Unsaturated polyester resins

The global production capacity of unsaturated polyester resins is estimated at approximately 7 million tonnes per year. Of that, approximately 1 million tonnes per year is produced in Europe (including CIS).

The majority of unsaturated polyester resins in Europe is used in construction and transport industries. The demand of these two sectors amounts to approx 2/3 of the market share.

More than 30 producers of these resins are active in Europe. The biggest five international concerns own about 60% of the European production capacity. These include international concerns: Polynt and Reichhold (in the course of a merger announced in 2016) DSM, Ashland and Scott Bader. Small producers usually focus on high value market niches because of very strong competition.

The largest producer of unsaturated polyester resins in Poland is Lerg S.A. The second largest producer is the CIECH Group (with capacity of approx. 30 thousand tonnes per year). A significant portion of sales is directed to the domestic market (of approximately 60 thousand tonnes per year), where the CIECH Group holds a share of approx. 18%. Resins from CIECH Sarzyna S.A. are also supplied to other European markets.

Important competitors on the Polish market include (in addition to domestic companies) suppliers from Finland, Italy, the Czech Republic, Germany, France and the Netherlands. 


The unsaturated polyester resins markets in Europe (including CIS) is estimated at about 600 thousand tonnes per year.

Because the use of resins is highly dependent on the economic situation in construction and transport industries, a moderate growth rate is expected for this market in Europe in the upcoming years (in line with GDP growth or slightly higher).

Construction industry (pipelines, tanks, structural elements, synthetic marble, etc.) will have the most significant impact on resins sales on the European market in the coming years. Also automotive industry will be important (substitution of metal parts with the ones made of resins). However, these two sales directions will be characterized by a pretty slow increases. On the other hand, exceptionally fast demand increase is expected from currently not very important segment of wind power plants. This will depend mainly on support for development of renewable energy sources by the European governments.


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