Market Studies - Plastics

Plastics are arranged according to their mechanical-thermal behavior in thermoplastics, elastomers and thermosetting plastics.

An important thermoplastic is polyethylene (PE). Polyethylene is produced in three qualities: High density polyethylene (HDPE), linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) as well as low density polyethylene (LDPE). Application areas are packaging films, bags, sacks, rigid packaging as well as products for the construction industry. Besides polyethylene, polystyrene (PS), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), expandable polystyrene (EPS), polyamide 6 and polyamide 66 (PA6 & PA66) and polypropylene (PP) belong to the most important thermoplastics (polymers).

Polypropylene (PP) is used in many areas like in the production of flexible packaging, fibers, vehicle industry, consumer products and construction industry and reveals a high growth potential, due to new application areas. Until 2021, Ceresana expects a worldwide revenue growth of approx. 5.8% per year.

Ceresana analyzed the market for engineering plastics as well as for other plastic types (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), polycarbonate (PC), polyamide (PA), polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), polyoxymethylene (POM), polybutylene terephthalate (PBT), styrene acrylonitrile (SAN), fluorpolymers) in detail. The study offers data on demand, revenues, production, and trade for the entire market as well as demand for and revenues generated with individual products.

Styrene butadiene rubber (SBR), polybutadiene rubber (BR), acrylonitrile butadiene rubber (NBR), butyl rubber (IIR), ethylene propylene diene rubber (EPDM), polychloroprene rubber (CR), polyisoprene rubber (IR) are the most important elastomers and are examined in the market study on synthetic rubber. The major part of elastomers, especially styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) and polybutadiene rubber (BR) is used in the production of tires. The great importance of the individual elastomers becomes apparent through Ceresana's forecasts of US$56 billion for the year 2020.

The largest sales market for thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) is the vehicle industry: Market shares as well as demand for the individual TPE types (styrene block copolymers (SBC), thermoplastic polyolefins (TPO), thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPV) and other TPE) are examined in detail in the market study thermoplastic elastomers by Ceresana.

Bioplastics (PLA, biodegradable plastics), silicones, polyurethane (PUR) and isocyanate (MDI & TDI). Ceresana also analyzed the individual global market for plastics as well as trends and future developments. Demand development as well as revenues and production volumes are analyzed for each individual region and for each individual type of industrial good. In addition, the most important application areas for each plastic type is described in detail. Furthermore, Ceresana creates profiles of individual producers, which show data on revenues, profits, product range, production sites and capacities.