Global and China Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) Industry Report, 2017-2021

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Date: 11-Oct-2017
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Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE), a kind of linear polyethylene with relative molecular weight of above 1.5 million and an engineering thermoplastic with excellent comprehensive properties, can be processed into products like sheets, pipes, fibers and films. It is primarily used in high-end fields, such as body armor, bulletproof helmet, bulletproof armor, anti-cutting gloves and aerospace, marine equipment, rail transit, medical stents and lithium-battery separator.

Global UHMWPE resin capacity and demand were 221kt and 200kt in 2016, respectively. As manufacturing has increasingly higher requirements on material properties, UHMWPE resin enjoys broad market prospects because of its excellent properties, finding output and demand as estimated 380kt and 367kt in 2021 separately.

UHMWPE fiber, a fiber spun out of UHMWPE, is a key strategic and high-tech material and one of three high-performance fibers, and has been in a state of short supply. Global demand for UHMWPE fiber was about 60kt in 2016, compared with an output of only 30kt or so. As more military and civilian products (like high-strength light cables) are developed, the demand for UHMWPE fiber is expected to maintain a growth rate of around 15% over the next five years, reaching 108.7kt in 2021 but still in short supply.

Meanwhile, the demand far exceeds the supply in the Chinese market. About 20kt of UHMWPE fiber was needed in the country in 2016, while the output was roughly 9kt. Restricted by lack of production technologies for spinning-grade specialty resins and weaker spinning technology and outdated production facilities than that in the developed countries, local Chinese enterprises produce mainly mid and low-end products, while high-end ones are monopolized by foreign players with core technologies including Dutch DSM, U.S. Honeywell and Japanese Mitsui Chemicals. DSM produces the most in the world.

Major global UHMWPE resin makers include CELANESE, Braskem, DSM and Mitsui Chemicals. CELANESE has the world’s largest UHMWPE products capacity with production bases in Oberhausen (Germany), Bishop, Texas (U.S.) and Nanjing (China) with capacity totaling about 108kt/a, followed by Braskem with capacity of approximately 45kt/a.

Key local Chinese resin producers are Henan Wosen Ultra-high Chemical Industry Science and Technology, Shanghai Lianle Chemical Industry Science and Technology, Anhui Tejiajin Fine Chemicals, Jiujiang Zhongke Xinxing New Materials and Sinopec Qilu Petrochemical Company with a combined capacity of about 80kt/a (including Celanese’s Nanjing-based plant), indicating a highly concentrated market but mainly for mid and low-end products due to technological limitations. Driven by rapid growth in demand from the downstream sectors of UHMWPE resin in recent years, companies have kept expanding capacity to scramble for market share. Jiujiang Zhongke Xinxing New Materials is building 60kt/a UHMWPE resin project, and Nanjing Jinling Plastic & Petrochemical is constructing 10kt/a UHMWPE project.

The UHMWPE market is expected to grow rapidly over the next couple of years with completion and operation of new enterprises and capacity expansion of existing companies going simultaneously. High-performance, low-cost and special-purpose will be main trends of UHMWPE resin. If Chinese producers wish to grab a larger market share, they must improve the quality of products, beside price factor.

Global and China Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) Industry Report, 2017-2021 highlights the followings:


  • Global and Chinese UHMWPE resin market (supply & demand, price, competitive landscape, development trends, etc.);

  • Global and Chinese UHMWPE fiber market (status quo, demand, competitive landscape, development trends, etc.);

  • UHMWPE sheet, pipe, and lithium-battery separator markets;

  • 12 major global and Chinese UHMWPE resin enterprises (operation, development strategies, etc.);

  • 13 major global and Chinese UHMWPE fiber enterprises (operation, development strategies, etc.).

