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Use this report to:
- Analyze market sizes and forecasts of reinforced plastic composites.
- Receive information about fibrous reinforcements including all glass fiber variants, carbon, boron, ceramic, aramid and stainless steel fibers.
- Analyze environmental benefits of reinforced plastic composites and special concerns related to recycling.
- Analyze recent developments and potential problems with fuselage components.

Highlights
- The global reinforced plastic composite market will grow from 14.8 billion pounds in 2015 to roughly 17.6 billion pounds by 2020, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.5% for the period of 2015-2020.
- Construction is the largest segment of the overall global market and should reach approximately 3.5 billion pounds in 2015 and nearly 4.2 billion pounds by 2020, a CAGR of 3.5%.
- Automotive is expected to increase from nearly 3.2 billion pounds in 2015 to nearly 3.9 billion pounds in 2020, with a CAGR of 3.6%.

Introduction & Scope

INTRODUCTION

REASONS FOR DOING THE STUDY
The emergence of new technologies and markets warrants a reappraisal of the reinforced plastics market, often called “composites.” Nanocomposites and long fiber–reinforced thermoplastics are commercially important examples that have begun to impact this market. Expanding the use of carbon fiber–reinforced resins has become very important in the automotive industry, replacing many heavier metallic components.
In addition, a review of reinforced plastics is needed with a view toward appropriately segmenting the major components of this market into its resin, technology and application components. Reinforcements need to be carefully defined when it comes to their principal functions and effects on properties of substrate resins since quite a few terms and market estimates used within this industry are not clear cut.

STUDY GOALS
The objective in updating a study on reinforced plastic composites is to provide readers with a current view of this market in terms of resin usage and specific applications for each of the key resins in a quantitative manner. In addition, it explains why key resins are being used in specific applications along with an outlook of this scenario in five years with reasons for using different types of reinforcements. Lastly the report
assesses the recent movement toward using higher performance reinforcements such as carbon fibers in various industries such as the huge automotive market.

SCOPE OF THE STUDY
This report covers both thermosets and thermoplastics that use reinforcements to increase their respective property profiles for 2014, 2015 and 2020. These fibrous reinforcements include all glass fiber variants, carbon, boron, ceramic, aramid and stainless steel fibers, and so forth. There is some confusion as to the overlapping of the terms “reinforced plastics” and “composites.” According to several standard plastic dictionaries, these two terms are considered synonymous. However, one distinction between these two terms, cited by some within the industry, is that composites refer to those reinforced resins that can
“support a load” or are “structurally reinforced.” This definition is also somewhat arbitrary since it is not clear what constitutes “supporting a load” or “structurally reinforced." Therefore, in this report, to simplify matters, the term “reinforced plastic composites” will be used to depict market sizes and forecasts. Since reinforcements are almost always based on fibers, the term “fiber-reinforced” is somewhat redundant and will not used unless it is a significant issue.

Within the text of the report, the terms “reinforced plastics” and/or “composites” will be used depending on the sources of information and BCC Research’s perception and analysis of these specific instances.
Readers should be aware that, in many instances, upgraded resins have been called both “reinforced” and/or “composites.” In addition, most resins being reinforced with what are called “advanced” reinforcements such as carbon fibers and aramid are most often termed “composites” especially in the construction, aerospace, auto and several other industries such as wind energy and anti-corrosion, among others.

Current and forecasted quantitative market estimates will be provided for all appropriate thermoset and thermoplastic reinforced composites by application, along with detailed descriptions of the major types of reinforcements. Furthermore, the volumes of products shown in the tables refer only to the estimated weight of the resins and exclude weights of reinforcements. The quantitative information contained
in all data tables refers to the global market. Applications in this report include automotive; construction/infrastructure, including other construction products, panels and bathroom products; anti-corrosion products;
marine markets; aerospace (mostly aircraft); electronic parts/components; appliances; and consumer products such as medical devices, sport and leisure, and lawn/garden products as well as a miscellaneous market, which covers the power market and other transportation areas such as rail, wind energy products and others.

INTENDED AUDIENCE
Those in the plastic reinforcement/composite market will be most interested in new developments in this field, along with plastic producers and many in the major end-use industries such the auto, construction, aviation, anti-corrosion and marine markets. Resin producers will find valuable information in terms of expected increases or declines in specific plastic usage in these markets. It also seems probable that those
companies involved in acquisitions/divestiture activities may be interested in examining this field for potential new clients.

METHODOLOGY
Both primary and secondary research methodologies were used in preparing this study. A comprehensive review and analysis was undertaken of literature related to this industry, which is known by several names (e.g., reinforced plastics, composites, etc.). This analysis included resin usage, applications, markets, technology, producers and suppliers, trade-named products, new developments, environmental issues and so
forth. Follow-up calls were made to clarify and/or expand on key issues pertinent to the reinforced plastics/composites industry.

