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Article Publishing Date: Mar 26, 2021

The Polyethylene Market to Grow Rapidly Despite the Shutdown of the U.S. Plants

IndexBox has just published a new report: 'World - Polyethylene In Primary Forms - Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends, and Insights.' Here is a summary of the report's key findings.

Global polyethylene production is set to grow rapidly due to the launch of new capacities in Asia. The construction of new plants for the processing of recycled polyethylene becomes urgent. The shutdowns of the U.S. plants affected by the storm and increased freight rates led to higher polyethylene costs on the stock exchanges.

Key Trends and Insights

High demand for packaging and containers was supporting the polyethylene market during the pandemic. In China, the world's largest polyethylene consumer,  the demand was growing steadily throughout 2020.

Recently, U.S polyethylene manufacturing has suffered not only from lockdown consequences but also from force majeure circumstances. In February 2021, LyondellBasell, ExxonMobil, Ineos Olefins and Polymers, and Formosa Plastics halted their polyethylene production lines affected by severe storms in Texas. The total capacity of the shutdown Texas facilities was about 19 million tonnes. The current high congestion of the U.S. seaports has led to delivery times violation.

Stable oil prices after the shocks of 2020 create preconditions for the polyethylene prices equilibrium. However, the rise in freight rates leads to higher prices for polyethylene. The cost of container transportation at the beginning of 2021 increased by 1.5 times compared to those of 2020. It was caused by a shortage of containers and ships, as in 2020, the transportation of consumer goods from China to the U.S. increased significantly.

The global polyethylene market expansion should occur mainly due to the new capacities in Asia, most of which are to be located in China. The expected increase in China's domestic production exceeds 700 thousand tonnes in 2021.

As the polyethylene market keeps on growing, more and more plastic waste needs to be recycled. Building new plastic recycling plants becomes an urgent need to follow the course of the European Green Deal.

China to Expand the Domestic Production to Meet the Growing Demand While Saudi Arabia to Focus on Export

With 33M tonnes, China remains the largest polyethylene-consuming country worldwide, accounting for 37% of total volume. Moreover, polyethylene consumption in China exceeded the figures recorded by the second-largest consumer, the U.S. (7.5M tonnes), fourfold. India (6.6M tonnes) ranked third in total consumption, with a 7.4% share (IndexBox estimates).

From 2012 to 2019, the average annual rate of growth in China amounted to +9.2%. In other countries, the average annual rates were as follows: the U.S. (+2.2% per year) and India (+3.5% per year).

In value terms, China ($69.9B) led the market alone. The second position in the ranking was occupied by the U.S. ($9.9B). It was followed by India.

In 2019, the amount of polyethylene in primary forms exported worldwide reached 49M tonnes, with an increase of 5.2% against 2018. The total export volume increased at an average annual rate of +3.1% from 2012 to 2019. In value terms, polyethylene exports fell to $55B (IndexBox estimates) in 2019. 

In 2019, Saudi Arabia (9.2M tonnes), distantly followed by the U.S. (5.7M tonnes), Singapore (2.8M tonnes), Belgium (2.8M tonnes), Iran (2.6M tonnes), and the United Arab Emirates (2.3M tonnes) were the major exporters of polyethylene in primary forms, together committing 52% of total exports. South Korea (2.1M tonnes), Thailand (2M tonnes), Germany (1.9M tonnes), Qatar (1.7M tonnes), Canada (1.7M tonnes), Malaysia (1.4M tonnes), and the Netherlands (1.4M tonnes) followed a long way behind the leaders (IndexBox estimates).

From 2012 to 2019, the most notable rate of growth in terms of shipments amongst the key exporting countries was attained by Malaysia, while exports for the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, Saudi Arabia ($9.3B), the U.S. ($7B), and Belgium ($3.6B) appeared to be the countries with the highest levels of exports in 2019, together accounting for 36% of global exports. These countries were followed by Singapore, Germany, Iran, the United Arab Emirates, South Korea, Thailand, Canada, Qatar, the Netherlands, and Malaysia, which together accounted for a further 40%.

Source: IndexBox Platform

Product coverage:
• Prodcom 20161035 - Linear polyethylene having a specific gravity < 0,94, in primary forms
• Prodcom 20161039 - Polyethylene having a specific gravity < 0,94, in primary forms (excluding linear)
• Prodcom 20161050 - Polyethylene having a specific gravity of . 0,94, in primary forms

This report provides an in-depth analysis of the global market for polyethylene in primary forms. Within it, you will discover the latest data on market trends and opportunities by country, consumption, production and price developments, as well as the global trade (imports and exports). The forecast exhibits the market prospects through 2025.



