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A succinct insight into industrial liquid coatings market with respect to the resin landscape: epoxy coatings to gain momentum over 2018-2025

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The robust growth of the global automotive sector is certain to emerge as one of the driving forces of industrial liquid coatings market in the years to come. Industrial liquid coatings, equipped with resistance to corrosion, acids, UV rays, oils and other type of impurities that can deteriorate metals and hinder the performance of equipment, are deployed in automobiles, transportation equipment, electronics appliances, wood and non-wood furniture, metal building products, and metal containers. Indeed, OEMs have emerged one of the most remunerative application arenas for these coatings.

China Industrial Liquid Coatings Market Size, By Application, 2014 – 2025 (USD Billion)
China Industrial Liquid Coatings Market Size, By Application, 2014 – 2025 (USD Billion)

An insight into the two basic types of resins used in the manufacturing of coatings:

Polyester

Polyester is one of the most widely used resins for industrial coatings. Polyester encompasses a superior chemical bond and is ideally temperature resistance to most materials. That said, the resin is also endowed with some other properties – polyester is known to abrasion resistant and provides prolonged corrosion protection. Both the aforementioned characteristics make polyester-based coatings ideal to be used in the marine sector and various other industrial applications, thereby augmenting the commercial landscape of polyester-based industrial liquid coatings market.

Polyester-based industrial liquid coatings industry size was valued at $8 billion in 2017 and is projected to grow at an appreciable pace over 2018-2025. Apart from its excellent properties, a pivotal reason for this industry to depict growth is that polyester coatings have the benefit of being cost efficient compared to other available coatings.

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Epoxy

Epoxy is another type of resin that is very widely used in coating production. The principal factors responsible for the deployment of epoxy are its excellent properties – the material is tough, enables quick drying, has a protective nature, and is endowed with other mechanical properties as well. Driven by its highly favorable characteristics and its subsequent benefits in coatings, epoxy manufacturing is generally undertaken on a large scale. As per the AMEC Environment and Infrastructure UK (AMEC) reports, a total of 259,000 tons of epoxy resin was manufactured in 2013, in plants located in Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Poland, and Switzerland.

In 2017, epoxy resin accounted for a commendable 30% of the industrial liquid coatings market share and is anticipated to depict a positive growth graph in the ensuing years. Reportedly, epoxy-based industrial liquid coatings are applied on the inside of cans as a protective coating that prevents corrosion and prolongs the shelf-life of the can and stored food. Additionally, it also serves well in terms of lending an aesthetic look to the can. Similar coatings are also used in the construction of wind turbine blades and metal structures. Owing to the fact that epoxy based coatings are relatively easier to apply as opposed to conventional heat cured powder coatings, they are used across a plethora of applications, thereby impelling epoxy-based industrial liquid coatings market share.

Speaking of epoxy, it is prudent to mention that the resin is widely popular in Europe. According to the AMEC Environment and Infrastructure UK (AMEC), Germany is one of the largest markets for epoxy resins in Europe, and had accounted for sales of sold approximately 88,000 tons of epoxy resin in 2013. This represents an appreciable 35% of all European sales. The UK accounted for the second largest volume of some 11% the same year, while Italy and France both witnessed for around 10% of total epoxy sales. It is thus rather overt that Europe industrial liquid coatings market, that held around $10 billion in 2017, will register a commendable growth rate owing to the surging epoxy production in the region.

One of the vital factors that may possibly restrain the growth of industrial liquid coatings market is the  adverse impact on human health caused due to the release of fumes from volatile organic compounds (VOC). As per the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Total Exposure Assessment Methodology (TEAM) study, people exposed to VOCs experience conjunctival irritation, throat and nose discomfort, allergic skin reaction, headache, nausea, fatigue and dizziness. However, regulatory bodies, in this regard, have enforced certain norms that mandate companies to use less VOC-emitting products. In accordance, bio-based industrial coatings have emerged as the latest trends, adding a new growth dimension to the overall industrial liquid coatings market.

