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Polybutene-1 Market

Polybutene-1 Market

Polybutene-1 Market, Forecast, Trend, Analysis & Competition Tracking - Global Market Insights 2021 to 2031

Polybutene-1 Market

About the Report

The global polybutene-1 market is forecast to be valued at around US$ 383 Mn in 2021, and is projected to expand at a healthy CAGR of 7.5% from 2021-2031.

Polybutene-1 (PB-1) is a polymer produced using Zeigler-Natta catalyst that produces highly isotactic thermoplastics with superior thermal-, chemical-, and mechanical-resistant properties, making it a technically preferred material for the production of hot and cold pressurized water piping systems and temperature-resistant tanks. Demand for polybutene-1 blow molding grade and well as demand for polybutene-1 Injection molding grade has been rising.

Polybutene-1 is available in two different isomeric forms depending on where the carbon bonds are attached to the molecule. PB-1 possess several benefits that include high resilience, lightweight, toughness, and flexibility. Alongside these properties, creep resistance and low stiffness make this product suitable for a wide range of applications, including hot and cold-water pipes, surface heating and cooling systems, and hot melt adhesives, among others.

The primary goal of Fact.MR's new report on polybutene-1 is to provide insights on the demand generators, market scenario, and technological advances in the field.

The report also provides a breakdown, detailing insights into market dynamics, including the drivers, restraints, opportunities, trends, and price analysis, as well as key success factors. Market trends have been tracked in more than 20 high-growth countries, indicating that countries in North America, East Asia, and Europe have prominent shares in the market.

Historical Trends Vs Future Market Projections

Over the past half-decade, extensive consumption of packaged food and demand for hot and cold water piping systems have escalated the market value of polybutene-1. The market expanded at a CAGR of 2.4% during 2016-2020. Key factors responsible for this growth were:

  • Rising demand for food packaging
  • Flexible and flawless piping and plumbing solutions
  • Molding in electric domestic heater
  • Environment-friendly recyclable solutions
  • Better performing substitute over other polymers

Demand for polybutene-1 plummeted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in the first two quarters of 2020. Decline in demand was majorly due to reduced consumption across piping applications. On the other side, COVID-19 increased the need for packaged food, which kept up PB-1 demand during the pandemic. The fourth quarter of 2020 witnessed a hike in polybutene-1 application in food packaging.

Market growth over the long-term forecast period has been evaluated by dividing the term (2021-2031) into three main periods. They are short-run, medium-run, and long-run.

Short Run: Growth of the market driven by rising applications (such as film modification, hot melt adhesives, etc.) over the first quarter of 2021 to the fourth quarter of 2023. The -1 market will observe steady growth over the same period.

Medium Run: The market will grow at a high pace over the medium-term. Regions such as Europe and South Asia will be witnessing higher demand growth.

Long Run: Owing to growing demand for polybutene-1 in packaging, plumbing, and several other applications, the market will show a different outlook by 2031.

How is Growing Demand for Packaged Food Increasing the Need for Polybutene-1?

Food packaging is one of the main application segments where demand for polybutene-1 is growing at a high pace. Packaged food supports a busy lifestyle and allows protection for ready-to-eat meals. It also allows resealing of any packaged food item once the desired amount of food has been consumed.

Additionally, polybutene-1 packaging allows easy to open property with little force and without the need for any cutting instrument, which has inclined the packaging industry to lean towards utilization of PB-1. Furthermore, customers who use polybutene-1 report good results for the packaging of fresh pasta, sliced cheese and meat, pizza, tofu, ready-to-eat meals, yoghurt cups, sandwich packs, etc.

Demand for polybutene-1 has also shown huge growth in terms of vacuum food packaging. In vacuum packaging, use of polybutene-1 products has enabled consumers to develop a wide range of film structures that are typically used for the safe packaging of peanuts, coffee, vacuum rice, meat packaging, powder milk, and cheese.

Why Have PB-1 Piping Systems Been Popular Since Decades?

Polybutene-1 pipeline systems have demonstrated their perfect survival in the pursuit of industrial and domestic applications, and have received widespread acceptance among engineers, architects, construction contractors, and homeowners. PB-1 piping system provide efficient and reliable operations, piping flexibility, network handling, and high energy efficiency.

All polyolefins compounds tend to dilate when exposed to chronic stress for a long time. But the unique morphology and crystallization behavior of PB-1 gives it unparalleled properties for pressurized piping operations. In addition to its excellent mechanical and thermal performance, polybutene-1 offers a high level of chemical resistance and also provides excellent resistance to heat.

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Which Region Has the Greatest Potential for Polybutene-1 Consumption?

Europe has been considered the demand hub for polybutene-1 for decades, owing to the presence of a large number of manufacturers and barrier-free application of the product across industries.

Of the European countries, majority of consumers are concentrated in Germany, owing to extensive utilization of polybutene-1products across the country. Moreover, there are a bundle of PB-1 pipe manufacturers, which makes the country a lucrative PB-1 market. A list of top 10 PB-1 pipe manufacturers in Germany with their consumption quantity has been provided in the recently published report of Fact.MR.

