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Polyethylene Glycol Market - By Application (Medical & Pharmaceutical, Automotive, Building & Construction, Plastics, Aerospace) & Forecast, 2021-2027

  • Report ID: GMI4670
  • Published Date: Jun 2021
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Polyethylene Glycol Market Size

Polyethylene glycol market size was USD 4.06 billion in 2020 and will grow at a CAGR of 9.6% from 2021 to 2027. Rapidly growing product demand from the automotive and chemical industries and increasing penetration of Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) in the aerospace industry will augment product demand during the forecast period.

PEG is a polyether compound produced from petroleum and can be used in various end-user industries such as chemical, automotive, pharmaceutical, personal care, and plastics. Growing product demand from the pharma & medical industry will augment polyethylene glycol market.

Polyethylene Glycol Market Outlook

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Non-toxicity, solubility, and wear-resistance in organic solvents are the various properties exhibited by polyethylene glycol. The global coatings, paints & ink industry is witnessing significant growth on account of the rising automotive and building & construction industries. Furthermore, the product can be utilized in the paper & ceramic industries as a color stabilizer. The rising product popularity as a lubricating solution in various industries and the growing paper & ceramic industry in Asia Pacific will fuel product demand.

Medical & pharmaceutical is the largest application segment and will continue to be at the top during the forecast period. The medical & pharmaceutical industry is witnessing rapid growth amid the pandemic. Medical expenditure across the globe has risen dramatically since the pandemic started. Many countries around the world have increased their healthcare spending, which will boost the medical & pharma industry in the foreseeable future. PEG can be used as a dispersing agent, delivery liquid, solvent, filler & ointment, and in laxatives. Growing usage of the product in various applications will fuel the polyethylene glycol market growth.

PEG is an excellent surface-active agent and specialty solvent, which is widely used in personal care products such as soaps, lipsticks, bath oils, detergents, shampoos, lotions, toothpaste, etc. The increasing demand for personal care products due to rising awareness of personal hygiene, disposable incomes, and population. Personal care is a major end-user industry with diverse opportunities for product applications. Major drivers in the personal care industry include rising disposable income in emerging economies such as Asia Pacific and Africa.

Rising demand for water-based coatings & paints in the automotive industry will augment product demand. Paints & coatings manufactured using PEG have very little Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) content and such products are preferred by the end-user industries. Rising automobile production in China, India, the U.S., Germany, etc. will drive the polyethylene glycol market in automobile industry. The automobile industry is witnessing challenges owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the future, automobile sales will increase in emerging economies, such as India, due to rising per capita income.

The aerospace industry will witness strong growth in the next 10 years due to rising air traffic around the world. The valuation of aerospace industry stood at USD 838 billion in 2018 and is expected to grow significantly by 2030. The fast-track replacement cycle of outdated aircraft with next-generation fuel-efficient aircraft along with rising aircraft demand from regional airlines will augment the polyethylene glycol market share. Growing passenger travel demand, middle-class population & production of aircraft and decreasing fares across the airline industry are other factors driving the business.

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the operations and profitability of the polyethylene glycol market. Many countries around the world imposed some form of lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus. This affected the logistics and distribution of the product and raw materials across the value chain. Furthermore, the economic downturn caused by the pandemic has forced end-user industries to lower their operating rates. The credit crunch, lockdowns, and travel restrictions around the world have affected production and major end-user markets. The introduction of vaccines and rapid vaccination programs around the world will keep the spread of infections at a minimum level, thus aiding economic growth.

The polyethylene glycol market has presence of a significant number of established and multinational organizations including Ineos, The Dow Chemical Company, Huangma Chemical, and Croda International.

Polyethylene Glycol Market Analysis

 Polyethylene Glycol Market by Application

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The application of polyethylene glycol in plastics will grow at a CAGR of 9.3% with revenue mounting to USD 565 million by 2027. The product is often used in engineered plastics. They are often copolymerized with other monomers to produce polyester and polyurethane elastomers. Increasing demand for such polymers in various end-use applications will propel market growth.

Polyethylene glycol has gained significant interest in the medical community for use as a biomedical polymer. Polyethylene glycol-based polymers have bio & blood compatibility in grafted, linear & gel forms. Rising demand for engineered plastics among the end-user industries will propel the polyethylene glycol market growth.

  Polyethylene Glycol Market by Region

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Asia Pacific is the largest geographic market of the product. The region has a significant number of strongly growing economies such as India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh, etc. The growing presence of various end-user industries and a large consumer base will drive the market growth. APAC has the presence of strongly growing end-user industries such as the pharmaceutical, automotive, and building & construction industries. Furthermore, rising per capita consumption of plastics will aid market growth.

The region is experiencing rapid urbanization &industrialization owing to rising per capita income and global companies shifting their manufacturing base in the region, which will drive product demand. Rising infrastructure projects in the region will propel market growth. The APAC region will grow at a CAGR of 11.1% in terms of revenue.

Polyethylene Glycol Market Share

Key players operating in the polyethylene glycol industry are focusing on production capacity expansion. The market is witnessing a double-digit CAGR owing to strong and growing product demand from end-user industries. In October 2018, The Dow Chemical Company expanded the production capacity of Polyethylene Glycols (PEGs) in its U.S. plant. The capacity expansion enabled the company to meet rising demands for PEG products in various forms. Similarly, BASF SE expanded its ethylene oxide and ethylene oxide derivatives production capacities in its Belgium plant. Capacity expansion will help established players gain market share and a competitive advantage over other players.

Some of the players in Polyethylene Glycol Market are: 

  • Dow Chemicals
  • Croda International
  • Ineous
  • India Glycols
  • Liaoning Oxiranchem
  • Jiangsu Haian Petrochemical Plant
  • Clariant
  • Huntsman Corporation
  • AkzoNobel N.V.

The polyethylene glycol market report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD million from 2017 to 2027 for the following segments:

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By Application

  • Medical & Pharmaceutical
  • Automotive
  • Building & Construction
  • Plastics
  • Aerospace
  • Others

The above information is provided on a regional and country basis for the following:

By Region

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
  • Middle East & Africa
    • GCC


Authors: Kiran Pulidindi

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The industry share of polyethylene glycol surpassed USD 4.06 billion in 2020 and is likely to rise at a 9.6% CAGR up to 2027.

Plastics applications of polyethylene glycol are pegged to record close to USD 565 million in revenue share by 2027 owing to increasing requirements across various end-use industries.

The polyethylene glycol industry size in the Asia Pacific is expected to hit a CAGR of 11.1% through 2027 due to the prominent presence of a host of end-user industries and a large consumer base in the region.

The COVID-19 crisis significantly impacted the demand for polyethylene glycol owing to the economic downturn which forced end-user industries to reduce their operating rates.

Polyethylene Glycol Market Scope

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