Table Of Contents

The Global Market for Composites: Resins, Fillers, Reinforcements, Natural Fibers and Nanocomposites
CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION 2
REASONS FOR DOING THE STUDY 2
STUDY GOALS 2
SCOPE OF THE STUDY 2
INTENDED AUDIENCE 3
METHODOLOGY 3
ANALYST'S CREDENTIALS 4
RELATED BCC RESEARCH REPORTS 4
BCC RESEARCH WEBSITE 4
DISCLAIMER 4
CHAPTER 2 SUMMARY 6
SUMMARY TABLE GLOBAL REINFORCED PLASTIC COMPOSITE MARKET BY
APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS) 6
SUMMARY FIGURE GLOBAL REINFORCED PLASTIC COMPOSITE MARKET BY
APPLICATION, 2014-2020 (MILLION POUNDS) 6
CHAPTER 3 REINFORCEMENTS 9
OVERVIEW 9
NONFIBROUS 9
TALCS 9
Background 9
Grades 10
Applications 10
MICA 10
Background 10
Properties 11
Applications 11
Thermosets 11
Thermoplastics 11
WOLLASTONITE 11
Background 11
Applications 12
SILICAS 12
FIBER-REINFORCED PLASTICS 13
OVERVIEW 13
FIBER 13
FIBROUS MATERIALS 13
BACKGROUND 13
REINFORCEMENT TYPES 14
Overview 14
Mats 14
Woven Fabrics 14
Knitted Fabrics 14
Braids 14
Preforms 15
Glass Fiber Reinforcements 15
Overview 15
Production 15
Types of Fiberglass 15
Background 16
Types of Glass Fibers 16
Sizing 16
Microspheres 17
Background 17
Solid Microspheres 17
Hollow Microspheres 17
TABLE 1 ADVANTAGES OF SOLID GLASS MICROSPHERES 17
Applications 18
Glass Fiber Suppliers 18
TABLE 2 IMPORTANT GLASS FIBER SUPPLIERS 18
Fiberglass Reinforced Plastics Institute (FRPI) 18
New Developments 19
Evonik Introduces New Glass Fiber Compound 19
Carbon Fibers 19
Background 19
Manufacture 20
TABLE 3 LEADING GLOBAL CARBON FIBER PRODUCERS 21
Product Types 21
TABLE 4 ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF CARBON COMPOSITES 21
Applications 22
Large Users of Carbon Fiber-Reinforced Plastics 22
The Military 22
Commercial Aircraft 22
Automotive 23
Producers 23
End-of-Life Recycling 23
Recent Developments 23
Hexcel and Toray to Expand Carbon Fiber Production in
Europe 23
Carbon Fiber Materials Introduced in North America 23
One of the World's Largest Carbon Fiber Plants Gets Bigger 24
Carbon Fibers Moves onto Large-Scale Auto Production 24
Avcorp Acquires SGL Division 24
Aramid Fibers 24
Background 24
Production 25
Properties/Characteristics 25
Usage 25
Ceramic Fibers 26
Background 26
Applications 26
Suppliers 27
A New Development 27
Ceramic-Matrix Composites (CMCs) Heat Up 27
Boron Fibers 27
Stainless Steel Fibers 28
Natural Fibers 28
Background 28
How Much Fiber to Use 30
Types of Natural Fibers 30
Overview 30
Flax Fibers 30
Jute Fibers 30
Kenaf Fibers 31
Hemp Fibers 31
Degradation Temperatures of Natural Fibers 31
Global Cultivation of Selected Natural Fibers 31
TABLE 5 KEY NATURAL FIBERS AND MAJOR CULTIVATION AREAS 32
Processing 32
Comparison with Glass Fibers 32
Cellulose Fibers 33
Pricing 33
Review of Possible Stumbling Blocks to Natural Fiber
Reinforcements 33
Automotive Applications 33
Other Potential Applications 34
Some Recent Developments 34
Ford Planning to Use Natural Fiber-Reinforced Resins 34
Composite Panel Systems uses Natural Fiber 34
Ford Plans to Use Wheat Straw-Reinforced Plastics 35
Kenaf Fiber-Reinforced Unsaturated Polyesters 35
Market Estimates and Forecasts 35
POLYMER NANOCOMPOSITES 36
BACKGROUND 36
CHARACTERISTICS 36
BENEFITS 37
MECHANICAL ASPECTS 37
DISADVANTAGES OF NANOSIZED ADDITIONS 37
PROCESSES 37
EARLY WORK WITH PLASTICS 38
APPLICATIONS 38
RECENT DEVELOPMENTS 39
Carbon Nanotubes Take the Load in Composites 39
CARBON NANOTUBES 39
OVERVIEW 39
POTENTIAL USE IN PLASTICS 40
A NEW DEVELOPMENT 40
NANOCOMPOSITE SUPPLIERS 41
TABLE 6 KEY NANOCOMPOSITE SUPPLIERS 41
CHAPTER 4 REINFORCED PLASTIC COMPOSITES 43
BACKGROUND 43
THERMOSETS 44
OVERVIEW 44
TABLE 7 SELECTED MANUFACTURING PROCESSES AND PROPERTIES OF
REINFORCED THERMOSET COMPOSITES 44
PROCESSING 45
Background 45
Hand Lay-Up 45
Spray-Up 45
Pultrusion 45
Filament Winding 46
Reinforced Reaction Injection Molding (RRIM) 46
SHEET MOLDING COMPOUNDS (SMC) 46
Background 46
Advantages 47
SMC Process Choices 47
SMC Formulations 47
TABLE 8 TYPICAL SMC FORMULATIONS (WEIGHT PERCENT) 47
Technology 48
Advantages 48
SMC Compounders 49
TABLE 9 KEY SMC PRODUCERS 49
Markets 49
Other Process Challenges 49
Use of Nanoparticles 49
Applications 50
New Developments 50
Direct Process for Mixing and Molding SMC 50
SMC Products for Mass Transit 50
A New SMC Center 50
BULK MOLDING COMPOUNDS (BMC) 50
