Plating on Plastics Market Size & Share, by Finish Type (Copper, Nickel, Chromium); Plastic (PEI, PET, PBT, PC, ABS, ABS/PC, Nylon); Application (Automotive, Electrical & Electronics, Construction & Building, Utilities, Domestic Fittings) - Global Supply & Demand Analysis, Growth Forecasts, Statistics Report 2024-2036

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  • Published Date: Feb 21, 2024
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Global Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2024-2036

Plating on Plastics Market size is poised to reach USD 2 Billion by the end of 2036, growing at a CAGR of 8% during the forecast period, i.e., 2024-2036. In the year 2023, the industry size of plating on plastics was USD 771 Million. The reason behind the growth is due to the growing sales of automobiles across the globe. One of the biggest and most powerful markets in the world is the automotive sector driven by the growing use of electric vehicles, with a higher contribution in emerging markets. For instance, global auto sales increased from around 66 million vehicles in 2021 to over 67 million vehicles in 2022.

The recent developments in plastic electroplating are believed to fuel the plating on plastics market growth. Recent developments in plastic-based electroless plating, which employs plastic as the substrate for the metal coating and has various further uses, allow the mixing and matching of various materials that have their advantages.

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Plating on Plastics Market: Growth Drivers and Challenges

Growth Drivers

  • Rising Demand for Electronics - Plastic surfaces that are not electrically conductive can be made conductive through plating, which makes them a great option for electronic connectors and components.
  • Growing Production of Oil- In the oil and gas sector, electroless nickel plating, or ENP, is another widely used metal finishing method since every phase of the distribution and production of oil and gas calls for robust parts that can survive the most challenging operating conditions. For instance, in 2022, the world's crude oil output increased by over 4%.
  • Increasing Usage in the Construction Industry- Plated plastics are used in plumbing fixtures to withstand corrosion, and are also lighter, and stronger than other plastics they have also been discovered to be perfect for sanitary fittings.
  • Surging Importance of Aesthetics- The addition of metal to a plastic base has significant aesthetic benefits, as through plating on plastics procedure, the advantages of metal and plastic materials are combined to provide improved conductivity, durability, and aesthetic appeal.


  • Environmental Concerns - Owing to the nature of plastic, electroplating onto it might be difficult since chemicals dissolved from plastics into the air and water are posing an increasing threat to the environment, can harm marine life via ingestion, suffocation, and other means, and have the potential to enter the human body through the food chain and endanger human health. As carbon-based substances, plastics contain several hazardous ingredients that can be detrimental to the environment and the general public's health, such as phthalates, polyfluorinated chemicals, bisphenol-A, brominated flame retardants, and antimony trioxide, which can adversely affect the environment.
  • Stringent regulatory requirements related to environmental protection can increase the overall cost
  • Varying prices of metal can cause supply chain disruptions and price fluctuations

Plating on Plastics Market: Key Insights

Base Year


Forecast Year




Base Year Market Size (2023)

~ USD 771 Million

Forecast Year Market Size (2036)

~ USD 2 Billion

Regional Scope

  • North America (U.S., and Canada)
  • Latin America (Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America)
  • Asia-Pacific (Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, NORDIC, Rest of Europe)
  • Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC North Africa, South Africa, Rest of the Middle East and Africa)
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Plating on Plastics Segmentation

Application (Automotive, Electrical & Electronics, Construction & Building, Utilities, Domestic Fittings)

The automotive segment in the plating on plastics market is estimated to gain a robust revenue share of 45% in the coming years. Plating plastics in the automotive industry is a process where metallic coatings are applied to plastic components to enhance their aesthetic appeal and offer functional benefits. This technique has gained importance owing to its versatility, cost-effectiveness, and ability to meet stringent regulatory requirements, and also as it makes it possible for automakers to simulate the look of metal parts while cutting costs and weight. Automotive components can have a longer lifespan by the plating of plastic parts with metallic coatings such as nickel or chrome, which can improve the overall performance and dependability of automotive systems. Functional uses for plated plastic components include EMI shielding in electronic modules, and corrosion protection, which aids in avoiding delamination and guarantees long-term durability.

In addition, plastic on plating technology is mostly used in the automobile industry, with home fixtures (plumbing) including bath and wash basin taps, sink wastes, shower fittings, bathroom accessories, and kitchen accessories following closely wherein the finish's sanitary properties and ease of cleaning play a significant role.

