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Polypropylene Market – Executive Summary, Market Analysis, Industry Analysis, Market Monitoring Insights, COVID-19: Impact, Sustainability Initiatives, Supplier Section, Industry Best Practices,

  1. Executive Summary
    • Supply and Market Outlook
    • ELINT’s Recommendations for an Ideal Category Strategy
    • Talking Points to Business: PP
    • Category Opportunities & Risks
    • Industry Best Practice
    • Polypropylene: COVID-19 IMPACT
    • Negotiation Leverage
    • Talking Points: PP
  2. Market Analysis
    • Global Market Size
    • Global Capacity–Demand Analysis
    • Global Demand by Application
    • Global Market Outlook
    • Global Trade Dynamics
      • Global Imports
      • Global Exports
    • Regional Market Outlook (North America, EU, Asia, Latin America)
      • Supply–Demand Trends and Outlook
      • Trade Dynamics
  1. Industry Analysis
    • Industry Outlook (Global)
      • Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
      • Drivers and Constraints for the Industry
      • Market Events and Innovation
      • Industry Updates
  1. Market Monitoring Insights
    • Cost Analysis (US, EU, and Asia)
      • Cost Structure Analysis
  1. COVID-19: Impact
    • Impact of COVID-19 on Polypropylene
    • COVID-19 Impact: Supplier Watch
    • COVID-19 Impact: Sourcing Location Watch
    • Polypropylene Supplier: Sample RFP Questions
  2. Sustainability Initiatives
    • Sustainability Initiatives and Best Practices
  3. Supplier Section
    • Key Global Suppliers
    • Key Regional Suppliers: Capabilities
    • Key Global Supplier Profile
    • Key Global Supplier SWOT
  4. Industry Best Practices
    • Sustainability Initiatives
    • Sourcing Strategy: Local vs. Global
    • Contract Structures
    • Engagement Models

What is the position of the global polypropylene market in terms of capacity?

Globally, the capacity of polypropylene has recorded record highs in 2022 at 108.1 million metric tons (MMT).

What are the current trends transforming the polypropylene landscape?

The key trend that has been rising is the focus on green material, with industries worldwide slowly turning towards polypropylene with the notion that it is green.

What are the driving factors responsible for healthy growth in the polypropylene market?

Robust growth will be added to by the expansion in advanced technologies, the rise in demand from the end-use industries, and the growing importance attached to sustainable practices.


Polypropylene Market Size        

The latest polypropylene procurement market research report with solid statistics and key insights indicates an excellent growth opportunity for the polypropylene market. According to ELINT Market Research, the global market was projected to have a robust capacity of 108.1 million metric tons (MMT) as of 2022, with a parallel demand of 85.8 MMT within the same year. The increasing emphasis on eco-friendly materials has become increasingly prominent. Polypropylene has found favor among consumers and businesses sensitive to the environment due to its recyclable nature. This rising awareness and going green trend drive the market further with positive momentum. 

Apart from these market indicators, the automotive sector, especially in China, augurs well. The OICA reported that Chinese manufacturers produced a record of 26,082,220 vehicles in 2021. The figure is up to 3% against the backdrop of 2020, which testifies to the resilience and industrial capacity of the car industry. The usage of polypropylene in sectors like manufacturing is up by the upward curve of vehicle production. It fosters a synergy relationship that positions the polypropylene market well for sustained growth, enhancing the environment for innovation and investment.   

Market Definition

Polypropylene is a thermoplastic polymer, and the polymerization of propylene monomers and by-products of petroleum distillation produces it. Its polymer structure grants polypropylene an extraordinary property—it is resistant to chemicals, is not deformed by temperature changes, and has high tensile strength. Polypropylene is a lightweight and versatile polymer with the ability to resist different temperatures.

Polypropylene Market Drivers 

  1. Growing Healthcare Applications: Increased use of polypropylene in the healthcare sector, especially for medical devices and packaging, has further pushed the market’s growth. 


  1. Demand for Polypropylene in the Packaging Sector: The growing demand in the packaging sector has emerged as the prominent growth driver for polypropylene. It has features such as good chemical resistance, lightweight, and durability.


Polypropylene Market Challenges 

  1. Fluctuating Raw Material Prices: The prices of raw materials fluctuate with the shifting market dynamics, led mainly by crude oil prices. Fluctuating prices pose significant problems for the producers, leading to fluctuating production costs.


