The global thermoplastic polyolefin market size is expected to reach USD 3.43 billion by 2020, according to a new study by Grand View Research, Inc. The shift in trend to replace PVC (polyvinyl chloride) owing to growing environmental concerns in major end-use industries such as automotive and construction around the world has been boosting the demand for TPOs (thermoplastic polyolefins) in the recent past. PVC contains phthalates, which are considered to be harmful to the environment. TPOs represent a member of a large group of thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs). TPOs just like other members of TPE family including TPV, TPU, etc. have rubber-like properties, but a process like polymers which makes them highly suitable for high performance applications in a variety of end-use industries. Advancements in terms of functionalities such as abrasion resistance, economical, durability, lightweight, antioxidants & UV light stabilizer to resist solar UV radiation and oxidation will make the product highly preferable in regions of extreme weather conditions.
Ethylene and propylene are the two main products in the polymers industry. Crude oil prices volatility arising from several geopolitical factors might hamper thermoplastic polyolefins market price trend. In 2015, ethylene observed a sharp price rise despite a decline in crude oil prices. This trend can be due to robust demand from petrochemical products leading to tightening supply-demand scenario. TPO manufacturing process makes use of various other reinforcing polymers and rubber.
Compared to other TPE members, TPOs are relatively at a lower end of price linked performance. TPOs just like other TPEs can be fabricated using standard technologies including injection molding, extrusion, blow molding, and calendaring. The global market for TPOs saw a decline in demand during the recession of 2008-2009, however, owing to recovery in the automotive industry around the world, the demand for TPOs showed improvements. Automotive represents the largest end-use industry for TPOs, and the growth of the automotive industry is directly proportional to the growth of the global TPOs market.
The growth of the automotive industry mainly in the emerging economies of BRICS is expected to drive the future demand for TPOs. China is the largest automobile manufacturing country in the world. In addition, Brazil and India are listed in the top 10 automobile manufacturing countries. These markets are considered to highly profitable for automobile manufacturing both in terms of consumption and production.
Major automobile manufacturers from the West have been shifting/opening the manufacturing bases in low-cost countries such as China, India, and Brazil in order to gain an advantage in markets with huge potentials. The growing automobile market in these countries is expected to drive the market for TPOs over the forecast period. However, volatility in raw material prices has been putting pressure on profit margins of producers, which have been further inhibiting the market growth.
Growing thermoplastic polyolefins demand in residential & commercial roofing will boost the product requirement in the construction sector. This increasing demand can be attributed to TPO’s properties like cold temperature flexibility and weathering resistance. TPO roofing systems provide energy efficiency, reflectivity, and strong resistance to ultraviolet radiations, thereby reducing the heat gains of building.
The automotive industry is a key segment in the application of TPOs. The automotive industry dominates the application market in terms of volume and revenue. Automotive emerged as the leading application segment and accounted for 75.5% of the total market volume in 2013. This is expected to grow at an estimated CAGR of 6.6% from 2014 to 2020. Major automotive component manufacturers include South Korea, Germany, and Japan followed by Mexico. Key automotive manufacturers like Audi, Kia, and American Ford have already announced construction plans for production plants in Mexico. Other applications of TPO include film & sheet, molds, fibers & tapes in the packaging, construction, and medical sectors.
The TPO market in 2013 was dominated by North America in terms of volume with about 37%. It is followed by the Asia Pacific region with 35% of the market share. Asia Pacific is expected to be the fastest growing market for TPO at an estimated CAGR of 7% from 2014 to 2020. This can be attributed to the growing automotive markets in the emerging economies of China and India. Europe volume share is estimated to grow at a slower pace with the slowest CAGR of 5.9% due to its saturated markets. However, strict automotive fuel efficiency regulation will propel the market demand across the region. The usage of thermoplastic polyolefin in the automotive sector reduces the overall weight of the vehicle and enhances its fuel efficiency. Moreover, the presence of top automotive OEMs such as BMW, Audi, Mercedes Benz in Germany, will increase the application scope for thermoplastic polyolefins.
Key companies in the market include Arkema SA (France), Chemtura Corp. (US), Dow Chemical Company (US), ExxonMobil (US) and SABIC (Saudi Arabia). Other players are INEOS Olefins & PolyOne Distribution, GAF, LyondellBasell, Spartech Polycom, RheTech, Johns-Manville Corporation, Noble Polymers (Cascade Engineering), Shell Chemical, A Schulman, Inc., RTP Company, Sumitomo Chemical, Saudi Aramco, Zylog and Polisystem UK Ltd.
Industry participants are indulging in strategies such as new product development, regional expansion, and mergers & acquisitions to enhance their foothold in the market. For instance, Mitsubishi Chemicals developed ZELAS, which is an olefin-based high-performance thermoplastic with high rubber content. The product finds application in the automotive exterior and interior parts, construction materials, and medical sector. In 2016, SABIC announced affiliation with ExxonMobil Chemicals Co. regarding construction of a petrochemicals & derivative complex with polyolefins in Texas.
In September 2022, SABIC sanctioned Conventus Polymers to supply high-performance engineering thermoplastics in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. This expanded Sabic’s ability to produce thermoplastics.
In September 2022, GAF built a new manufacturing plant in Valdosta, Georgia to commence its commercial roofing operations. This expanded GAF’s thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) roofing manufacturing capacity and supported its commercial roofing operations.
Revenue forecast in 2020
USD 3.43 billion
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2012 - 2014
2015 - 2020
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North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, RoW
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