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Global Low-density Polyethylene (LDPE) Market 2017-2021

Global Low-density Polyethylene (LDPE) Market 2017-2021

About Low-density Polyethylene (LDPE)

Polyethylene (PE) refers to a polymer of ethylene, particularly belonging to the category of lightweight thermoplastics. Polyethylene is partially crystalline in nature and has a high resistance to chemicals and moisture. Globally, it is the most commonly used plastic. It is used in the production of products ranging from packaging, construction, automotive, and other applications. The global polyethylene market was valued at $142.01 billion in 2016 and is expected to reach $170.95 billion by 2021, growing at a CAGR of 3.78% during the forecast period. LDPE is a type of polyethylene with a density of less than 940 kg/m³ and is mainly produced through a high-pressure process. It is part of the polyolefins family.

Technavio’s analysts forecast the global low-density polyethylene (LDPE) market to grow at a CAGR of 2.63% during the period 2017-2021.

Covered in this report

The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global low-density polyethylene (LDPE) market for 2017-2021. The report presents a detailed picture of the market by way of study, synthesis, and summation of data from multiple sources.

The market is divided into the following segments based on geography:

  • Americas
  • APAC
  • EMEA
Technavio's report, Global Low-density Polyethylene (LDPE) Market 2017-2021, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.

Key vendors
  • Borealis
  • China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation
  • ExxonMobil
  • LyondellBasell Industries Holdings
  • The Dow Chemical Company
Other prominent vendors
  • Braskem
  • Chevron Phillips
  • INEOS
  • Mitsui Chemicals
  • NOVA Chemicals
  • Reliance Industries
  • SABIC
  • Sasol
  • USI Corporation
  • Versalis
  • Westlake Chemical
Market driver
  • Growing demand from films application
  • For a full, detailed list, view our report
Market challenge
  • Volatility in raw material prices
  • For a full, detailed list, view our report
Market trend
  • Increase in demand for LDPE recycling
  • For a full, detailed list, view our report
Key questions answered in this report
  • What will the market size be in 2021 and what will the growth rate be?
  • What are the key market trends?
  • What is driving this market?
  • What are the challenges to market growth?
  • Who are the key vendors in this market space?


Press Release

Technavio Announces the Publication of its Research Report – Global Low-density Polyethylene (LDPE) Market 2017-2021

Technavio recognizes the following companies as the key players in the global low-density polyethylene (LDPE) market: Borealis, China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation, ExxonMobil, LyondellBasell Industries Holdings, and The Dow Chemical Company.

Other Prominent Vendors in the market are: Braskem, Chevron Phillips, INEOS, Mitsui Chemicals, NOVA Chemicals, Reliance Industries, SABIC, Sasol, USI Corporation, Versalis, and Westlake Chemical.

Commenting on the report, an analyst from Technavio’s team said: “One trend in the market is increase in demand for LDPE recycling. The increasing recycling rate of plastics in developed countries such as the US, Germany, and the UK due to the stringent regulations will drive the demand for LLDPE during the forecast period. The circular economy is gaining growing attention due to the growing concern for the environment. The growing demand for environmental sustainability is also expected to increase the recycling and reuse of materials.”

According to the report, one driver in the market is growing demand from films application. The growing demand for films and sheets for packaging, agricultural, electronics, and other applications is expected to foster the demand for LDPE. The films produced from LDPE exhibit good impact resistance and heat sealing characteristics. The incorporation of necessary additives in the polymer ensures a good surface slip and smooth flow of film on packaging machines. The increase in demand for plastic packaging is expected to foster the growth of the global LDPE industry owing to its use in packaging products. Food and beverages have to be protected by packaging them in containers, sachets, plastic bags, and pouches.

Further, the report states that one challenge in the market is volatility in raw material prices. Raw materials such as naphtha are used to produce LDPE. Naphtha is also called petroleum and is a crude oil extract. Ethylene is released when naphtha is strongly heated. This ethylene is further processed to form LDPE. LDPE, therefore, is made of many ethylene parts. These ethylene parts act as building blocks for LDPE. The increase in the price of ethylene will have a negative impact on the overall LDPE market owing to the high production cost. In 2016, the global ethylene price declined at a rate of 23% when compared with 2014.

Companies Mentioned

Borealis, China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation, ExxonMobil, LyondellBasell Industries Holdings, and The Dow Chemical Company, Braskem, Chevron Phillips, INEOS, Mitsui Chemicals, NOVA Chemicals, Reliance Industries, SABIC, Sasol, USI Corporation, Versalis, and Westlake Chemical.

