Polyethylene are low cost commodity plastics that can be reused due to its thermoplastic nature. Cross-linking of polyethylene helps enhance its thermal resistance and the end product so obtained is transformed from thermoplastic to thermosetting plastic.
High density polyethylene (HDPE) segment dominated the market in 2016, according to the stats provided by Coherent Market Insights. Cross-linked HDPE is gaining traction over raw HDPE due to its thermosetting nature, high mechanical strength, and better stress crack resistance. Furthermore, cross-linked HDPE can be produced economically and thus, finds wide application in domestic and industrial plumbing services.
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Plumbing was the largest application segment in the global cross linked polyethylene market in 2016 and is expected to retain its dominance throughout the forecast period. Conventionally used plumbing materials such as copper and PVC do not perform well in high temperatures and when highly chlorinated water is transported through them over prolonged periods. This is key and highly lucrative growth area for manufacturers of cross-linked polyethylene to exploit. Thus, various players in the market are focusing on R&D activities to deploy cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) pipes for supply of chlorinated water and for radiant heating applications.
The global cross linked polyethylene market was valued at US$ 5,323.1 million and 2,941.2 kilo tons in 2016 and is expected to expand at a CAGR of 6.6% in terms of revenue and 6.1% in terms of volume during 2017 – 2025.
Asia Pacific, followed by North America and Europe accounted for major share in the global Cross Linked Polyethylene market both in terms of revenue and volume in 2016 and the trend is estimated to remain the same over the forecast period. In 2016, Asia Pacific held a share of 47.68% in terms of volume. The growing demand for plumbing in Asia Pacific due to growing population, increased urbanization and commercial sector is expected to drive the growth of the global cross linked polyethylene market over the forecast period. According to a study conducted by Coherent Market Insights, the global plumbing market is expected to witness a CAGR of 6.3% from 2017 to 2025 which is expected to fuel the global Cross Linked Polyethylene market.
Major players in the global Cross Linked Polyethylene market include ExxonMobil Chemical Company, LyondellBasell Industries, 3H Vinacom Co., Hanwha Chemicals, Arkema Group, AkzoNobel N.V., Falcone Specialities AG, Borealis AG, and PolyOne Corporation.