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Aluminum Pigments Market to witness massive gains in Asia Pacific over 2017-2024, Paints & coatings to drive the application landscape

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The commercialization potential of Aluminum Pigments Market is quite evident from the growing number of strategic partnerships outlining the competitive terrain. Recently, Nexeo Solutions Inc., a giant in the chemicals & plastic distribution industry has entered into a corporate partnership with Silberline Manufacturing Company Inc., a global supplier of high quality aluminum pigments. As per market experts, this strategic move is expected to strengthen the business position of both the firms in the overall aluminum pigments industry with a better value chain and an expanded product portfolio.  Such strategic acquisitions and expansions are quite common in aluminum pigments market to address the increasing product demand from varied end use industries like automotive, construction, and paints & coatings.

U.S. Aluminum Pigments Market size, by end-user, 2013 – 2024 (USD Million)
U.S. Aluminum Pigments Market size, by end-user, 2013 – 2024 (USD Million)

The latest trend of aesthetically designed customized vehicles with lustrous paints is expected to stimulate aluminum pigments market valuation, which is forecast to exceed USD 580 million by 2024, with a projected CAGR of 6.5% over 2016-2024. In the automotive paints and protective coatings, aluminum pigments are primarily used to improve the appearance of the vehicle.  As per statistics, overall paints & coatings is one of the prominent end-use application of aluminum pigments market and accounted for more than 40% of the overall industry share.

Other than the automotive industry, plastic is another prominent end-use segment further catalyzing the growth of aluminum pigment industry. As per the estimates, aluminum pigments market share from plastic applications is projected to record an annual growth rate of 6% over 2017-2024.

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Speaking of the geographical trends, Asia Pacific is one lucrative belt where the aluminum pigments market demand is notably high from automotive applications. Asia Pacific aluminum pigments industry having had a revenue of USD 120 million in 2016, is slated to collect substantial revenue with an annual growth rate of above 7% over the coming seven years. The attributing factor toward the regional growth is the surging use of the printing inks for the advertisements and magazines.

Aluminum pigments are widely used in printing inks to give metallic effect to labels, leather, films, packaging materials, and brochures. The use of leafing grade products gives printing inks a lustrous and brilliant effect. These grades also increase the brightness and impart a glossy finish to the surface, thereby making it applicable to the cosmetics industry. The personal care application segment within aluminum pigments market is anticipated one of the fast-growing segment at a CAGR of 6.5% over 2017-2024. Rising demand for personal care and cosmetics products, particularly in Asia Pacific has fueled aluminum pigment market demand.

On account of the escalating cosmetic sector expansion, North America is further estimated to witness a substantial growth trend in the coming time frame.  Global Market Insights, Inc. projects North America aluminum pigments industry to surpass a valuation of USD 130 million by 2024.

In 2016, the industry space was quite consolidated with the top four participants – Altana, Carl Schlenk, Silberline, and Carlfors Brukhaving, having shared more than 30% of the overall business fraternity. The other prominent names in this industry include Toyal America, Inc., Alba Aluminiu, Zhangqiu Metallic Pigment Co., Ltd., Metaflake Ltd., and Sun Chemical.

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APAC Laser Materials Market to contribute significantly toward the global share, communication sector to drive the application landscape

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Considering the increasing proliferation of laser technologies in medical space, Laser Materials Market demand is undoubtedly set to grow substantially in the forthcoming years. Technological interventions have not only influenced laser materials portfolio but also have widened the application scope of the market. An exemplary transformation in the therapeutic model in terms of medical facilities has acted in favor of the business growth. For instance, shifting trend toward replacing non-laser technologies across various domains that include oncology, neurology, and dentistry has been immensely catapulting the market expansion over the years. Speaking of healthcare, laser technology has already gained a momentum in this space and with technological advancements, it is anticipated to unfold a series of new opportunities, leaving a subsequent impact on laser materials market.

Europe Laser Materials Market Size, By Application, 2013 – 2024 (USD Mn)
Europe Laser Materials Market Size, By Application, 2013 - 2024 (USD Mn)

Estimates depict, the industry will exceed a valuation of USD 1.7 billion by the end of 2024, with a projected CAGR of 5.5% over 2017-2024. Plastic technology is the latest thriving trend in laser materials market that is opening new avenues for the investors. With the continuous evolution of polymers and composite materials configuration, the technology is likely to penetrate deeper into the business. On that note, it is important to consider the unprecedented efforts the instrument manufacturers are taking in reducing the complexity of these devices, which again will prove to be favorable for laser materials industry outlook.

With digital disruptions globally, the volume of data has been exponentially increasing across various industries. Communication sector is one of the profound spaces witnessing the proliferating penetration of laser materials. Communication applications procured one-third of laser materials industry share in 2016. Military applications have been also gaining a traction lately. High demand for lightweight cost-effective armaments has resulted in the utilization of laser materials in this domain. Key market players are also investing in research activities to extend the product portfolio to win a competitive edge in the global landscape.

