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  • Published In : Jun 2024
  • Code : CMI5283
  • Pages :140
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  • Industry : Advanced Materials

Market Size and Trends

The Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) films market is estimated to be valued at USD 3.67 Bn in 2024 and is expected to reach USD 5.93 Bn by 2031, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.1% from 2024 to 2031.

Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) Films Market Key Factors

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The demand for TPU films is expected to grow steadily during the forecast period. TPU films find widespread application in multiple industries including automotive, building & construction, wearables, and medical owing to their properties such as elasticity, transparency, and durability. Furthermore, the rising demand for lightweight and flexible packaging from various end-use industries is expected to drive the market growth during the forecast period. The adoption of TPU films is increasing due to regulations supporting the use of sustainable and recyclable materials. However, volatile raw material prices may hamper the market growth. Key players are focusing on new product launches, expansion strategies, and collaborations to strengthen their market position and meet the growing demand in the future.

Increasing Demand from Automotive Industry

The automotive industry has been a major driving force boosting the thermoplastic polyurethane films market. TPU films are increasingly being used in various automotive applications such as instrument panels, automotive interior components, airbags, and others. Their exceptional properties like high flexibility, elasticity, abrasion, and tear resistance along with being lightweight make them a suitable material for automotive interiors. As vehicles become more technologically advanced with features like touchscreen infotainment consoles, TPU films play a vital role in protecting and encapsulating delicate electronic components. With growing vehicle production worldwide, particularly electric vehicles, the consumption of TPU films is expected to rise substantially. Moreover, continuous efforts by automakers towards improving occupant safety, comfort, and luxury in vehicles will augment the use of TPU films in floor mats, armrests, seating, door panels, and other interior applications.

Market Concentration and Competitive Landscape

Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) Films Market Concentration By Players

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Rising Prominence in Footwear Industry

The footwear industry has emerged as another major end-use sector contributing to the rising demand for TPU films. Their high strength, flexibility, and durability make TPU films ideal for use in shoes, athletic footwear, sandals, and other footwear products. They are being increasingly used as lightweight substitutes to PVC and other conventional materials. TPU films offer excellent solvent and chemical resistance allowing easy cleaning and long product life. Their breathable nature provides comfort and enhances the performance of shoes. Furthermore, TPU films allow intricate cutting and forming of detailed patterns for aesthetical enhancement of footwear products. With growing health and fitness consciousness, demand for athletic and sport shoes is surging which bodes well for the TPU films market. Evolving footwear designs and rising fashion consciousness particularly in developing economies will further spur the use of TPU films in this industry.

Key Takeaways of Analyst:

The TPU films market is expected to witness steady growth in the coming years. The market is driven by the growing demand for TPU films from various end-use industries like automotive, building & construction, and wearables. TPU films offer advantages like flexibility, abrasion resistance, and high tensile strength which makes them a suitable replacement for PVC and rubber in many applications. The automotive industry accounts for the largest share as OEMs are widely using TPU films in interior and exterior automotive parts.

Volatility in raw material prices remains a key challenge. Fluctuations in the prices of crude oil can impact the prices of precursors used in TPU films. Also, stringent environmental regulations around the world push brand owners towards biodegradable and recyclable films which act as a restraint for general TPU films.

The Asia Pacific region, led by China, is expected to witness the highest growth on account of rapid urbanization, rising disposable incomes and growth in end-use industries. North America and Europe are relatively mature markets but ongoing product innovation and identification of new use cases will help drive further demand. Some new opportunities lie in developing medical films with antimicrobial properties and films for flexible electronics applications.

Market Challenges: Volatility in raw material prices

Volatility in raw material prices has significantly restrained the growth of the global thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) films market in recent times. As TPU films are synthesized by reacting a liquid diisocyanate with a polyol, it makes them highly dependent on the prices of crude oil and its derivatives that are used for producing these raw materials. Over the past couple of years, prices of crude oil have witnessed wild fluctuations owing to several geopolitical and economic uncertainties across the world.

