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World Solid Surface & Other Cast Polymers Industry

  • October 2015
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  • Freedonia
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  • 390 pages

Study coverage

This report presents historical demand data (2004, 2009 and 2014) plus forecasts (2019 and 2024) by type and application for six world regions and 18 major countries. The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles 41 global industry players.

World demand to rise 6.6% annually through 2019

Worldwide demand for cast polymers is forecast to increase 6.6 percent per year to 246 million square meters in 2019. Cast polymers are predominantly used in the production of various items installed in buildings, such as countertops, sinks, shower surrounds, shower pans, flooring, and wall cladding. Rising populations and ongoing economic advances throughout much of the world will continue to create the need for large numbers of modern housing units and nonresidential facilities, providing opportunities for surface materials such as cast polymers.

In addition to the favorable macroeconomic trends, cast polymers will benefit from increased market penetration throughout the world in many applications. For example, engineered stone is not only the fastest growing cast polymer in countertops, but also one of the fastest among all countertop surfacing materials. Increases in personal incomes will also provide opportunities, as individuals may have the money to upgrade to moderate to high priced surfacing materials such as solid surface and engineered stone.

Engineered stone to be fastest growing product

Solid surface accounted for 56 percent of worldwide cast polymer sales in 2014. Roughly two-thirds of solid surface materials were sold in the Asia/Pacific region, where they are generally low-cost options. Engineered stone (e.g., engineered quartz and engineered marble) accounted for the second largest share -- roughly 30 percent -- of cast polymer demand in 2014, up from 19 percent in 2004, when it comprised the smallest share. Intense marketing strategies (such as in Australia) highlighting engineered stone’s advantages over natural stone and China’s rapidly increasing output of relatively low-cost versions have promoted its use across the world. Engineered stone is expected to achieve the fastest gains of all cast polymers through 2019. Less expensive, but less durable gel-coated composites, including cultured marble, cultured onyx, and cultured granite, are projected to see more modest gains through 2019.

China, India to offer best market opportunities

The Asia/Pacific region was the largest market for cast polymers in 2014, representing roughly 60 percent of total global demand, up from 38 percent in 2004. An increase in domestic consumption of cast polymer products such as engineered stone flooring has stimulated production of these items in the region. In addition, the region has several low cost manufacturing countries, conducive to the production of cast polymer products that are easily transported across the globe, such as shower pans. Advances for cast polymers in the Asia/Pacific region will be propelled by the continuing development of the large Chinese market, which will register over half of additional world demand through 2019. China’s cast polymer industry continues to expand rapidly, and includes a number of companies that have developed their own versions of engineered stone that sell at a discount over imported versions. India is also expected to see strong gains as it continues to develop its housing and nonresidential sectors, promoting the domestic production of various building products such as countertops and sinks. India, for example, has increased its production of engineered stone sinks sixfold over the 2004 to 2014 period, designated for both the export and domestic markets.

