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Engineering Resins, Polymer Alloys and Blends: Global Markets

Engineering Resins, Polymer Alloys and Blends: Global Markets

The global engineering resin and polymer alloy/blend market reached 24.1 billion pounds in 2014. The market is projected to increase to over 25.2 billion pounds by 2015 and nearly 31.4 billion in 2020, with a compound annual growth rate of 4.5%.

This report provides:

An overview of the global market for engineering resins, along with polymer alloys and blends.

Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2014, estimates for 2015, and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) through 2020.

Segmentation of resins into a wide variety of applications as well as 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.


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.

CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION
STUDY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
REASONS FOR DOING THE STUDY
SCOPE OF REPORT
METHODOLOGY
INTENDED AUDIENCE
ANALYST'S CREDENTIALS
RELATED BCC RESEARCH REPORTS
BCC RESEARCH WEBSITE
DISCLAIMER
CHAPTER 2 SUMMARY
SUMMARY TABLE GLOBAL ENGINEERING RESIN/POLYMER ALLOY/BLEND MARKET BY RESIN TYPE, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
SUMMARY FIGURE GLOBAL ENGINEERING RESIN/POLYMER ALLOY/BLEND MARKET BY RESIN TYPE, 2014-2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
CHAPTER 3 ENGINEERING RESINS
DEFINITIONS
BACKGROUND/HISTORICAL
PERFORMANCE AND TECHNICAL ASPECTS
TABLE 1 SELECTED PHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF ENGINEERING POLYMERS
TABLE 2 IMPACT OF MORPHOLOGY ON ENGINEERING RESIN PROPERTIES
PROCESSING
TESTING
TABLE 3 SELECTED ENGINEERING RESIN ASTM TESTS
ENGINEERING RESINS BY TYPE
OVERVIEW
POLYAMIDES
Background
Applications
Properties
Major Types of Polyamides
Polyamide 66
Polyamide 6
TABLE 4 COMPARISONS OF POLYAMIDE 6 AND POLYAMIDE 66
PROPERTIES
Polyamide 4/6
Polyamide 6/9
Polyamide 6/10 and Polyamide 6/12
Polyamide 11
Polyamide 12
Reinforced Polyamides
Clear Polyamide Grades
Processing
Alloying/Blending of Polyamides
Polyamide Films
Overview
Polyamide Film Applications
Global Polyamide Producers
TABLE 5 KEY GLOBAL POLYAMIDE PRODUCERS
Market Estimates and Forecasts
TABLE 6 GLOBAL POLYAMIDE MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
TABLE 7 GLOBAL POLYAMIDE AUTOMOTIVE MARKET BY SEGMENT, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
New Polyamide Developments
High-Temperature Polyamides for Ducts
Polyamide Grades for Water-Injection Technology
Radiation Crosslinking Increases Polyamide Properties
Polyamine 410 Films
BASF's Large Polyamide Plant in China
Polamide Variants Encroach into LCP and PEEK Markets
Asahi Kasei Chemicals Producing Polyamide 66
New High-Heat Resistant Polyamides Introduced
Recently Introduced Polyamide 6 Blown Film Grades
Flexible Polyacetal vs. Polyamides in Auto Fuel Systems
Radici in Germany Adds Polyamide Product Lines
New Pilot Polyamide 12 Production
New Nylon 412 Extrusion Grades
Hybrid Electric Covers Using Polyamide 6
Lanxess AG Producing Polyamides at New Antwerp, Belgium, Plant
High-Viscosity Polyamide 6 Plant in North America
Evonik Producing Greener Polyamide 12
High-Heat and Thermally Conductive Polyamides
Recycled Polyamides for Automotive
Flame-Retardant Polyamides for Thin Walls and Heat Aging
Next-Generation High-Temperature Polyamides 4/6 and 6/66
Black Polyamide 12 Compounds Meet Railway Car Standards
POLYCARBONATES
Overview
Types of Polycarbonates Available
Properties
Overview
Advantages and Disadvantages
Processing
Alloys/Blends
Marketing
Fiber-Reinforced Polycarbonates
Impact of Bisphenol on Polycarbonate Usage
Brief Review of Applications
Other Applications and Details
Producer Grades
Specific Applications
Selected Trade Names of Polycarbonates
Overview
Definitions
Specific Products Used in Glazing
Other Specific Examples of Plastic Glazing Products
Use in Greenhouses
Skylights
Overview
