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Solid Surface & Other Cast Polymer Materials

Demand to grow 5.3% annually through 2016
Demand for cast polymers in the US is forecast to increase 5.3 percent per year to 248 million square feet in 2016. Gains will be driven by a sharp rebound in housing completions from the depressed levels of 2011; however, even by 2021 the number of new homes built will not reach the peak levels achieved in 2006 before the downturn. The residential improvement and repair segment will continue to account for the majority of cast polymer demand, thus an upswing in US residential remodeling activity. Demand for cast polymers will be further aided by a recovery in the nonresidential construction spending market. Greater market penetration by cast polymers in place of more traditional surfacing materials, such as laminates, will further benefit demand. In most applications, cast polymers offer low maintenance requirements as well as resistance to stains, moisture, impact and other damage caused by wear and tear.

Engineered stone to exhibit fastest cast polymer gains
Engineered stone is expected to post the most rapid advances in cast polymer demand through 2016. Residential consumers will continue to be attracted to the material because of its performance advantages and because it is designed to resemble high-end natural stone but with more color options and greater durability. Engineered stone demand in the nonresidential building construction market will be supported by specifiers seeking materials that are impervious to biological contaminants and requiring minimal maintenance.

Solid surface materials to remain dominant
Solid surface materials will continue to account for the largest share of cast polymer demand, with 41 percent of the total market in 2016. While solid surface benefits from cost advantages, increased competition from natural stone and engineered stone will limit gains. Many consumers perceive stone as superior in performance and aesthetics over solid surface. Demand for gel-coated composites (e.g., cultured marble) will be supported by their rising use in nonresidential building construction applications. Gains will also be driven by trends in residential bathrooms (a greater number and more elaborate designs), an area where gel-coated composites are most frequently applied.

New housing segment to provide most rapid growth
The countertop market will account for 86 percent of cast polymer demand in 2016. The new housing segment will provide the most rapid gains, as housing completions rebound and builders looking to make homes more marketable increasingly choose cast polymer countertops instead of laminates or tile. Nevertheless, the residential improvement and repair segment will continue to account for the majority of cast polymer countertop demand. Designs that call for larger kitchens and multiple bathrooms will also promote demand. In nonresidential countertop applications, solid surface materials will make gains in institutional settings, such as hospitals and schools, because these materials offer resistance to biological contamination.


