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Polycarbonate Market Research Report Information By Processing Technology (Extrusion and Molding), By End-Use Industry (Automotive, Electrical & Electronics, Building & Construction, Optical Media, Home Appliances, Packaging, Medical and Sports & Leisure), and By Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest Of The World) - Forecast Till 2030


ID: MRFR/CnM/0574-HCR | 147 Pages | Author: Anshula Mandaokar| June 2024

Global Polycarbonate Market Overview


Polycarbonate Market Size was valued at USD 18.9 billion in 2021. The polycarbonate industry is projected to grow from USD 20.03 billion in 2022 to USD 30.1 billion by 2030, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.00% during the forecast period (2022 - 2030). Growing demand from end-use industries including automotive, construction, and electronics as well as technological developments in the manufacturing process that lead to higher quality and lower production costs are the main market drivers.


Polycarbonate Market Overview


Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database, and Analyst Review


Polycarbonate Market Trends




  • Rising demand from building & construction industry to propel the market growth




The building and construction industry makes extensive use of polycarbonate. In comparison to other building materials, architects choose polycarbonate because it speeds up construction, lowers overall construction costs, and enables the implementation of inventive structural ideas. The development of architectural sites and residential housing plans, rising investment and urbanization, and urbanization overall have all contributed to the booming building and construction industry. For instance, the U.S. Census Bureau reports that from April 2021 to April 2022, the seasonally adjusted annual rate of construction in the United States increased from US$1,553,547 to US$1,744,801. The demand is expected to increase due to the increase in building and construction projects around the world, which is expected to spur market expansion in the building and construction sector over the course of the forecast period. Thus, this factor is driving the market CAGR.


Furthermore, due to its exceptional physical and chemical properties when combined with bisphenol A and carbonyl chloride, polycarbonate is widely used in the automotive sector. Due to reasons including the middle class's high demand for passenger cars, urbanization, and the booming development of fuel-efficient vehicle technology, the automobile industry is expanding quickly. For instance, the report from the India Energy Storage Alliance estimates that the country's EV industry will grow at a CAGR of 36% through the year 2026. In addition, the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) predicts that sales of new light vehicles would rise by 3.4% in 2022 compared to 2020. The demand is growing for a variety of products including films, sheets, and other items due to the rise in automotive vehicle manufacturing and growth possibilities. Polycarbonate is therefore advancing and expanding quickly because to the booming demand in the automobile industry.


However, environmental concerns are expected to increase demand for bio-based polycarbonate, creating profitable opportunities in the near future. For instance, Covestro introduced its first polycarbonate film made partially from biomaterials in January 2020. The new film material has a lower carbon footprint than traditional polycarbonate made from petroleum since more than half of its carbon comes from starch, a readily accessible plant feedstock. Thus, it is anticipated that this aspect will accelerate the polycarbonate market revenue.


X2F announced today, 2022, that it has entered into a special partnership with Covestro, one of the top producers of premium polymer materials worldwide, to use X2F's transformative controlled viscosity molding technology to develop an automotive heat-sink that is thermally conductive and incorporates electronics within the mold. The new Makrolon® polycarbonate (PC) heat-sink mold weighs about half as much as an aluminum part. It is a component of an in-mold assembly that can be used to incorporate LED modules straight into the headlamp housing, saving weight and effort by doing away with the need to install brackets, screws, adhesives, and thermal pastes.


For biomass-derived bisphenol A (BPA) polycarbonate (PC) resin products made in Japan, Teijin Limited announced in 2023 that it has obtained an ISCC PLUS sustainable-product certification from the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) system. For its PC resin products, Teijin is the first Japanese manufacturer to receive ISCC PLUS accreditation. The recently certified biomass PC resin products can be used in commercial applications like electrical components and car headlamps since they have the same physical properties as resins manufactured with traditional petroleum-derived BPA.