Use of Glass
Use of Plastics
Overview
Plastic Types
Glass and Plastic Combinations
Skylight Configurations
Polycarbonate Films and Properties
Polycarbonate Film Applications
Polycarbonate Producers
TABLE 8 KEY GLOBAL POLYCARBONATE PRODUCERS AND TRADE
NAMED PRODUCTS
Capacities and Demand
Market Estimates and Forecasts
TABLE 9 GLOBAL POLYCARBONATE MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
TABLE 10 GLOBAL POLYCARBONATE AUTOMOTIVE MARKET BY SEGMENT, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
Recent Developments
Bayer Buys Arkema's Polycarbonate Sheet Product Line
Flame Retardant Clear Polycarbonates Available for Furniture
Polycarbonate Capacity Increases Could Lower Pricing
Polycarbonate Sheet Being Used for Passenger Rail Cars
Bayer Closes Polycarbonate Sheet Plants in Germany and China
Styron Ends Polycarbonate Supply Agreement
Polycarbonate Glazing/Spoiler Combination in New Fiat Auto
Clear Flame Retardant Polycarbonates for Furniture
Polycarbonate/Silicone Copolymer Strengthens Breathing Apparatus
New Engineered Polycarbonate Sheets for Signage
Easy-Flow Medical-Grade Polycarbonate
High-Diffusion Polycarbonate Used in Low-Cost LED Bulbs
Polycarbonate Glazing Lowers Auto Window Weight
Specialty Polycarbonates for Lighting and PC/PET for Medical Devices
European Union Cites Safety of Bisphenol A
POLYACETALS
Background
Grades
Properties
Processing
Producers
TABLE 11 KEY GLOBAL POLYCACETAL PRODUCERS AND TRADE
NAMED PRODUCTS
Typical Applications
TABLE 12 TYPICAL APPLICATIONS OF POLYACETALS
Market Estimates and Forecasts
TABLE 13 GLOBAL POLYACETAL MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
TABLE 14 GLOBAL POLYACETAL AUTOMOTIVE MARKET BY SEGMENT, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
Recent Developments
Asahi Kasei Buys Out DuPont in Polyacetal Joint Venture
Ticona Resin Products Have Become "Celanese"
Polyacetals with Enhanced Wear and Friction Resistance
Polyacetals from Plant Oils
THERMOPLASTIC POLYESTERS
Background
Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)
Background
Major Applications
Modified PET Resins
Other Properties and Grades
Glycol-Modified PET Copolyester (PETG)
Engineering-Grade PET
Reinforced PET
Producers and Capacities
TABLE 15 THE LARGEST TEN GLOBAL PET PRODUCERS
TABLE 16 GLOBAL KEY PET ENGINEERING GRADE PRODUCERS AND TRADE NAMES
Market Estimates and Forecasts
TABLE 17 GLOBAL ENGINEERED PET MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
TABLE 18 GLOBAL ENGINEERED PET AUTOMOTIVE MARKET BY SEGMENT, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
Recent Developments
Indorama Buys Several Eastman Units
Japanese Firms Merge Their Respective PET Businesses
DAK to Close PET Plant
Polybutylene Terephthalate (PBT)
Background
Properties
Applications
PET and PBT Competitive Scenario
Market Estimates and Forecasts
TABLE 19 GLOBAL PBT MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
TABLE 20 GLOBAL PBT AUTOMOTIVE MARKET BY SEGMENT, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
PET and PBT New Products and Developments
Toray to Increase Production of Bio-PBT
Sabic IP Markets Sustainable Valox PBT
Development of Fire-Resistant PBT
LIQUID CRYSTAL POLYMERS
Background
Properties
Applications
Background
Electronic/Electrical
LCP Fiber-Reinforced Products
New Developments and Products
Liquid Crystal Polymer Electronic Connectors
Low-Chlorine LCPs for Electrical Parts
DuPont Sells LCP Business
Connector Moldings Made from LCPs
Thermoformed LCPs
New Reinforced LCP Grades
LCPs Provide High Heat Resistance
MIDs Using LCPs
LCPs for Thin-Wall Electronic Applications
Market Estimates and Forecasts
TABLE 21 GLOBAL LIQUID CRYSTAL POLYMER MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
Recent Developments
New Reinforced Grades
Polyplastics Adds LCPs
A New Process for LCPs
POLYSULFONES
Background
Types of Polysulfones
Overview
Polyarylsulfones
Grades
Properties
Applications of Polysulfones
Background
Electrical/Electronic Applications