Global and China Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) Industry Report, 2017-2021

Table of Contents

1. Overview
1.1 Definition
1.2 Preparation Technology
1.3 Industry Chain
1.4 Development Course

2. UHMWPE Resin Market
2.1 Global Market
2.1.1 Supply
2.1.2 Demand
2.2 Chinese Market
2.2.1 Status Quo
2.2.2 Demand
2.3 Price
2.4 Competitive Pattern
2.4.1 Market Share
2.4.2 Capacity
2.5 Development Trend

3. UHMWPE Fiber Market
3.1 Overview
3.2 Global Market
3.2.1 Status Quo
3.2.2 Demand
3.3 Chinese Market
3.3.1 Status Quo
3.3.2 Policy
3.3.3 Demand
3.4 Corporate Pattern
3.5 Development Trend

4. Other UHMWPE Products Market
4.1 UHMWPE Sheets
4.1.1 Status Quo
4.1.2 Corporate Pattern
4.2 UHMWPE Pipes
4.2.1 Status Quo
4.2.2 Corporate Pattern
4.3 UHMWPE Lithium Battery Separator
4.3.1 Lithium Battery Separator Market
4.3.2 UHMWPE Lithium Battery Separator Market

5. UHMWPE Resin Companies
5.1 Celanese
5.1.1 Profile
5.1.2 Operation
5.1.3 UHMWPE Business
5.1.4 Development in China
5.2 Braskem
5.2.1 Profile
5.2.2 Operation
5.2.3 UHMWPE Business
5.3 DSM
5.3.1 Profile
5.3.2 Operation
5.3.3 UHMWPE Business
5.3.4 Development in China
5.4 Mitsui Chemicals
5.4.1 Profile
5.4.2 Operation
5.4.3 UHMWPE Business
5.4.4 Development in China
5.5 Asahi Kasei
5.5.1 Profile
5.5.2 Operation
5.5.3 UHMWPE Business
5.5.4 Development in China
5.6 Shanghai Research Institute of Chemical Industry
5.6.1 Profile
5.6.2 Operation
5.6.3 UHMWPE Business
5.7 Shanghai Lianle Chemical Industry Science and Technology Co., Ltd.
5.8 Henan Wosen Ultra-high Chemical Industry Science and Technology Co., Ltd.
5.9 Sinopec Qilu Petrochemical Company
5.10 Jiujiang Zhongke Xinxing New Materials Co., Ltd.
5.11 Wuxi Fukun Chemical Co., Ltd.
5.12 Anhui Tejiajin Fine Chemicals Co., Ltd.

6. UHMWPE Fiber Companies
6.1 Toyobo
6.1.1 Profile
6.1.2 Operation
6.1.3 UHMWPE Fiber Business
6.1.4 Development in China
6.2 Honeywell
6.2.1 Profile
6.2.2 Operation
6.2.3 UHMWPE Fiber Business
6.2.4 Development in China
6.3 Beijing Tongyizhong Specialty Fiber Technology & Development Co., Ltd.
6.3.1 Profile
6.3.2 UHMWPE Fiber Business
6.4 Jiangsu Bicon Pharmaceutical Listed Company
6.4.1 Profile
6.4.2 Operation
6.4.3 UHMWPE Fiber Business
6.5 Jiangsu Bicon Pharmaceutical Listed Company
6.6 Shandong ICD High Performance Fibre Co., Ltd.
6.7 Jiangsu Zhongyi Special Fiber Co., Ltd.
6.8 Ningbo Dacheng New Materials Co., Ltd.
6.9 Shanghai SURREY Technology Co., Ltd.
6.10 Sinopec Yizheng Chemical Fibre Co., Ltd.
6.11 Beijing Winyarn High Performance Fiber Co., Ltd.
6.12 Jian Qiao Technology Co., Ltd.
6.13 Zhejiang Qianxilong Special Fiber Co., Ltd.

