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Polyetherimide (PEI) Market Size By Grade (Unreinforced, Reinforced [Glass Fiber, Carbon Fiber]), By Form (Sheet, Rod, Granule, Film), By Application (Automotive [Under hood components, Automotive Interior, Fuel systems, Bumper], Aerospace [Interiors, Antenna Construction], Electronics [Semi-Conductors, Switches, Coils & Fuses], Pharmaceutical [Surgical Probes, Fixtures], Industrial [Fluid Handling, Oil & Gas, Telecom & Communication, Marine Cleats], Consumer [Appliances, Kitchenware], Food), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Application Potential, Price Trend, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2019 – 2025

  • Report ID: GMI3138
  • Published Date: Feb 2019
  • Report Format: PDF

Industry Trends

Polyetherimide (PEI) Market size was over USD 560 million in 2018 and industry expects demand of above 30 kilo tons by 2025.

Polyetherimide Market

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Rapid growth in automotive sector has up surged polyetherimide market demand. The product is utilized in manufacturing of automotive interior components, handles, bumpers, bezels, electromechanical systems, thermostat housings and lamp sockets. Robust development in electronics market, with the increasing application of high-performance plastics, is anticipated to support the market growth.

Rising disposable income and changing purchasing patterns of consumer will boost electronics and aerospace segments. PEI is widely used in electronics and aerospace owing to their heat resistant nature. Growing demand for heat resistant plastics from electronics and aerospace segments will further propel PEI market growth. Technological advancements and potential integration of the product in different applications including switches, semi-conductors, and aircraft antenna construction will contribute to mounting industry size.

Global food industry size may witness gains up to 9.5% in the estimated timeline. PEI is utilized accepted in kitchenware, catering and tableware due to contamination and quality issues. Food adulteration has adverse impact on human health, brand image and damages consumer loyalty. FDA has declared the product safe for indirect additives utilized in food contact substances. These factors will drive global polyetherimide demand.

Polyetherimide exhibits high ductile strength, low smoke emission, flame resistance, and exceptional hydrolytic stability. Owing to product’s stability, its range of processing is wider than many of its counterparts. Government initiatives with strong R&D has encouraged utilization of the products and has fortified significant investments on technology innovation. Acceptance of polyetherimide to decrease contamination in food, reducing overall automotive weight for curbing emissions along with stringent controlling standards by EU and FDA restraining VOC’s will favour PEI product demand.

Global medical device industry may witness strong gains up to 5.5% in the estimated timeframe owing to prevailing lifestyle diseases. Increasing elderly population globally is a major factor contributing to the advancement of global medical devices market. Economic development substantial potential for China and India markets providing opportunities to medical device manufacturers driving polyetherimide demand.

It is transparent and an amorphous thermoplastic with features similar to PEEK. The product is extensively used owing to advanced thermoplastic nature which has imide groups and ether links in its polymer chain. PEI has gained consumer acceptance as a high temperature material compared to polysulfones, polyketones, and polyphenylenesulfides. The product is low-priced but is lower in impact strength and usable temperature which may hamper market growth.

Polyetherimide Market, By Grade

Polyetherimide market size from glass fibre reinforced grade may exceed USD 330 million by 2025. The product is available in different glass filled percentage levels including 10%, 20%, 30% and 50%. Glass fibre filled polyetherimide resin is extensively used in electrical and electronics industry owing to its enhanced electroplatability and internal mold release properties. This will foster PEI product demand.

Unreinforced polyetherimide market size may witness significant gains up to 4% in the forecasted time period. It is widely used in automotive, building & construction and packaging industries due to its broad chemical resistance and high strength. These factors will have a positive impact on market size.

Polyetherimide Market, By Form

Polyetherimide sheets market size is predicted to surpass USD 215 million by 2025.  The product is utilized in aerospace and industrial applications owing to its high dimensional stability, chemical resistance and low moisture absorption, thus increasing market profitability.

Polyetherimide rods market size is expected to gain up to 4.5% up to 2025. PEI is available in different diameters and lengths depending upon its end- use. It finds applications in pharmaceutical industry where it is utilized for medical reusable products which requires repeated sterilization. These factors will propel market growth.

Polyetherimide Market, By Application

Polyetherimide market demand from oil & gas application is predicted to exceed USD 9.5 million by 2025. The product is widely used in the oil & gas industry owing to its chemical, thermal and electrical resistance. High grade machined plastics have their applications in various offshore activities including exploration, development and delivery process. Increasing number of proven reserves in countries including U.S. will enhance industry growth.

Polyetherimide market demand from aerospace application may observe significant gains over 5.5% in forecasted timeline.  It is utilized to manufacture air handling parts and specialty fluids owing to flame retardance and light weight. The product also meets latest industry regulations regarding smoke, flame and toxicity. Global aerospace market is estimated to grow at 5.1% during the forecasted period. These factors will positively impact market growth.

Polyetherimide market from pharmaceutical application is expected to surpass USD 50 million up to 2025. The product being radio transparent, dimensionally stable and chemical resistance is extensively used in medical industry for several applications including orthopaedic surgery and medical devices production. Tempalaux medical grade PEI is IoT controlled. Increasing R&D activities and consumer awareness will enhance pharmaceutical industry, thus fostering product demand.

Polyetherimide Market, By Region

Asia Pacific led by India, South Korea, and Japan polyetherimide market is predicted to grow up to 5.5% by 2025. The product has its applications in automotive interiors, bumpers and under hood components owing to its high strength. Growing urbanization and population in the region will have a positive impact on automotive industry, hence stimulating PEI market growth.

Europe driven by Italy, France, UK and Germany polyetherimide market size is poised to surpass USD 240 million by 2025. The product is used in healthcare market due to its chemical resistance and dimensional stability. Rising awareness for chronic diseases including cancer and viral infections will increase PEI market size.

Brazil polyetherimide market may witness substantial growth in the forecasted timeframe owing to rising oil and gas operations. The product has applications in drill ships, pump heads, pressure heads and submersible rigs due to its high strength and chemical resistance. Increasing number of probable gas reserves in the region will propel market growth.

Competitive Market Share

Global polyetherimide market share is consolidated with major players including SABIC, Ensinger, Mitsui Chemicals, Inc., RTP Company and Quadrant Group.  

Companies are involved in strategic alliances including mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, partnership, and production capacity expansion to implement innovative technologies with growth in production capacity to cater rising product demand. In February 2018, SABIC announced projects to expand production capacity of PEI resin in Netherlands and Asia Pacific. This will positively impact polyetherimide market profitability.

Polyetherimide Industry Background

Polyetherimide is a high temperature, transparent and amorphous polymer which has its applications in fluoropolymer coatings. It can be manufactured by reacting m-phenylene diamine with diacid anhydride. The product’s high flame resistance and gamma radiation resistance properties make it suitable to be utilized for dental instruments, tubing and surgical instruments.

Authors: Kunal Ahuja, Sarita Bayas

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Overall polyetherimide market would be pegged at a valuation of USD 800 million in 2025.

As per estimates, polyetherimide industry would account a crcr of 5.7% through 2025.

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