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Silicones


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Silicones

US demand to rise 4.7% annually through 2018
US demand for silicones is forecast to climb 4.7 percent annually to $4.3 billion in 2018, with volume rising 3.2 percent per year to 900 million pounds. This will be an acceleration from the performance of the 2008-2013 period, spurred by improving economic conditions, rising manufactured goods output, and a strong rebound in construction activity. Ongoing technological developments and continued product innovation will also promote advances, as such improvements will further enhance the performance of silicones in a variety of applications. However, opportunities will be limited by market maturity, as well as the increasing tendency among users to regard silicones more as commodities than as specialty materials, which will restrict suppliers’ ability to raise prices, thus restraining overall value gains.

Silicone elastomers to pass fluids as leading type
Fluids and elastomers represent the two leading silicone product types, together accounting for more than 85 percent of total market value in 2013. Elastomers are projected to achieve the most rapid gains, overtaking fluids as the leading product type by 2018. Growth will be propelled by their widespread use in the rebounding construction sector, along with expanding opportunities in the medical field. Demand will further benefit from the increasing utilization of liquid silicone rubber in electronics, machinery, and medical markets due to its ease of processing, flexibility, and ability to form high precision parts. Silicone resins are also predicted to achieve healthy gains, led by renewed strength in the construction industry, where they are primarily employed in paint and coatings. Opportunities for silicone gels will stem from their use as protective encapsulants in high growth applications such as solar cells and light emitting diodes (LEDs). Moreover, silicone gels are widely used as the basis for breast implant products and will continue to gained share at the expense of their saline-filled counterparts.

Construction, medical markets to be fastest growing
The industrial sector represents the leading outlet for silicones. Within this segment, the motor vehicle market will continue to offer strong opportunities for growth through 2018, despite a notable deceleration from the rapid gains achieved between 2008 and 2013, when domestic vehicle production rates rebounded from low levels. Advances will be promoted by automaker efforts to improve vehicle safety and fuel efficiency, as well as consumer preferences for quieter cabins. Among other outlets, the construction market is forecast to achieve the most rapid gains, expanding at a near double digit annual pace due to a substantial turnaround in building construction activity and greater use of high-performance silicone-based adhesives, sealants, and coatings. The medical market will continue to provide outsized gains, with the nation’s aging population driving demand for medical equipment and the ongoing technological development of new products expanding the range of applications for silicones in this field.

More moderate growth is projected for consumer outlets, constrained by maturity in the cosmetic and toiletry and motor vehicle polish markets. Nevertheless, silicone emollients and conditioning agents will remain an important ingredient in a variety of personal care formulations due to their ability to significantly enhance the performance attributes of these products.