Market Opportunities: Developing economies offering new growth prospects

Developing economies across Asia, South America, Middle East and Africa are expected to offer new growth prospects for the global thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) films market in the coming years. With rising disposable incomes and growing consumerism, demand for consumer goods and automobiles is increasing rapidly in developing nations. TPU films are increasingly being used in applications like consumer goods packaging, protective automotive films and coatings.

Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) Films Market By Product Type

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Insights by Product Type: Dominance of Polyether Type

In terms of type, polyether is expected to contribute 67.6% share of the Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) films market in 2024 owning to its excellent properties. Polyether TPUs are known for their elasticity, abrasion resistance, and tear strength. They can withstand high and low temperatures without losing their elasticity. The polyether segment is dominating due to the widespread use of these films in applications that require flexibility even at sub-zero temperatures, durable yet lightweight materials, and resistance to oils and solvents. Polyether TPU films are effectively used in automotive interiors like airbag doors, instrument panels, etc. where damage resistance and surface elasticity over a wide temperature range is critical. Their elasticity and abrasion resistance make them suitable for protective films in flexible displays and touchscreens that require repeated flexing and bending. Polyether TPUs create a conformable seal and facilitate stress-free movement in medical devices. They are also gaining prominence as insulation films for wires and cables to provide durability under extreme weather conditions. Rising demand from such divergent industries is fueling the growth of the polyether type in the TPU films market.

Insights by Application: Automotive Sector Leads Application Demand

In terms of application, the automotive sector is expected to contribute 37.8% share of the Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) films market in 2024 owing to extensive utilization of TPUs in both exterior and interior automotive parts. TPU films cater to the lightweighting and stylizing needs of the automotive industry while fulfilling functionality requirements such as abrasion resistance, flexural strength, and weatherability. Within vehicles, polyurethane films are widely used as protective and decorative trims, airbag doors, console parts, door panels, air ducts, and floor mats. Their flexible yet durable nature makes them suitable for automotive exterior components like bumpers where elasticity and damage tolerance is paramount. Growing demand for customized and stylish interior designs is propelling the use of TPU films for in-mould labelling, instrument panels, and other trim components. Similarly, the need to reduce vehicle weight for enhanced fuel efficiency is driving OEMs to incorporate versatile yet lightweight polyurethane parts. Stringent environmental regulations regarding emission norms are also steering the automotive industry towards innovative materials like TPU films. Thus, the unique blend of properties offered by TPUs is supporting their increasing role in modern vehicle manufacturing. This is expected to further augment the demand from the high-growth automotive application segment.

Regional Insights

Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) Films Market Regional Insights

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North America has been the dominant region in the TPU films market, accounting for over 33.3% of global demand in 2024. Several factors have contributed to North America's leading position. These factors include a large automotive industry which is the biggest end-user of TPU films, reliance on lighter weight materials to improve vehicle fuel efficiency, and automakers pushing for more content per vehicle. Additionally, the presence of major TPU films producers like BASF SE and Lubrizol with production facilities in the U.S. and Canada ensures strong supply availability and competitive pricing for converters and OEMs. However, the threat of China's exports gaining market share remains a challenge for North American TPU films manufacturers.

The Asia Pacific region has emerged as the fastest growing market for TPU films in recent years. Countries like China, India, Japan, and South Korea have seen expanding applications in key end-use sectors like footwear, consumer goods, and medical devices. This strong growth potential can be attributed to rising disposable incomes fueling the consumption demand as well as a shift of manufacturing bases to Asia Pacific from developed markets. In China specifically, TPU film producers have flourished to meet the needs of burgeoning domestic industries while also becoming major exporters globally. Chinese TPU films companies are able to aggressively price exports by leveraging economies of scale from large capacity additions over the past decade. Their strong foothold in automotive and electronics applications across Asia Pacific and Europe positions China as an extremely competitive force in the TPU films landscape.

