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European and North American High-Performance Plastics Market in the Transportation Industry

European and North American High-Performance Plastics Market in the Transportation Industry

The automotive sector is the largest consumer, by volume, of high-performance plastics in the transportation industry. As the aviation sector places high emphasis on performance, there is growing adoption of high-performance plastics to replace metals.

High-performance plastics offer lightweighting, fuel efficiency, environmental sustainability, and design freedom to the transportation industry as original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the automotive and aviation sectors, in particular, seek metal replacement materials.

Growing environmental concerns and regulatory trends to reduce carbon footprint have steered the focus of OEMs to continuously reduce fuel consumption and carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions from vehicles.

Railway and marine sectors are only in the early stages of adopting high-performance plastics because of competition and the high material cost of these plastics. Commodity thermoplastics, thermosets, and metal matrix composites (MMCs) are the lower-cost alternatives to high-performance plastics in the transportation industry.

The market for high-performance plastics is highly consolidated, with a very small number of participants controlling large market shares—resulting in high supplier power. Market entry barriers are high due to the need for technical know-how and large initial investments.

About this report

This research service identifies the main market drivers, restraints, and technology trends affecting the European and North American high-performance plastics market in the transportation industry. The end-user sectors covered are automotive, aviation, railway, and marine. Unit shipment and revenue forecasts have been provided at sub-segment (polymer) level for each segment for the period 2011–2021. At the sub-segment level, the analysis focuses on market dynamics in North America and Europe. Competitive structure and market share data have been provided for each polymer type. The base year is 2014 and the forecast period is from 2015 to 2021.


