Polyethylene (PE) is a commodity plastic and is the largest derivative of ethylene, accounting for around 60% of total ethylene demand. Polyethylene is a family of three different polymers – high density polyethylene (HDPE), linear-low density polyethylene (LLDPE) and low density polyethylene (LDPE). LDPE is the oldest of the three forms of polyethylene, discovered in the 1940s, and shares lower density with the youngest member of the polyethylene family, LLDPE. Both lower density polyethylenes are mainly used in the production of film for packaging. HDPE is more versatile and can be used in many different applications, mainly non-durable, but also in durable products such as plastic pipes.

Our Global Polyethylene Long-Term outlook consists of four downloadable excel files: (1) Polyethylene capacities and projects; (2) Trade Visualisation Tool; (3) Supply-Demand Dashboard and Model; (4) Price, Cost and Margins. All of these are designed with ease-of-use in mind and include interactive graphics for data visualisation, tabular data sets and assumptions.

Access our long-term outlook via the Wood Mackenzie portal.

Long Term Supply & Demand

Coming soon – build your commercial understanding and strategic plans with integrated “Chain” reports bringing together our Ethylene and Polyethylene analysis.