GVR Report cover Asia Pacific Thermoplastic Elastomers Market Size, Share & Trend Report

Asia Pacific Thermoplastic Elastomers Market Size, Share & Trend Analysis Report, By Product (SBC, TPU, TPO, TPV, COPE), and Segment Forecasts to 2022

  • Report ID: 978-1-68038-625-7
  • Number of Pages: 180
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)

Report Overview

The Asia Pacific thermoplastic elastomers market size to be valued at USD 7.82 billion by 2022 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.3% during the forecast period. The market is anticipated to witness significant growth over the next seven years owing to increasing automotive production in countries such as China, India, Thailand, and Indonesia. Government policies to investment liberalization coupled with private players focusing on improving technologies are expected to fuel demand. TPEs are widely used in automotive components due to superior properties such as tactile grip, moisture resistance, and excellent elasticity and flexibility. Strong demand from other end-use industries such as footwear, medical devices, and electronics is expected to remain a key driving factor for growth over the forecast period.

Asia Pacific Thermoplastic Elastomers Market size, by resin

China occupied the highest market share in the year 2015, accounting for 56.1% of the overall TPE market share in terms of revenue. High industrial output in the country has facilitated manufacturing growth that resulted in emergence of large number of domestic manufacturers for automotive components, electrical & electronics, plastics, and other major end-use industries. Increasing production in the aforementioned industries is expected to drive TPE demand in its specific applications. Additionally, growing passenger car and its aftermarket components sales are expected to drive demand for TPV, TPU, and TPO over the forecast period.

Growing demand for advanced thermoplastic composites in automotive, electrical & electronics and industrial applications as a general-purpose substitute is expected to drive its demand. TPV is expected to be the fastest-growing product segment at a CAGR of 11.2% over the forecast period. Its high demand in automotive components and under the hood applications are expected to be a major factor driving the product segment growth.

Additionally, automotive OEMs in the country are actively incorporating thermoplastics as a substitute for metals to provide automobiles with better performance and fuel efficiency while reducing the overall curb weight of the vehicle. These factors are expected to drive demand for TPV, TPU, TPO, and SBC in automotive applications. Increasing construction spending to improve road infrastructure and energy efficiency of buildings is expected to drive TPO and TPU demand for roofing and thermal insulation applications respectively.

Asia Pacific Thermoplastic Elastomers Market Trends

Thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) are used in transportation and automotive, construction and building, footwear, electronics and electrics, medical, adhesive, home appliances, sealant, and coating owing to their rubbery qualities with high strength and lightweight. The demand for thermoplastic elastomers is expected to be driven by increased demand from the automotive industry. Besides the demand from other application areas such as construction and building, footwear, and others is expected to drive the market growth.

Furthermore, electronics comprises major end-users of thermoplastic elastomers. OLED TVs, tablets, smartphones, and other electronic items have a huge demand in the consumer electronics industry. The need for electronic equipment is anticipated to rise in the coming years as the disposable income is on rise for middle-income groups thereby propelling the thermoplastic elastomers industry. However, the need for more investment and technical complications in the manufacturing sector for the production of traditional materials like polyethylene, rubbers, PVC, and polyurethane poses a challenge.

The manufacturing apparatus operates at high temperatures and requires high level of technical skill to create the TPE products. The expensive nature of large investments and complicated manufacturing procedures limits its use on a large scale further restraining the market growth.

TPE is derived from renewable resources such as fatty acids and vegetable oils are known as bio-based TPE. It is mostly used in the sporting goods, footwear, and electronics industries, and has qualities that are comparable to or better than regular TPE. The biodegradability of bio-based TPE is enhanced further reducing the consumption of non-renewable resources. Bio-based TPE continues to innovate and commercialize, providing additional opportunities for industry players.

Application Insights

Ease of processing and recycling with negligible emissions is expected to lead towards higher demand. They have successfully replaced thermosets in various applications such as electronic components and medical devices. TPE is gaining wide popularity due to a high degree of purity (low level of extractable compounds), recycling ability, and cost-effectiveness. They are being touted as an ideal substitute for PVC and latex owing to the aforementioned factors.

They are manufactured using either ionomers or block copolymers manufacturing process. Ionomer process includes copolymers of ethylene and methacrylic acid while block copolymer process uses SBS rubber (styrene-butadiene-styrene) created by linking a short block of polystyrene along with a long block of polybutadiene.

Rapid industrialization, economic progress, and increasing disposable income have fostered the development of automotive, consumer goods, and electronics sectors, leading to higher demand in component manufacturing applications. This factor is expected to fuel market growth specifically in China and India.

Development of enhanced production processes has boosted demand for recyclable and biodegradable TPE generating less scrap material. Exponential growth is expected to be witnessed in the packaging application segment on account of rising demand for transparent product packaging in various markets such as medical, consumer goods, and electronics. Other growing industries are expected to drive thermoplastic elastomers to demand footwear, personal care products, wire and cable, sports and leisure equipment, and clothing applications.

