Automotive glass market to witness significant proceeds in Asia-Pacific, Safety regulations and innovations to underline the Industry trends

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With ever increasing demand for automobiles worldwide, the automotive glass market is expected to be a perpetual industry underlined with numerous innovations and regulations supporting its development. The rising disposable income especially in the developing economies will push the automobile production and create a favorable environment for the consumption of automotive glass. Designed and produced with safety in mind, glass is used in windshields, sidelites & backlites, parking lights, headlights and other sections of a vehicle. A USD 12 billion market in 2017, higher awareness regarding passenger safety and constant technological improvements in vehicle manufacturing will further propel the automotive glass industry.

Europe Automotive Glass Market Size, By Application, (Mn Sq.m), 2015 & 2024
Europe Automotive Glass Market Size, By Application, (Mn Sq.m), 2015 & 2024

The overwhelming casualty rate arising from automobile accidents has highlighted gaps in vehicle safety. With glass being the most delicate part in a vehicle, the automotive glass industry is certain to witness a slew of opportunities in the coming years. With the overall industry promising a 7% CAGR between 2018 and 2024, the United States automotive glass market will show considerable growth owing to safety focused legal amendments such as United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE or ECE) & Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). These amendments are intended to ensure that the maximum fuel efficiency and safety features are given to the customers, leading manufactures to invest greatly in R&D. Another source of fuel for the segment is the unmatched production of vehicles in Asia-Pacific resulting from higher demand and tremendous FDIs supporting the industry. A significant amount of revenue is expected to be apportioned from light and heavy commercial segment owing to the rapid urbanization and the need for logistics in emerging economies.

The evolution of automotive designs with changing lifestyle preferences and industry outlooks has led to the augmented use of glass in vehicles. The utilization of vehicles in several capacities & terrains lead them to face potholes, rocks and common fender-benders apart from accidents. In this regard, the laminated glass market has gained substantial traction. In fact, the laminated glass industry held a revenue of USD 7 billion in 2017. The product is further anticipated to record significant growth rate, driven by its durability and ease of installation.

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Elaborating further on the product landscape, tempered glass sales will also have a noticeable contribution to the overall automotive glass industry size. The product is estimated to procure 45% of the global share by 2024.  The product is renowned for its strength and ability to withstand climate changes and heavy rains while providing a clear view.

The automotive glass market is also boosted by consistent innovations in glass features and replacement of metal components by glass supports to reduce overall vehicle weight. Automobile features like sunroofs are also increasing in demand and the availability of sunroof is not restricted to luxury vehicles any more, with manufactures installing it in many low and middle-end vehicles as well. Tinted windows allow for reduced glare, security, privacy and enhanced aesthetics for automobiles, but their use is restricted in most countries through government regulations. Amidst this backdrop, upgraded glass products such as smart glass is gaining traction within the automotive glass industry with upward trend in the premium car segment.

To emphasize the significance of innovations in the automotive glass industry, Glass Apps has introduced a leading smart glass technology which applies a Polymer Liquid Crystal film between two layers of glass and layers of conductive interlayers. Such a smart glass can help to alter the visual appearance of the windows as desired by changing the tint color and opacity by using electricity. It also diminishes the air-conditioning requirements as less sun-light enters the vehicle, limiting the carbon emissions. With the advent of smart technologies and consciousness of customers towards safer, more fuel-efficient vehicles has driven the research and development efforts globally and will provide an impetus to the automotive glass market. In terms of commercialization, the global renumeration portfolio is anticipated to cross USD 21 billion by 2024.

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U.S. food phosphate market to accrue lucrative revenue via meat and seafood processing applications over 2016-2024

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Shifting consumer trends toward healthy diet consumption coupled with rise in the demand for protein enriched food will fuel Food Phosphate Market development. Rise in the food phosphate production as a result of escalating demand for food across countries such as India, Germany, China, France, and the U.S. will create a huge growth potential for the business. This growth can be attributed to the rising product usage as an emulsifier, sequestering & leavening agent, and acidity regulator across various sectors such as food & beverages, bakery items, dairy items, and meat & seafood processing. Global Market Insights, Inc., reports that food phosphate industry is forecast to hit a revenue of USD 2.4 billion by 2024, registering a CAGR of 6% during the period of 2016-2024.

