Ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene has various features such as noise resistance, excellent chemical resistance, low coefficient of friction, electric insulation resistance, self-lubrication, wear resistance and bio-compatible among others. Due to these factor the market for the ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene is expected to grow at the healthy rate during the forecast period of 2017 – 2025.

Based on form, the market is segmented into rods & tubes, sheets and others. In 2016, among the various form, sheets segment dominated the market followed by rods & tubes. In addition, sheet segment is also expected to grow at the highest rate for the coming years. Increase in the use of UHMW PE sheets in various industries such as mechanical equipment among others is one the key factor fueling the demand of the sheet segment in the ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene market for the forecast period. Moreover, sheets segment is also expected to grow at the highest CAGR for the forecast period due to the increase in the demand from the medical and healthcare industry.

Based on end use, the market is segmented into aerospace & defense, healthcare & medical, mechanical equipment and others. In 2016, the aerospace & defense segment dominated the market followed by healthcare & medical and this segment is anticipated to be dominant in the coming years. Increase in the demand for ballistic protection products is one of the key factor fueling the demand of aerospace and defense segment in the ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene market. Others segment includes electronics industries and sports & lifestyle. In addition, the others segment is expected to grow at a healthy rate during the forecast period of 2017 -2025.

The geographical split of the market includes North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and Middle East and Africa. Increasing orthopedic implants in American and European countries such as the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Germany among others is the major driver driving the market for the ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene during the forecast period of 2017 – 2025. In 2016, North America was slated to be the key market followed by Europe. In 2016, the U.S. was the major market for North America as well as globally. Increase in the demand for UHMW PE by the various industries such as healthcare & medical among others is one of the key driver driving the market for the ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene in the U.S, as well as in North America region. Europe is expected to grow at the stable rate during the forecast period of 2017 – 2025. The U.K. and Germany is expected to be the market for Europe. Increase in the demand of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene in industries such as mechanical equipment is the major factor driving the demand of the ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene market in Europe. Asia Pacific is expected to grow at the highest CAGR for the forecast period of 2017 – 2025. Increase in the demand for medical devices from various countries such as India, Japan and China among others is major driver driving the market for the ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene during the forecast period of 2017 – 2025. China is the major market for Asia Pacific region. Increase in the demand of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene in defense and aerospace industry is one of the key factor fueling the demand of the market in China. India is expected to grow at the highest CAGR for the forecast period of 2017 – 2025. Increase in the demand of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene in various industry such as defense & aerospace and medical and healthcare industry is one of the key factor driving the demand of the market in India as well as in Asia Pacific region. Middle East and Africa is expected to grow at the healthy rate during the forecast period of 2017 – 2025. Saudi Arabia and UAE is expected to be the major market for the Middle East and Africa ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene market. Increase in the demand of active protection equipment is one of the major factor driving the market for the ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene for the forecast period of 2017 – 2025. Brazil is the key market for the Latin America ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene market.

The major players in the ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene market are Braskem S.A. (Brazil), Lyondell Basell Industries N.V. (Netherlands), Celanese Corporation (United States), Rochling Engineering Plastics SE & Co. KG (Germany), Koninklijke DSM N.V. (Netherlands), Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. (Japan), Asahi Kasei Corporation (Japan), Quadrant Engineering Plastic Products AG (Switzerland), Honeywell International, Inc. (United States), Toyobo Co., Limited (Japan) and E. I. Du Pont De Nemours and Company (United States).

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