The global polypropylene market is projected to reach USD 108.57 billion by 2028, exhibiting a CAGR of 5.2% during the forecast period. As per the report by Fortune Business Insights™, titled “Polypropylene Market, 2021-2028”, the market size was USD 75.12 billion in 2020 and is estimated to hit USD 76.00 billion in 2021.
Advancements in Plastic Recycling Technologies to Create New Growth Opportunities
Plastic pollution has become a scourge of development for the planet. Now, chemical industry companies, with support from governments and international bodies, are taking concerted steps to tackle this problem head-on using advanced recycling technologies. For example, in April 2021, INEOS bagged the ISCC Plus award from the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification organization for its successful commercial-scale trials of next-generation recycling technology to produce polypropylene (PP), high-density polyethylene (HDPE), propylene, and ethylene.
Launch of Breakthrough Products by Key Players to Electrify the Market
As the demand for novel polymer formulations continues to rise, key players in this market are investing strategically in research & development activities to build breakthrough polypropylene-based products. These offerings are being designed for diverse applications across industries, which, in turn, will deepen the companies’ foothold in the market.
Integration of PP in Electric Vehicles to Catalyze MarketGrowth
With vehicle pollution at an all-time high in major economies, the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) is surging worldwide. For example, in 2019, global electric car sales reached 2.1 million, according to data released by the International Energy Agency (IEA). The key to enhancing the energy efficiency of EVs is to reduce their weight by employing lightweight materials in the manufacturing of their components. Polypropylene, which is a thermoplastic, is perfectly suited to meet this goal, primarily because it has low density. As a result, many EV makers are actively integrating PP in their products to make them more energy-efficient. For example, the Skoda Scala features 10% low-talc PP from Borealis, which has been used to make the car’s center console, glove box, and instrument panel. Similarly, Renault’s B4D engine leverages a PP compound for the air intake manifold, weighing 15% lesser than manifolds made from traditional polyamide-based materials. In sum, the incorporation of PP-based materials in EVs is the new thriving trend in the plastics industry, which is propelling the market.
Promising Growth of the Packaging Industry to Aid the Asia Pacific Market
Supported by the spectacular growth of the packaging industry, Asia Pacific is set to dominate the polypropylene market share during the forecast period. The progress of the packaging industry in this region is driven by rapid urbanization in India and China, where packaged foods, beverages, and consumer goods are in high demand.