Overview 50
Background 51
Technology 51
Advantages 51
Applications 51
BMC Compounders 52
THERMOPLASTICS 52
BACKGROUND 52
REINFORCEMENT DETAILS 53
RECENT DEVELOPMENTS 53
Infusable Thermoplastics Made via In-Situ Polymerization 53
Commingled Carbon Thermoplastic Yarns 53
Chopped Carbon Fiber/Thermoplastic Prepreg 54
Thermoplastic Composites Save Time and Labor on Small Crucial
Parts 54
European Thermoplastic Composites Usage Increasing 54
COMMODITY THERMOPLASTICS 54
Background 54
Polypropylene 55
Background 55
Properties 55
Applications 55
Upgraded Polypropylene 56
Reinforced Polypropylenes 56
Overview 56
High-Impact Grades 56
Long Glass-Fiber Polypropylene 57
Reinforced Polypropylene Products 57
TABLE 10 TRADE NAMES OF KEY FIBER-REINFORCED POLYPROPYLENE 57
New Reinforced Polypropylene Products 58
Natural Fiber-Reinforced Polypropylene Composites 58
Borealis 58
Cellulose Fiber-Reinforced Polypropylene 58
Producers 58
TABLE 11 KEY GLOBAL POLYPROPYLENE PRODUCERS AND ESTIMATED CAPACITIES
(BILLION POUNDS/YEAR) 58
Recent Developments 59
Biofiber-Reinforced Polypropylene Composites 59
Long-Glass Polypropylene Improves Impact at Lower Cost 59
RTP Introduces Cellulose Fiber-Reinforced Polypropylene
Composites 59
Polyethylenes 59
Background 59
Need for Additives 60
High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) 60
Overview 60
Background 60
Processing of HDPE 60
Producers 61
TABLE 12 LEADING GLOBAL HDPE PRODUCERS (BILLION LBS/YEAR) 61
Reinforced Polyethylenes 61
Some Details on Commercial Reinforced HDPE Composites 61
Lignocellulosic Filler/Recycled HDPE Composites Effect on
Filler Type 61
Flax Fiber-Reinforced Polyethylenes 62
Cellulose Fiber HDPE Composites 62
Recent Developments 62
Coconut Fiber-Reinforced HDPE 62
Polyamide Fiber-Reinforced HDPE 62
Market Estimates and Forecasts 63
TABLE 13 GLOBAL MARKET FOR REINFORCED PLASTIC COMMODITY
THERMOPLASTIC COMPOSITES, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS) 63
TABLE 14 GLOBAL MARKET FOR REINFORCED PLASTIC POLYETHYLENE
COMPOSITES BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS) 63
TABLE 15 GLOBAL MARKET FOR REINFORCED POLYPROPYLENE COMPOSITES BY
APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS) 64
POLYSTYRENE 64
General Purpose Polystyrene 64
High-Impact Polystyrene (HIPS) 64
Background 64
Properties 64
Applications 65
Recent Styrenic Polymer Producer Changes 65
Global Market Players and Industry Leaders 65
Processing 66
Overview 66
TABLE 16 FABRICATION METHODS AND USES FOR POLYSTYRENE 66
Polystyrene Composite Products 66
Extruded Polystyrene Foam Composite Panels 67
Market Estimates and Forecasts 67
TABLE 17 GLOBAL MARKET FOR REINFORCED POLYSTYRENE COMPOSITES BY
APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS) 67
ACRYLONITRILE-BUTADIENE-STYRENE (ABS) 67
Background 67
Properties 67
Processing 68
Grades 68
Production 68
Reinforced ABS Applications 69
Examples of Reinforced ABS Products 69
Market Estimates and Forecasts 69
TABLE 18 GLOBAL MARKET FOR REINFORCED ABS COMPOSITES BY APPLICATION,
THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS) 69
STYRENE MALEIC ANHYDRIDE (SMA) 70
Background 70
Reinforced SMA Composites 70
Specific Examples of Specific Reinforced Grades 71
Market Estimates and Forecasts 71
TABLE 19 GLOBAL MARKET FOR REINFORCED SMA COMPOSITES BY APPLICATION,
THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS) 71
STYRENE-ACRYLONITRILE COPOLYMERS (SAN) 71
Overview 71
Properties 72
Producers 72
Reinforced SAN Composite Products 73
ENGINEERING THERMOPLASTICS (ETPS) 73
Background 73
Polyamides 73
Background 73
Properties 74
Processing 74
Alloying/Blending of Polyamides 74
Applications 74
Major Types 75
Polyamide 66 75
Polyamide 6 75
Producers and Capacities 75
TABLE 20 KEY GLOBAL POLYAMIDE RESIN PRODUCERS 75
Capacity Additions and Other Changes 76
DSM Increases Capacity for New Polyamides 76
Arkema Increases Production of Rilsan Polyamides 76
Ube Begins Polyamide Production in South America 76
DuPont Goes Ahead with Asian Polyamide Expansion Plans 76
Lanxess Plans New Polyamide Plant 76
Evonik to Build Polyamide 12 Plants in Asia and Europe 77
Rhodia Ups Polyamide Production 77
Arkema Increases Polyamide Capacities in Asia 77
BASF Expands Polyamide Capacity 77
Reinforced Polyamide Composites 77
Examples of Commercial Reinforced Polyamide Composites 78
