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Aerogels -- Focus on Thermal and Acoustic Insulation

  • January 2013
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  • BCC Research
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INTRODUCTION

STUDY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

BCC has tracked the aerogel market since 2004, reporting on all the latest developments. During this period the market has expanded by over a factor of five, as new market opportunities are created for these products. With this study BCC Research continues its commitment to monitoring the aerogel market, by providing an updated review of the most important advances in aerogel technology and fabrication processes, and supplying a detailed overview of the current market, including an objective analysis of prospects for future growth.

Specifically, the major objectives of this study are to:
• Provide an updated review of aerogels, including a description of their types and fabrication technologies.
• Highlight new technological developments in aerogel manufacturing, while outlining current technical issues.
• Review existing fields of application for aerogels and investigate emerging applications.
• Estimate current global markets for aerogels based on shape, material, application, and region, with growth forecasts through 2017 for each market segment.
• Identify important technology and market trends within each market segment.
• Offer an updated review of current producers of aerogels.
• Determine trends in U.S. patents issued during the 2010-2012 period.

REASONS FOR DOING THIS STUDY

Aerogels are characterized as ultra-light materials due to their nanoporous structure. The global market for microporous and nanoporous materials, including aerogels, is projected to be worth more than $5 billion in 2012 with continued steady growth. Aerogels are currently estimated to represent a 3% share of this market; a share that is expected to grow in the future as the use of aerogels continues to expand at a much faster rate than other materials.

Aerogels can be produced in various shapes (powders, microspheres, granules, beads, monoliths, sheets, blankets, rolls, and coatings) to satisfy the requirements of particular industrial sectors, such as thermal and acoustic insulation, electronics, chemical and environmental, medical, biological, pharmaceutical, and personal care, among others.

At the time of BCC’s last report (early 2009), the global market for aerogels was valued at $83 million for all of 2008 and growing at a rapid rate. However, due to an unusually severe global economic slowdown between late 2007 and the end of 2009, the aerogel market contracted in 2009, as many sectors in which these products are used suffered significant drops in business activity (for example, commercial and residential construction).

The principal reason for doing this study is to present a current assessment of the aerogel industry, focusing on markets and technologies, and to outline future trends and key developments.

There is also a need to evaluate the current status and future trends of the aerogel industry from a global standpoint. As use of aerogel-based products expands and new fields of application emerge, information on regional production, sales, and types of suppliers becomes more valuable.

An equally important reason for undertaking this study is to provide technical insights into aerogel manufacturing by:
• Providing a review of aerogel types, their applications, and fabrication technologies.
• Identifying current technical issues and trends.
• Providing an overview of the main global R&D activities related to aerogels, resulting in the issuance of patents.
• Illustrating the latest technological developments.

This information can assist companies in identifying opportunities for process and productivity improvements, resulting in a positive impact on future market growth.

INTENDED AUDIENCE

This study will be of primary interest to all companies that:
• Manufacture, sell, and distribute aerogels or aerogel-based products.
• Produce raw materials for aerogel fabrication.
• Manufacture process equipment utilized by aerogel producers.
• Fabricate and supply products for thermal insulation, energy management, and architectural projects.
• Provide technical and/or marketing services in thermal and acoustic insulation, energy management, and architecture.
• Provide exterior and interior design applications for the automobile industry.
• Provide products to the life science and cosmetic industries.
• Are planning to enter the aerogel industry as manufacturers of aerogels or as manufacturers of chemicals and/or fabrication equipment used in aerogel production.

Overall, this study applies to product segments such as thermal and acoustic insulation, cosmetics, consumer electronics, sensors and instrumentation, and more broadly, industry sectors such as mechanical, chemical, environmental, energy, medical, pharmaceutical, and biological.

The study is mainly directed toward executives, directors, operations managers, sales and marketing managers, and strategic planners working within the above industries. Universities and research facilities may also find this study to be a good source of technical information regarding aerogel technology, materials, and applications, which can be used as a baseline for new or expanded R&D activities. Librarians of technical information and research centers can also use this report to provide critical data to product managers, market analysts, researchers, and other professionals needing detailed and updated insights on the aerogel industry.

SCOPE OF REPORT

This study provides an updated review of aerogel technology, including materials and fabrication processes, and identifies current and emerging applications for each type of aerogel.

BCC Research determines the current market status of aerogels, defines trends, and presents growth forecasts for the next 5 years. The aerogel industry is also analyzed on a worldwide basis from the standpoint of both manufacturing and consumption. In addition, technological issues, including key events and the latest process developments, are discussed.

More specifically, BCC’s market analysis is divided into eight sections.
In the first section, a historical review of aerogel technology is provided, including an outline of recent events. In this section, current and emerging applications of aerogels are also identified and divided by sector (i.e., thermal and acoustic insulation, electronics, chemical and environmental, medical/biological/ pharmaceutical/personal care, sensors and instrumentation, energy, aerospace and space exploration, consumer, defense, and others).

