Synthetic Rubber Market Analysis by Type {Styrene Butadiene Rubber (SBR), Ethylene Propylene diene Rubber (EPDM), Polyisoprene Rubber (IR), Polybutadiene Rubber (BR), Isobutylene Isoprene Rubber (IIR), and Others}; by Application {Automotive (Tire and Non-Tire), Footwear, Textile, Industrial Goods, Consumer Goods, and Others)} – Global Supply & Demand Analysis & Opportunity Outlook 2023-2035

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Global Synthetic Rubber Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2023 - 2035

The global synthetic rubber market size is estimated to reach ~USD 47 Billion by the end of 2035 by growing at a CAGR of ~7% over the forecast period, i.e., 2023 – 2035. In addition to this, in the year 2022, the market size of the synthetic rubber market was ~USD 21 Billion. The growth of the market can be attributed to the surging production of synthetic rubber owing to its rapidly escalating demand worldwide as well as increasing utilization in the manufacturing of various industrial goods and consumer goods. It was found that, compared to the year 2000, only about 10.9 million metric tons of synthetic rubber was produced globally, whereas the amount produced in 2020 reached more than 14.4 million metric tons.

In addition to these, factors that are believed to fuel the market growth of synthetic rubber include the increasing demand for these products from the automotive industry to produce tier owing to its unmatchable properties such as greater durability and longevity than natural rubber. These qualities are a result of the material's resistance to damage and degradation from chemicals, high and low temperatures, ozone, sunlight, and weathering. Additionally, the growing number of wheels as well as increasing sales of tires worldwide is predicted to present the potential for market expansion over the projected period. It was observed that the total sales of tires amounted to USD 64 billion worldwide in 2021, with a total of around 2.35 billion tires produced.

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Global Synthetic Rubber Market: Key Insights

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Base Year Market Size (2022)

~ USD 21 Billion

Forecast Year Market Size (2035)

~ USD 47 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)

Global Synthetic Rubber Market: Growth Drivers and Challenges


Growth Drivers

  • Growing Automotive & Transportation Industry – the increasing number of wheels with the growing production of motor vehicles worldwide is leading to the surging demand for tires and non-tires elastomer products. As per projections, there are more than 37 million wheels around the world. Moreover, the rising demand for lightweight vehicles as well as the growing production of electric vehicles (EVs) is further anticipated to boost the synthetic rubber market in the estimated time period. The physical and chemical properties of synthetic rubber polymers determine the overall tire performance in a vehicle including rolling resistance, wear, and traction.

  • Surging Demand for Athletic Footwear – backed by the uptrend of sports & fitness amongst the young as well as middle age population around the globe the demand for an appropriate athletic shoe for preventing injuries is increasing. As per research conducted with few a sports respondents playing varied sports, it was found that the percentage of injured subjects was ~40% in 2019. This as a result is anticipated to boost the market’s growth.

  • Emerging Demand for Healthcare & Medical Device Industry – The rapidly rising healthcare spending, as well as the growing medical device industry, is expected to boost the market growth as rubber in these industries is used to make various objects like surgical gloves, condoms, breathing bags, stoppers, cushioning materials, tubes, prosthetics, implants, catheters, and much more. The global health expenditure was found to reach ~9.8% of GDP in 2019. Additionally, the medical device industry in the United States is expected to generate ~USD 163 billion in 2023.

  • Prospering Construction Industry – the global construction sector is booming with the increasing infrastructural development as well as rising demand for residential and commercial spaces worldwide. For instance, in the United States (U.S.) 1,406,000 new housing units were completed in January 2023, exhibiting around a 12.8% increase from January 2022. As the construction industry demands synthetic rubber for their utilization in elevator belts, hoses, seismic bearings tubes, and others, the market is projected to expand with the flourishing construction industry.


