Strategic Analysis of the European Market for High Performance Polymers and Phenolics in Automotive and Aviation Applications
High performance polymers are gaining momentum in automotive and aviation applications owing to their superior physical, chemical, and mechanical properties.
Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the automotive and aviation industries are continuously looking to reduce weight. Meanwhile, polymer manufacturers, composite manufacturers, and component manufacturers are working closely together to develop components with improved durability and performance, while reducing component weight as compared to their metal counterparts.
High performance polymers such as polyether ether ketone (PEEK), polyphenylene sulfide (PPS), polyethyleneimine (PEI), and phenolics compete significantly amongst each other in a number of applications. It is, therefore, critical for material suppliers to offer an optimum price performance index for their products in order to facilitate their increased adoption in newer applications.
High temperature resistance, prolonged exposure to high temperatures, and resistance to acids and other chemicals remain critical for high performance polymers to penetrate automotive applications, as the under-the-hood segment presents significant opportunities.
Fire, smoke, and toxicity properties in aviation remain critical and the materials used in aviation applications are subjected to aggressive testing and certification processes. Material suppliers are, therefore, focusing on developing compliant products to remain competitive in the marketplace.
About this report
This market insight identifies the major drivers and restraints in the European high performance polymers market in the automotive and aviation industries. The study covers Eastern and Western Europe. It provides an in-depth analysis on high performance plastics such as polyether ether ketone (PEEK), polyphenylene sulfide (PPS), polymethyl metha acrylate (PMMA), polyethyleneimine (PEI), and phenolics used in automotive and aviation applications with percentage splits across application segments. Unit shipment and revenue forecasts, pricing trends, and application segment analyses have been provided for each of the compound segments. The base year is 2013 and the forecast period ends in 2018. Three big predictions are offered about the future of the market.
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