The second section of the study provides a technological review of aerogels. This section offers a revised and detailed description of aerogel materials, properties, shapes and sizes; aerogel applications by material type; and typical fabrication methods and recent process upgrades. This section concludes with an analysis of the most important technological developments and improvements since 2009, including examples of significant patents recently issued or applied for.

The third section of the report entails a global market analysis of aerogels. Global revenues (sales data in millions of dollars) are presented by aerogel shape, material, application, and region, with actual data referring to the years 2010 and 2011, and estimates for 2012.

This section concludes with a presentation of market growth trends based on industry growth, technological trends, unit price trends, and regional trends. Projected aerogel revenues are reported, with forecast compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) for the period 2012 through 2017.

Next, three optional sections are offered. These sections provide a more focused discussion of the aerogel market for the three main sectors in which aerogels find application (specifically: thermal and acoustic insulation, life sciences and personal care, and energy and others). In these optional sections, additional details by sector on applications, current market breakdown, industry growth, and key trends and developments are provided; in addition to a market summary for the last three years and growth projections for the next five years by application. Included are also market data by aerogel shape, material, and region for each sector evaluated.

In the next section of the study, covering global industry structure, the report offers a complete list of suppliers of aerogels, together with a description of their products. The analysis includes a description of the geographical distribution of these firms and an evaluation of aerogel production versus consumption, always from a geographical standpoint. Detailed company profiles of all industry players are also provided.

The final section includes an extensive U.S. patent analysis, with a summary of patents related to aerogel materials, formulations, fabrication processes, and applications, issued during the period 2010 through 2012. Patent analysis is performed by region, country, assignee, patent category, application, and material type.

METHODOLOGY AND INFORMATION SOURCES

To analyze the overall market and market segments, both primary and secondary research methodologies were used to obtain market data. The technology section of this report is based on information derived from technical literature, related BCC reports, professional journals, the author’s field experience, and online sources.

Global market analysis was performed by analyzing 19 manufacturers and developers of aerogels, accounting for at least 95% of the global market. Data were obtained from the direct contribution of primary sources, including: company executives, managers, engineers and other technical personnel representing manufacturers, developers, and users of aerogels; representatives of academia and trade associations; and industry market analysts.

Additional data for each company were obtained by thoroughly analyzing Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings, Internet web sites, annual reports, industry directories, industry magazines and catalogs, government sources, and other public sources.

Secondary sources of information include, but are not limited to:
• EDGAR: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings.
• U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
• European Patent Office.
• Company web sites.
• Company annual reports.
• Thomas Register.
• Moody’s Directory.
• S & P Industry Survey.
• Dun & Bradstreet Business Directory.
• American Ceramic Society Publications.
• American Chemical Society Publications.
• Foreign Chamber of Commerce Directories.
• Foreign Stock Exchange Listings.

In addition to utilizing the above primary and secondary sources, market growth trends and forecasts were formulated by gaining additional insights from relevant financial and market information, relevant BCC reports, and the author’s own in-depth and comprehensive analysis of the collected information.

ANALYST CREDENTIALS

Margareth Gagliardi, BCC’s chief research analyst in advanced materials, has more than 25 years of experience in the field of advanced materials, specializing in ceramic formulations, materials processing, and new product development. She has held management positions in both manufacturing and R&D within U.S. and European firms producing electronic, mechanical, chemical, and structural components. She holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and an M.S. in Ceramic Engineering.

REPORT HIGHLIGHTS

This report provides:
• An updated review of various types of aerogels and their fabrication methods, and identifies current and emerging applications for each type; this report focuses on thermal and acoustic insulation.
• Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2010, 2011 and 2012, and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) through 2017.
• Discussion of technological issues, including the latest process developments.
• Examination of the industry on a worldwide basis from the standpoints of both manufacturing and consumption, as well as commercial and public research activities in major regions of the world.
• Delineation of current and emerging applications of aerogels identified and divided by sector (i.e., thermal and acoustic insulation, electronics, chemical and environmental, medical/ biological/pharmaceutical/personal care, sensors and instrumentation, energy, aerospace and space exploration, consumer, and defense).
• A breakdown of the global industry structure, including a complete list of suppliers with descriptions of their products and comprehensive company profiles.
• A patent analysis by region, country, assignee, category, application, and material type.

