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Heat Shrink Tubing Market – Growing Focus on Expanding Catheter Capabilities

The wide-ranging applications of heat shrink tubes in versatile industrial landscapes, such as aerospace, electrical & electronics, and construction, have been bolstering their demand since the past five years. After surpassing the US$ 1.5 billion mark in 2018, the heat shrink tubing market has entered a new era of technological innovations in catheters with multiple capabilities. In addition, the adoption of advanced technologies such as peelable heat shrink tubing (PHST), to improve catheter performance in heat shrink tubes, is opening up new horizons of innovation in this market.

One of the most popular and recent examples includes the Junkosha’s 2.5:1 PHST solution, which has been touted to have the best shrink ratio. Pioneered by Japanese Conglomerate – Junkosha – with its subsidiaries in the U.S., China, and the U.K., this unique trend will allow manufacturers and key market players the ability to lower their costs in the medical industry, thus boosting the growth of heat shrink tubing market within this sector.

Additionally, catheter manufacturers can avail of baseline materials that are more cost-effective, thus enhancing their revenue margins. This paves the way for a plethora of re-investment opportunities in the coming years, especially at a time when capital cost is a critical metric for various industrial areas. Furthermore, investments in such innovations could additionally boost revenues, boosting the heat shrink tubing market to reach ~US$ 2.7 billion by 2027.

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Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) to Remain the Most Sought-after Material for Heat Shrink Tubes

Though the demand for Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) and Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene (FEP) is growing rapidly in the heat shrink tubing market, Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) is likely to continue to remain the sought-after choice for manufacturing, owing to its superior mechanical properties, including high temperature resistance capacity, and high resistance to UV light, chemicals, and solvents.

In 2018, PET accounted for ~one-third revenue share of the heat shrink tubing market, and its growing adoption in the electrical & electronics industry, due to its high dielectric strength, will continue to foster its sales in the heat shrink tubing market. The ever-expanding range of the applications of PET heat shrink tubes is expected to support the growth of the market, creating new sales opportunities for manufacturers.

In the coming years, the utilization of heat shrink tubes in electrical and IT & telecom industries will reach new heights. Massive innovations are being spearheaded in this sector towards the security of telecommunication and data centers. Cable assemblies can be dressed with heat shrink tubing, giving IT and telecom engineers options for the routing and management of complex cable systems. A rise in the demand for sealing and insulation for the protection of wires in telecommunication connectors will continue to drive the industry.

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Asia Pacific: The Top Revenue Pocket for Heat Shrink Tubing Manufacturers

In 2018, Asia Pacific held nearly half the revenue share of the heat shrink tubing market, with most emerging manufacturers and key industry leaders in the region heavily banking on the need for protecting outdated and aging electrical infrastructure with heat shrink tubes. The need for heat shrink tubing kits in this region is not only directed towards enhanced protection and insulation, but also reflects in the demand for relief against strains and environmental sealing. The heightened demand for heat shrink tubing will further be compounded in Asia Pacific, as the consumption of electricity in this region is high due to its developing economy.

Technological developments are propelling the introduction of insulation materials for the protection of superior cable wires in high voltage electrical infrastructure, thus creating growth opportunities for the heat shrink tubing market. Asia Pacific is seeing innovations in thick wall, flame retardant, low voltage, and halogen-free heat shrink tubing solutions, which will continue to drive the heat shrink tubing industry.

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Substitutes and Strict Regulatory Framework Restraining the Industry

Developed economies such as North America continue to receive a barrage of regulatory enforcement directives in the heat shrink tubing market. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has formulated stringent instructions regarding the proper usage of heat shrink tubes used in nuclear power reactor facilities. The improper installation of heat shrink tubes over electric splices and terminations could pose a nuclear radiation risk. The strict enforcement of such guidelines could deter key market players from making massive investments in heat shrink tubing, especially in the nuclear power industry.

The cold shrink tubing market competes with the heat shrink tubing market, and this could restrain its growth. Cold shrink tubing has greater UV resistance, making it a more appealing substitute in some industrial sectors. In cold shrink tubing, no hot work or direct flame is required to install components. Hot work permits and stringent regulations are not required, and the reliability of cold shrink tubing is guaranteed due to less complicated techniques. This leads to massive time and cost savings, making it a more preferred substitute for key manufacturers, thus restraining the growth of the heat shrink tubing market.

