ENGINEERING AND PERFORMANCE
PLASTICS, 2005-2015, RAPRA, VIENNA 2005
Françoise Pardos, Pardos Marketing, February 2006
Out of a total world plastics consumption over 195 million tons
forecast estimate for 2005, engineering plastics amount to 7 million
tons, and higher performance specialty plastics to close to 300 000
tons. Overall value figures are much higher compared to volume figures.
- Definitions, global and area detailed figures for nylons, PC,
POM, PBT, PPE, alloys, PSU, PPS, PEEK, LCP, fluoropolymers and
- Engineering and high performance plastics have common
characteristics: higher performance properties than commodity plastics,
higher temperature performances, synergy of performances, mechanical,
electrical, chemical, etc.
- Faster growth than commodity plastics.
- Competition between plastics,
commodity and engineering plastics, through alloys and blends and
enhancement of commodity polymers such as polypropylene or styrenics.
engineering plastics to achieve commodity volumes by 2015, like
PC and nylon.
- Main areas of development remain the US, Europe and
Asia, China fast emerging.
- Main applications in the car and electrical/electronic
industries, also aircraft, aerospace, medical, and even some consumer
- Concentration of few world suppliers.
- Growth driven by consumption
in new industrial countries, by new applications, by some substitutions.
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