Europe Food Phosphate Market Size, By Application, 2015 & 2024 ($ Mn)
Europe Food Phosphate Market Size, By Application, 2015 & 2024 ($ Mn)

U.S. poultry meat sector was more than 15 million tons in 2015, and is expected to reach nearly 20 million tons by 2024, driven by the growing consumer awareness regarding protein rich diet and the rising popularity of canned food, which in turn will contribute to the growth of food phosphate industry over the span of few years.

Considering the regional landscape, Asia Pacific food phosphate industry is slated to record substantial gains of 4.5% during the period from 2016 to 2024. Mounting preference for bakery and dairy items as a result of high standards of living along with elevated demand for healthy food will propel the regional growth. China, Japan, and India are projected to be the key regional revenue contributors.

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India food phosphate market revenue in the dairy sector is predicted to grow at a rate of 4% over the coming timeframe with cheese processing applications contributing substantially towards the industry share. Sodium based food phosphate industry in China is anticipated to hit USD 100 million by 2024, driven by its wide usage in processed as well as baked foods.

LATAM food phosphate industry is slated to record a CAGR of 3.5% over the coming seven years subject to the thriving meat processing sector along with an increase in the number of livestock farming activities. Brazil and Mexico are the key regional revenue pockets.

Europe food phosphate market is projected to experience moderate growth over the years to come, owing to rising customer demand for nutritious food coupled with the huge presence of retail channels. Germany, Italy, France, and the UK are likely to drive the regional share.

Germany food phosphate industry across the meat processing sector is foreseen to accrue a revenue of more than USD 55 million by 2024. Flourishing dairy and seafood processing sectors across the country are likely to drive the regional growth.

Food phosphate industry size from the dairy sector will grow at a rate of 3.5% over the coming timeframe, driven by its use as an emulsifier in various dairy items such as puddings, cheese cakes, ice creams, and milk based drinks. Bakery applications are expected to hit the revenue margin of USD 450 million by 2024, driven by rise in the per capita income of the consumers along with large-scale consumption of bakery items such as pizza, doughnuts, pastries, and cakes.

Food phosphate market share in meat & seafood processing sector is predicted to record a CAGR of 4% over 2016-2024, owing to burgeoning protein demand from the consumers coupled with an increase in the preference for the canned food as a result of hectic lifestyles. It is also expected to accrue revenue of more than USD 1 billion by 2024, owing to the usage of the product for improving the texture & flavor of stored seafood.

Sodium phosphate, ammonium phosphate, potassium phosphate, phosphoric acid, and calcium phosphate are some of the key food phosphate products. Potassium based food phosphate industry is predicted to grow at an annual rate of 3.5% over the coming seven years. Extensive product usage in canned fish, soft drinks, and processed meat will boost the revenue.

Calcium based food phosphate industry value is projected to reach USD 400 million by 2024, due to the high product usage in bakery and dairy items along with the rising preference for nutritious food. Phosphoric acid, which is widely utilized in the preparation of artificial fruit juices, is expected to make lucrative contributions towards food phosphate market revenue.

Sodium based food phosphate industry value will cross the revenue mark of USD 850 million by 2024, driven by high product application in commercial bakery items, meat, and canned soups along with rising demand for nutritive supplements.

Market participants will try to increase their consumer base by engaging in strategic collaborations, joint ventures, partnerships, and new product launches.  Aditya Birla Group, Saminchem Incorporation, Haifa Chemicals Limited, Fosfa A.S., Nutriscience Innovations, Brewcraft, Sulux Phosphates Limited, FBC Industries Incorporation, Sichuan Zhituo Biochem Technology Industry Company Limited, The Potash Corporation, and ChemSol LLC are the key players of food phosphate industry.

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Europe industrial emission control systems market to register significant gains over 2016-2024, Germany to the key revenue contributor

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Rising efforts by global regulatory bodies to implement pollution control technologies will expedite Industrial Emission Control Systems Market size over the next few years. Of late, the world has witnessed a tremendous rise in pollution levels and carbon emissions, subject to which the governments of various countries have enforced numerous regulations that need to be followed by power plants, manufacturing firms, and other industries. These companies are now installing emission control technologies to reduce pollution and contribute to saving the environment, which will significantly propel industrial emission control systems industry.

