Polycarbonate Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2020 - 2025)

The market is segmented by Product Type (Sheets & Films, Fibers, Blends, Tubes and Other Product Types), End-user Industry (Automotive & Transportation, Electrical & Electronics, Construction, Medical, and Others), and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle-East & Africa)

Market Snapshot

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Fastest Growing Market:

Asia Pacific

Largest Market:

Asia Pacific


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Market Overview

The polycarbonate market is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 5% during the forecast period. The major factors driving the market studied are - the growing demand from the construction industry, increasing demand for polycarbonate from the automotive industry, rapid growth of the electronics industry, and the increasing popularity of polycarbonate against conventional materials. However, volatility in raw material prices may act as a restraint for the market.

  • Electrical & electronics industry dominated the market in 2018 and is expected to grow during the forecast period.
  • Unique applications in automotive glazing, and electrical & electronics is likely to act as an opportunity in the future.
  • Asia-Pacific dominated the market across the globe due to the increasing demand from construction activities.

Scope of the Report

The polycarbonate market report includes:

Product Type
Sheets & Films
Tubes and Other Product Types
End-user Industry
Automotive & Transportation
Electrical & Electronics
South Korea
ASEAN Countries
Rest of Asia-Pacific
North America
United States
Rest of North America
United Kingdom
Nordic Countries
Rest of Europe
South America
Rest of South America
Middle-East & Africa
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

Electrical & Electronics Segment to Dominate the Market

  • Polycarbonates are used to make numerous corresponding equipment. Some of the most common parts include the switching relays, sensor parts, LCD sections, connectors, cell phones, and computers, among others, owing to their light weight and high impact strength.
  • Hollow polycarbonates are perfect thermal insulators, making them a preferred choice in most wire insulation applications in the electrical & electronics industry.
  • The demand for spike temperature resistance, high service temperature, ductility and toughness in thin sections, and non-flammability features in the material being used in electrical & electronics has further increased the demand for polycarbonate since it is capitalized on its collective safety features.
  • The light-weight, and impact- and shatter-resistant qualities make polycarbonates a perfect choice for housing cell phones, computers, electrical chargers, fax machines, pagers, connectors, battery boxes, and others, as they efficiently withstand the collision with a hard surface and/or scratches that may occur in everyday use.
  • Electrical & electronics producers are gradually moving from high-cost to low-cost manufacturing locations. China is a strong, favorable market for electronics producers, owing to the country’s low labor cost and flexible policies.
  • Despite the migration of a significant proportion of the production to low-cost facilities, the Europe and North America electrical & electronics production is expected to lead by high-end product mix. Industrial, medical, communication, and defense are some of the key sectors demanding high-end quality products and are expected to offer new opportunities for various companies over the forecast period.

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Asia-Pacific Region to Dominate the Market

  • Asia-Pacific region dominated the global market for polycarbonte.
  • Currently, Asia-Pacific dominates the market in the construction industry, owing to rapidly growing infrastructure and residential construction activities in the region, especially in India and China.
  • Further, there is a growing demand for high-performance plastics in the construction sector, in order to increase the lifespan of buildings, which is also driving the market for polycarbonate in Asia-Pacific.
  • The region has the largest low-cost housing construction segment, which is led by China, India, and various Southeast Asian countries.
  • Furthermore, the demand for consumer electronic products is on the rise, driven by innovation, rapid urbanization, education attainments, and increasing household incomes, particularly in the emerging markets of Asia-Pacific.
  • The electronics industry in Asia-pacific has been growing at a rate of 6% over the past couple of years and is estimated to continue the growth rate for the next few years. In Asia-Pacific, China is expected to witness the highest demand.
  • The aforementioned factors are contributing to the increasing demand for polycarbonate consumption in the region during the forecast period.

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Competitive Landscape

The global polycarbonate market is consolidated, with the top five companies accounting for almost 80% of the global production capacity. The major companies include Covestro AG, SABIC, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (Mitsubishi Engineering-Plastics Corp.), LOTTE Chemical CORPORATION, and TEIJIN LIMITED, among others.

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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 Growing Demand from Construction Industry

      2. 4.1.2 Increasing Popularity of Polycarbonate against Conventional Plastics

      3. 4.1.3 Increasing Demand from Electronics Industry

      4. 4.1.4 Other Drivers

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Volatility 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 Manufacturing Process for Polycarbonate

      1. 4.5.1 Manufacturing Process

      2. 4.5.2 Technology Providers for Polycarbonate

    6. 4.6 Patent Analysis

    7. 4.7 Price Trends

    8. 4.8 Technological Snapshot


    1. 5.1 Product Type

      1. 5.1.1 Sheets & Films

      2. 5.1.2 Fibers

      3. 5.1.3 Blends

      4. 5.1.4 Tubes and Other Product Types

    2. 5.2 End-user Industry

      1. 5.2.1 Automotive & Transportation

      2. 5.2.2 Electrical & Electronics

      3. 5.2.3 Construction

      4. 5.2.4 Medical

      5. 5.2.5 Others

    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

        4. Rest of North America

      3. 5.3.3 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. Italy

        4. France

        5. Russia

        6. Nordic Countries

        7. Spain

        8. 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. Rest of Middle-East & Africa


    1. 6.1 Mergers & 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 Chi Mei Corporation

      2. 6.4.2 Covestro AG

      3. 6.4.3 Formosa Chemicals & Fibre Corp.

      4. 6.4.4 Idemitsu Kosan Co.,Ltd.

      5. 6.4.5 LG Chem

      6. 6.4.6 LOTTE Chemical CORPORATION

      7. 6.4.7 Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (Mitsubishi Engineering-Plastics Corp.)


      9. 6.4.9 SABIC

      10. 6.4.10 TEIJIN LIMITED

      11. 6.4.11 Trinseo

  7. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Emerging Applications in Medical Sector as an alternative to PPSU and PSU Sheets

    2. 7.2 Unique Applications in Automotive Glazing, and Electrical and Electronics

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