Automotive Plastics Market Report - Europe

 

The rapid electrification of automotive transport, which is being promoted by numerous countries, is a challenge for the automotive industry, but also for many other sectors: Vehicle manufacturers are not only the main customers for steel, glass, and tire rubber, but increasingly also for plastics. Even small changes in the raw materials that are used can have significant economic effects. In 2020, around 14.3 million new passenger cars were registered in Europe. In 2017, this figure even exceeded 18 million units. The market research company Ceresana has now specifically examined the European market for plastics used in passenger cars.

 

Plastics instead of Steel in Vehicles

Electric drives use far fewer components than internal combustion engines, and they also change the requirements for raw materials: Less heat in the engine compartment means, for example, that cheaper polymers can be used in some places instead of metals and expensive engineering plastics. Lightweight plastic parts are preferred in electric cars as a way of compensating for the weight of the batteries, which is still a problem. Although the autonomous and fully connected car is still a vision of the future, the number of electrical displays and sensors is already growing steadily. Even batteries contain a lot of plastic in the form of rolled or folded films.

 

Complex Mobility Market

The demand for plastics for passenger cars is subject to many different factors. First and foremost is the number of new vehicles produced, which plummeted temporarily in the wake of the Covid 19 pandemic. In addition to the production of new vehicles, other key figures also determine the plastic consumption of the automotive sector in a given country, such as the current number of passenger cars and the number of driven kilometers. The average age of cars determines, for example, the demand for plastic spare parts, which are needed for repairs. Car sharing and new mobility concepts also have an impact on car sales.

 

Polypropylene in Pole Position

The most widely used automotive plastic is polypropylene (PP), which is used, for example, for bumpers and lighting. For polyethylene (PE), the trend towards electric cars may become a threat: the grades HDPE, LDPE, and LLDPE are used in combustion cars, especially in the engine compartment and for fuel systems. Polyurethane (PUR), on the other hand, is mainly used for seats and upholstery. This latest study by Ceresana also analyzes market data for ABS, PA, PVC, PC, PMMA, as well as other plastics used in the automotive industry. The market data also takes into account the different application areas and fuel types. The study includes all plastic components that are manufactured by suppliers or vehicle manufacturers and then installed in passenger cars, both for new vehicles and for replacement parts. Heavy commercial vehicles (trucks, vans, buses, etc.), however, are not covered by this study.

 

The Study in Brief:

Chapter 1 provides an overview of the European market for plastics used in passenger cars, including forecasts up to 2030. It provides data on consumption (broken down by individual types of plastic, application areas, and fuel types) as well as revenues.

Chapter 2 presents comprehensive market data for 19 individual countries in Europe, i.e. demand and revenues for each country. Demand is presented in detail for the different types of plastics (PP, PE, PUR, ABS, PA, PVC, PC, PMMA, and other plastics as an aggregate), areas of application (seats and upholstery, interior trim, dashboard, bumpers and lighting, exterior trim and panels, under the hood and fuel system, electrical & electronics and others). A distinction is also made according to the type of powertrain: internal combustion engine (ICE), battery electric drive (BEV) and plug-in hybrids (PHEV).

Chapter 3 features company profiles of the most important manufacturers of automotive plastics. This useful information is clearly arranged according to contact information, revenues, profit, product portfolio, production sites, and a profile summary. It provides 78 profiles of manufacturers, such as Arkema, BASF, Borouge, Braskem, Covestro, DuPont, Kuraray, LG Chem, LyondellBasell, Sasol, SIBUR, and Solvay.

