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21. Februar 2012

New European TPE Market and Technology Study

From Patrick Ellis comes a new edition of his European TPE market study. According to Ellis the European market for thermoplastic elastomers has been 649,000 tonnes in 2010. It is believed to have grown by 2.6% in 2011, to reach 666,100 tonnes and if no major catastrophe occurs, will reach 687,700 tonnes in 2012, a growth rate of 3.2%. The global market for thermoplastic elastomers is claimed to grow from between 5 and 6% over the next few years, but this growth includes the Asian companies who are now seriously dominating this market. However, the lower TPE market growth that Europe is set to experience is still far ahead of the GNP growth predicted for any European country. To maintain even this modest growth, all participants in this market must be prepared to go the extra mile to achieve their goals, says the author.

The study contains the following tables:

Tables

1. Introduction

2. European Market Environment, Consumption 2007-2012 and Growth Rate

Tab. 2.1     GNP, Industrial Growth Rates and Cost of Living Changes (2006-2010) of Principal 16 European Countries

Tab. 2.2     Passenger Vehicle Production in Europe, by Country (2007-2010)

Tab. 2.3     Forecast for Light Vehicle Production for the World and China and Japan: 2008-2013

Tab. 2.4     European Building and Civil Engineering Annual Rates for Selected Countries: 2006-2010

Tab. 2.5     Estimated European Market for Styrene- and Olefin-Based Thermoplastic Elastomers: 2010

Tab. 2.6     European Market for Styrene- and Olefin-Based Thermoplastic Elastomers, by Application  and by Type: 2007-2010

Tab. 2.7     Estimated European Market for Styrene- and Olefin-Based Thermoplastic Elastomers, by Application and by Type: 2011-2014)

Tab. 2.8     Estimated Market and Growth Rate in the European Market for High Performance TPE\'s: 2007-2014

Tab. 2.9     European Market for Thermoplastic Elastomers, by Type: 2007-2014

3.Composition and Technologies

Tab. 3.1     EPDM Parameters

Tab. 3.2     Inflence of Diene on EPDM Properties

Tab. 3.3     Curing Agents Used to Vulcanise EPDM and TPE compounds

Tab. 3.4     PB-1 vs Plastomer, in SBS-Based TPE-S

Tab. 3.5     Typical Compositions of TPE Compounds

Tab. 3.6     Major Suppliers of Styrene-Butadiene-Styrene Block Copolymers (SBS)

Tab. 3.7     Suppliers of Hydrogenated Styrene Block Copolymers (SEBS)

Tab. 3.8     Suppliers of Speciality Styrene Block Copolymers

Tab. 3.9     Selected Ethylene-Propylene Rubbers Used in the Production of Thermoplastic Elastomer Compounds

Tab. 3.10   Major Olefin-Based Plastomers (non EPDM/EPM rubbers)

Tab. 3.11   Elastomers Other than EPDM and SBC, Used Potentially in Production of Thermoplastic Elastomers

Tab. 3.12   Compatilisers Used in the Production of Speciality TPE Compounds

Tab. 3.13   Low Molecular Weight Components (Other than Oil)

Tab. 3.14   Synopsis of Characteristics of Raw Materials Used in the Manufacture of TPE’s

4. Appliances and Housewares

Tab. 4.1    European Market for Styrene- and Olefin-Based TPE Compounds in Appliances and Housewares Applications: 2007-2014 (thousand tonnes)

Tab. 4.2    Examples of Users of Styrene- and Olefin-Based TPE Compounds in Appliances and Housewares Applications

5. Automotive

Tab. 5.1.1  World Motor Vehicle Production by Manufacturer 2009

Tab. 5.1.2  European Motor Vehicle Production, by Country: 2008-2010

Tab. 5.2     Major OEM Parts Suppliers to European Auto Industry: 2010 & 2009

Tab. 5.3     Selected European Supplier Parks (Plastics Components)

Tab. 5.4     Paths to Market: European Automotive Industry

Tab. 5.5.1  European Market for Styrene- and Olefin-Based TPE Compounds in  Automotive Applications: 2007-2012

