Wood-Plastic Composites: Technologies and Global Markets
The global market for wood-plastic composites (WPCs), cellulosic plastics, plastic lumber and natural fiber composites was valued at 2.8 million metric tons in 2013. This market is expected to increase from nearly 3.1 million metric tons in 2014 to 5.6 million metric tons in 2019, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.7% for the five-year period, 2014 to 2019.
- An overview of the global market for wood-plastic composites.
- Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2011 through 2013, estimates for 2014, and projections of CAGRs through 2019.
- Coverage of the applications for these products including building products (decking, fencing, windows and doors, and others), automotive, infrastructure and other consumer and industrial products.
- Analyses of technologies employed, production (e.g., compounding, injection molding, extrusion), use of additives (colorants, lubricants, coupling agents, and UV stabilizers), requisite properties required for each application, costs and pricing, marketing, distribution, product standards and testing, and competitive company strategies.
SCOPE OF THE STUDY
This study covers the history, current status and forecast scenario for four major products: wood-plastic composites (WPCs), plastic lumber, cellulosic plastics and natural fiber composites. Their four major applications are: building products, automotive, infrastructure and other consumer/industrial products. The building products segment is further analyzed by its major components, as related to these products, namely decking; fencing/windows and doors; and other.
In addition, the study further segments these markets by key resins such as polyethylene, PVC and polypropylene within each application and whether these resins are being used as plastic lumber or WPCs.
Other critical issues included in detail are technologies, production (e.g., compounding, injection molding, extrusion), use of additives (colorants, lubricants, coupling agents and UV stabilizers), requisite properties required for each application, costs and pricing, marketing, competitive company strategies, distribution, product standards and testing, and the claims and counter-claims of companies producing these products.
Jason Chen has been an analyst and consultant for the polymer, composite, fiber, textile and energy industries for 18 years. He works as a researcher, writer and/or editor for the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA), China Textile Academy (CTA), China Chemical Fiber Association (CCFA), International Fiber Journal, Filtration News, Platts Emission Daily, Vision Systems Design, Pesticide and Toxic Chemical News and MobileTex. Currently he is the chief scientist of a company endeavoring to reduce China's air and water pollution. He has a degree in Civil Engineering, Chemicals and Advanced Materials from Shantou University.
The global market for applications of wood-plastic composites (WPCs), cellulosic plastics, plastic lumber and natural fiber composites is estimated at about 2.4 million metric tons in 2011. By 2016, it is estimated at nearly 4.6 million metric tons and rising at a robust compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.8%.
The North American market for wood- and natural-fiber plastic composites and plastic lumber is estimated at 2.2 billion pounds and, rising at an AAGR (average annual growth rate) of 9.5%, is expected to reach about 3.6 billion pound by 2009.
Accepted by consumers for decking, the larger wood-plastic composite (WPC) segment will show excellent growth (9.8% AAGR).
The more mature plastic lumber market will continue to grow well, with its leading outlet being fencing.
Interior automotive products is the major application for natural fiber composites. These will rise at an AAGR of 9.9% through 2009.
PVC and polyethylenes (mostly HDPE) are the dominant resins used.