Conductive Polymers industry forecasts to 2010 and 2015
Released on = April 20, 2007, 10:42 pm
Press Release Author = Bharat Book Bureau
Industry = Marketing
Press Release Summary = Conductive polymer demand in the US is projected to grow 5.3 percent annually to 550 million pounds (including both resins and additives) in 2010, valued at $1.5 billion. Conductive polymers will provide a 435 million pound market for base resins, with advances driven by the development of improved resin grades with cost, processing and performance advantages.
Press Release Body = Demand to increase 5.3% per annum through 2010
Conductive polymer demand in the US is projected to grow 5.3 percent annually to 550 million pounds (including both resins and additives) in 2010, valued at $1.5 billion. Conductive polymers will provide a 435 million pound market for base resins, with advances driven by the development of improved resin grades with cost, processing and performance advantages. Other stimulants include the proliferation of sensitive electronic devices and needs to protect them from electrostatic discharge and electromagnetic and radio frequency interference, as well as new technologies such as carbon nanotubes (fibrils) and inherently conductive polymers.
ABS to remain dominant, PVC to be fastest growing
The six leading resins -- ABS, PVC, polycarbonate, polyphenylene-based resins, polyethylene and polypropylene -- together accounted for more than three-fourths of all conductive polymers used in 2005. ABS will remain dominant as a result of the material's high impact strength. PVC will expand at a faster pace, however, based on its lower cost, performance enhancements, and design and processing ease. Polyphenylene-based resins such as polyphenylene sulfide will experience greater use in high temperature and chemical resistance applications, such as under-the-hood motor vehicle components. Conductive polycarbonate demand will be fueled by the resin's high impact strength, dimensional stability, and good mechanical and electrical properties.
Product components will remain largest market
Product components, the largest conductive polymer market, will exhibit good growth due to opportunities in products such as housings, rollers, trays and connectors. Advances will be stimulated by the need to control the high levels of static electricity developed by moving parts. Antistatic packaging advances will reflect the cost effectiveness of conductive polymers in protecting sensitive electronic devices from static discharges. Lower volume conductive polymer uses include materials handling systems, and worksurface and flooring products.
US industry compostion
The US conductive polymer industry is comprised of resin and additives
producers, as well as compounders and processors. Resin producers and compounders are dominant, with firms tending to concentrate on specific areas. Merger and acquisition activity will continue in light of needs to expand product lines and geographic presence, while financing research and development efforts.
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