Study #: 3703 | Published: 02/2019 | Pages: 178 | Individual User License: US$ 5,600

Demand Will Grow Steadily Amid Expansion of Key Markets and Continued Development of Coated Fabrics

US demand for coated fabrics is expected to grow 3.1% per year to $3.2 billion in 2023. Growth opportunities stem primarily from favorable market trends affecting high-value applications such as airbags, upholstery, and industrial conveyor belts. Despite the well-established market for coated fabrics, growth in value terms will nevertheless benefit from continued product developments as suppliers seek to improve performance, end user safety, and sustainability.

Key Findings in the Coated Fabrics Study:

Airbags, Artificial Leather, and Industrial Equipment Will Drive Gains

Several markets will support strong demand gains for coated fabrics, including motor vehicles and industrial equipment. In particular, the increasing number of airbags per motor vehicle will boost coated fabric sales as side torso airbags, side curtain airbags, and numerous other types become more prevalent. While many vehicles – or at least their airbags – are manufactured outside of the US, domestic production will nevertheless contribute to gains in coated fabric use.

Artificial leather is an important outlet for coated fabrics – not only in motor vehicle upholstery and trim, but also in furniture. Manufacturers like artificial leather for its low cost and its typically realistic appearance and texture. For consumers, the substitute appeals not only as low-cost but often as more responsible. Among many conscientious drivers, concerns persist that the use of natural leather supports under-regulated tanneries in developing countries, which sometimes allow workers and the environment to be exposed to toxic chemicals.

Coated fabrics are also used in a wide variety of industrial equipment, including conveyor belts and heat insulation. Growth in US manufacturing activity will drive sales gains, especially in industries (e.g., mining, food processing) in which coated fabrics offer a range of suitable performance characteristics (e.g., high tensile strength and durability, nonstick properties).

As all of the above applications are relatively high-value outlets for coated fabrics, their increasing use in such markets will also support pricing gains, further boosting demand in value terms.

Ongoing Development of Performance, Safety, and Sustainability Support Further Growth

Coated fabric sales will also benefit from continued product development – particularly since the material faces competition from a number of alternatives (e.g., treated fabrics, textiles engineered with inherent functional properties) and low-cost imports. The most important types of product development will involve improvements to:

  • performance characteristics (e.g., tensile strength, durability, and aesthetic attributes such as leather-like appearance and texture)
  • end user safety (e.g., phthalate-free versions of vinyl-coated fabrics)
  • sustainability (e.g., polyester substrates derived from recycled plastic packaging)

Study Coverage

This Freedonia industry study analyzes the $2.75 billion coated fabrics market. It presents historical demand data (2008, 2013, and 2018) and forecasts for 2023 by product (polymer-coated, rubber-coated, fabric-backed wallcoverings), market (motor vehicles, protective clothing, industrial, furniture), and substrate (polyester, nylon, cotton). The study also evaluates company product offerings and competitive strategies for companies including Bradford Industries, Brookwood, Canadian General-Tower, ContiTech (Continental), Haartz, J Josephson, Kuraray, Morbern, Ningbo Joyson Electronic, OMNOVA Solutions, Saint-Gobain, Seaman, Shawmut, Spradling International, Trelleborg, and Uniroyal Global.


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Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

