Thermoplastic Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The report covers Thermoplastics Manufacturers and it is segmented by product type (commodity thermoplastics (Polyethylene (PE), Polypropylene (PP), Polyvinyl chloride (PVC), Polystyrene (PS)), engineering thermoplastics (Polyamide (PA), Polycarbonates (PC), Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), Polyoxymethylene (POM), Polyethylene terephthalate (PET), Polybutylene terephthalate (PBT), Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)/Styrene Acrylonitrile (SAN)), high-performance engineering thermoplastics (Polyether Ether Ketone (PEEK), Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP), Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), and Polyimide (PI)), and other product types (PPE, PSU, PEI, PPS, ETFE, PFA, FEP, PBI)), end-user industry (packaging, building, and construction, automotive and transportation, electrical and electronics, sports and leisure, medical, and other end-user industries), and geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle-East and Africa). The market size and forecasts for the thermoplastics market in volume (kilo tons) for all the above segments.

Thermoplastic Market Size

Thermoplastics Market Summary
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Study Period 2018 - 2028
Base Year For Estimation 2022
CAGR > 6.00 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia Pacific
Largest Market Asia Pacific
Market Concentration Low

Major Players

Thermoplastics Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Thermoplastic Market Analysis

The thermoplastics market is expected to register a CAGR greater than 6% during the forecast period.

The COVID-19 outbreak caused worldwide lockdown, disruption in manufacturing activity and supply networks, and production halts, all of which harmed the market in 2020. However, conditions began to improve in 2021, resuming the market's growth trajectory throughout the projection period.

  • The expanding capacity additions in downstream processing and the growing consumer goods and electronic sectors are projected to benefit the market under consideration.
  • However, environmental concerns related to thermoplastics are expected to hinder the market's growth.
  • The growing popularity of bio-based products is expected to act as an opportunity for the market.
  • The Asia-Pacific region is expected to dominate the market and will likely witness the highest CAGR during the forecast period.

Thermoplastic Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Thermoplastics Market according to our research experts:

Increasing Demand from Automotive and Transportation

  • Thermoplastics are widely employed in a variety of automotive and transportation applications. Automobile airbags, under-the-hood uses, and automotive electrical and electronics are some engineering plastics applications.
  • The growing demand for lightweight materials in the automotive industry to improve the economy and provide design flexibility is driving the thermoplastics market's expansion.
  • After a difficult COVID era, the automobile sector began to see a resurgence in investments and production, particularly in Asia-Pacific countries such as China, India, Indonesia, and Malaysia.
  • The International Energy Agency, in its global EV Outlook of 2022, also stated that there had been an exponential increase in the sales of electric vehicles. The sales of electric vehicles (EVs) doubled in 2021 from the previous year to a new record of 6.6 million units. Sales of electric cars have kept rising strongly in 2022 as well, with 2 million units sold in the first quarter, up 75% from the same period in 2021.
  • According to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, China saw an increase in automotive production in the country of around 3.4% in the year 2022 compared to the previous year. Around 27 million units of automobiles were produced in the year 2022 as compared to 26.08 million units produced in 2021.
  • North America is witnessing a huge demand for lightweight automobiles, driven by the growing consumer preference for high-quality, fuel-efficient automobiles. Therefore, the region's utilization of engineering plastics for manufacturing automobiles is rapidly increasing.
  • Furthermore, the presence of automotive giants in the European region and massive investments in the automotive R&D industry by European firms and governments are fueling the region's thermoplastics growth.
Thermoplastics Market: Estimated Number of Electric Plug-in vehicles in Use, In Million Units, Global, 2021

China to Dominate the Market Growth in Asia-Pacific

  • The Asia-Pacific region is expected to dominate the market. China is one of the fastest emerging economies and became one of the world's biggest production houses for automobiles, plastics, electronics, and construction.
  • According to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, sales of New Energy Vehicles increased by 93.4% in 2022 compared to 2021. The overall sales of new energy cars at the end of 2022 were around 6.8 million, compared to only approximately 3.5 million sales for the entire year in 2021.
  • China is experiencing massive growth in its construction sector. According to the National Bureau of Statistics of China, in the fourth quarter of 2022, the construction output in China was valued at approximately CNY 276 billion (~USD 40 billion), a growth of approximately 50% compared to the previous quarter (~USD 27.6 billion).
  • According to the National Bureau of Statistics of China, in the first eight months of 2022, the total plastic production in China stood at 53.07 million metric tons, compared to the previous year's 53.32 million metric tons of plastic products for the same period.
  • China also proposed its FY 2022 defense budget of around CNY 1.45 trillion (USD 230 billion), a 7.1% year-on-year increase from 2021. Also, by 2025, China's total number of aircraft is expected to reach 5,343, according to the reports issued by the Aviation Industry Development Research Center of China, thus augmenting the market studied.
  • Therefore, the demand for thermoplastics from various end-user industries is expected to increase during the forecast period.
Thermoplastics Market - CAGR by Region, 2023-2028

Thermoplastic Industry Overview

The thermoplastics market is fragmented, with few players holding the major share in the market. Key players in the thermoplastics market (not in any particular order) include BASF SE, Evonik Industries AG, Solvay, SABIC, and Arkema.

