Polyethylene Wax Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Polyethylene Wax Market is segmented by Wax Type (High-Density Polyethylene, Low-Density Polyethylene, Oxidized Polyethylene, and Others), Application (Plastics, Adhesives, Rubber, Cosmetics, Paints & Coatings, Textile, and Others) and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle-East and Africa)

Polyethylene Wax Market Snapshot

Polyethylene Wax Market Summary
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: 4 %
Polyethylene Wax Market Major Players

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Market Overview

The market for polyethylene wax is expected to grow at a CAGR of about 4% globally during the forecast period. Increasing usage of polyethylene wax in polyvinyl chloride processing coupled with other drivers are driving the market growth. On the flip side, volatile raw material costs, and unfavorable conditions arising due to the COVID-19 outbreak are hindering the growth of the market.

  • The polyethylene wax market is expected to grow during the forecast period owing to the increasing demand from the plastics segment.
  • Asia-Pacific region represents the largest market and is also expected to be the fastest-growing market over the forecast period owing to the increasing consumption from countries such as China, India, and Japan.

Scope of the Report

The Polyethylene Wax Market report includes:

High Density Polyethylene
Low Density Polyethylene
Oxidized Polyethylene
Paints & Coatings
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South America
Rest of South America
Middle-East and Africa
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Growing Demand from the Plastics Industry

  • Polyethylene wax is widely used in the plastics manufacturing owing to its superior characteristics and is expected to grow rapidly during the forecast period.
  • Polyethylene waxes are mainly manufactured using one of the following processes direct high-pressure polymerization of ethylene, thermal degradation of high molecular weight polyethylene resins and refining low polymer wax.
  • Polyethylene waxes are widely used in plastics manufacturing owing to its anti-sticking properties. Additionally, they also provide more lubrication by modifying viscosity or melt point and improve the dispersion of fillers during plastics manufacturing. They improve plastic's resistance to heat and increase thermal stability.
  • Plastics have become an integral part of our daily life, the growing demand for plastics from various industries such as automotive and packaging is expected to drive the market for polyethylene wax during the forecast period.
Polyethylene Wax Market : Revenue (%), by Application, Global, 2019

Asia-Pacific Region to Dominate the Market

  • The Asia-Pacific region is expected to dominate the market for polyethylene wax during the forecast period as a result of the increase in demand for plastics & rubber, paints & coatings and adhesives from countries like India and China.
  • In 2019 alone, China produced about 75 million tons of plastic which are about 20% of the total world’s plastic production. Plastic is mainly used in the packaging industry for its light-weight and durability. The increasing e-commerce market is expected to drive the demand for plastics which accounts for around 30% of total plastics consumption. The growing plastics industry is expected to drive the market for polyethylene wax.
  • In the textile sector, emulsions made from polyethylene wax improve softening and provide resistance against acids and eliminate yellowing & color change of fabrics.
  • As per the Ministry of Textiles annual report 2018-19, India’s textile industry contributes to 7% of industry output in value terms, 2% of India’s GDP and 15% of the country’s export earnings. Currently, India has one of the world’s largest young population and half of the population is under 25. This young group is the largest consumer of apparels and is expected to drive the market during the forecast period.
  • Furthermore, China’s National Development and Reform Commission, stated that the domestic sales of apparel and knitwear stood at around USD 172.4 billion for the first 11 months of 2019, which represents growth of about 3% Y-o-Y over same time period in 2018.
  • In paints & coatings, polyethylene wax provides better water repellency, improves anti-settling properties and provides abrasion resistance. The growing construction sector in countries like China and India is expected to drive the market.
  • The aforementioned factors, coupled with government support, are contributing to the increasing demand for polyethylene wax in the Asia-Pacific region during the forecast period.
Polyethylene Wax Market : Growth Rate by Region, 2020-2025

Competitive Landscape

The global polyethylene wax market is partially fragmented with players accounting for a marginal share of the market. Few companies include Clariant, BASF SE, MITSUI CHEMICALS AMERICA, INC, DEUREX AG and SCG Chemicals Co., Ltd.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Increasing Use of Polyethylene Wax in Poly Vinyl Chloride Processing

      2. 4.1.2 Other Drivers

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Volatile Raw Material Costs

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

    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


    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 High Density Polyethylene

      2. 5.1.2 Low Density Polyethylene

      3. 5.1.3 Oxidized Polyethylene

      4. 5.1.4 Others

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Plastics

      2. 5.2.2 Adhesives

      3. 5.2.3 Rubber

      4. 5.2.4 Cosmetics

      5. 5.2.5 Paints & Coatings

      6. 5.2.6 Textile

      7. 5.2.7 Others

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.3.2 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      3. 5.3.3 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. Italy

        4. France

        5. Rest of Europe

      4. 5.3.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


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

    2. 6.2 Market Share (%)/Ranking Analysis**

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 BASF SE

      2. 6.4.2 Carmel Industries

      3. 6.4.3 Cerax

      4. 6.4.4 Clariant

      5. 6.4.5 DEUREX AG

      6. 6.4.6 Marcus Oil


      8. 6.4.8 Pishro Chem Co.LTD

      9. 6.4.9 Repsol

      10. 6.4.10 SANYO CHEMICAL, LTD

      11. 6.4.11 SAVITA

      12. 6.4.12 SCG Chemicals Co., Ltd.

      13. 6.4.13 SQIWAX

      14. 6.4.14 WIWAX

      15. 6.4.15 WSD Chemical limited

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Growing Demand for Plastics From Emerging Economies

    2. 7.2 Other Opportunities

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Polyethylene Wax Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Polyethylene Wax Market is growing at a CAGR of 4% over the next 5 years.

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

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2021.

Clariant, BASF SE, MITSUI CHEMICALS AMERICA, INC, DEUREX AG, SCG Chemicals Co., Ltd. are the major companies operating in Polyethylene Wax Market.

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