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Plating on Plastics Market Size By Finish (Copper, Nickel, Chromium), By Plastic (ABS, Polycarbonate (PC), PC/ABS, PEI, PET, PBT, LCP, PEEK, PP, Nylon), By Application (Automotive, Domestic Fittings, Electronics & Electrical), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Application Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2021 – 2027

  • Report ID: GMI366
  • Published Date: Apr 2021
  • Report Format: PDF

Industry Trends

Plating on Plastics (POP) market size exceeded USD 565 Million, globally in 2020 and is estimated to grow at over 7.9% CAGR between 2021 and 2027. Growing demand for advanced and lightweight materials from automotive and electronics & electrical industries will propel the industry demand.

Plating on plastics (POP) is an innovative technique of coating metal on plastic surfaces to enhance properties such as improve surface hardness, promoting electrical conductivity, corrosion and wear protection, and enhancing esthetic appeal of a part or component. POP is gaining widespread application in automotive and electronics industries owing to their superior characteristics.

Plating on Plastics Market Overview

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Plating on plastics offers several advantages to the plastic such as an enhanced aesthetic appearance, reduced friction, increased corrosion and wear resistance. Increasing demand for lightweight and high-performance materials from various industry verticals such as automotive, domestic fittings and electronics is expected to propel the plating on plastics market. The key growth driver for plating on plastics is its characteristic that offers the properties of metallic surface without altering the composites structure.

Increasing product demand from various applications including domestic fittings, automotive, and electronics will drive global plating on plastics market share. Market players are adopting various strategies such as mergers and acquisitions in order to improve product portfolio, technological capabilities and strengthen regional presence. For instance, in February  2017, Atotech completed the acquisition of plating on plastics method developed by Pegastech. This acquisition strengthened the company’s Atotech presence in surface finishing technology. This technology eliminates the use of palladium compounds or hexavalent chromium for pretreatment of plastic prior to plating.

Key players invest on R&S activities for technological advancements and to improve strength and durability of the product. Stringent environmental regulations enforced by regulatory bodies such as EPA, OSHA and REACH are expected to hamper the market growth. During the plating process high reliance on hexavalent chromium causes environmental issues which may pose a headwind for industry growth. Nevertheless, economic benefits achieved on production of electronics, electrical, domestic fittings, and automotive components and parts will augment plating on plastics market growth.

Increasing ABS based POP demand will propel overall POP market

ABS Based POP Market

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ABS accounted for a market revenue of USD 425.9 Million in 2020. ABS is an amorphous blend of acrylonitrile, styrene and butadiene. ABS has shorter chains of polyacrylonitrile and polystyrene which are interlinked with microstructure long chains of polybutadiene. It is extensively preferable for metal plated plastics owing to its advantages such as good adhesion and easy engraving of key plating materials including chromic acid, nickel, and copper. Moreover, ABS is easy to metalize and is less expensive compared to other base materials.

ABS material offers good impact resistance, and excellent surface finish. It is mainly used for molding components and parts requiring high dimension tolerance. ABS has high dimensional stability, low creep, low weight, high rigidity & toughness and high resistance to alkalis and acids. Further, the wearing effect while being rubbed along an uneven surface can be reduced or eliminated by varying the percentage of butadiene stimulating high plating on plastics demand.

Increasing demand for lightweight materials from automotive industry should promote product market

Plating on Plastics Market by Automotive Application

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Automotive application in 2020 was valued at USD 450.6 million. With the growing environmental concern and stringent emissive regulations imposed by the regulatory bodies across the globe vehicle manufacturers are emphasizing on reducing vehicle weight and improve fuel efficiency. Growing in automobile production is likely to boost the plating on plastics market value during the forecast period.

Shifting consumer preference towards enhanced aesthetic appeal of the vehicle is likely to positively drive POP demand for production of interior and exterior components and parts. The global passenger car sales were over 75 million units in 2019 and the sales are likely to grow at a rapid pace in the coming years. Increasing requirement to reduce vehicle weight to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions will drive North America plating on plastics industry growth.

