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High-Density Polyethylene (HPDE) Accounts for Nearly Half of the Total Demand for Polyethylene in 2013

Transparency Market Research Report Added "High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Market" to its database.


Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/19/2015 -- High-density polyethylene (HPDE) Market is a type of commodity plastic which is used extensively around the world. HPDE belongs to the polyolefin group. HPDE is a type of polyethylene material which possesses high strength-to-density ratio. The backbone chain of HPDE includes little side branches, which results in large intermolecular forces that deliver high-level of mechanical properties as compared to low-density polyethylene (LDPE).

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HPDE is opaque in nature with working temperatures of 110-115°C. This polyethylene is synthesized via special catalysts like Ziegler-Natta to introduce the complex side branding. This thermoplastic material can be easily processed with traditional plastic processing machinery.

HPDE Contributes to Almost Half of the Total Demand for Polyethylene Resins

Polyethylene in the foreseeable future will continue to be the most widely used plastic resin globally. The properties of polyethylene such as easy processability, versatility, recyclability, and low cost tend to fuel the demand for this product. Additionally, the development of ethylene feedstock using new sources such as coal, biobased materials, and shale gas will also deliver polyethylene a sustainability or price advantage compared to other plastic resins. The ongoing improvements of polymerization catalyst technologies will further improve customization, performance and yield of polyethylene resins. HPDE among the three different types of polyethylene resins (HDPE, LLDPE, and LDPE) is the leading sector in terms of demand. In 2013, HPDE accounted for almost 50% of the global demand.

The global growing demand for HPDE's is attributed to the increasing demand for food and beverages packaging worldwide. HPDE finds its applications in the chemical industry, bottles, cosmetic cares, fireworks, telecom ducts, electrical and plumbing boxes, construction pipes, house hold goods, blow molded containers, and films. Additionally, increasing production of artificial knee caps which are used as replacements by patients are composed using an ultra-high molecular weight high density polyethylene or UHMWHDPE. This factor will also contribute to the overall HPDE market's growth.

Environmental Concerns to Suppress the Polyethylene Market

Other factors which are fueling the growth of the HPDE market include the low cost associated with this material, and the day by day demand for plastic pipes as a substituent is growing. However, there are many other factors which will suppress the growth of the global HPDE industry. Materials such as polypropylene which fall under the group polyolefin are restricting this market's growth. Polyethylene is a highly commoditized product and the large volume new applications of this plastic are unlikely to emerge in the coming few years. However, since it is a type of plastic, it is perceived negatively by environmentally-minded customers and major applications of plastic products are subject to strict regulations and bans in many countries. Due to these reasons, biodegradable films in the plastics industry are emerging opportunities in the coming few years.

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Polyethylene does not degrade easily in the environment, though it can be melted and reused for different products. Moreover, the aerobic bacteria known as sphingomonas is employed to significantly degrade this plastic and various techniques have been adopted to create polyethylene which is made from ethanol obtained from sugarcane. If these measures are abided by companies around the world, then it will further enhance the growth of the global polyethylene industry, in turn benefitting the global HPDE market.

The global HPDE market according to geography is segmented into Asia Pacific, North America, Europe, and Rest of the World. The HPDE market is highly fragmented in nature with no clear leading organization. Some of the top companies in the HPDE market include: Abu Dhabi Polymers Limited, National Petrochemical Corporation, Borealis AG, Petrochina Company Limitied, Reliance Industries Limited, The Dow Chemical Co., LyondellBasell Industries N.V., Honam Petrochemical Corporation, Ineos Group Limited, and Total S.A.

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