Data coverage:
• Global market volume and value
• Per Capita consumption
• Forecast of the market dynamics in the medium term
• Global production, split by region and country
• Global trade (exports and imports)
• Export and import prices
• Market trends, drivers and restraints
• Key market players and their profiles

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1. INTRODUCTION

Making Data-Driven Decisions to Grow Your Business

1.1
REPORT DESCRIPTION
1.2
RESEARCH METHODOLOGY AND AI PLATFORM
1.3
DATA-DRIVEN DECISIONS FOR YOUR BUSINESS
1.4
GLOSSARY AND SPECIFIC TERMS
2. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

A Quick Overview of Market Performance

2.1
KEY FINDINGS
2.2
MARKET TRENDS
3. MARKET OVERVIEW

Understanding the Current State of The Market and Its Prospects

3.1
MARKET SIZE
3.2
CONSUMPTION BY COUNTRY
3.3
MARKET FORECAST TO 2030
4. MOST PROMISING PRODUCTS

Finding New Products to Diversify Your Business

4.1
TOP PRODUCTS TO DIVERSIFY YOUR BUSINESS
4.2
BEST-SELLING PRODUCTS
4.3
MOST CONSUMED PRODUCT
4.4
MOST TRADED PRODUCT
4.5
MOST PROFITABLE PRODUCT FOR EXPORT
5. MOST PROMISING SUPPLYING COUNTRIES

Choosing the Best Countries to Establish Your Sustainable Supply Chain

5.1
TOP COUNTRIES TO SOURCE YOUR PRODUCT
5.2
TOP PRODUCING COUNTRIES
5.3
TOP EXPORTING COUNTRIES
5.4
LOW-COST EXPORTING COUNTRIES
6. MOST PROMISING OVERSEAS MARKETS

Choosing the Best Countries to Boost Your Exports

6.1
TOP OVERSEAS MARKETS FOR EXPORTING YOUR PRODUCT
6.2
TOP CONSUMING MARKETS
6.3
UNSATURATED MARKETS
6.4
TOP IMPORTING MARKETS
6.5
MOST PROFITABLE MARKETS
7. GLOBAL PRODUCTION

The Latest Trends and Insights into The Industry

7.1
PRODUCTION VOLUME AND VALUE
7.2
PRODUCTION BY COUNTRY
8. GLOBAL IMPORTS

The Largest Importers on The Market and How They Succeed

8.1
IMPORTS FROM 2007–2020
8.2
IMPORTS BY COUNTRY
8.3
IMPORT PRICES BY COUNTRY
9. GLOBAL EXPORTS

The Largest Exporters on The Market and How They Succeed

9.1
EXPORTS FROM 2007–2020
9.2
EXPORTS BY COUNTRY
9.3
EXPORT PRICES BY COUNTRY
10. PROFILES OF MAJOR PRODUCERS

The Largest Producers on The Market and Their Profiles

11. COUNTRY PROFILES

The Largest Markets And Their Profiles

United States
China
Japan
Germany
United Kingdom
France
Brazil
Italy
Russian Federation
India
Canada
Australia
Republic of Korea
Spain
Mexico
Indonesia
Netherlands
Turkey
Saudi Arabia
Switzerland
Sweden
Nigeria
Poland
Belgium
Argentina
Norway
Austria
Thailand
United Arab Emirates
Colombia
Denmark
South Africa
Malaysia
Israel
Singapore
Egypt
Philippines
Finland
Chile
Ireland
Pakistan
Greece
Portugal
Kazakhstan
Algeria
Czech Republic
Qatar
Peru
Romania
Vietnam
LIST OF TABLES
Table 1:
Key Findings In 2020
Table 2:
Market Volume, In Physical Terms, 2007–2020
Table 3:
Market Value, 2007–2020
Table 4:
Per Capita Consumption, By Country, 2018–2020
Table 5:
Production, In Physical Terms, By Country, 2007–2020
Table 6:
Imports, In Physical Terms, By Country, 2007–2020
Table 7:
Imports, In Value Terms, By Country, 2007–2020
Table 8:
Import Prices, By Country Of Destination, 2007–2020
Table 9:
Exports, In Physical Terms, By Country, 2007–2020
Table 10:
Exports, In Value Terms, By Country, 2007–2020
Table 11:
Export Prices, By Country Of Origin, 2007–2020
LIST OF FIGURES
Figure 1:
Market Volume, In Physical Terms, 2007–2020
Figure 2:
Market Value, 2007–2020
Figure 3:
Consumption, By Country, 2020
Figure 4:
Market Forecast To 2025
Figure 5:
Products: Market Size And Growth, By Type
Figure 6:
Products: Average Per Capita Consumption, By Type
Figure 7:
Products: Exports And Growth, By Type
Figure 8:
Products: Export Prices And Growth, By Type
Figure 9:
Production Volume And Growth
Figure 10:
Exports And Growth
Figure 11:
Export Prices And Growth
Figure 12:
Market Size And Growth
Figure 13:
Per Capita Consumption
Figure 14:
Imports And Growth
Figure 15:
Import Prices
Figure 16:
Production, In Physical Terms, 2007–2020
Figure 17:
Production, In Value Terms, 2007–2020
Figure 18:
Production, By Country, 2020
Figure 19:
Production, In Physical Terms, By Country, 2007–2020
Figure 20:
Imports, In Physical Terms, 2007–2020
Figure 21:
Imports, In Value Terms, 2007–2020
Figure 22:
Imports, In Physical Terms, By Country, 2020
Figure 23:
Imports, In Physical Terms, By Country, 2007–2020
Figure 24:
Imports, In Value Terms, By Country, 2007–2020
Figure 25:
Import Prices, By Country, 2007–2020
Figure 26:
Exports, In Physical Terms, 2007–2020
Figure 27:
Exports, In Value Terms, 2007–2020
Figure 28:
Exports, In Physical Terms, By Country, 2020
Figure 29:
Exports, In Physical Terms, By Country, 2007–2020
Figure 30:
Exports, In Value Terms, By Country, 2007–2020
Figure 31:
Export Prices, 2007–2020

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