Industry participants will have to overcome significant barriers to replace rubber materials thoroughly. As market penetration is achieved in existing applications, market development is expected to be hampered, and key companies are increasingly undertaking product innovation to permit entry into new markets where rubber still dominates most applications.

Product Insights

SBC was the largest application segment and accounted for over 50% of the total revenue in 2015. Hydrogenated SBC is gaining prominence in adhesives, sealants, coatings, and films applications owing to its superior pressure sensitivity. Increasing demand from major applications such as paving & roofing, footwear, and advanced materials is anticipated to uplift further industry growth over the next seven years.

TPO was the second most consumed product in the overall market. TPO is widely used in automotive applications such as bumpers, fascia systems, and instrument panels. Major automotive OEMs are increasingly incorporating plastics in automotive components as a replacement for metals and alloys aimed at weight reduction, chemical resistance, and structural strength.

Asia Pacific Thermoplastic Elastomers Market share, by product

TPV is widely used in automotive, fluid handling, and consumer goods applications. Increasing TPV consumption in automotive applications, such as under the hood components and interiors, owing to its high heat and oil resistance is expected to be a major driving factor for its growth over the forecast period.

TPU is largely used in automotive, hose & tubing, construction, and wire & cables. It's superior acoustic and thermal insulation properties as compared to that of thermoset PU is a major factor contributing to its consumption in the aforementioned applications.

Regional Insights

China TPE market dominated the regional demand and is estimated to maintain its dominance over the forecast period. The industry in the region is characterized by high demand for TPV and TPU in medical and automotive applications respectively. Favorable regulations pertaining to thermoplastics consumption in automotive applications as substitutes for metals and alloys along with growing passenger car production is expected to further complement the regional market growth over the forecast period.

Japan accounted for over 20% of the total market share in terms of revenue in 2015. The market in the region is characterized by favorable regulatory policies regarding plastics usage in automotive component applications.

India accounted for over 10% of the total market revenue in 2015. With global automotive OEMs shifting their production bases to India due to favorable manufacturing conditions such as low capital investment, availability of skilled labor and cheap raw material availability, small scale TPE manufacturers benefited in terms of demand & supply.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The market is currently fragmented with several major players such as DuPont, BASF, Arkema, Dow Chemical Co., Huntsman Corporation. Other key players include Advanced Elastomer Systems L.P., Bayer Material Science, China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation, EMS Group, Dynasol Elastomer LLC, Evonik Industries, Kraton Polymer LLC, LG Chemicals, LCY Chemical Corporation, LyondellBasell Industries, Lubrizol Corporation, Nippon Polyurethane Industry Company Ltd., PolyOne Corporation, Teknor APEX Company, TSRC Corporation, Kraiburg TPE, RTP Company and Polymax TPE.

Recent Developments

  • In March 2022, Kraton expanded its global reach by using DL Chemical's manufacturing footprint and skills in the Asian market, as well as its financial power, allowing Kraton to spend even more on industry-leading constant development. The merger also helps Kraton and DL Chemical achieve their goals of becoming worldwide leaders in chemical manufacturing

  • In January 2020, LCY Chemical Corp launched a new ultra-high molecular mass styrene-ethylene-butylene-styrene (SEBS) copolymer for TPE compounding, automotive, medical, polymer modification, and adhesive applications

  • In March 2022, Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. transferred all of its shareholdings in the integrated subsidiary Taiyo Vinyl Company to Tosoh Corporation. With this deal, Tosoh now owns 84% of Taiyo Vinyl Corporation, and Denka Co., Ltd. owns 16%. Tosoh's vinyl isocyanate chain industry, which includes Taiyo Vinyl Corporation, strengthened further

  • RTP Company announced the addition of a number of low-emission products to its Very Long Fiber reinforced Polypropylene (PP VLF) line. Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) demands to lower Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) levels in thermoplastic materials designated for use in car interior applications are satisfied by these PP VLF products

Asia Pacific Thermoplastic Elastomers Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Revenue forecast in 2022

USD 7.82 billion

Growth rate

CAGR of 5.3% from 2015 to 2022

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2012 - 2014

Forecast period

2015 - 2022

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million/billion and CAGR from 2015 to 2022

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Product, region

Country scope

China; India; Japan.

Key companies profiled

DuPont; BASF; Arkema; Dow Chemical Co.; Huntsman Corporation. Other key players include Advanced Elastomer Systems L.P.; Bayer Material Science; China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation; EMS Group; Dynasol Elastomer LLC.

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Asia Pacific Thermoplastic Elastomers Market Segmentation

This report forecasts revenue growth at regional and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2012 to 2022. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the Asia Pacific thermoplastic elastomers market report on the basis of product, and region.

Asia Pacific Thermoplastic Elastomers Market Segmentation

  • Product Outlook (Volume, Kilo Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2012 - 2022)

    • Styrenic block copolymers (SBC)

    • Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU)

    • Thermoplastic polyolefins (TPO)

    • Thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPV)

    • Copolyester elastomers (COPE)

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Volume Kilo Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2012 - 2022)

    • China

    • India

    • Japan

    • Rest of Asia Pacific (RoAPAC)

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