Publication Date
February 2024
USD 14.07 billion
USD 24.14 billion
USD 15.08 billion
PEX Market by Type (High-Density Polyethylene, Low-Density Polyethylene, Medium-Density Polyethylene), Technology (Electron Beam Processing, Engel Method, Silane Grafting), End-User - Global Forecast 2024-2030

[194 Pages Report] The PEX Market size was estimated at USD 14.07 billion in 2023 and expected to reach USD 15.08 billion in 2024, at a CAGR 8.00% to reach USD 24.14 billion by 2030.

PEX Market
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PEX, standing for participatory experience exhibition, is an all-encompassing term used to reference cross-linked polyethylene. This unique type of plastic is created through a process known as cross-linking, which strengthens the polymer and enhances its heat resistance, durability, and flexibility. Increasing urbanization and infrastructure development, coupled with demand for pipes and growing government investments in renewable energy production and distribution, are creating significant growth in the market. Moreover, rising demand and electric vehicle production across economies are fueling market growth. Availability of alternatives and substitutes to PEX and concerns regarding environmental degradation of PEX and operational limitations hamper the market development. Improvements and advancements in material composition and production of PEX are expected to have also opened an avenue for more opportunities in the market. In addition, increasing focus on enhancing sustainability in the PEX lifecycle leads the way towards an eco-friendly solution.

PEX Market - Global Forecast 2024-2030
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Type: Significant preference for MDPE for decent rigidity and flexibility

High-density polyethylene (HDPE) is highly preferred for its incredible resistance to damage, making it ideal in high-stress environments in various industries such as manufacturing, automotive, and construction. It comprises tightly packed polymers, which provide a higher strength and rigidity, thus making it the hardest and least flexible among this particular class of polymers. Unlike HDPE, low-density polyethylene (LDPE) is characterized by its flexibility and resilience. It is advantageous when a certain level of elasticity is needed in the product, as seen in applications such as wire and cable, flexible lids, and the manufacturing of squeeze bottles. LDPE's ability to withstand a certain level of deformation without breaking makes it an ideal choice in these industries. Medium-density polyethylene (MDPE) strikes a middle ground between HDPE and LDPE, balancing stiffness and flexibility, which makes it highly versatile for numerous applications, including gas piping, carrier bags, and shrink film. Through a comparative lens, the choice amongst HDPE, LDPE, and MDPE pivots on the application requirements for damage resistance or flexibility. HDPE excels in durability, while LDPE provides unmatched flexibility, whereas MDPE mingles both attributes, promising moderate sturdiness and adaptability. Anticipated market trends signal an upward drift in demands for HDPE in rigid packaging applications, LDPE in packaging requiring flexibility, and MDPE in improved gas piping systems. Nevertheless, the choice of polymer is contingent on the unique application specifications.

Technology: Growing adoption for electron beam cross-linking process for improved quality control and operational cost savings

Electron beam processing is a cross-linking technology that utilizes high-energy electron beams to create an end product with superior thermal, chemical, and physical properties. Alternatively, the Engel method, also known as the Engel process, involves a high-pressure method of cross-linking that is principally used for PEX pipe manufacturing. Silane grafting involves cross-linking polyethylene using silane, producing a material with enhanced thermal stability and long-term pressure resistance. These three technology segments offer unique benefits shaped by various application requirements. Industry leaders continuously drive innovation and efficiency, transforming the PEX industry.

End-User: Wider application of PEX pipes for residential and commercial applications

PEX is a prevalent material in production lines in the automotive industry, particularly for insulation purposes in wiring harness assemblies. Its high-temperature stability combined with excellent flexibility makes it suitable for harsh automotive conditions. Due to its corrosion-resistant property, the chemical industry extensively uses PEX for pipelining. PEX piping systems are useful for heated leach pads in the mining sector due to their excellent durability and chemical resistance. PEX has been recognized in the medical sector for its biocompatibility and sterilization ability, enabling its use in different medical devices. In the mining sector, PEX piping systems are useful for heated leach pads due to their excellent durability and chemical resistance. PEX pipes are commonly used in plumbing for their plastic nature that is not subject to corrosion or scaling, attributes that bolster longevity. PEX is significant for its electrical insulation properties in the wires & cables industry. The material helps in mitigating electrical fires and enhancing cable lifespan. PEX, with its multifunctional attributes and cost-effectiveness, continues to redefine industries, creating new avenues for end-users and manufacturers.