Polycarbonate Market Segment Insights


Polycarbonate Processing Technology Insights


The polycarbonate market segmentation has been segmented by Processing Technology into Extrusion and Molding. The extrusion segment dominated the market growth in 2021 and is projected to be the faster-growing segment during the forecast period, 2022-2030. Frequently, sidewalls, freezers, electrical cabinets, and display cabinets are covered with extruded polycarbonate. It has a lovely high gloss surface and is easily colorable. Due to its outstanding light transmission, extruded polycarbonate is perfect for lighting applications.


Figure 2:  Polycarbonate Market by Processing Technology, 2021 & 2030 (USD Billion)


Polycarbonate Market by Processing Technology, 2021 & 2030


Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review


Polycarbonate End-Use Industry Insights


The polycarbonate market segmentation, based on end-use industry, automotive, electrical & electronics, building & construction, optical media, home appliances, packaging, medical and sports & leisure. The electrical & electronics segment dominated the polycarbonate market revenue in 2021 and is projected to be the faster-growing segment during the forecast period, 2022-2030. The electrical and electronics industries use polycarbonate, and thermoplastic polymers, to make a broad variety of associated equipment. Due to their light weight and high impact strength, switching relays, sensor components, LCD panels, connections, cell phones, and computers are some of the most often used items.


Polycarbonate Regional Insights


By region, the study provides market insights into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Rest of the World. North America polycarbonate market accounted for USD 8.2 billion in 2021 and is expected to exhibit a 43.50% CAGR during the study period as a result of a rise in the usage of polycarbonate sheets as a replacement for glass due to their perfect transparency and durability, as well as the phenomenal growth of the automobile sector.


Further, the major countries studied in the market report are: The U.S., Canada, Germany, France, the UK, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, India, Australia, South Korea, and Brazil.


Figure 3:  POLYCARBONATE MARKET SHARE BY REGION 2021 (%)


POLYCARBONATE MARKET SHARE BY REGION


Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review


Asia Pacific polycarbonate market is expected to grow at a significant CAGR from 2022 to 2030 due to the plentiful supply of raw materials and affordable labour, which is luring businesses from various industries to locate their production facilities in the Asia Pacific area in order to reap more benefits, the high share can be attributed to these factors. Further, the China polycarbonate market held the largest market share, and the India polycarbonate market was the fastest-growing market in the region.


Europe polycarbonate market accounts for the second-fastest growing market share due to the government's supportive FDI (foreign direct investment) policy in the manufacturing sector. Additionally, during the forecast period, government initiatives for investments in energy and residential and commercial development projects are anticipated to fuel demand for polycarbonate. Moreover, UK polycarbonate market held the largest market share, and the Germany polycarbonate market was the fastest-growing market in this region.


Polycarbonate Key Market Players & Competitive Insights


Major market players are spending a lot on R&D to increase their product lines, which will help the polycarbonate industry grow even more. Market participants are also taking various strategic initiatives to grow their worldwide footprint, including new product launches, contractual agreements, mergers and acquisitions, increased investments, market developments and collaboration with other organizations. Competitors in the industry must offer cost-effective items to expand and survive in an increasingly competitive and rising market industry.


One of the primary business strategies manufacturers adopt in the polycarbonate industry to benefit clients and expand the sector is manufacturing locally to reduce operating costs. In recent years, the polycarbonate industry has provided medicine with some of the most significant benefits. The polycarbonate market major player such as Covestro AG (Germany), SABIC (Saudi Arabia), Teijin Limited (Japan), Mitsubishi Engineering Plastics Corp. (Japan), LG Chem (South Korea), Trinseo (US), Formosa Chemicals & Fibre Corp (Taiwan), LOTTE Chemical CORPORATION (South Korea), Chi Mei Corporation (Taiwan), Idemitsu Kosan Co. Ltd. (Japan), Bayer Material Science AG, Centroplast Engineering Plastics GmbH, Royal DSM and Asahi Kasei Chemical Corporation.


A variety of basic materials based on polyurethane and polycarbonate are produced by the German business Covestro AG. Products range from thermoplastic polyurethane and polycarbonate pellets through isocyanates and polyols for cellular foams, as well as polyurethane-based additives used in the creation of coatings and adhesives. In January 2020, with Serafin Group, Covestro AG has agreed to sell its European polycarbonate sheets business. It includes central management operations, sales assistance in Europe, and production facilities in Belgium and Italy.


