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Polycarbonate Market for Automotive, Electronics, Construction, Optical Media, Packaging and Other (Medical Implants and Tableware) Applications - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2013 - 2019

67pages
Published Date: 2014-06-18
 

Description


Polycarbonate, a thermoplastic polymer, is produced from rigid monomers. BPA (Bisphenol A) and phosgene are among the major raw materials employed in the production of polycarbonate. High tensile strength and superior thermal stability as compared to other engineering plastics such as acrylic are some of the foremost USPs (Unique Selling Propositions) of polycarbonate.

This report comprises in-depth analysis and forecast of the polycarbonate market on a global as well as regional level. The report includes forecast for the period from 2013 to 2019 in terms of volume (tons) and revenue (USD Million) for the regional and global markets. Quantitative data has been derived through extensive secondary research of the global polycarbonate market. Secondary sources typically include company websites, relevant magazines, government documents and press releases among other reliable sources. A top down approach was followed to derive the regional numbers from global figures. Furthermore, bottom up approach was employed to derive data for various application segment based on the demand for polycarbonate in each geographic segment. Combination of top down and bottom up approach helps in validation of the quantitative data of the market. The data was further validated with the help of primary research with industry experts to ensure the accuracy of derived numbers.

Detailed analysis of various factors driving the global polycarbonate market has been included for astute decision making. The impact of these drivers over the forecast period has been included with data to substantiate the research findings. Moreover, the factors restraining market growth have been included for better understanding of the market. Impact of these restraints has been analyzed over the forecast period. The report also comprises various opportunities available for market growth over the period of next six years. Opportunities comprise the untapped or recently explored factors that are anticipated to offer growth opportunities for the polycarbonate market during the forecast period.

This report includes value chain analysis to understand the industry thoroughly. The value chain analysis comprises detailed evaluation of the roles of various entities involved in the polycarbonate industry, from raw material supplier to the end-user. Various processes used for manufacturing of polycarbonate also have been included in the value chain analysis. Porter’s five forces model has been used to determine the degree of competition in the industry during the forecast period. Company market share analysis has been included for better understanding of the competitive landscape. Company market share analysis includes the market share of dominant players in the market in the year 2012 based on their production capacities.  Furthermore, a market attractiveness analysis has been done to analyze the application segments that are expected to be lucrative during the forecast period on the basis of various factors including market size, growth rate, profitability, raw material procurement and competition in each application segment.

The polycarbonate market has been segmented based on its end-user applications, which include automotive, electronics, construction, optical media and packaging. Detailed analysis for all segments in the regional and global markets, and forecast based on current and future trends of the industry in terms of volume (Kilo Tons) and revenue (USD Million) have been included in the report. Geographically, the market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Rest of the World (RoW). The demand for polycarbonate in each of its application segment has been analyzed and forecast for a period of six years.

The report also covers profiles of leading companies in the polycarbonate industry. Companies profiled in the report include Bayer MaterialScience, Mitsubishi Engineering-Plastics, Styron and Teijin. Various attributes of these companies such as company overview, SWOT analysis, business strategies, and recent developments form the core of the company profiles section.
 
This report segments the global polycarbonate market as follows:
  • Polycarbonate  Market - Application Analysis
    • Automotive
    • Electronics
    • Construction
    • Optical media
    • Packaging
    • Others (Including Medical implants, Tableware, etc.)
  • Polycarbonate Market - Regional Analysis
    • North America
    • Europe
    • Asia Pacific
    • Rest of the World

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Preface
1.1 Report Description
1.2 Market Segmentation
1.2.1 Global Polycarbonate Market Segmentation
1.3 Research Methodology
1.4 Abbreviations

Chapter 2 Executive Summary
2.1 Global Polycarbonate Market, 2012 – 2019 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
2.2 Polycarbonate: Market Snapshot (2012 and 2019)

Chapter 3 Polycarbonate - Industry Analysis
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Value Chain Analysis
3.3 Market Drivers
      3.3.1 Increasing Demand for Light Vehicles
              3.3.1.1 Global Demand for Light Vehicles, 2012-2019 (Millions Units)
      3.3.2 Increasing Demand for Packaging Applications
      3.3.3 High Growth in Emerging Economies
              3.3.3.1 GDP Growth Rate, 2012-2015
3.4 Market Restraints
      3.4.1 Volatile Pricing of Raw Material
              3.4.1.1 BPA Pricing, Asia and Western Europe, November 2012 – October 2013 (USD/Ton)
      3.4.2 High Cost and Low Scratch Resistance
3.5 Market Opportunities
      3.5.1 Increasing Demand for Bio-based and Scratch Resistant Polycarbonates
3.6 Porter’s Five Force Analysis
      3.6.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
      3.6.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers
      3.6.3 Threat of New Entrants
      3.6.4 Threat of Substitutes
      3.6.5 Degree of Competition
3.7 Polycarbonate: Market Attractiveness Analysis
3.8 Polycarbonate Market: Company Market Share Analysis, 2012

