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US High-Temperature Plastics Market

  • June 2013
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  • Freedonia
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  • 249 pages

US demand to rise 5.8% annually through 2017

US demand for high temperature plastics is forecast to expand 5.8 percent annually to $3.1 billion in 2017, with volume exceeding 300 million pounds. Advances will be propelled by the ongoing adoption of high temperature plastics in place of more conventional materials (such as metal, glass, and other polymers) due to their exceptional performance properties.

Gains will be further supported by an improving economic outlook and rising consumer confidence, which will boost durable goods output.

Performance attributes to drive market applications

High temperature plastics possess a number of exceptional performance attributes, which will continue to stimulate demand in a widening array of applications. For instance, they are gaining use in motor vehicle applications due to their ability to provide the necessary heat and chemical resistance, strength, and durability, while also enabling automakers to reduce vehicle weight, thus enhancing fuel economy. Moreover, the use of plastics allows for greater design freedom, parts integration, and the elimination of certain production processes, which can increase efficiency and reduce overall manufacturing costs.

In the electronics sector, more stringent technical and environmental specifications will promote the use of high temperature plastics that are inherently flame retardant and do not contain halogenated additives. In addition, the ability of these resins to withstand heat, radiation, and chemical exposure that may be encountered during sterilization cycles will continue to fuel demand in the rapidly growing medical market.

Fluoropolymers to continue offering best opportunities

Fluoropolymers are by far the largest type of high temperature plastic, accounting for nearly half of total market value in 2012. Although advances in this large sector are expected to trail the average, fluoropolymers will continue to offer the best opportunities for growth, accounting for more than 40 percent of market value gains between 2012 and 2017. The widespread use of polytetrafluoroethylene in the large industrial market will promote overall gains, particularly as opportunities in applications such as chemical processing and industrial filtration continue to arise. Moreover, a substantial rebound in nonresidential building activity, especially in the office and commercial sector, will spur demand for fluorinated ethylene propylene, which is widely used in wire and cable applications due to its low dielectric constant, flexibility, and superior heat and fire resistance.

Polyketones to be fastest growing product

Among high temperature plastics, polyketones are anticipated to see the most rapid demand gains through the forecast period, albeit from a relatively small base. Advances will be fueled by efforts to extend the use of these high priced, high performance materials into new applications, particularly in the medical field. For instance, these biocompatible resins are gaining use in orthopedic implants. Overall demand will be spurred by efforts on the part of producers to market polyketones as a lightweight alternative to metals in a variety of demanding applications, including those found in the oil and gas, and wind energy sectors. Polyphenylene sulfide and sulfone polymers are also projected to achieve above average gains, propelled by rising motor vehicle output and efforts to produce more fuel efficient vehicles.

Study coverage

This upcoming Freedonia industry study, High Temperature Plastics, is priced at $5100. It presents historical demand data (2002, 2007 and 2012) plus forecasts for 2017 and 2022 by resin and market. The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share, and profiles 24 industry players.

Table Of Contents

US High-Temperature Plastics Market




General 4
Macroeconomic Outlook 5
Demographic Trends 8
Manufacturing Outlook 12
Electrical and Electronic Equipment Outlook 15
Plastic Resin Outlook 18
Competitive Materials 22
Pricing Trends 25
Historical Market Trends 28
Regulatory and Environmental Issues 31
International Activity 34
Foreign Trade 36


General 38
Fluoropolymers 42
Polytetrafluoroethylene 44
Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene 47
Other Fluoropolymers 50
Producers 54
Sulfone Polymers 56
Polysulfones 58
Polyethersulfone and Other Sulfone Polymers 60
Producers 62
Polyimides 63
Polyetherimide 66
Other Polyimides 68
Producers 70
Polyphenylene Sulfide 71
Markets 73
Producers 76
High-Performance Polyamides 77
Markets 79
Producers 81
Liquid Crystal Polymers 84
Markets 85
Producers 88
Polyketones 88
Markets 90
Producers 93
Other High-Temperature Plastic Resins 94


General 98
Electrical and Electronic Equipment 101
Wire and Cable 104
Wire and Cable Outlook 104
High-Temperature Plastics Demand 105
Electronic Components 108
Electronic Components Outlook 108
High-Temperature Plastics Demand 109
Other Electrical and Electronic 113
Industrial 116
Machinery 118
Machinery Outlook 118
High-Temperature Plastics Demand 120
Tanks and Pipes 123
Chemical Industry Outlook 124
High-Temperature Plastics Demand 126
Oil and Gas 129
Oil and Gas Drilling Outlook 130
High-Temperature Plastics Demand 131
Other Industrial 133
Transportation Equipment 136
Motor Vehicles 138
Motor Vehicle Outlook 139
High-Temperature Plastics Demand 142
Aerospace and Other Transportation Equipment 148
Aerospace and Other Transportation Equipment Outlook 149
High-Temperature Plastics Demand 150
Medical 154
Medical Products Outlook 155
High-Temperature Plastics Demand 157
Other Markets 160
Consumer 162
Consumer Spending Outlook 163
High-Temperature Plastics Demand 165
Construction 168
Construction Outlook 169
High-Temperature Plastics Demand 172
All Other Markets 174