Author NameMateen Dalal

An outline of automotive composites market in terms of the competitive landscape: regulatory initiatives to majorly influence the industry growth

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Powered by the rising concerns with regard to environmental degradability, global automotive composites market has gained a remarkable momentum over the recent years. The problem of exponentially increasing carbon dioxide emissions has been recognized as a matter of concern at a global level, in response to which, both the government as well as private entities are striving hard to combat this issue. Citing an instance with the regulatory frame of reference, The European Union (EU) has introduced norms that aim to limit the CO2 emission per vehicle to 95g/km by 2020. Reportedly, as of now, each vehicle in Europe emits approximately 133.3g/km of carbon dioxide. Yet another initiative being widely undertaken to curtail these emissions revolves around reducing the overall weight of the vehicles, subject to the fact that the lightweight automobiles depot a high fuel efficiency and a considerably lower rate of emission. The aforementioned fact can be validated by the recent trend of lightweight material adoption in the automotive sector spanning across the interior as well as exterior designs of the vehicles, that has led to a major revolution of sorts in automotive composites industry.

U.S. Automotive Composites Market, By Fiber, 2016 & 2024, (Kilo Tons)
U.S. Automotive Composites Market, By Fiber, 2016 & 2024, (Kilo Tons)

How McLaren Automotive took a step forward toward consolidating their position in automotive composites market

The demand for composite materials is expected to rise several notches higher in the years to come, on the grounds of which various educational research institutes and renowned players of the automotive composites market have been working diligently toward the development of novel composite materials through innovative technology. For instance, the British automotive composites industry player, McLaren Automotive, has recently constructed the McLaren Composites Technology Centre (MCTC) worth GBP 50 million, at Sheffield in UK, wherein the company plans to manufacture lightweight carbon fiber with advanced manufacturing processes. MCTC is also expected to commence the production of carbon fiber tubs for its automotive wings including supercars, sports and racing cars by 2019, further impelling the regional automotive composites market share. The UK government seems to be keenly encouraging education hubs to develop trained composite engineers and scientists in a bid to tackle any future challenges that might arise ahead, with regards to composite materials, that is certain to impel the regional automotive composites industry. Say for instance, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has granted a fund of GBP 200,000 to the joint projects of the University of Bristol and the University of Plymouth to carry out research related to composite materials. This precedence indeed validates that the increasing involvement of research institutes and industry giants toward enhancing the product portfolio of this business space will stimulate UK automotive composites market size.

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The impact that the Trelleborg-Automated Dynamics deal may have on automotive composites market

It is imperative to state that automotive components manufactured with composites as a raw material have a longer shelf life that ordinary components and require lesser maintenance and less frequent replacements. These components can also be used as an alternative for metal bearings, owing to their massive endurance strength and eco-friendly features, that enable them to function without lubricants. Taking into account the diversified deployment scope of composites for automotive applications, major players in automotive composites market are looking forward to strengthening their position in this business space via mergers and acquisitions. For instance, in 2018, Sealing Solution unit of Trelleborg A.B. acquired the reputed advanced composite components manufacturer, Automated Dynamics, with an aim to improve its technology portfolio using Trelleborg’s next-generation composites. It is also expected that the technological expertise that buyers would gain through strategic takeovers would leverage their presence in global automotive composites industry.

Currently, it has been observed that numerous governmental bodies, at the regional as well as international level, have been focusing on the deployment of renewable energy sources for overcoming the shortage of fossil fuel sources – a trend that is predicted to influence automotive components market. The prevalence of a strict regulatory frame of reference mandating specific norms encouraging the adoption of renewable resources will further enable the masses to incline toward electric vehicles. In consequence, this would increase the dependency on renewable energy sources in the future, which seems to be one of the pivotal strategies of the government to expedite the growth of automotive composites industry. In essence, the shifting trends toward green mobility and the elimination of carbon emissions are certain to have a considerable impact on automotive composites market outlook in the ensuing years.

Author Name : Sunil Hebbalkar

APAC advanced polymer composites market to register the highest growth rate over 2018-2025, strategic business tactics adopted by industry players to augment the product demand

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In the last few years, advanced polymer composites market has witnessed a remarkable growth graph with the increasing requirement for composite materials across the aerospace, automotive, and construction sectors. With the favorable advancements in the material science technology, researchers have successfully come up with a new range of products that have become alternatives for already existing metallic materials. These composite materials have nearly similar properties to that of metallic materials, but have far less weight density as compared to metal composites.