Table Of Contents

Aerogels -- Focus on Thermal and Acoustic Insulation
TABLE OF CONTENTS

CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION 1

STUDY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES 1
REASONS FOR DOING THIS STUDY 1
INTENDED AUDIENCE 2
SCOPE OF REPORT 2
METHODOLOGY AND INFORMATION SOURCES 3
RELATED BCC RESEARCH STUDIES 4
ANALYST CREDENTIALS 5
BCC ONLINE SERVICES 5
DISCLAIMER 6

CHAPTER 2 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 8

SUMMARY TABLE GLOBAL MARKET FOR AEROGEL PRODUCTS, THROUGH 2017 ($
MILLIONS) 9
SUMMARY FIGURE GLOBAL MARKET FOR AEROGEL PRODUCTS, 2010-2017 ($ MILLIONS) 9

CHAPTER 3 OVERVIEW 11

INTRODUCTION 11
DEFINITION AND DESCRIPTION OF AEROGELS 11
AEROGELS AND XEROGELS 11
MICROPOROUS AND NANOPOROUS MATERIALS 11
TABLE 1 COMMON MICROPOROUS AND NANOPOROUS MATERIALS, 2012 12
FIGURE 1 MICROPOROUS AND NANOPOROUS MATERIALS: GLOBAL MARKET SHARE BY
TYPE, 2012 (%) 13
MILESTONES IN THE HISTORY OF AEROGELS AND RECENT EVENTS 13
TABLE 2 AEROGELS - TECHNOLOGICAL MILESTONES 14
FIGURE 2 AEROGELS - WORLDWIDE PATENT APPLICATIONS AND PATENTS ISSUED,
1950-2012 15
CURRENT AND EMERGING APPLICATIONS FOR AEROGELS 17
THERMAL AND ACOUSTIC INSULATION 17
Established Applications 17
Residential and Commercial Thermal Insulation 17
Industrial Thermal Insulation 17
Acoustic Panels 18
Waterproof Insulation 18
Emerging Applications 18
TABLE 3 AEROGEL APPLICATIONS FOR THERMAL AND ACOUSTIC INSULATION, 2012 18
ELECTRONICS 19
Established Applications 19
Low-K Dielectric 19
Optoelectronic Devices 19
Advanced Displays 19
Imaging Systems 20
Other Applications in Electronics 20
Emerging Applications 20
TABLE 4 AEROGEL APPLICATIONS IN ELECTRONICS, 2012 20
CHEMICAL/ENVIRONMENTAL 21
Established Applications 21
Catalysts and Filters 21
Others 21
Emerging Applications 21
TABLE 5 AEROGEL APPLICATIONS IN THE CHEMICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL SECTOR, 2012 22
MEDICAL/BIOLOGICAL/PHARMACEUTICAL/PERSONAL CARE 22
Established Applications 22
Biocompatible Devices 22
Biological Carriers 22
Pharmaceutical Compounds and Cosmetic Additives 23
Absorbent Articles 23
Equipment Components and Ancillary Products 23
Emerging Applications 23
TABLE 6 AEROGEL APPLICATIONS IN THE MEDICAL, BIOLOGICAL, PHARMACEUTICAL, AND
PERSONAL CARE SECTOR, 2012 24
SENSORS AND INSTRUMENTATION 24
Established Applications 24
Sensors 24
Cherenkov Detectors 24
Packing Media and Parts for Instrumentation 25
Emerging Applications 25
TABLE 7 AEROGEL APPLICATIONS FOR SENSORS AND INSTRUMENTATION, 2012 25
ENERGY 25
Established Applications 25
Photovoltaic cells and photothermal devices 25
Fuel Cells 26
Lithium Ion Batteries 26
Supercapacitors 26
Emerging Applications 26
TABLE 8 AEROGEL APPLICATIONS IN THE ENERGY SECTOR, 2012 27
AEROSPACE AND SPACE EXPLORATION 27
Established Applications 27
Space Exploration 27
Aerospace 27
Emerging Applications 28
TABLE 9 AEROGEL APPLICATIONS IN THE AEROSPACE AND SPACE EXPLORATION SECTOR,
2012 28
CONSUMER 28
Established Applications 28
Garments and Footwear 28
Appliances 28
Art Objects 28
Jewelry 29
Lamps 29
Sport Articles 29
Emerging Applications 29
TABLE 10 AEROGEL APPLICATIONS IN THE CONSUMER SECTOR, 2012 29
DEFENSE 29
Established Applications 29
Emerging Applications 30
TABLE 11 AEROGEL APPLICATIONS IN THE DEFENSE SECTOR, 2012 30
OTHER AEROGEL APPLICATIONS 30
Established Applications 30
Molds for Casting of Metals 30
Others 30
Emerging Applications 31
TABLE 12 OTHER AEROGEL APPLICATIONS, 2012 31

