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Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

  • July 2021
  • 199 pages
  • ID: 6106025
  • Format: PDF
  • Mordor Intelligence LLP

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The Global Thermoplastic Polyurethane Market was estimated at USD 2,326.46 million in 2020 and the market is projected to register a CAGR of more than 6.5% during the forecast period (2021-2026).

The market witnessed a slight decline in early 2020, owing to the COVID-19 outbreak, which led to lockdown and delay in the construction of projects and restricted the activities. However, after lifting the lockdown, the industries are expected to witness a sharp increase by the mid-forecast period, which may, in turn, drive the demand for thermoplastic polyurethane in the future. In the automobile industry, various automobile and component manufacturing plants temporarily shut their production and office operations across the world, which led to a sharp drop in automotive sales. Companies, such as Nissan, Volkswagen, Ford, Renault, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota, Hyundai, Maruti Suzuki, and Mahindra & Mahindra, suspended the manufacturing and assembly lines to curb the spread of COVID-19. Furthermore, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many countries are planning to set up their domestic manufacturing industries for key manufacturing activities, in order to decrease their reliance on imports. This, in turn, is driving the demand for thermoplastic polyurethane from the medical industry.

- Over the short term, the major factors driving the growth of the thermoplastic polyurethane market are increasing applications in the medical industry and environment-friendly and recyclable.
- On the flip side, declining automotive production in the global market and the negative impact of COVID-19 on the overall market are expected to hinder the growth of the market studied.
- Shifting focus toward the development of bio-based products and increasing R&D activities are likely to create opportunities for the market in the coming years.
- Asia-Pacific region is expected to dominate the market and is also likely to witness highest CAGR during the forecast period.

Key Market Trends
Increasing Demand from Extruded Products

- Thermoplastic polyurethane exhibits properties like oil and grease resistance, abrasion resistance, and has strong mechanical properties, which make it valuable for many industrial applications. TPU, like other thermoplastic elastomers, is melt-processable and highly elastic. It is transparent and easily colored. Therefore, it is widely used for extruded products application.
- Furthermore, TPU can be compounded with many materials using the extrusion process in order to enhance its properties, such as increased strength, fuel and oil resistance, and abrasion resistance. Compounded TPU finds a wide range of applications in areas where superior structural integrity is required, such as for hoses and tubes (pressure hose, fire hose, pneumatic tubing, and air tubing), belts (conveyor belts, air matting, and drive belts), electrical wires (vehicle wiring, computer wiring, and wire and power cable sheathing), medical disposables, and OA equipment connectors.
- These extruded TPU products find applications in several industries like electrical and electronics, oil and gas, medical, automotive, etc.
- The shrinkage in global automotive production and global oil production during 2018-19 has impacted the demand for extruded TPU products. The declining automotive industry along with the temporary shutdown of automotive manufacturing units and various industrial activities due to the ongoing pandemic scenario has declined the consumption of thermoplastic polyurethane. According to OICA, automobile production has declined by around 15.8% in 2020 compared to the same period in 2019 reaching a total of 77.62 million unit produced, thus creating a negative impact on the demand of the thermoplastic polyurethane market.
- The global TPU market is affected by the China’s automobile industry as China is the world’s largest automotive producer. As of 2019, China had produced 25.72 million vehicles and reached 25.26 million vehicles in 2020, registering a decline rate of about 2% due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which in turn negatively impacted the demand for the regional thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) market.
- However, the consistent growth of the medical and electronics industry has been driving the demand for extruded TPU products.
- Additionally, rising innovations in the extrusion process are also expected to drive the growth of this segment in the market studied. For example, in 2020, Novatec developed a new extrusion technology, which includes a new downstream system for inline cutting and curing of TPU medical tubes. This technology helps in significantly reducing the post-extrusion shrinkage that occurs in TPU tubes.
- The aforementioned factors are likely to affect the demand for TPU in extruded products application, with the potential to recover through the years to come.

Asia-Pacific Region to Dominate the Market

- Asia-Pacific region accounted for the largest share of the regional market for thermoplastic polyurethane. Owing to the increasing automotive demand and the increasing demand for textile and footwear, TPU-based adhesives and sealants are expected to witness a healthy growth rate in the region.
- The Chinese footwear industry is the largest in the world, with a robust network of domestic sales and exports to major countries. As leather footwear accounts for the largest share of the footwear industry in China, the demand for TPU adhesives is estimated to be the strongest in China, compared to other parts of the world.
- The construction sector in India is growing at a higher rate with urbanization projects and new construction activities, such as bridges, dams, roads, railways (metro rails), urban infrastructures, buildings, etc. Around 100% FDI in the construction sector has also helped the industry to grow, which is expected to grow further at higher rate, with increasing population, during the forecast period.
- Currently, China has numerous airport construction projects, which are either in development or planning stage. These include Beijing Capital International Airport, Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, etc. Additionally, the government rolled out massive construction plans for the movement of 250 million people to its new megacities, over the next 10 years.
- Additionaly, Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) is significantly used in the automotive industry. Several parts of automobiles like bumpers, interior ceiling sections, doors, and windows use a significant amount of TPU. The USD 118 billion automobile industry in India is expected to reach USD 300 billion by 2026. According to OICA, India vehicle production was 4.52 million vehicles in 2019, which reduced to 3.39 million units in 2020 wich a decline of around 25%. However, India is expected to emerge as the world’s third-largest passenger vehicle market by 2021.
- In India, the government’s investment target of USD 120.5 billion for developing 27 industrial clusters is expected to boost commercial construction in the country.
- The Indonesian government planned to invest about USD 450 billion in the construction sector, by 2021, which is expected to drive residential construction in the country.
- All these factors are expected to increase the market for thermoplastic polyurethane in the region during the forecast period.

Competitive Landscape
The global thermoplastic polyurethane market is consolidated in nature, with the top five players accounting for major shares of the market studied. Some of the major players in the market include BASF SE, Covestro AG, The Lubrizol Corporation, Huntsman International LLC, and Wanhua Chemical Group Co. Ltd, among others.

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