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Custom Thermoplastic Compounding to 2017

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US demand to surpass 11 billion pounds in 2017
US demand for custom compounded thermoplastics is forecast to surpass 11 billion pounds in 2017, valued at over $14 billion (resin content only). The total value of custom thermoplastic compounding, including resins, additives, fillers, and other production costs, will reach more than $18 billion at that time. Advances will be fueled by ongoing efforts among custom compounders to develop new and innovative products that will broaden the range of applications for thermoplastics, making them more competitive with alternative materials.

Advances will also be propelled by strong growth in the large construction and motor vehicle markets, which are expected to rebound from the 2007-2009 recession. The expansion of the construction and motor vehicle industries will also promote demand in the wire and cable sector, where thermoplastics serve as insulation and/or jacketing. In the consumer and institutional market, health care applications will see rapid gains, with catheters and medical devices used for drug delivery representing key areas of growth.

Construction market to offer best growth prospects
Construction is anticipated to offer the best prospects, as it was just beginning to emerge from its post-recession trough in 2012, leaving significant room for expansion going forward. Gains in the pipe and fittings segment will be supported by plastic pipe’s competitive cost structure, light weight, corrosion resistance, long service life, and lower installed costs relative to competitive materials. Thermoplastic compounds also find favor in applications such as decking, fencing, siding, and windows due to a number of advantages over traditional wood products, including greater durability and lower maintenance requirements. However, pipe and siding processors frequently perform commodity compounding in-house, thus restricting opportunities for custom compounders.

Demand for thermoplastics used in motor vehicle parts and components will be driven by ongoing efforts on the part of automakers to comply with increasingly stringent fuel economy standards. This will generate demand for thermoplastics that can be used in place of metals to help reduce vehicle weight. Compounded plastics will also benefit from their durability, design flexibility, and relatively low cost. In particular, long glass fiber reinforced polypropylene (LGFPP) is making significant inroads, serving as an alternative to steel in semi-structural applications and also expanding into aesthetic and under-hood uses.

PVC is largest, fastest growing compounding resin
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) represents the largest, fastest growing resin in the custom thermoplastic compounding market. Advances will be based on the dominance of PVC in the rebounding construction market, where it is widely used for pipes, fittings, and siding. Rising construction activity will also create substantial opportunities for polyethylene in areas such as pipe, decking, and vapor barriers. Healthy gains are also anticipated for polypropylene, engineering thermoplastics, and thermoplastic elastomers, with each deriving strength from the motor vehicle market, where they are valued for their ability to reduce vehicle weight and cut costs while providing enhanced aesthetics and innovative design features.

Study coverage
This upcoming Freedonia industry study, Custom Thermoplastic Compounding, is priced at $5100. It presents historical demand data for 2002, 2007 and 2012, with forecasts for 2017 and 2022 by resin and market. The study also considers key market environment factors, evaluates company market share and profiles 36 industry competitors, including Ampacet, DuPont, and PolyOne.

 Table of  Contents



General 4
Macroeconomic Overview 5
Demographic Trends 8
Manufacturing Outlook 12
Thermoplastics Overview 15
Thermoplastic Resins 17
Thermoplastic Elastomers 19
Thermoplastic Compounding Overview 20
Historical Market Trends 22
Pricing Trends 24
Regulatory Considerations 26
Recycling Activity 28
International Activity 32

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