OVERVIEW

Key Findings

Historical Market Trends

Supply & Demand

International Environment

Global Demand

US Foreign Trade

Pricing Trends

Raw Materials

Demand by Substrate

Factors Affecting Demand by Substrate

Polyester

Nylon

Cotton

Other Substrates

Technological Developments

Competitive Products

Environmental & Regulatory Issues

PRODUCTS

Key Findings

Demand by Product

Polymer-Coated Fabrics

Polymer-Coated Fabrics: Demand Forecast

Vinyl-Coated Fabrics

Polyurethane-Coated Fabrics

Polytetrafluoroethylene-Coated (PTFE-Coated) Fabrics

Polyethylene-Coated Fabrics

Polypropylene-Coated Fabrics

Acrylic-Coated Fabrics

Other Polymer-Coated Fabrics

Rubber-Coated Fabrics

Fabric-Backed Wallcoverings

MARKETS

Key Findings

Demand by Market

Motor Vehicles

Demand Forecast

Light Vehicles

Light Vehicles: Scope

Light Vehicles: Demand Forecast

Light Vehicles: Suppliers

Medium & Heavy Trucks & Buses

Protective Clothing

Protective Clothing: Scope

Protective Clothing: Demand Forecast

Protective Clothing: Suppliers

Industrial

Industrial: Scope

Industrial: Demand Forecast

Industrial: Suppliers

Furniture

Furniture: Scope

Furniture: Demand Forecast

Furniture: Suppliers

Other Markets

Demand Forecast

Marine Equipment

Other Transportation Equipment

Commercial & Rental Tents

Luggage & Baggage

Awnings & Canopies

Wallcoverings

All Other Markets

INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

Key Findings

Industry Composition

Market Share

Market Leaders

Competitive Strategies

Manufacturing

Marketing

Distribution

Cooperative Agreements

Mergers & Acquisitions

Selected Industry Participants by Product Offering

List of Industry Participants

APPENDIX

Scope

Definitions

Abbreviations

Freedonia Methodology

Study-Specific Methodology

Sources

Associations & Agencies

Related Studies & Reports

Macroeconomic Assumptions

Economic Environment

Demographic Trends

Consumer Spending

Manufacturers' Shipments

Motor Vehicle Outlook

Construction Outlook

Textiles Outlook


List of Tables

OVERVIEW

Table 2-1 | Coated Fabric Market, 2008 - 2018

Table 2-2 | Coated Fabric Supply & Demand, 2008 - 2023 (million dollars)

Table 2-3 | Global Coated Fabric Demand by Region, 2008 - 2023 (million dollars)

Table 2-4 | US Coated Fabrics Trade by Export Destination & Import Source, 2008 - 2018 (million dollars)

Table 2-5 | Coated Fabric Pricing, 2008 - 2023

Table 2-6 | Coated Fabric Raw Material Demand, 2008 - 2023 (million dollars)

Table 2-7 | Coated Fabric Demand by Substrate, 2008 - 2023 (million square yards)

Table 2-8 | Coated Polyester Fabric Demand by Market, 2008 - 2023 (million square yards)

Table 2-9 | Coated Nylon Fabric Demand by Market, 2008 - 2023 (million square yards)

Table 2-10 | Coated Cotton Fabric Demand by Market, 2008 - 2023 (million square yards)

Table 2-11 | Demand for Fabrics Coated with Other Substrates by Market, 2008 - 2023 (million square yards)

PRODUCTS

Table 3-1 | Coated Fabric Supply & Demand by Product, 2008 - 2023 (million dollars)

Table 3-2 | Polymer-Coated Fabric Supply & Demand, 2008 - 2023 (million dollars)

Table 3-3 | Vinyl-Coated Fabric Supply & Demand, 2008 - 2023 (million dollars)

Table 3-4 | Vinyl-Coated Fabrics: General Characteristics & Applications by Substrate

Table 3-5 | Polyurethane-Coated Fabric Supply & Demand, 2008 - 2023 (million dollars)

Table 3-6 | Polyurethane-Coated Fabrics: General Characteristics & Applications by Substrate

Table 3-7 | Polytetrafluoroethylene-Coated Fabric Supply & Demand, 2008 - 2023 (million dollars)

Table 3-8 | Polytetrafluoroethylene-Coated Fabrics: General Characteristics & Applications by Substrate

Table 3-9 | Polyethylene-Coated Fabric Supply & Demand, 2008 - 2023 (million dollars)

Table 3-10 | Polyethylene-Coated Fabrics: General Characteristics & Applications by Substrate

Table 3-11 | Polypropylene-Coated Fabric Supply & Demand, 2008 - 2023 (million dollars)

Table 3-12 | Polypropylene-Coated Fabrics: General Characteristics & Applications by Substrate

Table 3-13 | Acrylic-Coated Fabric Supply & Demand, 2008 - 2023 (million dollars)

Table 3-14 | Acrylic-Coated Fabrics: General Characteristics & Applications by Substrate

Table 3-15 | Other Polymer-Coated Fabric Supply & Demand, 2008 - 2023 (million dollars)

Table 3-16 | Rubber-Coated Fabric Supply & Demand, 2008 - 2023 (million dollars)

Table 3-17 | Polychloroprene-Coated Fabrics: General Characteristics & Applications by Substrate

Table 3-18 | Silicone Rubber-Coated Fabrics: General Characteristics & Applications by Substrate

Table 3-19 | Fabric-Backed Wallcovering Supply & Demand, 2008 - 2023 (million dollars)

Table 3-20 | Fabric-Backed Wallcoverings: General Characteristics & Applications by Substrate

MARKETS

Table 4-1 | Coated Fabric Demand by Market, 2008 - 2023 (million square yards)

Table 4-2 | Motor Vehicle Coated Fabric Demand by Vehicle Type, 2008 - 2023 (million square yards)

Table 4-3 | Light Vehicle Coated Fabric Demand by Application & Substrate, 2008 - 2023 (million square yards)

Table 4-4 | Medium & Heavy Truck & Bus Coated Fabric Demand by Application & Substrate, 2008 - 2023 (million square yards)

Table 4-5 | Protective Clothing Coated Fabric Demand by Substrate, 2008 - 2023 (million square yards)

Table 4-6 | Industrial Coated Fabric Demand by Substrate, 2008 - 2023 (million square yards)

