Polyethylene Market Intelligence


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Report Coverage

  • Global Capacity–Demand Analysis
  • Global Trade Dynamics
  • Regional Market Snapshot-North America, Europe, Asia
  • Cost Structure Analysis

Production Size

Production Size North America

25.0 MMT

Production Size Europe

18.2 MMT

Production Size Asia Pacific (APAC)

44.6 MMT

Table of contents

  1. Polyethylene Executive Summary
  2. Global Market Outlook
  3. Supply Market Outlook
  4. Demand Market Outlook
  5. Industry Best Practice
  1. Polyethylene Market Analysis
  2. Global Market Size: PE
  3. Global Capacity - Demand Analysis
  4. Global Demand by Application
  5. Global Market Outlook
  6. Global Trade Dynamics
  7. Global Imports
  8. Global Exports
  9. Regional Market Outlook (North America, Europe and Asia, LATAM, and MEA)
  10. Supply - Demand Trends and Outlook
  11. Trade Dynamics
  1. Polyethylene Industry Analysis
  2. Industry Outlook (North America, Europe and Asia, LATAM, and MEA)
  3. Drivers and Constraints for the Industry
  4. Mergers and Acquisitions
  5. Innovations
  6. Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
  1. Polyethylene Cost and Pricing Analysis
  2. Cost and Price Analysis (US, Europe, Asia, LATAM, and MEA)
  3. Cost Structure Analysis
  4. Price Analysis: PE (North America, Europe, Asia, LATAM, and MEA)
  1. Polyethylene Supplier Analysis
  2. Global Capacity Share by Suppliers
  3. Global Capacity Addition by Suppliers
  4. Regional Capacity Share
  5. Exhaustive Supplier List
  6. Key Global Supplier Profiles - SWOT Analysis for Global Suppliers
  7. Financial Risk for Top Five Global Suppliers (if publicly listed)
  1. Polyethylene Industry Best Practices
  2. Contract Structures
  3. Industry Best Practices

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Global Market Outlook on Polyethylene

  • The global demand is expected to grow at 3.2 percent CAGR through 2017–2022
  • Asia will remain the key demand driver with an expected growth of 4.4 percent, due to the increase in per capita consumption
  • Blow molding applications and food/non-food packaging applications are expected to be the key segments driving the growth across the regions
  • The major share of the global polyethylene market is from North America: 20 percent, EU: 16 percent,  Asia: 39 percent, MEA: 20 percent and LATAM: 5 percent.
  • The top polyethylene suppliers are SABIC, ExxonMobil Chemical, Dow Chemical, Sinopec and Petrochina
  • The global polyethylene demand is expected to grow at 3.2 percent, driven by demand from APAC
  • Polyethylene market outlook shows that films used for packaging (food and non-food) and non-packaging account for over half of the world’s PE demand.


Demand Market Outlook

  • The global PE demand is expected to grow at 3.2 percent CAGR through 2017–2022
  • The Middle East and North America are supply surplus regions, while Asia, LATAM, and Europe are trade  deficit regions. The trend is broadly expected to continue until 2022

Global Market Size: PE

  • The global PE market is valued at $152 billion in 2016 and is estimated to touch $190 billion by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 3.8 percent
  • Asia is expected to witness a high growth rate of about 4.4 percent CAGR, followed by the Middle East, ranging from 4 to 5 percent CAGR, while saturated markets, like the US and Europe, are expected to witness a growth of about 2–3 percent CAGR during 2017–2022
  • Europe is expected to grow at 1.2 percent during the forecast period. LATAM is expected to witness a growth rate of about 2.3 percent

Global Capacity–Demand Analysis

  • The increase in new capacities to the tune of 33-34 MMT by 2021 and modest demand growth rates of 3.2 percent CAGR are likely to keep the market well supplied
  • Increase in new capacities by over 6 MMT in China, the largest demand center, could reduce the supply–demand gap. Thereby, leaving CPG buyers with more domestic sourcing options.However, Asia would continue to be a net importer of PE
  • Likewise, increase in new capacities in the US could lead to increased exports into LATAM, China, and African countries

Market Outlook 

  • Capacity Dynamics: The global PE production capacity is expected to increase by 33–34 MMT to touch 133 MMT by 2022, driven by the capacity additions in the US, Asia, and the Middle East
  • Production: The operating rates are expected to drop during 2016–2018, due to the increase in new capacities and improve marginally post 2018
  • Demand: The global PE demand is estimated to grow at 3.2 percent, driven by blow molding and film applications in the packaging segment

Engagement Outlook 

  • The North American market is predominantly contract based, and buyers prefer to source locally, due to higher cost of imported PE
  • Contracts are generally renewed annually
  • In Asia, buyers engage in spot buying and source both within the region or from Europe/Asia, if arbitrage opportunities are available
  • In Europe, the buyers source both within the region and from Asia/Middle East. Both spot and contract prices are used
  • The suppliers are willing to enter into a contract, only if the minimum order volume is over 1,000 MT or sometimes over 2,000 MT

Market Overview

  • An abundance of low-cost ethane in the US has been driving PE capacity expansions in the US and Canada, where over 10 MMT new capacity would be online by 2021.
  • Lifting of sanctions on Iran will drive new PE capacity additions in Iran.
  • Due to stringent environmental regulations in China, the country has scrapped "coal to olefins plants" and have started investing in imported ethane-based crackers
  • Europe’s 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 PE in the market.
  • Price movements of ethylene have a considerable impact on the resin production cost and margins
  • Price analysis forecasts that American polyethylene market price is expected to decrease by 0–1 percent in Q3 2019 on Q-o-Q basis. 
  • The prices are expected to decrease by 1–2 percent on a Q-o-Q basis in Europe.

Why You Should Buy This Report

  • Regional market analysis, supply-trend analysis, industry drivers and constraints, cost structure and pricing analysis of the polyethylene market.
  • Provides supplier profile and SWOT analysis of major polyethylene suppliers like Exxon Mobil, SABIC, etc. 
  • It lists out the best industry practices and pricing structures.

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