Plastic Compounding Market Size | Growth | Share | 7.43%

Plastic Compounding Market Size (US$ 139.65 Mn) by 2033

The report covers Plastic Compounding Market Segments by Source (Fossil-based, Bio-based, Recycled), by Product (Polyethylene, Polypropylene, Thermoplastic Vulcanizates, Thermoplastic Polyolefins, Polyvinyl Chloride, Polystyrene, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Polybutylene Terephthalate, Polyamide, Polycarbonate, Polyurethane, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene, Others), by Application (Automotive, Building and Construction, Electrical and Electronics, Packaging, Consumer Goods, Industrial Machinery, Medical Devices, Optical Media, Aerospace and Defense, Others), by Region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, MEA). The report offers the value (in USD Million) for the above segments.

The global plastic compounding market size reached US$ 68.2 million in 2023 and is expected to hit US$ 139.65 million by 2033 to grow at a CAGR of 7.43% from 2024 to 2033.

Plastic Compounding Market Revenue 2023 - 2033

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Plastic compounding benefits include cost efficiency, sustainability, improved processing, and improved material performance. Applications include aerospace and defense, optical media, medical devices, industrial machinery, consumer goods, packaging, electrical and electronics, building and construction, and the automotive sector. These factors help to the growth of the market.

Key Takeaways

  • Asia Pacific dominated the plastic compounding market with the largest revenue share of 45% in 2023.
  • By source, the fossil-based segment has held the largest revenue share 57% in 2023.
  • By source, the recycled segment is expected to be the fastest-growing during the forecast period.
  • By product, the polypropylene (PP) segment has generated more than 31% of revenue share in 2023.
  • By product, the polyethylene (PE) segment is estimated to be the fastest-growing during the forecast period.
  • By application, the automotive segment accounted for the biggest revenue share of 26% in 2023.
  • By application, the packaging segment is estimated to be the fastest-growing during the forecast period.

Market Overview

The plastic compounding market incorporates the manufacturing and distribution of compounded plastics, which involves combining different polymers, colorants, reinforcements, fillers, or additives to enhance their properties. The enhanced properties include improved flame retardancy, strength, and durability. Plastic compounding benefits include improved material performance as compared to basic polymers alone; plastic compounds with reinforcements, fillers, and additives exhibit improved chemical, electrical, thermal, or mechanical properties. The advantages of plastic compounding include versatility and customization to achieve particular colors, provide UV tolerance, improve fire retardation, and ensure food safety. These factors help to the growth of the market. The packaging market size to reach an estimated USD 1.58 trillion by 2032, growing at a 3.16% CAGR between 2023 and 2032.

Growth Factors

The benefits of plastic compounding include improved material performance as compared to basic polymer; plastic compounds exhibit chemical, electrical, thermal, or mechanical properties, which helps the growth of the market. 
It also includes versatility and customization properties to achieve particular colors, improved fire retardation, improved food safety, and provide UV tolerance that helps the growth of the market.

The advantages of plastic compounding also include sustainability by optimizing material performance and usage.
Plastic compounding helps to improve processing by saving time and labor at the time of production and reducing cost without compromising quality. These factors help to the growth of the plastic compounding market.

Market Dynamics

Driver

Increasing demand for plastic products

Increased demand for plastic products helps the growth of the market. There are many benefits of plastic products' strong weatherability because of their ability to achieve tight seals. Good safety and hygiene properties for food packaging. Lightweight with a high strength to weight ratio than the other materials, which makes it easy for transportation. Thermally and electrically insulating, secure, very versatile, very durable, different textures are possible, hygienic, shatter resistant, non-biodegradable, resistant to chemicals, hardness, permeability, transparency, stability, recyclability, reactivity, solubility, flammability, safety, and inexpensive properties are helpful for the growth of the market. Applications of plastic compounding in toys, electronics, automotive, construction, textiles, packaging, medical devices, etc. These factors help to the growth of the plastic compounding market.

Restraint

Adverse health effects and challenges

Adverse effects of plastic compounding include endocrine disruption, which may lead to birth defects, cancers, developmental problems, and immune system suppression problems in children. Carcinogens, as in the case of DEHP (diethyl hexyl phthalate), and direct toxicity, as in cases of mercury, lead, and cadmium. It also includes agrochemical microplastics, which may be hazardous to health and the environment. Due to the difference in filling pattern and melt profile of individual alloys, plastic compounding has a downside. This may lead to cosmetic defects. Challenges in plastic compounding include equipment costs, environmental concerns, and quality control. Advanced plastic compounding equipment may be expensive, environmental concerns regarding toxicity and biodegradability, and inconsistent mixing may lead to a reduction in product performance, and achieving uniformity in plastic compounding is necessary. These factors may restrict the growth of the plastic compounding market.

