GVR Report cover Polyethylene Wax Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Polyethylene Wax Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (Urea-Formaldehyde, Soy-based), By Application (Candles, Packaging), By Substrate, By Technology, By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2023 - 2030

  • Report ID: 978-1-68038-497-0
  • Number of Report Pages: 98
  • Format: PDF, Horizon Databook
  • Historical Range: 2018 - 2021
  • Forecast Period: 2023 - 2030 
  • Industry: Bulk Chemicals

Polyethylene Wax Market

The global polyethylene wax market size was valued at USD 1.89 billion in 2022 and is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.2% from 2023 to 2030. The growth in this market can be attributed to rising shale gas production in China, and North America, coupled with growing demand from coatings and printing inks sectors is projected to drive the market over the forecast period. Polyethylene (PE) wax is a type of synthetic wax prepared by ethylene polymerization and is nontoxic, hard, and white. PE waxes are available in the form of pellets, flakes, and powder. Key end-use industries for PE wax comprises the coating, textile, printing inks, polish, food packaging & processing, paints, oil & gas, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, paper, and leather.

U.S. polyethylene wax market size and growth rate, 2023 - 2030

The primary driver which is expected to boost the product segments in the U.S. is the expansion of shale gas reserves. Regional industry participants comprise of Chevron Phillips Chemical, INEOS, Williams Company, Dow Chemical, Formosa Plastics, Westlake Chemical, and LyondellBasell have undertaken expansion projects to enlarge their end-use productions and expand their consumer base.

Stringent regulations by various global agencies characterize the market. Unlike the well-established regulatory framework in Europe and North America, emerging regions like the Asia Pacific is still enhancing their regulatory structure to ensure proper protection of the environment, safety, health, and human rights.

REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals), EPA (Environment Protection Agency), and FDA (Food and Drug Administration) have formulated stringent emission standards on harmful automobile emission. This factor is estimated to drive demand for polyethylene wax for coating application areas.

The use of quality packaging in the foods industry will further drive demand for polyethylene wax. Industry players are focusing on incorporating advanced technologies for their manufacturing processes. Honeywell initially, adopted technology for PE wax production and its additives development, which is presently used by numerous other plastic and chemical manufacturers globally.

Product Insights

Oxidized PE wax was the dominating segment accounting for a revenue share of more than 36% owing to increasing application in the coating, plastics, inks, rubber, shoe, leather, lubricants, and masterbatches industries. Asia Pacific oxidized market is expected to witness significant growth due to rapid industrialization and rising R&D activities.

PE wax has gained significant acceptance in the coating industry and is being increasingly used in water-based wax emulsions, nonionic emulsions, and PVC processing in numerous manufacturing sectors such as textile industry, adhesives, packaging, automobiles, and paper coating.

High Density Polymerized PE Wax was the second-largest segment and is predicted to hold significant market share. High density polymerized is the most commonly used PE wax with high density and tensile strength. They are used in diverse application areas as it has high market penetration and is expected to grow at a stable growth rate.

The product has found its wide application in manufacturing industries due to high performance properties like low melt viscosity and compatibility with plasticizers, lubricants, and stabilizers. LDPE and HDPE are obtained through high-density polymerization and are usually used as PVC processing lubricant, hot-melt adhesives modifier, and water-based emulsion additive to improve slip, friction, and scratch resistance.

Technology Insights

Polymerization dominated the market with a revenue share of over 47% in 2022. Recently, metallocene, a form of polymerization technology, is used by manufacturers as an enhanced and improved performance solution for the production of HDP and LDP. This is expected to bolster the polymerization technology growth in PE wax market.

Modification technology is used for co-polymer, oxidized, acid- modified, special monomer manufacturing. On account of high growth in acid-modified and oxidized demand, the technology share is also expected to show an increase over the forecast period.

Modification segment demand is proportionately influenced by growing demand for oxidized, special monomer, acid modified, and co-polymer product segment. The market volume is estimated to be driven over the forecast period by growth in the application segment of acid-modified coatings and oxidized in inks, adhesives, and masterbatches.

Application Insights

Candles dominated the application segment with a revenue share of over 29% in 2022. Packaging was the second-largest application segment and is predicted to hold a significant market share. Heat sealability and grease & scuff resistance are among the properties of PE wax that are highly preferred in the packaging sector. Wax packaging is expected to witness substantial growth in the Indian market on account of its increasing utilization in coating, treatment, impregnation, and lamination of primary food contact materials such as paper, paperboards, and aluminum.

