HDPE Market Intelligence

Report Coverage

  • Beroe’s Recommendations for an Ideal Category Strategy
  • Regional Market Outlook
  • Cost and Price Analysis
  • Purchasing Process: RFP/RFI Questionnaire


Production Size

Global Production

49.5 MMT

North America

9.4 MMT


8.4 MMT


18.4 MMT

HDPE Table of Contents

  1. HDPE Market Executive Summary
  2. Global Market Outlook
  3. SupplyMarket Outlook
  4. Demand Market Outlook
  5. Beroe’s Recommendations for an Ideal Category Strategy
  6. Category Opportunities & Risks
  7. Industry Best Practice


  1. HDPE Market Market Analysis
  2. Global Market Size:HDPE
  3. Global Capacity–Demand Analysis
  4. Global Demand by Application
  5. Global Market Outlook
  6. Global Trade Dynamics
    –Global Imports
    –Global Exports
  7. Regional Market Outlook
    (North America, Europe and Asia, LATAM, and MEA)
    –Supply–Demand Trends and Outlook
    –Trade Dynamics
  8. Covid-19 Impact


  1. HDPE Market Industrial Analysis 
  2. Industry Outlook
  3. (North America, Europe and Asia, LATAM, and MEA)
    –Drivers and Constraints for the Industry
    –Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
    –Industry Events
    –Planned Capacity Additions


  1. HDPE Market Market Monitoring Insights 
  2. Cost and Price Analysis (US, Europe,Asia, LATAM, and MEA)
    –Cost Structure Analysis
    –Price Analysis:HDPE (NorthAmerica, Europe, Asia, LATAM, and MEA)
  3. Purchasing Process: RFP/RFI Questionnaire


  1. HDPE Market Supplier Selection & Sustainability and Innovation Initiatives
  2. Supplier Section
  3. Sustainability Initiatives
  4. Key Innovations 


  1. HDPE Market Industry Best Practices
  2. Contract Structures
  3. Industry Best Practices


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Global Market Outlook on HDPE

  • The global demand is expected to grow at 2-4 percent CAGR through 2019–2024
  • Asia will remain the key demand driver with an expected growth of 3-5 percent, due to the increase in per capita consumption of plastics
  • Blow molding applications and food/non-food packaging applications are expected to be the key segments driving the growth across the regions
  • The Mi ddle East and North America are supply surplus regions, while As ia, LATAM, and Europe are trade deficit regi ons. The trendi s broadly expected to continue in the next five years 
  • Global HDPE prices decreased in 2019 and expected to drop in 2020, hence the market size to drop. In 2021, prices in some regions to increase hence market size to increase. The global HDPE prices is expected to be in the range of 960-1030 $/MT in the long term
  • Capacity additions is the another major factor for drop in the prices. China and the US are expected to add another 4-6 Million MT in the next 2 years.

COVID-19 Impact on HDPE 

  • HDPE market was significantly impacted by COVID-19 in Q2 2020 as demand from industrial (construction and automotive) witnessed steep decline, which resulted in adequate supply and lower demand. The prices in Q2 2020 were traded at record lows and some plants went offline due to labor shortages.
  • As businesses are faced with unexpected closures and demand uncertainties, HDPE demand from automotive and construction industries which accounts for ~15 percent market share had a major impact
  • HDPE demand from food & beverages remained healthy and consumer & personal care industry demand remained steady in Q2 2020.
  • Demand broadly recovered in all the sectors by Q3 2020

 Global HDPE Demand by Application

The global HDPE growth is expected to be driven by the increase in demand for blow molding application (containers, jars, bottles) which are applicable in consumer goods and personal care industry

Downstream Demand Outlook

  • The global HDPE demand is expected to grow at 2-4 percent CAGR driven by CPG and food & beverages industry–Growth in cosmetics & house hold products (shampoo, hygiene and beauty products) would be the major demand driver for blow moulding applications–Food packaging demand is driven by increase in snacks, meat, poultry, and frozen foods where HDPE film is majorly used. Increase in soft drinks would be another major demand driving industry for HDPE Blow Moulding Grade
  • HDPE usage is increasing in potable water pipes as regulations demand elimination of PVC pipes containing lead stabilizers for such applications.
  • The impact on industrial HDPE is low to medium on the overall HDPE market, since the market share is ~10-13 percent and packaging industry to drive the HDPE demand growth.

Industry Drivers and Constraints  


  • Demand from CPG industry: The demand for bottles from the consumer goods segment is expected to be steady which would be major driver. Moreover, growth from cosmetics industry would be secondary demand driver
  • Demand from Pharmaceutical Industry:. Increased preference of HDPE bottles in pharma industry due to its price and properties in the recent years to be another major driver


  • Europe and US recycling targets: The European Union has set its targets for recycling to over 40 percent by 2025, which is expected to curb the demand for virgin HDPE in the market•Drop in feedstock availability: The demand from gasoline is expected to drop across the globe in 2020-2021 period, which in turn would have an effect on the crude oil distillation process, through which naphtha is derived. Hence the availability of feedstock would be affected marginally which could have an impact on the growth of HDPE in the short term

HDPE Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How has the pricing structure of HDPE changed over time?
  2. The global HDPE prices dropped in 2019, and the trend is likely to remain intact in 2020. However, the prices in some regions have been gradually increasing in 2021. Overall, the worldwide HDPE prices will click $960-1030/MT over the long run.
  1. What is the global outlook of the HDPE market?
  2. While the global HDPE production stands at 49.5 MMT, the demand will grow at 2-4% CAGR during 2019–2024, as per Beroe’s market study.
  1. For which application HDPE finds primary usage?
  2. End-users are mainly utilizing HDPE in the blow molding process to manufacture cosmetics and household products – shampoo bottles and beauty product containers. Moreover, rising soft drink consumption is likely to drive the demand for blow molding grade HDPE.
  1. Which regions hold a significant chunk of the global HDPE market?
  2. With a supply of 18.4 MMT, Asia Pacific (APAC) will remain the ground zero of lucrative opportunities for HDPE manufacturers. Within APAC, the Asian HDPE market will grow at 3-5% CAGR owing to surging per capita plastic utilization. Further, while North America produces 9.4 MMT HDPE annually, the number hits 8.4 MMT in Europe.
  1. Why are the HDPE prices going down?
  2. The prices of HDPE are decreasing due to capacity additions of 4-6 MMT in China and the US individually over the coming two years.
  1. Which end-use industries are getting affected by the COVID-19 crisis?
  2. The demand for HDPE has significantly reduced in the construction and automotive sectors due to the COVID-19, broadening the supply-demand gap. However, usage of HDPE in the consumer & personal care and food & beverage industries remain healthy in the future.

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