Specific Medical Properties and Applications
Further Application Details
Clear Polysulfone Applications
Polysulfone Producers and Trade Named Products
Market Estimates and Forecasts
TABLE 22 GLOBAL POLYSULFONE MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
New Product and Marketing Developments
BASF Develops Low-Friction Polysulfones
Polysulfone Firefighter Helmets
New Medical Applications for Polysulfones
Solvay and RTP Join Forces for Polysulfone Products
BASF Opens Polysulfone Plant in South Korea
POLYPHENYLENE SULFIDE (PPS)
Background
Properties
Advantages and Disadvantages
Thermoformed Polyphenylene Sulfides
Applications
Other Technology Considerations
Thermoformed Polyphenylene Sulfides
Producers
Market Estimates and Forecasts
TABLE 23 GLOBAL POLYPHENYLENE SULFIDE MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
New Products and Developments
Blow-Molded PPS for High-Temperature Auto Applications
Celanese New Fortron Reinforced Grades
Japanese Companies Plan Increases in PPS Production
PPS Composites Used in Airbus Military Aircraft
Long-Glass and Heat-Conductive PPS
Asian PPS Compounding Plant Being Built
Solvay Buys Chevron Phillips’ PPS Business
PEI/PAI
Background
Properties
Early Electronic/Electric Applications
Vespel Parts
A Major Electric/Electronic Application-Dielectric Interlayers
Polyimide Films
Polyetherimides (PEIs)
Background
Properties
Producers
Chemistry
Applications
Polyamidesimides (PAIs)
Overview
Properties
Applications
Competitive Scenario
Review of Overall Polyimide Applications
Key Polyimide Products and Producers
Market Estimates and Forecasts
TABLE 24 GLOBAL POLYIMIDES/PHTHALAMIDES MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020* (MILLION POUNDS)
New Polyimide Developments
Carbon-Fiber PEI Replaces Aluminum
Polyimide Blends Provide Very High Heat Stability
Companies Looking for High-Performance Resins during PEI Resin
Shortage
POLYKETONES
Background
Properties
Polyketone Composites
Applications
Applications by Industry
PEEK Implants
PEEK Film Applications
Producers
Capacities
TABLE 25 GLOBAL PRODUCERS AND CAPACITIES OF POLYKETONES
Market Estimates and Forecasts
TABLE 26 GLOBAL POLYKETONE MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
New Polyketone Developments
PEEK Resins for Small Pipette Tips
PEEK Rods Chosen for Spinal Implant
FDA Approves First Porous PEEK-Based Medical Device
PEEK May Eliminate Implant Infections
PEEK and Carbon Fibers Combine in Aerospace
PEEK High-Modulus Carbon Fiber Products
PEEK Resins Reduce Weight for Airbus
New PEEK Copolymers
PEEK Replaces Coated Brass Gear in Auto Transmission Parts
High-Stiffness PEEK for Structural Applications
PEEK in Subsea Connectors
POLYMER ALLOYS/BLENDS
Background
PPO/HIPS
Overview
Properties and Advantages
Grades
Processing
Specific Applications of Reinforced Noryl Grades
Other Applications
Market Estimates and Forecasts
TABLE 27 GLOBAL PPO/HIPS MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
TABLE 28 GLOBAL PPO/HIPS AUTOMOTIVE MARKET BY SEGMENT, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
PPO/Polyamides
Background and Properties
Grades and Applications
Market Estimates and Forecasts
TABLE 29 GLOBAL PPO/POLYAMIDE MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
TABLE 30 GLOBAL PPO/POLYAMIDE AUTOMOTIVE MARKET BY SEGMENT, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
PC/ABS
Overview
Background
Trade Named Products
Flame-Retardant Grades
Applications
Market Estimates and Forecasts
TABLE 31 GLOBAL PC/ABS MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
TABLE 32 GLOBAL PC/ABS AUTOMOTIVE MARKET BY SEGMENT, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
PC/PBT and PC/PET Alloys/Blends
PC/PBT
Background
Properties
Applications
PC/PET
Market Estimates and Forecasts
TABLE 33 GLOBAL PC/PBT AND PC/PET MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020* (MILLION POUNDS)
TABLE 34 GLOBAL PC/PBT AND PC/PET AUTOMOTIVE MARKET BY SEGMENT, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
Other Polymers Alloys/Blends
