Which Country Exports the Most Polycarbonates in the World?

Plastics And Synthetic Rubber In Primary Forms May 28, 2018
Author: Anna Sergeeva
Market Analyst

Global polycarbonate exports stood at 24M tonnes in 2016, ascending by 4% against the previous year level. The total export volume increased at an average annual rate of +2.6% from 2007 to 2016; the trend pattern remained consistent, with only minor fluctuations being recorded over the period under review. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2010, an increase of 15% against the previous year level. Over the period under review, global polycarbonate exports attained its maximum volume in 2016, and are likely to continue its growth in the immediate term.

In value terms, polycarbonate exports amounted to $44B in 2016. Overall, polycarbonate exports continue to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. Over the period under review, global polycarbonate exports reached its maximum level of $52B in 2014; however, from 2015 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

Top Polycarbonate Exporting Countries in the World

1. USA (5.4 billion USD)

2. China (4.3 billion USD)

3. South Korea (4.2 billion USD)

4. Germany (4.2 billion USD)

5. Netherlands (3.7 billion USD)

6. Belgium (2.4 billion USD)

7. Japan (2.3 billion USD)

8. Thailand (1.9 billion USD)

9. Italy (1.7 billion USD)

10. Spain (1.6 billion USD)

11. Singapore (1.3 billion USD)

12. India (0.9 billion USD)

Polycarbonate Exports By Country

China (3.4M tonnes), South Korea (2.5M tonnes), the Netherlands (2.1M tonnes), the U.S. (2M tonnes), Germany (1.6M tonnes), Belgium (1.4M tonnes), Thailand (1.2M tonnes), India (985K tonnes), Spain (901K tonnes), Italy (684K tonnes), Singapore (635K tonnes), and Japan (585K tonnes) represented roughly 76% of total exports of polycarbonate in 2016.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of polycarbonate exports, among the main exporting countries, was attained by India (+14.6% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, the largest polycarbonate markets worldwide were the U.S. ($5.4B), China ($4.3B) and South Korea ($4.2B), together accounting for 31% of global exports.Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Japan, Thailand, Italy, Spain, Singapore and India lagged somewhat behind, together accounting for a further 45%.

India (+9.1% per year) recorded the highest growth rate of polycarbonate exports, in terms of the main exporting countries, over the last 9 year period, while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Polycarbonate Export Prices By Country

In 2016, the average export price for polycarbonate amounted to $1,885 per tonne, declining by -6.5% against the previous year. Overall, polycarbonate export price continues to indicate a moderate descent. The pace of growth appeared the most rapid in 2011, when export price increased by 17% year-to-year. In that year, average polycarbonate export price reached its maximum level of $2,659 per tonne. From 2012 to 2016, growth of average polycarbonate export price stood at a somewhat lower level.

Export prices varied noticeably by country of destination. the country with the highest export prices was Japan ($4,007 per tonne), while India ($923 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of polycarbonate export prices was attained by Japan (+1.6% per year), while the other global leaders experienced mixed trends in the export price figures.

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All data provided in this article covers the following product: HS Code 3907 - Polyacetals, other polyethers and epoxide resins, in primary forms; polycarbonates, alkyd resins, polyallyl esters and other polyesters, in primary forms.

Source: World: Polycarbonates (In Primary Forms) - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025