Tab. 5.5.2  Major European TPE Compounders Supplying the Automotive Industry: Products Offered

Tab. 5.5.3  Major European TPE Compounders Supplying to the Auto Sector and Estimated Market Shares: 2010

Tab. 5.6     Major Automotive Interior Applications: Incumbents and TPE Potentials

Tab. 5.7     European Airbag Composition

Tab. 5.8     Blow Moulded TPE Engine Compartment Applications

Tab. 5.9     Body Seals, Glazing and Encapsulation Potential, 2007-2012

Tab. 5.10   Typical Instrument Panel Skin/Foam Structures

Tab. 5.11   European Market for TPO Skins

Tab. 5.12   Current and Potential Automotive Interior Skin Applications

Tab. 5.13   Potential Automotive Applications for TPO Coated Fabrics

Tab. 5.14   European Automobile Producers: Plastics Contacts

Tab. 5.15   Automotive OEM/Tier 1 Suppliers of Interior Systems, Modules & Components

Tab. 5.16.1 Major Moulders/Tier 2 & 3 Suppliers 1. Great Britain 2. Italy

Tab. 5.16.2 Major Moulders/Tier 2 & 3 Suppliers 3. France

Tab. 5.16.3 Major Moulders/Tier 2 & 3 Suppliers 4. Germany

Tab. 5.17   Major Glass Encapsulators

Tab. 5.18   Examples of Major Automotive Rubber Moulders and Extruders Using TPE\'s

Tab. 5.19   Regulations and Environmental Issues Regarding the Use of Plastics and Rubbers in the European Automotive Industry

Tab. 5.20   United States and European Community, Standards and Legislation Regarding Motor Vehicle Safety

Tab. 5.21   Examples of European TPE Automotive Applications and Their 2007 and 2012 Potential

Tab. 5.22   European Automotive PVC  Applications and Their Estimated Replacement Potential

Tab. 5.23   Potential  for Thermoset Rubber Replacement in Western European Automotive Applications

6. Building and Construction

Tab. 6.1.1 European Market for Styrene- and Olelfin-Based Thermoplastic Elastomers, in Building and Construction Applications, by Product: 2007-2014

Tab. 6.1.2  Estimated Sales of TPE to European TPE Domestic Window Seal Market: 2008

Tab. 6.3     Important Test Standards Governing the Use of Thermoplastics and Elastomeric Window Seals

Tab. 6.4     European Suppliers of TPE Window Seals and Gaskets

Tab. 6.5     European Flat Roof Market, by Product Type and Country: 2005-2007 (million m²)

Tab. 6.6     Single-Ply Roofing Sector in Europe: 2007-2009

Tab. 6.7     Potential European Suppliers of TPE Roofing Systems

Tab. 6.8     European Suppliers of Waterproof Membranes

Tab. 6.9     Major European TPE Compounders Supplying the Building and Construction Market: Products Offered

7. Footwear

Tab. 7.1     European Market for Styrene- and Olefin-Based Thermoplastic Elastomers, in Footwear Applications: 2007-2014 (thousand tonnes)

Tab. 7.2     European TPE Compounders Supplying to the Footwear Sector, 2010

8. Medical

Tab. 8.1    European Market for Styrene- and Olefin-Based TPE Compounds in Medical Applications: 2007 - 2014

Tab. 8.2     Estimated European Growth of Thermoplastics in Medical Disposal Applications (2005-10)

Tab. 8.3     Typical Applications for TPE-S Compounds in the Medical Sector

Tab. 8.4     Estimated European Sales of Medical Devices and Health Expenditure: 2009

Tab. 8.5     Potential Replacement Markets for TPE Compounds in the European Medical Component Sector

Tab. 8.6     Factors Affecting Substitution by TPE\'s in the Medical Sector

Tab. 8.7     Sources of Viable Information Dealing with Changes and Opportunities in the Medical Components Market

Tab. 8.8     Estimated European Market for Styrene- and Olefin-Based Thermoplastic Elastomers in Medical Applications, by Supplier

