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Plastic Fillers Market Size By Type (Calcium Carbonate [Ground, Precipitated], Talc, Kaolin, Glass Fibers, Carbon Black), By Form (Continuous, Discontinuous, Nanofillers), By Application (Automotive, Building & Construction, Electrical & Electronics, Packaging), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Application Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2020 – 2026

  • Report ID: GMI4592
  • Published Date: Mar 2020
  • Report Format: PDF

Plastic Fillers Market Size

Plastic Fillers market size exceeded USD 10 Billion, globally in 2019 and is estimated to grow at over 5% CAGR between 2020 and 2026. Growing demand for lightweight materials in the packaging and automotive sectors will spur the market demand.

Plastic Fillers Market Statistics

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Plastic fillers are materials added to plastics to enhance their physical & mechanical properties and achieve cost savings. These products enhance thermal & electrical conductivity, improve binding between polymer matrix and the fibers, improve flexibility, reduce material cost and improves tensile strength. These fillers can be in the form of solids, liquids, or gases. They reduce the consumption of the base materials by occupying space and replacing expensive resins without affecting other characteristics.

Consumers increasingly prefer plastic packaging on account of its light weight and easy handling properties which should drive the plastic fillers market growth. An increase in the number of working women has boosted the demand for packaged food, thereby stimulating the requirement for plastic packaging. Plastic fillers improve the hardness, stiffness and flexural strength of plastics which make them ideal as a packaging material.

The rising implementation of stringent regulations to restrict plastic adoption primarily owing to growing environmental concerns may hinder the market growth. In March 2019, the European Parliament voted to introduce a ban on various single-use plastic products such as straws, stirrers, cutlery and cotton buds to reduce plastic waste.

However, various manufacturers are increasingly using organic fillers such as cotton fiber, wood powder and carbon black which reduce adverse environmental impacts and should accelerate the plastic fillers market growth.

Plastic Fillers Market Analysis

Plastic Fillers Market by Calcium Carbonate Fillers

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On the basis of type, the market is segmented as calcium carbonate, talc, kaolin, glass fibers, carbon black and others. Calcium carbonate currently accounts for the largest market share and is estimated to witness over 4% gains through 2026.

It is an abundant, inorganic filler with a particle size ranging from 0.5 µm to 100 µm which is obtained from natural deposits. Calcium carbonate is relatively cheap, allows easier processing, and enhances rigidity which should boost the plastic fillers market adoption.

Calcium carbonate offers desirable chemical properties which are not altered when it is mixed with different types of plastics and additives. The product is insoluble in water, stable under normal conditions and reacts only with very strong acids such as hydrochloric acid which makes it ideal for plastic packaging used in the food & beverage sector, garbage bags, and shopping bags.

The significant stability and high performance of calcium carbonate increases its suitability for various plastic products such as sheets, foams, injection molding, and profile extrusion will drive the global plastic fillers market.

On the basis of form, the plastic fillers market is segmented as continuous fillers, discontinuous fillers, and nanofillers. Discontinuous fillers segment should surpass $9 billion by 2026. Discontinuous fillers are primarily inorganic fillers in the form of flakes, spheres, irregular shapes and platelets which are dispersed in multiple geometric patterns & various orientations. These products are cost effective and confer excellent mechanical and modulus features to the base materials.

Discontinuous fillers find widespread usage in the automotive plastics sector pertaining to their light weight, low cost and excellent material properties. They allow large-scale manufacture through compression and injection molding processes. Discontinuous fillers offer greater impact strength, chemical, creep & heat resistance and rigidity which makes them ideal for pharmaceutical packaging & containers, household appliances, engineering plastics, and medical devices.

 Plastic Fillers Market by Automotive Application

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On the basis of application, plastic fillers market is segmented as automotive, building & construction, electrical & electronics, packaging, and others. The products offer excellent thermal, chemical, mechanical, and electrical properties which should stimulate their adoption in the automotive sector.

