The broad portfolio of products shows how versatile the plastic high-density polyethylene (HDPE) is: it ranges from food packaging, bottles, cosmetics, care products and household goods to technical parts and products for the construction sector. Ceresana's market analysts expect worldwide revenues generated with this important type of plastic to rise dynamically to almost US$70 billion in 2019.

Growth motor Asia-Pacific

Major increases will be seen in Asia-Pacific; Ceresana expects demand in this region to rise at average growth rates of 4.4% per year. Yet sales market in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and South America are also likely to generate above-average growth rates. Demand development on the market for HDPE in North America and Western Europe, however, will be notably slower. "Changes in regional demand will also have an effect on the global production structure of manufacturers. Over the next eight years, new capacities of more than 8 million tonnes will be added in Asia-Pacific", explains Oliver Kutsch, CEO of Ceresana.

The major areas of application

One of the major application areas for HDPE is the blow molding of bottles and other hollow pieces. Products of this type accounted for roughly 28% of global HDPE market volume in 2011, closely followed by films and injection molded products. Strong regional differences can be observed in the segments blow molding and film extrusion in particular: The production of films is the dominating market segment in Asia-Pacific, whereas blow molding and injection molding are the most common processing technologies in North America and Western Europe.

Growth market plastic pipes

But the most dynamic growth in the upcoming eight years is forecast for the HDPE pipe segment; Ceresana expects demand in this sector to increase by 4.8% per year. China and other emerging countries are expanding their infrastructure which results in pipes and cable conduits made from HDPE becoming more important. Not only do they substitute materials such as concrete or metal but can also compete against other types of plastics such as PVC. 

The study in brief:

Chapter 1 provides a presentation and analysis of the global market for high-density polyethylene (HDPE), including forecasts up to 2019. Development of revenues, demand, production and capacities is analyzed for each individual region. 

Chapter 2 offers a detailed analysis of the HDPE market in the 27 major countries. Data on demand, revenues, production, producers of HDPE as well as import and export is provided. Demand is analyzed in detail, split by the processing technologies injection molding, blow molding, film and sheet extrusion, pipe and other extrusion as well as other processes.

In chapter 3, processing technologies of HDPE as well as influences exercised by various areas of application are examined in an in-depth analysis. Data on demand development is analyzed split by Western Europe, Eastern Europe, North America, South America, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa.

Chapter 4 provides profiles of the largest manufacturers of HDPE — clearly arranged according to contact details, turnover, profit, product range, production sites, capacities and profile summary. In-depth profiles of 107 manufacturers are given, including Abu Dhabi Polymers Ltd. (Borouge), Borealis AG, Braskem SA, ExxonMobil Corp., Honam Petrochemical Corporation (HPC), Ineos Group Ltd., LyondellBasell Industries N.V., National Petrochemical Co (NPC), PetroChina Company Limited, Reliance Industries Ltd., Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC), Sinopec Corp., The Dow Chemical Co., Total S.A.

About Ceresana:

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