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Strategic Analysis of the European Market for High Performance Polymers and Phenolics in Automotive and Aviation Applications : Increasing Focus on Metal Substitution in High Temperature Applications Steers Demand

  • February 2015
  • -
  • Frost & Sullivan
  • -
  • 89 pages

Summary

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Key Findings

•High performance polymers are gaining momentum in automotive and aviation applications owing to their superior physical, chemical, and mechanical properties.
•Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the automotive and aviation industries are continuously looking to reduce weight. Meanwhile, polymer manufacturers, composite manufacturers, and component manufacturers are working closely together to develop components with improved durability and performance, while reducing component weight as compared to their metal counterparts.
•High performance polymers such as polyether ether ketone (PEEK), polyphenylene sulfide (PPS), polyethyleneimine (PEI), and phenolics compete significantly amongst each other in a number of applications. It is, therefore, critical for material suppliers to offer an optimum price performance index for their products in order to facilitate their increased adoption in newer applications.
•High temperature resistance, prolonged exposure to high temperatures, and resistance to acids and other chemicals remain critical for high performance polymers to penetrate automotive applications, as the under-the-hood segment presents significant opportunities.
•Fire, smoke, and toxicity properties in aviation remain critical and the materials used in aviation applications are subjected to aggressive testing and certification processes. Material suppliers are, therefore, focusing on developing compliant products to remain competitive in the marketplace.

Market Overview and Introduction

•The European transportation industry remains at the forefront of technological advancements. In addition, the European Union has a strong focus on environmental sustainability and proactively strives to reduce its carbon footprint.
•Improving fuel efficiency, reducing harmful emissions, and, at the same time, ensuring passenger comfort and safety remain the key focus of government and regulatory authorities.
•Light-weighting is one of the key strategies that original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the automotive and aviation industries are adopting in order to remain competitive in the marketplace.
•Substituting metal with plastics and composites remains one of the primary focus areas for OEMs to meet and exceed their weight reduction targets. Recently, the trend has gained significant momentum and has driven material suppliers, compound manufacturers, and component manufacturers to work together towards designing and developing lighter parts across various applications.
•One of the key challenges regarding the replacement of metals with plastics is that components are often subjected to aggressive operating environments with high temperatures, pressure, and prolonged exposure to acids and other corrosive chemicals.
•High performance polymers have had commendable success in penetrating into challenging applications owing to their superior characteristic properties. Technological advancements, strong research and development (R&D) support, along with robust testing and certification processes have further contributed to the rapid adoption of high performance polymers in transportation applications.
•This analysis identifies and analyzes the existing and future potential opportunities for various high performance polymers across automotive and aviation applications in the European region.

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