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Thermoplastic Elastomers Market - Snapshot

Thermoplastic elastomers are materials that possess properties of both elastomers and plastics. All thermoplastic elastomer materials are based on a hard thermoplastic and a soft elastomer. Thermoplastic elastomers are eco-friendly in nature. They are easy to recycle. The unique combination of properties of vulcanized rubber and easy processability of thermoplastic makes thermoplastic elastomers suitable to be used in a wide range of applications in end-user industries such as automotive, building & construction, medical, consumer goods, and others. Thermoplastic elastomers have excellent physical properties such as high dimensional stability, chemical inertness, good vapor and gas transmission properties, and flexibility.

global thermoplastic elastomers market

About 85% of plastic products in the modern world are made of thermoplastic elastomer materials. Thermoplastic elastomers can be prepared by melt mixing, solution blending, or latex mixing. Thermoplastic elastomers can be extruded and molded and, when required, they can regain their original shape. Thermoplastic elastomers offer a wide range of performance attributes such as heat and oil resistance, improved adhesion, tear resistance, surface appearance, and low permeability. Thermoplastic elastomers are resistant to heat, UV radiations, humidity, biological degradation, etc. They are widely used in over-molding and encapsulation applications. Asia Pacific has become a hub of automotive production over the last few years. Currently, the region accounts for more than 50% of the global production. The automotive industry in countries such as China, India, and Japan is anticipated to expand significantly during the forecast period.

Attractive properties of thermoplastic elastomers such as weather resistance, oil and grease resistance, abrasion resistance, and vibration damping make manufacturers of various end-products rely on these elastomers. Rise in population and increase in the income of the middle class in developing economies are driving the global thermoplastic elastomers market. Increase in sales of automobiles in developing economies such as China and India and the presence of global auto-manufacturers such as Toyota, Mitsubishi, and Nissan in Japan are likely to propel the demand for thermoplastic elastomers in Asia Pacific during the forecast period. Across the globe, fuel-efficient technologies are being adopted widely. Thermoplastic elastomers enhance the fuel efficiency of automobiles. Global automobile production has increased by over 15% since 2010, with Asia Pacific accounting for more than 50% of the global production. Demand for thermoplastic elastomers is increasing in the building & construction sector also. Thermoplastic elastomers can be used in plumbing fixtures, siding, flooring, insulation, panels, doors, windows, glazing, bathroom units, gratings, railings, and structural and interior or decorative applications.

In terms of type, the global thermoplastic elastomers market has been classified into block copolymers, blends, and others. Block copolymers include thermoplastic polystyrene, thermoplastic polyurethane, thermoplastic copolyesters, and thermoplastic amides. Thermoplastic polystyrenes is the most used type of thermoplastic elastomers. Blends include thermoplastic polyolefins and thermoplastic vulcanizates. Based on application, the thermoplastic elastomers market can be categorized into automotive, building & construction, medical, and consumer goods. The automotive application segment can be sub-segmented into wires & cables, under-hood bonnets, exteriors. The building & construction segment can be sub-classified into seals & gaskets, expansion joints, and others. The medical segment can be sub-divided into tubing, catheters, grips, and others.

Governments across the globe are increasingly investing in material research and development activities. Innovation in plastics in the automotive industry is a major factor driving the global thermoplastic elastomers market. Thermoplastic elastomers are increasingly being used in the automotive sector. Auto components that can be manufactured by using thermoplastic elastomers include control elements, air bags, anti-slip mats, window trims, cowl panels, spoilers, seals, and air duct components. Demand for thermoplastic elastomers is on the rise in the building & construction sector as well. Thermoplastic elastomers require lower fabrication cost and shorter processing time and they offer higher design flexibility as compared to thermosets. Rising consumption in consumer goods and electrical & electronics (E&E) sectors is also driving the demand for thermoplastic elastomers. The medical industry is experiencing increase in the demand for thermoplastic elastomers for use in tubing, catheters, grips (razors and surgical tools), seals, vial closures, drug delivery or monitoring patches, and connectors. Styrenic block copolymers are largely used in medical applications. They are used in bags for infusion solutions, components of medical devices, disposables (for syringes and tubing), and implants such as artificial heart valves and joints. Thermoplastic elastomers offer high oxygen barrier performance and hence, they are used in consumer goods as well as packaging applications.