Thermoplastic Market Leaders

  1. BASF SE

  2. Evonik Industries AG

  3. Solvay

  4. SABIC

  5. Arkema

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Thermoplastics Market Concentration

Thermoplastic Market News

  • January 2023: SABIC announced that it will showcase its newest thermoplastic materials, known as EXTEM™ and ULTEM™ thermo-optical resins, well-suited for advanced optical components that support top industry trends, such as the migration to co-packaged optics and single-mode fiber optic systems at Photonics West 2023, at booth #5512.
  • January 2022: Arkema announced a 25% increase in its global Pebax elastomer production capacity by investing in Serquigny in France. This investment will notably enable increased production of the bio-circular Pebax, Rnew, and traditional Pebax ranges.

Thermoplastic Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Rapid Increase in Downstream Processing Capacity Additions

      2. 4.1.2 Growing Consumer Goods and Eelctronics Industries

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Environmental Concerns Related to thermoplastics

      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. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size in Volume)

    1. 5.1 Product Type

      1. 5.1.1 Commodity Thermoplastics

        1. Polyethylene (PE)

        2. Polypropylene (PP)

        3. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)

        4. Polystyrene (PS)

      2. 5.1.2 Engineering Thermoplastics

        1. Polyamide (PA)

        2. Polycarbonates (PC)

        3. Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA)

        4. Polyoxymethylene (POM)

        5. Polyethylene terephthalate (PET)

        6. Polybutylene terephthalate (PBT)

        7. Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)/Styrene Acrylonitrile (SAN)

      3. 5.1.3 High-performance Engineering Thermoplastics

        1. Polyether Ether Ketone (PEEK)

        2. Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP)

        3. Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE)

        4. Polyimide (PI)

      4. 5.1.4 Other Product Types (PPE, PSU, PEI, PPS, ETFE, PFA, FEP, PBI)

    2. 5.2 End-user Industry

      1. 5.2.1 Packaging

      2. 5.2.2 Building and Construction

      3. 5.2.3 Automotive and Transportation

      4. 5.2.4 Electrical and Electronics

      5. 5.2.5 Sports and Leisure

      6. 5.2.6 Medical

      7. 5.2.7 Other End-user Industries (Agriculture, Consumer Goods)

    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. France

        4. Italy

        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 and 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 3M (incl. Dyneon LLC)

      2. 6.4.2 Arkema

      3. 6.4.3 Asahi Kasei Corporation

      4. 6.4.4 BASF SE

      5. 6.4.5 Celanese Corporation

      6. 6.4.6 Chevron Phillips Chemical Company

      7. 6.4.7 Covestro AG

      8. 6.4.8 Daicel Corporation

      9. 6.4.9 DuPont

      10. 6.4.10 DSM

      11. 6.4.11 Eastman Chemical Company

      12. 6.4.12 Evonik Industries AG

      13. 6.4.13 INEOS AG

      14. 6.4.14 LANXESS

      15. 6.4.15 LG Chem

      16. 6.4.16 LyondellBasell Industries Holdings BV (incl. A. Schulman Inc.)

      17. 6.4.17 Mitsubishi Engineering-Plastics Corporation

      18. 6.4.18 Polyplastics Co. Ltd

      19. 6.4.19 SABIC

      20. 6.4.20 Solvay

      21. 6.4.21 TEIJIN LIMITED

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Growing Popularity of Bio-based Products

**Subject to Availability

Thermoplastic Industry Segmentation

A thermoplastic polymer may be softened by heating and then processed using extrusion, injection molding, thermoforming, and blow molding techniques. Thermoplastics harden once cooled and do not show any changes in their chemical properties after being heated and cooled multiple times, making them easily recyclable. The thermoplastics market is segmented by product type, end-user industry, and geography. By product type, the market is segmented into commodity thermoplastics, engineering thermoplastics, high-performance engineering thermoplastics, and other product types. By end-user industry, the market is segmented into packaging, building and construction, automotive and transportation, electrical and electronics, sports and leisure, medical, and other end-user industries. The report also covers the market size and forecasts for the thermoplastics market in 15 countries across major regions. For each segment, market sizing and forecasts have been done based on volume (kilo tons).

Product Type
Commodity Thermoplastics
Polyethylene (PE)
Polypropylene (PP)
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
Polystyrene (PS)
Engineering Thermoplastics
Polyamide (PA)
Polycarbonates (PC)
Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA)
Polyoxymethylene (POM)
Polyethylene terephthalate (PET)
Polybutylene terephthalate (PBT)
Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)/Styrene Acrylonitrile (SAN)
High-performance Engineering Thermoplastics
Polyether Ether Ketone (PEEK)
Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP)
Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE)
Polyimide (PI)
Other Product Types (PPE, PSU, PEI, PPS, ETFE, PFA, FEP, PBI)
End-user Industry
Building and Construction
Automotive and Transportation
Electrical and Electronics
Sports and Leisure
Other End-user Industries (Agriculture, Consumer Goods)
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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Thermoplastic Market Research FAQs

The Thermoplastics Market is projected to register a CAGR of greater than 6% during the forecast period (2023-2028).

BASF SE, Evonik Industries AG, Solvay, SABIC and Arkema are the major companies operating in the Thermoplastics Market.

Asia Pacific is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2023-2028).

In 2023, the Asia Pacific accounts for the largest market share in the Thermoplastics Market.

Thermoplastic Industry Report

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