TABLE 35 GLOBAL OTHER POLYMER ALLOYS/BLEND MARKET BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
New Products and Developments
Fiberglass External Auto Hood Applications
Lawn/Garden Products
Bayblend PC/ABS Sheet's Excellent Thermoforming Properties
PC/PBT Usage in Connectors for Boats
Sabic IP's Expanded Production of its Noryl Product Line
REINFORCED ENGINEERED THERMOPLASTICS
Overview
Specific Thermoplastics
Reinforcement Details
Reinforced Polybutylene Terephthalate (PBT)
Background
Properties
Applications
Reinforced PET
Fiber-Reinforced Polycarbonates
PPS Fiber-Reinforced Products
Liquid Crystal Polymer Fiber-Reinforced Products
Recent Developments
Polyamides Made from Natural Fiber
Polyamide Dampens Noise in Sports Cars
Polyamide Spare Wheel Frame
Carbon-Fiber PEI Replaces Aluminum
Polyimide Blends Provide Very High Heat Stability
ENGINEERING RESIN AND POLYMER ALLOY/BLEND MARKET SUMMARIES
TABLE 36 GLOBAL ENGINEERING RESINS AND POLYMER ALLOY/BLENDS, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
CHAPTER 4 GLOBAL ENGINEERING/POLYMER ALLOY/BLEND MARKET BY GEOGRAPHIC REGION
TABLE 37 GLOBAL ETP/POLYMER ALLOY/BLEND MARKET BY GEOGRAPHIC REGION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
TABLE 38 GLOBAL ETP/POLYMER ALLOY/BLEND MARKET BY REGION, THROUGH 2020 (%)
TABLE 39 GLOBAL POLYAMIDE MARKET BY GEOGRAPHIC REGION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
TABLE 40 GLOBAL POLYCARBONATE MARKET BY GEOGRAPHIC REGION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
TABLE 41 GLOBAL POLYACETAL MARKET BY GEOGRAPHIC REGION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
TABLE 42 GLOBAL PBT MARKET BY GEOGRAPHIC REGION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
TABLE 43 GLOBAL PET MARKET BY GEOGRAPHIC REGION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
TABLE 44 GLOBAL PPS MARKET BY GEOGRAPHIC REGION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
TABLE 45 GLOBAL POLYSULFONE MARKET BY GEOGRAPHIC REGION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
TABLE 46 GLOBAL LIQUID CRYSTAL POLYMER MARKET BY GEOGRAPHIC REGION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
TABLE 47 GLOBAL POLYKETONE MARKET BY GEOGRAPHIC REGION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
TABLE 48 GLOBAL OTHER ETP MARKET BY GEOGRAPHIC REGION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
TABLE 49 GLOBAL PC/ABS MARKET BY GEOGRAPHIC REGION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
TABLE 50 GLOBAL PPO/HIPS MARKET BY GEOGRAPHIC REGION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
TABLE 51 GLOBAL PPO/POLYAMIDE MARKET BY GEOGRAPHIC REGION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
TABLE 52 GLOBAL PC/PBT AND PC/PET MARKET BY GEOGRAPHIC REGION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
TABLE 53 GLOBAL OTHER POLYMER ALLOY/BLEND MARKET BY GEOGRAPHIC REGION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
CHAPTER 5 APPLICATIONS
OVERVIEW
TABLE 54 ETP END-USE APPLICATIONS AND SELECTED SPECIFIC EXAMPLES
AUTOMOTIVE
OVERVIEW
CAFE ISSUES
AUTOMOTIVE UNDER-THE-HOOD (UTH) SEGMENT
Overview
Background
Key Factors of the UTH Resin Market
TABLE 55 SELECTED AUTOMOTIVE UNDER-THE-HOOD REINFORCED
RESIN COMPOSITES BY PART
More UTH Developments
Overview of Electronic Components
Material Usage
Expanded Use of Encapsulated Components
Bobbins/Connectors
Switches/Sockets
Ignition Components
Plastic Rocker Covers
Catalytic Converters
Valve Covers
Intake Manifolds
Heating/Air-Conditioning Equipment
Reservoirs
Estimates and Forecasts
TABLE 56 GLOBAL AUTOMOTIVE UTH MARKET BY ENGINEERING RESINS AND POLYMER ALLOYS/BLENDS, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
AUTO EXTERIORS
TABLE 57 RESINS USED FOR SPECIFIC EXTERIOR AUTOMOTIVE PARTS
Body Panels
Horizontal vs. Vertical Body Panels (Steel vs. SMC)
Carbon Fiber SMC
Thermoplastic Usage
General Decision Factors for Body Panels
Need for "Class A Finishes"
Other SMC Competition
Other Considerations
Paint-Free SMCs?
