Global Decorative Laminates

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This study covers the global decorative laminates industry, defined here to include:

  • low-pressure laminates
    • low-basis weight papers
    • saturated papers
    • thermoplastic film (e.g., vinyl, polyester, polypropylene)
    • decorative foils
  • high-pressure laminates

Edgebanding, as well as electrical, electronic, and other industrial laminates, is not included in this study.

Demand is also discussed in terms of market:

  • furniture (e.g., bedroom furniture, desks, workstations, and casegoods)
  • cabinets, including interior shelving, drawers, exterior doors, and side panels
  • flooring
  • wall panels
  • retail fixtures
  • countertops
  • other markets (e.g., doors, ceilings, window sills, stairways, dressing room and bathroom partitions, folding walls, signage, marker boards, lockers, planters)

Historical data are provided for 2009, 2014, and 2019, with forecasts for 2024 and 2029. Demand is provided in US dollars and square meters for decorative laminates by type and market. Production of decorative laminates is provided in square meters.

Several assumptions have been made in order to ease understanding or to facilitate comparisons. For example, many decorative laminates are produced and sold in roll form to furniture producers or manufacturers, who then bond the laminate to a rigid substrate as part of the manufacturing process. This is frequently done with decorative foils and vinyl films. However, in the case of some decorative laminates, such as saturated papers, the laminates may be bonded to a substrate by the laminates producer and not by the customer due to the expense inherent in purchasing and operating the necessary machinery. So as not to skew the results (since some laminates are sold already bonded to a substrate and are therefore more expensive), all data treat laminates as unmounted, and pricing and other data have been modified accordingly.

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