List of Charts

Molecular Structure of Ultra high Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE)
Overall Properties of UHMWPE
Main Excellent Properties of UHMWPE
Synthesis Methods of UHMWPE
UHMWPE Industry Chain
Main Applications of UHMWPE
Development History of UHMWPE Industry
Global UHMWPE Resin Capacity, 2016-2021E
Global UHMWPE Resin Demand, 2016-2021E
Development History of UHMWPE Resin in China  
UHMWPE Resin Demand in China, 2016-2021E
UHMWPE Resin Consumption Structure in China, 2016
Prices of Major Global and Chinese UHMWPE Resin Companies, 2017
Market Share of UHMWPE Resin Companies in China by Capacity, 2017
Major Global and Chinese UHMWPE Resin Producers and Their Capacity, 2017
Major Global UHMWPE Producers and Their UHMWPE Resin Brands
Development Trends of UHMWPE Resin
Global and Chinese UHMWPE Resin Demand, 2016-2021E
Excellent Properties of UHMWPE Fiber
UHMWPE Fiber Synthesized by Dry Process
UHMWPE Fiber Industry Chain
Performance Parameters of Resins for UHMWPE Fiber
Global UHMWPE Fiber Capacity, 2015-2021E
Global UHMWPE Fiber Demand, 2015-2021E
UHMWPE Fiber Demand Structure in European and American Region by Purpose, 2016
Main Applications of UHMWPE Fiber
UHMWPE Fiber Applied in Aircraft Radar Cover
UHMWPE Fiber Applied in Aircraft Structure and Space Suit
UHMWPE Fiber Applied in Nautical Equipment
UHMWPE Fiber Applied in Amphibious Aircraft Equipment
UHMWPE Fiber Applied in Anti-cutting Gloves
Policies Concerning UHMWPE Fiber in China
UHMWPE Fiber Demand in China, 2015-2021E
UHMWPE Fiber Demand Structure in China by Purpose, 2016
Major Global and Chinese UHMWPE Fiber Companies and Their Capacity, 2017
Development Trends of UHMWPE Fiber in China
Intelligent Manufacturing Trends of Chemical Fiber Industry
Development Trends of Internet+ Textile Information Technology
Major UHMWPE Sheet Manufacturers in China and Their Capacity, 2017
Performance of UHMWPE Pipeline
Comparison of Performance between UHMWPE Pipeline and Other Pipelines
UHMWPE Pipeline Applied in Channel
UHMWPE Pipeline Applied in Municipal Engineering
Major UHMWPE Pipeline Manufacturers in China and Their Number of Production Lines
Micrograph of Wet-process PE Separator  
Global Lithium Battery Separator Shipments by Product, 2012-2022E
Lithium Battery Separator Output in China, 2009-2016
Separator Output in China by Technology Roadmap--Wet-process Separator Growing Faster than Dry-process Separator, 2014-2020E
Market Share of Wet-process Separator in Global and China Markets, 2015
Market Share of Global Wet-process Separator Companies, 2015
Techniques Process of International Lithium Battery Separator Manufacturers
Resins for UHMWPE Used in Lithium Battery Separator
Celanese’s Product Layout
Global Presence of Celanese’s Factories
Celanese’s Revenue and Net Income, 2012-2017
Celanese’s Quarterly Sales, 2017
Celanese’s Sales Structure by Business, 2015-2017
Celanese’s Sales Structure by Region, 2014-2016
Main Products of Celanese’s Advanced Engineered Materials Division
Celanese’s UHMWPE Factories
Celanese’s Increase in Price of UHMWPE Products, Mar 2017
Celanese’s UHMWPE Product Models
Celanese’s Sales in China and % of Total Revenue, 2014-2016
Braskem’s Profile
Braskem’s Global Presence
Braskem’s Operating Data, 2015-2016
Braskem’s Capacity by Product, 2002-2016
Braskem’s Business Model, 2016
Braskem’s Revenue Structure by Business, 2016
Braskem’s Revenue Structure by Region, 2016
Braskem’s PE Capacity Expansion
Main Brands and Performance of Braskem’s UHMWPE Products
DSM’s Development History
DSM’s Fact, 2016
DSM’s Sales and Net Income, 2012-2017
DSM’s Sales Breakdown by Business, 2015-2017H1
DSM’s Sales Structure by Terminal Market, 2015-2016