U.S. Advanced polymer composites market size, by application, 2014 – 2025 (USD Billion)
U.S. Advanced polymer composites market size, by application, 2014 - 2025 (USD Billion)

In this regard, the aircraft and automotive manufacturers have been giving preference for these materials for achieving higher fuel efficiency. Taking into account the demand for advanced polymer composites, key industry players have been looking forward to extending their product portfolio and regional reach. Tried-and-tested as well as out0of-the-box tactics adopted by companies to consolidate their position in the market is slated to expedite the advanced polymer composites industry size.

Recently in May 2018, the well-known aeronautical company, Airbus offered a long-term contract to Teledyne CML Composites to supply composite wings components and assemblies to its commercial airliner. In this contract, the UK based composite manufacturer will provide long range of composite parts for Airbus’ A350-900 and A350-1000 aircraft wings. In order to manufacture both – the wings structure and fuselage of the A350 series aircraft, it has used a carbon-fiber reinforced polymer that will reduce the maintenance cost and improves components’ resistance to corrosion. After receiving the long-term contract from Airbus, Teledyne CML Composites has considerably improved the quality of its composite parts that will help it to gain access to new business opportunities from several other end-users.

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As of now, numerous companies have been replacing metals with polymer composites for reducing the overall weight of the product assembly. In line with the increasing demand for polymer composites, polymer manufacturers have been focusing on new product developments, capacity expansions, and mergers & acquisitions. Validating the aforementioned fact, in the middle of 2018, Mitsui Chemicals Inc. decided to establish its long glass fiber reinforced polypropylene (LGFPP) production facility in the U.S. pertaining to the growing demand for fiber-reinforced resins across North America. This would considerably augment the commercialization potential of North America advanced polymer composites industry, which as per estimates, held 35% of the overall market share in 2017.

Speaking along the same line, Mitsui Chemicals will start its commercial operation by October 2019 with the production capacity of 3500 tons per year that will turn out to be rather beneficial for leading automakers. Owing to the excellent impact resistance, lightweight, better appearance, and hardness, LGFPP is preferred for automotive applications. In the last few years, with the increasing popularity of electric vehicles along with the deployment of strict environmental norms, the demand for LGFPP has increased remarkably. Reportedly, in line with the surging demand for automobiles across India and China, APAC advanced polymer composites market will register a CAGR of more than 8% over 2018-2025.

In addition to capacity expansions, several other contributors in the advanced polymer composites industry have been looking forward to enhancing their product portfolio with the strategic mergers and acquisitions. For instance, in June 2018, global provider of specialized polymer material, PolyOne has acquired leading manufacturer of high-performance and advanced composites, PlastiComp. This deal will become fruitful for PolyOne to improve its existing portfolio, aided by PlastiComp’s expertise in the long fiber technology. In the future, PolyOne is planning to launch unique and long fiber technology composite formulations to expand its customer base. The strategies adopted by the players in the advanced polymer composites market to focus on the diverse application scope is poised to boost the industry growth over the years ahead.

The collaborative approach undertaken between the OEMs and product suppliers in line with the on-going product innovation and design changes is likely to impel advanced polymer composites industry trends. The shifting trends toward the development of lightweight components for improving the fuel efficiency and curbing emission also will have a positive impact on the product demand. Reportedly, advanced polymer composites market will surpass a revenue collection of USD 17 billion by the end of 2025.

Author Name :Sunil Hebbalkar

The transforming contours of powder coatings market: How technological progression has impacted the product development and the rise of Asian economies on the industry growth map

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In the face of digital revolution, the global powder coatings market is unsurprisingly making an effort to keep up with the drastic changes being brought in by Industry 4.0 on a number of fronts. This includes incorporating better material handling techniques, automation controls linking machines together, allowing for better management of powder coating while spraying, and the launch of new products equipped with precision technologies.

