Plastic Additives Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2020 - 2025)

The market is segmented by Type (Lubricants, Processing Aids (Fluoropolymer-based), Flow Improvers, Slip Additives, Antistatic Additives, Pigment Wetting Agents, Filler Dispersants, Antifog Additives, Plasticizers, Stabilizers, Flame Retardants, Impact Modifiers, Other Types), by Plastic Type (Polyethylene (PE), Polystyrene (PS), Polypropylene (PP), Polyamides (PA), Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET), Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), Polycarbonate (PC), Other Plastic Types), by Application (Packaging, Consumer Goods, Construction, Automotive, Other Applications), and Geography

Market Snapshot

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Fastest Growing Market:

Asia Pacific

Largest Market:

Asia Pacific

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Market Overview

The plastic additives market is expected to witness a healthy growth, at an estimated CAGR of 5.68% over the forecast period, 2019 to 2024. One of the major factors driving the growth of the market studied is the replacement of conventional materials by plastics in several applications.

  • On the flipside, stringent regulations over plastic usage in several countries are restraining the growth of the plastics industry, globally, which is directly affecting the plastic additives demand on the global front. 
  • The market studied has been segmented on the basis of type, plastic type, application, and geography. By plastic type, polyethylene is likely to be the fastest growing segments among others.

Scope of the Report

The plastic additives market report include:

Processing Aids (Fluoropolymer-based)
Flow Improvers
Slip Additives
Antistatic Additives
Pigment Wetting Agents
Filler Dispersants
Antifog Additives
Flame Retardants
Impact Modifiers
Other Types
By Plastic Type
Polyethylene (PE)
Polystyrene (PS)
Polypropylene (PP)
Polyamides (PA)
Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)
Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
Polycarbonate (PC)
Other Plastic Types
Consumer Goods
Other Applications
South Korea
ASEAN Countries
Rest of Asia-Pacific
North America
United States
Rest of North America
United Kingdom
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

Increasing Demand from the Packaging Industry

  • The packaging industry mostly relies on polymers for the packaging and decoration of its end-user products. Factors leading to the increased application of polymers in the packaging industry are certain properties of polymers, including lightweight, availability in different colors, low reactivity, chemical, and moisture resistance, etc.
  • The usage of suitable plastic additives contributes toward extended lifetime, appearance, thermal protection, clarity, low haze, and improved mechanical properties, which are the most important factors for packaging.
  • Major forms of plastics used in the packaging industry are polyethylene terephthalate (PET/PETE), high-density polyethylene (HDPE), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), low-density polyethylene (LDPE),  polypropylene, polystyrene, etc.
  • One of the main applications of packaging is in the food and beverage industry. With the increase in the awareness toward hygiene and health among the global population, the packaging industry is also growing at a steady pace.
  • Packaging of food items is a process that continually responds to the changes in demand and supply, which are the results of adaptations to the varying demands of the consumers, changes in retail practices, technological innovations, and new developments in legislation, especially, with respect to environmental concerns.
  • A wide range of additives is available for enhancing the performance and appearance of food packaging, where polymer additives are important areas of innovation for packaging materials.
  • All the aforementioned factors, in turn, expected to increase the demand for the PVC during the forecast period.
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Asia-Pacific Region to Dominate the Market

  • Asia-Pacific region dominated the global market share in 2018. China is one of the lucrative markets for plastic additives, due to the availability of low-cost raw materials and labor. All plastics products are made from essential polymers, mixed with a complex blend of materials, collectively known as plastic additives. China is one of the largest producers of plastic materials in the world, accounting for ~30% of the global plastics production.
  • Packaging is the largest end user for the plastics industry, accounting for more than one-quarter of total plastics usage. The rapid development of e-commerce has greatly promoted the development of the packaging industry in the country. With the rise in demand for lighter, cheaper, and more convenient packaging from consumers, the packaging sector in China is set to experience rapid growth, during the forecast period, which, in turn, is expected to boost the plastic additives market.
  • For roughly three decades, China’s booming economy has offered consumer product companies some of the world’s greatest growth opportunities. Attracted by the huge potential of Chinese consumer goods market, many foreign companies have entered China and set up production units. With the growth of consumer goods production, plastic additive consumption may also see increased demand. 
  • As living conditions continue to improve in China, people are becoming increasingly willing to invest in home decoration. Consumers’ increasing purchasing power has majorly boosted the furniture market. Chinese furniture market is increasing, with the emergence of the new middle class population. Plastic additives are used to manufacture plastic furniture.
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Competitive Landscape

The market for plastic additives is fragmented in nature, as the top 10 leading players account for only 40% of the market. Major players of the market are BASF SE, ExxonMobil, Evonik Industries, DowDuPont, and Nouryon 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 Replacement of Conventional Materials by Plastics in Several Applications

      2. 4.1.2 Growing Construction Activity in the Asia-Pacific Region

      3. 4.1.3 Extensive Demand from the Automotive Industry

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Stringent Governmental Regulations to Prohibit Plastic Usage, by Different Countries

      2. 4.2.2 Other Restraints

    3. 4.3 Industry Value-Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Porters Five Force 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


    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Lubricants

      2. 5.1.2 Processing Aids (Fluoropolymer-based)

      3. 5.1.3 Flow Improvers

      4. 5.1.4 Slip Additives

      5. 5.1.5 Antistatic Additives

      6. 5.1.6 Pigment Wetting Agents

      7. 5.1.7 Filler Dispersants

      8. 5.1.8 Antifog Additives

      9. 5.1.9 Plasticizers

      10. 5.1.10 Stabilizers

      11. 5.1.11 Flame Retardants

      12. 5.1.12 Impact Modifiers

      13. 5.1.13 Other Types

    2. 5.2 By Plastic Type

      1. 5.2.1 Polyethylene (PE)

      2. 5.2.2 Polystyrene (PS)

      3. 5.2.3 Polypropylene (PP)

      4. 5.2.4 Polyamides (PA)

      5. 5.2.5 Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)

      6. 5.2.6 Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)

      7. 5.2.7 Polycarbonate (PC)

      8. 5.2.8 Other Plastic Types

    3. 5.3 Application

      1. 5.3.1 Packaging

      2. 5.3.2 Consumer Goods

      3. 5.3.3 Construction

      4. 5.3.4 Automotive

      5. 5.3.5 Other Applications

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. ASEAN Countries

        6. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.4.2 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

        4. Rest of North America

      3. 5.4.3 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. Italy

        4. France

        5. Spain

        6. Russia

        7. Rest of Europe

      4. 5.4.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.4.5 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 Adeka Corporation

      2. 6.4.2 Baerlocher Gmbh

      3. 6.4.3 Basf Se

      4. 6.4.4 Clariant

      5. 6.4.5 DowDuPont

      6. 6.4.6 Emerald Performance Materials

      7. 6.4.7 Evonik Industries Ag

      8. 6.4.8 Exxon Mobil Corporation

      9. 6.4.9 Kaneka Corporation

      10. 6.4.10 Lanxess

      11. 6.4.11 Mitsui Chemicals Inc.

      12. 6.4.12 Nouryon

      13. 6.4.13 SABO Spa

      14. 6.4.14 Songwon


    1. 7.1 Growing Research to Develop Bio-based Plastics

    2. 7.2 Innovative Product Applications

    3. 7.3 Increasing Demand for Plastics in the Aerospace Industry

* List Not Exhaustive

** Subject to Availability

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