Malaysia Plastics Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2020 - 2025)

The market is segmented by Type (Traditional Plastics, Engineering Plastics, and Bioplastics), Technology (Blow Molding, Extrusion, Injection Molding, and Other Technologies), Application (Packaging, Electrical and Electronics, Building and Construction, Automotive and Transportation, Housewares, Furniture and Bedding, and Other Applications)

Market Snapshot

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Market Overview

The market for Malaysia plastics is expected to grow at a CAGR of around 4% globally during the forecast period. The major factor driving the growth of the market studied is the rising demand from the food & beverage packaging.

  • On the flipside, environmental restrictions and unfavorable conditions arising due to the COVID-19 outbreak are expected to hinder the growth of the market studied.
  • Rising usage of biodegradable plastics as well as potential growth in the aerospace sector are expected to offer various opportunities for the growth of the market.

Scope of the Report

The Malaysia Plastics Market report includes:

Traditional Plastics
Engineering Plastics
Blow Molding
Injection Molding
Other Technologies
Electrical and Electronics
Building and Construction
Automotive and Transportation
Furniture and Bedding
Other Applications

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Key Market Trends

In Traditional Plastics, Polyethylene to Dominate the Market

  • Presently, polyethylene has become one of the key products used in our daily life. It is primarily used in the packaging sector, which comprises of containers and bottles, plastic bags, plastic films, as well as geomembranes. It has various types, including HDPE and LDPE.
  • The packaging industry has been experiencing drastic growth over the past few years. The increased demand for packaged goods has accelerated the demand for high-density polyethylene (HDPE).
  • Owing to the increased disposable income and rising consumption of products, including packaged foods, personal care products, pharmaceuticals, etc., the HDPE market is growing drastically.
  • The use of HDPE for plastic pipes in buildings is leading to the growth in the product’s market, owing to the rapid increase in Malaysia’s infrastructure sector.
  • Malaysia’s construction industry is expected to grow over the forecast period, due to the newly established Pakatan Harapan Coalition, which continues to reduce government debt and expenditure by initiating large-scale infrastructure projects across the country.
  • Following this coalition, the government has initiated the construction of two oil and gas pipeline projects in the country, worth USD 970 million each.
  • Owing to the above-mentioned factors, growth of traditional plastics, including polyethylene, is expected to rise during the forecast period.

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Increasing Demand from Packaging Industry

  • Packaging accounts for the largest application segment in the Malaysian plastics market. The prime reasons for the growing application of plastics in the packaging segment include better wear and chemical resistance, ease of molding, recyclability, puncture resistance, and high mechanical strength.
  • Most commonly used plastics in the packaging industry include:
    • High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE): It is the most common type of plastic used in the manufacturing of bottles and containers. HDPE provides excellent chemical resistance, thus also used for packaging of many household and industrial chemicals, including detergents and bleach.
    • Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE): It is used for packaging applications due to its toughness, flexibility, and relative transparency, etc. Its applications include flexible lids, bottles, and other wire and cable applications.
    • Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET): It is clear and tough and possesses good gas and moisture barrier properties. It is most commonly used in beverage bottles and other injection molded consumer product containers.
    • Polypropylene (PP): It has characteristics, such as excellent chemical resistance and a high melting point, making it a reliable choice for hot-fill liquids. It is used for flexible and rigid packaging applications and other large molded parts required for automotive and consumer products.
    • Polystyrene (PS): It is a versatile plastic that can be both rigid as well as foamed. Its typical application includes protective packaging, foodservice packaging, bottles, and food containers.
  • According to The Malaysian Reserve (local information provider owned by TMR Media Sdn Bhd), Malaysia’s annual per capita plastic packaging consumption is high among all the South-east Asian countries at 16.78 kg/person. The total household plastic packaging consumption in the country is estimated to reach 523,000 metric ton by the end of 2020. This consumption is mainly driven by private households, small businesses, and other end users, such as schools, hospitals, and government buildings.
  • In 2019, despite the US-China trade tensions, robust demand from the country’s local plastic packaging manufacturers propelled its strongest gains. For instance:
    • Scientex Bhd, the flexible plastic manufacturer for various industrial as well as consumer applications, registered its highest turnover of MYR 3.25 billion for the year 2019.
    • Additionally, Thong Guan Industries Bhd, the plastic packaging manufacturer, registered a 56% increase in net profit and reached MYR 25.7 million for the first half of 2019.
    • Other companies also registering a more substantial growth in 2019 included SCGM Bhd. The plastic packaging manufacturer registered a 10.2% increase in its profit in 2019.
  • Other major local packaging manufacturers include Malaysia Packaging Industry Bhd, Bemis Flexible Packaging Sdn Bhd, Amcor Ltd, DaibochiPlastic and Packaging Industry, and Bisson Flexipack SdnBhd.
  • Also, the packaging industry has gained momentum after the COVID-19 outbreak with the government advising the people in the country to take all the necessary hygiene protection. Moreover, e-commerce has also augmented the demand for plastic packaging in the country due to the COVID-19 outbreak, as online delivery is rapidly rising with people avoiding public gatherings.
  • Such factors are expected to increase the demand for plastic packaging in the country during the forecast period

