Polypropylene Market Size by Global Major Companies Profile, Competitive Landscape and Key Regions 2021-2028
The global polypropylene market size is projected to reach USD 108.57 billion by 2028, exhibiting a CAGR of 5.2% during the forecast period. As per the report by Fortune Business Insights™, titled “Polypropylene Market, 2021-2028”, the market size was USD 75.12 billion in 2020 and is estimated to hit USD 76.00 billion in 2021.
Advancements in Plastic Recycling Technologies to Create New Growth Opportunities
Plastic pollution has become a scourge of development for the planet. Now, chemical industry companies, with support from governments and international bodies, are taking concerted steps to tackle this problem head-on using advanced recycling technologies. For example, in April 2021, INEOS bagged the ISCC Plus award from the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification organization for its successful commercial-scale trials of next-generation recycling technology to produce polypropylene (PP), high-density polyethylene (HDPE), propylene, and ethylene. In the same month, the US Polypropylene Recycling Coalition, a cross-industry collaboration, sanctioned USD 1 million to three facilities to augment the recovery of PP in the US. Thus, growing recognition and improving funding for the plastic circular economy will play a vital role in the development of this market.
Based on type, the market is bifurcated into homopolymer and copolymer.
On the basis of end-user, this market has been segmented into packaging, automotive, infrastructure & construction, consumer goods/lifestyle, healthcare & pharmaceuticals, electrical & electronics, agriculture, and others. Here, the consumer goods/lifestyle segment accounted for a 7.1% share in the global market in 2020.
By region, the market has been divided into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa.
Integration of PP in Electric Vehicles to Catalyze MarketGrowth
With vehicle pollution at an all-time high in major economies, the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) is surging worldwide. For example, in 2019, global electric car sales reached 2.1 million, according to data released by the International Energy Agency (IEA). The key to enhancing the energy efficiency of EVs is to reduce their weight by employing lightweight materials in the manufacturing of their components. Polypropylene, which is a thermoplastic, is perfectly suited to meet this goal, primarily because it has low density. As a result, many EV makers are actively integrating PP in their products to make them more energy-efficient. For example, the Skoda Scala features 10% low-talc PP from Borealis, which has been used to make the car’s center console, glove box, and instrument panel. Similarly, Renault’s B4D engine leverages a PP compound for the air intake manifold, weighing 15% lesser than manifolds made from traditional polyamide-based materials. In sum, the incorporation of PP-based materials in EVs is the new thriving trend in the plastics industry, which is propelling the market.