  • Executive summary
  • Scope of the report
  • Research methodology
  • Introduction
    • Market outline
      • Table Important properties of LDPE
      • Table Global LDPE market segmentation by process 2016
  • Market Landscape
    • Market ecosystem
      • Table Parent market
      • Table Global polyethylene market
    • Market segmentation analysis
      • Table Market segments
  • Market sizing
    • Market definition
      • Table Market definition - inclusions and exclusions checklist
    • Market sizing 2016
      • Table Market size 2016
      • Table Validation techniques employed for market sizing – 2016
    • Market size and forecast 2016-2021
      • Table Global LDPE market – Market size and forecast 2016-2021 (thousand metric tons)
      • Table Global LDPE market – Year-over-year growth 2017-2021 (% share)
  • Five forces analysis
    • Table Five forces analysis 2016
  • Market segmentation by application
    • Segmentation by application
      • Table Application – Market share 2016-2021 (%)
    • Comparison by application
      • Table Comparison by application
    • Films – Market size and forecast 2016-2021
      • Table Films – Market size and forecast 2016-2021 (thousand metric tons)
      • Table Films – Year-over-year growth 2017-2021 (% share)
    • Extrusion coating – Market size and forecast 2016-2021
      • Table Extrusion coating – Market size and forecast 2016-2021 (thousand metric tons)
      • Table Extrusion coating – Year-over-year growth 2017-2021 (% share)
    • Injection molding – Market size and forecast 2016-2021
      • Table Injection molding – Market size and forecast 2016-2021 (thousand metric tons)
      • Table Injection molding – Year-over-year growth 2017-2021 (% share)
    • Others – Market size and forecast 2016-2021
      • Table Others – Market size and forecast 2016-2021 (thousand metric tons)
      • Table Others – Year-over-year growth 2017-2021 (% share)
    • Market opportunity by application
      • Table Market opportunity by application
  • Regional landscape
    • Geographical segmentation
      • Table Global LDPE market – Market share by geography 2016-2021 (%)
    • Regional comparison
      • Table Regional comparison
    • APAC – Market size and forecast 2016-2021
      • Table APAC – Market size and forecast 2016-2021 (thousand metric tons)
      • Table APAC – Year-over-year growth 2017-2021 (% share)
      • Table Top three countries in APAC
    • EMEA – Market size and forecast 2016-2021
      • Table EMEA – Market size and forecast 2016-2021 (thousand metric tons)
      • Table EMEA – Year-over-year growth 2017-2021 (% share)
      • Table Top three countries in EMEA
    • Americas – Market size and forecast 2016-2021
      • Table Americas – Market size and forecast 2016-2021 (thousand metric tons)
      • Table Americas – Year-over-year growth 2017-2021 (% share)
      • Table Top three countries in Americas
    • Market opportunity
  • Decision framework
  • Drivers and challenges
    • Market drivers
      • Table Global LDPE projects in APAC 2016
    • Market challenges
      • Table Percentage growth rate of global ethylene prices 2013-2016 ($/metric tons)
      • Table Global prices of crude oil 2010-2016 ($/barrel)
  • Market trends
    • Increase in demand for LDPE recycling
    • Growing demand for bio-based films
    • Growing innovation in packaging
  • Vendor landscape
    • Competitive scenario
    • Key market vendors
      • Table Global LDPE market: Key vendors 2016
    • Other prominent vendors
  • Vendor analysis
    • Borealis
      • Table Borealis: Business segmentation by revenue 2016
      • Table Borealis: Geographical segmentation by revenue 2016
    • China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation
      • Table China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation: Business segmentation by revenue 2016
      • Table China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation: Geographical segmentation by revenue 2016
      • Table China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation: LDPE product
    • ExxonMobil
      • Table ExxonMobil: Business segmentation by revenue 2016
      • Table ExxonMobil: Geographical segmentation by revenue 2016
    • LyondellBasell Industries Holdings
      • Table LyondellBasell Industries Holdings: Business segmentation by revenue 2016
      • Table LyondellBasell Industries Holdings: Geographical segmentation by revenue 2016
    • The Dow Chemical Company
      • Table The Dow Chemical Company: Business segmentation by revenue 2016
      • Table The Dow Chemical Company: Geographical segmentation by revenue 2016
  • Appendix
    • List of abbreviations
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