Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (Medical Grade & Prosthetics, Fibers, Sheet, Rod), By Application, And Segment Forecasts, 2019 - 2025

  • Published Date: Mar, 2019
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2018
  • Report ID: 978-1-68038-506-9
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2014 - 2017
  • Number of Pages: 80

Industry Insights

The global Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene market size was estimated at USD 1.60 billion in 2018. It is expected to register a CAGR of 13.8% during the forecast period. UHMWPE is widely used for joint replacement surgeries, making medical one of the key end-use sectors for the plastic sector. Growing geriatric population in Europe, Japan, and U.S. has prompted the need for orthopedics in these regions.

Favorable properties of the product increase its scope of application in numerous industries such as automotive, healthcare, and shipbuilding. These properties include high abrasion resistance, superior impact strength, low reactivity to chemicals and additives, higher flexibility, and w friction coefficient. These properties are anticipated to drive the demand for UHMWPE in near future.

U.S. UHMWPE market

UHMWPE is increasingly being used in defense industry for personal protective equipment and anti-ballistic applications. Several government initiatives are encouraging usage of this product over other polymers for such applications. Ongoing military R&D investments by U.S. to improve the performance of helmets and body armor is expected to steer product demand over the next few years.

Favorable regulations along with growing innovations have resulted in enhancement in mechanical properties and high-energy absorption value of UHMWPE. As a result, it is commonly used in bulletproof vests, impact plate, and helmet production. This rise in the scope of application is anticipated to have positive impact on the market during the forecast period.

Joint replacement surgeries for knees and hips have witnessed rapid uptrend over the last five years. A shift in trend wherein people aged at 45 to 60 years are increasingly opting for joint replacement surgeries has been observed in recent past. Technological advancements have resulted in better prosthetics, longer lifespan, and more comfort for patients. Increasing geriatric population in several countries such as U.S., Canada, and Japan, is expected to drive the demand for medical UHMWPE over the long term.

Owing to its significant resilience against wear and tear coupled with its ability to be blended with additives to offer hydrophilic and flame resilient characteristics has steered UHMWPE demand in applications such as wear strips, chain guides, bin liners, and pulleys. Its inherent hydrophobic characteristic has enabled its demand in sectors requiring ease of flow while handling wet products.

Ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene is characterized by improved fiber structure and finds applications in heavy-duty industries for producing pulleys and truck liners. Moreover, growing innovations has resulted in enhancement in its mechanical properties and high-energy absorption value for UHMWPE. As a result, it is commonly used in bulletproof vests, impact plate, and helmet production.

Product Insights

Sheets are commonly used in industrial sectors in the form of liners. These liners are used in various heavy transport vehicles, troughs, bins, hoppers, and silos for enabling ease of flow of materials or products. Niche applications such as recreational equipment and agricultural machinery have also gained prominence owing to rising need for durable components with enhanced abrasion resistance.

Owing to its self-lubricating characteristic, the product is used in various rollers, guides, plates, and liners. It is used across various parts of logistic equipment. Its hydrophobic characteristic has amplified its usage in transferring wet products largely in food and beverage and pulp and paper industries. Niche applications such as pads for heavy equipment movers, snow removers, skiing equipment, and boats are also expected to steer growth as UHMWPE can enhance their operating life.

Application Insights

Medical grade and prosthetics led the application segment of Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene market and is expected to reach USD 1.37 billion by 2025. Earlier orthopedic surgeries were prescribed to patients above 60 years of age owing to the fact that the joint replacements had a life of about 15 to 20 years. However, with rapid technological innovations, joint replacements have a higher life span and are being increasingly adopted by the younger generation.

UHMWPE fibers find application in several end-use industries such as defense, sports equipment, construction, and healthcare. Increasing construction spending, participation in sports, and growing healthcare industry is expected to drive the product consumption in near future.

Global UHMWPE market

Over the recent years, industry participants have taken major steps to process UHMWPE and to improve its properties. Cross-linked polymers with additives such as Vitamin E as antioxidants are widely being accepted as prosthetics for hip replacements. Hip and knee replacement surgeries have seen a rapid rise, especially among the comparatively younger generation aged 40 to 55 years, over the past few years.