Finish Type (Copper, Nickel, Chromium)

The chromium segment in the plating on plastics market is set to garner a notable share shortly. Chrome plating is a common decorative technique applied to plastic components to provide strong visual appeal, superior corrosion resistance, and a smooth surface finish. The appearance of plastic trim on computers and mobile phones, as well as the many control knobs, switches, and buttons on a variety of home electronics and electrical appliances, can be improved using chrome plating on plastic, commonly referred to as chrome-like finishes or chrome plating, which is also used to create ornamental or non-functional items that have a finish similar to that of chromed metal which is significantly lighter and less expensive.

In addition, nickel is the metal of choice for most applications since it can increase the wear and corrosion resistance of plastic components. When plating plastic vehicle parts, nickel might be a good and less hazardous alternative to chrome owing to its bright, metallic appearance. Besides this, copper has an exceptional electrical conductivity that can be utilized as a masking heat stop-off.

Plastic (PEI, PET, PBT, PC, ABS, ABS/PC, Nylon)

The ABS segment in the plating on plastics market is poised to gain a noteworthy share in the coming years. The best option for plating, according to some, is acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) since it increases mechanical adhesion, adds aesthetic appeal, resists corrosion, and is a non-conductive, metal or alloy that cannot be directly electroplated onto its surface.

Our in-depth analysis of the global plating on plastics market includes the following segments:

          Finish Type

  • Copper
  • Nickel
  • Chromium


  • PEI
  •  PET
  •  PBT
  •  PC
  •  ABS
  •  ABS/PC
  •  Nylon


  • Automotive
  •  Electrical & Electronics
  •  Construction & Building
  •  Utilities
  •  Domestic Fittings

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Plating on Plastics Industry - Regional Synopsis

North American Market Forecast

Plating on plastics market in North America is predicted to account for the largest share of 40% by 2036 impelled by the rising personal disposable income. Consumers with more discretionary money are more likely to buy electronic gadgets, including tablet computers, and premium product offerings with cutting-edge technologies. This may also increase the demand for vehicles, and increase focus on vehicle customization in the region. For instance, the United States' disposable personal income rose by over 0.2% in December 2023, and this figure is expected to reach USD 25 trillion in 2029.

In addition, one of the most significant markets for aerospace is the US, which is well-positioned for long-term expansion. In terms of sales value, the United States plating on plastics market led the world in aerospace exports with over USD 85 billion in aerospace exports in 2021. This may drive the market growth in the region.

European Market Statistics

Europe plating on plastics market is estimated to be the second largest, during the forecast timeframe led by the growing emphasis on sustainability. Europe is investing more in sustainability to meet investor pressure, consumer demand, legal obligations, and business strategy. By implementing a series of policy measures known as the European Green Deal, the European Union hopes to put the continent on a green transition path to make Europe sustainable by 2030, and ultimately achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

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Companies Dominating the Plating on Plastics Market

    • Koch Industries Inc.
      • Company Overview
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      • Key Product Offerings
      • Financial Performance
      • Key Performance Indicators
      • Risk Analysis
      • Recent Development
      • Regional Presence
      • SWOT Analysis
    • Grauer and Weil India Ltd.
    • Integran Technologies Inc.
    • Element Solutions Inc.
    • Galva Decoparts Pvt. Ltd.
    • DuPont de Nemours Inc
    • Cybershield Inc.
    • Covestro AG
    • Plasman Plastics Inc.
    • MPC Plating Inc.
    • Phillips Plating Corp.
    • Leader Plating on Plastic Ltd.


In The News

  • Element Solutions Inc. a leading specialty chemicals company acquired HSO Herbert Schmidt GmbH & Co. KG that focuses on producing ecologically friendly goods and creates highly specialized solutions, particularly in the area of plating on plastics.
  • DuPont de Nemours Inc. announced the acquisition of Laird Performance Materials to bolster its Electronics and industrial (E&I) business and establish itself as a crucial supplier for significant electronics original manufacturers by fusing application engineering skills with applied materials science knowledge.

Author Credits:  Harshita Srivastava, Saima Khursheed

  • Report ID: 5699
  • Published Date: Feb 21, 2024
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The growing sales of automobiles across the globe and the recent developments in plastic electroplating are the major factors driving the growth of the market.

The market size of plating on plastics is anticipated to attain a CAGR of 8% over the forecast period, i.e., 2024-2036.

The major players in the market are Koch Industries Inc., Integran Technologies Inc., DuPont de Nemours Inc., Cybershield Inc., Covestro AG, Plasman Plastics Inc., Phillips Plating Corp., MPC Plating Inc., Leader Plating on Plastic Ltd., Grauer and Weil India Ltd., Galva Decoparts Pvt. Ltd., Element Solutions Inc., and others.

The automotive segment is anticipated to garner the largest market size by the end of 2036 and display significant growth opportunities.

The market in the North American region is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2036 and provide more business opportunities in the future.
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