Growing consumer electronics industry in North America will augment plating on plastics industry size

Plating on Plastics Market By Region

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North America market size was valued at USD 124.7 million in 2020. Growing consumer electronics market in the US primarily driven by changing lifestyles, population growth and increasing disposable income is augmenting the plating on plastics market revenue. Moreover, shifting trend towards smart homes and offices in the U.S. and Canada has resulted in increased demand for air conditioners, refrigerator, smart TV, and electronic devices will propel the consumer electronics market.

North America consumer electronics business is expected to grow a CAGR of 6.5% to reach USD 110 billion by 2025. Furthermore, the introduction of advanced technologies including robotics, virtual reality and IoT solutions has significantly spurred the consumer electronic industry in North America. Thus, the booming consumer electronics industry will propel the North America plating on plastics market during the forecast period. 

Presence of established players in U.S. consumer electronics market such as Dolby, Bose Corporation, Apple, GE, Sharp, Phillips, Atari and Harman International Industries, is expected to drive plating on plastics market during the assessment period. Furthermore, favorable government policies and regulations such as “Reshoring Initiative” by the U.S. government aimed at increasing domestic production should drive the consumer electronics market in the U.S.

Increasing R&D activities and growing emphasis on development of novel and innovative solution to key business strategy adopted by manufacturers

Global plating on plastics industry is fragmented and highly competitive owing to the presence of a number of players. Some of the key player in the market include Bolta Werke, Atotech, Cybersheild, SRG Global Inc, Chromoplastica, BIA Kunststoff- und Galvanotechnik (BIA), Sarrel, Sharretts Plating Company, JCU Corporation, Dixline Corporation, Dow Chemical Company, Grohe AG, Enthone, Galva Decoparts Pvt. Ltd, Arteraft Planting, Phillips Plating Corporation,  and MacDermid Inc.

The prominent players in the market are emphasizing on product launches, R&D, innovations, and capacity expansion, in order to achieve product differentiation, and rising presence in the global market. SRG Global Inc, a manufacturer of coatings on plastic, emphasizes on development of high-value plating on plastics for the automotive industry through innovation and integrate new technologies into the decorative features to reduce vehicle weight and efficiency. In February 2019, the company developed ThermoPlate, a new polymer for chrome plating to replace metal for high-heat, high-strength applications.

Plating on Plastics (POP) market report includes in-depth coverage of the industry trends, with estimates & forecast in terms of volume (Million Square Meter) and revenue (USD Million) from 2016 to 2027, for the following segments:

By Finish  

  • Copper
  • Nickel
  • Chromium
  • Others

By Plastic

  • ABS
  • Polycarbonate (PC)
  • PC/ABS
  • PEI-Ultem
  • PET
  • PBT
  • LCP
  • PEEK
  • PP
  • Nylon
  • Others

By Application

  • Automotive
  • Domestic Fittings
  • Electrical & Electronics
  • 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
    • Russia
    • Spain
    • Poland
  • Asia Pacific          
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • Thailand
    • Australia
    • South Korea
    • Malaysia
    • Indonesia
  • Latin America      
    • Brazil
    • Argentina
  • Middle East & Africa        
    • Morocco
    • Egypt
    • Iran
    • South Africa
Authors: Kunal Ahuja, Sarita Bayas

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Plating on Plastics (POP) market size surpassed USD 565 million in 2020 and will register a CAGR of over 7.9% through 2027 with increasing demand for advanced and lightweight materials from automotive and electronics & electrical industries.

ABS segment was valued at USD 425.9 million in 2020 and will grow in coming years owing to extensive use in metal plated plastics due to its advantages like good adhesion and easy engraving of key plating materials.

Automotive application segment had recorded a valuation of USD 450.6 million in 2020 due to growing emphasis on light weight vehicles to improve fuel efficiency driven by rising environmental concerns and stringent emissive regulations.

North America was valued at USD 124.7 million in 2020 on account of increasing demand from expanding regional consumer electronics industry.

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  • Base Year: 2020
  • Companies covered: 12
  • Tables & Figures: 318
  • Countries covered: 24
  • Pages: 326

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