Automotive applications segment surpassed $1.75 billion in 2019. They find extensive usage in various automotive components such as seat backs, door panels, taillight retainers, heater housing, and instrument panels.

Automotive manufacturers increasingly prefer lightweight materials to reduce vehicle weight, to impart fuel efficiency, and ensure compliance with stringent emission norms which should stimulate the plastic fillers market demand. Plastic fillers allow the construction of flexible and high-performance automotive components without compromising on safety standards.

There is a significant increase in consumer reference for sustainability which should drive product adoption as plastic fillers allow the mass production of technologically sound and sustainable automotive components. 

North America Plastic Fillers Market

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North America may witness a growth rate of over 4.5% through 2026. The region is witnessing a rising number of government incentives & subsidies to promote the adoption of electrical vehicles along with increasing technological innovation and affordability.

Plastic fillers such as talc & mica are essential for producing plastic components of electric vehicles to reduce vehicle weight and provide an optimum cruising range, which is likely to boost the plastic fillers market value.

There has been a significant decline in the prices of lithium-ion batteries which should reduce electrical vehicle costs in North America and increase the requirement for plastic fillers. Moreover, there is rising consumer awareness regarding the polluting effects of fossil-fuel-powered vehicles will spur the plastic fillers market share. Plastic fillers find widespread adoption in high-impact automotive parts, dampers, under-the-hood parts, dashboard, interior trim, and body panels. 

Plastic Fillers Market Share

Global plastic fillers industry is significantly fragmented, and the key players include

  • Imerys
  • Mineral Technologies Inc.
  • Hoffman Minerals
  • LKAB Group
  • Huber Engineered Materials
  • Omya AG

Various manufacturers are engaged in facilitating innovation to develop new products and achieve competitive advantage. For instance, global additive manufacturer BYK launched a new functional filler BYK-CT MAX 4270 for efficient reinforcement of lightweight thermoplastic materials. This product serves as an innovative substitute for conventional filler materials used in TPO-based automotive components which further enhances vehicle weight reduction, stability and appearance.

The plastic fillers market report includes in-depth coverage of the industry trends, with estimates & forecast in terms of volume (Kilo Tons) and revenue (USD Million) from 2015 to 2026, for the following segments:

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By Type

  • Calcium carbonate
    • Ground
    • Precipitated
  • Talc
  • Kaolin
  • Glass fibers
  • Carbon black
  • Others

By Form

  • Continuous
  • Discontinuous
  • Nanofillers

By Application

  • Automotive 
  • Building & construction
  • Electrical & electronics
  • Packaging
  • Others

The above information has been provided for the following regions and countries:

By Region

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Russia
  • APAC
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • Vietnam
    • Australia
    • Indonesia
  • Latin America      
    • Brazil
  • MEA
    • Saudi Arabia
    • South Africa
    • UAE
Authors: Kunal Ahuja, Sarita Bayas

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The worth of plastic fillers market is expected to reach a valuation of $14.5 billion by 2026.

According to credible reports, plastic fillers market would record a crcr of 5% over the anticipated time span.

According to the report published by Global Market Insights Inc., the plastic fillers business is supposed to attain $14.5 billion (USD) by 2026.

Increasing demand for electrical & automotive vehicles, growing demand for lightweight material from the automotive industry, booming building & construction sector, and significant expansion of the manufacturing industry are the major key factors expected to drive the growth of global market.

Imerys, Mineral Technologies Inc., Hoffman Minerals, LKAB Group, Huber Engineered Materials, Omya AG, Granic, Quarzwerke Group, Evonik Industries, Nyco Minerals are some of the top contributors in the industry.

The calcium carbonate segment registered the highest market share in 2019 and is projected to record a remarkable growth rate throughout the forecast period.

Plastic Fillers Market Scope

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  • Base Year: 2019
  • Companies covered: 10
  • Tables & Figures: 313
  • Countries covered: 20
  • Pages: 165
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