Polymers and Advanced Materials

Tire Cord and Tire Fabrics Market to accumulate maximum share via automotive applications over 2016-2024, Asia Pacific to drive the regional growth

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Tire Cord and Tire Fabrics Market revenue is expected to experience a significant upsurge over the coming years, augmented by mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, and product innovations. Recently, Indorama Ventures, a petrochemical producing firm based in Thailand, has decided to acquire Glanzstoff, a leading European manufacturer of tire raw materials as well as its supplier to key tire manufacturing firms in Europe.  Glazstoff collects a revenue of nearly USD 190 million annually and is ranked second in rayon tire cords production across the globe. By acquiring Glanzstoff, Indorama aims to enhance its nylon & polyester fiber production for high performing lightweight tires, most popularly used in self-driving automobiles and electric cars. It is predicted that the worldwide demand for high performing lightweight tires across luxury, self-driving, and electric cars sectors will grow at an annual rate of 4 % to 7% over the coming five years, thereby generating lucrative growth opportunities for tire cord and tire fabrics industry.

U.S Tire Cord And Tire Fabrics Market size, by product, 2013-2024 (USD Million)
U.S Tire Cord And Tire Fabrics Market size, by product, 2013-2024 (USD Million)

The thriving automotive sector is forecast to make notable contributions towards tire cord and tire fabrics industry size over the years ahead, driven by the growing use of the product in vehicle production. South Korea, Japan, China, U.S., and India, which accounted for over 50% of the total vehicle production in 2015, are expected to contribute significantly towards the global demand for vehicles over the next few years. According to Global Market Insights, Inc., “Tire cord and tire fabrics industry value, estimated at USD 3.85 billion in 2015, is slated to hit USD 6.4 billion by 2024.

Taking into consideration the regional trends, tire cord and tire fabrics industry in Asia Pacific is expected to grow considerably over the coming timeframe, driven by high vehicle sales in India and China. This can be credited to the rise in disposable incomes of consumers as well as an increase in the population of middle income groups. Key car manufacturing firms such as Audi, Nissan, Mercedes Benz, BMW, and Volkswagen are also establishing their production bases across the region, which is going to positively impact the business scenario.

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North America tire cord and tire fabrics market value, worth USD 800 million in 2015, is predicted to witness a high surge over the coming seven years. Escalated consumer demand for SUVs and luxury vehicles is expected to push tire cord and tire fabrics industry revenue in the region. The U.S., which contributes over 65% of the automobile sales in North America, is likely to stimulate the regional demand. The sale of commercial and personal vehicles in the U.S. is projected to cross 12 million and 10 million units by 2024, thereby adding towards business expansion of tire cord and tire fabrics industry.

Rayon cord, steel cord, nylon dipped cord, and polyester are the major products of tire cord and tire fabrics market. Polyester tire cord and tire fabrics industry is projected to grow at a rate of 5% over the duration of 2016 to 2024, subject to enhanced product utilization in passenger car tires due to its low price and favorable physical characteristics.

Steel tire cord and tire fabrics market, worth USD 1 billion in 2015, is projected to observe the notable expansion over the coming seven years. The growth can be credited to a high inclination towards the use of radial tires across regions such as North America along with mushrooming product application in the production of commercial vehicles.

In 2015, the worldwide tire cord and tire fabrics industry was highly consolidated with only few leading players dominating the market share. Hyosung Corporation, Kolon Industries Incorporation, Firestone Fibers & Textile Company, SRF Limited, Bekaert, Kordsa Global Incorporation, Kordarna A.S., CORDENKA GmbH & Co. KG, Teijin Limited, Tokusen USA Incorporation, and Milliken & Company are the key participants of tire cord and tire fabrics industry.

Author Name :Dhananjay Punekar

Industrial Safety Gloves Market to earn lucrative gains via automotive applications over 2016-2023, APAC to be a major revenue pocket

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Industrial Safety Gloves Market is slated to witness a tremendous expansion, subject to the regulatory compliance regarding worker safety and health in hazardous working environments. With a rapid surge of industrialization, professional sectors such as manufacturing, automotive, and semiconductors have been adopting advanced machinery, many of which are likely to cause harm while operations. To combat these dangers at the worksite, the government has mandated norms to use safety wearables, which will stimulate industrial safety gloves market. In 1990, the ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) and NFPA (National Fire Protection Association had already introduced regulation regarding worker’s safety and health. Similar other organizations have been following the trend, which will augment the business expansion. According to Global Market Insights, Inc., “Industrial safety gloves market generated a revenue of USD 4 billion in 2015, and is projected to exhibit a CAGR of 6.5% over the period of 2016 to 2023.”