1 Market Data

1.1 Europe
1.1.1 Demand
1.1.2 Revenues

1.1.3 Applications
1.1.3.1 Seats / Upholstery
1.1.3.2 Interior Trim
1.1.3.3 Dashboard
1.1.3.4 E&E / Others
1.1.3.5 Bumpers / Lighting
1.1.3.6 Exterior Trim / Panels
1.1.3.7 Under the Hood / Fuel System

1.1.4 Products
1.1.4.1 Polypropylene (PP)
1.1.4.2 Polyethylene (LDPE, LLDPE & HDPE)
1.1.4.3 Polyurethane (PUR)
1.1.4.4 Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)
1.1.4.5 Polyamide (PA)
1.1.4.6 Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
1.1.4.7 Polycarbonate (PC)
1.1.4.8 Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA)

1.1.4.9 Other Products
1.1.5 Fuel Types
1.1.5.1 Internal Combustion Engine (ICE)
1.1.5.2 Battery-Electric Drive (BEV)
1.1.5.3 Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV)

2 Market Data: Countries

2.1 Europe
2.1.1 Austria
2.1.1.1 Demand and Revenues
2.1.1.2 Demand split by applications, products, and fuel types
2.1.2 Belgium
2.1.2.1 Demand and Revenues
2.1.2.2 Demand split by applications, products, and fuel types
2.1.3 Czechia
2.1.3.1 Demand and Revenues
2.1.3.2 Demand split by applications, products, and fuel types
2.1.4 Finland
2.1.4.1 Demand and Revenues
2.1.4.2 Demand split by applications, products, and fuel types
2.1.5 France
2.1.5.1 Demand and Revenues
2.1.5.2 Demand split by applications, products, and fuel types
2.1.6 Germany
2.1.6.1 Demand and Revenues
2.1.6.2 Demand split by applications, products, and fuel types
2.1.7 Hungary
2.1.7.1 Demand and Revenues
2.1.7.2 Demand split by applications, products, and fuel types
2.1.8 Italy
2.1.8.1 Demand and Revenues
2.1.8.2 Demand split by applications, products, and fuel types
2.1.9 Poland
2.1.9.1 Demand and Revenues
2.1.9.2 Demand split by applications, products, and fuel types
2.1.10 Portugal
2.1.10.1 Demand and Revenues
2.1.10.2 Demand split by applications, products, and fuel types
2.1.11 Romania
2.1.11.1 Demand and Revenues
2.1.11.2 Demand split by applications, products, and fuel types
2.1.12 Russia
2.1.12.1 Demand and Revenues
2.1.12.2 Demand split by applications, products, and fuel types
2.1.13 Slovakia
2.1.13.1 Demand and Revenues
2.1.13.2 Demand split by applications, products, and fuel types
2.1.14 Slovenia
2.1.14.1 Demand and Revenues
2.1.14.2 Demand split by applications, products, and fuel types
2.1.15 Spain
2.1.15.1 Demand and Revenues
2.1.15.2 Demand split by applications, products, and fuel types
2.1.16 Sweden
2.1.16.1 Demand and Revenues
2.1.16.2 Demand split by applications, products, and fuel types
2.1.17 The Netherlands
2.1.17.1 Demand and Revenues
2.1.17.2 Demand split by applications, products, and fuel types
2.1.18 Turkey
2.1.18.1 Demand and Revenues
2.1.18.2 Demand split by applications, products, and fuel types
2.1.19 United Kingdom
2.1.19.1 Demand and Revenues
2.1.19.2 Demand split by applications, products, and fuel types
2.1.20 Rest of Europe
2.1.20.1 Demand and Revenues
2.1.20.2 Demand split by applications, products, and fuel types

3 Company Profiles*

3.1  Western Europe
Austria (1 Producer)
Belgium (1)
France (3)
Germany (3)
Italy (2)
Spain (1)
Switzerland (1)
The Netherlands (3)

3.2  Eastern Europe
Hungary (1)
Poland (2)
Russia (4)
Turkey (2)

3.3  North America
Mexico (1)
USA (10)

3.4  South America
Brazil (1)

3.5  Asia-Pacific
China (4)
India (2)
Indonesia (1)
Japan (12)
Malaysia (1)
South Korea (8)
Taiwan (3)
Thailand (1)

3.6  Middle East
Iran (2)
Kuwait (1)
Saudi Arabia (2)
United Arab Emirates (1)

3.7  Africa
Egypt (1)
Nigeria (1)
South Africa (2)

*Note: The profiles are assigned to the country in which the company or holding is headquartered. Profiles also include JVs and subsidiaries.

