Polychlorotrifluoroethylene (PCTFE) Market

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> Polychlorotrifluoroethylene (PCTFE) Market Expected to reach a high CAGR of 5.7% By 2029:

Polychlorotrifluoroethylene (PCTFE) Market is Segmented By End-User (Pharmaceuticals, Electrical & Electronics, Aerospace, Others), By Application (Films, Wires & Tubes, Coatings, Others), and By Region (North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa) – Share, Size, Outlook, and Opportunity Analysis, 2022-2029

Polychlorotrifluoroethylene (PCTFE) Market Trends Growth Demand Report 2022

Polychlorotrifluoroethylene (PCTFE) Market reached USD million in 2021 and is expected to record significant growth by reaching up to USD million by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 5.7% during the forecast period (2022-2029). In addition to being non-flammable, PCTFE offers exceptional electrical properties, great optical clarity, chemical resistance and near-zero moisture absorption. Polychlorotrifluoroethylene PCTFE applications include chemical apparatus, industrial equipment, cryogenic applications, seals, gaskets, sight glasses (special process), laboratory equipment, medical equipment, cams, gears and bearings. Radiation resistance, flammability and chemical resistance are all excellent properties of PCTFE, along with its temperature range of -400°F to 380°F. PCTFE has one of the lowest coefficients of thermal expansion compared to any unfilled fluoropolymer and is resistant to cold flow. PCTFE has a chemical structure similar to PTFE, but one chlorine atom in the repetition group replaces a fluorine atom. When dimensional stability is required, these features make it a good choice.

As per DataM Intelligence, Polychlorotrifluoroethylene (PCTFE) Market study analysis offers an in-depth outlook on the market containing quantitative and qualitative data. It gives an outlook and forecast of the global market based on market segmentation. It also provides global Polychlorotrifluoroethylene (PCTFE) Market size, and growth, along with the latest trends, opportunities, and forecast till 2029 for the global market with esteem to major countries such as the United States, Canada, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, Russia, European countries, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Japan, China, India, South Korea, Australia, and rest of the countries over the globe.

Among all regions, the North American region is expected to hold the largest share of the global market over the forecast period. Polychlorotrifluoroethylene (PCTFE) Market in the United States and Canada produces the utmost share. Whereas the European Polychlorotrifluoroethylene (PCTFE) Market is projected to continue its presence globally during the period of 2022- 2029.

Polychlorotrifluoroethylene (PCTFE) Market Scope



Market CAGR


Segments Covered

By End-Use, By Application, and By Region

Report Insights Covered

Competitive Landscape Analysis, Company Profile Analysis, Market Size, Share, Growth, Demand, Recent Developments, Mergers and acquisitions, New Product Launches, Growth Strategies, Revenue Analysis, and Other key insights.

Fastest Growing Region

Asia Pacific

Largest Market Share 

North America

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Market Dynamics

The market is driven by the expanding demand for polychlorotrifluoroethylene (PCTFE) in industrial applications and the excellent properties of polychlorotrifluoroethylene (PCTFE). The rising availability of low costs may hamper growth.

The rapid growth in industrial applications

Two essential characteristics of PCTFE—chemical stability and water repulsion—are responsible for the wide range of applications that it is used in. In addition, PCTFE can be utilized as a moisture barrier, coating and prefabricated liner for chemical applications and to laminate other polymers. The expansion of PCTFE's global market is driven by its rising demand in industrial applications such as chemical processing, automotive & transportation, aerospace, electronics, industrial applications, building & construction and wire & cable industries.

The PCTFE market is anticipated to experience significant growth because of the expanding use of PCTFE in the aviation industry to manufacture valve seats, plugs, diaphragms and impellers. To provide moisture barrier coatings, which are widely used in pharmaceutical manufacturing.

Unique properties of PCTFE

No other thermoplastic can match the unique mechanical, chemical and electrical qualities offered by PCTFE. In contrast to PTFE, the chlorine atom in the polymer structure lowers the melting temperature, reduces crystallinity and provides greater intermolecular contact, which leads to higher tensile strength, higher creep resistance and lower water vapor and gas permeability.

Though not as good as PTFE's, it's chemical resistance and electrical qualities are superior to most other Thermo coatings. PCTFE is primarily employed as a moisture protection film or coating in pharmaceutical blister packaging due to its outstanding water vapor barrier qualities and superior chemical stability. Other applications include chemical-resistant tubes, valves, tank liners, O-rings, seals and gaskets.

Availability of low costs alternatives

Even though PCTFE is still a specialty polymer compared to more generic polymers like PP, PVC, PE and even Nylons, it is currently rather widespread in the technological world. PCTFE is now the default choice for most applications involving high temperatures, corrosive chemicals, high voltages or significant wear/friction.

