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Decorative Laminates


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  • INTRODUCTION
  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • Table DECORATIVE LAMINATES DEMAND
  • MARKET ENVIRONMENT
    • General
    • Macroeconomic Environment
      • Table MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS
    • Demographic Trends
      • Table POPULATION & HOUSEHOLDS
    • Consumer Spending Environment
      • Table Personal Consumption Expenditures
    • Building Construction Outlook
      • Table BUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES
      • Residential Building Construction
        • Table RESIDENTIAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES
        • Table NEW HOUSING INDICATORS
        • Table HOUSING STOCK BY TYPE
        • Table CHART II-1 YEAR OF CONSTRUCTION OF HOUSING STOCK, 2013
        • Table RESIDENTIAL IMPROVEMENT & REPAIR EXPENDITURES
      • Nonresidential Building Construction
        • Table NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES
        • Table NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING STOCK
        • Table NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING FLOOR SPACE
        • Table NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING IMPROVEMENT & REPAIR EXPENDITURES
    • Competitive Products Overview
    • Pricing
      • Table DECORATIVE LAMINATES PRICING
    • Environmental & Other Considerations
    • Foreign Trade
    • World Decorative Laminates
  • RAW MATERIALS & PROCESSES
    • General
    • Raw Materials
      • Table MATERIALS DEMAND IN DECORATIVE LAMINATES
      • Plastics
        • Table PLASTICS DEMAND IN DECORATIVE LAMINATES
      • Overlays Demand
        • Table OVERLAYS DEMAND IN DECORATIVE LAMINATES
        • Table PAPER OVERLAYS DEMAND IN DECORATIVE LAMINATES
        • Table VINYL FILM & OTHER OVERLAYS DEMAND IN DECORATIVE LAMINATES
      • Adhesives
        • Table ADHESIVES DEMAND IN DECORATIVE LAMINATES
      • Wood Substrates
        • Table WOOD SUBSTRATES DEMAND IN DECORATIVE LAMINATES
    • Manufacturing Processes
      • High-Pressure Processes
      • Low-Pressure Processes
      • Continuous Processes
      • Direct Lamination Processes
  • PRODUCTS
    • General
      • Table DECORATIVE LAMINATES DEMAND BY TYPE
      • Table CHART IV-1 DECORATIVE LAMINATES DEMAND BY TYPE, 2013
    • Low-Pressure Laminates
      • Table LOW-PRESSURE DECORATIVE LAMINATES DEMAND BY TYPE
      • Table CHART IV-2 LOW-PRESSURE DECORATIVE LAMINATES DEMAND BY TYPE, 2013
      • Low-Basis Weight Papers
        • Table LOW-BASIS WEIGHT PAPER DECORATIVE LAMINATES DEMAND
      • Saturated Papers
        • Table SATURATED PAPER DECORATIVE LAMINATES DEMAND
      • Vinyl Films
        • Table VINYL FILM DECORATIVE LAMINATES DEMAND
      • Decorative Foils
        • Table DECORATIVE FOIL LAMINATES DEMAND
    • High-Pressure Laminates
      • Table HIGH-PRESSURE DECORATIVE LAMINATES DEMAND
      • Product Characteristics
      • Markets & Suppliers
    • Edgebanding
      • Table EDGEBANDING DEMAND
      • Product Characteristics
      • Markets & Suppliers
  • MARKETS
    • General
      • Table DECORATIVE LAMINATES DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Table CHART V-1 DECORATIVE LAMINATES DEMAND BY MARKET, 2013
    • Cabinets
      • Cabinet Industry Outlook
        • Table CABINET INDUSTRY OUTLOOK
      • Competitive Materials
        • Table CHART V-2 CABINET SHIPMENTS BY SURFACING MATERIAL, 2013
      • Decorative Laminates Demand
        • Table CABINET MARKET FOR DECORATIVE LAMINATES
        • Table CABINET MARKET FOR DECORATIVE LAMINATES BY TYPE
        • Table CABINET MARKET FOR DECORATIVE LAMINATES BY SEGMENT
        • Table CABINET MARKET FOR DECORATIVE LAMINATES BY APPLICATION
    • Furniture
      • Furniture Industry Outlook
        • Table FURNITURE INDUSTRY OUTLOOK
      • Competitive Materials
      • Decorative Laminates Demand
        • Table FURNITURE MARKET FOR DECORATIVE LAMINATES
        • Table FURNITURE MARKET FOR DECORATIVE LAMINATES BY TYPE
        • Table FURNITURE MARKET FOR DECORATIVE LAMINATES BY SEGMENT
    • Store Fixtures
      • Office & Commercial Building Construction
        • Table OFFICE & COMMERCIAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES
      • Competitive Materials
      • Decorative Laminates Demand
        • Table STORE FIXTURE MARKET FOR DECORATIVE LAMINATES
    • Flooring
      • Flooring Industry Outlook
        • Table FLOORING INDUSTRY OUTLOOK
      • Competitive Materials
        • Table CHART V-3 HARD SURFACE FLOORING SHIPMENTS BY SURFACING MATERIAL, 2013
      • Decorative Laminates Demand
        • Table FLOORING MARKET FOR DECORATIVE LAMINATES BY TYPE
        • Table FLOORING MARKET FOR DECORATIVE LAMINATES BY SEGMENT
    • Wall Panels
      • Wall Panel Industry Outlook
        • Table WALL PANEL INDUSTRY OUTLOOK
      • Competitive Materials
      • Decorative Laminates Demand
        • Table WALL PANEL MARKET FOR DECORATIVE LAMINATES BY TYPE & SEGMENT
    • Countertops
      • Countertop Industry Outlook
        • Table COUNTERTOP INDUSTRY OUTLOOK
      • Competitive Materials
        • Table CHART V-4 COUNTERTOP DEMAND BY SURFACING MATERIAL, 2013
      • Decorative Laminates Demand
        • Table COUNTERTOP MARKET FOR DECORATIVE LAMINATES
        • Table COUNTERTOP MARKET FOR DECORATIVE LAMINATES BY TYPE
        • Table COUNTERTOP MARKET FOR DECORATIVE LAMINATES BY SEGMENT & APPLICATION
        • Table COUNTERTOP MARKET FOR DECORATIVE LAMINATES BY END USE
    • Other Markets
      • Table OTHER MARKETS FOR DECORATIVE LAMINATES
  • INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
    • Industry Composition
      • Table US DECORATIVE LAMINATE SALES BY COMPANY, 2013
    • Market Share
      • Table CHART VI-1 DECORATIVE LAMINATES MARKET SHARE, 2013
    • Competitive Strategies
    • Research & Development
    • Distribution
    • Marketing
    • Acquisitions & Divestitures
      • Table SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES
    • Cooperative Agreements
      • Table SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS
    • Company Profiles
      • Arclin Incorporated
      • Armstrong World Industries Incorporated
      • Berkshire Hathaway Incorporated
      • Celulosa Arauco y Constitución SA
      • Columbia Forest Products Incorporated
      • Cornerstone Chemical Company
      • Dai Nippon Printing Company Limited
      • Fiberesin Industries Incorporated
      • Financiera Maderera SA
      • Fletcher Building Limited
      • Flexible Materials Incorporated
      • Funder America Incorporated
      • Koch Industries Incorporated
      • Lamin-Art Incorporated
      • LG Hausys Limited
      • Mannington Mills Incorporated
      • Masisa SA
      • Mohawk Industries Incorporated
      • Momentive Performance Materials Holdings LLC
      • Munksjö AB
      • Olon Industries Incorporated
      • OMNOVA Solutions Incorporated
      • Panolam Industries International Incorporated
      • Patrick Industries Incorporated
      • Pfleiderer GmbH
      • Plum Creek Timber Company Incorporated
      • PolyOne Corporation
      • QEP Company Incorporated
      • RENOLIT SE
      • Riken Technos Corporation
      • Roseburg Forest Products Company
      • Sekisui Chemical Company Limited
      • SierraPine Limited
      • Stevens Industries Incorporated
      • SURTECO AG
      • Tarkett SA
      • Timber Products Company
      • Toppan Printing Company Limited
      • Wilsonart International Holdings LLC
      • Woodcraft Industries Incorporated
      • Wrede Industrieholding GmbH & Company KG
    • Additional Companies in the Study