  • INTRODUCTION
  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • Table SOLID SURFACE & OTHER CAST POLYMERS DEMAND (million square feet)
  • MARKET ENVIRONMENT
    • General
    • Macroeconomic Environment
      • Table MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS (billion 2005 dollars)
    • Demographic Trends
      • Table POPULATION & HOUSEHOLDS (million persons)
    • Consumer Trends
      • Personal Income & Expenditures
        • Table PERSONAL CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURES (billion 2005 dollars)
      • Consumer Financing
        • Table CONSUMER FINANCING ENVIRONMENT, 2001-2011
    • Building Construction Expenditures
      • Table BUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES (billion 2005 dollars)
      • Residential Building Construction
        • Table RESIDENTIAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES (billion 2005 dollars)
        • Table HOUSING COMPLETIONS (thousand units)
        • Table HOUSING STOCK BY TYPE (million units)
        • Table RESIDENTIAL IMPROVEMENT & REPAIR EXPENDITURES (billion 2005 dollars)
      • Nonresidential Building Construction
        • Table NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES (billion 2005 dollars)
        • Table NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING STOCK (billion 2005 dollars)
        • Table NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING IMPROVEMENT & REPAIR EXPENDITURES (billion 2005 dollars)
    • Countertop Overview
      • Table COUNTERTOP DEMAND (million square feet)
    • Sink Overview
      • Table SINK FIXTURE SHIPMENTS (thousand units)
    • Environmental Considerations
    • Training & Standards
    • Historical Market Trends
      • Table CAST POLYMERS HISTORICAL MARKET, 2001-2011
    • Competitive Materials Overview
      • Laminates
      • Natural Stone
      • Other
    • Pricing Trends
      • Solid Surface
      • Gel-Coated Composites
      • Engineered Stone
    • World Market
    • Foreign Trade
      • Table FOREIGN TRADE IN CAST POLYMERS (million square feet)
      • Solid Surface
      • Gel-Coated Composites
      • Engineered Stone
  • MATERIALS
    • General
      • Table MATERIALS DEMAND IN CAST POLYMERS (million pounds)
    • Marble & Related Materials
      • Table MARBLE & RELATED MATERIALS DEMAND IN CAST POLYMERS (million pounds)
    • Resins
      • Table RESIN DEMAND IN CAST POLYMERS (million pounds)
      • Polyester
      • Acrylic
    • Alumina Trihydrate
      • Table ALUMINA TRIHYDRATE DEMAND IN CAST POLYMERS (million pounds)
    • Quartz & Other Stone
      • Table QUARTZ & OTHER STONE DEMAND IN CAST POLYMERS (million pounds)
    • Other
      • Table OTHER MATERIALS IN CAST POLYMERS (million pounds)
  • PRODUCTS
    • General
      • Supply & Demand
        • Table CAST POLYMER SUPPLY & DEMAND (million square feet)
      • Value Outlook
        • Table CAST POLYMER DEMAND BY VALUE (million dollars)
    • Solid Surface Materials
      • Supply & Demand
        • Table SOLID SURFACE SUPPLY & DEMAND (million square feet)
      • Value Outlook
        • Table SOLID SURFACE DEMAND BY VALUE (million dollars)
      • Characteristics
      • Types
        • Table SOLID SURFACE DEMAND BY TYPE (million square feet)
        • Table ACRYLIC-BASED SOLID SURFACE DEMAND
        • Table POLYESTER & POLYESTER/ACRYLIC BLEND SOLID SURFACE DEMAND
      • Market Share
    • Gel-Coated Composites
      • Supply & Demand
        • Table GEL-COATED COMPOSITES SUPPLY & DEMAND (million square feet)
      • Value Outlook
        • Table GEL-COATED COMPOSITES DEMAND BY VALUE (million dollars)
      • Characteristics
      • Types
        • Table GEL-COATED COMPOSITES DEMAND BY TYPE (million square feet)
        • Table CULTURED MARBLE DEMAND
        • Table OTHER GEL-COATED COMPOSITES DEMAND
      • Suppliers
    • Engineered Stone
      • Supply & Demand
        • Table ENGINEERED STONE SUPPLY & DEMAND (million square feet)
      • Value Outlook
        • Table ENGINEERED STONE DEMAND BY VALUE (million dollars)
      • Characteristics
      • Types
        • Table ENGINEERED STONE DEMAND BY TYPE (million square feet)
        • Table ENGINEERED QUARTZ DEMAND
        • Table OTHER ENGINEERED STONE DEMAND
      • Market Share
  • APPLICATIONS
    • General
      • Table CAST POLYMER DEMAND BY APPLICATION (million square feet)
    • Countertops
      • Table CAST POLYMER COUNTERTOP DEMAND BY MARKET, ROOM & PRODUCT (million square feet)
      • Residential
        • Table RESIDENTIAL CAST POLYMER COUNTERTOP DEMAND BY MARKET (million square feet)