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Competitive Landscape

Malaysian plastics market is consolidated in nature due to the limited presence of plastic resin manufacturers in the country. Most market players in the market import raw materials from other countries including China, Japan, and countries of South-East Asian countries. The major players in the market include Toray Plastics Sdn Bhd, LOTTE CHEMICAL TITAN HOLDING BERHAD, Behn Meyer Malaysia Sdn Bhd, PolyplasticsAsia Pacific Sdn Bhd, and Malayan Electro-Chemical Industry Co. Sdn Bhd.

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Table Of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Rising Demand from the Food & Beverage Packaging

      2. 4.1.2 Growing Applications in Construction Industry

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Environmental Concerns

      2. 4.2.2 Unfavorable Conditions Arising Due to COVID-19 Outbreak

      3. 4.2.3 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 Raw Material Analysis

    6. 4.6 Price Trend Analysis

    7. 4.7 Imports and Exports


    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Traditional Plastics

      2. 5.1.2 Engineering Plastics

      3. 5.1.3 Bioplastics

    2. 5.2 Technology

      1. 5.2.1 Blow Molding

      2. 5.2.2 Extrusion

      3. 5.2.3 Injection Molding

      4. 5.2.4 Other Technologies

    3. 5.3 Application

      1. 5.3.1 Packaging

      2. 5.3.2 Electrical and Electronics

      3. 5.3.3 Building and Construction

      4. 5.3.4 Automotive and Transportation

      5. 5.3.5 Housewares

      6. 5.3.6 Furniture and Bedding

      7. 5.3.7 Other Applications


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

    2. 6.2 Market Ranking Analysis

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Air Products and Chemicals Inc.

      2. 6.4.2 Behn Meyer Polymers Sdn Bhd

      3. 6.4.3 BP Plastics Holding Bhd

      4. 6.4.4 Commercial Plastic Industries

      5. 6.4.5 CYL Corporation Bhd

      6. 6.4.6 EE-LIAN Enterprise M Sdn Bhd

      7. 6.4.7 Fu Fong Plastic Industries Sdn Bhd

      8. 6.4.8 Guppy Plastic Industries Sdn Bhd

      9. 6.4.9 Hicom-Teck See Manufacturing Malaysia Sdn Bhd



      12. 6.4.12 Malayan Electro-Chemical Industry Co. Sdn Bhd

      13. 6.4.13 Meditop Corp Sdn Bhd

      14. 6.4.14 Metro Plastic Manufacturer Sdn Bhd

      15. 6.4.15 Polyplastics Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd

      16. 6.4.16 Sanko Plastics (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

      17. 6.4.17 Scientex

      18. 6.4.18 Teck See Plastic Sdn Bhd

      19. 6.4.19 Toray Plastics Sdn Bhd

  7. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Potential Growth in the Aerospace Sector

    2. 7.2 Increasing Usage of Bio-degradable Plastics

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