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Low Density Polyethylene Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2018-2023

The global low density polyethylene market reached a value of around US$ 31 Billion in 2017. The market is further projected to reach US$ 39 Billion by 2023, exhibiting a CAGR of nearly 4% during 2018-2023. Polyethylene, also known as PE, is a lightweight synthetic resin made from the polymerisation of ethylene. It is a highly crystalline non-polar thermoplastic and can be easily melted and reshaped. Owing to this, polyethylene is popularly used for manufacturing a wide range of products such as clear food wrap, medical devices, bulletproof vests, shopping bags, etc. It is most commonly categorised into LDPE, HDPE, LLDPE and UHMWPE. Among these, LDPE or low density polyethylene is a polyolefin material which has a high molecular weight. It is non-toxic, non-contaminating in nature and is resistant to impact, moisture and chemicals. LDPE is widely employed for the manufacturing of various products such as packaging, trash bins, floor tiles, shipping envelopes, dropper bottles, etc. Its renewability properties have made it recognised and acceptable to several end-use industries.

  • Flexibility and toughness are the two unique qualities of low-density polyethylene which have been primarily responsible for its increasing demand.
  • It also possesses transparency properties and a white appearance which makes it suitable to be used for the production of bags for groceries, bread covers, bubble wraps, etc.
  • We expect its demand to be strong from the automotive sector as it offers transparency at low weight.  Strong demand from the food packaging industry is also expected to drive the market catalysed by a rising demand for transparent packaging. Applications of LDPE in food packaging is expected to be in meat and poultry wrapping, dairy packaging, bakery, frozen foods, etc.  
  • Catalysed by the revival of the construction industry and a continuous population growth in both developed and emerging markets, demand for LDPE is expected to increase in the next five years. Increasing regulatory requirements from governments across the globe regarding energy efficient industrial infrastructure is also expected to catalyse the market. 
  • LDPE products are renewable in nature owing to which they can be recycled under certain conditions. This is also positively influencing its global demand.


Market Summary:

  • Based on the manufacturing process, the market has been segmented as tubular method and autoclave method.
  • Based on the feedstock, the market has been segmented into naphtha, natural gas and others.
  • Based on the application, the market has been segmented as film and sheets, extrusion coatings, injection molding and others. Currently, film and sheets dominate the market, holding the largest share.
  • Region-wise, the market has been segmented into Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, Middle East and Africa, and Latin America. Amongst these, Asia Pacific is the leading market, accounting for the majority of the global share.
  • The competitive landscape of the market has also been examined with some of the key players being BASF, Dow Chemical, Exxon Mobil, LyondellBasell, SABIC, Sinopec, Borealis, Braskem, Chevron Phillips Chemical, DuPont de Nemours, Lone Star Chemical, Petkim, Total Petrochemicals, LG Chem Ltd., Formosa Plastics Corporation and Qatar Petrochemical Company.


This report provides a deep insight into the global low density polyethylene market covering all its essential aspects. This ranges from macro overview of the market to micro details of the industry performance, recent trends, key market drivers and challenges, SWOT analysis, Porter’s five forces analysis, value chain analysis, etc. This report is a must-read for entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, consultants, business strategists, and all those who have any kind of stake or are planning to foray into the low density polyethylene market in any manner.

Key Questions Answered in This Report:

  • How has the global low density polyethylene market performed so far and how will it perform in the coming years?
  • What are the key regional markets in the global low density polyethylene industry?
  • What are the major manufacturing processes in the global low density polyethylene industry?
  • What are the major feedstocks in the global low density polyethylene industry?
  • What are the major application segments in the global low density polyethylene industry?
  • What are the price trends of low density polyethylene?
  • What are the various stages in the value chain of the global low density polyethylene market?
  • What are the key driving factors and challenges in the global low density polyethylene market?
  • What is the structure of the global low density polyethylene market and who are the key players?
  • What is the degree of competition in the global low density polyethylene market?