Also, chemical manufacturer Lotte Chemical Corporation is based in Seoul, South Korea. According to revenue, Lotte Chemical is one of the biggest chemical firms in the world. Synthetic resins and other chemical products are produced by Lotte Chemical and utilised to make a variety of industrial materials. In January 2019, around KRW 800 billion will be invested by Lotte Chemical and GS Energy in a sizable petrochemical company. The agreement was made to assure a consistent supply of its components and to advance the C4 oil industry.


Key companies in the polycarbonate market include




  • Covestro AG (Germany)

  • SABIC (Saudi Arabia)

  • Teijin Limited (Japan)

  • Mitsubishi Engineering Plastics Corp. (Japan)

  • LG Chem (South Korea)

  • Trinseo (US)

  • Formosa Chemicals & Fibre Corp (Taiwan)

  • LOTTE Chemical CORPORATION (South Korea)


  • Chi Mei Corporation (Taiwan)

  • Idemitsu Kosan Co. Ltd. (Japan)

  • Bayer Material Science AG

  • Centroplast Engineering Plastics GmbH

  • Royal DSM

  • Asahi Kasei Chemical Corporation


Polycarbonate Industry Developments


June 2022: In order to develop polypropylene (PP) compounds for use in automotive and textile applications, Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd. and Newlight Technologies, Inc. of the United States have started working together. They are using AirCarbonTM, a carbon-negative biomaterial produced by microorganisms from methane.


August 2021: With the introduction of certified circular polycarbonate, Sabic claimed to have set a new standard for recycling. The company asserts a potential reduction in greenhouse gas footprint of up to 23% when compared to existing polycarbonate.


Polycarbonate Market Segmentation


Polycarbonate Processing Technology Outlook (USD Billion, 2018-2030)




  • Extrusion




  • Molding




Polycarbonate End-Use Industry Outlook (USD Billion, 2018-2030)




  • Automotive




  • Electrical & Electronics




  • Building & Construction




  • Optical Media




  • Home Appliances




  • Packaging




  • Medical




  • Sports & Leisure




Polycarbonate Regional Outlook (USD Billion, 2018-2030)




  • North America








    • US




    • Canada








  • Europe








    • Germany




    • France




    • UK




    • Italy




    • Spain




    • Rest of Europe








  • Asia-Pacific




    • China




    • Japan




    • India




    • Australia




    • South Korea




    • Australia




    • Rest of Asia-Pacific






  • Rest of the World




    • Middle East




    • Africa




    • Latin America





Report Attribute/Metric Details
Market Size 2021 USD 18.9 Billion
Market Size 2022 USD 20.03 Billion
Market Size 2030 USD 30.1 Billion
Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) 6.00% (2022-2030)
Base Year 2021
Forecast Period 2022-2030
Historical Data 2018 & 2020
Forecast Units Value (USD Billion)
Report Coverage Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends
Segments Covered Processing Technology, End-Use Industry and Region
Geographies Covered North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Rest of the World
Countries Covered The U.S, Canada, Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, India, Australia, South Korea, and Brazil
Key Companies Profiled Covestro AG (Germany), SABIC (Saudi Arabia), Teijin Limited (Japan), Mitsubishi Engineering Plastics Corp. (Japan), LG Chem (South Korea)
Key Market Opportunities Increased demand for bio-based polycarbonate
Key Market Dynamics Growing demand from building & construction sector Increased demand from automotive sector


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The polycarbonate market size was expected to be USD 18.9 billion in 2021.

North America held the largest market share in the polycarbonate market.

Covestro AG (Germany), SABIC (Saudi Arabia), Teijin Limited (Japan), Mitsubishi Engineering Plastics Corp. (Japan), LG Chem (South Korea) are the key players in the polycarbonate market.

The extrusion category led the segment in the polycarbonate market.

The electrical and electronics category had the largest market share in the polycarbonate market.

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