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New Analysis: Market Insights Polyolefins - 2021

Market Insights Program: Looking beyond conventional polyolefins

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The global polyolefins demand has been more resilient than anticipated and is expected to have maintained two percent growth in 2020.  The resilience of the polyolefins business has been demonstrated by its use in consumer and medical packaging, as well as personal protective equipment (PPE) that is essential to the COVID-19 response.  The pandemic exacerbated the downturn in the automotive and construction sectors; however they experienced some recovery in the second half of 2020.

Looking beyond the conventional polyolefins, the performance in metallocene grades is particularly noticeable - which includes very low molecular weight polyolefins, sometimes called polyolefin elastomers (POE).  Metallocene LLDPE enjoyed positive growth globally as a result of its enhanced performance in stretch film, heavy-duty sacks and flexible food packaging.  POE continues to substitute EVA in hot melt adhesives, shoe soles and photovoltaic encapsulant films.

Resilience in bimodal HDPE is demonstrated by improved performance aspects that were lacking in unimodal HDPE.  Due to its engineering properties, ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) is used in medical and battery applications that exhibit healthy growth, although its markets in mechanical equipment and high performance textiles are comparatively mature.

High impact copolymer polypropylene has been well established in the automotive sector and largely used in the injection moulding process. In-situ TPO is still comparatively early in its development with limited success, but exhibits potential. The barriers lie with technical know-how and scalability.



NexantECA Market Insights Program focuses on extended chemicals and polymers value chains, providing critical analysis and outlook, where you will be able to “look under the skin” and discover market drivers and competition in depth.  NexantECA is proud to have launched the following reports covering differentiated polyolefin products.

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The Market Insights Program provides detailed market assessment with clear conclusions by utilizing NexantECA extensive in-house knowledge,  databases and external industry sources.  Typical scope of the reports include:

  • Market outlook including discussions on drivers and constraints shaped by regulatory, environmental, consumer and technology trends.
  • Supply, demand, trade with forecasts to 2035 for the following regions: North America, South America, Western Europe, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, and China.
  • Global capacity by site location and competitive landscape.
  • Pricing analysis and forecasts to 2035.
  • Delivered cost competitiveness covering cash cost of production for leading regional producers, and costs of freight and tariff associated with delivery to the target market.
  • Summary (Porter 5 Force Analysis).


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