Rigid Transparent Plastics Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The market is segmented by Polymer Type (Polycarbonate, Polyvinyl Chloride, Polystyrene, Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene and Styrene Acrylonitrile, Polypropylene, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Styrene Block Copolymers, and Other Polymer Types), End-user Industry (Packaging, Healthcare, Electrical and Electronics, Automotive, Buildings and Construction, and Other End-user Industries), and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle-East and Africa)

Market Snapshot

Rigid Transparent Plastics Market - Market Summary
Study Period:

2016 - 2026

Base Year:


Fastest Growing Market:

Asia Pacific

Largest Market:

Asia Pacific


>6 %

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Market Overview

The market for rigid transparent plastics is anticipated to register a CAGR of more than 6% during the forecast period. These rigid transparent plastics are widely employed in the food & beverage industry for manufacturing packaging covers or materials.

  • Increasing demand for packed foods from the food & beverage industry and rising replacement of conventional materials by rigid transparent plastics are augmenting the growth of the market.
  • Growing concerns regarding plastic disposal and shifting of focus toward flexible packaging over rigid packaging are likely to hinder the market’s growth.
  • Recyclability of plastics is projected to act as an opportunity for the market in future.

Scope of the Report

The rigid transparent plastics market report includes:

Polymer Type
Polycarbonate (PC)
Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
Polystyrene (PS)
Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) & Styrene Acrylonitrile (SAN)
Polypropylene (PP)
Polymethyl Methacrylate (PMMA)
Styrene Block Copolymers (SBC)
Other Polymer Types
End-user Industry
Electrical and Electronics
Buildings and Construction
Other End-user Industries
South Korea
ASEAN Countries
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

Increasing Demand from Packaging Industry

  • The Global packaging industry has come across steady growth from the recent years and is expected to continue, driven by shifts in choice of substrates, expansion of new markets, and changing ownership dynamics.
  • Additionally, growth in pharmaceuticals, cost-effectiveness of thermoforming and the ease of disposal are some of the other factors driving the packaging industry nowadays.
  • Packaging is the 5th largest sector in India’s economy and is one of the highest growth sectors in the country. According to Packaging Industry Association of India (PIAI), the sector is growing at a rate of 22-25% annually.
  • Owing to the rising population in China, people are increasingly consuming products like food, beverages, and on-the-go pharmaceuticals. This is increasing the demand for packaging solutions that are convenient and portable. The Chinese packaging industry is expected to grow at a rate of 5.9% per year till 2020.
  • In the United States, among the different types of packaging, the flexible packaging market is growing at a faster pace, owing to the benefits of flexible packaging and higher end-user preference over other packaging types. The changing trends in consumer behavior and the manufacturers’ convenience are resulting in a faster growth of the flexible packaging market in the country.
  • The packaging industry in Germany is also growing at a rapid pace, owing to the huge increase in domestic e-commerce and rising foreign exports. In addition, the increasing preference for packaged food and beverages is also leading to the growth of packaging industry.
  • All the aforementioned factors are likely to help the market for rigid transparent plastics flourish in the packaging segment, during the forecast period.
Rigid Transparent Plastics Market - Segmentation Trends

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In Europe region, Germany to dominate the Market

  • In Europe, Germany represents the largest economy and it is the fifth-largest economy in the world in terms of GDP. The growth of automotive, healthcare, and construction & building sectors in the country have contributed largely toward the increase in demand for rigid transparent plastics.
  • Moreover, the electronics & telecommunication sector is also growing, with the increase in the use of IT services in almost all industries throughout the country. With an increase in use of consumer electronics, the demand for rigid transparent plastics is expected to rise gradually in the country.
  • Germany witnessed an increase of over 15% in the new residential building permits, and this growth trend is expected to continue, owing to the growing demand for real estate, growing population, increased job security, and low borrowing costs.
  • Hence, with the booming housing market and real estate demand, the construction & building industry is expected to grow rapidly, in turn, increasing the market for rigid transparent plastics in the country.
  • Additionally, In Europe, Germany holds the largest healthcare market. The annual expenditure on health in the country is estimated to be more than EUR 320 billion, excluding fitness and wellness.
  • The demographic change and digitalization, the country has been investing in mobile healthcare facilities and is expected to grow by over EUR 3 billion in the near future, thereby, providing a platform to further expand the German healthcare sector.
  • Above mentioned factors are driving the market for rigid transparent plastics in the country.
Rigid Transparent Plastics Market - Regional Trends

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Competitive Landscape

The rigid transparent plastics market is expected to be partially consolidated, with the top five-six players occupying a significant share of the market. Key players in the rigid transparent plastics market include DuPont, BASF SE, Covestro AG, Arkema Group, and SABIC, among others.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Increasing Demand for Packed Foods from the Food & Beverage Industry

      2. 4.1.2 Rising Replacement of Conventional Materials by Rigid Transparent Plastics

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Growing Concerns Regarding Plastic Disposal

      2. 4.2.2 Shifting of Focus Toward Flexible Packaging over Rigid Packaging

    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


    1. 5.1 Polymer Type

      1. 5.1.1 Polycarbonate (PC)

      2. 5.1.2 Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)

      3. 5.1.3 Polystyrene (PS)

      4. 5.1.4 Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) & Styrene Acrylonitrile (SAN)

      5. 5.1.5 Polypropylene (PP)

      6. 5.1.6 Polymethyl Methacrylate (PMMA)

      7. 5.1.7 Styrene Block Copolymers (SBC)

      8. 5.1.8 Other Polymer Types

    2. 5.2 End-user Industry

      1. 5.2.1 Packaging

      2. 5.2.2 Healthcare

      3. 5.2.3 Electrical and Electronics

      4. 5.2.4 Automotive

      5. 5.2.5 Buildings and Construction

      6. 5.2.6 Other End-user Industries

    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

      3. 5.3.3 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. Italy

        4. France

        5. Spain

        6. 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 Arkema Group

      2. 6.4.2 Asahi Kasei Corporation

      3. 6.4.3 Ashland

      4. 6.4.4 BASF SE

      5. 6.4.5 Chevron Phillips Chemical Company

      6. 6.4.6 Chi Mei Corp.

      7. 6.4.7 Covestro AG

      8. 6.4.8 DuPont

      9. 6.4.9 DSM

      10. 6.4.10 Evonik Industries AG

      11. 6.4.11 Formosa Plastics Group

      12. 6.4.12 Huntsman Corp.

      13. 6.4.13 Idemitsu Kosan

      14. 6.4.14 Ineos Chlorvinyls Ltd

      15. 6.4.15 Lanxess

      16. 6.4.16 LG Chem

      17. 6.4.17 Lotte Chemical Corporation

      18. 6.4.18 Mitsubishi Engineering Plastics Corporation (Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation)

      19. 6.4.19 SABIC

      20. 6.4.20 Samyang

      21. 6.4.21 Shin-Etsu Chemical Co. Limited

      22. 6.4.22 Solvay

      23. 6.4.23 Teijin Limited

      24. 6.4.24 Trinseo

      25. 6.4.25 Westlake Chemical Corporation

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Recyclability of Plastics

    2. 7.2 Other Opportunities

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Rigid Transparent Plastics Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Rigid Transparent Plastics Market is growing at a CAGR of >6% over the next 5 years.

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

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2019.

  • DuPont
  • Covestro AG
  • Arkema Group

Are the major companies operating in Rigid Transparent Plastics Market.

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