 U.S. Industrial Safety Gloves Market size, by material, 2012-2023 (USD Million)
U.S. Industrial Safety Gloves Market size, by material, 2012-2023 (USD Million)

Industrial safety gloves find applications across the chemical, automotive, machinery, construction, metal fabrication, food processing, healthcare, aviation, semiconductor, medical devices, flat panels, pharmaceutical, and oil & gas sectors. Semiconductor application segment collected a revenue of USD 320 million in 2015 and will register considerable growth rate over the years ahead, subject to the product’s usage to prevent fingerprints and surface contamination.

Reusables and disposables are the main products of industrial safety gloves industry. Reusable products are further divided into dipped, supported knitted, and knitted products, Industrial safety gloves industry size from supported knitted products was worth more than USD 1.2 billion in 2015 and will exhibit significant revenue over the coming timeframe. This product is extensively used across the construction, automotive, warehousing, general purpose, and timber handling sectors.

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Industrial safety gloves market size from automotive applications is slated to record an annual growth rate of more than 7% over the period of 2016 to 2023, driven by the product’s requirement for repair and maintenance activities. Additionally, escalating expansion of automobile sector across various countries such as India, China, Germany, and UK will fuel the market trends. Europe industrial safety gloves market is slated to grow at an annual growth rate of more than 5.5% over the period of 2016 to 2023. Implementation of stringent worker safety norms across this region will propel the regional industry share. Germany, France, and UK will contribute significantly toward the Europe industrial safety gloves industry growth.

Cut gloves, a sub-segment of disposable products, will register an annual growth rate of more than 6.5% over the coming years of 2016 to 2023, owing to the prominent use of the product to protect arms and hands in hazardous work environments. They are also used to protect workers from cuts and abrasions in the shipping, construction, metal, and glass industries, which will boost industrial safety gloves industry size noticeably.

Considering the geographical landscape, Asia Pacific industrial safety gloves industry will record considerable CAGR over the coming six years. Japan, China, India, and South Korea will be the major revenue contributors.

U.S. industrial safety gloves market share, having had a revenue of USD 980 million in 2015, will collect noticeable revenue over the years ahead. The growth can be attributed to the surging investment in construction activities, growing industrialization, adoption of safety norms, and increasing awareness regarding hygiene and safety.

The notable participants in industrial safety gloves market are Top Glove, Supermax Corporation, Ansell, Kossan, Hartalega, MCR Safety, Latexx Partners Berhad, Rubberex Corporation, RFB Latex Ltd, Honeywell, Acme Safety, and Towa Corporation.

Author Name :Sunil Hebbalkar

North America industrial protective clothing market to witness massive growth prospects in the coming years, U.S. to drive the regional demand

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Stringent safety norms imposed by NIOSH, OSHA, ASTM is providing a significant impetus to industrial protective clothing market globally. Increasing number of worksite accidents along with increasing safety concerns regarding the workers’ health especially in industries which are prone to potential perils is allowing speedy expansion of the market globally. Continuously progressive market happenings which include emergence of new sale channels, impactful advancement of technology, and a dynamic supply value chain force are turning out to be some of the crucial growth enhancers for industrial protective clothing industry. As per Global Market Insights, Inc., “Industrial Protective Clothing Market is set to almost triple its revenue share by collecting a revenue of over USD 14 billion by 2023, with an annual growth rate of 14% over 2016-2023.”

