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Coated Fabrics


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Coated Fabrics

US demand to rise 3.8% annually through 2018
Demand for coated fabrics in the US is projected to advance 3.8 percent per year to 725 million square yards in 2018, an acceleration from sluggish gains posted during the 2008 to 2013 period. Rebounding construction expenditures will provide opportunities for coated fabrics used in products that are closely tied to building activity, such as wallcoverings, furniture, and awnings and canopies. In value terms, demand for coated fabrics is forecast to increase five percent per year to $4 billion in 2018, benefiting from an acceleration in area demand as well as moderate price increases. However, pricing gains will be limited due to increased competition from lower cost imports.

Key motor vehicle market to see accelerating growth
The largest market for coated fabrics in 2013 was motor vehicles, with 30 percent of the total, benefiting from the large number of light vehicles that are produced in the US each year. Going forward, growth will accelerate from a high 2013 base that reflects a recovery in vehicle production. Still, advances will be propelled by the increased incorporation of polyvinyl-coated and polyurethanecoated fabrics in upholstery and interior trim in light vehicles. In these applications, coated fabrics are aided by continued improvements in appearance and feel, placing further competitive pressures on alternative materials. Gains will also be promoted by a higher number of airbags per light truck and van through the forecast period. Silicone-coated fabrics are typically used in the manufacture of airbags.

Coated polyester to continue as leading substrate
Coated fabrics are categorized based on the substrate or coating used. Versions with polyester substrates accounted for approximately 45 percent of total US coated fabric demand in 2013. These substrates are valued for their versatility at a relatively low cost. While used in a variety of markets, three markets (motor vehicles, industrial, and furniture) account for approximately half of coated polyester sales. Above-average gains in the furniture market will provide opportunities. In addition, demand for coated polyester will benefit from its use in other above-average growth markets, such as wallcoverings, and awnings and canopies.

Polymer-coated fabrics remain dominant products
Polymer-coated fabrics dominated coated fabric demand in 2013, and will continue to do so through 2018. Within this category, vinyl-coated fabrics account for the largest share -- 40 percent -- of demand. Going forward, vinyl-coated fabrics will retain their significant position due to their adequate performance characteristics provided at a relatively low cost. Among the major types of polymercoated fabrics, polyurethane-coated fabrics are expected to post the fastest gains through 2018. Improvements in polyurethane coatings, particularly in their appearance and feel when cured, will boast opportunities. The rubbercoated fabrics product category is much smaller, but growth will benefit from the usage of silicone varieties in the large market for airbags. Advances will be fastest for fabric-backed wallcoverings, which will recover in line with the rebound in the building construction sector, especially in the institutional and office segments where these wallcoverings find significant use.


