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  • Published In : Mar 2024
  • Code : CMI6776
  • Pages :137
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  • Industry : Advanced Materials

Market Size and Trends

Global polycarbonate sheet market is estimated to be valued at USD 2.34 Bn in 2024 and is expected to reach USD 3.35 Bn by 2031, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.3% from 2024 to 2031.

Global Polycarbonate Sheet Market Key Factors

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The market is expected to witness positive growth over the forecast period. There is an increasing demand for polycarbonate sheets in construction and automotive industries. Polycarbonate offers better strength and thermal insulation as compared to other substitution materials. Its light weight property coupled with high impact resistance has increased its preference in automotive applications like instrument panels, headlamp lenses and light covers. Recent product innovation and development of green polycarbonate sheets using recycled content will further provide growth opportunities for players in this market.

Rising Demand from Construction Industry

Global polycarbonate sheet market is expected to witness significant growth in demand from the construction industry. Polycarbonate sheets find widespread applicability in the construction of roofing, walls, windows and other parts of a building structure owing to their lightweight yet durable nature. These can withstand heavily corrosive environments and are highly resistant to impact, thus, making them suitable for use in commercial buildings, factories and warehouses where safety and durability are of high importance. Polycarbonate sheets help architects and builders design innovative structures with appealing aesthetics due to their transparent and glossy finish. Multiple builders are incorporating polycarbonate cladding on the exteriors of malls, offices and other commercial buildings to provide them a distinctive look while also providing durability and protection against weathering. The material is able to diffuse light well and provides natural illumination indoors, thereby, reducing electricity costs for lighting. It can also be decorated with prints and textures to enhance design flexibility. These advantages are fueling the trends of stylish and energy-efficient architecture in the commercial real estate sector. Therefore, growing construction industry is expected to drive the market growth. For instance, according to the data by Invest India in 2022, the construction Industry in India is expected to reach US$1.4 Tn by 2025.

Market Concentration and Competitive Landscape

Global Polycarbonate Sheet Market  Concentration By Players

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Growth of Automotive Production

The automotive industry has emerged as a key end user of polycarbonate sheets in various interior and exterior automotive parts and components. Auto manufacturers are continuously seeking out lightweight yet robust materials to improve the fuel efficiency, performance and safety of vehicles. Polycarbonate sheets fit their criteria well as these can reduce the overall weight of a vehicle while maintaining structural integrity. The material is increasingly being used as glazing for front and rear windscreens, side windows and sunroofs of cars. Compared to glass, polycarbonate windscreens are safer as these are less prone to shattering into sharp pieces on breakage.  Apart from glazing, polycarbonate sheets and polymers find applications in manufacturing headlamp lenses, dashboard panels, instrument clusters, and exterior mirror

Global Polycarbonate Sheet Market Key Takeaways From Lead Analyst

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Market Challenges: Stricter environmental regulations

Global polycarbonate sheet market faces several challenges. Stricter environmental regulations around the world are hampering the growth prospects of this market as polycarbonate production causes emissions. Also, the ease of recyclability of polycarbonate sheets is still limited due to which their disposal is an issue. Most polycarbonate sheet manufactures have not upgraded their production facilities completely to comply with sustainability norms. Substitute materials like acrylic and glass threaten the market share of polycarbonate sheets.

 Market Opportunities: Rising Demand from the Construction and Automotive Industries

Rising demand from the construction and automotive industries for polycarbonate sheets is driving volumes. Investments in R&D to develop recyclable varieties and upgrade production technologies according to environmental standards can boost the market growth. Increased consumption in developing nations due to growing industrialization will support revenue generation.

Global Polycarbonate Sheet Market By Type

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Insights, By Type: Dominance of Solid Polycarbonate Sheets

In terms of type, solid segment is estimated to contribute 39.1% share of the market in 2024, owing to its widespread applicability and functionality. Solid polycarbonate sheets are a versatile material that can be easily formed, cut, and thermoformed as needed for a variety of end uses. Their clarity and light transmission properties make them well-suited for glazing and skylight applications in the building and construction sector. Solid sheets are also increasingly used as an alternative to glass in automotive and transportation applications due to polycarbonate's high impact resistance and shatterproof nature. This helps improve safety and durability.  Solid polycarbonate sheets can be formulated with UV protection for long-lasting outdoor performance. These are corrosion resistant and durable, retaining optical clarity over extended use. This longevity reduces long-term maintenance costs for products. Solid sheets are also lightweight yet rigid, allowing design of innovative structures that would otherwise not be possible. Their processing versatility enables precise cutting and forming into complex shapes using modern fabrication methods. Overall solid polycarbonate is a high-performance material that effectively meets the needs of many specialty applications, resulting in its market dominance compared to other sheet types.