On the other hand, North America has banned the utilization of polybutene-1 for piping applications and domestic heaters, which shrunk the possibilities of market growth over the past half-decade. The Middle East and Africa has the potential to grow, because of its growing integration of polybutene-1 pipes in the oil & gas sector.

Country-wise Analysis

Why is India Showcasing Huge Scope for Polybutene-1 Consumption?

India is a major contributor to the growth of the polybutene-1 market, owing to rapid growth of the food packaging industry. The country witnessed a CAGR of 2.9% over the past half-decade, and is expected to rise further over the medium-run forecast period. The country is known for the highest consumption of polybutene-1 in the food packaging industry, and tops the rank among other countries in the region.

Additionally, film modification application in the country drives demand for polybutene-1. Consumers of PB-1 in film modification report that polybutene-1 film has the highest quality, durability, and efficiency as compared to other polymer used for film modification.

Why is the Polybutene-1 Market in Europe Consistently Rising?

Europe is a huge market for polybutene-1 with many prominent players operating across European countries. The region is known for the highest production of polybutene-1, and in terms of value, the region has the highest revenue share globally. In 2019, approx. 28% market share was captured by Europe itself, which is expected to reach one-third by 2031.

Europe is one of the most potential markets for PB-1 piping systems. Hot and cold water piping systems have witnessed higher utilization of PB-1 for their manufacturing. People throughout Europe are habituated with fresh and hygienic drinking water, and the polybutene-1 piping systems provide the same. Additionally, the use of PB-1 in hot melt adhesives in Europe drives demand owing to the vast automobile sector in the region.

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Category-wise Insights

Will a Wide Range of Product Offerings by Manufacturers Boost Demand for Polybutene-1?

  • Polybutene-1 manufacturers offer a range of products based on application, which includes automotive parts, bags and pouches, bottles and vials, coatings, color concentrates, piping systems, and others.
  • For instance, Lyondellbasell offers Akoalit PB DKG 300, which is a mono polymer manufactured from a butane-1 polymer. The product is used where high stiffness, outstanding creep, property retention and low thermal expansion at elevated temperature are required. The product availability and demand is growing in prominent regions throughout the globe including Africa-Middle East, Asia Pacific, Australia and New Zealand, Europe, North America, and South & Central America.
  • Mitsui Chemicals, a Japan-based manufacturer with a global presence, offers a polybutene-1 product named Beaulon, used for cold and hot water supply pipes, oil supply pipes, and floor heating pipes. The product has created a unique identity in the global market because of its water resistance, chemical resistance, abrasion resistance, and flexibility.

What are the Applications That Have Potential to Surge Polybutene-1 Demand?

Apart from PB-1 piping, film modification is anticipated to account for high demand for polybutene-1. Use of polybutene-1 in film modification has shown significant growth from the past half-decade, owing to extensive integration of the product with the application.

PB-1 increases flexibility and softness without sacrificing the clarity of the film, which makes the film more functional. Similarly, polybutene-1 is also used to modify polypropylene fibres to enhance softness and flexibility. Many East Asian countries such as China and Japan are using PB-1 for manufacturing cosmetic and personal care products, which include the formulation of lipsticks, eye makeup, and several skincare products.

Report Scope



Forecast Period


Historical Data Available for


Market Analysis

US$ Mn for Value and Tons for Volume

Key Regions Covered

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • East Asia
  • South Asia & Oceania
  • the Middle East & Africa

Key Countries Covered

  • U.S.
  • Mexico
  • Venezuela
  • Germany
  • U.K.
  • Russia
  • China
  • Japan
  • India
  • GCC

Key Segments Covered

  • Product Type
  • Process Technique
  • Application
  • Region

Key Companies Profiled

  • LyondellBasell
  • Mitsui Chemicals
  • Ylem Technology
  • Shandong Tengzhou Ruida Chemical

Customization & Pricing

Available upon Request

Key Market Segments Covered

  • By Product Type

    • Homo Polybutene-1
    • Random Polybutene-1
  • By Process Technique

    • Extrusion Grade Polybutene-1
    • Extrusion Blow Molding Grade Polybutene-1
    • Injection Molding Grade Polybutene-1
  • By Application

    • Polybutene-1 for Packaging Material
      • Cold Meat
      • Cheese
      • Smoked Salmon
      • Powder Milk
      • Rice 
      • Coffee Pads
      • Others
    • Polybutene-1 for Film Modification
      • BOPP
      • Cast PP
    • Polybutene-1 for Polyolefin Modification
    • Polybutene-1 for Piping / Plumbing Systems
      • Hot and Cold Water Supply Systems
      • District Heating Lines
      • Pressurized Plastic Tanks
      • Underfloor Heating
      • Others
    • Polybutene-1 for Electric Domestic Heaters
    • Polybutene-1 for Hot Melt Adhesives
  • Region

    • North America
    • Latin America
    • Europe
    • East Asia
    • South Asia & Oceania
    • Middle East & Africa

- FAQs -

Fact.MR projects the market to register a CAGR around 7.5% during the 2021-2031 assessment period. Higher penetration in piping system application and food packaging industry will bolster demand over the coming years.
As per Fact.MR’s projections, Europe is expected to hold the highest demand for polybutene-1 by 2031. South Asia & Oceania is expected to capture around 30% of global demand. Rising demand for food packaging and film modification is leading to higher util

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