Competitive Landscape Scenario

TE Connectivity Ltd, a Swiss conglomerate, is one of the leading players in the landscape of heat shrink tubing. With an impressive revenue of US$ 134 billion in 2018, strategies behind its stupendous growth mainly revolved around massive funding for research & development activities, and garnering intellectual property rights and patents in the manufacture of electrical and electronic products using heat shrink tubing. Having proprietary rights and being able to track infringements have given it an edge over its competitors, paving the way for its undisputed growth in the heat shrink tubing market.

Pexco LLC is another prominent market player - a specialty plastics extruder using the heat shrink tubing technology. As a part of its strategic growth plan, it recently acquired American Extruded Plastics (AEP) and American Injection Molding (AIM). Pexco acquired AEP as it had expanded into injection molding. The usage of heat shrink tubing in molded plastics has not only added to its core competencies but has also broadened Pexco’s global standing and value proposition by allowing it to provide customized solutions to its clients. These new acquisitions will also flourish under Pexco, which bodes well for its expansion in the market of heat shrink tubing.

In the same breath, Shawcor Ltd, a Canadian giant, is following the same merger and acquisition strategy with companies, which complements it and adds to its revenue base. Furthermore, it is also making large-scale investments to increase profitability. Thus, it can be seen that, key industrial leaders are using acquisitions, mergers, and strategic collaborations to access knowledge, expertise, and capital, which is propelling their growth in the heat shrink tubing industry.

Analysts’ Perspective

A comprehensive view of the heat shrink tubing market has led our analysts to conclude that, the market is growing at a moderately-fast rate, with Asia Pacific being the leading market for heat shrink tubing uses and applications. The rising usage of heat shrink tubing in diverse fields such as healthcare, electrical, transport, and construction, and their usage in the aerospace & defence industries, is spurring its demand. The impact of the heat shrink tubing market will remain high in developing economies in the Asia Pacific region, where electricity consumption is high and large-scale infrastructural projects are being undertaken to revamp outdated electrical supply facilities. The demand for heat shrink tubing is also seen in applications that require a high degree of environmental protection from corrosive elements, abrasion, and extreme temperatures. 

Technological breakthroughs such as the automation of heat shrink tubing manufacturing processes could provide timely succour as a cost-effective and time-saving strategy, thereby increasing the profit margins of market players. Companies with investment capabilities, and merger and acquisition strategies, will gather momentum and profitability in the heat shrink tubing market. Leading players who are leveraging technology will continue to grow exponentially and have a vast market revenue share. However, tight regulations, stringent usage policies, and the attractiveness of substitutes such as cold shrink tubing could restrain the growth of the market.

Heat Shrink Tubing Market in Brief

  • The heat shrink tubing market is expected to register a CAGR of ~ 6% between 2019 and 2027. The market is projected to be driven by increasing investments in infrastructure and growing demand for energy. Moreover, the increasing need for the repair & maintenance of existing networks is also driving the heat shrink tubing market.
  • The global heat shrink tubing market is expected to reach ~ US$ 2.7 Bn by 2027 from ~ US$ 1.7 Bn in 2019. Developments in infrastructure facilities and increasing demand for environment-friendly products are boosting the heat shrink tubing market.
  • The heat shrink tubing market in Asia Pacific is anticipated to expand at a rapid pace during the forecast period, followed by South America.
  • Asia Pacific remains a dominant region in the global heat shrink tubing market, with an estimated revenue opportunity of ~ US$ 555 Mn from 2019 to 2027. Growth in the demand for wire connectors and cables in different sectors such as electrical, construction, and IT & telecom across the globe is expected to exponentially drive the heat shrink tubing market.
  • Asia Pacific is projected to see high growth in the global heat shrink tubing market during the forecast period. This is due to an increase in demand in the IT industry for frequent addition/removal/movement of networks and datacables. Moreover, rapid digitization in all fields across the region is boosting the heat shrink tubing market. 