The rapid surge of industrialization across regions such as APAC and MEA will lead to an increase in the demand for emission control systems, pertaining to the large presence of power plants and chemical factories. This requirement will help fuel industrial emission control systems market across these regions. These systems help control the emissions of harmful pollutants such as nitrogen oxide compounds, Sulphur oxide compounds, and volatile organic compounds, and find huge applications across the chemical & petrochemical, metal, cement, manufacturing, and power generation sectors.

U.S. Industrial Emission Control Systems Market Size, By Device 2013-2024 (USD Billion)
U.S. Industrial Emission Control Systems Market Size, By Device 2013-2024 (USD Billion)

Undoubtedly, power plants are a major source of pollutant emissions – harmful gases, solid toxic particulates, acidic streams, and vapors emitted from these plants have harmed the global environment to no end. Subject to the restrictions mandated by the government regarding pollutant emissions, these plants are increasingly deploying emission control systems at their worksites. Industrial emission control systems industry size from power plant applications was worth more than USD 5 billion in 2015 and is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 6% over 2016-2024.

In a bid to meet the growing demands for electricity, China has established numerous power plants across the country, subject to which the demand for emission control systems in the region is significantly high, especially from power generation companies. China industrial emission control systems market size from power plants may cross USD 1 billion by 2024, pertaining to the rapid industrialization and growing requirement for electricity.

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Electrostatic precipitators, one of most prominent devices of industrial emission control systems industry, are used to thoroughly remove solid pollutant particulates. They are widely deployed across the power generation, chemical, and steel sectors, owing to which Electrostatic Precipitator Market is anticipated to earn a significant revenue over the next few years, subject to their superior properties. Industrial emission control systems industry size from electrostatic precipitators will observe a CAGR of 6% over 2016-2024. These devices are heavily implemented in Germany, especially across the growing manufacturing sector of the country, to absorb pollutants and control carbon emissions. Subject to this factor, Germany industrial emission control systems market size from electrostatic precipitators was worth USD 242.88 million in 2015, and is projected to grow at a rate of 7% over 2016-2024.

Germany will be a key contributor toward Europe industrial emission control systems industry share, and will register a notable CAGR of 8% over 2016 to 2024. France industrial emission control systems market will also contribute significantly toward the regional growth, and will register a CAGR of more than 9% over 2016-2024, owing to the vast number of power projects and high economic growth of the region. Spain and Italy are touted to be other regional contributors.

Having held a share of more than 15% of the overall industrial emission control systems industry, absorbers are used to remove heavily toxic gases. These devices are heavily deployed across chemical factories, which will impel industrial emission control systems market share from chemical & petrochemical applications. Companies have been striving to integrate these devices with high grade technology to reduce its cost and improve its efficiency. Subject to this factor, industrial emission control systems industry from absorbers will surpass a revenue of more than USD 4 billion by 2024, growing at an annual growth rate of more than 8% over 2016-2024.

Absorbers are deployed across the cement sector as well, subject to their superior toxic pollutant removal properties. Industrial emission control systems market size from cement applications was worth more than USD 1.5 billion in 2015 and is projected to observe a heavy growth, owing to the rapidly developing construction sector across the globe. Additionally, these systems are particularly in demand across China, subject to the development of the construction sector in the region and favorable norms regarding emissions, which will impel China industrial emission control systems industry from cement applications.

Scrubbers help wash away the toxic Sulphur oxide compounds from wet & dry flue gas desulfurization plants. Having held more than 15% of the overall industrial emission control systems market share in 2015, scrubbers will be in high demand across the MEA region. Bearing testimony to this fact are the following statistics – Saudi Arabia industrial emission control systems industry share from scrubbers was USD 44.01 million in 2015, and it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.3% over 2016-2024. Similarly, Belarus industrial emission control systems market size from scrubbers is expected to cross USD 40 million by 2024, with a y-o-y growth rate of 11% over 2016-2024. The rapid expansion of the industrial sector coupled with the increasing number of power plants will expedite the growth in these regions.

Catalytic systems, another critical product of industrial emission control systems industry find applications across the oil & gas sectors and are predicted to cross revenue of more than USD 6 billion by 2024. High demand from oil refineries and petrochemical factories will also foster the growth of Stationary Catalytic Systems Market, anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 6% over 2016-2024.

Industrial emission control systems industry size from metal applications was worth more than USD 1 billion in 2015 and will observe gains of more than 8% over 2016-2024, subject to the product’s widespread usage for absorbing metal fumes and toxic gases.

