Polybutylene Terephthalate (PBT) Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The market is segmented by End-user Industry (Automotive, Extrusion, Electrical and Electronics, and Other End-user Industries) and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America and Middle East & Africa).

Market Snapshot

polybutylene terephthalate pbt market
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: >5 %

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Market Overview

The market for polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) is expected to register a CAGR of more than 5% during the forecast period. The rising demand for lightweight automobiles and the growing demand for PBT in electrical applications are the major factors driving the market studied. However, competition from other engineering plastics is expected to hinder the growth of the market studied.

  • The automotive industry dominated the market, and is expected to grow during the forecast period across the world.
  • The growing research to develop bio-based PBT is likely to act as an opportunity in the future.
  • Asia-Pacific dominated the market across the world, with the largest consumption from countries like China and India.

Scope of the Report

The polybutylene terephthalate market report includes:

End-user Industry
Electrical and Electronics
Other End-user Industries
South Korea
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
Rest of Middle East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

Increasing Demand from the Automotive Sector

  • PBT, owing to its superior material characteristics, such as heat resistance, strength-to-weight ratio, and chemical stability, is increasingly being used to replace traditional materials, including bronze, stainless steel, cast iron, and ceramics in the automotive industry.
  • Lightweight plastics are in high demand in the transportation industry due to their competitive pricing, high performance, style, reliability, strength, and safety. Plastic components weigh almost 50% lesser than similar components made from other materials, thus providing 25%-35% improvement in fuel efficiency, which is a key factor in the automotive and transportation industries.
  • In automotive and other transportation facilities, PBT allows for energy absorption, weight reduction, shock absorption for bumpers, restriction of explosion risks in fuel tanks, seat belts, airbags, door and seat assemblies, subsystems, bumpers, under-bonnet components, exterior trim, and various other applications.
  • Moreover, PBT is providing manufacturers with major added advantages, including no corrosion, noise-reduction, and low wear and tear, along with resultant increased component and vehicle life. Thus, they have gradually become an integral part of the automotive industry.
  • PBT can be used in interior and exterior applications, especially in electric systems in the automotive. The most common applications include windshield wiper covers, mirror housings, cowl vents, handles, fans, fuel system components, connectors, sensor housings, fuse boxes, actuator cases, power relays, switches, motor components, and ignition system components.
  • With the growing automotive industry, the consumption of PBT is projected to increase over the forecast period.
Polybutylene Terephthalate (PBT) Market Revenue Share

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Asia-Pacific to Dominate the Market

  • Asia-Pacific dominated the global market share. In the recent years, China has become a global industrial and manufacturing hub.
  • The market in China is expected to witness faster growth, compared to other countries, owing to the significant increase in the per-capita income of the Chinese middle-class population and the resultant increase in the sales of consumer goods in the region.
  • The manufacturing industry in China is expected to grow on an average of more than 5% during the upcoming years, which is the major driving force for the engineering plastics market, in turn, driving the PBT market in China.
  • The Indian economy is also witnessing steady growth and development in the manufacturing sector, especially in the electrical and electronics and the automotive industries. In addition, growth in the consumer goods and appliances sector of the country is also expected to boost the growth of the PBT market.
  • All these aforementioned factors are expected to drive the demand for PBT in the region, during the forecast period.
Polybutylene Terephthalate (PBT) Market Regional Trends

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Competitive Landscape

The PBT market is partially consolidated, and is dominated by very few players. Some of these major players include DuPont, A.Schulman Inc., BASF SE, Evonik Industries AG, and SABIC, 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 Rising Demand for Lightweight Automobiles

      2. 4.1.2 Growing Demand for PBT in Electrical Applications

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Competition from Other Engineering Plastics

    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 Regulatory Policy Analysis

    6. 4.6 Technological Snapshot


    1. 5.1 End-user Industry

      1. 5.1.1 Automotive

      2. 5.1.2 Extrusion

      3. 5.1.3 Electrical and Electronics

      4. 5.1.4 Other End-user Industries

    2. 5.2 Geography

      1. 5.2.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.2.2 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      3. 5.2.3 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. Italy

        4. France

        5. Rest of Europe

      4. 5.2.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.2.5 Middle East & Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle East & Africa


    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 A.Schulman Inc.

      2. 6.4.2 BASF SE

      3. 6.4.3 Celanese Corporation

      4. 6.4.4 Chang Chun Plastics Co. Ltd

      5. 6.4.5 China National Bluestar (Group) Co. Ltd

      6. 6.4.6 Clariant

      7. 6.4.7 DuPont

      8. 6.4.8 Evonik Industries AG

      9. 6.4.9 Lanxess

      10. 6.4.10 Mitsubishi Engineering Plastics Corporation

      11. 6.4.11 Nan Ya Plastics

      12. 6.4.12 Polymer Technology and Services LLC

      13. 6.4.13 Polyone Corporation

      14. 6.4.14 Polyplastics Co. Ltd

      15. 6.4.15 Royal DSM NV

      16. 6.4.16 RTP Company

      17. 6.4.17 SABIC

      18. 6.4.18 Sipchem

      19. 6.4.19 Toray Industries Inc.

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Growing Research to Develop Bio-based PBT

    2. 7.2 Emerging Use in the Aerospace Industry

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Polybutylene Terephthalate (PBT) Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Polybutylene Terephthalate (PBT) Market is growing at a CAGR of >5% over the next 5 years.

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

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2020.

DuPont, A.Schulman Inc., BASF SE, Evonik Industries AG, SABIC are the major companies operating in Polybutylene Terephthalate (PBT) Market.

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