polyethylene (XLPE) Market is growing at a CAGR of <6% over the next 5 years.

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

North America holds highest share in 2020.

Dow, Nouryon, Borealis AG, LyondellBasell Industries Holdings B.V., PolyOne Corporation are the major companies operating in Cross-Linked Polyethylene (XLPE) Market.

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