CHAPTER 4 AEROGEL TECHNOLOGY 33

INTRODUCTION 33
AEROGEL MATERIALS AND PROPERTIES 33
MATERIAL TYPES 33
TABLE 13 AEROGEL MATERIALS, 2012 34
Inorganic Aerogels 34
Organic Aerogels 35
Hybrid Aerogels 35
Aerogel Composites 36
Fiber-reinforced Aerogels 36
Other Aerogel Composites 36
DOPED AND COATED AEROGELS 36
OPACIFIERS 37
OTHER ADDITIVES 37
PROPERTIES 37
TABLE 14 AEROGEL PROPERTIES - TYPICAL VALUES, 2012 37
LATEST TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS, 2009 TO PRESENT 38
Polymer/Clay Aerogel 38
Shape Memory Polymer/Aerogel Composite 39
Graphene Aerogels 40
Lithium Metal Phosphate Aerogel 40
Telechelic Hybrid Aerogels 41
Stone Wool Fibers/Silica Aerogel Composite 41
SHAPES AND SIZES 41
POWDERS AND MICROSPHERES 42
GRANULES AND BEADS 42
MONOLITHS 42
SHEETS, BLANKETS AND ROLLS 42
COATINGS 42
TABLE 15 TYPICAL AEROGEL CONFIGURATIONS, 2012 (PERCENT BY WEIGHT) 42
LATEST TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS, 2009 TO PRESENT 43
Super-Insulating Aerogel Paint 43
Foam/Polymeric Aerogel Composite 43
Polymer/Aerogel Composite Foam 44
APPLICATIONS OF MOST COMMON AEROGEL MATERIALS 44
INORGANIC AEROGELS 44
Silica Aerogels 44
Alumina Aerogels and Others 45
TABLE 16 INORGANIC AEROGELS - APPLICATIONS BY MATERIAL TYPE AND BY SECTOR,
2012 46
ORGANIC AEROGELS 48
Aldehyde-based Aerogels 48
Polymeric Aerogels 48
Carbon, Carbon Nanotubes, and Graphene Aerogels 48
TABLE 17 ORGANIC AEROGELS - APPLICATIONS BY MATERIAL TYPE, 2012 49
HYBRID AEROGELS 50
Ormosil Aerogels 50
Silica-chitosan and Others 50
TABLE 18 HYBRID AEROGELS - APPLICATIONS BY MATERIAL TYPE, 2012 50
COMPOSITE AEROGELS 51
Fiber-reinforced Aerogels 51
Other Aerogel Composites 51
TABLE 19 COMPOSITE AEROGELS - APPLICATIONS BY MATERIAL TYPE, 2012 51
LATEST TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS, 2009 TO PRESENT 53
Aerogel-based Actuators 53
Sacrificial Layer for Microelectromechanical Systems 53
Cosmetic Composition Comprising Silica Aerogels 54
Smart Glass Based on Aerogels 54
PRODUCTION METHODS 55
TABLE 20 AEROGELS - TRADITIONAL FABRICATION METHODS, 2012 56
LATEST TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS, 2009 TO PRESENT 57
Manufacture of Superhydrophobic Silica Aerogel Powder Using a Sodium Silicate
Solution 57
Diamond Aerogel Produced in Diamond Anvil Cells 58

