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Plastics in Electronics Components: Technologies and Global Markets

  • September 2015
  • 196 pages
  • BCC Research
Report ID: 801567

Summary

Table of Contents

Use this report to:
- Analyze current and likely future sizes of thermoplastics and thermosetting polymer markets, broken down by component and by type.
- Learn about the use of plastics in electronic components.
- Identify major material suppliers and key processors.
- Review important new technologies, as well as changes in legislation and industry standards and norms that may have significant effects on markets for electronic components.

Highlights
- The global electronic component totaled 3.6 billion pounds in volume in 2014. This market should reach nearly 3.8 billion pounds in 2015 and more than 4.4 billion pounds by 2020, demonstrating a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.3% from 2015 to 2020.
- The global thermoplastic market should reach nearly 2.7 billion pounds n 2015 and 3.2 billion pounds by 2020, with a CAGR of 3.8% for 2015-2020.
- The global thermoset market should total nearly 1.1 billion pounds in 2015 and 1.2 billion pounds by 2020, with a CAGR of 2.0% through 2020.

Introduction & Scope

INTRODUCTION

OBJECTIVES
This study focuses on the use of plastics in electronic components. It considers the wide range of thermoplastics and thermosetting polymers (including polyurethanes) that are being used in electronic components found in industrial, automotive and consumer electronics. It reviews the most recent developments in these materials that respond to the changing needs of the markets, and it analyzes the current and likely future sizes of these markets, broken down by component and by polymer type.

SCOPE AND FORMAT
This study covers all electronic components where plastics are used to a significant extent. It concentrates on components produced by injection molding, compression molding and encapsulation. It does not cover wire and cable, films used in capacitors or recording media, or enclosures. The study also identifies major material suppliers and key processors. It reviews important new technologies, as well as changes in legislation and industry standards and norms that may have significant effects on markets for electronic components, and it looks at interpolymer competition.

REASONS FOR DOING THE STUDY
Overall, plastics consumption in electronic components had been growing at rates well above those of growth in gross domestic product for many years. Electronic products have invaded virtually all areas of our personal and business lives, and their levels of sophistication continue to increase. The amount of electronics in automobile control, driver assist and infotainment systems is rising rapidly. Cloud computing is carried out on a massive scale, and now the Internet of Everything is connecting devices as well as people. At the same time, the tendency of many personal electronics to become fashion items has reduced product life cycles, with each new product generation putting new demands – in performance and especially cost – on the materials that go into them. In addition, the increasing visibility of electronic devices, most notably in mobile devices (smartphones and tablets), has been a key driver in pushing electronics companies to use more “environment-friendly” technologies and materials in their products. So the market is in a state of permanent flux, and regular reappraisals are called for. This report is a fully revised update of one carried out in 2012.

INTENDED AUDIENCE
This report should be of interest to a wide audience of organizations following the development of the market for engineering thermoplastics and thermosets in
electronic components. Interested parties are likely to include:
- Companies involved in the development, manufacture and supply of plastics materials for the electronics market.
- Companies involved in the development, manufacture, supply and use of passive electronic components that make incorporate plastics.
- Manufacturers and suppliers of plastics processing equipment.
- Public and private agencies involved in materials and component research.
- Academia.
- Venture capital companies and financial institutions interested in new and attractive investments.

METHODOLOGY AND INFORMATION SOURCES
Both primary and secondary information sources were used in preparing this report. A comprehensive review was undertaken of literature relating to polymers used to produce electronic components, their applications, technologies used to produce the components, markets and producers along the supply chain around the world. Included in the review was literature from manufacturers, associations and independent
observers. Interviews were also carried out with various experts in the field.

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