U.S Industrial Protective Clothing Market size, by application, 2015 & 2023 (USD million)
U.S Industrial Protective Clothing Market size, by application, 2015 & 2023 (USD million)

Based on application landscape, industrial protective clothing market is primarily segmented into chemical defending clothing, clean room clothing, mechanical protective clothing, flame retardant apparel etc. Amongst the various application domains, durable and disposable based protective clothing are highly prevalent. In addition, flame retardant clothing is mainly adopted in industries which are highly prone to fire related potential perils.  Mandatory Safety regulations in sectors such as oil and gas, construction, metal forming, etc. have highly increased the overall market demand for flame retardant clothing. Industrial protective clothing industry share from flame retardant apparel application was over USD 1.3 billion in 2015, and with a heavy market demand, it is slated to register a striking double-digit annual growth rate of 14% over 2016-2024.

Clean room protective clothing is highly deployed in electronics units, clinical laboratories, as well as chemical laboratories. Raw material which is highly used in this type of clothing manufacturing is filament polyester as it avoids all types of infection and contamination. In 2015, clean room clothing recorded a revenue over USD 800 million. Increasing demand for light weight and durable protective apparel in oil and gas industry is thriving the mechanical industrial protective clothing market which is estimated to surpass USD 2 billion over the coming six years.

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Durable protective clothing emerged as the leading product segment, by accounting for an industry share of USD 3 billion in 2015. High durability, superb wear resistance, and enhanced utility make it the most preferred choice for product managers who deal with the safety protocol of the workers. Durable industrial protective clothing market is expected to record a striking CAGR of 14% in the coming six years due to its heavy demand from oil and gas and mining industries. Disposable clothing is highly common in areas where the hazards are not that much intense. Some of the end use industries in which disposable industrial protective clothing market is generating a heavy momentum include petrochemicals, agriculture, chemical processing, pharmaceutical etc. Disposable gloves that hold a major chunk of overall disposable industrial protective clothing market alone accounted for USD 1.6 billion, out of the total industry share which was USD 2.1 billion in 2015. As per estimation, disposable protective clothing is projected to grow substantially at a CAGR of 13% over the period of 2016-2023.

With U.S. as the major contributor, North America industrial protective clothing market dominated the global landscape by covering almost 40% of the overall industry share. Strict regulations imposed in U.S.  in correspondence to the safety canons have positively influenced the regional market dynamics. As per the record, North America market collected more than USD 2 billion in 2015. Shale gas exploration and escalating commercialization of renewable chemicals in this region are expected to propel the market in the years ahead. Considering the rapid industrialization and the increasing infrastructure spending of emerging nations such as India and China, Asia Pacific industrial protective clothing market is slated to attain the highest growth of 15% over 2016-2023.

Global industrial protective market is fiercely competitive with a diversified product portfolio. Strategic partnerships, technological complexities incorporation in the product design make the overall market highly intensive. Some of the prominent market players are Royal TenCate, DuPont, Teijin, PBI, and Bulwark.

Author Name :Satarupa De

U.S. Thermoplastic Elastomers Market (TPE) to register substantial gains over 2016-2023, high product demand from the automotive & medical sectors to fuel the regional growth

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Increasing preference for low weight, sustainable, bio-based alternatives for conventional raw material will impel Thermoplastic Elastomers Market size. Subject to the efficient thermoplastic and elastomeric properties and myriad other physical and chemical benefits provided by these products, they are used extensively as alternatives for metals, regular & engineered plastics, wood, and natural or synthetic rubber across the automotive, medical, electronics, construction, footwear, and industrial sectors. Thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) industry was worth USD 12 billion in 2015, and is anticipated to hit a revenue of USD 20 billion by 2023, growing at a CAGR of 6% over 2016-2023.

Germany Thermoplastic Elastomers Market size, by product, 2013-2024 (USD Million)
Germany Thermoplastic Elastomers Market size, by product, 2013-2024 (USD Million)

In 2015, global thermoplastic elastomers market was consolidated, with major players accounting for more than 40% of the overall share. Companies such as Nippon Polyurethane Industry, BASF, China Petroleum & Chemicals, Kraton Polymers, Arkema S.A., Dow Chemicals, Covestro, LyondellBasell, and EMS Group are chief participants in thermoplastic elastomers industry. Firms have been focusing on investing in R&D and enhancing the product offering to sustain the market position. In addition, expansion of production capacity and mergers & acquisitions are among the key growth strategies adopted by these companies. For instance, Arkema had introduced Pebax Rnew into its elastomer family in 2014, which is a plastic derived from castor oil. Dupont has also introduced Hytrel RS, a highly renewable elastomer. Recently, BASF has heavily diversified its product portfolio by developing multiple versions of TPEs to partner with HP for launching its new 3D Open Materials and Applications Lab. Similar efforts by other companies will boost thermoplastic elastomers market outlook.