General 178
Market Share 180
Cooperative Agreements 185
Marketing and Distribution 188
Research and Development 190
Competitive Strategies 192
Company Profiles 194
AGC Chemicals Americas, see Asahi Glass
Arkema SA 195
Asahi Glass Company Limited 197
Bayer AG 202
Celanese Corporation 204
Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC 206
China Lumena New Materials Corporation 207
Daikin Industries Limited 209
DIC Corporation 211
DuPont (EI) de Nemours 213
Dyneon, see 3M
Ensinger GmbH 218
Evonik Industries AG 221
Fortron Industries, see Celanese and Kureha
HaloPolymer OJSC 223
Kuraray Company Limited 225
Kureha Corporation 226
MDA Manufacturing, see Daikin Industries and 3M
Mitsui Chemicals Incorporated 228
Royal DSM NV 229
RTP Company 232
Saudi Basic Industries Corporation 234
Solvay SA 236
3M Company 241
Ticona, see Celanese
Toray Industries Incorporated 244
Tosoh Corporation 246
Victrex plc 248



Summary Table 3


1 Macroeconomic Indicators 8
2 Population and Households 12
3 Manufacturers' Shipments 15
4 Electrical and Electronic Equipment Shipments 18
5 Plastic Resin Supply and Demand 22
6 High-Temperature Plastics Prices 28
7 High-Temperature Plastics Market, 2002-2012 30


1 High-Temperature Plastics Demand by Resin 40
2 Fluoropolymers Demand by Type 43
3 Polytetrafluoroethylene Demand by Market 47
4 Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene Demand by Market 50
5 Other Fluoropolymers Demand by Market 53
6 Sulfone Polymers Demand by Type 57
7 Polysulfones Demand by Market 60
8 Polyethersulfone and Other Sulfone Polymers Demand
by Market 62
9 Polyimides Demand by Type 65
10 Polyetherimide Demand by Market 68
11 Other Polyimides Demand by Market 70
12 Polyphenylene Sulfide Demand 73
13 Polyphenylene Sulfide Demand by Market 76
14 High-Performance Polyamides Demand 79
15 High-Performance Polyamides Demand by Market 81
16 Liquid Crystal Polymers Demand 85
17 Liquid Crystal Polymers Demand by Market 87
18 Polyketones Demand 90
19 Polyketones Demand by Market 93
20 Other High-Temperature Plastic Resins Demand by Market 97


1 High-Temperature Plastics Demand by Market 100
2 Electrical and Electronic Markets for High-Temperature Plastics 103
3 Insulated Wire and Cable Shipments 105
4 Wire and Cable Markets for High-Temperature Plastics 107
5 Electronic Components Shipments 109
6 Electronic Component Markets for High-Temperature Plastics 113
7 Other Electrical and Electronics Markets for High-Temperature
Plastics 116
8 Industrial Markets for High-Temperature Plastics 117
9 Machinery Shipments 120
10 Machinery Markets for High-Temperature Plastics 123
11 Chemical Shipments 126
12 Tank and Pipe Markets for High-Temperature Plastics 129
13 Oil and Gas Drilling Indicators 131
14 Oil and Gas Markets for High-Temperature Plastics 133
15 Other Industrial Markets for High-Temperature Plastics 136
16 Transportation Equipment Markets for High-Temperature
Plastics 138
17 Motor Vehicle Indicators 142
18 Motor Vehicle Markets for High-Temperature Plastics 144
19 Aerospace and Other Transportation Equipment Shipments 150
20 Aerospace and Other Transportation Equipment Markets
for High-Temperature Plastics 154
21 Medical Products Shipments 157
22 Medical Markets for High-Temperature Plastics 160
23 Other Markets for High-Temperature Plastics 162
24 Personal Consumption Expenditures 165
25 Consumer Markets for High-Temperature Plastics 168
26 Construction Expenditures 171
27 Construction Markets for High-Temperature Plastics 174
28 All Other Markets for High-Temperature Plastics 177


1 US High-Temperature Plastics Sales by Company, 2012 179
2 Selected Cooperative Agreements 188



1 High-Temperature Plastics Market, 2002-2012 31
2 World High-Temperature Plastics Demand by Region, 2012 36


1 High-Temperature Plastics Demand by Resin:
Value and Volume, 2012 41


1 High-Temperature Plastics Demand by Market, 2012 101


1 US High-Temperature Plastics Market Share, 2012 181

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