TABLE 21 SELECTED EXAMPLES OF COMMERCIALLY IMPORTANT REINFORCED
POLYAMIDE COMPOSITES 78
New Developments 79
Thermoformed Polyamide for Marine Applications 79
Glass-Filled Thermoformed Polyamide 79
Polyamide Photovoltaic Mounting Systems 79
Polyamides Provides Needed Requirements for Ball Bearings 80
Market Estimates and Forecasts 80
TABLE 22 GLOBAL MARKET FOR REINFORCED POLYAMIDE COMPOSITES BY
APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS) 80
TABLE 23 GLOBAL MARKET FOR REINFORCED POLYAMIDE COMPOSITES IN THE
AUTOMOTIVE MARKET BY SEGMENT, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS) 81
Polybutylene Terephthalate (PBT) 81
Background 81
Properties 81
Applications 82
Reinforced PBT Products 82
TABLE 24 KEY REINFORCED PBT COMPOSITES BY TRADE NAME 82
Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) 83
Overview 83
Glycol Modified PET Polyester (PETG) 83
Engineering-Grade PET 83
Reinforced PET 83
Examples of Reinforced PET Products 84
TABLE 25 KEY REINFORCED PET COMPOSITES BY TRADE NAME 84
Market Estimates and Forecasts 84
TABLE 26 GLOBAL MARKET FOR REINFORCED THERMOPLASTIC POLYESTER
COMPOSITES BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS) 85
TABLE 27 GLOBAL MARKET FOR REINFORCED THERMOPLASTIC POLYESTER
COMPOSITES IN THE AUTOMOTIVE MARKET BY SEGMENT, THROUGH 2020
(MILLION POUNDS)
85
Polycarbonates 85
Background 85
General Grades 86
Impact of Bisphenol A on Polycarbonate Usage 86
Processing 86
Properties 86
Property Advantages and Disadvantages 87
Brief Review of Applications 87
Polymer Alloys/Blends 87
Major Polycarbonate Producers 88
TABLE 28 SELECTED MAJOR POLYCARBONATE PRODUCERS AND TRADE-NAMED
PRODUCTS 88
Reinforced Polycarbonates 88
TABLE 29 SELECTED COMMERCIALLY IMPORTANT REINFORCED POLYCARBONATE
COMPOSITES BY TRADE NAME AND SUPPLIER 89
Recent Development 89
Bayer Reinforced Polycarbonates Have Lighter, Thinner
Laptops 89
Market Estimates and Forecasts 89
TABLE 30 GLOBAL MARKET FOR REINFORCED POLYCARBONATE COMPOSITES BY
APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS) 89
Polyacetals 90
Background 90
Grades 90
Properties 90
Processing 91
Producers 91
TABLE 31 KEY GLOBAL POLYACETAL TRADE-NAMED PRODUCTS AND PRODUCERS 92
Typical Applications 92
TABLE 32 TYPICAL APPLICATIONS OF POLYACETALS 92
Examples of Polyacetal Reinforced Products 93
Examples of Reinforced Polyactals 93
Long Glass-Reinforced Polyacetals 93
Market Estimates and Forecasts 93
TABLE 33 GLOBAL REINFORCED POLYACETAL COMPOSITE MARKET BY
APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS) 93
Polyphenylene Sulfides (PPS) 94
Background 94
Properties 94
Advantages and Disadvantages 95
Producers 95
Applications 95
PPS Reinforced Products 96
TABLE 34 KEY REINFORCED POLYPHENYLENE SULFIDE COMPOSITE PRODUCTS AND
SUPPLIERS 96
Market Estimates and Forecasts 97
TABLE 35 GLOBAL REINFORCED POLYPHENYLENE SULFIDE COMPOSITE MARKET BY
APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS) 97
New Developments 97
Blowmolded PPS for High-Temperature Auto Applications 97
Chevron Phillips Product Line Expansion 97
Celanese's Fortron Reinforced Grades 97
Polyimides/PEI/PAI 98
Properties 98
Polyetherimides (PEIs) 98
Background 98
Properties 98
Producers 99
Applications 99
Polyamides/-imides 99
Overview 99
Properties 100
Applications 100
Key Polyimide Products and Producers 100
Market Estimates and Forecasts 101
TABLE 36 GLOBAL MARKET FOR REINFORCED POLYIMIDE COMPOSITES, BY
APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS) 101
New Polyimide Developments 101
Braid-Reinforced Polyimide Tubing 101
Carbon-Fiber PEI Replaces Aluminum 101
Liquid Crystal Polymers 102
Background 102
Properties 102
Applications 103
Background 103
Electronic/Electrical 103
LCP Reinforced Products 103
Producers 104
TABLE 37 KEY GLOBAL LIQUID CRYSTAL POLYMER PRODUCERS AND ESTIMATED
CAPACITIES 104
Market Estimates and Forecasts 104
TABLE 38 GLOBAL REINFORCED LIQUID CRYSTAL POLYMER COMPOSITE MARKET
BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS) 105
New Developments and Products 105
DuPont Zenite 7130 BK LCP Glass Reinforced Liquid Crystal
Polymer 105
Polysulfones 105
Background 105
Types of Polysulfones 106
Grades 106
Further Application Details 106
Polysulfone Producers and Trade-named Products 107
Reinforced Polysulfone Products 107
Market Estimates and Forecasts 107
TABLE 39 GLOBAL REINFORCED POLYSULFONE COMPOSITE MARKET BY
APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS) 107
A New Development 108
Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polysulfone-A New Implant
Material 108
Polymer Alloys/Blends 108
Background 108
PC/ABS 108
Background 108
Grades and Properties 108
Applications 109
Reinforced Grades 109
PPO/HIPS 110
Background 110
Properties and Advantages 110
Grades 110
Processing 110
Specific Applications of Reinforced Noryl Grades 110
Other Applications 111
PPO/Polyamides 111
Background and Properties 111
Grades and Applications 111
PC/PBT 112
Background 112
Properties 112
Applications 113
PC/PET 113
Other Polymer Alloys/Blends 114
Market Estimates and Forecasts 114
TABLE 40 GLOBAL REINFORCED POLYMER ALLOYS/BLENDS COMPOSITE MARKET
BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS) 114
New Products and Developments of Polymer Alloys/Blends 114
PBT/ASA Low Warpage Resins 114
OTHER REINFORCED THERMOPLASTICS 115
Polyketones 115
Background 115
Properties 115
Polyketone Composites 115
Applications 116
Producers 116
New PEEK Products and Developments 116
Reinforced Polyketone Polymer Compositions 116
Customized High-Performance Polyketones 117
Kadel Polyketones 117
PEEK Masterbatches 117
Carbon-Fiber PEEK Compounds 117
Market Estimates and Forecasts 117
TABLE 41 GLOBAL MARKET FOR OTHER REINFORCED THERMOPLASTIC
COMPOSITES BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS) 117
MARKET SUMMARY FOR REINFORCED THERMOPLASTICS/COMPOSITES 118
TABLE 42 GLOBAL MARKET FOR REINFORCED THERMOPLASTIC COMPOSITES BY
RESIN, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS) 118
CHAPTER 5 OTHER IMPORTANT GROUPINGS OF REINFORCED PLASTICS/COMPOSITES 120
OVERVIEW 120
GLASS MAT THERMOPLASTICS (GMTS) 120
OVERVIEW 120
BACKGROUND 120
TECHNOLOGY 120
APPLICATIONS 121
MARKET SIZE 121
LONG FIBER-REINFORCED THERMOPLASTICS (LFRTS) 121
BACKGROUND 121
OTHER FACTORS 122
PROCESSING 122
PROPERTIES 123
BENEFITS 123
LIMITATIONS 124
RESIN MATRICES 124
SUPPLIERS 124
SUMMARY 124
CELSTRAN'S PRODUCTS 125
IMPORTANT GLOBAL PLAYERS IN LFRTS 125
MARKET SIZE 126
TABLE 43 GLOBAL LFRT DEMAND BY INDUSTRY (%) 126
RECENT DEVELOPMENTS 127
Production of LFRT Long Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastics via
Pultrusion 127
Increased Long Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastics Automotive Usage 127
Very Long Fibers 127
Celstran Long Fiber Advantages 127
Other Auto Advances with LFRTs 127
New Polypropylene LFRT for Automotive Parts 128
THERMOSET RESINS 128
OVERVIEW 128
FIBER-REINFORCED GRADES 128
OUTLOOK 128
GENERAL PROPERTIES 129
TABLE 44 REINFORCED THERMOSET PLASTIC COMPOSITE PROPERTIES AND
MANUFACTURING PROCESSES 129
UNSATURATED POLYESTERS 129
Background 129
Ingredients of Unsaturated Polyester Formulations 130
TABLE 45 KEY INGREDIENTS OF UNSATURATED POLYESTER RESIN FORMULATIONS
IN DESCENDING ORDER OF COMMERCIAL USE 130
Types of Unsaturated Polyesters 131
Applications 131
Overview 131
Construction/Infrastructure 131
Bathroom Products 131
Corrosion-Resistant Products 131
Marine Products 132
Transportation 132
Other Applications 132
Nonreinforced Unsaturated Polyesters 132
Examples of Commercial Reinforced Unsaturated Polyesters 133
TABLE 46 KEY COMMERCIAL REINFORCED UNSATURATED POLYESTERS COMPOSITE
TRADE NAMES AND SUPPLIERS 133
Recent Developments 133
Characterization and Synthesis of Graphene-Based Unsaturated
Polyester Composites 133
Unsaturated Polyester Composites Reinforced with Peach Palm 133
Mixing Organic Peroxides into Composite Materials 134
Market Estimates and Forecasts 134
TABLE 47 GLOBAL MARKET FOR REINFORCED UNSATURATED POLYESTER
COMPOSITES BY APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS) 134
TABLE 48 GLOBAL MARKET OF UNSATURATED POLYESTER COMPOSITE
AUTOMOTIVE MARKET BY SEGMENT, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS) 135
VINYL ESTERS 135
Background 135
Technologies 135
Properties 136
Characteristics 136
Applications 136
Differences between Unsaturated Polyesters and Vinyl Esters 137
Commercially Important Reinforced Vinyl Esters 137
TABLE 49 KEY COMMERCIAL REINFORCED VINYL ESTER COMPOSITES AND
SUPPLIERS 137
Market Estimates and Forecasts 137
TABLE 50 GLOBAL MARKET FOR REINFORCED VINYL ESTER COMPOSITES BY
APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS) 138
New Developments/Products 138
Styrene-Free Vinyl Hybrids 138
