Global demand for thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) will grow 6.2 percent annually through 2009 driven by direct displacement of competitive materials and by overmolds onto rigid plastic and metal. Growth will be the strongest in China and India while sales will remain concentrated in the developed markets of the US, Western Europe and Japan.
This study analyzes the $8 billion world TPE industry. It presents historical demand data (1994, 1999, 2004) and forecasts to 2009 and 2014 by market (e.g., motor vehicles, industrial products, footwear, adhesives, sealants and coatings, asphalt and bitumen modification, consumer and sporting goods, wire and cable, medical products and equipment); for six world regions and 14 major countries.
The study also considers market environment trends and indicators, evaluates company market share and profiles 42 major producers including Kraton Polymers, Dow Chemical, Advanced Elastomer Systems, Total, Repsol, Lee Chang Yung, and BASF.