Brazil, one of the key emerging economies, has been observing surge in its oil & gas exploration and mining activities. Subject to this fact, Brazil industrial emission control systems market will grow remarkably at a CAGR of 8% over the years ahead. Chile, another prominent region of South America industrial emission control systems industry, will also cross a valuation of USD 200 million by 2024.

The United States will witness a huge demand for all the products of industrial emission control systems market, owing to the fact that the region has observed a consistent growth across the power, cement, metal, and chemicals sectors. In addition, the presence of a vast number of market players and their efforts to innovate new technologies to reduce emissions will boost U.S. industrial emission control systems industry share, which is anticipated to cross a valuation of more than USD 2 billion by 2024.

Subject to the rising construction sector in the region, the cement factories here heavily demand the deployment of absorbers. Pertaining to this factor, U.S. industrial emission control systems market share from absorbers was more than USD 250 million in 2015, and is expected to grow at a rate of 7% over 2016-2024.

Major companies have been engaging in growth strategies to research and develop highly advanced, technologically innovative, and extremely efficient emission control systems. Key participants operating in global industrial emission control systems industry include Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Fujian Longking Co., Ducon Technologies, Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Thermax Ltd., BASF, Auburn Systems, General Electric Company, Johnson Matthey, Hamon Corporation, CECO Environmental Corp., Amec Foster Wheeler, APC Technologies, and Air Clean LLC.

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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

Europe biobased polypropylene market to attain significant growth in the coming years, Injection applications to prominently drive the demand

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Mandatory roll outs by governments of various developed economies have played the most influential role in escalating biobased polypropylene market demand over the recent years.  Two global regulatory bodies whose initiations regarding the curtailment of carbon footprints have enhanced the market outlook are EPA and EU, which undoubtedly translates a noticeable expansion and development of North America and Europe’s biobased PP industry. Europe market dominated by Germany, UK, and France is projected to show a steep growth curve, at an annual rate of 6% in the next five years. In addition to this, increasing consumer demand for lightweight vehicles that allows lower fuel consumption is further fueling the market growth. Light weighted materials are also being widely deployed in medical space, pressure vehicles, wind vehicles and other alternative energy bases. A report by Global Market Insights, Inc., states that Biobased Polypropylene Market will surpass a revenue of USD 40 million by 2022, with a CAGR estimation of 4.5% over the period of 2016-2022.

Europe Biobased Pp Market Size, By Application, 2014 & 2022 (USD Million)
Europe Biobased Pp Market Size, By Application, 2014 & 2022 (USD Million)

Injection applications represent a major share of biobased polypropylene industry and are expected to attain the highest gains in the coming five years. Growing demand for lightweight materials in myriad end use industries including automotive, construction, industrial as well as packaging is driving this application landscape. The influential impact of the advanced automobile sector has also played a crucial role in changing the market dynamics. Countries such as Malaysia, China, Thailand, and Mexico are encountering a heavy surge in the vehicle sales which is further creating a lucrative consumer base to biobased PP market. As per an estimation, the overall market from injection application is anticipated to record a revenue of more than USD 20 million by the end of 2022.

Positive outlook of some of the automotive manufacturing giants like Toyota Motor Corp., General Motors, and Ford flex in this regard also have had a persuasive impact on the overall biobased polypropylene market development. An announcement by Toyota Motor Corp. which states that 20% synthetic polymers will soon be replaced by biobased PP is expected to complement the overall market dynamics in the coming time frame.

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Regionally, North America has established profound grounds enhancing biobased PP industry outlook. The trend of light weight vehicle in U.S. is acting as a prime factor catering the regional market growth. Concurrently, regulatory mandates supported by EPA to curb the greenhouse gas emission has further fueled the demand for biodegradable polymers. North America biobased polypropylene industry size is expected to expand massively in terms of volume coverage in coming five years by accounting for almost over 6 kilotons by 2022.

Textile is another niche application segment of global biobased polypropylene industry. Geotextiles which are gaining a global popularity owing to its rising scope of application in soil erosion and drainage activities is primarily favoring the overall market growth. Biobased PP market demand from textile applications is foreseen to rise high in the coming five years, with an estimated volume coverage of 1.5 kilotons by 2022. Biobased polypropylene films are being extensively implemented in green packaging especially for food and beverage and medical purposes owing to its strengthening properties and transparency. Biobased PP industry from this application is projected to show an upswing in its growth chart with a CAGR projection of 4.5% over the period of 2016-2022.

