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Asia-Pacific Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

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  • 100 Pages
  • April 2021
  • Region: Asia Pacific
  • Mordor Intelligence
  • ID: 4536086
The Asia-Pacific thermoplastic elastomer market is estimated to witness a healthy growth, at an estimated CAGR of over 6.5%, over the forecast period. The major factors driving the growth of the market studied are extensive demand from the automotive industry and growing application in the HVAC industry.
  • Growing demand for bio-based thermoplastic elastomers are likely to create opportunities for the market in the coming years.
  • Volatility in raw material prices are expected to hinder the market demand in the future.
  • China is expected to dominate the market and is also likely to witness highest CAGR during the forecast period.

Key Market Trends

Increasing Usage in the Automotive and Transportation Applications
  • Thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) are high-performance materials, whose application in the automotive industry is rapidly increasing. TPE serve the automotive industry in a myriad of applications, some of which include the manufacturing of high-quality automotive instrument panels, wheel covers, dashboard components, pillar trims, door liners and handles, seat backs, and seat belt components, among others.
  • The automotive industry places particularly high requirements on the materials used. Under extreme stresses, the materials must be dimensionally stable and must not warp, even when faced with great temperature variations.
  • TPEs are special types of plastic, which are not only cheaper than metals but also help to make automobiles more energy-efficient by reducing the weight, in addition to providing durability, corrosion resistance, toughness, design flexibility, resiliency, and high performance at low cost. The light weight of TPE enables more fuel-efficient vehicles. Every 10% reduction in vehicle weight is estimated to result in a 5-7% reduction in fuel usage.
  • Growing demand for lightweight and high-performance plastics in the automotive industry, to provide increased efficiency and design flexibility, is primarily responsible for the growth of the TPE market. High-performance thermoplastic elastomers offer manufacturers advantages of design and the comparable strength of steel, which help in reducing the weight and controlling greenhouse gas emissions.
  • All the aforementioned factors, in turn, are expected to drive the demand for thermoplastic elastomer during the forecast period.

China to Dominate the Market
  • China is one of the fastest emerging economies and has become one of the biggest production houses in the world, today. The country’s manufacturing sector is one of the major contributors to the country’s economy.
  • The Chinese automotive industry caters to the demand for vehicles, in both domestic and foreign markets. During the forecast period, the automotive production in the country is expected to be driven by the rising demand for SUVs, and lightweight and fuel-efficient vehicles, along with the increasing popularity of electric vehicles across the world.
  • The electronics industry is one of the largest consumers of thermoplastic elastomers. Electronic products such as smartphones, OLED TVs, tablets and so on, have the highest growth in the market in the consumer electronics segment. With the increase in the disposable income of middle-class population, the demand for electronic products is projected to grow in the near future, thereby driving the thermoplastic elastomers market.
  • Despite the volatile growth in real estate sector, the significant development of rail and road infrastructure by the Chinese government to withstand the growing industrial and service sectors, has resulted in a significant growth of the Chinese construction industry in the recent years. As the construction industry is dominated by state-owned enterprises, the increased government spending is boosting the industry in the country.
  • Owing to the aforementioned factors, the market for thermoplastic elastomer in the country is expected to witness huge demand in the coming years.

Competitive Landscape

The Asia-Pacific thermoplastic elastomer market is consolidated in nature. The key players in the market include DuPont, BASF SE, Covestro AG, LCY GROUP, and KRATON CORPORATION, among others.

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Table of Contents

1.1 Study Assumptions
1.2 Scope of the Study
4.1 Drivers
4.1.1 Extensive Demand from the Automotive Industry
4.1.2 Growing Application in the HVAC Industry
4.2 Restraints
4.2.1 Volatility in Raw Material Prices
4.2.2 Market Saturation in Applications
4.3 Industry Value-Chain Analysis
4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis
4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers
4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants
4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services
4.4.5 Degree of Competition
5.1 Product Type
5.1.1 Styrenic Block Copolymer (TPE-S)
5.1.2 Thermoplastic Olefin (TPE-O)
5.1.3 Elastomeric Alloy (TPE-V or TPV)
5.1.4 Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU)
5.1.5 Thermoplastic Copolyester
5.1.6 Thermoplastic Polyamide
5.2 Application
5.2.1 Automotive & Transportation
5.2.2 Building & Construction
5.2.3 Footwear
5.2.4 Electricals & Electronics
5.2.5 Medical
5.2.6 Household Appliances
5.2.7 HVAC
5.2.8 Adhesive, Sealant & Coating
5.2.9 Other Applications
5.3 Geography
5.3.1 China
5.3.2 India
5.3.3 Japan
5.3.4 South Korea
5.3.5 Australia & New Zealand
5.3.6 Rest of Asia-Pacific
6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements
6.2 Market Share Analysis**
6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players
6.4 Company Profiles
6.4.1 A. Schulman, Inc.
6.4.2 Apar Industries Ltd
6.4.3 Arkema Group
6.4.4 Asahi Kasei Corporation
6.4.5 BASF SE
6.4.6 Covestro AG
6.4.7 DSM
6.4.8 DuPont
6.4.9 Evonik Industries AG
6.4.10 Exxon Mobil Corporation
6.4.11 Grupo Dynasol
6.4.12 HEXPOL AB
6.4.13 Huntsman International LLC
6.4.15 KURARAY CO., LTD.
6.4.16 LANXESS
6.4.17 LCY GROUP
6.4.18 LG Chem
6.4.19 LyondellBasell Industries Holdings B.V.
6.4.20 Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
6.4.21 Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.
6.4.22 SABIC
6.4.23 Sumitomo Chemicals Co. Ltd
6.4.24 The Lubrizol Corporation
7.1 Growing Demand for Bio-based Thermoplastic Elastomers
7.2 Increasing Applications in the Medical Industry

Companies Mentioned (Partial List)

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes, but is not limited to:

  • A. Schulman, Inc.
  • Apar Industries Ltd
  • Arkema Group
  • Asahi Kasei Corporation
  • Covestro AG
  • DSM
  • DuPont
  • Evonik Industries AG
  • Exxon Mobil Corporation
  • Grupo Dynasol
  • Huntsman International LLC
  • LG Chem
  • LyondellBasell Industries Holdings B.V.
  • Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
  • Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.
  • Sumitomo Chemicals Co. Ltd
  • The Lubrizol Corporation