North America Powder Coatings Market, By Application, 2017 & 2024, (USD Million)

North America Powder Coatings Market, By Application, 2017 & 2024, (USD Million)

An exceptional instance of technological advancement pushing the limits of product development is of the new Encore manual powder coating spray gun range introduced by Nordson Industrial Coating Systems. Named Encore nLighten LED Kit, the new product illuminates the surface being coated, for easy inspection and precise powder application. An all-in-one inspection and application tool, the new spray leaves no margin for error and reduces the need for post-coating quality checks.

Speaking along similar lines, technological progression has resulted in excellent performance upgradation of numerous products being launched by leading powder coating manufacturers. AkzoNobel, for instance, has recently introduced a highly durable and sustainable range of coatings Collection Futura 2018-2021 under its Interpon powder coatings brand. Updated every four years, the new product range is created on globally-identified shifts for 2018-2021: Glam City, Time Out, Treasured Light and Wild Nature, essentially representing the environmentally viable products being developed by the foremost powder coatings industry players with the integration of technologically superior components.

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Significance of the Asia Pacific region and the changing growth narrative: Why are major powder coatings market players building a robust presence in India and China?

Owing to the recent economic trends and the growing dominance of Asian politics, the 21st century is being increasingly projected as the Asian century. Apparently, India and China are termed as the growth engines of the Asian continent as their economy is based on strong fundamentals. Moreover, the estimates recently published by the World Bank corroborate the fact that these two Asian powerhouses are bound to perform well on the economic front in the years ahead despite temporary setbacks.

In this context, it is quite prudent to mention here that business verticals such as automotive & transportation components, electrical appliances, agricultural & construction equipment, and oil & gas are among the many significant industry sectors that contribute immensely toward the growth of Indian and Chinese economies. As per the recent trends, these sectors are set to register impressive growth figures in the times to come. Notably, these business verticals are also the major applications/end-users of the global powder coatings industry, which explains the resolve of prominent manufacturers to establish a strong base in India and China.

Enumerated below is a brief snapshot of initiatives being undertaken by well-known powder coating manufacturers that are reaching out to the emerging economies of Asia, especially tapping into the opportunities opened up across India and China:

AkzoNobel

  • In a bid to strengthen its manufacturing footprint and complement its existing production facilities in India, this Dutch paints and performance coatings giant recently inaugurated a new €9 million powder coating facility in Thane, Mumbai. Dedicated to manufacturing bonded metallic and functional powder coatings, the new facility is set to boost AkzoNobel’s access to markets located in western and northern parts of India.
  • After opening an €11 million powder coatings facility in western China, AkzoNobel commenced production at its recently built largest powder coatings plant in Changzhou. To assure the plant’s sustainable operation, the company would enable 100% recycling of waste water and zero emission. In addition to this, the new facility would become one of the few metal powder coatings manufacturing plant of the company in China.

Axalta

After setting up a high-grade technology center at Savli, Gujarat in 2016, this U.S.-based powder coating firm has recently built a new manufacturing facility at the same location. Over the past few years, Axalta has been gradually consolidating its presence in India with the help of massive investments and refurbishment of its training centers to deliver comprehensive coating solutions for the burgeoning automotive market and other industry sectors of the nation.

Arkema

In 2016, this French specialty chemicals and advanced materials firm announced that it would construct a new polyester powder coating resin production facility in Navi Mumbai, India – the first of its kind in the country. Representing an investment of about $US 15 million, the new facility would also include a dedicated laboratory to provide technical support and application development to the rapidly expanding powder coatings industry in India. Being built on its existing resin platform, the new facility would manufacture a low-VOC coating resins portfolio.

Considering the long-term implications of the aforementioned expansion bids by some of the prominent powder coating manufacturers, the Asia Pacific region, especially developing economies like India and China, are certain to fuel the growth prospects of powder coatings market. In fact, as per a research report of Global Market Insights, Inc., the Asia Pacific terrain recorded more than 40% of the total revenue share of the overall powder coatings industry in 2017 and is slated to maintain the growth momentum in the years ahead.

Author NameSaif Ali Bepari