Considering the market analysis based on textile application, Asia Pacific has marked its footprints in the global landscape. With rapid industrialization of emerging economies of APAC belt such as Japan, China, India, biobased polypropylene industry is slated to register a signification growth at an annual rate of 5% over the coming five years.

Biobased PP industry is gaining a substantial traction with increasing number of market players focusing on enhancing the raw material portfolio to minimize the production cost. Some of the prominent industry participants working rigorously in this domain include Biobent Polymers, Global Bioenergies, Dow Chemicals, and Braskem.

Author Name :Satarupa De

Unveiling smart electric meter market trends in terms of regional landscape, global industry landscape to be characterized by governmental undertakings over 2018-2024

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Smart electric meter market over the recent years has garnered considerable traction in the sustainable ecosphere. Endowed with improved connectivity & advanced features, smart meter technology has emerged as a viable alternative to conventional meters. Indeed, this extraordinary evolution from the conventional models to their smart counterparts has ensured a lucrative growth for the overall electricity sector, which is rather a focal vertical for the energy saving rollouts. Evidence in support of the aforesaid is smart electric meter market valuation of over USD 7 billion in 2017, led chiefly by favorable governmental initiatives and sustainable energy mix protocols. A report by Global Market Insights, Inc., claims that with further awareness regarding climate change & GHG emissions, the  worldwide smart electric meter market is likely to surpass annual installations of 190 million units by 2024.

UK Smart Electric Meter Market Size, By Application 2015-2024 (Million units)

UK Smart Electric Meter Market Size, By Application 2015-2024 (Million units)

Elaborating further, the recent years have remarkably witnessed smart meters penetrating the utilities domain mainly on the cusp of rapid growth in industrial IoT. The technology adoption has ensured a more accurate real-time power diagnostics and billing. These meters are enabling consumers to optimally utilize the energy, further reducing the overall carbon emissions. In fact, analysts foresee a mass acceptance of this environment-friendly and cost-effective technology in the electric domain, which will have a pronounced impact on the global smart electric meter market trends.

Particularizing on the geographical landscape, the year 2017 witnessed China accounting for more than 70% of smart electric meter market share across the Asia Pacific belt. Reports claim that the country’s 12th and 13th five-year plan that includes development of smart cities has generated extensive demand for effective water and electricity monitoring, which in turn have positioned China into a favorable business ground for smart electric meter market players. Add to it, the Asian Development Bank’s support in smart meter roll-outs in line with the adoption of smart-grid & sustainable technologies have phenomenally impacted the regional trends.

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India has also recently entered the global smart-meter deployment race and has emerged as the next lucrative growth ground for potential stakeholders. The country has recently grabbed the headlines with its move to replace 40 lakh conventional electric meters with the smart ones. The move is headed by the UPPCL (Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation) in association with EESL (Energy Efficiency Services) that aims to address the state’s energy efficiency woes and ensure customer convenience. Another important move fortifying the regional smart electric meter market share is of the Bihar state energy department, that aims to install 200,000 prepaid smart electricity meters in cities including Ara, Patna, Bhagalpur, and Aurangabad. Experts deem the Rs 800 crore (approximately USD 117 million) project to offer fair investment opportunities, in turn categorizing India into one of the profitable avenues for expansion of the smart electric meter industry.

Smart electric meter deployment trends are also catching up in other prominent regions including Germany, UK, the United States, and Canada. As per estimates, U.S. smart electric meter industry share is set to cross the billion-dollar mark by 2024. As per a EIA report in 2015, smart meter deployment across the residential sector in the U.S. stood at 40%.  Also, the regional electric utilities registered an AMI (Advanced metering infrastructure) installations of over 70 million till 2016. UK on other hand is targets to deploy 50 million smart meters in 30 million households by 2020, with an aim to lower the domestic energy consumption by 5 to 15%.