1    Preface
2    Scope and Methodology

    2.1    Objectives of the Study
    2.2    Stakeholders
    2.3    Data Sources
        2.3.1    Primary Sources
        2.3.2    Secondary Sources
    2.4    Market Estimation
        2.4.1    Bottom-Up Approach
        2.4.2    Top-Down Approach
    2.5    Forecasting Methodology
3    Executive Summary
4    Introduction

    4.1    Overview
    4.2    Properties
    4.3    Key Industry Trends
5    Global Low Density Polyethylene Market
    5.1    Market Overview
    5.2    Market Performance
    5.3    Market Breakup by Manufacturing Process
    5.4    Market Breakup by Feedstock
    5.5    Market Breakup by Application
    5.6    Market Breakup by Region
    5.7    Market Forecast
    5.8    SWOT Analysis
        5.8.1    Overview
        5.8.2    Strengths
        5.8.3    Weaknesses
        5.8.4    Opportunities
        5.8.5    Threats
    5.9    Value Chain Analysis
        5.9.1    Overview
        5.9.2    Raw Material Procurement
        5.9.3    Manufacturing
        5.9.4    Marketing
        5.9.5    Distribution
        5.9.6    End-Use
    5.10    Porters Five Forces Analysis
        5.10.1    Overview
        5.10.2    Bargaining Power of Buyers
        5.10.3    Bargaining Power of Suppliers
        5.10.4    Degree of Competition
        5.10.5    Threat of New Entrants
        5.10.6    Threat of Substitutes
    5.11    Price Analysis
        5.11.1    Price Indicators
        5.11.2    Price Structure
        5.11.3    Margin Analysis
6    Market Breakup by Manufacturing Process 
    6.1    Autoclave Method
        6.1.1    Market Trends
        6.1.2    Market Forecast
    6.2    Tubular Method
        6.2.1    Market Trends
        6.2.2    Market Forecast
7    Market Breakup by Feedstock
    7.1    Natural Gas
        7.1.1    Market Trends
        7.1.2    Market Forecast
    7.2    Naptha
        7.2.1    Market Trends
        7.2.2    Market Forecast
    7.3    Others
        7.3.1    Market Trends
        7.3.2    Market Forecast
8    Market Breakup by Application
    8.1    Film and Sheets
        8.1.1    Market Trends
        8.1.2    Market Forecast
    8.2    Extrusion Coatings
        8.2.1    Market Trends
        8.2.2    Market Forecast
    8.3    Injection Molding
        8.3.1    Market Trends
        8.3.2    Market Forecast
    8.4    Others 
        8.4.1    Market Trends
        8.4.2    Market Forecast
9    Market Breakup by Region
    9.1    Asia Pacific
        9.1.1    Market Trends
        9.1.2    Market Forecast
    9.2    Europe
        9.2.1    Market Trends
        9.2.2    Market Forecast
    9.3    North America
        9.3.1    Market Trends
        9.3.2    Market Forecast
    9.4    Middle East and Africa
        9.4.1    Market Trends
        9.4.2    Market Forecast
    9.5    Latin America
        9.5.1    Market Trends
        9.5.2    Market Forecast
10    Low Density Polyethylene Manufacturing Process
    10.1    Product Overview
    10.2    Raw Material Requirements
    10.3    Manufacturing Process
    10.4    Key Success and Risk Factors
11    Competitive Landscape
    11.1    Market Structure
    11.2    Key Players
    11.3    Profiles of Key Players
        11.3.1    BASF
        11.3.2    Dow Chemical
        11.3.3    Exxon Mobil
        11.3.4    LyondellBasell
        11.3.5    SABIC
        11.3.6    Sinopec
        11.3.7    Borealis
        11.3.8    Braskem
        11.3.9    Chevron Phillips Chemical
        11.3.10    DuPont de Nemours
        11.3.11    Lone Star Chemical
        11.3.12    Petkim
        11.3.13    Total Petrochemicals
        11.3.14    LG Chem Ltd. 
        11.3.15    Formosa Plastics Corporation
        11.3.16    Qatar Petrochemical Company



