Linear Low-Density Polyethylene Market Size, Competitive Landscape and Market Forecast - 2029

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> Global Linear Low-Density Polyethylene Market Expected to reach a high CAGR By 2029: DataM Intelligence

Global Linear Low-Density Polyethylene Market is segmented By Product Processing Method (Blown film, Injection molding, Cast film, Rotomoulding, Extrusion Coating), By Application Type (Packaging Industry, Industrial Applications, Agriculture, Health Care and Medical, Consumer Care, Others), By Feedstock (Natural gas, LPG, Others), and By Region (North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa) – Share, Size, Outlook, and Opportunity Analysis, 2022-2029

 

Market Overview

The "Linear Low-Density Polyethylene Market" is projected to grow at a high CAGR during the forecast period 2022-2029.

LLDPE (linear low-density polyethylene) is a polymer (polyethylene) with many short branches usually generated by copolymerizing ethylene with longer-chain olefins. The absence of long-chain branching distinguishes linear low-density polyethylene from ordinary low-density polyethylene (LDPE).

The linearity of LLDPE is due to the differences in LLDPE and LDPE manufacturing processes. LLDPE is made by copolymerizing ethylene with higher alpha-olefins like butene, hexene, or octene at lower temperatures and pressures. The copolymerization technique produces an LLDPE polymer with a narrower molecular weight dispersion than ordinary LDPE and notably altered rheological properties when combined with the linear structure.

Compared to other derivatives, linear low-density polyethylene offers better mechanical qualities, such as superior tensile and impact resistance. The product's high tensile qualities make it an ideal raw material for making films. LLDPE-based films are utilized in various applications where elongation and flexibility are critical, including hazardous waste liners, geomembrane liners, canal linings and the miming industry.

Market Dynamics

High demand for LLDPE films in the food packaging industry, as these films are impact-resistant and enable immense tensile durability, drives the product's market share.

The high demand for LLDPE films in the food packaging industry, as these films are impact-resistant and enable immense tensile durability, drives the product's market share.

LLDPE films are widely utilized in the food packaging sector because they are impact-resistant and have high tensile strength. Because of changing lifestyles and rising living standards, the adoption and desire for packaged foods and beverages, frozen foods and ready-to-cook food products are rapidly increasing. The demand for packaged food products has increased demand for LLDPE packaging films, which is projected to propel the global linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) market forward.

In the packaging sector, linear low-density polyethylene is also one of the most often used packing films. The use of comonomers, which attach side groups to the main chain and function as branches to reduce crystallinity, results in a drop in density. LLDPE is similarly a hazy-looking, soft, flexible substance. LLDPE has stronger impact strength, tensile strength, puncture resistance and elongation than LDPE at the same density and thickness. LLDPE, like LDPE, has good water vapor barrier characteristics but is weak at blocking oxygen, carbon dioxide and a variety of odor and flavor chemicals. LLDPE can be the cheapest option peruse because it allows for significant downgrading.

In addition, Film comprises roughly 70% of all LDPE and LLDPE. Secondary and tertiary packaging, such as pallet stretch film, collation and pallet shrink film and primary packaging, such as sacks, retail carrier bags, produce bags and frozen food bags, are included. For these applications, filmmakers are now adopting blends of LDPE and LLDPE, with the latter providing chances for higher strength and decreased gauge. As a result, LLDPE usage is increasing at the expense of LDPE.

In addition, Plastic bags are mostly utilized in the horticulture industry (for compost, for example) and for chemicals, fertilizers, construction supplies and animal feed. LDPE is widely used and it is frequently combined with LLDPE for puncture resistance and MDPE and HDPE for increased stiffness to assist in filling line performance. In order to achieve the appropriate degrees of slip and heat-sealing properties, coextrusions are utilized.

For instance, at Chinaplas 2021 in Shenzhen, Borouge, a leading petrochemicals company, announced the launch of its latest high-performance Linear Low-Density Polyethylene (LLDPE) solution Anbiq, for flexible packaging applications. Borstar bimodal technology and an innovative smart catalyst system make Anbiq. Anbiq has exhibited excellent fit-for-purpose performance in a wide range of flexible packaging applications because of its unique mix of mechanical qualities, sealing performance, ease of processing and high clarity optics.

Stringent government regulations on LLDPE are a major hurdle for the product's market growth.

Concerns about plastic disposal are a major hurdle to the LLDPE market's expansion. Because of LLDPE's harmful effects on the environment, strict restrictions and directives have been enacted prohibiting plastics. Regulatory authorities, such as US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM), have published several directions regarding the use and manufacture of LLDPE.

For instance, on April 19th, 2021, The Bureau of Indian Requirements (BIS) issued new polyethylene (PE) obligatory standards for companies to follow. Indian standard IS 7328:2020, titled Specification of Polyethylene Material for Moulding and Extrusion, has been updated to include the new specifications.

Low-density polyethylene (LDPE), linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) will all be covered by the standard (HDPE). Producers of petrochemicals have until October 12’2020, to comply with the rules, which is 180 days after the standard was announced on April 15th, 2021. Only items or articles intended for export are exempt from the new standards.

