Demand for engineering plastics with special physical and chemical characteristics has been increasing more strongly than the sales of common standard plastics such as polypropylene for several years already. Considering the rising demand for increasingly more efficient and lighter material, this trend is likely to even strengthen further. The market research company Ceresana analyzed the world market for engineering plastics already for the second time: Almost 20.3 million tonnes of ABS, PC, PA, PMMA, POM, PBT, SAN, and fluoropolymers were sold last year.

ABS Dominates

Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene is by far the most frequently used engineering plastic: It accounts for about 40% of the total demand. More than 6 million tonnes were processed in 2015 in the region Asia-Pacific alone. Among others, ABS is used for seat components and door panels of cars, casings of electronic devices, film, pipes, and sheets in the construction industry, as well as for shower heads, toys, and many other household appliances.

Plastics for Fast Cars

Worldwide, electrical and electronic applications as well as consumer goods are among the most important sales markets for many engineering plastics – almost 25% of global demand originate in each of these two sectors. The transportation industry is the third largest individual market. Ceresana expects the highest growth in the upcoming years for this segment. At rates of 2.5% and 2.9% p.a., application in the construction industry and in consumer goods will exhibit a weaker development. The markets for engineering plastics develop very differently as a result. While the transportation segment accounts for 35% of polyamide (PA) consumption, consumer goods are the major sales market of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS).

The Study in Brief:

Chapter 1 analyzes the global market for engineering plastics (ABS, PC, PA, PMMA, POM, PBT, SAN, and fluoropolymers) – and offers forecasts up to 2023: demand, revenues, and production volume are explained for each region of the world.
Chapter 2 examines the 19 largest countries of the market for engineering plastics in more detail. Data on demand, revenues, production, import, and export is provided. Demand is analyzed in detail split by both application areas and product types.
Chapter 3 thoroughly examines the application areas for engineering plastics: transportation, electrical and electronics, construction industry, consumer goods, and other applications. Data is split by the sales markets Western Europe, Eastern Europe, North America, South America, the Middle East, and Africa as well as the major countries.
Chapter 4 deals with demand and revenues of the particular engineering plastics. Demand is clearly displayed according to individual countries, all world regions, and respective application areas.
Chapter 5 provides useful profiles of the largest manufacturers of engineering plastics, clearly arranged according to contact details, turnover, profit, product range, production sites, capacities, profile summary, and products. In-depth profiles of 93 producers are given, including  Arkema, BASF, Chi Mei, Covestro, DuPont, Formosa Plastics, Ineos Styrolution, Invista, LG Chem, Petro-China, and SABIC.

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