Insights, by end-use Industry: Dominance of the Building and Construction Sector

Among end-use industry, building and construction segment is estimated to contribute the 41.2% share of the polycarbonate sheet market due to polycarbonate sheets' appealing properties that are well-aligned with applications in this sector. Their lightweight but rigid nature makes polycarbonate sheets useful for glazing, roofing, and wall cladding use cases. Installation is more convenient and safer compared to traditional glazing materials like glass. Polycarbonate is highly durable against weathering, retaining optical clarity for long-lasting performance even in harsh outdoor conditions.  Polycarbonate sheets also offer improved thermal insulation, helping to decrease energy costs for heating and cooling buildings. Their light transmission properties provide natural daylighting without compromising on strength or impact resistance. Multi-wall and corrugated polycarbonate sheets witness increasing preference for industrial and commercial roofing due to their strength and cost advantages. Overall, polycarbonate sheets enable architectural design flexibility while meeting stringent building codes, driving their persistent demand growth in the high-volume building and construction segment.

Regional Insights

Global Polycarbonate Sheet Market Regional Insights

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North America has established itself as the dominant region in the global polycarbonate sheet market with estimated 41.2% in 2024. With a strong industrial base and presence of major end-use industries such as electrical & electronics, automotive, aerospace, and construction, the market size in North America is the largest as compared to other regions. The region is an early technology adopter with high penetration of innovative polycarbonate sheet applications such as anti-fog face shields, blast resistant glazing, and medical equipment enclosures.  Stringent regulations regarding use of energy-efficient glazing and lightweight materials in transportation sector has boosted demand in North America. Moreover, presence of prominent polycarbonate sheet manufacturers such as Sabic, Covestro, and Plazit Polygal has ensured easy availability and competitive pricing to customers. These manufacturers focus on developing enhanced product portfolios with added features like scratch resistance, anti-graffiti, and fire-retardant properties.

Asia Pacific region has emerged as the fastest growing market for polycarbonate sheets. Rapid industrialization and infrastructure development activities are the key drivers of the market growth in the developing economies of China, India, Indonesia, and Vietnam. The construction industry seeks polycarbonate sheets for rooftop and facade applications due to advantages like light weight, thermal insulation and durability against harsh weather conditions.  Rising electronics and automotive manufacturing hub has augmented the consumption of engineering-grade polycarbonate sheets in the region. China dominates the imports market of polycarbonate resin being the largest global producer, while India is seen as an emerging market led by government schemes promoting FDI’s in manufacturing sector. Matured sheet manufacturing clusters and OEM supplier bases aid the region’s export potential.

Market Report Scope

Global Polycarbonate Sheet Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2023 Market Size in 2024: US$ 2.34 Bn
Historical Data for: 2019 to 2023 Forecast Period: 2024 to 2031
Forecast Period 2024 to 2031 CAGR: 5.3% 2031 Value Projection: US$ 3.35 Bn
Geographies covered:
  • North America: U.S. and Canada
  • Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America
  • Europe: Germany, U.K., Spain, France, Italy, Russia, and Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, ASEAN, and Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa: GCC Countries, Israel, and Rest of Middle East & Africa
Segments covered:
  • By Type: Solid, Multiwall, Corrugated, Others
  • By End-use Industry: Building & Construction, Packaging, Electrical & Electronics, Automotive & Transportation, Aerospace & Defense, Others 
Companies covered:

SABIC , Covestro AG , Trinseo S.A., Teijin Limited , Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company, Inc. (, Evonik Industries AG , Suzhou Omay, Optical Materials Co., Ltd., Excelite , Plazit-Polygal Group , Arla Plast AB, Anand Platics, Maxroof Corporation Private Limited, Palram Industries Ltd, Shivana Polymer LLP, E3Panels, Alfa Peb Ltd, Indolite , ArihanT Roofing, Lotus Roofing