Key players operating in the global thermoplastic elastomers market include Exxon Mobil Corporation, Covestro, Huntsman Corporation, BASF SE, E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, Celenese Corporation, PolyOne Corporation, Arkema Group, SABIC, and KRATON Corporation. Manufacturers are striving to produce thermoplastic elastomers with good sealing performance, reduced cost, high resistance to heat and chemicals, and reduced weight.

Thermoplastic Elastomers Market - Overview

This report focuses on study of the thermoplastic elastomers market at the global, regional, and country levels. It analyzes and forecasts the thermoplastic elastomers market based on value (US$ Mn) and volume (kilo tons) from 2018 to 2026. The market has been forecast based on historical trends, demand–supply scenario, drivers, restraints, opportunities, and expansions and developments by stakeholders across the value chain.

The report covers detailed value chain analysis, which provides an inclusive view of the global thermoplastic elastomers market. Porter’s five forces model for the thermoplastic elastomers market has also been included to help understand the competition landscape of the market. The study incorporates market attractiveness analysis, wherein segments have been assessed based on their market size, growth rate, and attractiveness.

The study provides a decisive view of the global thermoplastic elastomers market by segmenting it in terms of type and end-use industry. These segments have been analyzed based on the present and future trends. Regional segmentation includes the current and projected demand for thermoplastic elastomers in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. The report also covers individual type and end-use industry segments across all regions. Key players operating in the global thermoplastic elastomers market are Exxon Mobil Corporation, Covestro, Huntsman Corporation, BASF SE, E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, Celenese Corporation, PolyOne Corporation, Arkema Group, SABIC, and KRATON Corporation. Market players have been profiled in terms of critical aspects such as company overview, business overview, financial overview, and strategic overview.

The report provides size (in terms of volume and value) of the thermoplastic elastomers market for the base year 2017 and the forecast between 2018 and 2026.  Market numbers have been estimated based on type and end-use industry segments of the thermoplastic elastomers market. Market size and forecast for each major type and end-use industry segment have been provided in terms of the global, regional, and country-level markets.

In order to compile the research report, in-depth interviews and discussions have been conducted with several key market participants and opinion leaders. Primary research represents a bulk of research efforts, supplemented by extensive secondary research. Key players’ annual reports, press releases, and relevant documents have been reviewed for competition analysis and market understanding. Secondary research also includes search of recent trends, technical writing, Internet sources, and statistical data from government websites, trade associations, and agencies. This has proved to be a highly reliable, effective, and successful approach for obtaining precise market data, capturing market participants’ insights, and recognizing business opportunities.

Key Takeaways

  • Inclusive analysis of trends in the global thermoplastic elastomers market from 2017 to 2026 to identify growth opportunities and analyze market developments
  • Comprehensive analysis with respect to price trends that are expected to impact the outlook for the global thermoplastic elastomers market between 2018 and 2026
  • Insights into growth opportunities for various stakeholders in the value chain and detailed competition landscape of players dominating the market to help understand the competition level
  • Porters’ five forces analysis that highlights potency of buyers and suppliers and enables stakeholders to make profit-oriented business decisions
  • Exhaustive list of potential areas, major manufacturers, and technology providers with their level of integration to identify diverse opportunities across the value chain
  • Comprehensive list of key potential clients across major end-use industries in different geographies
  • Extensive pricing analysis comprising prices across all geographies covered in the scope of the report
  • Trade scenario of thermoplastic elastomers covering major regions across the globe

The global thermoplastic elastomers market has been segmented as follows:


  • Block Copolymers
    • TPS (Styrenic Block Copolymers)
    • TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane)
    • TPE (Thermoplastic Copolyesters)
    • TPA (Thermoplastic Polyamides)
  • Blends
    • TPO (Thermoplastic Polyolefin)
    • TPV (Thermoplastic Vulcanizates)
  • Others 

End-use Industry          


  • Automotive
    • Wires & Cables
    • Under-hoods & Bonnets
    • Exteriors (Door Trims and Seals)
    • Others
  • Building & Construction
    • Seals & Gaskets
    • Expansion Joints
    • Others
  • Medical
    • Tubing
    • Catheters
    • Grips
    • Others
  • Consumer Goods
    • Power Tools Handles
    • Sporting Goods & Toys
    • Others
  • Others 



  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • France
    • U.K
    • Italy
    • Austria
    • Russia
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • Australia
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa
    • GCC
    • South Africa
    • Rest of Middle East & Africa
    • Rest of Middle East & Africa

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