Fibers find wide application across multiple industries such as sailcloth, sling braid, and defense. Several government initiatives to provide better personal protective equipment and anti-ballistic gear to its military and law enforcement personnel are presumed to drive the Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) market.

As a durable polymer, the product is ideally used as a uniform porous medium in both general and fluid based environments. Reliability and favorable regulations is expected to drive the demand from filtration industry. Higher product prices make it affordable, especially in developed regions.

Regional Insights

North America led the global Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) market in the recent past and is expected to expand at a CAGR of over 10.0% from 2019 to 2025. Growing geriatric population coupled with increasing joint replacement surgeries has played a vital role in driving growth in U.S.

Presence of a large number of automotive manufacturing facilities across the U.S. and Canada contributes to the demand for battery separators and is expected to have positive impact on the overall market for UHMWPE. Ongoing investments in battery manufacturing facilities in North America and Asia Pacific is expected to further boost the demand.

Most countries in the European Union have reported an increase in hip and knee replacement surgeries, which in turn is expected to assist the UHMWPE market over the next seven years. Overall, medical grade and prosthetics market is estimated to witness highest growth over the forecast period followed by batteries market.

Presence of major end-use industries and their significant growth in Asia Pacific is expected to have positive impact on UHMWPE market in near future. Automotive manufacturing hub in China, Japan, and South Korea is expected to drive the regional industrial output over the next few years. Reported increase in healthcare spending coupled with growing disposable income in various countries is estimated to benefit the regional medical sector in the forthcoming years.

Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) Market Share Insights

Braskem, Celanese Corporation, and Lyondell Basell led with over 75% of the total market share in 2018. Frequent acquisitions were witnessed over the past five years. These strategies are expected to improve competitiveness and production capacity of the companies to cater to the rapidly rising demand from Asia Pacific and North America.

Companies are investing heavily in R&D to develop premium products such as longer lasting prosthetics and lightweight personal protective equipment. Such initiatives offer ample prospects for the existing as well as new market players to invest in R&D and to enhance their product portfolio.

In 2014, Celanese Corporation acquired Cool Polymers as well as invested in a technological and commercial center in Mexico to strengthen its presence in Latin America. While Braskem announced its plan to build an UHMWPE plant in Texas to increase its production capacity and complement its current production in Brazil.

Report Scope

Attribute

Details

Base year for estimation

2018

Actual estimates/Historical data

2014 - 2017

Forecast period

2019 - 2025

Market representation

Volume in Tons Revenue in USD Thousand & CAGR from 2019 to 2025

Regional scope

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

Country Scope

U.S., Germany, U.K., Italy, China, India, Japan, Brazil, Saudi Arabia

Report coverage

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

15% free customization scope (equivalent to 5 analyst working days)

If you need specific information, which is not currently within the scope of the report, we will provide it to you as a part of customization


Segments Covered in the Report

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 2014 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) market report on the basis of product, application, and region:

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

    • Medical Grade & Prosthetics

    • Fibers

    • Sheets

    • Rods

    • Others

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

    • Medical Grade & Prosthetics

    • Filtration

    • Batteries

    • Fibers

    • Additives

    • Membranes

    • Others

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

    • North America

      • U.S

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • U.K.

      • Italy

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

    • Middle East & Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

Key questions answered by the report
Request for Customization

Choose License Type

Single User - $4,950
Multi User (2-5) - $5,950
Enterprise Access - $7,950

Buy Chapters or Sections

Avail customized purchase options to meet your exact research needs:

  • Buy sections of this report
  • Buy country level reports
  • Request for historical data
  • Request discounts available for Start-Ups & Universities

Why Choose Us

  • Research support

    24/5 Research support

    Get your queries resolved from an industry expert.

  • Custom research service

    Custom research service

    Design an exclusive study to serve your research needs.

  • Quality assurance

    Quality assurance

    A testimonial for service in the form of BBB "A" Accreditation.

  • BBB Rating dandb
  • Information security

    Information security

    Your personal and confidential information is safe and secure.

  • grand view research PCI DSS complaint grand view research paypal verified