CHAPTER 5 GLOBAL MARKETS 60

ANALYSIS OUTLINE 60
GLOBAL MARKET SUMMARY 60
TABLE 21 AEROGEL PRODUCTS: GLOBAL REVENUES, THROUGH 2017 ($ MILLIONS) 61
FIGURE 3 AEROGEL PRODUCTS: GLOBAL REVENUES, 2010-2017 ($ MILLIONS) 61
CURRENT MARKET STATUS 62
CURRENT MARKET SUMMARY 62
TABLE 22 GLOBAL MARKET FOR AEROGEL PRODUCTS, THROUGH 2012 ($ MILLIONS) 62
FIGURE 4 GLOBAL MARKET FOR AEROGEL PRODUCTS, 2010-2012 ($ MILLIONS) 63
REVENUES BY SHAPE 63
TABLE 23 AEROGEL PRODUCTS: GLOBAL REVENUES BY SHAPE, THROUGH 2012 ($
MILLIONS) 64
FIGURE 5 AEROGEL PRODUCTS: MARKET SHARE BY SHAPE, 2012 (%) 64
REVENUES BY MATERIAL 65
TABLE 24 AEROGEL PRODUCTS: GLOBAL REVENUES BY MATERIAL, THROUGH 2012 ($
MILLIONS) 65
FIGURE 6 AEROGEL PRODUCTS: MARKET SHARE BY MATERIAL, 2012 (%) 65
REVENUES BY APPLICATION 66
TABLE 25 AEROGEL PRODUCTS: GLOBAL REVENUES BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2012 ($
MILLIONS) 67
FIGURE 7 AEROGEL PRODUCTS: MARKET SHARE BY APPLICATION, 2012 (%) 67
REVENUES BY REGION 68
TABLE 26 AEROGEL PRODUCTS: REVENUES BY REGION, THROUGH 2012 ($MILLIONS) 68
FIGURE 8 AEROGEL PRODUCTS: MARKET SHARE BY REGION, 2012 (%) 68
MARKET GROWTH TRENDS 69
THERMAL AND ACOUSTIC INSULATION 69
Industry Growth 69
TABLE 27 FORECAST - THERMAL AND ACOUSTIC INSULATION: GLOBAL REVENUES BY
SECTOR, THROUGH 2017 ($ BILLIONS) 70
Energy Efficiency and Environmental Protection 70
R-Value, Embodied Energy, and Embodied CO2 71
TABLE 28 R-VALUES, EMBODIED ENERGY AND EMBODIED CO2 FOR COMMON MATERIALS 72
ENERGY 72
Supercapacitors 72
Fuel Cells 73
TABLE 29 FORECAST - FUEL CELLS: GLOBAL REVENUES BY TYPE, THROUGH 2017
($MILLIONS) 73
Batteries 73
Photothermal Devices 73
MEDICAL/BIOLOGICAL/PHARMACEUTICAL/PERSONAL CARE 74
TABLE 30 FORECAST - RELEVANT LIFE SCIENCES AND PERSONAL CARE APPLICATIONS:
GLOBAL REVENUES, THROUGH 2017 ($ MILLIONS) 74
CONSUMER 75
Garments and Footwear 75
TABLE 31 FORECAST - SPORTSWEAR: GLOBAL REVENUES, THROUGH 2017 ($ BILLIONS) 75
Other Consumer Applications 75
OTHER TECHNOLOGICAL TRENDS 76
Flexible, High-Mechanical Strength, Thin Aerogels 76
Nanoporous Materials 76
Ultra-light Sound Absorbers for the Automotive Industry 76
Low-cost Production Processes 76
Rising Level of RandD Activities 76
UNIT PRICE TRENDS 77
TABLE 32 AEROGELS: AVERAGE UNIT PRICE BY CONFIGURATION, 2012 ($/IN3) 77
REGIONAL TRENDS 77
MARKET FORECAST 78
REVENUES BY APPLICATION 78
TABLE 33 FORECAST - AEROGEL PRODUCTS: GLOBAL REVENUES BY APPLICATION,
THROUGH 2017 ($ MILLIONS) 78
FIGURE 9 FORECAST - AEROGEL PRODUCTS: MARKET SHARE BY APPLICATION, 2017 (%) 79
REVENUES BY SHAPE 79
TABLE 34 FORECAST - AEROGEL PRODUCTS: GLOBAL REVENUES BY TYPE, THROUGH 2017
($ MILLIONS) 80
FIGURE 10 FORECAST - AEROGEL PRODUCTS: GLOBAL MARKET SHARE BY SHAPE, 2017 (%) 80
REVENUES BY MATERIAL 81
TABLE 35 FORECAST - AEROGEL PRODUCTS: GLOBAL REVENUES BY MATERIAL, THROUGH
2017 ($ MILLIONS) 81
FIGURE 11 FORECAST - AEROGEL PRODUCTS: GLOBAL MARKET SHARE BY MATERIAL, 2017
(%) 81
REVENUES BY REGION 82
TABLE 36 FORECAST - AEROGEL PRODUCTS: REVENUES BY REGION, THROUGH 2017 ($
MILLIONS) 83
FIGURE 12 FORECAST - AEROGEL PRODUCTS: MARKET SHARE BY REGION, 2017 (%) 83

CHAPTER 6 THERMAL AND ACOUSTIC INSULATION 85

OBJECTIVE 85
AEROGELS FOR THERMAL AND ACOUSTIC INSULATION 85
TABLE 37 AEROGEL APPLICATIONS FOR THERMAL AND ACOUSTIC INSULATION, 2012 85
CURRENT MARKET BY APPLICATION 85
TABLE 38 AEROGELS FOR THERMAL AND ACOUSTIC INSULATION: GLOBAL REVENUES BY
APPLICATION, 2012 ($ MILLIONS/%) 86
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON INDUSTRY GROWTH 86
MODERATE GROWTH FOR OIL AND GAS PIPELINES 86
ENERGY-EFFICIENT TECHNOLOGIES FOR COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL
CONSTRUCTION 87
GREEN BUILDING 87
GROWTH OF HIGH-PERFORMANCE INSULATION MATERIALS 87
NONWOVEN SOUND INSULATION FOR THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY 88
RECENT INDUSTRY EVENTS AND DEVELOPMENTS 88
EUROPEAN AEROGEL RESEARCH 88
AEROGEL SUPERINSULATOR FROM NASA 89
AEROGEL-BASED PLASTER 89
TRANSLUCENT AEROGEL-INSULATED ROOF 90
MARKET SUMMARY AND FORECAST 90
REVENUES BY APPLICATION 90
TABLE 39 FORECAST - AEROGEL PRODUCTS FOR THERMAL AND ACOUSTIC INSULATION:
GLOBAL REVENUES BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2017 ($ MILLIONS) 91
REVENUES BY AEROGEL SHAPE 91
TABLE 40 FORECAST - AEROGEL PRODUCTS FOR THERMAL AND ACOUSTIC INSULATION:
GLOBAL REVENUES BY SHAPE, THROUGH 2017 ($ MILLIONS) 92
REVENUES BY MATERIAL TYPE 92
TABLE 41 FORECAST - AEROGEL PRODUCTS FOR THERMAL AND ACOUSTIC INSULATION:
GLOBAL REVENUES BY MATERIAL, THROUGH 2017 ($ MILLIONS) 92
REVENUES BY REGION 93
TABLE 42 FORECAST - AEROGEL PRODUCTS FOR THERMAL AND ACOUSTIC INSULATION:
REVENUES BY REGION, THROUGH 2017 ($MILLIONS) 93