Growth Drivers:
  • Rising Demand from Construction Industry
  • Growth of Automotive Production 
Restraints & Challenges:
  • Stricter environmental regulations
  • Availability of substitute products

Key Developments

  • In February 2024, VULCAN Plastics launched new polycarbonate sheet solutions
  • In April 2022, Exolon Group introduced InspriaMed, a new product made from Eastman TritanTM copolyester, in its Med line. This addition complements the existing sheet materials Exolon Med and Vivak Med, expanding the range of options for medical applications. Jens Becker, the CEO of Exolon Group, highlighted that this expansion allows the company to cater to a broader spectrum of applications within the medical field.
  • In January 2022, the Exolon Group introduced Exolon multi U.V. Hybrid X, a groundbreaking new type of multiwall sheet to the market. This innovative product offers enhanced strength, improved flexibility, and increased sustainability compared to previous versions. The launch of Exolon multi U.V. Hybrid X represents a significant advancement in the company's product line, demonstrating their commitment to delivering high-performance materials that meet the evolving needs of their customers.
  • In January 2022, the Exolon Group and the a Italy-based company named Società Europea Plastica (S.E.P.) initiated a collaboration focused on polycarbonate panels. This collaboration aims to provide the construction industry with additional solutions in the realm of polycarbonate sheets. By combining their expertise and resources, both companies are poised to introduce innovative products that cater to the specific needs of the construction sector. This collaboration signifies a strategic move to expand product offerings and enhance the range of solutions available in the market for polycarbonate sheets within the construction industry
  • *Definition: Polycarbonate sheet market caters to industries that require transparent, durable, and impact-resistant materials for applications such as signage, lighting fixtures, automotive components, and construction glazing. Polycarbonate sheets are lightweight thermoplastic materials that can withstand temperatures from -40°C to 130°C while maintaining clarity, toughness, and flexibility.

Market Segmentation

  •  Type Insights (Revenue, USD Bn, 2019 - 2031)
    • Solid
    • Multiwall
    • Corrugated
    • Others
  •  End-use Industry Insights (Revenue, USD Bn, 2019 - 2031)
    • Building & Construction
    • Packaging
    • Electrical & Electronics
    • Automotive & Transportation
    • Aerospace & Defense
    • Others
  • Regional Insights (Revenue, USD Bn, 2019 - 2031)
    • North America
      • U.S.
      • Canada
    • Latin America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Mexico
      • Rest of Latin America
    • Europe
      • Germany
      • U.K.
      • Spain
      • France
      • Italy
      • Russia
      • Rest of Europe
    • Asia Pacific
      • China
      • India
      • Japan
      • Australia
      • South Korea
      • ASEAN
      • Rest of Asia Pacific
    • Middle East & Africa
      • GCC Countries
      • Israel
      • Rest of Middle East & Africa
  • Key Players Insights
    • SABIC
    • Covestro AG
    • Trinseo S.A.
    • Teijin Limited
    • Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company, Inc.
    • Evonik Industries AG
    • Suzhou Omay
    • Optical Materials Co., Ltd.
    • Excelite
    • Plazit-Polygal Group
    • Arla Plast AB
    • Anand Platics
    • Maxroof Corporation Private Limited
    • Palram Industries Ltd
    • Shivana Polymer LLP
    • E3Panels
    • Alfa Peb Ltd
    • Indolite
    • ArihanT Roofing
    • Lotus Roofing

Frequently Asked Questions

The CAGR of global polycarbonate sheet market is projected to be 5.3% from 2024 to 2031.

Rising demand from construction industry and growth of automotive production are the major factor driving the growth of global polycarbonate sheet market.

Stricter environmental regulations and availability of substitute products are the major factor hampering the growth of global polycarbonate sheet market.

In terms of type, solid segment is estimated to dominate the market in 2024.

SABIC , Covestro AG , Trinseo S.A., Teijin Limited , Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company, Inc. (, Evonik Industries AG , Suzhou Omay, Optical Materials Co., Ltd., Excelite , Plazit-Polygal Group , Arla Plast AB, Anand Platics, Maxroof Corporation Private Limited, Palram Industries Ltd, Shivana Polymer LLP, E3Panels, Alfa Peb Ltd, Indolite , ArihanT Roofing, Lotus Roofing are the major players.

North America is expected to lead the global polycarbonate sheet market.

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