Polyimides Market Size, Share, Opportunities, And Trends By Type (Thermoplastic, Thermosetting), By End-User (Automotive, Transportation, Healthcare, Electronics & Semiconductor, Others), And By Geography - Forecasts From 2023 To 2028

  • Published : Jul 2023
  • Report Code : KSI061615364
  • Pages : 141

The global polyimides market was valued at US$1,689.164 million in 2021 and is projected to expand at a CAGR of 6.14% over the forecast period to reach US$2,563.453 million by 2028.

Polyimide is a polymer that contains amide monomers and displays high heat resistance, corrosion, and wear resistance. It is of two types, thermoplastic and thermosetting, and is commonly used for films and coatings. Due to these characteristics, polyimides are also used extensively in electronic and electrical, aerospace, automotive, and healthcare industries. Polyimides can replace conventional materials like metals and glass in some applications. The major drivers of the market growth include increased demand from industries such as automotive and healthcare.

The surge in polyimide demand is being driven on account of the growing healthcare and electronics sectors.

Many daily-use electronic products like smartphones and smartwatches are growing in demand globally. The manufacturing of these products involves the use of polyimide films bonded to copper films. Another added advantage of using polyimides is that it does not make the products significantly heavier, thus keeping them lightweight, which is a big selling point for electronics. These properties, along with high heat resistance and other electrical and mechanical properties, have helped create a demand for polyimides in the electronics industry, showing significant growth due to rapid technological innovations. For instance, according to the National Investment Promotion and Facilitation Agency’s report published in 2021, the electronics industry in India is expected to grow by over six times by 2025.

Polyimides find multiple uses in different medical devices due to their chemical and pressure resistance and flexibility. It is also useful in certain medical applications requiring high-temperature resistance. The healthcare industry is booming worldwide, with national governments increasing their spending on the healthcare sector with newer cures and treatments being researched and developed continuously. Since polyimides are used extensively throughout the healthcare sector due to their superior properties, the demand for them will continue to grow as the healthcare industry grows. Polyimides are also key components in the automotive manufacturing processes. They are used as heat-resistant film materials in vehicles and for ground insulation owing to their extreme resistance properties. There has been a 6% increase in worldwide automotive production in 2022, as per OICA data.

Therefore, with increased automotive production coupled with the widespread adoption of electric vehicles, the demand for polyimides will also increase in the coming years. Due to such efforts, key businesses in this market have seen increased income over the past few years. For instance, according to their yearly reports, Kaneka Corporation had an increase in revenue of over 16.6% from 2021 to 2022 and produced total revenues of roughly ¥691,530 million in 2022.

High manufacturing cost is expected to restrain the industry expansion.

Monomers are key components in the making of polyimide films. However, it involves very high costs related to manufacturing. Additionally, there is also a scarcity of monomers that are available for synthesis. There are also other manufacturing expenses related to polyimides, such as purchasing special machinery for its manufacturing, that add to the overall cost of the product and make it more expensive. Another additional barrier to market growth is the need for technically skilled and competent labour for the manufacturing process of polyimides.

Market Developments:

  • In January 2022: DuPont completed the construction of its Ohio-based manufacturing unit in which it invested US$250 million. This investment was made to help the company meet the growing demands for polyimide materials used in various industries such as electronics and automotive.
  • In January 2021: Zeus Industrial Products announced a new polyimide tubing product which is reinforced with braid and coil and will be useful for manufacturers of medical devices. Engineers of medical devices can optimize their catheter designs with the help of polyimides’ properties.
  • In September 2019: Evonik launched a new polyimide fiber product called P84 HT. It is claimed to have improved flexibility and mechanical stability at higher temperatures. These products have many applications, including high-temperature filtration, thermal insulation, etc.

The Asia-Pacific region is expected to hold a significant market share.

Asia Pacific is expected to constitute a significant market share owing to the growth in industrial and automotive sectors in the region's major economies, such as China, Japan, and India. For instance, according to the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers, in 2022, India witnessed a 24% increase in its automotive production compared to 2021. Also, the well-established electronics industries in South Korea, China, and Japan act as additional driving factors. According to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, in 2021, there was a 14.7% year-on-year increase in the operating revenue of the electronic information manufacturing industry in China. These key factors will continue increasing the demand for polyimides in the Asia-Pacific market, propelling regional market growth.