CHAPTER 7 GLOBAL INDUSTRY STRUCTURE 95

MANUFACTURERS OF AEROGELS 95
TABLE 43 MANUFACTURERS OF AEROGEL PRODUCTS, 2012 96
TABLE 44 MANUFACTURERS OF AEROGELS, BY MATERIAL, 2012 97
TABLE 45 SUPPLIERS OF AEROGEL MATERIALS BY REGION, 2012 98
FIGURE 13 MANUFACTURERS OF AEROGELS: DISTRIBUTION BY SIZE, 2012 (NUMBER OF
COMPANIES) 99
FIGURE 14 HISTORICAL GROWTH OF MANUFACTURERS OF AEROGELS, BEFORE 1995-2000
AND AFTER (NUMBER OF COMPANIES) 99
TABLE 46 RECENT NOTABLE INDUSTRY CHANGES 101
OTHER PLAYERS IN THE AEROGEL INDUSTRY 101
TABLE 47 OTHER RELEVANT INDUSTRY PLAYERS 101
AEROGEL PRODUCTION BY REGION 102
TABLE 48 AEROGEL MANUFACTURING BY REGION, 2010-2017 (PERCENT OF SALES) 103
AEROGEL CONSUMPTION BY REGION 103
TABLE 49 AEROGEL CONSUMPTION BY REGION, 2010-2017 (PERCENT OF SALES) 104
COMPANY PROFILES 104
AEROCLAY 104
AEROGEL TECHNOLOGIES 104
AIRGLASS 107
AMERICAN AEROGEL 107
ASPEN AEROGELS 108
CABOT 109
CF TECHNOLOGIES 111
DOW CORNING 111
GREEN EARTH AEROGEL TECHNOLOGIES 112
INNOVATIVE MATERIALS 112
MAEROTECH 113
MEGATEX 114
NANOPORE 114
OCELLUS 115
RETICLE 115
SHAOXING NANUO HIGH TECHNOLOGY 116
SWENKA AEROGEL 117
TAASI 117
THERMABLOK 118

CHAPTER 8 U.S. PATENT ANALYSIS 120

INTRODUCTION 120
SUMMARY OF PATENTS AWARDED DURING THE PERIOD 2009 THROUGH 2012 120
TABLE 50 AEROGELS - U.S. PATENTS, 2012 121
TABLE 51 AEROGELS - U.S. PATENTS, 2011 123
TABLE 52 AEROGELS - U.S. PATENTS, 2010 125
TABLE 53 AEROGELS - U.S. PATENTS, 2009 127
GENERAL TRENDS 128
TABLE 54 AEROGELS: U.S. PATENT TRENDS, 2009-2012 128
FIGURE 15 AEROGELS: U.S. PATENT TRENDS, 2009-2012 (NUMBER OF PATENTS) 129
TRENDS BY COUNTRY AND REGION 129
FIGURE 16 SHARES OF U.S. PATENTS RELATED TO AEROGELS BY REGION, 2009-2012 (%) 130
FIGURE 17 AEROGELS: PATENTS BY COUNTRY, 2009-2012 (%) 130
TRENDS BY ASSIGNEE 131
TABLE 55 ASSIGNEES OF U.S. PATENTS RELATED TO AEROGELS, 2009-2012 132
FIGURE 18 AEROGELS: SHARES OF U.S. PATENTS BY ORGANIZATION TYPE, 2009-2012 (%) 134
TRENDS BY PATENT CATEGORY 134
FIGURE 19 AEROGELS: SHARES OF U.S. PATENTS BY CATEGORY, 2009-2012 (%) 135
TRENDS BY APPLICATION 135
FIGURE 20 AEROGELS: SHARES OF U.S. PATENTS BY APPLICATION, 2009-2012 (%) 137
TRENDS BY MATERIAL TYPE 137
FIGURE 21 AEROGELS: SHARES OF U.S. PATENTS BY MATERIAL TYPE, 2009- 2012 (%) 138



