With the rapid increase in applications, the sales volume of polyglycolic acid is witnessing a significant rise. Traditionally, polyglycolic acid is utilized in the production of absorbable sutures, owing to its high tensile strength. However, nowadays, it is witnessing a widespread application in shale gas extraction, which is likely to present lucrative opportunities to market players in the near future. Polyglycolic acid manufacturers are also projected to witness huge growth opportunity in the years to come due to the growing preference of consumers for beverages with plastic packaging. 

The opportunity in the global market for polyglycolic acid is likely to rise at a CAGR of 10.10% during the period from 2015 to 2023 and increase from US$181.7 mn in 2014 to an estimated value of US$424.5 mn by the end of the forecast period.

The growing application of polyglycolic acid in biomedical applications such as controlled drug delivery, tissue engineering, and manufacturing of implantable medical devices is also expected to fuel its demand remarkably during the forecast period. However, the high price of polyglycolic acid, together with the lack of awareness among customers, is predicted to restrict its application considerably over the next few years.

Shale Gas Extraction to Exhibit High Consumption of Polyglycolic Acid

Shale gas extraction, packaging, medical, other applications, such as agriculture, civil engineering resins, and filters, are the main application areas of polyglycolic acid. Shale gas surfaced as the key consumer of polyglycolic acid in 2014 and was closely followed by the packaging segment. As, apart from China, North America is the only commercially active shale gas extraction region across the world, the demand from this segment was the strongest in this region.

Over the forthcoming years, shale gas extraction is anticipated to remain the leading consumer of polyglycolic acid. Packaging and medical applications are also expected to register high demand for polyglycolic acid in the near future. 

Demand for Polyglycolic Acid to Remain Soring in North America 

Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, North America, and the Middle East and Africa are the key regional markets for polyglycolic acid. North America emerged as the market leader in 2014 with a share of more than 70%. The commercial extraction of shale gas has increased the consumption of polyglycolic acid in this region, which is likely to increase further over the coming years. The revenue generated by polyglycolic acid in this region is estimated to expand at a CAGR of approximately 10.4% between 2015 and 2023.

The presence of prominent commercial producers of polyglycolic acid, especially Kureha Corp., in North America will also contribute significantly to the growth of this regional market in the near future. The rising demand for polyglycolic acid in medical application is projected to boost this market in other regions.

Kureha PGA LLC has been leading the global market for polyglycolic acid since the last few years. Analysts project it to remain at the forefront of the market over the next few years. Other producers of polyglycolic acid across the world are EI Du Pont De Nemours & Co., Teleflex Inc., and Huizhou Foryou Medical Devices Co. Ltd.

This report analyzes and forecasts the polyglycolic acid market on the global and regional level. The study provides historic data of 2014 along with forecast between 2015 and 2023 based on volume and revenue. The market in North America and Europe has been forecast in terms of volume (tons) and revenue (US$ Mn). All other regions have been forecast in terms of kilo grams (volume) and US$ thousand (revenue).

The study provides a decisive view of the polyglycolic acid market by segmenting it based on applications and regional demand. Application segments have been analyzed based on current trends and future potential. Regional segmentation includes the current and forecast demand for North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. These have been further sub-segmented into countries and areas by relevance to the market. The segmentation also includes demand for individual applications in all regions.

The study covers the drivers and restraints governing dynamics of the market along with their impact on demand during the forecast period. Additionally, the report includes potential opportunities in the polyglycolic acid market on the global and regional level.

We have included a detailed value chain analysis to provide a comprehensive view of the polyglycolic acid market. Analysis of Porter’s Five Forces Model has also been included to help understand the competitive landscape in the market. The study encompasses market attractiveness analysis, wherein applications have been benchmarked based on their market size, growth rate, and general attractiveness for future growth.

The market has been forecast based on constant currency rates. Prices of polyglycolic acid vary in each region and are a result of the demand-supply scenario of the region. Hence, a similar volume-to-revenue ratio does not follow for each individual region. Individual pricing of polyglycolic acid for each application has been taken into account while estimating and forecasting market revenue on the global basis. Regional average price has been considered while breaking down the market by application segments in each region.

The report provides the size of the polyglycolic acid market for 2014 and forecast for the next nine years up to 2023. Size of the global polyglycolic acid market has been provided in terms of both volume and revenue. Market volume has been defined in tons and kilo grams, while market revenue for regions is in US$ Mn and US$ thousand. The market size and forecast for each product segment has been provided in the context of global and regional markets. Numbers provided in this report are derived based on demand generated from different applications and types of raw materials. Market dynamics prevalent in North America and Europe have been taken into account for estimating the growth of the global market

Market estimates for this study have been based on volume, with revenue being derived through regional pricing trends. Demand for polyglycolic acid has been derived by analyzing the global and regional trends pertaining to demand from major applications in all regions and countries. Propensity to adapt to new technologies has been accounted for while estimating demand for polyglycolic acid in individual regions. The global polyglycolic acid market has been analyzed based on expected demand. Market data for each segment is based on volume and corresponding revenue. Prices considered for calculation of revenue are average regional prices obtained through primary quotes from regional suppliers, distributors, and direct selling regional producers based on manufacturer feedback and application requirement. Country segmentations of Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa have been depicted in kilo grams and US$ thousand due to limited size of the market. The market scenario in North America and Europe has been forecast in tons and US$ Mn. We have used the bottom-up approach to estimate the global polyglycolic acid market, split by regions. The application split of the market has been derived using the top-down approach for each regional market separately with the global product segment split being an integration of regional estimates. Kureha Corporation is the sole commercial-scale manufacturer of PGA in the world; hence, global demand is a function of marketability of PGA products from Kureha Corporation. A conservative approach has been adopted in this study to estimate demand for PGA in light of the information available pertaining to Kureha Corporation's scale of operations. Companies were considered for the market share analysis based on their product portfolio, revenue, and manufacturing capacity. The polyglycolic acid market for medical applications is unorganized; few companies manufacture PGA in limited quantities.

The report covers a detailed competitive outlook that includes market share and company profiles of key players operating in the global market. Key players profiled in the report include Kureha PGA, LLC, E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, Huizhou Foryou Medical Devices Co., Ltd., and Teleflex, Inc. Company profiles include attributes such as company overview, brand overview, financial overview (in terms of financial year), business strategies, and recent/key developments.

Polyglycolic Acid Market - Application Analysis

  • Medical
  • Packaging
  • Shale Gas Extraction
  • Others (Including Agriculture, Civil Engineering Resins, and Filters)

Polyglycolic Acid Market - Regional Analysis

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Rest of North America
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • U.K.
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • ASEAN
    • Rest of APAC
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Rest of LATAM
  • Middle East & Africa
    • GCC
    • South Africa
    • Rest of MEA