Table 4-7 | Furniture Coated Fabric Demand by Application & Substrate, 2008 - 2023 (million square yards)

Table 4-8 | Coated Fabric Demand in Other Markets by Market & Substrate, 2008 - 2023 (million square yards)

Table 4-9 | Marine Equipment Coated Fabric Demand by Substrate, 2008 - 2023 (million square yards)

Table 4-10 | Other Transportation Equipment Coated Fabric Demand by Substrate, 2008 - 2023 (million square yards)

Table 4-11 | Commercial & Rental Tent Coated Fabric Demand by Substrate, 2008 - 2023 (million square yards)

Table 4-12 | Luggage & Baggage Coated Fabric Demand by Substrate, 2008 - 2023 (million square yards)

Table 4-13 | Awning & Canopy Coated Fabric Demand by Application & Substrate, 2008 - 2023 (million square yards)

Table 4-14 | Wallcovering Coated Fabric Demand by Application & Substrate, 2008 - 2023 (million square yards)

Table 4-15 | Coated Fabric Demand in All Other Markets by Substrate, 2008 - 2023 (million square yards)

INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

Table 5-1 | Coated Fabric Sales by Company, 2018 (million dollars)

Table 5-2 | Selected Cooperative Agreements

Table 5-3 | Selected Acquisitions & Divestitures

Table 5-4 | Selected Industry Participants by Product Offering

APPENDIX

Table 6-1 | Relevant NAICS & SIC Codes

Table 6-2 | Relevant Trade Codes

Table 6-3 | Abbreviations & Acronyms Used in Study

Table 6-4 | US Macroeconomic Indicators, 2008 - 2023 (billion 2012 dollars)

Table 6-5 | US Population & Households, 2008 - 2023 (million persons)

Table 6-6 | US Personal Consumption Expenditures, 2008 - 2023 (billion dollars)

Table 6-7 | US Manufacturers' Shipments, 2008 - 2023 (billion dollars)

Table 6-8 | Motor Vehicle Indicators, 2008 - 2023

Table 6-9 | Construction Expenditures, 2008 - 2023 (billion 2012$)

Table 6-10 | Textile Fiber, Fabric, Product & Apparel Shipments, 2008 - 2023 (billion 2012$)


List of Figures

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Figure 1-1 | Key Trends in the US Coated Fabric Market

OVERVIEW

Figure 2-1 | Coated Fabric Market Key Trends

Figure 2-2 | Percent Annual Change in Coated Fabric Demand & Manufacturers' Shipments, 2009 - 2018

Figure 2-3 | Coated Fabric Price Deflators, 2008 - 2023 (2012=100)

Figure 2-4 | Coated Fabric Demand by Substrate, 2008 - 2018 (million square yards)

PRODUCTS

Figure 3-1 | Key Product Trends for Coated Fabrics

Figure 3-2 | Coated Fabric Demand by Product, 2008 - 2018 (billion dollars)

Figure 3-3 | Polymer-Coated Fabric Demand by Polymer, 2008 - 2018 (billion dollars)

MARKETS

Figure 4-1 | Key Market Trends for Coated Fabrics

Figure 4-2 | Coated Fabric Demand by Market, 2008 - 2018 (million square yards)

Figure 4-3 | Motor Vehicle Production & Related Coated Fabric Demand, 2008 - 2023

Figure 4-4 | Light Vehicle Production & Related Coated Fabric Demand, 2008 - 2023

Figure 4-5 | Medium & Heavy Truck & Bus Production & Related Coated Fabric Demand, 2008 - 2023

Figure 4-6 | Protective Clothing Fabric Demand & Textile Product & Apparel Shipments, 2008 - 2023

Figure 4-7 | Industrial Coated Fabric Demand & Rubber Conveyor Belt Shipments, 2008 - 2023

Figure 4-8 | Furniture Coated Fabric Demand & Upholstered Furniture Shipments, 2008 - 2023

Figure 4-9 | Marine Equipment Coated Fabric Demand & Recreational Boat Shipments, 2008 - 2023

Figure 4-10 | Aerospace & Other Transportation Equipment Shipments & Related Coated Fabric Demand, 2008 - 2023

Figure 4-11 | Awning & Canopy Coated Fabric Demand & Building Construction Expenditures, 2008 - 2023

Figure 4-12 | Wallcovering Coated Fabric Demand & Building Construction Expenditures, 2008 - 2023

INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

Figure 5-1 | Coated Fabric Market Share by Company, 2018 (billion dollars)

Figure 5-2 | Coated Fabric Market: Co-Leading Supplier

Figure 5-3 | Coated Fabric Market: Co-Leading Supplier

Figure 5-4 | Coated Fabric Market: Third Leading Supplier

Figure 5-5 | Coated Fabric Market: Fourth Leading Supplier

Figure 5-6 | Coated Fabric Market: Fifth Leading Supplier


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