The Polyetherimide (PEI) Market size is estimated to grow from USD 522 million in 2019 to USD 714 million by 2024, at a CAGR of 6.5% between 2019 and 2024. The increasing demand from the transportation sector, electrification of vehicles, and replacement of metals and specialty polymers with PEI in heat resistance applications are expected to drive the market.

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Injection molding is projected to be the fastest-growing process type segment of the PEI market. PEI is used in applications such as medical and electronics due to its strength and rigidity. This amber, high-performance polymer also provides properties such as dimensional stability and chemical resistance. PEI is ideal for environments that include hot air and water, as it is hydrolytically stable, can be resistant to heat for an extended period, and has excellent electrical properties. PEI processed through injection molding is used in applications such as medical devices, instrument trays, and electrical enclosures.

PEI sheet is projected to be the fastest-growing form. It is resistant to UV radiation even in unreinforced grade and offers properties such as high dielectric constant, making it an excellent electrical insulator. The general application of PEI sheet includes electrical switchgear, connectors, microwave cookware, under bonnet components, non-combustible plenum connectors, jet engine components, printed wiring boards, aircraft interiors, and electrical hardware components.

The transportation end-use industry is the fastest-growing segment of the polyetherimide (PEI) market. In terms of volume, the transportation end-use industry is estimated to lead the PEI market, while the electrical & electronics segment is estimated to account for the second-largest share of the global polyetherimide (PEI) market. The use of PEI has been increasing due to its ability to replace metal and other thermosets and bulk molding compounds. PEI is apt for applications that require high heat resistance, strength, and chemical resistance. The largest application of PEI is in the electrical and lighting systems, followed by under-the-hood applications.

“Europe to account for the largest share in the PEI market during the forecast period.”

The key countries contributing to the growth of the PEI market in Europe are Germany, France, the UK, Italy, and Spain. Favorable government policies are expected to provide growth opportunities for R&D in the electronics & semiconductor and automotive industries in these countries. The growth in R&D investment in the region is mainly driven by the automotive, information and communications technology (ICT), and healthcare industries, which is expected to boost the demand for PEI in the region.

The leading players in the PEI market are SABIC (Saudi Arabia), RTP Company (US), Ensinger Plastics (Germany), Röchling Group (Germany), Kuraray Europe (Germany) Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials (Japan), Solvay SA (Belgium), (Denmark), and Toray Industries (Japan).

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