Other Resin Systems Used in Exteriors
Fenders
Background
Thermoplastics in Fenders
Bumper Systems and Products
Side Molding/Trim
Radiators/Grilles
Transparent Automotive Exteriors and Housings
Background
Light Reflector Housings
Taillights and Rear Brake Lights
Headlights and Front-End Lenses
Marketing Aspects
Light Sources
Incandescent Light Bulbs
Non-Halogen
Halogen
Impact of Federal Regulations and Standards
Automotive Glazing
Background
Overview
Criteria for Replacing Glass
Market Opportunities
Interior Automotive Lenses
Overview
Critical Issues
DuPont Activities
Solutia's Efforts with Glass
Early Bayer-GE Plastics Joint Project
Background
Technology
Market Aspects
Market Challenges
NHTSA Activities
Examples of Commercial Polycarbonates for Lighting and Glazing
Other Automotive Glazing Standards
Market Estimates and Forecasts
TABLE 58 GLOBAL AUTOMOTIVE EXTERIOR MARKET BY ENGINEERING RESINS AND POLYMER ALLOYS/BLENDS, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
AUTOMOTIVE INTERIOR SEGMENT
Background
Overview of Resins Used in Automotive Interiors
TABLE 59 RESINS USED FOR SPECIFIC INTERIOR AUTOMOTIVE PARTS
PC/ABS
Polycarbonates
PPO/HIPS
Seat-Related Auto Interior Parts
Background
Seat Backs
Front Seat Bases
Rear Seats
Child Safety Seats
Rear Seat Backs
Airbags
Background
Tough Resins Needed for Airbag Doors
Knee Air Bags
LED Lighting Moving into Auto Interiors
Summary of Resin Usage in Automotive Lenses
TABLE 60 RESIN USAGE IN AUTOMOTIVE LENSES (PERCENT OF TOTAL VOLUME)
Impact of Federal Regulations and Standards in Automotive Lenses
Market Estimates and Forecasts
TABLE 61 GLOBAL AUTOMOTIVE INTERIOR MARKET BY ENGINEERING RESINS AND POLYMER ALLOYS/BLENDS, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
What about a Plastic Engine?
AUTOMOTIVE MARKET SUMMARY
TABLE 62 GLOBAL TOTAL AUTOMOTIVE MARKET BY ENGINEERING RESINS AND POLYMER ALLOYS/BLENDS, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
RECENT DEVELOPMENTS
Polycarbonate Glazing/Spoiler for New European Car
Polycarbonate Glazing Decreases Auto Weight
Teijin Sees Full Polycarbonate Auto Glazing as a Long-Term Proposition
Sabic IP is Developing Polycarbonate Auto Side Windows
Polycarbonate Makes Headway in Vehicle Interiors and Safety Features
Polycarbonate Rear Window is 35% Lighter than Glass
Injection Molded Noryl GTX Fenders
Polyamide Crankshaft Cover
Celanese Provides Plastic Transmission Cover
Plastic Auto Transmission Conductor
Metal-To-Plastic Substitutions in Autos
Carbon Fiber Reinforce PBT for Auto Electronics
DSM Engineering Highlights Both Gas Tank and UTH Auto Applications
ELECTRONIC/ELECTRICAL PRODUCTS
OVERVIEW
CONSUMER ELECTRONIC TRENDS
Overview
Market Dynamics
Compact Discs/DVDs
Some Important Technologies
PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARDS
Background
Technologies
PCB Substrates
Overview
Current Material Usage
Standard FR-4 Epoxy Resin
Higher-Performance Epoxies
Polyimides
Issues That May Impact Resin Choices Used in PCB Manufacture
Flexible Printed Circuit Boards
Background
Technology
Standards
Advantages
Materials Used
Overview
Polyimides
Polyesters
Liquid Crystalline Polymers (LCPs)
Aramids
Epoxy Resins
Adhesiveless Laminates
Molded/3D Printed Circuitboards (MIDs)
Background
Technology
Manufacturing
History
How Do They Differ From PCBs?