Regional Insights

In the Americas, particularly in North America, there is a high demand for PEX in the residential construction sector due to its flexibility, durability, and ease of installation. The United States leads in adopting PEX for plumbing applications, driven by the need for cost-effective and reliable piping solutions. In South America, the demand for PEX is growing, although at a slower pace, influenced by economic factors and the gradual shift from traditional piping materials to PEX in new construction and retrofitting projects. The EMEA region exhibits a diverse demand for PEX, with Europe showing a strong preference for PEX in underfloor heating systems and renewable energy applications, such as solar and geothermal systems. The Middle East shows significant growth potential due to the construction boom and the need for temperature-resistant piping solutions. The Asia-Pacific region has an increasing demand for PEX, driven by rapid urbanization and industrialization, particularly in China and India. The region's demand is fueled by large-scale infrastructure projects, the adoption of PEX in potable water systems, and the increasing popularity of radiant floor heating in countries with colder climates.

FPNV Positioning Matrix

The FPNV Positioning Matrix is pivotal in evaluating the PEX Market. It offers a comprehensive assessment of vendors, examining key metrics related to Business Strategy and Product Satisfaction. This in-depth analysis empowers users to make well-informed decisions aligned with their requirements. Based on the evaluation, the vendors are then categorized into four distinct quadrants representing varying levels of success: Forefront (F), Pathfinder (P), Niche (N), or Vital (V).

Market Share Analysis

The Market Share Analysis is a comprehensive tool that provides an insightful and in-depth examination of the current state of vendors in the PEX Market. By meticulously comparing and analyzing vendor contributions in terms of overall revenue, customer base, and other key metrics, we can offer companies a greater understanding of their performance and the challenges they face when competing for market share. Additionally, this analysis provides valuable insights into the competitive nature of the sector, including factors such as accumulation, fragmentation dominance, and amalgamation traits observed over the base year period studied. With this expanded level of detail, vendors can make more informed decisions and devise effective strategies to gain a competitive edge in the market.

Recent Developments
  • Reece-Hopper Now Represents REHAU Products in Texas

    REHAU has partnered with Reece-Hopper Sales LLC to provide comprehensive support to Texas's mechanical and plumbing markets. As part of this collaboration, Reece-Hopper expands its product line to include REHAU's innovative polymer-based mechanical and plumbing systems products. This strategic partnership aims to enhance the services offered by both companies, benefiting contractors, engineers, and wholesalers in the industry. [Published On: 2023-09-05]

  • SKZ Expands Cross-Linked Materials Research

    The SKZ research group has launched a dedicated initiative focused on developing cross-linked plastics with tailored properties. These plastics are designed to cater to various applications such as electromobility, medical technology, and renewable energies. With a strong emphasis on serving industrial customers, the group offers various services, including material research, formulation development, process design for compounding cross-linking plastics, and developing recycling concepts. [Published On: 2023-08-10]

  • Avient Corporation Expands Manufacturing of UL-Certified Wire and Cable Formulations for Photovoltaic Applications to Europe

    Avient Corporation has expanded its manufacturing operations in Europe to meet the growing demand for UL-certified Syncure XLPE Cross-Linkable Polyethylene Formulations. Avient's decision to expand production in Europe improves supply security and reduces lead times for customers in the EMEA region and India. [Published On: 2023-07-18]

Key Company Profiles

The report delves into recent significant developments in the PEX Market, highlighting leading vendors and their innovative profiles. These include 3H Vinacom Co., Ltd., Ankit Polymers, Apollo by The Mosack Group, Inc., Arkema Group, Avient Corporation, Borealis AG, Everhot, Inc., Exxon Mobil Corporation, Hanwha Corporation, HDC Hyundai EP Company, Hibco Plastics, Inc., Kkalpana industries (India) Limited, LyondellBasell Industries N.V., MrPEX Systems, Neste Corporation, NKT A/S, Nouryon Chemicals Holding B.V., Palziv Ltd., Polylink Polymers (India) Ltd., Polyrocks Chemical Co., Ltd., REHAU Industries SE & Co. KG, Reliance Worldwide Corporation Limited, Repsol, S.A., SACO AEI Polymers, Sankhla Polymers Pvt. Ltd., SILON s.r.o., Sioux Chief Manufacturing Co., Inc., Solvay SA, Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd., The Dow Chemical Company, Toray Industries, Inc., Uponor Corporation, Vikas Lifecare Limited, WasteWise Group Oy, and Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc..