Opportunity

Advancement in compounding technology

The use of advanced technology in plastic compounding with the development of bio-based and sustainable additives. Plastic compounding continues to develop by providing innovative solutions for a more environmentally friendly and sustainable future. Advanced technology in plastic compounding may be helpful in overcoming the challenges regarding quality control, equipment costs, and environmental concerns. Unique requirements of plastic compounding in different industries like healthcare, construction, packaging, electronics, and automotive, there are advanced technologies necessary. These factors help to the growth of the plastic compounding market.

Report Highlights

Source Insights

The fossil-based segment dominated the market in 2023. In fossil-based plastic compounding, hydrocarbons from fossil fuels are the primary source material, which comes from non-renewable sources. These fossil-based plastic compounding materials include polypropylene (PP), polyethylene (PE), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and others. Fossil-based plastics are highly used for packaging material. These are extremely durable plastics used in the automobile and construction industry. Their lightweight and durable property makes them more eco-friendly and an alternative for many metals. For prolonging the shelf life of many products like foods, fossil-based plastic compounding material use can be an affordable solution. These factors helped to the growth of the fossil-based segment and contributed to the growth of the plastic compounding market.

The recycled segment is estimated to be the fastest-growing during the forecast period. In the plastic recycling process, compounding is the final step. It involves the transformation of resized or shredded plastics into usable products for manufacturers. These resized plastics are formed into pellets that are used to produce other plastic products. Plastic compounding can help to support sustainability by using recycled plastic compounding as the basis material. It also helps to reduce waste reduction and improve the circular economy by improving the capacity and strength of plastic items to be recycled. Plastic recycling is important because plastic waste causes many issues, including health concerns, pollution, and animal fatalities. Recycling also helps to reduce irritants and pollutants in the environment. These factors helped the growth of the recycled segment and contributed to the growth of the plastic compounding market.

The bio-based segment is significantly growing during the forecast period. Bio-based plastic compounding involves the process of using additives and fillers in biodegradable polymers to improve their properties. Bio-based plastics are produced from renewable biomass sources like recycled food waste, sawdust, woodchips, straw, cornstarch, and vegetable fats and oils. Biobased plastic compounding offers many benefits, including independence from fossil fuels, a lower carbon footprint compared to fossil-based plastic compounding, and degradable and durable options.

The benefits of bio-based plastics include helping to improve end-of-life scenarios for recycling and disposal, developing innovative alternative solutions as compared to conventional plastics, reducing dependence on fossil resources, lowering the carbon footprint, saving fossil resources by using biomass which regenerates and provides the unique potential of carbon neutrality, reducing effects of climate change, and reducing fossil fuel use. These factors help the growth of the bio-based segment and contribute to the growth of the plastic compounding market.

Product Insights

The polypropylene (PP) segment dominated the market in 2023. Polypropylene (PP) is a plastic material used for plastic compounding that has many benefits, including it is an insulator as it does not conduct electricity, it has high tensile strength, it is fatigue resistant and malleable, it can be remolded or molded into any shape without degradation, it is highly resistant to chemical leaking and corrosion which make it suitable for piping systems, and it does not react with acids which make it ideal for containers which hold acidic liquids. It also helps to improve material performance, customization and versatility, cost efficiency, improved processing, and sustainability. These factors help the growth of the polypropylene (PP) segment and contribute to the growth of the plastic compounding market.

The polyethylene (PE) segment is estimated to be the fastest-growing during the forecast period. Polyethylene (PE) is used for plastic compounding due to its benefits, including easy to clean and eco-friendly, broad range of use temperatures, good gas and moisture barrier properties, lightweight, durable, water resistance, transparency, thin and strong films, tough and wear resistance, easy to process for injection molding, chemical resistance to dilute acids and solvents, electrical insulation, and low cost and easy availability. It will stretch rather than break. These factors help the growth of the polyethylene (PE) segment and contribute to the growth of the plastic compounding market.

Application Insights

The automotive segment dominated the market in 2023. The automotive sector progressively uses plastic compounds to replace traditional metal components because of their benefits, including lightweight nature, cost-effectiveness, design flexibility, environmental regulations, demand for automotive parts, and shift towards electric vehicles, which need lightweight materials. In the automotive industry, there are many plastic applications, including interior trim, body panels, and engine parts. The plastics used in exterior parts include trims, air dams, fenders, bumpers, weatherstripping, wheel covers, seals, body panels, and interior parts, including decorative pieces, instrument panel skin, seat and associated parts, steering wheels, door panels, dashboard, and instrumental panels. These factors help the growth of the automotive segment and contribute to the growth of the plastic compounding market.

The packaging segment is expected to be the fastest-growing during the forecast period. Plastic compounds are highly used in the packaging sector because they protect and preserve things like foods, clothes, and other food items that need protection from damage due to direct contact with water or moisture. Plastic compounds provide protective barriers for products. Plastic packaging is cost-effective as compared to other materials, versatile as they can be molded into different shapes and sizes, and lighter than other materials like glass and metal, which helps to reduce carbon emissions and transportation costs, and is strong and durable, which helps to protect products at the time of transportation. These factors help to the growth of the packaging segment and contribute to the growth of the plastic compounding market.

