US demand for thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) will grow six percent annually through 2007. Gains will be driven by direct replacement and over-molding of competing materials, design trends featuring ""soft-touch"" surfaces and favorable outlooks for key end-use industries. The TPE industry will also face increased intra-material competition in certain applications.
This study analyzes the $1.9 billion US thermoplastic elastomer industry. It presents historical demand data for 1992, 1997 and 2002 and forecasts to 2007 and 2012 by type (e.g., styrenic block copolymers, thermoplastic polyolefin elastomers, thermoplastic polyurethane elastomers, thermoplastic vulcanizates, copolyester elastomers); and by market.
The study also examines the market environment, details industry structure and market share, and profiles 37 leading competitors including Kraton Polymers, Advanced Elastomer Systems, Solvay, DuPont, Atofina, Noveon, Dow Chemical, Celanese, Dexco Polymers, DuPont Dow Elastomers, and Eni.