Graph 1: European demand for automotive plastics from 2018 to 2030
Graph 2: Revenues generated with automotive plastics in Europe from 2018 to 2030 in billion USD and billion EUR
Graph 3: European demand for automotive plastics from 2018 to 2030 - split by applications
Graph 4: European demand for automotive plastics from 2018 to 2030 - split by products
Graph 5: European demand for automotive plastics from 2018 to 2030 - split by fuel types
Graph 6: Demand for automotive plastics in Austria from 2018 to 2030
Graph 7: Demand for automotive plastics in Belgium from 2018 to 2030
Graph 8: Demand for automotive plastics in Czechia from 2018 to 2030
Graph 9: Demand for automotive plastics in Finland from 2018 to 2030
Graph 10: Demand for automotive plastics in France from 2018 to 2030
Graph 11: Demand for automotive plastics in Germany from 2018 to 2030
Graph 12: Demand for automotive plastics in Hungary from 2018 to 2030
Graph 13: Demand for automotive plastics in Italy from 2018 to 2030
Graph 14: Demand for automotive plastics in Poland from 2018 to 2030
Graph 15: Demand for automotive plastics in Portugal from 2018 to 2030
Graph 16: Demand for automotive plastics in Romania from 2018 to 2030
Graph 17: Demand for automotive plastics in Russia from 2018 to 2030
Graph 18: Demand for automotive plastics in Slovakia from 2018 to 2030
Graph 19: Demand for automotive plastics in Slovenia from 2018 to 2030
Graph 20: Demand for automotive plastics in Spain from 2018 to 2030
Graph 21: Demand for automotive plastics in Sweden from 2018 to 2030
Graph 22: Demand for automotive plastics in the Netherlands from 2018 to 2030
Graph 23: Demand for automotive plastics in Turkey from 2018 to 2030
Graph 24: Demand for automotive plastics in the United Kingdom from 2018 to 2030
Graph 25: Demand for automotive plastics in the remaining countries of Europe from 2018 to 2030