Global polyethylene wax market share and size, 2022

PE waxes have lubricating properties which support the resin processing. Furthermore, these waxes are extensively used for dispersing colors in plastics and other additives. Increasing demand for PE plastics by food and other packaging industry is likely to boost the segment growth over the forecast period. Besides, westernization in emerging economies is positively impacting the demand for quality products and is expected to surge printing inks sales in the Asia Pacific.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific held a market share of over 28.0% in global polyethylene wax market in 2022 and is expected to expand at the highest CAGR during the projected period. Based on region the market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and Central & South America. North America further includes the U.S., and Europe includes Germany.

Rapid industrialization and high polyethylene supplies from India and China have resulted in the growth of PE wax market in the region. China’s well-established polyethylene wax infrastructure along with the presence of significant players in the country fueled the dominance of Asia Pacific in 2018. Owing to the rapid industrial growth in India and Vietnam, the region will experience surged PE wax demand over the forecast period.

Polyethylene Wax Market Trends, by Region, 2023 - 2030

Middle East and Africa is also projected to observe a significant gain in its revenue share on account of the prevailing oil & gas infrastructure and low product prices. North American market is anticipated to be driven by the considerable demand for shale gas and crude oil from the U.S. Europe is also expected to witness stable growth owing to the development of end-use industries like coating, printing inks, and adhesives coupled with stringent food regulations by the FDA and REACH.

The U.S. is a booming market space in terms of technological advancements and expanding end-user industries. HDP demand is expected to experience a steady development over the upcoming years due to the saturation product segment and will grow at a stagnant rate for plastic manufacturing. The oxidized product segment is expected to witness remarkable development due to increasing plastic and elastomer applications in this region.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The players like Nanjing Tianshi offers a high degree of integration with enhanced distributing networks for manufacturing PE wax. GMT is a global PE wax manufacturer and a significant exporter of PE wax. Also, Coschem is indulged into manufacturing and selling the business while EPChem International Pte. Ltd. is a global industry participant who is into PE wax distribution and marketing business. Huber Group, an international holding group, has launched its product portfolio which includes printing inks, coatings for printing applications, press chemicals, and services.

The adoption of Nanotechnology in the coating industry is anticipated to emerge as a significant market driver owing to its high-end properties like UV resistance, wear, scratch, corrosion and mar, metallic & micro-ceramic particles will be used in paints & coating products. Along with technological advancements, stringent environment regulations will boost demand for high solid, UV curable, and waterborne coatings in the global market.

Expansion of operations by commissioning new plants is another market strategy adopted by industry participants. In 2012, BASF opened a new manufacturing plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany for oxidized PE wax production, which has helped it strengthen its foothold over the PE wax market. Some of the prominent players in the global polyethylene wax market include:

  • Baker Hughes


  • Clariant

  • Honeywell International Inc.

  • Mitsui Chemicals

Global Polyethylene Wax Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2023

USD 1.95 billion

Revenue forecast in 2030

USD 2.63 billion

Growth rate

CAGR of 4.2% from 2023 to 2030

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2018 - 2021

Forecast period

2023 - 2030

Report updated in

April 2023

Quantitative units

Volume in kilotons, revenue in USD million, and CAGR from 2023 to 2030

Report coverage

Volume & revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Product, technology, application, region

Regional scope

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

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; Mexico; Germany; U.K.; France; Italy, China; India; Japan, South Korea, Brazil; Argentina; Saudi Arabia; South Africa

Key companies profiled

Baker Hughes; BASF SE; Clariant; Honeywell International Inc.; Mitsui Chemicals; SCG Chemicals Public Company Limited; Zellag, Marcus Oil & Chemicals Private Ltd; Trecora Chemical; Oxidized Polyethylene Innovations

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Global Polyethylene Wax Market Report Segmentation

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2018 to 2030. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global polyethylene wax market report on the basis of product, technology, application, and region:

Global Polyethylene Wax Market Report Segmentation

  • Product Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • High Density Polymerized PE Wax

    • Low Density Polymerized PE Wax

    • Oxidized PE Wax

    • Micronized PE Wax

    • Others

  • Technology Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Polymerization

    • Modification

    • Thermal Cracking

    • Micronization

    • Others

  • Application Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Candles

    • Packaging

    • Woods & Fire Logs

    • Printing Inks

    • Cosmetics

    • Plastic Additives

    • Lubricants

    • Rubber

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • U.K.

      • France

      • Italy

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

      • South Korea

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

      • Argentina

    • Middle East & Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

      • South Africa

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