Heat Shrink Tubing Market: Definition

  • The heat shrink tubing market report provides analysis of the global heat shrink tubing market for the period of 2017–2027, wherein, 2018 is the base year, and 2019 to 2027 is the forecast period. Data for 2017 has been included as historical information.
  • In this report, we analyze the growth drivers that are increasing the value of the heat shrink tubing market, and how organizations can produce advanced heat shrinkage tube products. Moreover, companies are ready to invest in the heat shrinking tube market due to increasing infrastructure facilities and electrical services.
  • Companies are renewing and updating existing network facilities, providing numerous benefits such as reduced cost, increasing operational efficiency, and increased life expectancy of products. This is likely to boost the demand for heat shrink tubes to repair or renovate cable networks across infrastructures. 

Asia Pacific Heat Shrink Tubing Market – Snapshot

  • Asia Pacific is a growing region where the increasing demand for electrical products and services is a factor driving the heat shrink tubing market. Moreover, increase in the number of IT & telecom enterprises and construction facilities is driving the heat shrink tubing market.
  • Additionally, enterprises are focusing on technology-driven services, which will help them reduce cost and improve the safety and quality of the product. This also reduces equipment downtime and the maintenance cost.
  • Therefore, Asia Pacific is expected to see the highest opportunity addition in the heat shrink tubing market, globally, with South America and Europe being the next closest regions. 

Key Challenges Faced by Heat Shrink Tubing Market Players

  • The presence of numerous small local players is a significant threat to global manufacturers of heat shrink tubing products. Entry into this market is easy due to high fragmentation, but getting business is tough. Additionally, capital requirement is also high, which makes it difficult for local players to survive in the market. This is restraining the growth of the heat shrink tubing market.
  • Substitute products are being introduced in the market, and increasing awareness about the need to reduce the usage of plastic in daily life is likely to hinder the growth of the heat shrink tubing market.

Heat Shrink Tubing Market - Company Profiles 

  • TE Connectivity Ltd: Founded in 2000, TE Connectivity Ltd manufactures and sells connectivity and sensor solutions around the world. The company operates its business in three segments: industrial solutions, communications solutions, and transportation solutions. The industrial solutions segment offers various products such as heat shrink tubing, relays, and wires & cables for different industries
  • Panduit Corp: Founded in 1955, Panduit Corp is a manufacturer of electronic, electrical, and network infrastructure equipment, and distributes its products and solutions around the world. The company offers its solutions to the telecommunication, transportation, power, and healthcare sectors. The company has more than 2000 patents, 200 R&D centers, and 18 laboratories, which assist clients in deploying advanced technologies.
  • 3M Company: Founded in 1902, 3M Company is a diversified technology provider that develops, manufactures, and sells various products, worldwide. The company operates its business in five segments: safety & graphics, industrial, electronics & energy, consumer, and healthcare. Moreover, it provides services to the mining, oil & gas, electronics, automotive, transportation, manufacturing, and healthcare industries.
  • Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd: Founded in 1897, Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. has been manufacturing and selling electrical wires and cables around the world for many years. It has approximately 390 group companies in 40 countries in Asia, the U.S, and Europe. In the electrical component segment, the company provides steel wires for springs, wiring materials, steel cords for tires, heat shrink tubing, and heat-resistant tubing/tapes. Moreover, it offers superconducting products such as batteries, photovoltaic, water treatment membrane modules, and thermal control devices.
  • Aptiv PLC: Founded in 1994, Aptiv PLC and its subsidiaries manufacture and design vehicle components. Additionally, it provides electrical, electronic, and safety technology solutions to the commercial and automotive industries, globally. The company has over 126 manufacturing facilities, 15 major technical centers, and is spread over 44 countries around the world. Moreover, the company provides various other products such as autonomous driving software and technologies, connectors, electrical centers, and safety distribution systems.
  • Major players operating in the global heat shrink tubing market and profiled in the report include -
    • Shawcor Ltd.
    • Changyuan Group Ltd.
    • Panduit Corp.
    • Pexco LLC
    • Techflex, Inc.
    • Zeus Industrial Products, Inc.
    • Taiwan Yun Lin Electronic Co Ltd.