  • Executive Summary
    • Key Findings
    • Executive Summary-Strategic Factsheet
    • Market Engineering Measurements
    • CEO's Perspective
  • Market Overview
    • Market Definitions
    • Geographic Scope
    • Key Questions this Study will Answer
    • Market Segmentation
  • Forecasts and Trends-Total High-Performance Plastics Market in the Transportation Industry
    • Market Engineering Measurements
      • Table Total High-Performance Plastics Market in the Transportation Industry: Market Engineering Measurements, Europe and North America, 2014
    • Forecast Assumptions
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast
      • Table Total High-Performance Plastics Market in the Transportation Industry: Unit Shipment and Revenue Forecast, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
    • Value Chain
    • Product Matrix
  • Market Share and Competitive Analysis
    • Market Share-Polyketones
    • Market Share-PPS
    • Market Share-Sulfone Polymers
    • Market Share-Thermoplastic Polyimides
    • Market Share-PPA
    • Competitive Environment
    • Competitive Factors and Assessment
  • High-Performance Plastics in the Automotive Sector
    • High-Performance Plastics in the Automotive Sector-Overview
    • Market Engineering Measurements
      • Table High-Performance Plastics Market in the Automotive Sector: Market Engineering Measurements, Europe and North America, 2014
    • Market Drivers
    • Drivers Explained
      • Table European Emission Standards for Diesel Vehicles, Europe, 2014
    • Market Restraints
    • Restraints Explained
      • Table High-Performance Plastics Market in the Automotive Sector: Average Price Comparison, Europe and North America, 2014
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast
      • Table High-Performance Plastics Market in the Automotive Sector: Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Region
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Product Type
  • Polyketones Segment Analysis
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast
      • Table Polyketones Segment in the Automotive Sector: Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast Discussion
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Product Type
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Region
      • Table Polyketones Segment in the Automotive Sector: Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Region, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast by Region Discussion
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Application
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Application Discussion
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Plastic/Composite
      • Table Polyketones Segment in the Automotive Sector: Property Comparison of Filled and Unfilled Grades, Europe and North America, 2014
    • Pricing Trends, Forecast, and Discussion
      • Table Polyketones Segment in the Automotive Sector: Pricing Trends and Forecast, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
  • PPS Segment Analysis
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast
      • Table PPS Segment in the Automotive Sector: Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast Discussion
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Application
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Application Discussion
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Plastic/Composite
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Region
      • Table PPS Segment in the Automotive Sector: Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Region, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast by Region Discussion
    • Pricing Trends, Forecast, and Discussion
      • Table PPS Segment in the Automotive Sector: Pricing Trends and Forecast, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
  • Sulfone Polymers Segment Analysis
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast
      • Table Sulfone Polymers Segment in the Automotive Sector: Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast Discussion
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Product Type
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Region
      • Table Sulfone Polymers Segment in the Automotive Sector: Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Region, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast by Region Discussion
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Application
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Application Discussion
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Plastic/Composite
    • Pricing Trends, Forecast, and Discussion
      • Table Sulfone Polymers Segment in the Automotive Sector: Pricing Trends and Forecast, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
  • PPA Segment Analysis
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast
      • Table PPA Segment in the Automotive Sector: Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast Discussion
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Region
      • Table PPA Segment in the Automotive Sector: Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Region, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast by Region Discussion
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Application
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Application Discussion
      • Table PPA Segment in the Automotive Sector: PPA vs. PA66 Property Comparison, Europe and North America, 2014
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Plastic/Composite
    • Pricing Trends, Forecast, and Discussion
      • Table PPA Segment in the Automotive Sector: Pricing Trends and Forecast, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
  • Thermoplastic Polyimides Segment Analysis
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast
      • Table Thermoplastic Polyimides Segment in the Automotive Sector: Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast Discussion
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Product Type
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Region
      • Table Thermoplastic Polyimides Segment in the Automotive Sector: Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Region, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast by Region Discussion
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Application
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Application Discussion
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Plastic/Composite
    • Pricing Trends, Forecast, and Discussion
      • Table Thermoplastic Polyimides Segment in the Automotive Sector: Pricing Trends and Forecast, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
  • High-Performance Plastics Market in the Aviation Sector
    • High-Performance Plastics in the Aviation Sector-Overview
    • Market Engineering Measurements
      • Table High-Performance Plastics Market in the Aviation Sector: Market Engineering Measurements, Europe and North America, 2014
    • Market Drivers
    • Drivers Explained
      • Table High-Performance Plastics Market in the Aviation Sector: Percentage of Composites in Aircraft, Europe and North America, 2014
      • Table High-Performance Plastics Market in the Aviation Sector: Build Rates of Top OEMs, Europe and North America, 2015-2021
    • Market Restraints
    • Restraints Explained
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast
      • Table High-Performance Plastics Market in the Aviation Sector: Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Region
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Product Type
  • Polyketones Segment Analysis
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast
      • Table Polyketones Segment in the Aviation Sector: Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast Discussion
      • Table Polyketones Segment in the Aviation Sector: Weight Comparison of Competing Materials, Europe and North America, 2014
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Product Type
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Region
      • Table Polyketones Segment in the Aviation Sector: Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Region, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast Discussion by Region
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Application
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Application Discussion
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Plastic/Composite
    • Pricing Trends, Forecast, and Discussion
      • Table Polyketones Segment in the Aviation Sector: Pricing Trends and Forecast, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
  • PPS Segment Analysis
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast
      • Table PPS Segment in the Aviation Sector: Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast Discussion
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Application
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Application Discussion
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Plastic/Composite
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Region
      • Table PPS Segment in the Aviation Sector: Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Region, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast by Region Discussion
    • Pricing Trends, Forecast, and Discussion
      • Table PPS Segment in the Aviation Sector: Pricing Trends and Forecast, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
  • Sulfone Polymers Segment Analysis
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast
      • Table Sulfone Polymers Segment in the Aviation Sector: Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast Discussion
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Product Type
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Region
      • Table Sulfone Polymers Segment in the Aviation Sector: Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Region, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast by Region Discussion
