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The global polycarbonate market demand reached a volume of 4.6 million metric tons in 2020. The demand for the product is expected to grow at a CAGR of 3.4% in the forecast period of 2021-2026. By 2026, the polycarbonate market demand is estimated to reach a volume of 5.6 million metric tons.
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The Asia Pacific is the major supply market, accounting for around 60% of the market share. China’s recent capacity addition is likely to reduce Asia’s polycarbonate import reliance in the coming years. With the growing demand in the region, the capacity is also witnessing an expansion, along with the utilization of the plants to their full potential. The growing electronics industry is majorly driving the demand in the region. There is no cheaper alternative to polycarbonate available in the region, which is propelling the market growth for polycarbonate further. Covestro AG, one of the key players, began to build its new production line for manufacturing polycarbonate films in Thailand in 2018. The production line is expected to expand the capacity for films, thus, expanding the region’s supply to meet the rapidly growing demand.
The Asia Pacific region is followed by Europe and North America as the other major regional markets for polycarbonate. In both Europe and North America, the demand for polycarbonate is being driven by the growth of the automotive and construction industries. In North America, the rising demand for industrial-grade polycarbonate is driving the consumption of the product, which is used in the automotive and electronics sectors. While the region is a net exporter of the substance, North America also imported from South Korea due to domestic supply constraints
In Europe, construction is the leading application sector for polycarbonate, with roofing, windows, and partition walls accounting for over three-fourths of its applications in the construction industry. The medical industry is also contributing to the demand in Europe. The region is a net importer of the product, and the market is supported by the capacity expansions taking place within the Asia Pacific region. South Korea is a leading exporter of polycarbonates to the region. The supply in Europe is also expected to improve in the coming years with planned capacity additions.
Properties and Applications
Polycarbonate, also known as bisphenol A polycarbonate, is a transparent plastic used to make shatter-resistant frames and light eyeglass lenses, among other products. Polycarbonates (PCs) refer to a category of carbonate, containing thermoplastic polymers in its chemical structures. Polycarbonates applied in engineering are solid, hard materials, and some grades are optically transparent. These are easily moulded and thermoformed. These properties help them find extensive applications in a wide variety of industries. They find their applications in the following segments:
The EMR report also covers the regional markets like North America, Europe, the Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa.
The growing demand from the automobiles industry is driving the polycarbonate market growth across the globe. The polycarbonate market growth is also aided by the growing economies and the rising disposable of consumers, especially in emerging economies like India, China, and others. Moreover, the increasing demand for consumer goods is also providing a push to polycarbonate market growth.
Blends of polycarbonate with different polymers, namely, ABS, thermoformed PC films, and polyester, are witnessing a rising demand across industrial sectors. The growing demand for these blends is providing an impetus to the polycarbonate market growth. The industrial-grade polycarbonates are also being increasingly demanded by the consumers, thus, aiding the overall polycarbonate market growth. Polycarbonates are being used in the medical industry for making appliances like a surgical instrument, as well as other substitutes used in surgeries. Other new and advanced technologies in the industry, like sensors, service robots, and LED luminaires, are pushing the polycarbonate market growth further.
The growing demand in North America is due to the growth of the end-use industries like the automobiles sector. Polycarbonate is used in automobiles due to its lightweight feature, as well as high impact resistance. In Europe, the polycarbonate market is significantly driven by the growing household industry. The region is also witnessing an increasing demand from the electronics industries.
December 2018- Covestro (OTCMKTS: COVTY) started the building of its new polycarbonate films manufacturing line at its Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate in Thailand.
The report gives a detailed analysis of the following key players in the global polycarbonate market, covering their competitive landscape, capacity, and latest developments like mergers, acquisitions, and investments, expansions of capacity, and plant turnarounds:
The comprehensive EMR report provides an in-depth assessment of the industry based on Porter’s five forces model, along with giving a SWOT analysis.