        • Table NEW RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION CAST POLYMER COUNTERTOP DEMAND (million square feet)
        • Table REMODELING RESIDENTIAL CAST POLYMER COUNTERTOP DEMAND (million square feet)
        • Table RESIDENTIAL CAST POLYMER COUNTERTOP DEMAND BY HOUSING TYPE (million square feet)
        • Table SINGLE-FAMILY HOUSING CAST POLYMER COUNTERTOP DEMAND (million square feet)
        • Table MULTIFAMILY HOUSING CAST POLYMER COUNTERTOP DEMAND (million square feet)
        • Table MANUFACTURED HOUSING CAST POLYMER COUNTERTOP DEMAND (million square feet)
      • Nonresidential
        • Table NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION CAST POLYMER COUNTERTOP DEMAND (million square feet)
        • Table INSTITUTIONAL BUILDING CAST POLYMER COUNTERTOP DEMAND (million square feet)
        • Table OFFICE & COMMERCIAL BUILDING CAST POLYMER COUNTERTOP DEMAND (million square feet)
        • Table OTHER NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION CAST POLYMER COUNTERTOP DEMAND (million square feet)
      • Nonbuilding
        • Table NONBUILDING CAST POLYMER COUNTERTOP DEMAND (million square feet)
    • Other Building Surfaces
      • Table OTHER BUILDING SURFACES DEMAND FOR CAST POLYMERS (million square feet)
      • Sink Fixtures
        • Table SINK FIXTURE SHIPMENTS OF CAST POLYMERS (thousand units)
        • Table CAST POLYMER SINK DEMAND BY PRODUCT (million square feet)
      • Other Bathroom Applications
        • Table OTHER BATHROOM APPLICATIONS DEMAND FOR CAST POLYMERS (million square feet)
      • All Other Building Surfaces
        • Table ALL OTHER BUILDING SURFACES DEMAND FOR CAST POLYMERS (million square feet)
    • Other Applications
      • Table OTHER APPLICATIONS DEMAND FOR CAST POLYMERS (million square feet)
  • REGIONAL MARKETS
    • General
    • Regional Demographic & Economic Trends
      • Regional Population Patterns
        • Table POPULATION BY REGION (million persons)
      • Regional Economic Trends
        • Table GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT BY REGION (billion 2005 dollars)
    • Regional Construction Expenditures
      • Table CONSTRUCTION EXPENDITURES BY REGION (billion 2005 dollars)
    • Regional Housing Trends
      • Table REGIONAL HOUSING INDICATORS (thousand units)
    • Regional Cast Polymer Demand
      • Table CAST POLYMER DEMAND BY REGION (million square feet)
      • Northeast
        • Table NORTHEAST CAST POLYMER DEMAND (million square feet)
      • Midwest
        • Table MIDWEST CAST POLYMER DEMAND (million square feet)
      • South
        • Table SOUTH CAST POLYMER DEMAND (million square feet)
      • West
        • Table WEST CAST POLYMER DEMAND (million square feet)
  • INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
    • General
    • Industry Composition
      • Table US CAST POLYMER SALES BY COMPANY, 2011 (million dollars)
    • Market Share
    • Competitive Strategies
    • Research & Development
    • Marketing
    • Distribution
    • Cooperative Agreements
      • Table SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS
    • Company Profiles
      • AGCO Marble Incorporated
      • Aristech Acrylics LLC
      • Baker (Craig) Marble Company Incorporated
      • BLANCO GmbH & Company KG
      • Breton SpA
      • Caesarstone Sdot-Yam Limited
      • California Crafted Marble Incorporated
      • Cambria
      • Central Marble Products Incorporated
      • Cheil Industries Incorporated
      • Chemcore Industries Incorporated
      • Cosentino SA
      • Custom Marble Incorporated
      • DuPont (EI) de Nemours
      • EOS Surfaces LLC
      • Fama Industries Corporation
      • Fletcher Building Limited
      • Hanwha Group
      • Huber (JM) Corporation
      • Illinois Tool Works Incorporated
      • InPro Corporation
      • International Marble Industries Incorporated
      • K&K Langham Limited
      • Lehigh Surfaces
      • LG Hausys Limited
      • Majestic Marble & Glass Incorporated
      • Marbled Elegance Incorporated
      • Marmol Compac SA
      • Meganite Incorporated
      • Princess Marble Company
      • Royal Baths Manufacturing Company
      • Royal Stone Industries Incorporated
      • Santa Margherita SpA
      • Swan Corporation
      • Syn-Mar Products Incorporated
      • Technistone AS
      • Tiffany Marble Incorporated
      • Tower Industries Limited
      • United States Marble Incorporated
      • Venetian Marble Incorporated
    • Additional Companies Mentioned in the Study

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