Polyimides Market Scope:


Report Metric Details
Market Size Value in 2021 US$1,689.164 million
Market Size Value in 2028 US$2,563.453 million
Growth Rate CAGR of 6.14% from 2021 to 2028
Base Year 2021
Forecast Period 2023 – 2028
Forecast Unit (Value) USD Million
Segments Covered Type, End-User, and Geography
Regions Covered North America, South America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific
Companies Covered Mitsui Chemicals, SABIC, Toray Industries Inc., Saint-Gobain, Fralock, Dupont, 3M, Kaneka Corporation, Nitto Denko Corporation
Customization Scope Free report customization with purchase


Market Segmentation:

    • Thermoplastic
    • Thermosetting
    • Automotive
    • Transportation
    • Healthcare
    • Electronics & Semiconductor
    • Others
    • North America
      • USA
      • Canada
      • Mexico
    • South America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Others
    • Europe
      • Germany
      • France
      • United Kingdom
      • Spain
      • Others
    • Middle East And Africa
      • Saudi Arabia
      • UAE
      • Israel
      • Others
    • Asia Pacific
      • China
      • India
      • South Korea
      • Indonesia
      • Thailand
      • Taiwan
      • Others

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The global polyimides market is projected to expand at a CAGR of 6.14% during the forecast period.
The polyimides market is projected to reach a market size of US$2,563.453 million by 2028.
Polyimides Market was valued at US$1,689.164 million in 2021.
The major drivers for the polyimides market growth include increased demand in several booming industries such as automotive and healthcare.
The Asia-Pacific region is expected to hold a significant share of the polyimides market owing to the growth in industrial and automotive sectors in the major economies of the region.


1.1. Market Overview

1.2. Market Definition

1.3. Scope of the Study

1.4. Market Segmentation

1.5. Currency

1.6. Assumptions

1.7. Base, and Forecast Years Timeline


2.1. Research Data

2.2. Research Process


3.1. Research Highlights


4.1. Market Drivers

4.2. Market Restraints

4.3. Porter’s Five Force Analysis

4.3.1. Bargaining Power of Suppliers

4.3.2. Bargaining Power of Buyers

4.3.3. Threat of New Entrants

4.3.4. Threat of Substitutes

4.3.5. Competitive Rivalry in the Industry

4.4. Industry Value Chain Analysis


5.1. Introduction

5.2. Thermoplastic

5.3. Thermosetting


6.1. Introduction

6.2. Automotive

6.3. Transportation

6.4. Healthcare

6.5. Electronics & Semiconductor

6.6. Others


7.1. Introduction 

7.2. North America

7.2.1. USA

7.2.2. Canada

7.2.3. Mexico

7.3. South America

7.3.1. Brazil

7.3.2. Argentina

7.3.3. Others

7.4. Europe

7.4.1. Germany

7.4.2. France

7.4.3. United Kingdom

7.4.4. Spain

7.4.5. Others

7.5. Middle East And Africa

7.5.1. Saudi Arabia

7.5.2. UAE

7.5.3. Israel

7.5.4. Others

7.6. Asia Pacific

7.6.1. China

7.6.2. Japan

7.6.3. India

7.6.4. South Korea

7.6.5. Indonesia

7.6.6. Thailand

7.6.7. Taiwan

7.6.8. Others


8.1. Major Players and Strategy Analysis

8.2. Emerging Players and Market Lucrativeness

8.3. Mergers, Acquisitions, Agreements, and Collaborations

8.4. Vendor Competitiveness Matrix


9.1. Mitsui Chemicals

9.2. SABIC

9.3. Toray Industries Inc.

9.4. Saint-Gobain 

9.5. Fralock

9.6. Dupont

9.7. 3M

9.8. Kaneka Corporation

9.9. Nitto Denko Corporation

Mitsui Chemicals


Toray Industries Inc.





Kaneka Corporation

Nitto Denko Corporation