The high demand for inexpensive, reliable, sustainable, and light weight SUV and MUV models coupled with consumer preferences toward comfort and aesthetics will propel thermoplastic elastomers industry from automotive sector. In addition, strict government norms to reduce carbon emissions have forced automakers to use TPE products such as thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU) as an alternative to metals, which will further impel thermoplastic elastomers market from automotive applications.

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TPUs are heavily deployed for tubing applications in the automotive sector, subject to which thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU) industry, having had a valuation of USD 1.5 billion in 2015, will witness a growth of more than 5% over 2016-2023. Additionally, this product is also used to construct cables and wires for the construction sector, subject to its properties of high thermal insulation and heat resistance, which will propel thermoplastic elastomers market from construction applications.

Thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPV) products are used in the automotive sector for fluid handlings, bumpers, and other applications. Its high heat and oil resistance properties have also lead to its usage for engine components and car interiors, thereby propelling TPV industry, set to grow at a CAGR of 5.5% over 2016-2023.

These products, subject to their superior thermal insulation and acoustic properties are also used in the construction sector. Pressure from regulatory bodies as regards to energy efficiency codes mandated for buildings will drive TPV market from construction applications. The rapid growth of the construction and automotive sectors globally will also aid the expansion of the product landscape of thermoplastic elastomers market.

Speaking of the expansion of the automotive and construction sectors, it would be prudent to mention the emerging economies of the APAC region. Asia Pacific thermoplastic elastomers industry, worth USD 4 billion 2015, will grow significantly over 2016-2023, subject to the vast number of automotive manufacturing units and the rising number of construction projects in the region. Subject to their superior properties, TPU and TPV products are heavily deployed across both these sectors, which will drive APAC TPE market over the next few years. India and China are touted to be the key contributors, with China having accounted for more than 60% of the APAC thermoplastic elastomers industry in 2015.

Since TPU products are heavily used in the automotive sector, China thermoplastic polyurethanes market size is expected to cross USD 500 million by 2023, growing at a CAGR of more than 6% over 2016-2023. Of late, OEMs across the world have shifted their manufacturing base to India and China, subject to the presence of a skilled labor workforce and an abundance of raw material availability. This is a key factor contributing to China TPU industry expansion.

Copolyester elastomers products are extremely resilient, versatile, and highly durable, subject to which they find huge applications across the electronics sector. Owing to their superior qualities, copolyester elastomers market will be worth more than USD 1 billion valuation by 2023.

Another key product of thermoplastic elastomers market, styrenic block copolymers, are known to possess excellent elastomeric properties along with high tensile strength, which will drive styrenic block copolymer (SBC) industry over the next few years. Hydrogenated SBC products offer even better properties, subject to which they are used mainly in CASE applications. These products are used in the medical, consumer goods, and packaging sectors, owing to which styrenic block copolymer market will earn a significant revenue over 2016-2023, having had a valuation of more than USD 6 billion in 2015.

The high demand for TPU, SBC, COPE, and TPV products across numerous application domains will consequently impel global thermoplastic elastomers industry size. These products are viable alternatives to thermosets, lids, gaskets, and medical stoppers, subject to which thermoplastic elastomers market from the medical sector will witness a significant growth.

Geographically, North America contributed to more than 25% of the overall thermoplastic elastomers industry share in 2015. U.S. is a major revenue contributor, with a valuation of USD 1 billion in 2015. Subject to the growing usage of TPE products for medical equipment, sports equipment, and paving & roofing for construction, U.S. thermoplastic elastomers market will grow at a substantial rate over 2016-2023. In addition, increased EPA regulations to encourage the adoption of sustainable and bio-based products will stimulate the regional demand, thereby propelling North America thermoplastic elastomers industry.

