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Automotive Plastics Market Size, Share, Analysis Report to 2032

In 2022, the market for automotive plastics is anticipated to be worth US$28.5 billion. The market is projected to experience a CAGR of 4.7% from 2022 to 2032 and generate revenues of US$ 45 billion.

Owing to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the automotive plastic market witnessed a stagnated sales in 2020. However, demand is estimated to increase as the automotive industry attains its pre-pandemic status in 2021.

Automotive plastics are advanced materials used in vehicles to improve the functionality, appearance, and safety, resulting in high demand for the same. Besides this, stringent government regulations to curb vehicular emissions is encouraging consumers to prefer lightweight vehicles, which in turn is driving sales of automotive plastics.

The use of plastic components significantly reduces the overall curb weight of a vehicle by replacing aluminum and steel components. Lightweight cars are more fuel-efficient, which further helps reduce their CO2 emission.

In addition to this, increasing preference for aesthetic appearance in passenger cars is encouraging manufacturers to employ advanced plastics. These materials are easier to mold into desired shapes without adding to the vehicle’s overall weight.

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As a result, component makers are aiming to provide revolutionary lightweight automotive components using improved plastic material processing technology to meet the growing demand for fuel-efficient vehicles.

Key Takeaways from Automotive Plastics Market Study

  • The polypropylene material segment is estimated to account for 26.6% of the total automotive plastics consumption.
  • Based on applications, the interior components segment is expected to hold 63.1% of the total automotive plastics market share.
  • Sales of automotive plastics for conventional cars are anticipated to grow by 6.3% year-over-year in 2021.
  • Demand for automotive plastics in the U.S. is slated to rise by 5.6% year-over-year through 2031.
  • India is projected to account for 50.2% of the Southeast Asia Pacific automotive plastics market in 2021.
  • China will emerge as an attractive market, holding 69% of the East Asia automotive plastics market share.
  • Japan and South Korea are expected to account for 6.3% and 6.5% of the global automotive plastics market share respectively.

“In response to the growing demand for lightweight materials, manufacturers are launching products such as thermoplastic resins, which is anticipated to encourage developments in the automotive plastics market. Besides this, increasing adoption of electric and hybrid vehicles across the globe will continue fueling sales of automotive plastics over the assessment period,” says a FMI analyst.

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Competitive Landscape

Key players operating in the global automotive plastics market are LyondellBasell Industries Holdings B.V, Evonik Industries, BASF SE, Arkema Group, DuPont de Nemours, Inc., The Dow Chemical Company, Hexion Inc., Momentive Performance Materials, Hanwha Group, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), Formosa Plastics, Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd., Mitsui Chemicals, Inc., Zoltek, Covestro AG and Eastman Chemical Company among others.

As a part of their growth strategies, leading players are investing in research and development activities to expand their product portfolio. Apart from this, mergers, acquisitions and strategic collaborations will remain prominent growth strategies adopted by players to establish a firm foothold in the market. For instance:

  • In 2018, Du Pont launched a new product called Crastin, a thermoplastic PBT resin for applications in electric and hybrid-electric vehicle. These resins are ideal for high-voltage connectors.

More Insights into the Automotive Plastics Market Report

In its latest report, FMI offers an unbiased analysis of the global automotive plastics market, providing historical data for the period of 2016-2020 and forecast statistics for the period of 2021-2031. In order to understand the global market potential, its growth, and scope, the market is segmented on the basis of material type (polypropylene (PP), polyurethane (PUR), acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polyethylene (PE), polystyrene (PS), polycarbonate (PC), polyamide (PA), acrylic (PMMA etc.), plastic composites and others), application type (interior components and exterior components & frame), end use (conventional vehicles and electric vehicles) and across seven regions (North America, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Asia Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ), Japan, and Middle East & Africa).