Table Of Contents

World Solid Surface and Other Cast Polymers Industry
INTRODUCTION xi
I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1
II. MARKET ENVIRONMENT 4
General 4
World Economic Overview 5
Recent Historical Trends 6
World Economic Outlook 7
World Fixed Investment Outlook 10
World Consumer Spending 12
World Demographic Outlook 16
Population 17
Households 19
Urban Population 20
World Building Construction Outlook 23
Residential Building 25
New Housing Units 28
Housing Stock 30
Nonresidential Building 33
Environmental and Regulatory Issues 35
III. OVERVIEW 40
General 40
Regions 42
Types 46
Solid Surface Materials 49
Engineered Stone 53
Gel-Coated Composites 57
Applications 60
Residential Countertops 64
Nonresidential Countertops 68
Sinks 71
Other Building Applications 75
All Other 78
Production and Trade 81
IV. NORTH AMERICA 84
General 84
Demand by Type and Application 88
United States 91
Canada 101
Mexico 109
V. WESTERN EUROPE 118
General 118
Demand by Type and Application 122
France 125
Germany 133
Italy 141
Netherlands 150
Spain 157
United Kingdom 164
Other Western Europe 170
VI. ASIA/PACIFIC 178
General 178
Demand by Type and Application 181
Australia 186
China 194
India 204
Japan 212
South Korea 219
Thailand 226
Other Asia/Pacific 233
VII. OTHER REGIONS 240
Central and South America 240
General 240
Demand by Type and Application 243
Brazil 245
Other Central and South America 252
Eastern Europe 259
General 259
Demand by Type and Application 262
Russia 265
Other Eastern Europe 271
Africa/Mideast 277
General 277
Demand by Type and Application 280
Turkey 282
Other Africa/Mideast 289
VIII. INDUSTRY STRUCTURE 298
General 298
Industry Structure 299
Market Share 304
Competitive Strategies 307
Research and Development 309
Marketing and Distribution 311
Mergers and Acquisitions 313
Cooperative Agreements 314
Company Profiles 319
AKG Yalitim ve Insaat Malzemeleri Sanayi ve Ticaret AS 320
AKP Carat-Arbeitsplatten, see Westag and Getalit
Aristech Surfaces LLC 321
Belenco Quartz Surfaces, see Peker Group
BLANCO GmbH and Company KG 323
Breton SpA 324
Caesarstone Sdot-Yam Limited 326
Cambria 328
Cheil Industries, see Samsung SDI
Compac SA 330
Cosentino SA 331
Diresco NV 334
DuPont (EI) de Nemours 335
Durcon, see Wilsonart International Holdings
Fletcher Building Limited 338
Formica, see Fletcher Building
Foshan Shunde O'Riordan Building Materials Company 341
Geberit AG 342
Guangzhou Gelandi Polymer Material Company Limited 345
Gulf Stone Company SAOG 346
Hanwha Living and Creative Corporation 347
Huapeng Meyate Decoration Material Company Limited 349
Keda Clean Energy Company Limited 350
Keramag Keramische Werke, see Geberit International
Kuraray Company Limited 351
Laminex Group, see Fletcher Building
LG Hausys Limited 353
Opal Industrial Company Limited 355
Oppein Home Group Incorporated 356
Owell Decoration Material, see Oppein Home Group
Peker Group 358
Pokarna Limited 359
Quarella SpA 360
Romastone Company Limited 361
Rynone Manufacturing Corporation 362
Samsung SDI Company Limited 364
Sanitec, see Geberit International
Santa Margherita SpA 366
Seieffe Industrie 368
Stone Italiana SpA 369
Style Stone Joint Stock, see Vicostone Joint Stock
Technistone AS 370
Tower Industries Limited 371
Varicor, see Geberit International
Vicostone Joint Stock Company 373
Vietnam Quartz JSC 374
Wanfeng Compound Stone Technology Company Limited 375
Westag and Getalit AG 377
WFS USA, see Wanfeng Compound Stone Technology
Wilsonart International Holdings LLC 378
WK Marble and Granite Proprietary Limited 381
Yoshimoto Trading Company Limited 382
Zhongxun New Material Company Limited 383
Additional Company List 385
SECTION I -- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Summary Table 3
SECTION II -- MARKET ENVIRONMENT
1 World Gross Domestic Product by Region 10
2 World Gross Fixed Investment by Region 12
3 World Personal Consumption Expenditures 16
4 World Population by Region 18
5 World Households by Region 20
6 World Urban Population by Region 22
7 World Building Construction Expenditures by Region 25
8 World Residential Building Construction Expenditures
by Region 28
9 World New Housing Units by Region 30
10 World Housing Stock by Region 33
11 World Nonresidential Building Construction Expenditures
by Region 35
SECTION III -- OVERVIEW
1 World Cast Polymer Demand 42
2 World Cast Polymers Demand by Region 45
3 World Cast Polymer Demand by Type 48
4 World Solid Surface Material Demand by Region 52
5 World Engineered Stone Demand by Region 56
6 World Gel-Coated Composite Demand by Region 59
7 World Cast Polymer Demand by Application 63
8 World Cast Polymer Demand in Residential Countertops
by Region 67
9 World Cast Polymer Demand in Nonresidential Countertops
by Region 70
10 World Cast Polymer Demand in Sinks by Region 74
11 World Cast Polymer Demand in Other Building Applications
by Region 77
12 World Cast Polymer Demand in All Other Applications
by Region 80
SECTION IV -- NORTH AMERICA
1 North America: Market Environment for Cast Polymers 87
2 North America: Cast Polymer Demand by Type and Application 90
3 United States: Market Environment for Cast Polymers 94
4 United States: Cast Polymer Demand by Type 96
5 United States: Cast Polymer Demand by Application 101
6 Canada: Market Environment for Cast Polymers 104
7 Canada: Cast Polymer Demand by Type 107
8 Canada: Cast Polymer Demand by Application 109
9 Mexico: Market Environment for Cast Polymers 112
10 Mexico: Cast Polymer Demand by Type 114
11 Mexico: Cast Polymer Demand by Application 117
SECTION V -- WESTERN EUROPE
1 Western Europe: Market Environment for Cast Polymers 121
2 Western Europe: Cast Polymer Demand by Type and Application 124
3 France: Market Environment for Cast Polymers 128
4 France: Cast Polymer Demand by Type 130
5 France: Cast Polymer Demand by Application 133
6 Germany: Market Environment for Cast Polymers 136
7 Germany: Cast Polymer Demand by Type 138
8 Germany: Cast Polymer Demand by Application 141
9 Italy: Market Environment for Cast Polymers 144
10 Italy: Cast Polymer Demand by Type 147
11 Italy: Cast Polymer Demand by Application 149
12 Netherlands: Market Environment for Cast Polymers 152
13 Netherlands: Cast Polymer Demand by Type 154
14 Netherlands: Cast Polymer Demand by Application 156
15 Spain: Market Environment for Cast Polymers 159
16 Spain: Cast Polymer Demand by Type 161
17 Spain: Cast Polymer Demand by Application 163
18 United Kingdom: Market Environment for Cast Polymers 166
19 United Kingdom: Cast Polymer Demand by Type 168
20 United Kingdom: Cast Polymer Demand by Application 170
21 Other Western Europe: Market Environment for Cast Polymers 173
22 Other Western Europe: Cast Polymer Demand by Type 175
23 Other Western Europe: Cast Polymer Demand by Application 177

