June 01, 2015
Wellesley, Mass., June 01, 2015 – The engineering plastics industry is undergoing structural changes and shifts in focus within its various markets due factors such as a growing number of worldwide players, fluctuating raw material costs and a maturing customer base. In its new report on the engineering resin and polymer alloy/blend, BCC Research estimates the market at more than 31 billion pounds by 2020, up from 25 billion pounds in 2015.
This industry is becoming increasingly competitive as more companies enter the market. However, the number of engineering polymer firms remains relatively small when compared with commodity polymer firms. The former often leave the industry, become involved in joint ventures, or are bought by larger firms. Also, recent acquisitions and divestitures involve private or public “financial” companies not directly involved in the plastics business.
Engineering polymers continue to replace metals, but long lead times from design to production translate into a lengthy process for engineering polymer displacement of metals and glass.
“The issue is simply not merely an engineering polymer vs. metal or glass scenario, but includes confrontation with other traditional, often lower-costing, upgraded commodity-type resins,” says BCC Research analyst Mel Schlechter. “For example, in some cases, mature varieties, such as polyamide, are becoming more vulnerable to upgraded commodity thermoplastics such as polypropylene.”
Engineering Resins, Polymer Alloys and Blends: Global Markets (PLS020D) includes 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. The report provides revenue forecasts through 2020.
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Engineering Resins, Polymer Alloys and Blends: Global Markets( PLS020D )
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