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High Temperature Plastics

US demand to rise 5.8% annually through 2017
US demand for high temperature plastics is forecast to expand 5.8 percent annually to $3.1 billion in 2017, with volume exceeding 300 million pounds. Advances will be propelled by the ongoing adoption of high temperature plastics in place of more conventional materials (such as metal, glass, and other polymers) due to their exceptional performance properties. Gains will be further supported by an improving economic outlook and rising consumer confidence, which will boost durable goods output.

Performance attributes to drive market applications
High temperature plastics possess a number of exceptional performance attributes, which will continue to stimulate demand in a widening array of applications. For instance, they are gaining use in motor vehicle applications due to their ability to provide the necessary heat and chemical resistance, strength, and durability, while also enabling automakers to reduce vehicle weight, thus enhancing fuel economy. Moreover, the use of plastics allows for greater design freedom, parts integration, and the elimination of certain production processes, which can increase efficiency and reduce overall manufacturing costs. In the electronics sector, more stringent technical and environmental specifications will promote the use of high temperature plastics that are inherently flame retardant and do not contain halogenated additives. In addition, the ability of these resins to withstand heat, radiation, and chemical exposure that may be encountered during sterilization cycles will continue to fuel demand in the rapidly growing medical market.

Fluoropolymers to continue offering best opportunities
Fluoropolymers are by far the largest type of high temperature plastic, accounting for nearly half of total market value in 2012. Although advances in this large sector are expected to trail the average, fluoropolymers will continue to offer the best opportunities for growth, accounting for more than 40 percent of market value gains between 2012 and 2017. The widespread use of polytetrafluoroethylene in the large industrial market will promote overall gains, particularly as opportunities in applications such as chemical processing and industrial filtration continue to arise. Moreover, a substantial rebound in nonresidential building activity, especially in the office and commercial sector, will spur demand for fluorinated ethylene propylene, which is widely used in wire and cable applications due to its low dielectric constant, flexibility, and superior heat and fire resistance.

Polyketones to be fastest growing product
Among high temperature plastics, polyketones are anticipated to see the most rapid demand gains through the forecast period, albeit from a relatively small base. Advances will be fueled by efforts to extend the use of these high priced, high performance materials into new applications, particularly in the medical field. For instance, these biocompatible resins are gaining use in orthopedic implants. Overall demand will be spurred by efforts on the part of producers to market polyketones as a lightweight alternative to metals in a variety of demanding applications, including those found in the oil and gas, and wind energy sectors. Polyphenylene sulfide and sulfone polymers are also projected to achieve above average gains, propelled by rising motor vehicle output and efforts to produce more fuel efficient vehicles.