  1. Environmental Concerns: The issues of disposal and degradation of the products made up of polypropylene are to be addressed for environmental concerns to maintain the market’s sustainable growth.


Polypropylene Market Opportunities

  1. Innovation in Production Processes: Developments in production, such as sustainable and energy-efficient production processes, allow the market player to increase competitiveness to meet the changing demands of consumers.


  1. Focus on Bio-Based Polypropylene: There is increasing interest in bio-based polymers, enabling the scope of development and commercialization for bio-based polypropylene. 


Polypropylene Market Segmentation

  1. Type: Based on type, the research report categorizes the market into Homopolymer and Copolymer.


  1. Application: The research report segments the market into Packaging, Automotive, Textiles, and Healthcare.


  1. Region: The report on the market categorizes it based on the following regions: Asia-Pacific, Latin America, North America, Europe, and Middle East & Africa.


Regional Outlook of the Polypropylene Market

Polypropylene’s global market is regionally diversified due to its supply dynamics and varied demands worldwide. For example, Asia Pacific remains the dominant contributor to polypropylene supply, accounting for 62.7% in the latest polypropylene market analysis. Robust industrialization, expanding manufacturing sectors, and increasing demand for polypropylene-based products would reflect a substantial regional share. Therefore, the supplier power in Asia Pacific is exceptionally high for manufacturers of polypropylene. Market participants must identify such market potentials to devise their business strategies accordingly. 

North America has a 9.0% market share, moderate supplier power, and medium buyer power compared to the abovementioned regions. The European Union has a 12.7% market share, medium buyer power, and well-balanced supplier power compared to the abovementioned regions. Latin America has 3.5% of the market share, with low supplier and buyer power. The Middle East and Africa region has 12.2% market share, with high supplier and medium buyer power. The disparity of the market dynamics of the supply chain and influencing market forces with a geographical backdrop reveals how sensitive the polypropylene market is to the given regional component.


Impactful Cost Component in the Polypropylene Market

Various cost components drive the global market; a clear understanding of such is critical for the market players. It is essential in North America (NA), where about 75% of the cost structure is a crucial determinant. And in Latin America (LATAM), the cost component weighs significantly at 83% due to the regional impact. The European Union (EU) covers 82%, showing an understanding of the economic landscape. On the flip side, an 89% dominant cost structure in Asia is attributable to specific factors. Through an 85% cost component influence the market, the role played by the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region is also substantial.


Pricing Outlook of the Polypropylene Market

Polypropylene pricing dynamics are slated for significant differences in Q2 2023 versus Q1 2022. Notably, the forecast of a 9-11% sharp rise in North America aligns with changing market conditions. With all of these, a price increase of 7–9% is expected in Latin America, reflecting the dynamics of the region’s economy quite correctly. For the European Union, one expects a modest price increase of 3–4%, reflecting some market trends. The most dramatic price increase is expected in Asia, at 8–10%, reflecting the balance of demand and supply. The research projects the Middle East to gain an additional 8-10% gain, giving a synchronized global shift in the pricing landscape of polypropylene.


Emerging Engagement Strategies of the Polypropylene Market

Engagement strategies in an evolving market are diversified in nature. Direct engagement is one of the significant approaches wherein the market players interact directly with the stakeholders to maintain more robust relationships. This strategy enables the company to know better the needs of the customers and the markets so that companies can be more adaptive and responsive to them. This shift of focus signals a more systematic way of handling the market in polypropylene, a way that is based on more sensitivity and direct engagement. 


Contract Period in the Polypropylene Market

The contract period, as it operates in the market, is significant because it determines the sort of relationship that could be expected from the buyers and the suppliers. Shorter contract periods help improve flexibility levels but, at the same time, contribute to uncertainties in pricing. More extended contract periods offer stability but may reduce flexibility, which is required in adopting changes in the market environment. Market players are turning towards a balanced approach by keeping the contract with flexible terms to remain adaptable while keeping the supply chain stable. 


Leading Players in the Polypropylene Market

Braskem, TOTAL, LyondellBasell, ExxonMobil, Borealis & Borouge, TOTAL, SABIC, Sinopec, PetroChina, Reliance, Lotte Chemical, Braskem, LyondellBasell, Propilco, Petroquimica SL, SABIC, Borealis & Borou, are some of the prominent market players. These key players are playing a vital role in helping the industry become what it is today by showing dedication to innovations, sustainability, and technological improvements

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