  • Concern about negative impact on environmentThe stringent policies that govern the production and processing of synthetic rubber is anticipated to hamper the market growth. As per the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the primary sources of hazardous air pollutants (HAP) are sealants, rubber processing, and tire manufacturing facilities. Hence, there are a number of regulations for these industries, restraining the market growth.
  • Ill-Effects on human health
  • Availability of replacements such as polyurethanes

Global Synthetic Rubber Market Segmentation

The global synthetic rubber market is segmented and analyzed for demand and supply by application into automotive (tire and non-tire), footwear, textile, industrial goods, consumer goods, and others. Out of the given application of synthetic rubber, the automotive segment is estimated to gain the largest market share of about ~48% in the year 2035. The growth of the segment can be attributed to the expanding automotive industry with growing production of vehicles as well as the augmenting demand for tires, clutches, and engine bearings, besides the increasing investment to develop lightweight vehicles to improve fuel economy. It was found that around 79 million motor vehicles were produced worldwide in 2021, depicting a rise of 1.3% compared to 2020. Moreover, the surging demand for electric vehicles is further anticipated to boost market growth.

The global synthetic rubber market is also segmented and analyzed for demand and supply by type styrene butadiene rubber (SBR), ethylene propylene diene rubber (EPDM), polyisoprene rubber (IR), polybutadiene rubber (BR), isobutylene isoprene rubber (IIR), and others. Amongst these three segments, the styrene-butadiene rubber segment is expected to garner a significant share of around ~35% in the year 2035. The growth is backed by the widespread application of these types of synthetic rubber in automotive parts, gaskets, car tires, drive couplings, shoe soles and heels, and mechanical rubber goods. On the other hand, the EPDM segment is projected to witness a massive CAGR during the forecast period, owing to the growing demand for this product from the construction industry worldwide as it is used for roofing, sealants, garage door seals, pool liners, and many other applications in construction. This, as a result, is anticipated to create numerous opportunities for the growth of the segment in the coming years.

Our in-depth analysis of the global synthetic rubber market includes the following segments:

               By Type

  • Styrene Butadiene Rubber (SBR)
  • Ethylene Propylene diene Rubber (EPDM)
  • Polyisoprene Rubber (IR)
  • Polybutadiene Rubber (BR)
  • Isobutylene Isoprene Rubber (IIR)
  • Other

          By Application

  • Automotive
  • Tire
  • Non-Tire
  • Footwear
  • Textile
  • Industrial Goods
  • Consumer Goods
  • Others


Global Synthetic Rubber Market Regional Synopsis


The market share of synthetic rubber in Asia Pacific, amongst the market in all the other regions, is projected to be the largest with a share of about ~38% by the end of 2035. The growth of the market can be attributed majorly to the rising industrial development in emerging nations such as China and India as well as the prospering rubber industry along with the growing end-use industries in the region. It is a known fact that China leading the world in the production of synthetic rubber. It was found that in 2020, China’s synthetic rubber production accounted for nearly 22% of global production that year. Moreover, the presence of giant tire manufacturers as well as prospering automotive industry in the region is further anticipated to boost the market growth in the region.

The North American synthetic rubber market is estimated to be the second largest, registering a share of about ~22% by the end of 2035. The growth of the market can be attributed majorly to the increasing GDP per capita of the general population as well as the rising infrastructural development in the region along with the growing volume of construction projects. According to research, the construction industry nearly accounts for 4.3% of the U.S. GDP in 2023. Moreover, as per estimations the construction industry of the U.S. creates around USD 1.8 trillion worth of structures each year. Moreover, the surging development in healthcare facilities as well as booming biomedical, biopharmaceuticals, and biotechnology in the region is further expected to boost the regional market growth.

Further, the market in Europe, amongst the market in all the other regions, is projected to hold a majority of the share by the end of 2035. The market growth in the region is backed by the existence of some key market players in the region besides the presence of giant automotive and tire manufacturers who are the major consumer of synthetic rubber. According to data, there were almost 13 synthetic rubber-producing companies in Europe with a capacity amounting to ~2.8 million tons.