      • Table Sulfone Polymers Segment in the Aviation Sector: Percentage of Composites in Aircraft, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Application
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Application Discussion
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Plastic/Composite
    • Pricing Trends, Forecast, and Discussion
      • Table Sulfone Polymers Segment in the Aviation Sector: Pricing Trends and Forecast, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
  • Thermoplastic Polyimides Segment Analysis
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast
      • Table Thermoplastic Polyimides Segment in the Aviation Sector: Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast Discussion
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Product Type
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Region
      • Table Thermoplastic Polyimides Segment in the Aviation Sector: Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Region, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast by Region Discussion
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Application
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Application Discussion
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Plastic/Composite
    • Pricing Trends, Forecast, and Discussion
      • Table Thermoplastic Polyimides Segment in the Aviation Sector: Pricing Trends and Forecast, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
  • High-Performance Plastics in the Railway Sector
    • High-Performance Plastics in the Railway Sector-Overview
    • Market Engineering Measurements
      • Table High-Performance Plastics Market in the Railway Sector: Market Engineering Measurements, Europe and North America, 2014
    • Market Drivers
    • Drivers Explained
    • Market Restraints
    • Restraints Explained
      • Table High-Performance Plastics Market in the Railway Sector: Price and Application Comparison, Europe and North America, 2014
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast
      • Table High-Performance Plastics Market in the Railway Sector: Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Region
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Product Type
  • Polyketones Segment Analysis
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast
      • Table Polyketones Segment in the Railway Sector: Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Product Type
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast Discussion
    • Percent Unit Shipment by Region
      • Table Polyketones Segment in the Railway Sector: Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Region, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast by Region Discussion
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Application
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Application Discussion
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Plastic/Composite
    • Pricing Trends, Forecast, and Discussion
      • Table Polyketones Segment in the Railway Sector: Pricing Trends and Forecast, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
  • PPS Segment Analysis
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast
      • Table PPS Segment in the Railway Sector: Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast Discussion
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Application
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Application Discussion
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Plastic/Composite
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Region
      • Table PPS Segment in the Railway Sector: Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Region, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast by Region Discussion
    • Pricing Trends, Forecast, and Discussion
      • Table PPS Segment in the Railway Sector: Pricing Trends and Forecast, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
  • Sulfone Polymers Segment Analysis
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast
      • Table Sulfone Polymers Segment in the Railway Sector: Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast Discussion
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Product Type
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Region
      • Table Sulfone Polymers Segment in the Railway Sector: Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Region, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast by Region Discussion
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Application
    • Percent Unit Shipment by Application Forecast Discussion
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Plastic/Composite
    • Pricing Trends and Forecast
      • Table Sulfone Polymers Segment in the Railway Sector: Pricing Trends and Forecast, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
  • Thermoplastic Polyimides Segment Analysis
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast
      • Table Thermoplastic Polyimides Segment in the Railway Sector: Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast Discussion
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Product Type
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Region
      • Table Thermoplastic Polyimides Segment in the Railway Sector: Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Region, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast by Region Discussion
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Application
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Application Discussion
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Plastic/Composite
    • Pricing Trends, Forecast, and Discussion
      • Table Thermoplastic Polyimides Segment in the Railway Sector: Pricing Trends and Forecast, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
  • High-Performance Plastics in the Marine Sector
    • High-Performance Plastics in the Marine Sector-Overview
    • Market Engineering Measurements
      • Table High-Performance Plastics Market in the Marine Sector: Market Engineering Measurements, Europe and North America, 2014
    • Market Drivers
    • Drivers Explained
    • Market Restraints
    • Restraints Explained
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast
      • Table High-Performance Plastics Market in the Marine Sector: Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Region
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Product Type
  • Polyketones Segment Analysis
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast
      • Table Polyketones Segment in the Marine Sector: Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast Discussion
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Product Type
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Region
      • Table Polyketones Segment in the Marine Sector: Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Region, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast by Region Discussion
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Application
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Application Discussion
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Plastic/Composite
    • Pricing Trends, Forecast, and Discussion
      • Table Polyketones Segment in the Marine Sector: Pricing Trends and Forecast, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
  • PPS Segment Analysis
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast
      • Table PPS Segment in the Marine Sector: Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast Discussion
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Application
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Application Discussion
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Plastic/Composite
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Region
      • Table PPS Segment in the Marine Sector: Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Region, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast by Region Discussion
    • Pricing Trends, Forecast, and Discussion
      • Table PPS Segment in the Marine Sector: Pricing Trends and Forecast, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
  • Sulfone Polymers Segment Analysis
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast
      • Table Sulfone Polymers Segment in the Marine Sector: Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast Discussion
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Product Type
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Region
      • Table Sulfone Polymers Segment in the Marine Sector: Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Region, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast by Region Discussion
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Application
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Plastic/Composite
    • Pricing Trends, Forecast, and Discussion
      • Table Sulfone Polymers Segment in the Marine Sector: Pricing Trends and Forecast, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
  • Thermoplastic Polyimides Segment Analysis
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast
      • Table Thermoplastic Polyimides Segment in the Marine Sector: Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast Discussion
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Product Type
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Region
      • Table Thermoplastic Polyimides Segment in the Marine Sector: Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Region, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
    • Revenue and Unit Shipment Forecast by Region Discussion
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Application
    • Percent Unit Shipment Forecast by Plastic/Composite
    • Pricing Trends, Forecast, and Discussion
      • Table Thermoplastic Polyimides Segment in the Marine Sector: Pricing Trends and Forecast, Europe and North America, 2011-2021
  • The Last Word
    • The Last Word-3 Big Predictions
  • Appendix
    • Market Engineering Methodology
    • Partial List of Companies Interviewed
    • Abbreviations and Acronyms Used

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