1.1 Objectives of the Study
1.1.1 Research Objective
1.1.2 Key Findings of the Report
2 Research Methodology
2.1 Data Extraction
2.2 Data Corroboration
2.3 Market Structure
2.5 Market Models
3.1 Market Outlook
3.2 Market Scope and Segmentation
3.3 Additional Insights
4 Executive Summary
4.1 Key Market Developments
4.2 Market Analysis
4.3 Key Players
4.4 Cost Structure
4.5 Market Revenue and Growth
5 Market Dynamics
5.1 Market Driver Analysis
5.2 Market Restraint Analysis
5.3 Industry Challenges
5.4 Industry Opportunities
6 Global Polycarbonate Market Analysis
6.1 Figure: Global Polycarbonate Historical Market (2016-2020) & Forecast (2021-2026)
6.2 Chart: Global Polycarbonate Market Breakup by Application
6.2.1 Electrical and Electronics
6.2.4 Optical Media
6.3 Figure: Global Polycarbonate Market Breakup by Application: Historical Market (2016-2020) & Forecast (2021-2026)
6.3.1 Electrical and Electronics
6.3.4 Optical Media
6.4 Chart: Global Polycarbonate Market Breakup by Region
6.4.1 North America
220.127.116.11 United State of America
18.104.22.168 United Kingdom
6.4.3 Asia Pacific
6.4.4 Latin America
6.4.5 Middle East and Africa
22.214.171.124 Saudi Arabia
126.96.36.199 United Arab Emirates
188.8.131.52 South Africa
6.5 Figure: Global Polycarbonate Market Breakup by Region: Historical Market (2016-2020) & Forecast (2021-2026)
6.5.1 North America
184.108.40.206 United State of America
220.127.116.11 United Kingdom
6.5.3 Asia Pacific
6.5.4 Latin America
6.5.5 Middle East and Africa
18.104.22.168 Saudi Arabia
22.214.171.124 United Arab Emirates
126.96.36.199 South Africa
7 Global Polycarbonate Price Analysis
7.1 North America Historical Price Trends (2016-2020) and Forecast (2021-2026)
7.2 Europe Historical Price Trends (2016-2020) and Forecast (2021-2026)
7.3 Asia Pacific Historical Price Trends (2016-2020) and Forecast (2021-2026)
7.4 Latin America Historical Price Trends (2016-2020) and Forecast (2021-2026)
7.5 Middle East and Africa Historical Price Trends (2016-2020) and Forecast (2021-2026)
8 Global Trade Data Analysis
8.1 Major Exporting Countries: by Value and Volume
8.2 Major Importing Countries: by Value and Volume
9 SWOT Analysis
10 Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
10.2 Buyer’s Power
10.3 Supplier’s Power
10.4 New Entrants
10.5 Degree of Rivalry
11 EMR’s Key Indicators for Demand
12 EMR’s Key Indicators for Price
13 Procurement Strategy
13.1 Contract Model
13.2 Engagement Model
14 Cost Analysis
14.1 Cost of Raw Material
14.2 Utilities Cost
14.4 Other Cost
15 Competitive Landscape & Supplier Analysis
15.1 Covestro AG
15.1.1 Company Overview
15.1.2 Financial Analysis
15.2.1 Company Overview
15.2.2 Financial Analysis
15.3 Teijin Limited
15.3.1 Company Overview
15.3.2 Financial Analysis
15.4 Trinseo S.A.
15.4.1 Company Overview
15.4.2 Financial Analysis
15.5 Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
15.5.1 Company Overview
15.5.2 Financial Analysis
15.6 Formosa Plastics Corporation
15.6.1 Company Overview
15.6.2 Financial Analysis
16 Events and Developments
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17 Manufacturing Process
17.1 Detailed Process Flow
17.2 Operations Involved
17.3 Mass Balance
18 Production Cost Analysis
18.1 Land, Location, and Site Development
18.3 Plant Machinery
18.4 Cost of Raw Material
18.9 Other Capital Investment
The global polycarbonate market demand attained a volume of 4.6 million metric tons in 2020. It is expected to witness a further growth in the forecast period of 2021-2026, growing at a CAGR of 3.4%. The market is projected to reach a volume of 5.6 million metric tons by 2026.
EMR’s meticulous research methodology delves deep into the market, covering the macro and micro aspects of the industry. Based on application the polycarbonate market can be segmented into electrical and electronics, automotive, construction, optical media, packaging, consumer, and medical sectors. North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Europe, and the Asia Pacific are the major regions for the polycarbonate market, with the Asia Pacific accounting for nearly 60% of the polycarbonate market. The key players in the above industry are Covestro AG, SABIC, Teijin Limited, Trinseo S.A., Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, and Formosa Plastics Corporation, among others.
The major drivers of the industry such as rising disposable incomes, increasing population, rising urbanisation, growth in construction and automobiles sectors, and the healthy growth of the polycarbonate blends demand are driving the growth of the polycarbonate market globally. EMR’s research methodology uses a combination of cutting-edge analytical tools and the expertise of their highly accomplished team, thus, providing their customers with industry insights that are accurate, actionable, and help them remain ahead of their competition.
EMR’s approach gives their clients a comprehensive assessment of the prevailing and projected industry conditions through the collection, collation, and analysis of data from trusted sources. The key questions answered in the market study are:
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