Materials Used
Market Targets
Process Technologies
Impact of MIDs
Examples of New Plastics for MIDs
Lanxess
BASF
Celanese
Evonik
Industry Trends of Printed Circuitboards
PLASTICS IN ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS
Introduction
Active Devices
Active/Passive Devices
Passive Devices
FLEXIBLE ELECTRONICS
Overview
Concept of Flexible Electronics
RIGID-FLEX CIRCUITS
MOLDED ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS
Overview
Background
Markets
Growth
Resin Usage in Molded Electronic Components
Background
Connectors
Background
Trends
Materials and Applications for Electronic Connectors
Resin Selection
Other Connector Markets
Connector End-Use Markets
Automotive Industry Connectors
Background
Resin Scenario
New Polyester Advantages
Polyamide Activities
IMPACT OF SURFACE-MOUNT TECHNOLOGY
Background
Resin and Material Usage
Competitive Resin Scenario
ENCAPSULATED ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS
Background
Specific Encapsulant Applications
Epoxy Encapsulant Systems
SWITCHES
Background
CAPACITORS
Background
Dielectric Materials
Capacitor Types
OTHER MOLDED ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS
Resistors
Background
Applications
Inductors/Transformers
Plastic Usage
BOBBINS
Background
RELAYS
Background
ELECTRONIC ENCLOSURES
Definitions
Material and Process Selection
Enclosure-Related Plastic Usage and Applications
Still a Competitive Scenario
Cost Performance
TABLE 63 COMPARISONS OF RESINS FOR ELECTRONIC ENCLOSURE
APPLICATIONS BASED ON COST PERFORMANCE
TABLE 64 THE BEST- AND WORST-PERFORMING RESINS AND RESIN
BLENDS FOR ELECTRONIC ENCLOSURES
Costs
Significance of Thin-walling on Resin Selection
Other Important Issues
Flame Retardancy
Background
Overview
Testing Agencies and Requirements
Environmental Ratings
TABLE 65 APPLYING PLASTICS SCORECARD TO ELECTRONIC
ENCLOSURES
The European Union's RoHS Directive
The WEEE Directive
Market Estimates and Forecasts
TABLE 66 GLOBAL ENGINEERING RESIN AND POLYMER ALLOY/BLEND ELECTRONIC/ELECTRIC MARKETS, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
RECENT DEVELOPMENTS
LCPs Used in New Electronic Connectors
High-Temperature and Reflective Plastics for LED
PC/PCT in First Electrical Application
MEDICAL DEVICES
STATUS OF THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY
THE FDA IS EXAMINING REGULATIONS FOR 3-D PRINTED MEDICAL
DEVICES
THE FDA PLANS TO EXPEDITE MEDICAL DEVICE APPROVALS
THE FDA IS PLANNING TO SIMPLIFY MEDICAL DEVICE CLASSIFICATION
PROCEDURES
OVERALL PLASTIC USAGE
POLYMERS USED
Background
Overview
Commodity Thermoplastics
Engineering Resins
Thermoset Resins
Overall Resin Usage in Medical Devices
TABLE 67 SELECTED RESIN USAGE BY TYPE OF MEDICAL DEVICE