Epoxy Vinyl Ethers Used for Carbon Fiber Composites 138
EPOXY RESINS 139
Background 139
Chemistry 139
Chemical Epoxy Types 139
Technology 140
Epoxy Systems 140
Background 140
Nonmolded 140
Laminating Systems 140
Molded Epoxies 141
Epoxy Composites 141
Other Applications 142
Manufacturing Methods 142
Making Epoxy Composites Recyclable by Design 142
Prepreg Compression Molding 143
Snap Cures via Epoxy Systems 143
Epoxy, BMI Fabric Prepreg "Tiles" 143
Advanced Epoxy Composites 143
Other Applications 144
Manufacturing Methods 144
Key Reinforced Epoxy Resin Trade-Named Products 144
New Developments 144
Dow Develops an Advanced Epoxy for Composite Uses 144
Carbon Fiber, Prepreg, Epoxy Resin 145
Two Component Epoxy for Aerospace Applications 145
New Epoxy for Automated Fiber Placement 145
Dow Chemical Shortens Time for Epoxy Cures 145
Epoxy, BMI Fabric Prepreg Tiles 146
Market Estimates and Forecasts 146
TABLE 51 GLOBAL MARKET FOR REINFORCED EPOXY COMPOSITES BY
APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS) 146
PHENOLICS 147
Background 147
Technology 147
Grades 147
Molding Compounds 148
Applications 148
Composite Usage 148
Examples of Reinforced Phenolic Grades 149
Recent Developments 149
Phenolics Move into Mass Transit 149
Reinforced Phenolic Nano-Composites 149
Phenolic Armoring Prepreg 149
Fire-Safe Phenolic Composite Marine Products 149
Reinforced Phenolic Resin Suppliers 150
TABLE 52 KEY REINFORCED PHENOLIC COMPOSITES TRADE NAMES AND
SUPPLIERS 150
Market Estimates and Forecasts 150
TABLE 53 GLOBAL MARKET FOR REINFORCED PHENOLIC COMPOSITES BY
APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS) 150
POLYURETHANES 151
Overview 151
Background 151
Polyureas 152
RIM Products 152
RRIM Products 152
SRIM Products 153
Competing Products 153
Advantages 154
Reinforced Polyurethane Products 154
More about Polyurethane Composites in the Automotive Industry 154
Market Estimates and Forecasts 155
TABLE 54 GLOBAL MARKET FOR REINFORCED POLYURETHANE COMPOSITES BY
APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS) 155
Recent Developments 155
Structural Polyurethanes 155
Pultruded Polyurethane Pallets 155
A Lighter Alternative to Plywood 156
MISCELLANEOUS FIBER-REINFORCED THERMOSETS 156
Diallyl Phthalate (DAP) 156
Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPEs) 157
Cyanate Esters 157
Polybutadiene Resins 157
Market Estimates and Forecasts 157
TABLE 55 GLOBAL MARKET FOR REINFORCED OTHER THERMOSET COMPOSITES BY
APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS) 158
MARKET SUMMARY OF REINFORCED THERMOSET COMPOSITES 158
TABLE 56 GLOBAL MARKET SUMMARY OF REINFORCED THERMOSET COMPOSITES
BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS) 158
MARKET SUMMARY OF REINFORCED PLASTICS BY RESIN 159
TABLE 57 GLOBAL MARKET SUMMARY OF REINFORCED THERMOSET COMPOSITES
BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS) 159
TABLE 58 GLOBAL COMPOSITE RESIN MARKET BY REGION, THROUGH 2020
(BILLION POUNDS) 160
CHAPTER 6 APPLICATIONS 162
OVERVIEW 162
AUTOMOTIVE 162
BACKGROUND 162
CAFE ISSUES 163
Overview 163
Another Important Automotive Survey on Composites 164
COMPARATIVE AUTOMOTIVE MATERIALS 164
TABLE 59 EXPECTED TOTAL AUTOMOTIVE CONSUMPTION BY MATERIAL, THROUGH
2020 (%) 165
RECENT VOLKSWAGEN DISCLOSURE 166
AUTOMOTIVE UNDER-THE-HOOD SEGMENT 166
Overview 166
Background 166
Key Factors of the UTH Resin Market 167
TABLE 60 SELECTED AUTOMOTIVE UNDER-THE-HOOD REINFORCED RESIN
COMPOSITES BY PART 167
Overview of Electronic Components 168
Material Usage 169
Expanded Use of Encapsulated Components 169
Switches/Sockets 170
Ignition Components 170
Bobbins/Connectors 170
Plastic Rocker Covers 171
Catalytic Converters 171
Valve Covers 171
Intake Manifolds 171
Reservoirs 172
Heating/Air-Conditioning Equipment 172
Market Estimates and Forecasts 172
TABLE 61 GLOBAL REINFORCED PLASTIC COMPOSITE AUTOMOTIVE UTH MARKET
BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS) 173
AUTOMOTIVE EXTERIORS 173
Use of Reinforced Plastics Composites 173
Body Panels 174
Horizontal vs. Vertical Body Panels (Steel vs. SMC) 174
General Decision Factors for Body Panels 175
Carbon-Fiber SMC 175
Need for Class A Finishes 175
Other SMC Competition 175
Other Considerations 176
Paint-Free SMCs? 176
Fenders 177
Background 177
Thermoplastics in Fenders 177
Bumper Systems 177
Background 177
Bumper Systems and Products 177