  • INTRODUCTION
  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • Table HIGH-TEMPERATURE PLASTICS DEMAND (million dollars)
  • MARKET ENVIRONMENT
    • General
    • Macroeconomic Outlook
      • Table MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS (billion 2005 dollars)
    • Demographic Trends
      • Table POPULATION & HOUSEHOLDS (million persons)
    • Manufacturing Outlook
      • Table MANUFACTURERS' SHIPMENTS (billion 2005 dollars)
    • Electrical & Electronic Equipment Outlook
      • Table ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT SHIPMENTS (billion dollars)
    • Plastic Resin Outlook
      • Table PLASTIC RESIN SUPPLY & DEMAND (million pounds)
    • Competitive Materials
    • Pricing Trends
      • Table HIGH-TEMPERATURE PLASTICS PRICES (dollars per pound)
    • Historical Market Trends
      • Table HIGH-TEMPERATURE PLASTICS MARKET, 2002-2012
    • Regulatory & Environmental Issues
    • International Activity
    • Foreign Trade
  • RESINS
    • General
      • Table HIGH-TEMPERATURE PLASTICS DEMAND BY RESIN (million dollars)
    • Fluoropolymers
      • Table FLUOROPOLYMERS DEMAND BY TYPE (million dollars)
      • Polytetrafluoroethylene
        • Table POLYTETRAFLUOROETHYLENE DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars)
      • Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene
        • Table FLUORINATED ETHYLENE PROPYLENE DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars)
      • Other Fluoropolymers
        • Table OTHER FLUOROPOLYMERS DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars)
      • Producers
    • Sulfone Polymers
      • Table SULFONE POLYMERS DEMAND BY TYPE (million dollars)
      • Polysulfones
        • Table POLYSULFONES DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars)
      • Polyethersulfone & Other Sulfone Polymers
        • Table POLYETHERSULFONE & OTHER SULFONE POLYMERS DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars)
      • Producers
    • Polyimides
      • Table POLYIMIDES DEMAND BY TYPE (million dollars)
      • Polyetherimide
        • Table POLYETHERIMIDE DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars)
      • Other Polyimides
        • Table OTHER POLYIMIDES DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars)
      • Producers
    • Polyphenylene Sulfide
      • Table POLYPHENYLENE SULFIDE DEMAND
      • Markets
        • Table POLYPHENYLENE SULFIDE DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars)
      • Producers
    • High-Performance Polyamides
      • Table HIGH-PERFORMANCE POLYAMIDES DEMAND
      • Markets
        • Table HIGH-PERFORMANCE POLYAMIDES DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars)
      • Producers
    • Liquid Crystal Polymers
      • Table LIQUID CRYSTAL POLYMERS DEMAND
      • Markets
        • Table LIQUID CRYSTAL POLYMERS DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars)
      • Producers
    • Polyketones
      • Table POLYKETONES DEMAND
      • Markets
        • Table POLYKETONES DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars)
      • Producers
    • Other High-Temperature Plastic Resins
      • Table OTHER HIGH-TEMPERATURE PLASTIC RESINS DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars)
  • MARKETS
    • General
      • Table HIGH-TEMPERATURE PLASTICS DEMAND BY MARKET (million dollars)
    • Electrical & Electronic Equipment
      • Table ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONIC MARKETS FOR HIGH-TEMPERATURE PLASTICS (million dollars)
      • Wire & Cable
        • Table INSULATED WIRE & CABLE SHIPMENTS
        • Table WIRE & CABLE MARKETS FOR HIGH-TEMPERATURE PLASTICS (million dollars)
      • Electronic Components
        • Table ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS SHIPMENTS (billion dollars)
        • Table ELECTRONIC COMPONENT MARKETS FOR HIGH-TEMPERATURE PLASTICS (million dollars)
      • Other Electrical & Electronic
        • Table OTHER ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONICS MARKETS FOR HIGH-TEMPERATURE PLASTICS (million dollars)
    • Industrial
      • Table INDUSTRIAL MARKETS FOR HIGH-TEMPERATURE PLASTICS (million dollars)
      • Machinery
        • Table MACHINERY SHIPMENTS (billion 2005 dollars)
        • Table MACHINERY MARKETS FOR HIGH-TEMPERATURE PLASTICS (million dollars)
      • Tanks & Pipes
        • Table CHEMICAL SHIPMENTS (billion 2005 dollars)
        • Table TANK & PIPE MARKETS FOR HIGH-TEMPERATURE PLASTICS
      • Oil & Gas
        • Table OIL & GAS DRILLING INDICATORS
        • Table OIL & GAS MARKETS FOR HIGH-TEMPERATURE PLASTICS (million dollars)
      • Other Industrial
        • Table OTHER INDUSTRIAL MARKETS FOR HIGH-TEMPERATURE PLASTICS (million dollars)
    • Transportation Equipment
      • Table TRANSPORTATION EQUIPMENT MARKETS FOR HIGH-TEMPERATURE PLASTICS (million dollars)
      • Motor Vehicles
        • Table MOTOR VEHICLE INDICATORS
        • Table MOTOR VEHICLE MARKETS FOR HIGH-TEMPERATURE PLASTICS (million dollars)
      • Aerospace & Other Transportation Equipment
        • Table AEROSPACE & OTHER TRANSPORTATION EQUIPMENT SHIPMENTS
        • Table AEROSPACE & OTHER TRANSPORTATION EQUIPMENT MARKETS FOR HIGH-TEMPERATURE PLASTICS (million dollars)
    • Medical
      • Medical Products Outlook
        • Table MEDICAL PRODUCTS SHIPMENTS (billion 2005 dollars)
      • High-Temperature Plastics Demand
        • Table MEDICAL MARKETS FOR HIGH-TEMPERATURE PLASTICS (million dollars)
    • Other Markets
      • Table OTHER MARKETS FOR HIGH-TEMPERATURE PLASTICS (million dollars)
      • Consumer
        • Table PERSONAL CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURES (billion 2005 dollars)
        • Table CONSUMER MARKETS FOR HIGH-TEMPERATURE PLASTICS (million dollars)
      • Construction
        • Table CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES (billion 2005 dollars)
        • Table CONSTRUCTION MARKETS FOR HIGH-TEMPERATURE PLASTICS (million dollars)
      • All Other Markets
        • Table ALL OTHER MARKETS FOR HIGH-TEMPERATURE PLASTICS (million dollars)
  • INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
    • General
      • Table US HIGH-TEMPERATURE PLASTICS SALES BY COMPANY, 2012 (million dollars)
    • Market Share
    • Cooperative Agreements
      • Table SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS
    • Marketing & Distribution
    • Research & Development
    • Competitive Strategies
    • Company Profiles
      • Arkema SA
      • Asahi Glass Company Limited
      • BASF SE
      • Bayer AG
      • Celanese Corporation
      • Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC
      • China Lumena New Materials Corporation
      • Daikin Industries Limited
      • DIC Corporation
      • DuPont (EI) de Nemours
      • Ensinger GmbH
      • Evonik Industries AG
      • HaloPolymer OJSC
      • Kuraray Company Limited
      • Kureha Corporation
      • Mitsui Chemicals Incorporated
      • Royal DSM NV
      • RTP Company
      • Saudi Basic Industries Corporation
      • Solvay SA
      • 3M Company
      • Toray Industries Incorporated
      • Tosoh Corporation
      • Victrex plc

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