Regional Insights

Plastic Compounding Market APAC, NA, EU, LA, MEA Share

Asia Pacific dominated the plastic compounding market by 25% in 2023. Increased infrastructure and supply chain facilities help to grow the market in the Asia Pacific region. The region's contribution is mainly attributable to the fast-expanding industrialization and urbanization in emerging nations, as well as to increased manufacturing production, a booming e-commerce industry, and favorable demographics. In order to address the growing demand for consumer electronics in countries like China, India, Japan, and South Korea, there will likely be a greater need for plastic compounding in applications like washing machines, cars, and refrigerators. In addition, the need for electronic gadgets is growing across a range of markets. For example, BenQ India, a consumer electronics manufacturer, achieved significant milestones in October 2023 when it surpassed Japan to become the largest market in the Asia Pacific region. The primary cause of this rise has been India's rising demand for display items and consumer electronics in recent years.

  • In December 2023, a new compounding factory in India was started by an Italian compounder, Sirmax Group, which is known for its expertise in polypropylene compounds, bio-compounds, recycled polymers, thermoplastic elastomers, engineering plastics, and polypropylene compounds.
  • In May 2024, Dow and SCG Chemicals (SCGC) announced the signing of an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) for a circularity partnership in the Asia Pacific region to transform 200KTA of plastic waste into circular products.

Recent Developments

  • In October 2023, a new mechanical recycling compounding line for polycarbonates in Shanghai, China, was started by Covestro, a Germany-based polycarbonate manufacturer. It has an annual processing capacity of 25000 tons.
    In May 2024, compounding operations for VpCI polymers and bio-resins were launched by EcoCortec, a subsidiary of Cortec Corporation. They will give the highest film quality to the plant’s customers.
  • In June 2024, a semi-commercial demonstration line for rPO (recycled polyolefins) compounding in Beringen, Belgium was launched by Borealis. This advanced technology line converts mechanically recycled post-consumer waste into premium-grade rigid polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) materials.
  • In June 2024, the start-up of the additional production line at the Dalian site of its ATS (advanced polymer solutions) business or polypropylene (PP) compounding production expanded in China by LYB (LyondellBasell). The new production line helps to produce a high range of high-quality and high-performance polypropylene compounds, mainly for the automotive industry.

Top Companies in Plastic Compounding Market

  • Ravago
  • Polyvisions, Inc.
  • SO.F.TER
  • Solvey
  • LANXESS
  • TEIJIN LIMITED
  • Arkema
  • KURARAY CO., LTD.
  • Eurostar Engineering Plastics
  • Washington Penn
  • Covestro AG
  • Asahi Kasei Corporation
  • S&E Specialty Polymers
  • RTP Company
  • DuPont de Nemours, Inc.
  • LyondellBasell Industries Holdings B.V.
  • KRATON CORPORATION
  • Dow, Inc
  • SABIC
  • BASF SE

Segments Covered in the Report

By Source

  • Fossil-based
  • Bio-based
  • Recycled

By Product

  • Polyethylene (PE)
  • Polypropylene (PP)
  • Thermoplastic Vulcanizates (TPV)
  • Thermoplastic Polyolefins (TPO)
  • Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
  • Polystyrene (PS)
  • Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)
  • Polybutylene Terephthalate (PBT)
  • Polyamide (PA)
  • Polycarbonate (PC)
  • Polyurethane (PU)
  • Polymethyl Methacrylate (PMMA)
  • Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)
  • Others

By Application

  • Automotive
  • Building & construction
  • Electrical & electronics
  • Packaging
  • Consumer goods
  • Industrial Machinery
  • Medical Devices
  • Optical Media
  • Aerospace & Defense
  • Others

By Region

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • UK
    • Germany
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Netherlands
    • Russia
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • Malaysia
    • Indonesia
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
  • MEA
    • UAE
    • South Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Israel

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About The Author

Asmita Singh is a renowned author and consultant in the packaging industry, known for her deep passion for knowledge discovery and commitment to delivering actionable insights. With extensive experience in implementing advanced research methodologies, Asmita generates high-quality data and meaningful results that drive innovation and efficiency in packaging solutions. Her expertise spans the globe, offering valuable consulting services to businesses aiming to enhance their packaging strategies. Asmitas work is characterized by a dedication to excellence and a keen understanding of the latest trends and technologies shaping the future of packaging.

FAQ's

The global plastic compounding market size is expected to hit US$ 139.65 million by 2033.

7.43% is the growth rate of the plastic compounding industry.

Ravago, Polyvisions, Inc., SO.F.TER, Solvey, LANXESS, TEIJIN LIMITED, Arkema, KURARAY CO., LTD., Eurostar Engineering Plastics, Washington Penn, Covestro AG, Asahi Kasei Corporation, S&E Specialty Polymers, RTP Company, DuPont de Nemours, Inc., LyondellBasell Industries Holdings B.V., KRATON CORPORATION, Dow, Inc., SABIC, BASF SE are the prominent players operating in the plastic compounding market.

Asia Pacific region leads the global plastic compounding market.