GVR Report cover Heat Resistant Polymer Market Report

Heat Resistant Polymer Market Analysis by Product (Fluoropolymers, Polyphenylene Sulfide, Polyimide, Polybenzimidazole, PEEK), By End-use, Regional Analysis, And Segment Forecasts, 2018 - 2025

  • Report ID: GVR-1-68038-873-2
  • Number of Pages: 105
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)

Industry Insights

The global heat resistant polymers market size was estimated at USD 12.03 billion in 2016. Increasing demand for these polymers in the automotive & aerospace industries is expected to drive the industry growth. Products fabricated using heat resistant polymers are making significant progress both in terms of commercialization and breakthroughs in research & development. 

Replacement of conventional materials such as metals in the automotive industry by lightweight plastics is expected to drive demand during the forecast period. High temperature plastics show great efficiency in heat resilient applications and entice significant interest due to its potential industrial applications.

U.S. heat resistant polymers market revenue by product, 2014 - 2025 (USD Million)

U.S. heat resistant polymers market

Metals decompose when exposed to automotive fluids or salts. However, the high temperature resistant polymers can thus be considered to be the lightweight substitutes for metals. This is also anticipated to drive the evolution of these products in the transportation industry. Coolant systems, fuel systems engine components, sockets, brake systems, and transmission components are some of the prominent automotive parts where these polymers are used. Adoption of these materials is expected to bring about major advancements in the area of aerospace & automotive as well as electrical & electronics. Products made of heat resistant plastics are making substantial progress both in terms of breakthroughs in research & development and commercialization.

Product Insights

Fluoropolymers emerged as the largest product segment in 2016 and accounted for 49% of the market share. Fluoropolymers have polytrophic properties such as high dimensional stability, high chemical resistance, and resistance to acids, bases, and solvents. 

Moreover, they also show friction dropping property which fosters manufacturing of consumer goods. Owing to these properties this product is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR of 6.6% during 2017 to 2025.

In terms of revenue, polyphenylene sulfide accounted for the second largest market share in 2016 and is likely to reach a market valuation of USD 3.62 billion. It is synthesized to obtain textiles and synthetic fibers which are used in filter fabrics for electrical insulations, coal boilers, packaging, and gaskets. It is also used as an engineering plastic that can be easily molded and extruded for automotive as well as electrical applications.

Other major products include polyimide, polybenzimidazole, and PEEK, which are flexible, lightweight, and resistant to heat and chemicals. Polyimide has diverse applications in displays, high temperature fuel cells, and the defense sector. Moreover, polybenzimidazole depicts high heat stability and is thus used to fabricate most of the protective apparels including space astronauts’ suit, firefighter gear, and heat resilient gloves.

End-use Insights

The transportation segment is projected to account for a significant share in 2016. Increasing applications of heat resistant polymers to manufacture more fuel-efficient, compact, and light vehicles by replacing metallic parts is expected to drive the product market during the forecast period.

Deployment of heat resistant polymers ensures high operating temperature which directly translates into increased fuel efficiency and reduced emission. Furthermore, these products have high demand in the electrical & electronics industries and are mainly used in connectors, motor brush cards, and circuit.

Global heat resistant polymers market revenue by end use, 2016 (%) 

Global heat resistant polymers market

Temperature resistant plastics are used in sliding/friction-stressed machine-driven mechanisms (rollers, sliding/plain bearings, seals, pressure discs, piston rings,) for mechanical engineering purposes, textile, office technology, and the automobile industry. These plastics are also being deployed in heat and shock-resilient applications in the aerospace and glass industries.

According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), passenger traffic witnessed an increase of 7.4% from 2015 to 2016, whereas passenger capacity was increased by 7.5% during the same period.  This translates into more number of aircraft being manufactured, which is likely to trigger the heat resistant plastic demand in the sector.

Heat resistant polymers are light in weight and are being predominantly used in the form of films & sheets. These sheets are likely to witness a surge in aerospace/aircraft, and defense equipment, especially in the combat fighter plane’s engines to make them lighter and swifter.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific accounted for more than 45.23% of the global revenue in 2016 is anticipated to witness the fastest growth over the forecast period. Emergent economies such as India and China are expected to witness strong economic growth over the coming years. Increasing demand for high temperature plastics from automotive, electronics, and aerospace industries in these countries has been responsible for the market growth. 

Europe and North America together accounted for 50% of the global demand in 2016. Earlier product introduction, the presence of key manufacturers as well as well-established end-use industries has been responsible for the market penetration in the region.

Growing production of automobiles and investments in defense & aerospace is projected to enhance demand for heat resistant polymers over the world. Huge investments in developing polymer engineering in North America are anticipated to surge preference for these plastics.

Competitive Insights

Companies are likely to invest huge amounts in research & development events. Associations are also arranged to emerge as one of the strategic initiatives used by businesses involved in new product development. Capacity growth and new product launches are predominant in the industry. 

Acquisition and joint ventures are an integral part of this market and allow companies to expand their regional presence and product offerings. The Trend in this market signifies companies manufacturing polyimide films are acquiring companies possessing technology and patents for producing raw materials.

In October 2016, Celanese Corporation announced five new polymer innovations at K 2016 plastics trade show in Dusseldorf, Germany which is designed to meet product development specification and intricate design of global auto, consumer, medical, electronics and industrial manufacturers. Some of the companies engaged in the expansion of this market include BASF SE, Honeywell International Inc., E. I. Du Pont De Nemours and Company, Daikin Industries, Evonik Industries AG, DIC Corporation, Celanese Corporation, Solvay S.A.

Report Scope 



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2014 - 2016

Forecast period

2017 - 2025

Market representation                                                

Volume in Kilo Tons, revenue in USD Million and CAGR from 2017 to 2025

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America, Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S., Germany, UK, France, China, Japan, India

Report coverage             

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

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Segments covered in the report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional & country levels and provides an analysis on the industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the heat resistant polymers market on the basis of product, application, and region:

  • Product Outlook (Volume, Kilo Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Fluoropolymer

    • Polyphenylene sulfide

    • Polyimides

    • Polybenzimidazole

    • Polyether ether ketone

    • Others

  • End-use Outlook (Volume, Kilo Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Transportation

    • Electronics & Electrical  

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Volume, Kilo Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • North America

      • The U.S.

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • The U.K.

      • France

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

    • Central & South America

    • Middle East & Africa

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