Market Report Scope

Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) Films Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2023 Market Size in 2024: US$ 3.67 Bn
Historical Data for: 2019 To 2023 Forecast Period: 2024 To 2031
Forecast Period 2024 to 2031 CAGR: 7.1% 2031 Value Projection: US$ 5.93 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 Product Type: Polyether, Polyester, and Polycaprolactone
  • By Application: Automotive, Railway, Leisure, Energy, Building & Construction, Furniture, Aerospace, and Others 
Companies covered:

PAR Group, BASF SE, The Lubrizol Corporation, American Polyfilm Inc., 3M, Avery Dennison, MH&W International Corporation, Plastic Film Corporation, Perfectex Plus LLC., Permali Gloucester Limited, Bayer Material Science, Huntsman Corporation, American Polyfilm Inc., Covestro AG, Ding Zing Advanced Materials Inc., Gerlinger Industries GmbH, Okura Industrial Co. Ltd, Schweitzer-Mauduit International Inc., and Wiman Corporation

Growth Drivers:
  • Increasing Demand from Automotive Industry
  • Rising Prominence in Footwear Industry
Restraints & Challenges:
  • Volatility in Raw Material Prices
  • Stringent Environmental Regulations

Key Developments

  • In 2023, Covestro inaugurates new production line and launches new Desmopan®UP TPU series for Paint Protection Film in the automotive and wind sector
  • In 2023, Covestro Launches TPU Paint Protection Film, Brings New Capacity Online
  • In August 30, 2022, RODIM, a paint products brand from BASF, launched a new invisible thermoplastic polyurethane Paint Protection Film (PPF) in Asia Pacific. It provides long-lasting, multi-faceted protection for automotive coatings. Vehicle owners can expect additional protection with RODIM TPU PPF.
  • In February 2020, Huntsman Corporation acquires Icynene-Lapolla, a leading North American spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation manufacturer and combines it with Demilec to create a leading supplier of SPF products used to insulate commercial and residential structures. The combined business is renamed as Huntsman Building Solutions.

*Definition: Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) films market involves the manufacturing and selling of TPU films. TPU films are made from thermoplastic polyurethane which is a durable, flexible and elastic plastic material. It provides excellent abrasion and tear resistance. TPU films find wide applications in various industries such as automotive, building and construction, medical, and aerospace due to their unique properties.

Market Segmentation

  • Product Type Insights (Revenue, USD Bn, 2019 - 2031)
    • Polyether
    • Polyester
    • Polycaprolactone
  •  Application Insights (Revenue, USD Bn, 2019 - 2031)
    • Automotive
    • Railway
    • Leisure
    • Energy
    • Building & Construction
    • Furniture
    • Aerospace
    • 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
    • PAR Group
    • BASF SE
    • The Lubrizol Corporation
    • American Polyfilm Inc.
    • 3M
    • Avery Dennison
    • MH&W International Corporation
    • Plastic Film Corporation
    • Perfectex Plus LLC.
    • Permali Gloucester Limited
    • Bayer Material Science
    • Huntsman Corporation
    • American Polyfilm Inc.
    • Covestro AG
    • Ding Zing Advanced Materials Inc.
    • Gerlinger Industries GmbH
    • Okura Industrial Co. Ltd
    • Schweitzer-Mauduit International Inc.
    • Wiman Corporation

Frequently Asked Questions

The CAGR of the global Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) films market is projected to be 7.1% from 2024 to 2031.

Increasing demand from automotive industry and rising prominence in footwear industry are the major factors driving the growth of the global thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) films market.

Volatility in raw material prices and stringent environmental regulations are the major factors hampering the growth of the global Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) films market.

In terms of product type, polyether is estimated to dominate the market revenue share in 2024.

PAR Group, BASF SE, The Lubrizol Corporation, American Polyfilm Inc., 3M, Avery Dennison, MH&W International Corporation, Plastic Film Corporation, Perfectex Plus LLC., Permali Gloucester Limited, Bayer Material Science, Huntsman Corporation, American Polyfilm Inc., Covestro AG, Ding Zing Advanced Materials Inc., Gerlinger Industries GmbH, Okura Industrial Co. Ltd, Schweitzer-Mauduit International Inc., and Wiman Corporation are the major players.

North America is expected to lead the global Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) films market.

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