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Top Featured Companies Dominating the Global Synthetic Rubber Market

    • Arlanxeo
      • Company Overview
      • Business Strategy
      • Key Product Offerings
      • Financial Performance
      • Key Performance Indicators
      • Risk Analysis
      • Recent Development
      • Regional Presence
      • SWOT Analysis
    • Agilyx AS
    • ExxonMobil Corporation
    • Kumho Petrochemical Co., Ltd.
    • Saudi Arabian Oil Co.
    • TSRC Corporation
    • China Petrochemical Corporation (Sinopec)
    • The Dow Chemical Company
    • Dupont
    • Zeon Corporation


In The News

  • ARLANXEO a world-leading synthetic rubber company invested to strengthen its position as the world’s leading manufacturer of synthetic rubber. A hefty million amount will be invested to modernize its production sites in Triunfo, Brazil, and La Wantzenau, France.

  • Agilyx Corporation a wholly owned subsidiary of Agilyx AS and a pioneer in the advanced recycling of post-use plastics collaborated with Kumho Petrochemical Co., Ltd., a global leader in the manufacture of synthetic rubber, to explore the development and construction of a chemical recycling project in South Korea


Global Economic Impact

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Despite Inflation & Fearing Recession, Businesses Across the Globe Expected to Do Better in 2023:

In 2023, market players might incur losses due to huge gap in currency translation followed by contracting revenues, shrinking profit margins & cost pressure on logistics and supply chain.
Controlling Inflation has become the first priority for global economies from last quarter of 2022 and to be followed in 2023. With skewed economic situations, rise in interest rate by governments to control spending and inflation, spiked oil and gas prices, high inflation, geo-political issues including U.S. & China trade war, Russia-Ukraine conflict to intensify the global economic issues.
The interest rates in the U.S. may be less sensitive in 2023 as compared to 2022; sigh of relief for businesses. Positive business sentiments, healthy business balance sheets, growth in construction spending (private construction value in 2022 stood at $1,429.2 billion, 11.7 percent (±1.0 percent) above the $1,279.5 billion spent in 2021, Residential construction in 2022 was $899.1 billion, up by 13.3 percent (±2.1 percent) from $793.7 billion in 2021, non-residential construction touched $530.1 billion, 9.1 percent (±1.0 percent) above the $485.8 billion in 2021.) showcases minimal impact of recession in the country.
Similarly, spiked spending in the European and major Asia economics including, India, China & Japan to showcase less impact on the global demand.

Author Credits:  Smruti Ranjan, Rajrani Baghel

Key Questions Answered in the Report

1) What are the major factors driving the growth of the synthetic rubber market?

Ans: The increasing production of synthetic rubber owing to its skyrocketing demand from many end-use industries such as healthcare, construction, automotive is the major factor driving the market growth.

2) What would be the CAGR of synthetic rubber market over the forecast period?

Ans: The market size of synthetic rubber is anticipated to attain a CAGR of ~7% over the forecast period, i.e., 2023 – 2035.

3) What are the challenges affecting the synthetic rubber market growth?

Ans: Rising environmental concerns as well as negative impacts on human health due to these industries are estimated to be the growth hindering factors for the market expansion.

4) Which region will provide more business opportunities for growth of synthetic rubber market in future?

Ans: The market in the Asia Pacific region is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2035 and provide more business opportunities in the future.

5) Who are the major players dominating the synthetic rubber market?

Ans: The major players in the market are Arlanxeo, Agilyx AS, ExxonMobil Corporation, Kumho Petrochemical Co., Ltd., Saudi Arabian Oil Co., TSRC Corporation, China Petrochemical Corporation (Sinopec), The Dow Chemical Company.

6) How are the company profiles selected?

Ans: The company profiles are selected based on the revenues generated from the product segment, the geographical presence of the company which determines the revenue generating capacity as well as the new products being launched into the market by the company.

7) What are the segments in the synthetic rubber market?

Ans: The market is segmented by application, type, and by region.

8) Which segment captures the largest market size in the application segment in the synthetic rubber market?

Ans: The automotive segment is anticipated to garner the largest market size by the end of 2035 and display significant growth opportunities.

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