Table 1: European demand for automotive plastics from 2018 to 2030 - split by applications
Table 2: European demand for automotive plastics in the segment seats / upholstery from 2018 to 2030 – split by countries
Table 3: European demand for automotive plastics in the segment interior trim from 2018 to 2030 – split by countries
Table 4: European demand for automotive plastics in the segment dashboard from 2018 to 2030 – split by countries
Table 5: European demand for automotive plastics in the segment E&E / others from 2018 to 2030 – split by countries
Table 6: European demand for automotive plastics in the segment bumpers / lighting from 2018 to 2030 – split by countries
Table 7: European demand for automotive plastics in the segment exterior trim / panels from 2018 to 2030 – split by countries
Table 8: European demand for automotive plastics in the segment under the hood / fuel system from 2018 to 2030 – split by countries
Table 9: European demand for automotive plastics from 2018 to 2030 - split by products
Table 10: European demand for automotive polypropylene from 2018 to 2030 – split by countries
Table 11: European demand for automotive polyethylene from 2018 to 2030 – split by countries
Table 12: European demand for automotive polyurethane from 2018 to 2030 – split by countries
Table 13: European demand for automotive acrylonitrile butadiene styrene from 2018 to 2030 – split by countries
Table 14: European demand for automotive polyamide from 2018 to 2030 – split by countries
Table 15: European demand for automotive polyvinyl chloride from 2018 to 2030 – split by countries
Table 16: European demand for automotive polycarbonate from 2018 to 2030 – split by countries
Table 17: European demand for automotive polymethylmethacrylate from 2018 to 2030 – split by countries
Table 18: European demand for other products from 2018 to 2030 – split by countries
Table 19: European demand for automotive plastics from 2018 to 2030 - split by fuel types
Table 20: European demand for automotive plastics in vehicles with an internal combustion engine from 2018 to 2030 – split by countries
Table 21: European demand for automotive plastics in vehicles with battery-electric drive from 2018 to 2030 – split by countries
Table 22: European demand for automotive plastics in PHEV vehicles in Europe from 2018 to 2030 - split by countries
Table 23: Revenues generated with automotive plastics in Austria from 2018 to 2030 in million USD and million EUR
Table 24: Demand for automotive plastics in Austria from 2018 to 2030 - split by applications
Table 25: Demand for automotive plastics in Austria from 2018 to 2030 - split by products
Table 26: Demand for automotive plastics in Austria from 2018 to 2030 - split by fuel types
Table 27: Revenues generated with automotive plastics in Belgium from 2018 to 2030 in million USD and million EUR
Table 28: Demand for automotive plastics in Belgium from 2018 to 2030 - split by applications
Table 29: Demand for automotive plastics in Belgium from 2018 to 2030 - split by products
Table 30: Demand for automotive plastics in Belgium from 2018 to 2030 - split by fuel types
Table 31: Revenues generated with automotive plastics in Czechia from 2018 to 2030 in million USD and million EUR
Table 32: Demand for automotive plastics in Czechia from 2018 to 2030 - split by applications
Table 33: Demand for automotive plastics in Czechia from 2018 to 2030 - split by products
Table 34: Demand for automotive plastics in Czechia from 2018 to 2030 - split by fuel types
Table 35: Revenues generated with automotive plastics in Finland from 2018 to 2030 in million USD and million EUR
Table 36: Demand for automotive plastics in Finland from 2018 to 2030 - split by applications
Table 37: Demand for automotive plastics in Finland from 2018 to 2030 - split by products
Table 38: Demand for automotive plastics in Finland from 2018 to 2030 - split by fuel types
Table 39: Revenues generated with automotive plastics in France from 2018 to 2030 in million USD and million EUR
Table 40: Demand for automotive plastics in France from 2018 to 2030 - split by applications
Table 41: Demand for automotive plastics in France from 2018 to 2030 - split by products
Table 42: Demand for automotive plastics in France from 2018 to 2030 - split by fuel types
Table 43: Revenues generated with automotive plastics in Germany from 2018 to 2030 in million USD and million EUR
Table 44: Demand for automotive plastics in Germany from 2018 to 2030 - split by applications
Table 45: Demand for automotive plastics in Germany from 2018 to 2030 - split by products
Table 46: Demand for automotive plastics in Germany from 2018 to 2030 - split by fuel types
Table 47: Revenues generated with automotive plastics in Hungary from 2018 to 2030 in million USD and million EUR
Table 48: Demand for automotive plastics in Hungary from 2018 to 2030 - split by applications
Table 49: Demand for automotive plastics in Hungary from 2018 to 2030 - split by products
Table 50: Demand for automotive plastics in Hungary from 2018 to 2030 - split by fuel types
Table 51: Revenues generated with automotive plastics in Italy from 2018 to 2030 in million USD and million EUR
