Engineering Resins, Polymer Alloys and Blends: Global Markets
The global market for engineering resins, and polymer alloys and blends was estimated at more than 22 billion pounds in 2012, is projected to increase to 23 billion pounds in 2013, and to 28.6 billion pounds by 2018 after increasing at a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.4%.
This report provides:
- An overview of the global market for engineering resins, along with polymer alloys and blends.
- Segmentation of resins into a wide variety of applications and analyses, along with selected commodity thermoplastics and thermosets.
- Discussion of the major materials involved in terms of plant capacities, markets by application, new technologies and products, and rationales for anticipated growth.
- Coverage of key applications, including automotive segmented by under-the-hood, external and interior products; electrical/electronic markets; medical devices/products; building/construction materials; appliances; electronic enclosures; plastic rigid food packaging; and several key smaller markets such as optical lenses and aviation products.
- Comprehensive company profiles of major players.
SCOPE OF REPORT
In this report, engineering resins include traditional varieties such as polyamides, polycarbonates, polyacetals, (reinforced) polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polybutylene terephthalate (PBT), along with alloys/blends, such as polycarbonate-ABS (PC/ABS), polyphenylene oxide/high-impact polystyrene (PPO-HIPS), polyphenylene oxide/polyamides (PPO/polyamide) and polycarbonate-PBT (PC/PBT), among others. Higher performance engineering resins covered include polysulfones, poly(phenylene-sulfide) (PPS), polyketones and liquid crystal polymers, among others.
The key applications covered include the automotive market segmented by under-the-hood, external and interior products, electronic/electrical markets, medical devices/products, building/construction materials, appliances, plastic rigid food packaging and several key smaller markets such as optical lenses, aviation products etc.
Melvin Schlechter has thirty years of experience in the chemical industry, specializes in plastics market research and has been a BCC Research analyst for since 2006. Previously, Mr. Schlechter was the International Director of Chemical Reports for Frost & Sullivan. He also worked for the Union Carbide Company as a Senior Market Research Analyst, was a Senior Organic/Polymer Chemist for Stauffer Chemical Company and a Research Organic Chemist for Allied Signal Corporation. Mr. Schlechter holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Queens College, a Masters in Organic Chemistry from Virginia Tech, and an MBA from Adelphi University.
- The North American market for engineering resin and polymer alloy/blend is expected to increase from 3.3 billion pounds in 2007 to an estimated 3.4 billion pounds in 2008 and 4.0 billion pounds in 2013, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.1%.
- Polycarbonates have the largest share of the materials market with 887.0 million pounds in 2007 and an estimated 912.0 million pounds in 2008. This is expected to increase at a CAGR of 3.1% to reach 1.1 billion pounds in 2013.
- The nylons segment is the second largest by volume. Roughly 801.0 million pounds were used in 2007, with an expected increase to 825.0 million pounds in 2008. This should reach 954.0 million pounds in 2013, a CAGR of 3.0%.
The polymer alloy/blend market is estimated at 565 million pounds in 1999 and is forecast to increase at a 5.3% average annual growth rate, reaching about 730 million pounds by 2004.
PC-based alloys/blends account for 54% of the total, followed by PPO-based alloys/ blends with 41%, which leaves the other group with 5%. It is important to note that the PC-based resins are growing at a rate 2.3 times that of the PPO-based resins.
Electronic enclosures and automotive industries are the dominant outlets for alloys/blends, making up over 90% of total volume. Appliances, medical, lawn/garden and sports/recreation account for the remaining applications for alloys/blends.
Alloys/blends compete with alloy/blend components, e.g., polycarbonate vs. PC/ABS, and with non-alloy/blend components such as PC/ABS vs. polyurethanes, thermoset polyesters, etc.