List of Figures

Figure 1: Global: Low Density Polyethylene Market: Major Drivers and Challenges
Figure 2: Global: Low Density Polyethylene Market: Sales Value (in Billion US$), 2010-2017
Figure 3: Global: Low Density Polyethylene Market: Breakup by Manufacturing Process (in %), 2017
Figure 4: Global: Low Density Polyethylene Market: Breakup by Feedstock (in %), 2017
Figure 5: Global: Low Density Polyethylene Market: Breakup by Application (in %), 2017
Figure 6: Global: Low Density Polyethylene Market: Breakup by Region (in %), 2017
Figure 7: Global: Low Density Polyethylene Market Forecast: Sales Value (in Billion US$), 2018-2023
Figure 8: Global: Low Density Polyethylene Industry: SWOT Analysis
Figure 9: Global: Low Density Polyethylene Industry: Value Chain Analysis
Figure 10: Global: Low Density Polyethylene Industry: Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
Figure 11: Global: Low Density Polyethylene (Autoclave Method) Market: Sales Value (in Million US$), 2010 & 2017
Figure 12: Global: Low Density Polyethylene (Autoclave Method) Market Forecast: Sales Value (in Million US$), 2018-2023
Figure 13: Global: Low Density Polyethylene (Tubular Method) Market: Sales Value (in Million US$), 2010 & 2017
Figure 14: Global: Low Density Polyethylene (Tubular Method) Market Forecast: Sales Value (in Million US$), 2018-2023
Figure 15: Global: Low Density Polyethylene (Natural Gas) Market: Sales Value (in Million US$), 2010 & 2017
Figure 16: Global: Low Density Polyethylene (Natural Gas) Market Forecast: Sales Value (in Million US$), 2018-2023
Figure 17: Global: Low Density Polyethylene (Naptha) Market: Sales Value (in Million US$), 2010 & 2017
Figure 18: Global: Low Density Polyethylene (Naptha) Market Forecast: Sales Value (in Million US$), 2018-2023
Figure 19: Global: Low Density Polyethylene (Other Feedstocks) Market: Sales Value (in Million US$), 2010 & 2017
Figure 20: Global: Low Density Polyethylene (Other Feedstocks) Market Forecast: Sales Value (in Million US$), 2018-2023
Figure 21: Global: Low Density Polyethylene (Film and Sheets) Market: Sales Value (in Million US$), 2010 & 2017
Figure 22: Global: Low Density Polyethylene (Film and Sheets) Market Forecast: Sales Value (in Million US$), 2018-2023
Figure 23: Global: Low Density Polyethylene (Extrusion Coatings) Market: Sales Value (in Million US$), 2010 & 2017
Figure 24: Global: Low Density Polyethylene (Extrusion Coatings) Market Forecast: Sales Value (in Million US$), 2018-2023
Figure 25: Global: Low Density Polyethylene (Injection Molding) Market: Sales Value (in Million US$), 2010 & 2017
Figure 26: Global: Low Density Polyethylene (Injection Molding) Market Forecast: Sales Value (in Million US$), 2018-2023
Figure 27: Global: Low Density Polyethylene (Other Applications) Market: Sales Value (in Million US$), 2010 & 2017
Figure 28: Global: Low Density Polyethylene (Other Appllications) Market Forecast: Sales Value (in Million US$), 2018-2023
Figure 29: Asia Pacific: Low Density Polyethylene Market: Sales Value (in Million US$), 2010 & 2017
Figure 30: Asia Pacific: Low Density Polyethylene Market Forecast: Sales Value (in Million US$), 2018-2023
Figure 31: Europe: Low Density Polyethylene Market: Sales Value (in Million US$), 2010 & 2017
Figure 32: Europe: Low Density Polyethylene Market Forecast: Sales Value (in Million US$), 2018-2023
Figure 33: North America: Low Density Polyethylene Market: Sales Value (in Million US$), 2010 & 2017
Figure 34: North America: Low Density Polyethylene Market Forecast: Sales Value (in Million US$), 2018-2023
Figure 35: Middle East and Africa: Low Density Polyethylene Market: Sales Value (in Million US$), 2010 & 2017
Figure 36: Middle East and Africa: Low Density Polyethylene Market Forecast: Sales Value (in Million US$), 2018-2023
Figure 37: Latin America: Low Density Polyethylene Market: Sales Value (in Million US$), 2010 & 2017
Figure 38: Latin America: Low Density Polyethylene Market Forecast: Sales Value (in Million US$), 2018-2023
Figure 39: Low Density Polyethylene Manufacturing: Process Flow


List of Tables

Table 1: Low Density Polyethylene: General Properties
Table 2: Global: Low Density Polyethylene Market: Key Industry Highlights, 2017 and 2023
Table 3: Global: Low Density Polyethylene Market Forecast: Breakup by Manufacturing Process (in Million US$), 2018-2023
Table 4: Global: Low Density Polyethylene Market Forecast: Breakup by Feedstock (in Million US$), 2018-2023
Table 5: Global: Low Density Polyethylene Market Forecast: Breakup by Application (in Million US$), 2018-2023
Table 6: Global: Low Density Polyethylene Market Forecast: Breakup by Region (in Million US$), 2018-2023
Table 7: Low Density Polyethylene: Raw Material Requirements
Table 8: Global: Low Density Polyethylene Market Structure
Table 9: Global: Low Density Polyethylene Market: Key Players

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