Analysts at Transparency Market Research, in their recently generated research report, have given detailed, comprehensive, and objective insights on the expansive market landscape of heat shrink tubing. The study is impactful, insightful, and actionable, and will equip B2B stakeholders with strategic tools that will serve as game-changers and considerably improve their bottom line.

The report extensively brings out the dynamics of the heat shrink tubing industry that are currently affecting its market landscape. Special emphasis has been laid on the drivers, restraints, opportunities, threats/trends, and success strategies of key market players. The in-depth research report also has an extensive PESTEL analysis of the leading industry heavyweights, in an attempt to garner information on industry strongholds as well as areas of improvement. This gives stakeholders a holistic view of the heat shrink tubing market, especially for the forecast period.

The study on heat shrink tubing has also conducted a thorough appraisal of Porter’s Five Forces analysis. It is an attempt to let stakeholders know what the growth strategies and underlying opportunities are that could enable business leaders make expert decisions in the vast landscape of the heat shrink tubing market. An extensive global research done on the heat shrink tubing market also strives to highlight the key market trends in the heat shrink tubing Industry that are likely to propel its growth during the forecast period. The competitive analysis of manufacturers in the heat shrink tubing market by our top researchers perhaps remains the most vital ingredient in giving insights about mergers, acquisitions, research and development, and technological innovations. These allow competitors maneuverability to accelerate their growth in the right direction.

Statistical assessments of heat shrink tubing market growth have been carried out in terms of value (US$ Mn) and Volume (million units).

Heat Shrink Tubing Market: Key Questions Answered

Authors of this report at Transparency Market Research, through a comprehensive study and intelligent analytics, have arrived at some key questions that give business stakeholders a holistic and refreshing perspective of the heat shrink tubing landscape. Through statistical analysis, detailed figures have been arrived at that describe the growth of the heat shrink tubing market. Influential insights help answer some critical questions:

  • What are the key factors that are influencing the heat shrink tubing market in each region?
  • What are the prevalent trends/opportunities/success strategies/restraints, and how do they affect the future scope of the heat shrink tubing market?
  • What are the revenue portfolios and key strategies of the major market players who manufacture heat shrink tubing?
  • What are the revenue figures of the global heat shrink tubing market by type, material, ratio, industry, and region?
  • What kind of regulatory frameworks have been adopted in the arena of heat shrink tubing, and how will these shape-shift the market?
  • What are the major developments that will take place in the heat shrink tubing market during the forecasted period of 2019- 2027?

Heat Shrink Tubing Market: Research Methodology

Extensive research by our authors has been carried out using both, primary and secondary research parameters. Information on the heat shrink tubing market has been sourced from Transparency Market Research’s internal repositories as well as client-specific databases. Qualitative and quantitative information on the heat shrink tubing sector is then extracted by exhaustive research. Demand analysis of heat shrink tubing across regions and countries is done. Our research has been lauded and widely sought-after, thanks to the infinite supply of information that we obtain from company websites, industrial publications, white papers, and government statistics. Face-to-face discussions give us valuable inputs in the planning stage of the research. Key opinion leaders, distributors, and vendors also aid us in analyzing the demand-supply gap, if any.

Heat Shrink Tubing Market: Segmentation

In order to understand the finer and broader nuances of the market, segmentation of the heat shrink tubing market has been done on the basis of type, material, ratio, industry, and region. This is one way by which incremental opportunities can be assessed in the market landscape.


Single Wall

Dual Wall


  • Polytetrafluroethylene (PTFE)
  • Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene (FPE)
  • Perfluoroalkoxyalkane (PFA)
  • Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE)
  • Polyethylene Terapthalate (PET)
  • Polyether Ether Ketone (PEEK)


  • 2:1
  • 3:1
  • 4:1
  • 6:1



  • Electrical Equipment Manufacturing
  • Electrical Construction & Repair

IT and Telecom


  • Residential
  • Commercial


  • Railways & Trucks
  • Buses and Off Road
  • Aerospace


North America


Asia Pacific

Middle East and Africa

South America

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