LIST OF TABLES

SUMMARY TABLE GLOBAL MARKET FOR AEROGEL PRODUCTS, THROUGH 2017 ($ MILLIONS) 9
TABLE 1 COMMON MICROPOROUS AND NANOPOROUS MATERIALS, 2012 12
TABLE 2 AEROGELS - TECHNOLOGICAL MILESTONES 14
TABLE 3 AEROGEL APPLICATIONS FOR THERMAL AND ACOUSTIC INSULATION, 2012 18
TABLE 4 AEROGEL APPLICATIONS IN ELECTRONICS, 2012 20
TABLE 5 AEROGEL APPLICATIONS IN THE CHEMICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL SECTOR, 2012 22
TABLE 6 AEROGEL APPLICATIONS IN THE MEDICAL, BIOLOGICAL, PHARMACEUTICAL, AND
PERSONAL CARE SECTOR, 2012 24
TABLE 7 AEROGEL APPLICATIONS FOR SENSORS AND INSTRUMENTATION, 2012 25
TABLE 8 AEROGEL APPLICATIONS IN THE ENERGY SECTOR, 2012 27
TABLE 9 AEROGEL APPLICATIONS IN THE AEROSPACE AND SPACE EXPLORATION SECTOR,
2012 28
TABLE 10 AEROGEL APPLICATIONS IN THE CONSUMER SECTOR, 2012 29
TABLE 11 AEROGEL APPLICATIONS IN THE DEFENSE SECTOR, 2012 30
TABLE 12 OTHER AEROGEL APPLICATIONS, 2012 31
TABLE 13 AEROGEL MATERIALS, 2012 34
TABLE 14 AEROGEL PROPERTIES - TYPICAL VALUES, 2012 37
TABLE 15 TYPICAL AEROGEL CONFIGURATIONS, 2012 (PERCENT BY WEIGHT) 42
TABLE 16 INORGANIC AEROGELS - APPLICATIONS BY MATERIAL TYPE AND BY SECTOR, 2012 46
TABLE 17 ORGANIC AEROGELS - APPLICATIONS BY MATERIAL TYPE, 2012 49
TABLE 18 HYBRID AEROGELS - APPLICATIONS BY MATERIAL TYPE, 2012 50
TABLE 19 COMPOSITE AEROGELS - APPLICATIONS BY MATERIAL TYPE, 2012 51
TABLE 20 AEROGELS - TRADITIONAL FABRICATION METHODS, 2012 56
TABLE 21 AEROGEL PRODUCTS: GLOBAL REVENUES, THROUGH 2017 ($ MILLIONS) 61
TABLE 22 GLOBAL MARKET FOR AEROGEL PRODUCTS, THROUGH 2012 ($ MILLIONS) 62
TABLE 23 AEROGEL PRODUCTS: GLOBAL REVENUES BY SHAPE, THROUGH 2012 ($ MILLIONS) 64
TABLE 24 AEROGEL PRODUCTS: GLOBAL REVENUES BY MATERIAL, THROUGH 2012 ($
MILLIONS) 65
TABLE 25 AEROGEL PRODUCTS: GLOBAL REVENUES BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2012 ($
MILLIONS) 67
TABLE 26 AEROGEL PRODUCTS: REVENUES BY REGION, THROUGH 2012 ($MILLIONS) 68
TABLE 27 FORECAST - THERMAL AND ACOUSTIC INSULATION: GLOBAL REVENUES BY
SECTOR, THROUGH 2017 ($ BILLIONS) 70
TABLE 28 R-VALUES, EMBODIED ENERGY AND EMBODIED CO2 FOR COMMON MATERIALS 72
TABLE 29 FORECAST - FUEL CELLS: GLOBAL REVENUES BY TYPE, THROUGH 2017
($MILLIONS) 73
TABLE 30 FORECAST - RELEVANT LIFE SCIENCES AND PERSONAL CARE APPLICATIONS:
GLOBAL REVENUES, THROUGH 2017 ($ MILLIONS) 74
TABLE 31 FORECAST - SPORTSWEAR: GLOBAL REVENUES, THROUGH 2017 ($ BILLIONS) 75
TABLE 32 AEROGELS: AVERAGE UNIT PRICE BY CONFIGURATION, 2012 ($/IN3) 77
TABLE 33 FORECAST - AEROGEL PRODUCTS: GLOBAL REVENUES BY APPLICATION,
THROUGH 2017 ($ MILLIONS) 78
TABLE 34 FORECAST - AEROGEL PRODUCTS: GLOBAL REVENUES BY TYPE, THROUGH 2017 ($ MILLIONS) 80
TABLE 35 FORECAST - AEROGEL PRODUCTS: GLOBAL REVENUES BY MATERIAL, THROUGH
2017 ($ MILLIONS) 81
TABLE 36 FORECAST - AEROGEL PRODUCTS: REVENUES BY REGION, THROUGH 2017 ($
MILLIONS) 83
TABLE 37 AEROGEL APPLICATIONS FOR THERMAL AND ACOUSTIC INSULATION, 2012 85
TABLE 38 AEROGELS FOR THERMAL AND ACOUSTIC INSULATION: GLOBAL REVENUES BY
APPLICATION, 2012 ($ MILLIONS/%) 86
TABLE 39 FORECAST - AEROGEL PRODUCTS FOR THERMAL AND ACOUSTIC INSULATION:
GLOBAL REVENUES BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2017 ($ MILLIONS) 91
TABLE 40 FORECAST - AEROGEL PRODUCTS FOR THERMAL AND ACOUSTIC INSULATION:
GLOBAL REVENUES BY SHAPE, THROUGH 2017 ($ MILLIONS) 92
TABLE 41 FORECAST - AEROGEL PRODUCTS FOR THERMAL AND ACOUSTIC INSULATION:
GLOBAL REVENUES BY MATERIAL, THROUGH 2017 ($ MILLIONS) 92
TABLE 42 FORECAST - AEROGEL PRODUCTS FOR THERMAL AND ACOUSTIC INSULATION:
REVENUES BY REGION, THROUGH 2017 ($MILLIONS) 93
TABLE 43 MANUFACTURERS OF AEROGEL PRODUCTS, 2012 96
TABLE 44 MANUFACTURERS OF AEROGELS, BY MATERIAL, 2012 97
TABLE 45 SUPPLIERS OF AEROGEL MATERIALS BY REGION, 2012 98
TABLE 46 RECENT NOTABLE INDUSTRY CHANGES 101
TABLE 47 OTHER RELEVANT INDUSTRY PLAYERS 101
TABLE 48 AEROGEL MANUFACTURING BY REGION, 2010-2017 (PERCENT OF SALES) 103
TABLE 49 AEROGEL CONSUMPTION BY REGION, 2010-2017 (PERCENT OF SALES) 104
TABLE 50 AEROGELS - U.S. PATENTS, 2012 121
TABLE 51 AEROGELS - U.S. PATENTS, 2011 123
TABLE 52 AEROGELS - U.S. PATENTS, 2010 125
TABLE 53 AEROGELS - U.S. PATENTS, 2009 127
TABLE 54 AEROGELS: U.S. PATENT TRENDS, 2009-2012 128
TABLE 55 ASSIGNEES OF U.S. PATENTS RELATED TO AEROGELS, 2009-2012 132