SPECIFIC ENGINEERING RESIN/ALLOY-BLENDS USAGE IN MEDICAL
APPLICATIONS
Polyamides
Polyamide Sterilization
Polycarbonates
Overview
Specific Examples
Renal Dialysis
Surgical Instruments
Cardiac Surgery Products
Polyesters
Medical Applications
Polysulfones
Polyimides
Polyketones
Overview
PEEK Implants
Other PEEK Medical Usage
Liquid Crystal Polymers
NEED FOR CLARITY/TRANSPARENCY
STERILIZATION TECHNIQUES
Overview of Methods
Polycarbonate
Polystyrene
Polyesters
TABLE 68 RADIATION RESISTANCE OF KEY MEDICAL PLASTICS
MARKET ESTIMATES AND FORECASTS
TABLE 69 GLOBAL ENGINEERING RESIN AND POLYMER ALLOYS/BLENDS MEDICAL MARKET BY RESIN TYPE, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
RECENT DEVELOPMENTS OF ENGINEERING THERMOPLASTICS IN THE
MEDICAL MARKET
Sabic IP's PEIs
PEEK Rods Chosen for Spinal Cord
FDA Approves First Porous PEEK-based Medical Device
Recent Polyacetal Medical Products
New Artificial Limb Developments
BUILDING/CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTS
OVERVIEW
ENGINEERING RESIN USAGE
SOME EXAMPLES OF PRODUCT USAGE
GLAZING
Background
Properties
TABLE 70 SELECTED PROPERTIES OF PLASTIC SHEET FOR OUTDOOR
APPLICATIONS
Acrylic Sheet
Polycarbonate Sheet
Specific Products Used in Glazing
Other Specific Examples of Plastic Glazing Products
Use in Greenhouses
PLUMBING/HARDWARE
Polyacetals
PPO/HIPS
PBT
PET
Thermoset Polyesters
SKYLIGHTS
Overview
Use of Glass
Use of Plastics
Background
Plastic Types
Glass and Plastic Combinations
LIGHTING PRODUCTS
Overview
Lighting Technologies
Key Performance Parameters
Types of Lighting Products
Clear Plastics Used
Acrylics
Polystyrene
Cellulosics
Polycarbonates
PVC
Processing Methods
Lighting Lens Suppliers
Recent Developments
Clear Polycarbonate Used in Integrated LED Light Engine
SIGNS/DISPLAYS
Background
Resins Used
Acrylics
Polycarbonates
Outdoor Sign Market
Examples of Commercial Products for Signs/Displays
Indoor Signs/Displays
Point-of-Purchase Products (POPs)
A New Development
New Engineered Polycarbonate Sheets for Signs
MARKET ESTIMATES AND FORECASTS
TABLE 71 GLOBAL ENGINEERING RESIN AND POLYMER ALLOYS/BLEND BUILDING/CONSTRUCTION MARKET, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
APPLIANCES
OVERVIEW
HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY DEFINITIONS- NAICS
3352
APPLIANCE MARKET SCENARIO
MATERIALS USED IN APPLIANCES
Metals
Steel
Aluminum
Plastics
APPLIANCE CATEGORIES
REPRESENTATIVE PLASTIC INJECTION MOLDED APPLIANCE PARTS
KEY APPLICATIONS FOR PLASTICS IN APPLIANCES
Overview
Polyamides
Polycarbonates
PBT
PET
Other Thermoplastic Usage
MAJOR SPECIFIC APPLICATIONS FOR POLYMERS IN APPLIANCES
TABLE 72 SELECTED MAJOR APPLICATIONS FOR POLYMERS IN APPLIANCES
KEY APPLIANCE MANUFACTURERS IN THE U.S.