DSM’s Sales Structure by Region, 2016
Operation of DSM’s Material Business, 2012-2016
Product Development Trends of DSM’s Material Business
Overview of DSM’s Dyneema Products
Industry Chain of DSM’s Dyneema Products
Main Downstream Markets of DSM’s UHMWPE Products
Operation of DSM’s Dyneema Products, 2016
DSM’s Dyneema Product Sales by Region, 2016
DSM’s Dyneema Product Sales by Downstream Market, 2016
DSM’s Global Layout of UHMWPE Products
Mitsui Chemicals’ Operating Data, FY2010-FY2017
Mitsui Chemicals’ Operating Data, FY2017Q1
Mitsui Chemicals’ Sales Breakdown by Business, FY2015-FY2017
Mitsui Chemicals’ Sales Breakdown and Operating Income by Business, FY2017Q1
Mitsui Chemicals’ Sales Structure by Region, FY2012-FY2017
Mitsui Chemicals’ Medium-term Plan, FY2014-FY2020
Mitsui Chemicals’ Business Development Goals, 2025
Mitsui Chemicals’ Investment Plans, FY2017-FY2020
Main Purposes of Mitsui Chemicals’ UHMWPE
Mitsui Chemicals’ Sales in China and % of Total Revenue, FY2012-FY2016
Presence of Mitsui Chemicals’ Factories in China
Global Presence of Asahi Kasei’s R&D Bases
Asahi Kasei’s Operating Data, FY2015-FY2017
Asahi Kasei’s Sales Breakdown and Operating Income by Division, FY2015-FY2017
Asahi Kasei’s Sales Breakdown and Operating Income by Business, FY2017Q1
Asahi Kasei’s Sales Goals by Business, 2025
Asahi Kasei’s Sales in China and % of Total Revenue, FY2015-FY2016
Presence of Mitsui Chemicals’ Subsidiaries in China
Revenue and Net Income of Shanghai Research Institute of Chemical Industry, 2012-2017
UHMWPE Catalytic R&D Status of Shanghai Research Institute of Chemical Industry
Models and Performance Parameters of Shanghai Lianle Chemical Industry’s Main UHMWPE Products
Brands and Performance Parameters of Sinopec Qilu Petrochemical’s Main UHMWPE Products
Operating Data of Anhui Tejiajin Fine Chemicals, 2013-2016
Toyobo’s Operating Data, FY2013-FY2017
Toyobo’s Sales Breakdown by Business, FY2013-FY2018
Toyobo’s Operating Income by Business, FY2013-FY2017
Toyobo’s Sales Structure by Region, FY2016
Main Models and Performance of Toyobo’s UHMWPE Fiber Products
Performance of Toyobo’s UHMWPE Fiber
Main Purposes of Toyobo’s UHMWPE Fiber
Honeywell’s Net Sales and Net Income, 2010-2016
Honeywell’s Net Sales Structure by Business, 2016
Honeywell’s Sales Structure by Region, 2016
Honeywell’s Sales Structure by Terminal Market, 2016
Honeywell’s Businesses at a Glance
Honeywell’s Development History in China by Business, 1994-2017
Development History of Beijing Tongyizhong Specialty Fiber’s UHMWPE Fiber Products
Revenue and Net Income of Jiangsu Bicon Pharmaceutical, 2014-2017
Revenue Structure of Jiangsu Bicon Pharmaceutical by Business, 2016-2017
Revenue Structure of Jiangsu Bicon Pharmaceutical by Product, 2016-2017
Revenue Structure of Jiangsu Bicon Pharmaceutical by Region, 2016-2017
UHMWPE Fiber Capacity of Jiangsu Bicon Pharmaceutical, 2016-2020E
Operating Business Distribution of Hunan Zhongtai Special Equipment
Main Models and Parameters of Hunan Zhongtai Special Equipment’s UHMWPE Fiber
Development History of Shandong ICD High Performance Fibre’s UHMWPE Fiber
UHMWPE Fiber Product Models of Shandong ICD High Performance Fibre
Layout and Development History of Jiangsu Zhongyi Special Fiber’s UHMWPE Fiber
Development History and Operating Business of Ningbo Dacheng New Materials
Models and Performance Parameters of Ningbo Dacheng New Materials’ Main UHMWPE Fiber Products
Operating Business Layout and Development History of Shanghai SURREY Technology
Operating Business and Development History of Sinopec Yizheng Chemical Fibre
Operating Business Distribution and Development History of Jian Qiao Technology

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