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Polycarbonate Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2019 - 2024)

  • ID: 4703417
  • Report
  • April 2019
  • 190 pages
  • Mordor Intelligence
until Mar 31st 2020
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  • Chi Mei Corp.
  • Covestro AG
  • Formosa Plastics
  • Idemitsu Kosan
  • LG Chem Ltd
  • Samyang
  • MORE
Market Overview

The market for polycarbonate is expected to register a CAGR of 5.39% during the forecast period (2019-2024). The major factors driving the market studied are the rising demand from the construction industry, increasing demand for polycarbonates from the automotive industry, rapid growth in the electronics industry, and the increasing popularity of polycarbonates against conventional materials. However, volatility in raw material prices may act as a restraint for the market.
  • The electrical and electronics industry dominated the market in 2018, and is expected to grow during the forecast period.
  • Unique applications in automotive glazing and electrical and electronics are likely to act as an opportunity in the future.
  • Asia-Pacific dominated the market across the world, due to the increasing demand for construction activities.
Key Market Trends

Increasing Demand from the Electrical and Electronics Industry
  • Polycarbonates are used to make numerous corresponding equipment. Some of the most common parts include the switching relays, sensor parts, LCD sections, connectors, cell phones, and computers, among others, owing to their light weight and high impact strength. Hollow polycarbonates are perfect thermal insulators, making them a preferred choice in most wire insulation applications in the electrical and electronics industry.
  • The demand for spike temperature resistance, high service temperature, ductility and toughness in thin sections, and non-flammability features in the material being used in electrical and electronics have further increased the demand for polycarbonate, since it is capitalized on its collective safety features.
  • The light-weight, and impact- and shatter-resistant qualities make polycarbonates a perfect choice for housing cell phones, computers, electrical chargers, fax machines, pagers, connectors, battery boxes, and others, as they efficiently withstand the collision with a hard surface and/or scratches that may occur in everyday use.
  • Electrical and electronics producers are gradually moving from high-cost to low-cost manufacturing locations. China is a strong, favorable market for electronics producers, owing to the country’s low labor cost and flexible policies.
  • Despite the migration of a significant proportion of the production to low-cost facilities, the European and North American electrical and electronics production are expected to lead by high-end product mix. Industrial, medical, communication, and defense are some of the key sectors demanding high-end quality products, and are expected to offer new opportunities for various companies over the forecast period.
Asia-Pacific Region to Dominate the Market

The Asia-Pacific region dominated the global market share in 2017. Currently, Asia-Pacific dominates the market in the construction industry, owing to the rapidly growing infrastructure and residential construction activities in the region, especially in India and China. Furthermore, there is a rising demand for high-performance plastics in the construction sector, in order to increase the lifespan of buildings, which is also driving the market for polycarbonate in Asia-Pacific. The region has the largest low-cost housing construction segment, which is led by China, India, and various Southeast Asian countries. Furthermore, the demand for consumer electronic products is on the rise, driven by innovation, rapid urbanization, education attainments, and increasing household incomes, particularly in the emerging markets of Asia-Pacific. The electronics industry in Asia-Pacific has been growing at a rate of 6% over the past couple of years, and is estimated to continue the growth rate for the next few years. In Asia-Pacific, China is expected to witness the highest demand. The aforementioned factors are contributing to the increasing demand for polycarbonate consumption in the region, during the forecast period.

Competitive Landscape

The polycarbonate market is consolidated, with the top five companies accounting for almost 80% of the global production capacity. The major companies include Covestro, SABIC, Mitsubishi Engineering Plastics, Lotte Chemical Corporation, and Teijin Limited.
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  • Chi Mei Corp.
  • Covestro AG
  • Formosa Plastics
  • Idemitsu Kosan
  • LG Chem Ltd
  • Samyang
  • MORE
1.1 Study Deliverables
1.2 Study Assumptions
1.3 Scope of the Study



4.1 Drivers
4.1.1 Rising Demand in the Construction Industry
4.1.2 Increasing Popularity of Polycarbonate against Conventional
4.1.3 Increasing Demand for Polycarbonate from the Automotive Industry
4.1.4 Rapid Growth of the Electronics Industry
4.2 Restraints
4.2.1 Volatility in Raw Material Prices
4.2.2 Other Restraints
4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis
4.4 Porters 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
4.5 Manufacturing Process for Polycarbonate
4.5.1 Manufacturing Process
4.5.2 Technology Providers for Polycarbonate
4.6 Patent Analysis
4.7 Price Trends

5.1 By Product Type
5.1.1 Sheets and Films
5.1.2 Fibers
5.1.3 Blends
5.1.4 Tubes and Other Product Types
5.2 By End-user Industry
5.2.1 Automotive and Transportation
5.2.2 Electrical and Electronics
5.2.3 Construction
5.2.4 Medical
5.2.5 Other End-user Industries
5.3 Geography
5.3.1 Asia-Pacific China India Japan South Korea ASEAN Countries Rest of Asia-Pacific
5.3.2 North America United States Canada Mexico Rest of North America
5.3.3 Europe France Germany Italy United Kingdom Russia Nordic Countries Spain Rest of Europe
5.3.4 South America Brazil Argentina Rest of South America
5.3.5 Middle East & Africa Saudi Arabia South Africa Rest of Middle East & Africa

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 Chi Mei Corp.
6.4.2 Covestro AG
6.4.3 Formosa Plastics
6.4.4 Idemitsu Kosan
6.4.5 LG Chem Ltd
6.4.6 Lotte Chemical Corporation
6.4.7 Mitsubishi Engineering Plastics Corporation (Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation)
6.4.8 Ningbo Zhetie Daphoon Chemical Co. Ltd
6.4.9 Samyang
6.4.10 Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC)
6.4.11 Teijin Limited
6.4.12 Trinseo SA

7.1 Emerging Applications in the Medical Sector as an Alternative to PPSU and PSU Sheets
7.2 Unique Applications in Automotive Glazing, and Electrical and Electronics
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  • Chi Mei Corp.
  • Covestro AG
  • Formosa Plastics
  • Idemitsu Kosan
  • LG Chem Ltd
  • Lotte Chemical Corporation
  • Mitsubishi Engineering Plastics Corporation (Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation)
  • Ningbo Zhetie Daphoon Chemical Co. Ltd
  • Samyang
  • Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC)
  • Teijin Limited
  • Trinseo SA
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