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Geographically, Asia Pacific is one of the significant regions partaking in the laser materials market. The expanded manufacturing base along with upgraded healthcare infrastructure are the prime factors driving the regional market.  China, Taiwan, India, And South Korea are the major countries contributing substantially toward the regional share. Increasing population in APAC is also a vital factor enhancing laser material market dynamics. With a significant contribution toward the overall revenue in 2016, APAC will continue to be a strong participant in the global laser materials market in the years ahead.

North America laser materials market is also anticipated to chalk a lucrative growth path, subject to the region’s progressive military terrain particularly in the U.S.  The country receives a huge amount of funding every year for laser weapons. With U.S. as a forerunner, North America laser materials industry in the coming seven years is slated to carve a profitable road map.

Laser technology undoubtedly is one of the most commendable innovations of the twentieth century. With a broader spectrum of application across the healthcare, military, and communication, laser materials market penetration has generated a remarkable momentum. Reduced material prices coupled with their reliability and enhanced lifespan are further pushing the laser materials market demand. Prominent industry participants include Asahi Glass Co., Ltd, Morgan Advanced Materials, BASF SE, Dow Chemical Company, GrafTech International, Taishan Fiberglass inc., CeramTec GmbH, Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical Co., Ltd, Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd., Anglo American plc., Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corp., Norilsk Nickel, Evonik Industries, Universal Laser Systems, Inc., and Corning Inc.

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

3D Printing Materials Market & 3D Printing Equipment Market: High product demand in consumer electronics sector to spur industry growth

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The fledging 3D printing technology is set to tread a positive path over the coming years. While 3D printing materials market is already witnessing a major upswing, 3D printing equipment market has also observed a colossal surge. The 3D printing technology is finding massive potential in various industries, including defense, automotive, architecture, medical, and aerospace. The shifting interests of the consumers toward products aesthetics and finish will trigger the manufacturers to adopt this technology, thereby, positively influencing the industry dynamics.

U.S. 3D Printing Materials Market Size, By End-User, 2013 – 2024 (USD Million)
U.S. 3D Printing Materials Market Size, By End-User, 2013 - 2024 (USD Million)

 

One of the most differentiating characters of 3D printing is its ability to tailor the objects as per a specific need.  This factor has made 3D printing technology quite popular across sectors such as electronics, automotive, education, aerospace, etc. Increase in desktop and professional 3D printer sales and its use in higher secondary education will be prominent growth indicators for 3D printing equipment market in educational applications. According to Global Market Insights, Inc., “3D printing materials industry will expand at a whopping CAGR of 20% over 2016-2024 and 3D printing equipment market is predicted to record an annual growth rate of 14% over the period of 2016-2024.

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What are the growth prospects of 3D printing materials industry based on products and applications?

Plastics, ceramics, and metals are the three-major product types gaining momentum. In 2015, ceramic 3D printing materials market accounted for over 20% and was worth more than USD 100 million in 2015. End-use applications such as cups, saucers, plates and statues will favor the segment growth. Metal 3D printing materials industry is experiencing greater demand from automotive, defense, aerospace industries due to considerable metal usage in these sectors. This market is anticipated to record a CAGR of 17% over the period of 2016-2024.

Considering the end-use trends of 3D printing materials industry, some key findings are mentioned below:

  • Electronics & consumers led the global 3D printing materials market in 2015. Surge in electronics gadgets, demand for supreme value product feature, and aesthetics will drive this industry in the years to come.
  • Automotive manufacturing application is expected to record a Y-O-Y growth of 4% over 2016-2024. The robust growth is subject to the changing lifestyle, rising disposable income, and growing demand for vehicles with an enhanced aesthetic appearance.

How is 3D printing equipment market emerging, considering product and application segment?

Polyjet, colorjet, selective laser sintering (SLS), stereolithography (SLA), and fuse deposition modeling (FDM) are the product segmentations of the 3D printing equipment industry. Polyjet accounted for a massive 35% of the global market share in 2015. SLS product use in automotive and aerospace industries will also upswing the SLS industry to grow at a rate of 15% over the period of 2016-2024.

3D printing equipment market is on a constant rise, owing to its vital application scope in pharmaceutical and medical industries. These printers are used in fabrication of human tissues and also in the manufacturing of living organs such as liver and heart.

Below mentioned are the regional trends influencing both 3D printing materials and equipment industry:

Asia Pacific 3D printing material & equipment market is predicted to witness heavy gains over the coming years, owing to robust growth of automobile manufacturing in China, Indonesia, India, and Japan. Moreover, rapid technological advancements will also benefit the regional growth.

North America emerged as a leading region for the overall 3D printing materials industry, having had more that 35% global share in 2015. Growth of aerospace industry and increase in sale of automobiles and electronic gadgets will stimulate the regional development. The growth is also favored by increased government funding.

3D printing materials & equipment market players are focused on developing high quality products at low costs. The key participants accumulating significant industry share include Arkema, Optomec Inc, , Solidscape, Stratasys, 3D Systems, EOS GmbH (Electro Optical Systems), Concept Laser, Voxeljet, SLM Solutions, Hoganas and LPW Technology.

Author Name : Ojaswita Kutepatil