Table 52: Demand for automotive plastics in Italy from 2018 to 2030 - split by applications
Table 53: Demand for automotive plastics in Italy from 2018 to 2030 - split by products
Table 54: Demand for automotive plastics in Italy from 2018 to 2030 - split by fuel types
Table 55: Revenues generated with automotive plastics in Poland from 2018 to 2030 in million USD and million EUR
Table 56: Demand for automotive plastics in Poland from 2018 to 2030 - split by applications
Table 57: Demand for automotive plastics in Poland from 2018 to 2030 - split by products
Table 58: Demand for automotive plastics in Poland from 2018 to 2030 - split by fuel types
Table 59: Revenues generated with automotive plastics in Portugal from 2018 to 2030 in million USD and million EUR
Table 60: Demand for automotive plastics in Portugal from 2018 to 2030 - split by applications
Table 61: Demand for automotive plastics in Portugal from 2018 to 2030 - split by products
Table 62: Demand for automotive plastics in Portugal from 2018 to 2030 - split by fuel types
Table 63: Revenues generated with automotive plastics in Romania from 2018 to 2030 in million USD and million EUR
Table 64: Demand for automotive plastics in Romania from 2018 to 2030 - split by applications
Table 65: Demand for automotive plastics in Romania from 2018 to 2030 - split by products
Table 66: Demand for automotive plastics in Romania from 2018 to 2030 - split by fuel types
Table 67: Revenues generated with automotive plastics in Russia from 2018 to 2030 in million USD and million EUR
Table 68: Demand for automotive plastics in Russia from 2018 to 2030 - split by applications
Table 69: Demand for automotive plastics in Russia from 2018 to 2030 - split by products
Table 70: Demand for automotive plastics in Russia from 2018 to 2030 - split by fuel types
Table 71: Revenues generated with automotive plastics in Slovakia from 2018 to 2030 in million USD and million EUR
Table 72: Demand for automotive plastics in Slovakia from 2018 to 2030 - split by applications
Table 73: Demand for automotive plastics in Slovakia from 2018 to 2030 - split by products
Table 74: Demand for automotive plastics in Slovakia from 2018 to 2030 - split by fuel types
Table 75: Revenues generated with automotive plastics in Slovenia from 2018 to 2030 in million USD and million EUR
Table 76: Demand for automotive plastics in Slovenia from 2018 to 2030 - split by applications
Table 77: Demand for automotive plastics in Slovenia from 2018 to 2030 - split by products
Table 78: Demand for automotive plastics in Slovenia from 2018 to 2030 - split by fuel types
Table 79: Revenues generated with automotive plastics in Spain from 2018 to 2030 in million USD and million EUR
Table 80: Demand for automotive plastics in Spain from 2018 to 2030 - split by applications
Table 81: Demand for automotive plastics in Spain from 2018 to 2030 - split by products
Table 82: Demand for automotive plastics in Spain from 2018 to 2030 - split by fuel types
Table 83: Revenues generated with automotive plastics in Sweden from 2018 to 2030 in million USD and million EUR
Table 84: Demand for automotive plastics in Sweden from 2018 to 2030 - split by applications
Table 85: Demand for automotive plastics in Sweden from 2018 to 2030 - split by products
Table 86: Demand for automotive plastics in Sweden from 2018 to 2030 - split by fuel types
Table 87: Revenues generated with automotive plastics in the Netherlands from 2018 to 2030 in million USD and million EUR
Table 88: Demand for automotive plastics in the Netherlands from 2018 to 2030 - split by applications
Table 89: Demand for automotive plastics in the Netherlands from 2018 to 2030 - split by products
Table 90: Demand for automotive plastics in the Netherlands from 2018 to 2030 - split by fuel types
Table 91: Revenues generated with automotive plastics in Turkey from 2018 to 2030 in million USD and million EUR
Table 92: Demand for automotive plastics in Turkey from 2018 to 2030 - split by applications
Table 93: Demand for automotive plastics in Turkey from 2018 to 2030 - split by products
Table 94: Demand for automotive plastics in Turkey from 2018 to 2030 - split by fuel types
Table 95: Revenues generated with automotive plastics in the United Kingdom from 2018 to 2030 in million USD and million EUR
Table 96: Demand for automotive plastics in the United Kingdom from 2018 to 2030 - split by applications
Table 97: Demand for automotive plastics in the United Kingdom from 2018 to 2030 - split by products
Table 98: Demand for automotive plastics in the United Kingdom from 2018 to 2030 - split by fuel types
Table 99: Revenues generated with automotive plastics in the remaining countries of Europe from 2018 to 2030 in million USD and million EUR
Table 100: Demand for automotive plastics in the remaining countries of Europe from 2018 to 2030 - split by applications
Table 101: Demand for automotive plastics in the remaining countries of Europe from 2018 to 2030 - split by products
Table 102: Demand for automotive plastics in the remaining countries of Europe from 2018 to 2030 - split by fuel types