LIST OF TABLES

SECTION VI -- ASIA/PACIFIC
1 Asia/Pacific: Market Environment for Cast Polymers 181
2 Asia/Pacific: Cast Polymer Demand by Type and Application 185
3 Australia: Market Environment for Cast Polymers 189
4 Australia: Cast Polymer Demand by Type 191
5 Australia: Cast Polymer Demand by Application 193
6 China: Market Environment for Cast Polymers 197
7 China: Cast Polymer Demand by Type 201
8 China: Cast Polymer Demand by Application 203
9 India: Market Environment for Cast Polymers 207
10 India: Cast Polymer Demand by Type 209
11 India: Cast Polymer Demand by Application 212
12 Japan: Market Environment for Cast Polymers 215
13 Japan: Cast Polymer Demand by Type 217
14 Japan: Cast Polymer Demand by Application 219
15 South Korea: Market Environment for Cast Polymers 222
16 South Korea: Cast Polymer Demand by Type 224
17 South Korea: Cast Polymer Demand by Application 226
18 Thailand: Market Environment for Cast Polymers 229
19 Thailand: Cast Polymer Demand by Type 231
20 Thailand: Cast Polymer Demand by Application 232
21 Other Asia/Pacific: Market Environment for Cast Polymers 235
22 Other Asia/Pacific: Cast Polymer Demand by Type 237
23 Other Asia/Pacific: Cast Polymer Demand by Application 239
SECTION VII -- OTHER REGIONS
1 Central and South America: Market Environment
for Cast Polymers 242
2 Central and South America: Cast Polymer Demand by Type
and Application 244
3 Brazil: Market Environment for Cast Polymers 248
4 Brazil: Cast Polymer Demand by Type 250
5 Brazil: Cast Polymer Demand by Application 252
6 Other Central and South America: Market Environment
for Cast Polymers 255
7 Other Central and South America: Cast Polymer Demand
by Type 257
8 Other Central and South America: Cast Polymer Demand
by Application 259
9 Eastern Europe: Market Environment for Cast Polymers 262
10 Eastern Europe: Cast Polymer Demand by Type
and Application 264
11 Russia: Market Environment for Cast Polymers 267
12 Russia: Cast Polymer Demand by Type 269
13 Russia: Cast Polymer Demand by Application 271
14 Other Eastern Europe: Market Environment
for Cast Polymers 274
15 Other Eastern Europe: Cast Polymer Demand by Type 275
16 Other Eastern Europe: Cast Polymer Demand by Application 277
17 Africa/Mideast: Market Environment for Cast Polymers 280
18 Africa/Mideast: Cast Polymer Demand by Type
and Application 282
19 Turkey: Market Environment for Cast Polymers 285
20 Turkey: Cast Polymer Demand by Type 287
21 Turkey: Cast Polymer Demand by Application 289
22 Other Africa/Mideast: Market Environment
for Cast Polymers 293
23 Other Africa/Mideast: Cast Polymer Demand by Type 295
24 Other Africa/Mideast: Cast Polymer Demand by Application 297
SECTION VIII -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
1 World Cast Polymer Sales by Company, 2014 303
2 Selected Cooperative Agreements 316

LIST OF CHARTS

SECTION III -- OVERVIEW
1 World Cast Polymer Demand by Region, 2014 46
2 World Cast Polymer Demand by Type, 2014 49
3 World Solid Surface Material Demand by Region, 2014 53
4 World Engineered Stone Demand by Region, 2014 57
5 World Gel-Coated Composite Demand by Region, 2014 60
6 World Cast Polymer Demand by Application, 2014 64
7 World Cast Polymer Demand in Residential Countertops
by Region, 2014 68
8 World Cast Polymer Demand in Nonresidential Countertops
by Region, 2014 71
9 World Cast Polymer Demand in Sinks by Region, 2014 75
10 World Cast Polymer Demand in Other Building Applications
by Region, 2014 78
11 World Cast Polymer Demand in All Other Applications
by Region, 2014 81
SECTION IV -- NORTH AMERICA
1 North America: Cast Polymer Demand by Country, 2014 91
SECTION V -- WESTERN EUROPE
1 Western Europe: Cast Polymer Demand by Country, 2014 125
SECTION VI -- ASIA/PACIFIC
1 Asia/Pacific: Cast Polymer Demand by Country, 2014 186
SECTION VIII -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
1 World Cast Polymer Market Share, 2014 305

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