Side Molding/Trim 178
Radiator/Grilles 178
Overall Usage of Resins in Exterior Auto Parts 178
TABLE 62 RESINS USED FOR SPECIFIC EXTERIOR AUTOMOTIVE PARTS 178
A Recent Development 179
Carbon Fiber Body Panels: Class A Paint? 179
Market Estimates and Forecasts 179
TABLE 63 GLOBAL MARKET FOR REINFORCED PLASTIC COMPOSITE AUTOMOTIVE
EXTERIOR MARKET, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS) 180
AUTOMOTIVE INTERIORS 180
Background 180
Overview of Specific Fiber-Reinforced Plastic Auto Interior
Applications 181
TABLE 64 RESINS USED FOR SPECIFIC INTERIOR AUTOMOTIVE PARTS 181
Seat-Related Auto Interior Parts 181
Background 181
Front Seat Bases 182
Front Seat Shells 182
Front Seat Backs 182
Rear Seats 183
Child Safety Seats 183
Rear Seat Backs 183
Tough Resins Needed for Airbag Doors 183
Instrument Panels 184
Overview 184
Instrument Panel Structures 184
Knee Bolsters 184
Background 184
Resins Used 185
Consoles 185
Headliners 185
Overview 185
Resin Usage 185
Flooring 186
Package Shelves/Trays 186
Market Estimates and Forecasts 186
TABLE 65 GLOBAL MARKET FOR REINFORCED PLASTIC COMPOSITES IN
AUTOMOTIVE INTERIORS BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS) 186
TABLE 66 GLOBAL REINFORCED PLASTIC COMPOSITE AUTOMOTIVE MARKET BY
RESIN, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS) 187
RECENT DEVELOPMENTS OF REINFORCED PLASTICS COMPOSITES IN
AUTOMOTIVE 188
BASF Program to Manufacture Semi-finished Auto Composites 188
Automotive Carbon Fiber: Looking for Moderation 188
Fiber Sizing for Automotive Composites 188
Composites Leaf Springs: Saving Weight in Production Suspension
Systems 188
Composite Engine Piston Cylinder Housings 188
Composite Air Brakes 189
Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic in Mass-Production Cars 189
Carbon Fiber Springs 189
Questions of Economic Viability of Carbon Fiber Composites in Autos 189
Are Large Automakers Being Too Cautious? 190
New Group to Foster Use of Composites in Autos 190
New Continuous-Fiber Laminate Overmolding Compound for
Automotive Uses 190
Dow Automotive Opens Several Composite Centers 190
Composite Car Floors 191
Rice-Hull Reinforced Plastics in Trucks 191
Composites Reduce Wheel Weight 191
Reinforced Polyamides Used for Front-End Carrier 191
Polyamides Polyester Replace SMC in Modular Trucks 191
What about Engine Design Changes? 191
Lightweight Suspension Systems 192
Fiber-Reinforced Plastics Seeing Increased Use in Engine Parts 192
Composite Future for Cylinder Housings 192
FUEL CELLS IN AUTOMOTIVE 192
Background 192
Possible Future Scenario 193
Types of Fuel Cells and Components 193
Materials and Processes 193
What Does the Future Hold? 194
TABLE 67 FUEL CELL PRODUCERS 194
Recent Developments 195
Fuel Cell Vehicles 195
Electrocatalyst Approaches and Challenges for Automotive Fuel
Cells 195
A Recent Development 196
CONSTRUCTION/INFRASTRUCTURE 196
BACKGROUND 196
OVERVIEW 196
ADVANTAGES OF REINFORCED PLASTIC COMPOSITES IN CONSTRUCTION 197
INFRASTRUCTURE APPLICATIONS 197
Structural Shapes 198
Pre-Engineered Structural Systems 198
SOME BARRIERS TO REINFORCED PLASTIC COMPOSITE USAGE 198
ADVANTAGES OF REINFORCED PLASTIC COMPOSITES 198
ROADBLOCKS 199
INFRASTRUCTURE REPAIR 199
Jacketing 199
Concrete Reinforcement 200
Background 200
Rebars/PlateBonding 200
Concrete Highway Pavement 200
BRIDGES 200
Overview 200
Bridge Cables from Composites 201
Domestic Scenario 201
Other Scenarios 202
Recent Developments 202
Composite Advantage Develops New Wear Surfaces for Bridges 202
Progress in Building Codes 202
Composite Pontoons Used on Floating Bridge 202
European Project 203
U.S. Project 203
BATHROOM PRODUCTS 203
Overview 203
Development of Fiberglass-Reinforced Plastics in Bathrooms 203
PANELS 204
Overview 204
Natural Fibers for Panels 204
MARKET ESTIMATES AND FORECASTS 205
TABLE 68 GLOBAL MARKET FOR REINFORCED PLASTIC COMPOSITE
CONSTRUCTION/INFRASTRUCTURE BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS) 205
RECENT DEVELOPMENTS 205
Composites UK Launches Construction Sector Group (CSG) 205
Replacing Stainless Steel 206
Storing Water Underground 206
ANTI-CORROSION MARKETS 206
BACKGROUND 206
USE OF REINFORCED PLASTIC COMPOSITES 206
RESURGENCE IN CORROSION-RESISTANT COMPOSITES 207
EXAMPLE OF INDUSTRIES IMPACTED BY CORROSION-UNDERGROUND
STORAGE TANKS 207
FURTHER DETAILS ON FACILITIES USING REINFORCED PLASTIC