COVID-19 Impact Analysis

COVID-19 had a negative effect on the linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) industry. The influence of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on growth rates in 2020. In the year 2021, however, the market was on the repair. Construction and packaging are two of the most common applications for low-density polyethylene.

The pandemic's contractual responsibilities, resource availability, deliverables, health and safety precautions and project delays or cancellations severely impacted the construction sector. The packaging sector has seen a boom due to hygiene and safety concerns, resulting in increased demand for the LDPE market in 2021. Low-density polyethylene has increased due to the renewal of many construction projects and the growth in the need for flexible packaging, healthcare items and e-commerce transportation.

Segment Analysis

The global linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) market can be segmented on type, process type, application, end-user and region.

Extrusion molding is a widely used method for shaping materials that are boosting the growth of extrusion molding market share in the global linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) market

The global LLDPE market is segmented on application into films, injection molding, rotomolding, extrusion molding and others. In 2020, the extrusion molding sector accounted for a considerable portion of the global linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) revenue.

Extrusion molding is a widely used method for shaping materials. The method entails extruding materials into tube-like forms. It's a great choice for ABS, PVC, elastomers and other materials. Fencing, weather stripping, gutters and PVC pipes can all benefit from these items. Low cost, continuous operation, good mixing (compounding), surface finish obtained, high production speed and volume, post-extrusion modifications and flexibility are all advantages.

Furthermore, the injection molding segment is expected to have a very high CAGR during the projection period. The injection molding segment's revenue increases due to increased demand for injection-molded LDPE packing containers and caps, crates, pallets, household goods and toys.

Geographical Analysis

The rising use of packaging films from the food & beverages industry in Asia-Pacific boosts the market growth for linear low-density polyethylene.

Due to significant growth in the retail and packaging industries, Asia-Pacific was the largest linear low-density polyethylene market in terms of volume in 2010. Furthermore, due to the rise of the packaging sector, Asia-Pacific is expected to be the fastest-growing market over the projection period. In addition, Due to the shifting of manufacturing units to China, South Korea, Brazil, Singapore and India, mature markets such as Europe and North America are projected to have slow development.

Furthermore, the global packaging industry is rapidly growing and expanding and the Indian packaging industry is no exception. The development is fueled by factors such as expanding pharmaceutical, food processing, manufacturing, FMCG, healthcare and ancillary industries in emerging nations such as China, India and other Asian countries.

Food and beverage, electrical and electronics, packaging and construction industries in Asia-Pacific are driving market expansion. According to the Packaging Business Association of India, packaging is the 5th largest sector of India's economy. The industry has been growing steadily for several years and has a lot of room for expansion, especially in the export market.

Food processing and packaging costs in India might be up to 40% lower than in Europe, making it an attractive investment destination when combined with India's skilled labor pool. Processed foods, hard and soft beverages and fruit and marine goods are just a few user sectors with significant growth potential.

Because of these factors, Asia-Pacific’s low-density polyethylene market is likely to be in high demand during the forecast period.

Competitive Landscape

The global linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) market is highly competitive with local and global companies. Some prime companies contributing to the market's growth are Sinopec, LyondellBasell, Exxon Mobil, SABIC, Dow, Borealis, Formosa Plastics, INEOS, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, Westlake Chemical and others.

The major companies are adopting several growth strategies such as acquisitions, product launches and collaborations, contributing to the global growth of the linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) market.

  • In October 2020, SABIC, a global chemical sector leader, collaborates with Schwarz Group, Europe's largest retail store operator, on a pilot initiative to employ transparent film bags manufactured from certified circular polyethylene (PE) in vegetable packing. The project will utilize various PE technologies from SABIC's TRUCIRCLETM portfolio, based on recycled mixed and used plastic feedstock materials. Low-density and linear low-density polyethylene (LDPE/LLDPE), SUPEERTM metallocene polyethylene (mPE) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) resins are among SABIC's TRUCIRCLE certified circular polymers used in the pilot project.

Exxon Mobil Corporation

Overview: Exxon Mobil Corporation supplies its products through three (3) product categories: upstream, downstream and chemical. The company operates in 21 countries globally in four major regions, North America, Europe, South America and Asia–Pacific. The company has made six (6) major deepwater discoveries with eight (8) agreements to research lower-emission technologies. The company has thirteen chemical growth projects with three new facilities operating above design rates.

Product Portfolio:

  • ExxonMobil LLDPE LL 8446.21: The LL 8446 copolymer is a linear low-density butene copolymer with outstanding processability, whiteness and grinding speed. The UV-stabilized resin is appropriate for precise dimensional control and little warpage applications.

Key Development

  • On July 23rd, 2019, ExxonMobil started production at a new 650,000 t/yr polyethylene (PE) unit in Beaumont, Texas. The new facility will produce linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) grades and increase site capacity by 65% to 1.7 million tons per year. Flaring began in late June as part of the company's start-up efforts and it will continue in the following weeks as it strives to attain commercial functioning levels.

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