Global Polypropylene Filler Sheet Market: Introduction
- Polypropylene filler sheets are also known as mineral-filled polypropylene sheets. These are used for the injection-molding process. Calcium carbonate is one of the most popular filler materials used in the production of polypropylene sheets.
- Integrating calcium carbonate in polypropylene sheets leads to significant savings in raw material costs by replacing up to 40% of plastic with calcium carbonate, which is inexpensive. Calcium-carbonate-filled polypropylene sheets are widely used in the packaging industry, due to their improved performance, processing, and sustainability.
- Polypropylene sheets filled with calcium carbonate offer high impact strength and stiffness; and improved heat deflection temperature
Key Drivers of Global Polypropylene Filler Sheet Market
- Calcium carbonate is a soft, colorless, and inexpensive filler material, which is widely available in a white powder form. When incorporated in polypropylene sheets, calcium carbonate improves impact resistance and stiffness and retains strength. It lowers the overall material cost and imparts high aspect ratio.
- Rise in demand for polypropylene sheets filled with calcium carbonate in food packaging and medical packaging applications is driving the global polypropylene filler sheet market. Calcium carbonate-filled polypropylene sheets are gaining momentum in thermoforming applications, as calcium carbonate allows plastic to heat up and cool down quickly.
- Incorporation of filler materials in polypropylene sheets improves thermal conductivity. This leads to significant energy savings through high productivity and conversion at a rapid rate. Additionally, filler materials reduce shrinkage, thereby offering less warping and higher predictability in the finished part. These factors are expected to boost the global polypropylene filler sheet market during the forecast period.
Global Polypropylene Filler Sheet Market: Segmentation
- The global polypropylene filler sheet market can be segmented in terms of filter type, grade, and application
- In terms of filter type, the global polypropylene filler sheet market can be divided into mineral fillers, inorganic fillers, and specialty fillers. The mineral fillers segment can be sub-divided into calcium carbonate, talc (magnesium silicate), kaolinite (aluminosilicate), wollastonite, glass beads, and others. The inorganic fillers segment can be further segmented into aluminum trihydrate (ATH) – Al (OH)3, magnesium hydroxide (MDH) – Mg(OH)2, and others. The specialty fillers segment can be further fragmented into barium sulfate, magnetite – Fe3O4, and others.
- Based on grade, the global polypropylene filler sheet market can be classified into fine, sub-micron, precipitated, and others
- In terms of application, the market can be categorized into packaging, automotive, electrical & electronics, and others. Rise in research activities for usage of filler materials, such as talc, kaolinite, glass beads, and wollastonite, in automotive applications is likely to offer lucrative opportunities to manufacturers operating in the global polypropylene filler sheet market during the forecast period
Global Polypropylene Filler Sheet Market: Regional Outlook
- Based on region, the global polypropylene filler sheet market can be split into North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa
- Asia Pacific is a leading consumer of polypropylene filler sheets and is expected to hold major share of the global polypropylene filler sheet market during the forecast period. China, India, Japan, and South Korea are leading consumers of polypropylene filler sheets in Asia Pacific, due to rise in automotive production and growth of plastic consumption in automotive applications in these countries.
- The U.S. is a leading consumer of polypropylene filler sheets in North America. Rise in demand for polypropylene filler sheets for usage in medical packaging and food packaging applications is anticipated to boost the market in the region during the forecast period.
- In terms of consumption, Europe is also one of the significant regions of the global polypropylene filler sheet market. Germany, France, the U.K., and countries in Eastern Europe are projected to lead the market in the region during the forecast period, due to increase in usage of plastics for driving fuel efficiency in the automotive sector in these countries.
- Latin America and Middle East & Africa are dependent on import of raw materials such as resins and filler materials. Fluctuation in prices of raw materials and high product costs are estimated to hamper the market in these regions in the near future. However, rise in awareness about the usage of polypropylene filler sheets in medical and automotive applications is likely to boost the market in Latin America and Middle East & Africa during the forecast period.
COVID-19 Impact on Global Polypropylene Filler Sheet Market
- Demand for polypropylene filler sheets is significantly high in the automotive industry. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the supply chain as well as availability of manpower due to the implementation of lockdowns in various countries. This has led to a decrease in production of vehicles and decline in demand for vehicles among end-users. In turn, this has adversely affected the global polypropylene filler sheet market. However, the automobile industry has been experiencing a rise in demand for all types of vehicles across the world of late. This indicates that the automobile industry is in the recovery phase. Thus, growth of the automotive industry is expected to propel the polypropylene filler sheet market in the next couple of years.
Key Players Operating in Global Market:
- Plasmix Private Ltd
- Omya AG
- Impact Plastics
- The Plastics Group of America
- Konneco International LLC
- Formulated Polymers Limited
- HQC, Inc.
Global Polypropylene Filler Sheet Market: Research Scope
Global Polypropylene Filler Sheet Market, by Filler Type
- Mineral Fillers
- Calcium Carbonate
- Talc (Magnesium Silicate)
- Kaolinite (Aluminosilicate)
- Glass Beads
- Inorganic Fillers
- Aluminum Trihydrate (ATH) – Al(OH)3
- Magnesium Hydroxide (MDH) – Mg(OH)2
- Specialty Fillers
- Barium Sulfate
- Magnetite – Fe3O4
Global Polypropylene Filler Sheet Market, by Grade
Global Polypropylene Filler Sheet Market, by Application
- Electrical & Electronics
Global Polypropylene Filler Sheet Market, by Region
- North America
- Russia & CIS
- Rest of Europe
- Asia Pacific
- Rest of Asia Pacific
- Latin America
- Rest of Latin America
- Middle East & Africa
- South Africa
- Rest of Middle East & Africa
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