COMPOSITES FOR ANTI-CORROSION 208
Chemical Water Treatment Plants 208
Chemical Plants 208
Markets 208
Key Products 208
Other Applications for Anticorrosion Products 209
An Example of an Important Standard 209
Chinese Activities 209
Plasticon's Anti-Corrosion Composites 209
MARKET ESTIMATES AND FORECASTS 209
TABLE 69 GLOBAL MARKET FOR REINFORCED PLASTIC COMPOSITES
ANTI-CORROSION MARKET BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS) 209
RECENT DEVELOPMENTS 210
Polynt Anti-Corrosion Products 210
Marine Anti-Corrosion Products in China 210
ASTM C582 210
MARINE MARKETS 211
OVERVIEW 211
MATERIALS 211
Glass 211
Carbon 212
Aramid 212
Epoxy/Vinyl Ester 212
TRENDS IN MARINE COMPOSITES 212
MARINE REINFORCED PLASTIC COMPOSITES ADVANTAGES AND
DISADVANTAGES 212
MARKET SIZE 213
MARKET ESTIMATES AND FORECASTS 213
TABLE 70 GLOBAL MARKET FOR REINFORCED PLASTIC COMPOSITE MARINE
PRODUCTS BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS) 213
RECENT DEVELOPMENTS 214
Aston Martin Produces a Carbon Fiber Powerboat 214
Yacht Building Composites 214
ELECTRONICS 214
OVERVIEW 214
MARKETS 214
GROWTH 215
TECHNOLOGIES 215
REINFORCED PLASTIC COMPOSITES MOVE AHEAD IN ELECTRONICS 215
PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARDS (PCBS) 216
TABLE 71 IMPORTANT TECHNICAL FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN SELECTING PCB
SUBSTRATE MATERIALS 217
EPOXIES 219
POLYURETHANE RIM PRODUCTS 220
PHENOLICS ELECTRIC/ELECTRONIC APPLICATIONS 221
REINFORCED UNSATURATED POLYESTERS 222
THERMOPLASTICS 223
MARKET ESTIMATE AND FORECASTS 227
TABLE 72 GLOBAL MARKET FOR REINFORCED PLASTIC COMPOSITES ELECTRONICS
MARKET BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS) 227
CHANGES IN ELECTRONIC COMPONENT MANUFACTURE THAT COULD
IMPACT REINFORCED COMPOSITE RESIN CHOICES 228
RECENT DEVELOPMENTS 229
APPLIANCES 230
BACKGROUND 230
APPLIANCE CATEGORIES 231
KEY APPLICATIONS OF PLASTICS IN APPLIANCES 231
TABLE 73 SELECTED MAJOR APPLICATIONS FOR POLYMERS IN APPLIANCES 232
FIBER-REINFORCED PLASTIC USAGE 232
MARKET ESTIMATES AND FORECASTS 232
TABLE 74 GLOBAL MARKET FOR REINFORCED PLASTIC COMPOSITE APPLIANCE
MARKET BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS) 233
RECENT DEVELOPMENTS 233
AEROSPACE 234
OVERVIEW 234
BACKGROUND 234
MILITARY AIRCRAFT 235
INTERIOR AIRCRAFT PARTS 235
COMPOSITION OF REINFORCED AIRCRAFT PLASTIC PARTS 235
MATERIAL USAGE 235
POTENTIAL PROBLEMS WITH FUSELAGE COMPONENTS 236
COMPOSITE SUPPLIERS 236
MARKET ESTIMATES AND FORECASTS 236
TABLE 75 GLOBAL REINFORCED PLASTIC COMPOSITE AEROSPACE MARKET BY
RESIN, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS) 236
RECENT DEVELOPMENTS 237
CONSUMER PRODUCTS 239
BACKGROUND 239
MEDICAL DEVICES 239
SPORTS/RECREATION EQUIPMENT 242
LAWN AND GARDEN EQUIPMENT 245
TABLE 76 GLOBAL MARKET FOR REINFORCED PLASTIC COMPOSITE CONSUMER
PRODUCTS BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS) 246
POWER MARKET 247
RECENT DEVELOPMENTS 249
OTHER TRANSPORTATION MARKETS 249
WIND ENERGY PRODUCTS 251
OILFIELD-RELATED APPLICATIONS 254
WATER DESALINATION 254
REINFORCED PLASTICS IN-GROUND TANKS 254
MISCELLANEOUS APPLICATIONS 255
MARKET ESTIMATES AND FORECASTS 255
TABLE 77 GLOBAL REINFORCED PLASTIC COMPOSITE MISCELLANEOUS MARKETS
BY RESIN, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS) 255
SUMMARY OF REINFORCED PLASTICS APPLICATIONS MARKET 256
TABLE 78 GLOBAL MARKET FOR REINFORCED PLASTIC COMPOSITE MARKET BY
APPLICATION, THROUGH 2020 (MILLION POUNDS) 256
OBSERVATIONS AND ISSUES CONCERNING THE FUTURE OF THE GLOBAL
REINFORCED PLASTIC COMPOSITE MARKET 257
COMPOSITES INDUSTRY STILL FACES SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGES 257
OTHER RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN THE COMPOSITES MARKET 258
CHAPTER 7 ENVIRONMENTAL AND RECYCLING ISSUES 262
ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS OF REINFORCED PLASTIC COMPOSITES 262
BRIEF SUMMARY 262
WEIGHT REDUCTION 262
LIFE CYCLE ANALYSIS 262
RECYCLING 262
OVERVIEW 262
SPECIAL CONCERNS 263
DO REINFORCED PLASTIC COMPOSITES REQUIRE A BETTER SOLUTION FOR
THEIR END-LIFE? 263
EFFORTS IN THERMOSET RECYCLING 263
COMPOSITES CAN BE RECYCLED 264
COMPOSITE STRUCTURE END-OF-LIFE ISSUES 265
RECENT DEVELOPMENTS 266
CHAPTER 8 COMPANY PROFILES 269
CHAPTER 9 ACRONYMS 286
CHAPTER 10 GLOSSARY OF TERMS 290

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