Analyzing these geographical trends, it comes as no surprise the smart electric meter industry will bring about a revolution of sorts in the utility sector. Analysts deem that this business sphere is all set to witness steep growth with more than 190 nations taking part in the UN Climate Change Conference to reduce emissions. Toshiba’s Landis+Gyr, Silver Spring Networks, Siemens, Itron, and Schneider are some of the prominent smart electric meter providers working in tandem with system integrators like IBM and Accenture to further take the global smart electric meter market size to new heights of expansion.

Author Name :Ojaswita Kutepatil

Europe district heating market to observe substantial gains over 2018-2024, stringent energy sustainability protocols to drive the regional demand

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Touted as offering one of the most reliable and eco-friendly heat delivery methods, the district heating market allows the flexibility to tap into multiple sources for generating heat, including renewable energy, and supply it to residences as well as commercial spaces. Government mandates across all the regions are indicative of the efforts to reduce the use of energy sources which emanate high ratios of green house gases and adopt alternatives with low CO2 emissions. The district heating industry segment has evolved to supply heating that is more efficient as compared to traditional systems and more pocket-friendly than having individual boilers. Further, the worldwide upsurge in energy demand alongside the massive urbanization and industrial development being observed will stimulate the expansion of district heating market.

Denmark District Heating Market Size, By Source, 2017 & 2024 (USD Billion)

Denmark District Heating Market Size, By Source, 2017 & 2024 (USD Billion)

With the potential to achieve considerable reduction in energy wastage and bills for consumers, the district heating market reached an estimated valuation of over USD 180 billion in 2017. The facility to incorporate diverse energy sources into a centralized heat generation and distribution network has presented vast opportunities for governments to decarbonize heat sources in the long run. Such a network can be supplied with surplus energy from power plants, industrial processes, waste management facilities, geothermal sources and gas-based or biogas fueled CHP units. Consequently, a large quantity of valuable energy will not be lost without cause and can be used to generate heat for utilization in homes and businesses. Even unused energy obtained from sustainable sources like wind or solar installations can now be routed to a district heating facility. In addition, not being dependent on a solitary heat source will ensure substantial reliability and service continuity, a key factor in the impulsion of the district heating market.

To outline the present scenario of the district heating industry, U.K. is a prominent region having a magnitude of facilities set up to supply cost-effective, environment-friendly and quick heating services. As per records, there are more than 17,000 heat networks in the U.K., with approx. 91% located in England and 6% in Scotland. Governments in the U.K. are ramping up efforts to encourage the district heating market, with a latest example being the Glenrothes Energy Network in the Glenrothes town of Scotland.

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Providing further details regarding the Glenrothes Energy Network project, it is a GBP 24 million (USD 31.72 million) community heating scheme being developed with the collaboration of Fife council, RWE and the Scottish government. The Fife Council had revealed its target to reduce carbon emissions by 42% by 2020, and the new heat network will help in attaining that mark. The energy center will be using heat sourced from RWE’s biomass CHP plant in Markinch, for supplying low-carbon heating to commercial establishments and households in the area. It is slated to lower utility bills, avoid fuel poverty and contribute towards climate change. The plant is fueled by wood waste and generates up to 53MW electricity along with heat. The Glenrothes Energy Network represents the lucrative prospects of CHP based district heating market, which is expected to grow with a rate of over 4% over 2018-2024.

Moving to the district heating industry in Europe, Denmark is a leading contributor to renewable energy development and district heating processes. The country had introduced the Heating Supply Act under which substitution of traditional heating systems with new district heating systems was made obligatory for upcoming buildings. It was reported that over 63% residential population used district heating in 2017. Elaborating Denmark’s accomplishments in the field, the Smørum Kraftvarme power plant in Smørum gave a contract to Aalborg CSP in 2017, to build an 8MW solar field spanning an area of 11,312m2 and capable of producing 5,568MWh of heat annually. The solar plant will undercut carbon emissions by at least 1,100 tons per year and give a significant boost to the district heating capabilities of Denmark, which already has multiple heat networks across its kingdom. Several government aided schemes to propagate the importance of a centralized heating system in other parts of Europe are certain to bolster the Europe district heating market share in the coming years.

To summarize, the characteristics that give the district heating industry a distinctive advantage are economies of scale, harness of waste energy, low cost operations and the capacity to reach a large number of consumers. The competitive landscape of the district heating market consists of eminent players like RWE AG, Fortum, NRG Energy, Dong energy, Hafslund, among others that offer comprehensive heating solutions for communities and businesses.

Author NamePankaj Singh