Tab. 8.9     European Market for Thermoplastic Elastomers; Paths to Market -Medical Components

Tab. 8.10   Western European Suppliers of Medical Components

Tab. 8.11   Higher Added-Value TPE Applications, Products and Potential Users

Tab. 8.12   Injection Moulders and Component Suppliers Serving the European Medical Market

9.Packaging

Tab. 9.1     European Market for Styrene- and Olefin-Based TPE Compounds in Packaging Applications: 2005-2014

Tab. 9.2     European Wine Production by Country, 2009-2010

Tab. 9.3     European (EU15) Potential for TPE Wine Closures

Tab. 9.4     Examples of European Producers of TPE Container Closures and Liners

10. Sports and Leisure

Tab. 10.1       European Market for Thermoplastic Elastomers in Sports/Leisure/Toys Applications, by Product: 2007-2014

11. Wire and Cable

Tab. 11.1   European Market for Styrene- and Olefin-Based TPE Compounds in Wire and Cable Applications: 2005-2014

Tab. 11.2   Examples of European Producers of TPE Wire & Cable Applications

12. Others

Tab. 12.1  European Market for Styrene- and Olefin-Based TPE Compounds in Other Applications: 2007-2014

Tab. 12.2   European Market for Styrene- and Olefin-Based TPE Compounds in     Fluid Handling Applications: 2007-2012

Tab. 12.3   Examples of Producers of Thermoplastic and Rubber Casters

Tab. 12.4   European Potential End-Users of Office Equipment, etc.

13. Compounders and Polymer Suppliers and their Participation in European TPE Markets

Tab. 13.1 European Compounders of Styrene- and Olefin-Based Thermoplastic Elastomer Compounds

Tab. 13.2   European Independent TPE Compounders and their Estimated TPE Capacities

Tab. 13.3   LyondellBasell Structure

Tab. 13.4   Borealis Structure

Tab. 13.5   ExxonMobil Structure

14. Speciality Systems

Tab. 14.1   European Suppliers of Polyolefin Bead Foam Products and Sheet

Tab. 14.2   Property Comparisons between TPE-S(1) and TPE-V Compounds for Appliances  and Housewares in Soft Touch Applications

Tab. 14.3   Global Demand for Soft-Touch TPE\'s, 2005-2010

Tab. 14.4   Examples of European Soft Touch TPE Moulders

15. New TPE Compounds

Tab. 15.1   Properties of TPE-S Compounds Based on Kuraray Vulcanisable SBCs (SEEPS)

Tab. 15.2   Estimated European Demand for Plastomers (Excluding Film & Fibre, Thousand Tonnes)

16. High Performance TPE (COPA, COPE, Silicone)

Tab. 16.1   Market and Growth/Decline Rate in the European Market for High Performance Thermoplastic Elastomers (2007-2014)

Tab. 16.2   Estimated European TPE-U Market by Application - 2008 to 2012

Tab. 16.3   Comparison of Properties of TPE-U Elastomers

Tab. 16.4   Comparison Between the Use of A-TPE-U, PVB and EVA in PVC Laminates for Photovoltaic Cells

17. Alternative Raw Materials and Technologies

Tab. 17.1   SBS World Production Capacity: 2010

Tab. 17.2   Characteristics of Modified Bitumen Compounds

Tab. 17.3   Typical Properties of SBS Modified Bitumen

Tab. 17.4   Typical Properties of SBS Elastomers Suitable for Bitumen Modification

Tab. 17.5   European Suppliers of Waterproof Membranes

Tab. 17.6   European Market for SBS Elastomers: 2000-2010 (thousand tonnes)

Tab. 17.7   European Consumption of Bitumen: 2008-2009 (\'000 metric tonnes)

Tab. 17.8   Global Wholesale Bitumen Prices (USD/ton) - August 2010

18. Summary and Conclusions

Contact:
Patrick Ellis
pamellis1@aol.com

Consultant to the Plastics & Rubber Industries Mercurey, France
(See also Patrick Ellis’s summary of the study in TPE Magazine 01/2012)

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