Market Segmentation & Coverage

This research report categorizes the PEX Market to forecast the revenues and analyze trends in each of the following sub-markets:

  • Type
    • High-Density Polyethylene
    • Low-Density Polyethylene
    • Medium-Density Polyethylene
  • Technology
    • Electron Beam Processing
    • Engel Method
    • Silane Grafting
  • End-User
    • Automotive
    • Chemical
    • Medical & Healthcare
    • Mining
    • Plumbing
    • Wires & Cables

  • Region
    • Americas
      • Argentina
      • Brazil
      • Canada
      • Mexico
      • United States
        • California
        • Florida
        • Illinois
        • New York
        • Ohio
        • Pennsylvania
        • Texas
    • Asia-Pacific
      • Australia
      • China
      • India
      • Indonesia
      • Japan
      • Malaysia
      • Philippines
      • Singapore
      • South Korea
      • Taiwan
      • Thailand
      • Vietnam
    • Europe, Middle East & Africa
      • Denmark
      • Egypt
      • Finland
      • France
      • Germany
      • Israel
      • Italy
      • Netherlands
      • Nigeria
      • Norway
      • Poland
      • Qatar
      • Russia
      • Saudi Arabia
      • South Africa
      • Spain
      • Sweden
      • Switzerland
      • Turkey
      • United Arab Emirates
      • United Kingdom

The report offers valuable insights on the following aspects:

  1. Market Penetration: It presents comprehensive information on the market provided by key players.
  2. Market Development: It delves deep into lucrative emerging markets and analyzes the penetration across mature market segments.
  3. Market Diversification: It provides detailed information on new product launches, untapped geographic regions, recent developments, and investments.
  4. Competitive Assessment & Intelligence: It conducts an exhaustive assessment of market shares, strategies, products, certifications, regulatory approvals, patent landscape, and manufacturing capabilities of the leading players.
  5. Product Development & Innovation: It offers intelligent insights on future technologies, R&D activities, and breakthrough product developments.

The report addresses key questions such as:

  1. What is the market size and forecast of the PEX Market?
  2. Which products, segments, applications, and areas should one consider investing in over the forecast period in the PEX Market?
  3. What are the technology trends and regulatory frameworks in the PEX Market?
  4. What is the market share of the leading vendors in the PEX Market?
  5. Which modes and strategic moves are suitable for entering the PEX Market?

Table of Contents
  1. Preface
  2. Research Methodology
  3. Executive Summary
  4. Market Overview
  5. Market Insights
  6. PEX Market, by Type
  7. PEX Market, by Technology
  8. PEX Market, by End-User
  9. Americas PEX Market
  10. Asia-Pacific PEX Market
  11. Europe, Middle East & Africa PEX Market
  12. Competitive Landscape
  13. Competitive Portfolio
Companies Mentioned
  • 3H Vinacom Co., Ltd.
  • Ankit Polymers
  • Apollo by The Mosack Group, Inc.
  • Arkema Group
  • Avient Corporation
  • Borealis AG
  • Everhot, Inc.
  • Exxon Mobil Corporation
  • Hanwha Corporation
  • HDC Hyundai EP Company
  • Hibco Plastics, Inc.
  • Kkalpana industries (India) Limited
  • LyondellBasell Industries N.V.
  • MrPEX Systems
  • Neste Corporation
  • NKT A/S
  • Nouryon Chemicals Holding B.V.
  • Palziv Ltd.
  • Polylink Polymers (India) Ltd.
  • Polyrocks Chemical Co., Ltd.
  • REHAU Industries SE & Co. KG
  • Reliance Worldwide Corporation Limited
  • Repsol, S.A.
  • SACO AEI Polymers
  • Sankhla Polymers Pvt. Ltd.
  • SILON s.r.o.
  • Sioux Chief Manufacturing Co., Inc.
  • Solvay SA
  • Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
  • The Dow Chemical Company
  • Toray Industries, Inc.
  • Uponor Corporation
  • Vikas Lifecare Limited
  • WasteWise Group Oy
  • Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.
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The Global PEX Market size was estimated at USD 14.07 billion in 2023 and expected to reach USD 15.08 billion in 2024.
The Global PEX Market to grow USD 24.14 billion by 2030, at a CAGR of 8.00%
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