Plastic Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Plastic Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (PE, PP, PU, PVC, PET, Polystyrene, ABS, PBT, PPO, Epoxy Polymers, LCP, PC, Polyamide), By Application, By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2020 - 2027

  • Published Date: Jun, 2020
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2019
  • Report ID: 978-1-68038-232-7
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2016 - 2018
  • Number of Pages: 228

Report Overview

The global plastic market size was valued at USD 568.9 billion in 2019 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.2% from 2020 to 2027. Increasing plastic consumption in the construction, automotive, and electrical and electronics industries is projected to drive the market for plastic over the forecast period. Regulations to decrease gross vehicle weight to improve fuel efficiency and eventually reduce carbon emissions have promoted the use of plastics as a substitute to metals, including aluminum and steel, for the manufacturing of automotive components. This is further expected to favor the rising demand for plastics in automotive applications over the forecast period.

U.S. plastic market size

The growth of the construction industry in emerging markets such as Brazil, China, India, and Mexico has been instrumental in fueling the demand for plastics during 2018 and 2019. However, the recent outbreak of COVID-19 has hampered the demand for plastic in various applications including construction, automotive, electrical and electronics, and consumer goods owing to a halt in manufacturing operations, restrictions on supply and transport, and economic slowdown across the globe.

Growing population coupled with rapid urbanization and industrialization in emerging economies has been impelling federal governments to increase their construction spending to cater to increasing infrastructure needs. Rising construction spending by governments, particularly in China and India, will drive the demand for plastics in infrastructure and construction applications.

Stringent regulations regarding depletion and recyclability of conventional materials such as metal and wood are anticipated to drive the demand for plastic from construction industries in insulation, pipes, cables, floorings, windows, and storage tanks. Polymer fittings are also generally quite simple and easy to install, compared to metals or wood, with a wide range of color combinations, adding to their aesthetic appeal.

Product Insights

In terms of revenue, polyethylene dominated the market with a share of 25.7% in 2019. This high share is attributable to the rising demand from the packaging sector, which includes containers and bottles, plastic bags, plastic films, and geomembranes. Polyethylene is majorly categorized into two types, namely high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and low-density polyethylene (LDPE). Low-density polyethylene is used as a packaging material in consumer goods, food and beverage, and industrial packaging applications. Whereas, HDPE is widely used in laundry detergent packaging, milk cartons, cutting boards, and garbage bins.

Rising demand for packaged food, trays, bottles for milk and fruit juices, crates, caps for food packaging, drums, and other liquid food packaging owing to restrictions on the movement of people to reduce the spread of COVID 19 across the world is expected to drive the demand for polyethylene in the coming years.

Application Insights

In terms of revenue, packaging dominated the market with a share of 36.5% in 2019. This high share is attributable to great demand from various end-use industries including medical, construction, and electrical and electronics in emerging economies.  The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the packaging industry is expected to remain moderate over the forecast period. The demand for packaging for healthcare products, groceries, and e-commerce transportation is expected to increase sharply, while the demand for luxury, industrial, and some B2B-transport packaging might show sluggish growth owing to several restrictions such as stoppage of industrial production and lockdown of cities, imposed by various governments across the world.

Global plastic market share

In addition, a decline in consumer spending due to the economic slowdown caused by novel coronavirus is further expected to hamper the growth of various end-use industries including construction, automotive, and electrical and electronics in the coming year. This, in turn, is anticipated to hinder the growth of the plastic market over the forecast period.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific dominated the market with a share of 20.3% in 2019, in terms of revenue. This is attributable to the high economic development and consequent rise in consumer spending in emerging economies such as India and Japan along with Southeast Asian countries. Rapid industrialization and an increase in the skilled workforce are benefitting the growth of the manufacturing sector in the region, which in turn, is further fueling the demand for plastics in the region.