  • INTRODUCTION
  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • Table SILICONE DEMAND BY PRODUCT & MARKET
  • MARKET ENVIRONMENT
    • General
    • Macroeconomic Overview
      • Table MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS
    • Consumer Spending
      • Table PERSONAL CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURES
    • Demographic Trends
      • Table POPULATION & HOUSEHOLDS
    • Manufacturing Outlook
      • Table MANUFACTURERS' SHIPMENTS
    • Historical Market Trends
      • Table SILICONE MARKET, 2003-2013
      • Table CHART II-1 SILICONE MARKET, 2003-2013
    • Technology
      • Table CHART II-2 SILICONE MANUFACTURING PROCESS FLOW CHART
    • Environmental & Regulatory Trends
      • Occupational Safety and Health Administration
      • Environmental Protection Agency
      • Food and Drug Administration
    • Pricing Trends
      • Table SILICONE PRICING
    • Foreign Trade
      • Table SILICONE SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Table CHART II-3 SILICONE EXPORTS BY DESTINATION, 2013
      • Table CHART II-4 SILICONE IMPORTS BY SOURCE, 2013
    • International Activity
      • Table CHART II-5 WORLD SILICONE DEMAND, 2013
  • PRODUCTS
    • General
      • Table SILICONE DEMAND BY PRODUCT
      • Table CHART III-1 SILICONE DEMAND BY PRODUCT, 2013
    • Fluids
      • Table SILICONE FLUID DEMAND
      • Applications
        • Table SILICONE FLUID DEMAND BY APPLICATION
      • Markets
        • Table SILICONE FLUID DEMAND BY MARKET
        • Table CHART III-2 SILICONE FLUID DEMAND BY MARKET, 2013
    • Elastomers
      • Table SILICONE ELASTOMER DEMAND
      • Applications
        • Table SILICONE ELASTOMER DEMAND BY APPLICATION
      • Markets
        • Table SILICONE ELASTOMER DEMAND BY MARKET
        • Table CHART III-3 SILICONE ELASTOMER DEMAND BY MARKET, 2013
    • Resins
      • Table SILICONE RESIN DEMAND
      • Applications
        • Table SILICONE RESIN DEMAND BY APPLICATION
      • Markets
        • Table SILICONE RESIN DEMAND BY MARKET
        • Table CHART III-4 SILICONE RESIN DEMAND BY MARKET, 2013
    • Gels
      • Table SILICONE GEL DEMAND
    • Other Silicone Products
      • Table OTHER SILICONE PRODUCT DEMAND BY TYPE & MARKET
  • MARKETS
    • General
      • Table SILICONE DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Table CHART IV-1 SILICONE DEMAND BY MARKET, 2003-2023
    • Industrial
      • Table INDUSTRIAL MARKETS FOR SILICONES
      • Table CHART IV-2 INDUSTRIAL MARKETS FOR SILICONES, 2013
      • Motor Vehicles
        • Table MOTOR VEHICLE INDICATORS
        • Table MOTOR VEHICLE MARKET FOR SILICONES BY APPLICATION
      • Electronics
        • Table ELECTRONIC & COMPUTER PRODUCT SHIPMENTS
        • Table ELECTRONICS MARKET FOR SILICONES BY APPLICATION
      • Machinery
        • Table MACHINERY SHIPMENTS
        • Table MACHINERY MARKET FOR SILICONES BY APPLICATION
      • Aerospace & Other Transportation
        • Table AEROSPACE & OTHER TRANSPORTATION EQUIPMENT SHIPMENTS
        • Table AEROSPACE & OTHER TRANSPORTATION EQUIPMENT MARKET FOR SILICONES BY APPLICATION
      • Other Industrial
        • Table OTHER INDUSTRIAL MARKETS FOR SILICONES
    • Consumer
      • Table CONSUMER MARKETS FOR SILICONES
      • Table CHART IV-3 CONSUMER MARKETS FOR SILICONES, 2013
      • Cosmetics & Toiletries
        • Table COSMETIC & TOILETRY SUPPLY & DEMAND
        • Table COSMETIC & TOILETRY MARKET FOR SILICONES BY APPLICATION
      • Motor Vehicle Polishes
        • Table MOTOR VEHICLE POLISH MARKET FOR SILICONES
      • Other Consumer
        • Table OTHER CONSUMER MARKETS FOR SILICONES
    • Construction
      • Industry Outlook
        • Table CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES
      • Silicone Demand
        • Table CONSTRUCTION MARKET FOR SILICONES
    • Medical
      • Industry Outlook
        • Table MEDICAL EQUIPMENT & SUPPLY SHIPMENTS
      • Silicone Demand
        • Table MEDICAL PRODUCT MARKET FOR SILICONES
  • APPLICATIONS
    • General
      • Table SILICONE DEMAND BY APPLICATION
      • Table CHART V-1 SILICONE DEMAND BY APPLICATION, 2013
    • Vehicles & Binders
      • Table SILICONE VEHICLE & BINDER DEMAND BY APPLICATION
      • Adhesives, Sealants, &Caulks
      • Paints & Coatings
      • Other
    • Elastomeric Components
      • Table SILICONE ELASTOMERIC COMPONENT DEMAND BY APPLICATION
    • Lubricants & Greases
      • Table SILICONE LUBRICANT & GREASE DEMAND BY APPLICATION
    • Surfactants
      • Table SILICONE SURFACTANT DEMAND BY MARKET
    • Emollients
      • Table SILICONE EMOLLIENT DEMAND
    • Polishes
      • Table SILICONE POLISH DEMAND BY MARKET
    • Defoamers
      • Table SILICONE DEFOAMER DEMAND BY MARKET
    • Conditioning Agents
      • Table SILICONE CONDITIONING AGENT DEMAND
    • Other Applications
      • Table SILICONE DEMAND IN OTHER APPLICATIONS
  • INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
    • General
      • Table US SILICONE SALES BY COMPANY, 2013
    • Market Share
      • Table CHART VI-1 US SILICONE MARKET SHARE, 2013
    • Competitive Strategies
      • Table SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS
    • Marketing Strategies
    • Channels of Distribution
    • Technology & Manufacturing
    • Research & Development
    • Company Profiles
      • Allergan Incorporated
      • Ashland Incorporated
      • BASF SE
      • Bentec Medical Incorporated
      • Berkshire Hathaway Incorporated
      • Caledonia Investments plc
      • Chase Corporation
      • China National Bluestar Group Company Limited
      • Clariant International Limited
      • CRI-SIL Silicone Technologies LLC
      • CSL Silicones Incorporated
      • Dow Chemical Company
      • Dow Corning Corporation
      • Emerald Performance Materials LLC
      • Evonik Industries AG
      • Gelest Incorporated
      • Handy & Harman Limited
      • Henkel AG & Company KGaA
      • Johnson & Johnson
      • Kaneka Corporation
      • KCC Corporation
      • Kemira Oyj
      • Marsh Bellofram Group of Companies
      • Milliken & Company
      • Momentive Performance Materials Holdings LLC
      • NuSil Technology LLC
      • Rogers Corporation
      • RPM International Incorporated
      • Saint-Gobain
      • Sherwin-Williams Company
      • Shin-Etsu Chemical Company Limited
      • Sientra Incorporated
      • Silchem Silicone Chemicals Incorporated
      • Specialty Silicone Products Incorporated
      • 3M Company
      • Total SA
      • Wacker Chemie AG
      • Zhejiang Xinan Chemical Industrial Group Company Limited

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