Decorative Laminates

US demand to rise 5.0% annually through 2018
Demand for decorative laminates in the US is forecast to grow 5.0 percent per year to 12 billion square feet in 2018, a rebound from the declines of the 2008- 2013 period. Renewed economic growth, along with rebounding construction activity, heightened credit availability, increased interest in home improvements, and pent-up demand for nonresidential upgrades, will provide opportunities for decorative laminates. These materials are utilized to surface a variety of building components such as cabinets, countertops, store fixtures and wall panels. The perception of decorative laminates as the workhorse surfacing material will support sales, particularly among value-conscious users. In addition, laminate manufacturers continue to focus on improved textures and printing techniques that rival the aesthetics of solid wood, natural stone and other materials, but at a lower cost.

Competition from alternative materials, however, continues to restrain gains. Decorative laminates will face intense competition from wood in cabinet and flooring applications, and natural stone in countertops. Additionally, while recovering from the recession, end-users may have the resources to select higher-value materials. Laminates will also face competition as the number of potential surfacing options widens. For example, increased consumer awareness of luxury vinyl tile in flooring, engineered stone in countertops, and powder coatings in store fixtures will place some pressure on laminates as early adopters of new trends focus on these materials rather than the tried and true laminates.

Low-pressure overlays to post above-average growth
Demand for laminates made from lowpressure overlays (i.e., low-basis weight papers, saturated papers, decorative foils, and vinyl films), which account for more than 80 percent of decorative laminate sales in area terms, is forecast to post above-average growth through 2018. Demand will be driven by increased penetration of saturated papers in several markets, including cabinets and store fixtures, where the cost savings of lowpressure laminates outweigh the durability benefits of higher-priced high-pressure laminates. Performance improvements in all types of low-pressure laminates are continuing to fuel their adoption as a lowcost decorative surfacing material for furniture, cabinets, and store fixtures. Sales of high-pressure laminates will continue to benefit from their enhanced decorative properties, and advanced performance characteristics such as longterm durability, and resistance to scratches and other types of damage caused by wear and tear. Edgebanding demand will be limited by increased popularity of postforming and other curved edges, reducing requirements.

Cabinets to lead gains among the largest markets
Cabinets, furniture, and store fixtures were the largest markets for laminates in 2013, accounting for a combined 65 percent of total demand. Of these, the cabinet market is projected to post the most rapid gains, primarily due to a rebound in the housing market, which will provide greater cabinet requirements as cabinets are included in nearly all housing and are commonly replaced during home remodeling. Additionally, more cabinets will feature engineered wood, such as particleboard and mediumdensity fiberboard, and laminates will benefit from this trend.


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