MARKET ESTIMATES AND FORECASTS
TABLE 73 GLOBAL ENGINEERING RESIN AND POLYMER ALLOY/BLEND APPLIANCE MARKET, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
RIGID FOOD PACKAGING
BACKGROUND
OVERVIEW
POLYCARBONATES
Background
Water Bottles
PREPARED FOOD CONTAINER PACKAGING
Overview
Types of Microwave/Dual-Ovenable Packaging Structures
Dual-Ovenables
TABLE 74 PLASTIC USAGE IN PREPARED FOOD CONTAINERS
Market Estimates and Forecasts
AIRCRAFT
OVERVIEW
EXAMPLES OF GLASS PRODUCTS
IMPORTANCE OF IMPACT RESISTANCE
CLEAR PLASTIC PREFERENCES
COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT TRANSPARENCIES
AIRCRAFT INTERIORS
IMPORTANT CLEAR PLASTICS SUPPLIERS
CLEAR PLASTICS PROCESSING METHODS
APPLICATIONS ON MILITARY AND COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT
Military Aircraft Transparencies
Commercial Aircraft Transparencies
LEADING MANUFACTURERS OF AIRCRAFT TRANSPARENCIES
SELECTED EXAMPLES OF COMPANIES' CLEAR PLASTIC PRODUCTS
EARMARKED FOR AIRCRAFT APPLICATIONS
MARKETING CLEAR PLASTICS TO THE AIRCRAFT INDUSTRY IS NOT AN EASY
ASSIGNMENT
TABLE 75 REGISTRATIONS FOR PLEXIGLAS GS 245
TABLE 76 REGISTRATIONS FOR PLEXIGLAS GS 249
NEW DEVELOPMENTS
Advanced Polycarbonates for Aircraft Interiors
New Polycarbonate Sheets for Aircraft Interiors
Low-Heat Release Polycarbonate for Aircraft
New Engineering Polymer Grades for Aircraft Interiors
MARKET ESTIMATES AND FORECASTS
OPTICAL LENSES
PROPERTIES AND ADVANTAGES
MARKET DYNAMICS
KEY CONCEPTS IN LENS MATERIALS
Refractive Index
Abbe Values
WHY PLASTICS ARE USED
OTHER ADVANTAGES OF PLASTICS
FABRICATION METHODS FOR OPTICAL PLASTIC LENSES
Background
Manufacturing
Blocking
Margins of Error
KEY PERFORMANCE PARAMETERS
ADVANTAGES OF PLASTICS
CLEAR PLASTICS USED
Background
Acrylics
Polystyrene
Polycarbonates
Overview
Advantages and Disadvantages
TABLE 77 OPTICAL PERFORMANCE PROPERTIES (%)
Allyl Diglycol Carbonate (ADC)
Background
Competitive Scenario with CR-39
Acrylic-Styrene Copolymers
Trivex
Polycarbonate vs. Trivex Lenses: A Brief Comparison
Cellulosics
SAN
Other Plastics Used in This Market
Examples of Polycarbonate and Acrylic Optical Clear Sheets
OPTICAL LENS MARKET SEGMENTS
Background
Market Shares
Ophthalmic Lens Suppliers
MARKET ESTIMATES AND FORECASTS
TOYS
OVERVIEW
BACKGROUND
USE OF PLASTICS IN TOYS
Background
Polystyrene
ABS
Styrene Block Copolymers (SBCs)
Polycarbonates
Acrylics
CLEAR PLASTIC APPLICATIONS
CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COUNCIL (CPSC)
MARKET ESTIMATES AND FORECASTS
MISCELLANEOUS APPLICATIONS
SPORTS/RECREATIONAL EQUIPMENT
Overview
Specific Reinforced Plastic Products Used in Sports and Recreation
Products
LAWN/GARDEN EQUIPMENT
Overview
Resin Usage
HOUSEWARES
MARKET ESTIMATES AND FORECASTS
TABLE 78 GLOBAL MARKET FOR MISCELLANEOUS APPLICATIONS OF ENGINEERING RESINS AND POLYMER ALLOYS/BLENDS, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS)
CHAPTER 6 ENGINEERED RESIN TRADE NAMED PRODUCTS
TABLE 79 SELECTED KEY ENGINEERING RESINS BY TRADE NAME
CHAPTER 7 PRICES OF ENGINEERING RESINS AND POLYMERS ALLOYS/BLENDS
TABLE 80 AVERAGE PRICING FOR ENGINEERING RESINS AND POLYMER ALLOYS/BLENDS ($/POUND)
CHAPTER 8 COMPANY PROFILES
ASAHI KASEI CHEMICALS CORP.
BASF CORP.
BAYER MATERIAL SCIENCES
CELANESE
CHEVRON PHILLIPS CHEMICAL COMPANY LP
DAICEL CORP.
DSM ENGINEERING PLASTICS
DUPONT INC.
EASTMAN CHEMICAL
EMS GRIVORY.
EVONIK DEGUSSA CORP.
LANXESS CORP.
MITSUBISHI ENGINEERING PLASTICS
MITSUI CHEMICALS AMERICA INC.
RHODIA ENGINEERING PLASTICS
SABIC INNOVATIVE PLASTICS
SOLVAY SPECIALTY POLYMERS USA LLC
TEIJIN KASEI AMERICA INC.
TORAY PLASTICS (AMERICA) INC.
VICTREX USA LTD.
CHAPTER 9 APPENDIX
ACRONYMS

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