LIST OF FIGURES

SUMMARY FIGURE GLOBAL MARKET FOR AEROGEL PRODUCTS, 2010-2017 ($ MILLIONS) 9
FIGURE 1 MICROPOROUS AND NANOPOROUS MATERIALS: GLOBAL MARKET SHARE BY TYPE,
2012 (%) 13
FIGURE 2 AEROGELS - WORLDWIDE PATENT APPLICATIONS AND PATENTS ISSUED,
1950-2012 15
FIGURE 3 AEROGEL PRODUCTS: GLOBAL REVENUES, 2010-2017 ($ MILLIONS) 61
FIGURE 4 GLOBAL MARKET FOR AEROGEL PRODUCTS, 2010-2012 ($ MILLIONS) 63
FIGURE 5 AEROGEL PRODUCTS: MARKET SHARE BY SHAPE, 2012 (%) 64
FIGURE 6 AEROGEL PRODUCTS: MARKET SHARE BY MATERIAL, 2012 (%) 65
FIGURE 7 AEROGEL PRODUCTS: MARKET SHARE BY APPLICATION, 2012 (%) 67
FIGURE 8 AEROGEL PRODUCTS: MARKET SHARE BY REGION, 2012 (%) 68
FIGURE 9 FORECAST - AEROGEL PRODUCTS: MARKET SHARE BY APPLICATION, 2017 (%) 79
FIGURE 10 FORECAST - AEROGEL PRODUCTS: GLOBAL MARKET SHARE BY SHAPE, 2017 (%) 80
FIGURE 11 FORECAST - AEROGEL PRODUCTS: GLOBAL MARKET SHARE BY MATERIAL, 2017
(%) 81
FIGURE 12 FORECAST - AEROGEL PRODUCTS: MARKET SHARE BY REGION, 2017 (%) 83
FIGURE 13 MANUFACTURERS OF AEROGELS: DISTRIBUTION BY SIZE, 2012 (NUMBER OF
COMPANIES) 99
FIGURE 14 HISTORICAL GROWTH OF MANUFACTURERS OF AEROGELS, BEFORE 1995-2000
AND AFTER (NUMBER OF COMPANIES) 99
FIGURE 15 AEROGELS: U.S. PATENT TRENDS, 2009-2012 (NUMBER OF PATENTS) 129
FIGURE 16 SHARES OF U.S. PATENTS RELATED TO AEROGELS BY REGION, 2009-2012 (%) 130
FIGURE 17 AEROGELS: PATENTS BY COUNTRY, 2009-2012 (%) 130
FIGURE 18 AEROGELS: SHARES OF U.S. PATENTS BY ORGANIZATION TYPE, 2009-2012 (%) 134
FIGURE 19 AEROGELS: SHARES OF U.S. PATENTS BY CATEGORY, 2009-2012 (%) 135
FIGURE 20 AEROGELS: SHARES OF U.S. PATENTS BY APPLICATION, 2009-2012 (%) 137
FIGURE 21 AEROGELS: SHARES OF U.S. PATENTS BY MATERIAL TYPE, 2009- 2012 (%) 138

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