However, the recent outbreak of COVID-19 in countries such as China, India, Japan, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, and others are anticipated to hamper the product demand majorly in construction, automotive, electrical and electronics, and consumer goods applications. The outbreak has resulted in the slowdown or halts in manufacturing operations, restrictions on supply and transport, and infrastructure slowdown, which is expected to negatively impact the demand for plastics in the aforementioned applications in the region in the coming years.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The competitive rivalry among producers is high owing to the presence of several players in the market for plastic. The market is highly fragmented in nature with the larger share occupied by medium and small enterprises engaged in the manufacturing of plastic. The principal strategy employed by market players is increased focus on high margin products.

Companies are heavily investing in capacity expansion coupled with research and development of plastic to have a balanced product portfolio. This is supported by the fact that in March 2017, BASF SE announced to build a new polymer additives plant at its Caojing site in Shanghai, with an investment of USD 217 million. The strategy comes as a part of BASF’s previous announcement to invest over EUR 200 million (USD 213.2 million) to increase its production network for polymer additives.

In February 2018, SABIC also announced projects in the Netherlands and Asia aimed at expanding its global capacity for two of its high-performance engineering thermoplastic materials, Noryl and Ultem resins. The planned new production facility in Singapore is likely to go online in the first half of 2021. The organization has also proposed to recommission operations at its Netherlands-based Bergen Op Zoom PPE resin plant by the end of this year to produce polyphenylene ether (PPE), which is the base resin for its Noryl resins and other oligomers. Some of the prominent players in the plastic market include:



  • Dow Inc

  • DuPont de Nemours, Inc

  • Evonik Industries

  • Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd.

  • Arkema

  • Celanese Corporation

  • Eastman Chemical Company

  • Chevron Phillips Chemical Co., LLC

  • Lotte Chemical Corporation

  • Exxon Mobil Corporation

  • Formosa Plastics Corporation

  • Covestro AG

  • Toray Industries, Inc.

  • Mitsui & Co. Plastics Ltd.

Plastic Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2020

USD 579.7 billion

Revenue forecast in 2027

USD 722.6 billion

Growth rate

CAGR of 3.2% from 2020 to 2027

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2016 - 2018

Forecast period

2020 - 2027

Quantitative units

Volume in kilotons, revenue in USD million, and CAGR from 2020 to 2027

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Product, application, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; China; the Asia Pacific except China; Central & South America; Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; Mexico; Germany; France; U.K.; Italy; Spain; Poland; India; Japan; Southeast Asia; Brazil; Argentina; Chile; Colombia; Other CSA; Saudi Arabia; United Arab Emirates; Oman; South Africa; Kenya

Key companies profiled

BASF SE; SABIC; Dow Inc.; DuPont de Nemours, Inc; Evonik Industries; Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd.; Arkema; Celanese Corporation; Eastman Chemical Company; Chevron Phillips Chemical Co., LLC; Lotte Chemical Corporation; Exxon Mobil Corporation; Formosa Plastics Corporation; Covestro AG; Toray Industries, Inc.; Mitsui & Co. Plastics

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts volume and revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2016 to 2027. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global plastic market report on the basis of product, application, and region:

  • Product Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • Polyethylene (PE)

    • Polypropylene (PP)

    • Polyurethane (PU)

    • Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)

    • Polyethylene terephthalate (PET)

    • Polystyrene (PS)

    • Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS)

    • Polybutylene terephthalate (PBT)

    • Polyphenylene Oxide (PPO)

    • Epoxy Polymers

    • Liquid Crystal Polymers

    • Polyether ether ketone (PEEK)

    • Polycarbonate (PC)

    • Polyamide (PA)

    • Polysulfone (PSU)

    • Polyphenylsulfone (PPSU)

    • Others

  • Application Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • Packaging

    • Construction

    • Electricals

    • Automotive

    • Medical Devices

    • Agriculture

    • Furniture & Bedding

    • Consumer Goods

    • Utility

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • North America

      • The U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • France

      • The U.K.

      • Italy

      • Spain

      • Poland

    • China

    • Asia Pacific (excluding China)

      • India

      • Japan

      • Southeast Asia

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

      • Argentina

      • Chile

      • Colombia

      • Other CSA

    • Middle East & Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

      • United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.)

      • Oman

      • Kenya

      • South Africa

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