TPE products have evolved as viable alternatives for ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) and ethylene propylene rubber (EPR) in various industries, which will drive Europe thermoplastic elastomers market over the years to come. Subject to manufacturing low weight vehicles and achieving high fuel efficiency, Europe TPE market will witness significant gains over 2016-2023, with Germany, UK, and France being the key contributors.

Thermoplastic elastomer products are highly recyclable, and possess exceptional thermal insulation, molding, and heat resistance properties. They do not require compounding, and require no addition of stabilizers or reinforcing agents. Subject to these superior characteristics, these products find massive applications across numerous application sectors, thereby propelling global thermoplastic elastomers industry size.

Author Name :Saipriya Iyer

Cellulose Fiber Market to accrue huge share via clothing applications over 2016-2024, APAC to be a key revenue contributor

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Escalating demand for textiles and apparels attributed to rising disposable incomes and changing consumer lifestyles will soar Cellulose Fiber Market size. Global apparel sector, which was estimated at over USD 1 trillion in 2015, is projected to grow significantly over the next few years, which will augment the growth of cellulose fiber market. This product possesses highly beneficial features such as light weight, bio-degradability, and skin-friendliness. In addition, it is quite cost-effective, which will leverage the business expansion. Subject to the fact that this product is biodegradable, strict legislations inhibiting the use of volatile organic compounds will generate bright business growth prospects for cellulose fiber industry over the years ahead. According to Global Market Insights, Inc., “Cellulose fiber industry revenue is slated to surpass USD 39 billion by 2024, growing at an annual rate of 9% over 2016-2024.

U.S. Cellulose Fiber Market size, by application, 2013 – 2024 (USD Million)
U.S. Cellulose Fiber Market size, by application, 2013 – 2024 (USD Million)  

An increase in the GDP of countries such as Brazil, China, and India leading to shift in the consumer lifestyles has attracted many manufacturers & new entrants to make heavy capital investments in the business, thereby spurring cellulose fiber market expansion. Rise in the production capacity of dissolved pulp along with a surge in the number of pulp producers offering competitive pricing is expected to augment the production of cellulose fibers. In 2015, the global production of dissolving pulp was over 7 million tons, and China accounted for nearly 20% of the share. The environment friendly nature of cellulose fibers as compared to other fibers such as nylon and polyester will further catalyze cellulose fiber industry demand.

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Cellulose fibers find extensive applications in the spun yarn, fabrics, filtration process, and clothing. Cellulose fiber industry size in the clothing sector, which was estimated at USD 10.5 billion in 2015, is expected to grow at an annual rate of 9.5% during the period from 2016 to 2024. Increasing awareness regarding fashion trends coupled with the rise in the per capita income is forecast to boost the revenue. The thriving clothing and apparel sector will also contribute significantly toward cellulose fiber market growth.

Spurn yarn applications, which contributed over 13% of cellulose fiber market share in 2015, are expected to make notable contributions to the industry size in the future. The growth can be attributed to the extensive use of these yarns in knitting and embroidery. Furthermore, they are more preferred in tire cords and high performance tires, owing to their unique features as compared to polyester fibers.

Taking into consideration the regional trends, Asia Pacific cellulose fiber industry, which had collected a revenue of USD 7 billion in 2015, is projected to record a CAGR of 9.5% over the period of 2016-2024. The large presence of textile industries in Asia Pacific is forecast to boost the expansion. High production of cotton and jute in countries such as India and China will positively leverage the business development.

Middle East and Africa cellulose fiber market, which gathered a revenue of USD 1.5 billion in 2015, is foreseen to hit USD 3.5 billion by 2024. Easy availability of workforce at lower costs along with the discovery of ample natural resources in the region is anticipated to support the industry expansion. Rise in the textile production in Africa as a result of large-scale shifting of textile manufacturing firms in the region will further drive cellulose fiber industry revenue.

Lenzing SA, Shandong Helon Company Limited, Sateri, Kelheim Fibres GmbH, Grasim Industries Limited, Daicel Corporation, Thai Rayon Public Company Limited, Tangshan Sanyou Chemical Fiber Company Limited, Fulida Group Holding Company Limited, and Aoyang Group Company Limited are the key players of cellulose fiber industry.