  • INTRODUCTION
  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • Table COATED FABRIC DEMAND
  • MARKET ENVIRONMENT
    • General
    • Macroeconomic Environment
      • Table MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS
    • Demographic Trends
      • Table POPULATION & HOUSEHOLDS
    • Consumer Spending Environment
      • Table PERSONAL CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURES
    • Manufacturing Outlook
      • Table MANUFACTURERS' SHIPMENTS
    • Textiles Outlook
      • Table TEXTILE FIBERS & FABRICS SHIPMENTS
    • Environmental & Regulatory Considerations
  • OVERVIEW
    • General
    • Supply & Demand
      • Table COATED FABRIC SUPPLY & DEMAND
    • Historical Market Trends
      • Table COATED FABRIC MARKET, 2003-2013
      • Table CHART III-1 COATED FABRIC MARKET, 2003-2013
    • Pricing Patterns
      • Table COATED FABRIC PRICING
    • International Environment
      • World Supply & Demand
      • US Foreign Trade
        • Table FOREIGN TRADE IN COATED FABRICS
    • Coating Processes
    • Competitive Products
    • Technological Developments
    • Raw Materials
      • Table COATED FABRIC RAW MATERIAL DEMAND
  • PRODUCTS
    • General
      • Table COATED FABRIC SUPPLY & DEMAND BY PRODUCT
      • Table CHART IV-1 COATED FABRIC DEMAND BY PRODUCT, 2013
    • Polymer-Coated Fabrics
      • Table POLYMER-COATED FABRIC SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Table CHART IV-2 POLYMER-COATED FABRIC DEMAND BY TYPE, 2013
      • Vinyl-Coated Fabrics
        • Table VINYL-COATED FABRIC SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Polyethylene-Coated Fabrics
        • Table POLYETHYLENE-COATED FABRIC SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Polyurethane-Coated Fabrics
        • Table POLYURETHANE-COATED FABRIC SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Polytetrafluoroethylene-Coated Fabrics
        • Table POLYTETRAFLUOROETHYLENE-COATED FABRIC SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Polypropylene-Coated Fabrics
        • Table POLYPROPYLENE-COATED FABRIC SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Acrylic-Coated Fabrics
        • Table ACRYLIC-COATED FABRIC SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Other Polymer-Coated Fabrics
        • Table OTHER POLYMER-COATED FABRIC SUPPLY & DEMAND
    • Rubber-Coated Fabrics
      • Table RUBBER-COATED FABRIC SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Polychloroprene-Coated Fabrics
      • Silicone Rubber-Coated Fabrics
      • Other Rubber-Coated Fabrics
    • Fabric-Backed Wallcoverings
      • Table FABRIC-BACKED WALLCOVERING SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Characteristics
      • Suppliers
  • SUBSTRATES
    • General
      • Table COATED FABRIC DEMAND BY SUBSTRATE
      • Table CHART V-1 COATED FABRIC DEMAND BY SUBSTRATE, 2013
    • Polyester
      • Table COATED POLYESTER FABRIC DEMAND BY MARKET
    • Nylon
      • Table COATED NYLON FABRIC DEMAND BY MARKET
    • Cotton
      • Table COATED COTTON FABRIC DEMAND BY MARKET
    • Other Substrates
      • Table OTHER COATED FABRIC DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Fiberglass
      • Fabric Blends
      • Nonwovens
      • All Other Substrates
  • MARKETS
    • General
      • Table COATED FABRIC DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Table CHART VI-1 COATED FABRIC DEMAND BY MARKET, 2013
    • Motor Vehicles
      • Industry Outlook
        • Table MOTOR VEHICLE INDICATORS
      • Coated Fabric Demand
        • Table MOTOR VEHICLE MARKET FOR COATED FABRICS
        • Table LIGHT VEHICLE MARKET FOR COATED FABRICS
        • Table MEDIUM & HEAVY TRUCK & BUS MARKET FOR COATED FABRICS
    • Marine & Other Non-Motor Vehicle Transportation
      • Industry Outlook
        • Table MARINE & OTHER NON-MOTOR VEHICLE TRANSPORTATION EQUIPMENT SHIPMENTS
      • Coated Fabric Demand
        • Table MARINE & OTHER NON-MOTOR VEHICLE TRANSPORTATION EQUIPMENT MARKETS FOR COATED FABRICS
    • Protective Clothing
      • Table PROTECTIVE CLOTHING MARKET FOR COATED FABRICS
      • Applications
      • Materials
    • Industrial
      • Nonresidential Fixed Investment
        • Table NONRESIDENTIAL FIXED INVESTMENT
      • Coated Fabric Demand
        • Table INDUSTRIAL MARKET FOR COATED FABRICS
    • Furniture
      • Industry Outlook
        • Table FURNITURE SHIPMENTS
      • Coated Fabric Demand
        • Table FURNITURE MARKET FOR COATED FABRICS
    • Commercial & Rental Tents
      • Table COMMERCIAL & RENTAL TENT MARKET FOR COATED FABRICS
    • Wallcoverings
      • Industry Outlook
        • Table WALLCOVERING SHIPMENTS
      • Coated Fabric Demand
        • Table WALLCOVERING MARKET FOR COATED FABRICS
    • Books
      • Industry Outlook
        • Table BOOK PUBLISHING & PRINTING SHIPMENTS
      • Coated Fabric Demand
        • Table BOOK MARKET FOR COATED FABRICS
    • Awnings & Canopies
      • Building Construction Outlook
        • Table BUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES
      • Coated Fabric Demand
        • Table AWNING & CANOPY MARKET FOR COATED FABRICS
    • Other Markets
      • Table OTHER MARKETS FOR COATED FABRICS
      • Clothing
      • Flags & Banners
      • Geosynthetics
      • Printing Blankets
      • Recreational Products
      • Roofing
      • Tarpaulins
      • Travelware
      • All Other Markets
  • INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
    • General
      • Table US COATED FABRIC SALES BY COMPANY, 2013
    • Market Share
      • Table CHART VII-1 COATED FABRIC MARKET SHARE, 2013
    • Competitive Strategies
    • Research & Development
    • Manufacturing
    • Marketing
    • Distribution
    • Cooperative Agreements
      • Table SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS
    • Mergers & Acquisitions
      • Table SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES
    • Company Profiles
      • Ammeraal Beltech Holding BV
      • Bayer AG
      • Beckmann Converting Incorporated
      • Berry Plastics Group Incorporated
      • Blue Mountain Wallcoverings Incorporated
      • BondCote Corporation
      • Bradford Industries Incorporated
      • Canadian General-Tower Limited
      • China General Plastics Corporation
      • Dimension-Polyant GmbH
      • DuPont (EI) de Nemours
      • Glen Raven Incorporated
      • Gore (WL) &Associates Incorporated
      • Graniteville Specialty Fabrics Incorporated
      • Haartz Corporation
      • Hallwood Group Incorporated
      • Herculite Products Incorporated
      • Heytex Bramsche GmbH
      • Holliston LLC
      • Hyosung Corporation
      • International Textile Group Incorporated
      • Johnston Textiles Incorporated
      • Koch Industries Incorporated
      • Kuraray Company Limited
      • Marlen Textiles Incorporated
      • Milliken & Company
      • Morbern Incorporated
      • Nassimi LLC
      • OMNOVA Solutions Incorporated
      • Polymer Group Incorporated
      • Saint-Gobain
      • Seaman Corporation
      • Shawmut Corporation
      • Spradling International Incorporated
      • Takata Corporation
      • Tonoga Incorporated
      • Trelleborg AB
      • Twitchell Corporation
      • Uniroyal Engineered Products LLC
      • Z Marine
      • Zodiac Aerospace SA
      • Zodiac Marine & Pool
    • Additional Companies

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