Synthetic Leather Market By Type (PU Synthetic Leather, PVC-based Synthetic Leather, Bio-based Leather), By End-Use Industry (Footwear, Furnishing, Automotive, Clothing, Consumer Goods, Others) - Growth, Future Prospects & Competitive Analysis, 2018 – 2026

Industry Outlook

Synthetic Leather market value expected to witness the CAGR of 7.5% during the forecast period from 2018 to 2026. Synthetic Leather or artificial leather is a leather like plastic material that are direct substitute of natural leather in each and every end-use industry. These leathers are generally made using polyurethane and polyvinylchloride and marketed under different names such as faux leather, artificial leather, pleather, etc. Synthetic leather finds promising End-use Industry in almost every end-use industry of natural leather that includes footwear, furnishing, automotive, clothing, clothing, consumer goods, and others. Footwear accounted for the largest demand share of synthetic leather, and the demand for synthetic leather is likely to rise in this segment on account surge in demand for footwear in Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Europe region. Growing urbanization, rising disposable income, changing lifestyle, and growing demand for western and fashionable brands in developing economies of Asia-Pacific making it the dominating region. North America closely follow Asia-Pacific in terms synthetic leather consumption, with the U.S. being the market leader.

Growing demand from footwear and automotive industry, cost effectiveness, mitigate the risk of animal killing, greater flexibility than pure leather in terms of designs and customization are some of the major factors driving the growth of synthetic leather across the globe. However, few harmful effects of synthetic material such as emission, non-biodegradability, and hazardous waste coupled with extensive manufacturing process projected to hamper the growth of the market during the forecast period. Development of bio-based and plant-based leather expected to offer lucrative growth opportunity for this market. Major players operating in the synthetic leather market includes Kuraray Co. Ltd. (Japan), Toray Industries (Japan), Teijin Limited (Japan), San Fang Chemical Industry Co. Ltd (Taiwan), Nan Ya Plastics Co. Ltd. (Taiwan), and Mayur Uniquoters Ltd. (India) among others.

Market Snapshot

Market Snapshot: Global Synthetic Leather Market Volume

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"PU Synthetic Leather Segment Dominate the Synthetic Leather Market by Type"

PU synthetic leather dominated the synthetic leather market by type in 2017 and expected to maintain its dominance throughout the forecast period. Demand for polyurethane (PU) leather has been growing fast owing to increasing adoption from sports and packaging industry. Moreover, PU synthetic leather is also one of the substitute to polyvinyl chloride (PVC) synthetic leathers that have negative environmental impact making it the fastest growing segment during the forecast period. However, PVC-based synthetic leather offers some superior advantages such as higher flexibility, performance in low temperature, and low cost than PU synthetic leather.

Bio-based leather also projected to show significant growth rate during the forecast period. Bio-based leather are made from yarn of tree fiber hence these are bio-degradable and sustainable alternatives to pure leather. Bio-based leather demand is coming majorly from clothing industry.

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"Footwear Led the End-use Industry Segment in 2017"

Footwear led the synthetic leather end-use industry market in 2017 and expected to maintain its dominance throughout the forecast period. Growing disposable incomes, and changing lifestyles of consumers is driving the demand for synthetic leather in the footwear industry. Countries with extreme climatic conditions requires different kinds of footwear with high performance material also expected to increase the synthetic leather consumption in the footwear industry. Rising demand of athletic footwear owing to the concerns towards personal health and inclination towards different physical activities among the population coupled with periodic sports events such as Olympic, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, Cricket World Cup, etc. promoting the demand for footwear across the globe which in turn driving the demand for synthetic leather from footwear industry.

Clothing and Automotive end-use industry projected to witness the significant CAGR during the forecast period owing to changing fashion preferences leading rising inclination towards luxury products and increasing demand for lightweight leather which makes seats comfortable and resistance to cold and hot temperatures, respectively.

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"Asia-Pacific to Remain Dominant Region during the Forecast Period"

Asia-Pacific was the largest regional market for synthetic leather in 2017, also expected to see strong gains in coming years as well, on account of flourishing end-use industries such as footwear, furnishing, automotive, etc. coupled with rising disposable income and economic growth. Majority of the synthetic leather demand in Asia-Pacific comes from China and India. Asia-Pacific economies are characterized by favorable and liberal government regulations, rapid industrializations, and increasing westernization will significantly contribute to the growth of artificial leather market in China, India and Japan. China is the largest producer leather followed by India in the Asia-Pacific region. Asia-Pacific is also identified as the fastest growing region during the forecast period. North America closely follows Asia-Pacific in terms of market share, with U.S. being the largest consumer in the region. Increasing demand for automotive upholstery and sporting goods is the key driving factor for synthetic leather in the region.

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"New Product Development and Expansion are among the Preferred Strategy Adopted by Key Players in Synthetic Leather Market"

Companies are resorting to new product development as a major strategy to cater the consumer varying demand pertaining to natural and high performance leather products and strengthen their market positions in the global synthetic leather industry. Consequently, development of upgraded & customized bio-based products provide high growth opportunities to synthetic leather manufacturers. For instance, Teijin Cordley limited a subsidiary of Teijin's Group introduced a new high grade synthetic leather under the brand named as Maestley in April 2016. The company expanded its series of Maestley products by adoption of natural leather processing procedures. Expansion is also one of the key strategy being adopted by key players to cater the ever rising demand for synthetic leather across the globe. To cater the domestic demand for synthetic leather in Italy and other European countries and to keep the competitors at bay Toray Industries invested US$ 276.87 Mn for the capacity expansion of its synthetic leather output in Italy in March, 2017. Key players operating the market includes Kuraray Co. Ltd. (Japan), Nan Ya Plastics Co. Ltd. (Taiwan), Teijin Limited (Japan), San Fang Chemical Industry Co. Ltd (Taiwan), Mayur Uniquoters Ltd. (India), Toray Industries (Japan), and Zhejiang Hexin Industry Group Co., Ltd.  (China) among others.

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Historical & Forecast Period

Each market segment is analyzed in our study for the period of 2016 to 2026 with 2017 as the base year while period from 2018 to 2026 is considered for the CAGR calculation.

Report Scope

The report enlightens the thorough outline of global Synthetic Leather market by categorizing the market in different segment given below:

Research Period  2016-2026
Base Year 2017
Forecast Period  2018-2026
Historical Year  2016
Unit  USD Million

 By Type (2016–2026; US$ Mn)
 • PU Synthetic Leather
 • PVC-based Synthetic Leather
 • Bio-based Synthetic Leather

 By End-use Industry (2016–2026; US$ Mn)
 • Footwear
 • Furnishing
 • Automotive
 • Clothing
 • Consumer Goods
 • Others (sporting goods, electronics packaging, etc.)

 Geography Segment (2016–2026; US$ Mn)
 • North America (United States and Canada)
 • Europe (U.K., Germany, Rest of Europe)
 • Asia Pacific (China, Japan, Rest of Asia Pacific)
 • Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Rest of Latin America)
 • Middle East and Africa (GCC, Rest of MEA)

Key questions answered in this report

  • What are the current market trends in the synthetic leather market and valuable opportunities for the players?
  • Which is the most lucrative region for investment?
  • What are different government and environment regulation governing this market across the world?
  • What is the market size and trends in emerging markets?
  • Which are the prime end-use Industry of synthetic leather across different geographies?
  • Which are the different types of synthetic leather and their market sizes?
  • Which are the leading players and their market position?
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Published Date:  Nov 2018
Category:  Advanced Materials
Report ID:   59457
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