Author Name :Dhananjay Punekar

North America Medical Polymers Market to earn lucrative revenue via medical packaging sector, U.S. to contribute majorly toward the regional growth

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The healthcare sector has observed a paradigm shift since the last few years, subject to which Medical Polymers Market will depict a lucrative growth path. Of late, there has been a spur in the prevalence of chronic ailments such as cardiovascular disorders, infections, hypertension, dementia, osteoporosis, and arthritis, thereby boosting global pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors, which are key drivers propelling medical polymers market. The ever-growing geriatric population across the globe and the rising awareness regarding efficient medical devices and equipment will also fuel medical polymers industry, set to cross a valuation of USD 24 billion by 2024, with a CAGR estimation of 9% over 2016-2024.

U.S. Medical Polymers Market size, by product, 2013 – 2024 (USD Million)

U.S. Medical Polymers Market size, by product, 2013 - 2024 (USD Million)

Companies operating in global medical polymers market adopt varied business strategies such as collaborations, R&D investments, and mergers & acquisitions to sustain their position. This industry is highly fragmented and involves the partaking of myriad local medium and large-sized businesses. Major players operating in medical polymers market include Evonik Industries, DuPont, Huntsman, Bayer AG, Dow Chemicals, Celanese Corporation, and Eastman Chemicals. Medical polymers market firms constantly strive to upgrade their product portfolio and improve their service sphere to score an edge over competitors.

Recently, at K 2016, the world’s largest plastics fair, Celanese Corporation showcased their range of reliable, safe, and compliant medical polymers that acknowledge issues such as dosage frequency and patient compliance. These polymers, when incorporated in medical devices & equipment, were designed to depict high performance, distinguishable appearance, and efficient operational ability. With many other companies undertaking similar efforts to develop high grade polymers for easy and safe treatment admission, global medical polymers industry size is set to rise a notch higher.

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Global pharmaceutical device market was valued over USD 300 billion in 2015 and is anticipated to register a notable CAGR of more than 6% over the next seven years. U.S. held more than 45% of this share in 2015, subject to which pharmaceutical device industry from the U.S. is estimated to grow remarkably over the next few years. This will significantly propel U.S. medical polymers market as well.

Rising utilization of polymers such as polyphenylsulfone, polyether ether ketone, and polyetherimide in pharmaceutical equipment will also contribute to the growth of medical polymers industry.

More than 20% of the population in the United States is likely to be above 65 years of age by 2030, and is expected to be susceptible to chronic ailments. Thus, the rapidly growing elderly population will fuel U.S. medical polymers market over 2016-2024. North America medical polymers industry was valued over USD 4.5 billion in 2015, and will grow noticeably over the years ahead, driven by the rapidly developing medical & pharma sectors, increasing healthcare spending, and public awareness related to health issues. Additionally, this region will witness huge product application in medical packaging and medical devices & equipment sectors, which will fuel North America medical polymers market.

Medical polymers industry from medical packaging applications will register a notable growth rate over the next seven years, subject to the production of biodegradable and bio-based polymers for packing medical products and disposables. In addition, the government as well as leading medical organizations have introduced legislations pertaining to the medical disposables and the usage of polymers for packaging, which will propel medical polymers market from medical packaging applications, set to grow at a rate of 9% over 2016-2024.

Medical devices and equipment on the other hand, accounted for more than 50% of the overall medical polymers industry in 2015. Pertaining to the properties of zero chemical corrosion and ease of application, medical polymers market from medical devices & equipment will grow at a CAGR of 8% over 2016-2024.

The rapidly growing healthcare sector in countries such as India and China and the rise in the number of medical care initiatives in countries such as Indonesia, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, will propel Asia Pacific medical polymers industry. The lack of highly efficient pharmaceutical facilities coupled with an ever-growing population base will fuel Asia Pacific medical polymers market, slated to grow at a rate of 10% over 2016-2024.

Environmental concerns pertaining to medical disposables will positively impact biodegradable medical plastics industry, set to grow at a CAGR of 15% over 2016-2024. The surging development of varied bio-based plastics will also influence medical polymers market size from biodegradable medical plastics.

