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, Films and Sheets, Pipes and Fittings, Tarpaulin, Industrial, Building and Construction, Automotive and Transportation, Electrical and Electronics, Furniture and Bedding, Household, and Other Applications).

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Market Overview

The Malaysian plastics market is expected to register a CAGR of more than 6%, during the forecast period. Plastics are typically organic polymers of high molecular mass, and they often contain other substances. They are usually synthetic, most commonly derived from petrochemicals. However, an array of variants are made from renewable materials, such as polylactic acid from corn or cellulosic from cotton linters.

Scope of the Report

The scope of the Malaysian plastics market report includes:

Traditional Plastics
Poly-vinyl Chloride
Engineering Plastics
Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE)
Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF)
Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene (FEP)
Nylon 6
Nylon 66
Other Ployamides
Polymethyl Methacrylate (PMMA)
Polyphenylene Oxide (PPO/PPE Blends)
Polyphenylene Sulfide (PPS)
Styrene Copolymers (ABS and SAN)
Thermoplastic Polyesters
Polybutylene Terephthalate (PBT)
Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)
Copolyesters (PETG/PCTG)
Liquid Crystal Polymers (LCP)
Polyether Ether Ketone (PEEK)
Polyimides (PI)
Other Engineering Plastics
Blow Molding
Injection Molding
Other Technologies
Films and Sheets
Pipes and Fittings
Building and Construction
Automotive and Transportation
Electrical and Electronics
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 market studied. The prime reasons for the growing application of engineering plastics, in the packaging segment, are better wear and chemical resistance, ease of molding, recyclability, puncture resistance, and high mechanical strength.
  • Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is one of the plastics majorly used for packaging purposes, mostly in the food and beverage industry. Portability, design flexibility, ease of cleaning, lightweight, and protection against moisture, are a few properties of PET that make it suitable for packaging purposes. In addition, low handling hazards, low toxicity, and absence of bisphenol A (BPA) and heavy metals are some of the other factors that allow PET to be used for food packaging.
  • PETs are used for making clamshells, bakery and take-out containers, microwaveable food trays, carbonated soft drink bottles, and other packages. Other applications include packaging materials for cooking oils, shampoo, hand wash, and more products.
  • Polyamide is another major engineering plastic that finds major application in the packaging sector. Bi-axially-oriented and non-oriented polyamide films are used in medical and food packaging, owing to the former’s high impact strength and good heat resistance.
  • Increasing household and commercial applications for containers, plastic bags, canisters, and tableware, among others, are expected to drive the consumption demand for plastics in the packaging sector, during the forecast period. The demand for plastics, from packaging, in the food and beverage sector has also increased considerably, over the years. The Malaysian food and beverage industry is a fast-growing one, characterized by a large export market.

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Competitive Landscape

The Malaysian plastics market is expected to be consolidated in nature, due to the limited presence of plastic resin manufacturers in the country. Key players in the market include Toray Plastics Sdn Bhd, Polyplastics Asia-Pacific Sdn Bhd, Behn Meyer Polymers Sdn Bhd, and Malayan Electro-Chemical Industry Co. Sdn Bhd, among others.

Table Of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Increasing Demand from Food, Beverage, and Pharmaceutical Industries

      2. 4.1.2 Government Support and Increasing Usage of Recycled Plastics

      3. 4.1.3 Supporting Trade Agreements

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Increasing Labor Costs

      2. 4.2.2 Environmental Concerns

    3. 4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Porters 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 PESTEL Analysis

    6. 4.6 Imports and Exports

    7. 4.7 Price Analysis

    8. 4.8 Machinery and Technology

    9. 4.9 Government Plans and Policies

    10. 4.10 Macroeconomic Factors

    11. 4.11 Raw Material Analysis


    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Traditional Plastics

        1. Polyethylene

          1. HDPE

          2. LDPE

        2. Polypropylene

        3. Polystyrene

        4. Poly-vinyl Chloride

      2. 5.1.2 Engineering Plastics

        1. Fluoropolymers

          1. Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE)

          2. Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF)

          3. Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene (FEP)

        2. Polyacetal/Polyoxymethylene

        3. Polyamides

          1. Nylon 6

          2. Nylon 66

          3. Other Ployamides

        4. Polycarbonates

        5. Polymethyl Methacrylate (PMMA)

        6. Polyphenylene Oxide (PPO/PPE Blends)

        7. Polyphenylene Sulfide (PPS)

        8. Styrene Copolymers (ABS and SAN)

        9. Thermoplastic Polyesters

          1. Polybutylene Terephthalate (PBT)

          2. Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)

          3. Copolyesters (PETG/PCTG)

        10. Liquid Crystal Polymers (LCP)

        11. Polyether Ether Ketone (PEEK)

        12. Polyimides (PI)

        13. Other 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 Films and Sheets

      3. 5.3.3 Pipes and Fittings

      4. 5.3.4 Tarpaulin

      5. 5.3.5 Industrial

      6. 5.3.6 Building and Construction

      7. 5.3.7 Automotive and Transportation

      8. 5.3.8 Electrical and Electronics

      9. 5.3.9 Furniture and Bedding

      10. 5.3.10 Household

      11. 5.3.11 Other Applications


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

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis**

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Toray Plastics Sdn Bhd

      2. 6.4.2 CYL Corporation Bhd

      3. 6.4.3 Lam Seng Plastics Industries Sdn Bhd

      4. 6.4.4 EE-LIAN Enterprise M Sdn Bhd

      5. 6.4.5 Sanko Plastics Sdn Bhd

      6. 6.4.6 BP Plastics Holding Bhd

      7. 6.4.7 Fu Fong Plastic Industries Sdn Bhd

      8. 6.4.8 Metro Plastic Manufacturer Sdn Bhd

      9. 6.4.9 Commercial Plastic Industries

      10. 6.4.10 George Kent Bhd

      11. 6.4.11 Hicom-Teck See Manufacturing Malaysia Sdn Bhd

      12. 6.4.12 Guppy Plastic Industries Sdn Bhd

      13. 6.4.13 Teck See Plastic Sdn Bhd

      14. 6.4.14 Scientex Packaging Film Sdn Bhd

      15. 6.4.15 Meditop Corp Sdn Bhd

      16. 6.4.16 LOTTE CHEMICAL TITAN

      17. 6.4.17 Polyplastics Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd

      18. 6.4.18 Malayan Electro-Chemical Industry Co. Sdn Bhd

      19. 6.4.19 Behn Meyer Polymers Sdn Bhd

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Innovative Applications in Electronic Products

    2. 7.2 Increasing Usage of Bio-degradable Plastics

    3. 7.3 Engineered Plastics Replacing Traditional Materials

** Subject to Availability

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