Despite this, there are some instances where PCTFE is insufficient and a compromise is required due to the extremely high price range of PCTFE. For instance, PCTFE tends to fall short in applications requiring great dimensional stability across a wide temperature range. Because of its high linear thermal expansion coefficient, PCTFE cannot maintain its dimensions when temperatures change. When the temperature changes from 0 to 100 degrees Celsius, a PTFE can show linear dimensional changes of up to 3%. Similarly, in some applications where cost is considered, POM (Delrin) or PVC must be utilized instead of PCTFE.

COVID-19 Impact Analysis

Though the availability of raw materials and final product sales have been hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic's lockdowns and government controls, COVID-19 had a minor impact on the PCTFE market. The pandemic did affect the production of the respective products due to lockdowns and government controls that hampered manufacturing and purification processes associated with the respective polymer and resulted in an overall drop in end-user activities, lowered demand for pre-insulated pipes, causing demand-supply dynamics to shift. 

However, due to the importance of the polymer in areas like aircraft and healthcare, there was not much direct influence on demand or supply by manufacturing and sales shutdowns across countries. Further, other macroeconomic factors influencing the general environment, on the other hand, contributed significantly to the market's small contraction throughout the predicted period. Because medical device makers must develop more items faster due to COVID-19, the industry is experiencing significant expansion. Personal protection equipment requires the dielectric properties of fluoropolymers and their lubricity and biocompatibility. Since PCTFE is one of the best fluoropolymers currently available, the respective factor has helped the market grow in the later stages or waves of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Segment Analysis

By end-user, the polychlorotrifluoroethylene (PCTFE) market is segmented into pharmaceuticals, electrical & electronics, aerospace, machining and others.

The unique properties of PCTFE make it suitable for pharmaceuticals

Blister packs can be manufactured from a wide range of polymer-based substrates, including polyethylene terephthalate, polyvinyl chloride, cyclo-olefinic copolymers and polypropylene, dependent on budget and pack performance requirements. However, laminates produced with polychlorotrifluoroethylene (PCTFE) offer multiple benefits, including an enhanced moisture barrier, which helps secure a drug's chemical stability and efficacy during storage and transportation. It is the material of choice for numerous leading pharmaceutical companies.

Using these PCTFE allows for delivery of a small blister footprint, promoting significant gains in productivity and capacity versus aluminum-based cold form foil packaging while lowering transportation and storage costs. The combination of benefits results in a cost-effective alternative with short lead times, helping pharmaceutical manufacturers get their drugs to market quicker while reducing operational costs.

Geographical Analysis

The expanding imports & exports in North America

In 2021, North America had a significant revenue share of the market. The region is experiencing global imports and exports growth, particularly for pharmaceuticals and food products. Food and beverage, consumer electronics and automotive areas are projected to offer increasing opportunities for polychlorotrifluoroethylene (PCTFE) services in the region. Multilayer barrier bottles and vials are becoming more popular as a safer and lighter alternative to glass for pharmaceutical packaging in the region, outperforming other plastic containers with moisture barriers comparable to glass and better oxygen barriers.

Pharmaceutical packaging businesses have teamed up with suppliers to develop new medicines, packaging and delivery systems in response to rising demand. As a result, pharmaceutical packaging businesses intend to increase film production to satisfy the rising demand for clear, moisture-barrier material. For instance, in March 2022, Honeywell, a corporation based in U.S., introduced a new Aclar film grade that offers the best moisture barrier of any thermoformable film for pharmaceutical blister packaging. All Aclar films are polychlorotrifluoroethylene (PCTFE) fluoropolymers and are transparent.

Competitive Landscape 

The global polychlorotrifluoroethylene (PCTFE) market is highly consolidated with several international and local markets. Technology innovations, new projects, awards, acquisitions and R&D activities are key strategies players adopt in the polychlorotrifluoroethylene market. The companies on the price, product specifications, technologies and market presence. For instance, on February 6, 2019Honeywell Global Inc. unveiled Aclar Accel, a new generation of PCTFE barrier film for pharmaceutical packaging applications.

Major global polychlorotrifluoroethylene (PCTFE) market companies include Honeywell International Inc., Daikin Industries Ltd., Arkema, 3M, Solvay, Polyfluor Plastics B.V., Fluorocarbon Group, Welch Fluocarbon, Inc., AFT Flourtec Limited and Gapi S.p.A.


Overview: Arkema, a material and inventive solution designer, molds materials and finds new applications that improve customer performance. The company's product portfolio includes High-Performance Materials, Industrial Specialties and Coating Solutions. The company employs around 20,000 people globally and operates in 55 countries. The company has research and development hubs in North America, France and Asia-Pacific that focus on electronic solutions, lightweight materials and water management. The company generated a revenue of US$ 8,999 million in 2020. 

Product Portfolio: The company provides Polychlorotrifluoroethylene (PCTFE) under VOLTALEF 300 HD and VOLTALEF 302. VOLTALEF is Arkema’s brand name for PCTFE, which is manufactured in powder form. VOLTALEF 302 is PCTFE powder with a density of 700 microns

Key Development: In February 2021, Arkema released ENCOR 2793 acrylic emulsion for primers and paints on various substrates. The product is formaldehyde-free and free of alkylphenol ethoxylates.

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