Medical elastomers, another key product segment of medical polymers market, is further categorized into rubber latex and styrene block copolymers. This segment is expected to grow lucratively over 2016-2024. Fibers and resins include sub-products such as polypropylene (PP), polystyrene (PS), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and polyethylene (PE). Medical polymers industry from fibers & resins was valued at USD 8 billion in 2015, and is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 8% over 2016-2024. This growth can be credited to the rising awareness pertaining to health and hygiene, and the introduction of innovative technologies to adjust implant capabilities.

The production of medical polymers is largely dependent on the availability of raw materials. Owing to depleting fossil fuel availability and petroleum reserves, there may be a dramatic shift on the prices of raw materials, which is forecast to be one of the chief restraints of medical polymers market. Additionally, the prominent medical agencies such as FDA, WHO, and REACH have mandated regulations regarding the product prices and quality, which is also likely to hamper the growth of this industry.

Nevertheless, manufacturers are constantly focusing on developing innovative, highly graded, cost-effective polymers, which may increase the scope of this market. In addition, the high demand for home-based medical care subject to the rising geriatric population and the prevalence of chronic diseases will drive medical polymers industry over the next seven years.

Author Name :Saipriya Iyer

APAC Polyisobutylene Market to depict a lucrative growth chart over 2016-2024, surging demand from automotive sector to boost the regional revenue

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The incredible expansion of the automotive industry across the globe will stimulate Polyisobutylene (PIB) Market significantly over the next few years. Players of the automotive sector are also increasingly investing in research & development activities and technological innovations, which will further augment PIB industry. Polyisobutylene is mainly used in rubber, which is the primary constituent of tires and tubes. Of late, the automobile industry has witnessed the invention of the tubeless tire as well. Such inventions are sure to propel global polyisobutylene industry.

PIB is heavily deployed to manufacture packaging products due to its low permeability to moisture, air, and gasses along with high chemical resistive nature, which will spur PIB industry size from the medical sector. According to Global Market Insights, Inc., “Polyisobutylene market having had a revenue of USD 1.25 billion in 2015, will witness an annual growth rate of 5% over the coming years of 2016 to 2024.”

Europe Polyisobutylene Market size, by application, 2015, 2020, 2024 (USD Million)
Europe Polyisobutylene Market size, by application, 2015, 2020, 2024 (USD Million)

Byproducts obtained from the chemical reaction of polyisobutylene are extensively used as additives in fuels and lubrication oils. Adhesive application in polyisobutylene industry is anticipated to register an annual growth rate of more than 4.5% over the period of 2016 to 2024. PIB is used as a lubricant thickening agent and it helps clean water-borne oil stumbles as well. The growing demand for lubricants for vehicle maintenance will thus, favorably influence the industry growth.

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The automotive sector dominated the application landscape by accounting more than 50% of the global revenue share in 2015 and will record a considerable growth rate over the coming seven years. The growth can be attributed to the increasing need of tubes and tires for the automobiles pertaining to characteristics such as high damping, better inflation pressure holding, and heat aging.

Based on molecular weight, polyisobutylene market is mainly divided into low, medium, and high. High molecular weight product will exhibit considerable growth rate over the years ahead, owing to its escalating requirement in the automotive sector pertaining to its key properties such as oxidation and heat resistance. PIB products with high molecular weight possess characteristics such as improved flexibility, dielectric properties, and light weight. Pertaining to this fact, these products are used to manufacture electric wire coatings. Medium molecular weight polyisobutylene market will record an annual growth rate of 5% over the coming seven years.

Considering the regional landscape, Asia pacific led global polyisobutylene industry in 2015 and is predicted to generate substantial revenue over the years ahead. The attributing factor toward industry growth is the presence of a large tire and tube manufacturing base in the region. India, China, Malaysia, and Indonesia are the prominent revenue contributors toward APAC business growth.

U.S. led North America polyisobutylene market share in 2015 and is anticipated to exhibit a CAGR of 4% over the period of 2016 to 2024, primarily driven by the growing requirement for tires across this region. Moreover, surging demand for sealants and adhesives across the construction sector will also account for significant revenue generation.

Top three industry giants accounted for more than 50% global revenue in 2015. The notable players in polyisobutylene market are Lanxess AG, ExxonMobil Corporation, BASF SE, TPC Group, Chevron Oronite Company LLC, Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Infineum International Ltd.

Author Name :Sunil Hebbalkar