Chapter 4 Polycarbonate Market – Application Analysis
4.1 Polycarbonate Market: Application Overview
      4.1.1 Global Polycarbonate Market, Volume Share, by Application, 2012 and 2019
4.2 Global Polycarbonate Market, by Application
      4.2.1 Automotive
              4.2.1.1 Global Polycarbonate Market for Automotive Application, 2012 - 2019 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
      4.2.2 Electronics
              4.2.2.1 Global Polycarbonate Market for Electronics Application, 2012 – 2019 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
      4.2.3 Construction
               4.2.3.1 Global Polycarbonate Market for Construction Application, 2012 – 2019 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
      4.2.4 Optical Media
              4.2.4.1 Global Polycarbonate Market for Optical Media Application, 2012 – 2019 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
      4.2.5 Packaging
              4.2.5.1 Global Polycarbonate Market for Packaging Application, 2012 – 2019 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
      4.2.6 Others
               4.2.6.1 Global Polycarbonate Market for Others Application, 2012 – 2019 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)

Chapter 5 Polycarbonate Market – Regional Analysis
5.1 Polycarbonate Market: Regional Overview
      5.1.1 Global Polycarbonate Market, Volume Share, by Region, 2012 and 2019
5.2 Global Polycarbonate Market, by Region
      5.2.1 North America
               5.2.1.1 North America Polycarbonate Market Volume, by Application, 2012 – 2019 (Kilo Tons)
               5.2.1.2 North America Polycarbonate Market Revenue, by Application, 2012 – 2019 (USD Million)
      5.2.2 Europe
              5.2.2.1 Europe Polycarbonate Market Volume, by Application, 2012 – 2019 (Kilo Tons)
              5.2.2.2 Europe Polycarbonate Market Revenue, by Application, 2012 – 2019 (USD Million)
      5.2.3 Asia-Pacific
               5.2.3.1 Asia-Pacific Polycarbonate Market Volume, by Application, 2012 – 2019 (Kilo Tons)
               5.2.3.2 Asia-Pacific Polycarbonate Market Revenue, by Application, 2012 – 2019 (USD Million)
      5.2.4 Rest of the World
              5.2.4.1 Rest of the World Polycarbonate Market Volume, by Application, 2012 – 2019 (Kilo Tons)
              5.2.4.2 Rest of the World Polycarbonate Market Revenue, by Application, 2012 – 2019 (USD Million)

Chapter 6 Company Profiles
6.1 SABIC Innovative Plastics
      6.1.1 Company Overview
      6.1.2 Product Portfolio
      6.1.3 Financial Overview
      6.1.4 SWOT Analysis
      6.1.5 Business Strategy
      6.1.6 Recent Developments
6.2 Teijin Limited
      6.2.1 Company Overview
      6.2.2 Financial Overview
      6.2.3 Product Portfolio
      6.2.4 SWOT Analysis
      6.2.5 Business Strategy
      6.2.6 Recent Developments
6.3 Chi Mei Corporation
      6.3.1 Company Overview
      6.3.2 Product Portfolio
      6.3.3 Financial Overview
      6.3.4 Business Strategy
      6.3.5 SWOT Analysis
6.4 Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd.
      6.4.1 Company Overview
      6.4.2 Product Portfolio
      6.4.3 Financial Overview
      6.4.4 Business Strategies
      6.4.5 SWOT Analysis
6.5 Mitsubishi Engineering-Plastics Corporation
      6.5.1 Company Overview
      6.5.2 Product Portfolio
      6.5.3 Business Strategy
      6.5.4 SWOT Analysis
      6.5.5 Recent Developments
6.6 Styron
      6.6.1 Company Overview
      6.6.2 Product Portfolio
      6.6.3 Business Strategy
      6.6.4 SWOT Analysis
      6.6.5 Recent Developments
6.7 Centroplast Engineering Plastics GmbH
      6.7.1 Company Overview
      6.7.2 Product portfolio
      6.7.3 Business Strategy
      6.7.4 SWOT Analysis
6.8 Bayer MaterialScience
      6.8.1 Company Overview
      6.8.2 Product Portfolio
      6.8.3 Financial Overview
      6.8.4 Business Strategy
      6.8.5 SWOT Analysis
      6.8.6 Recent Developments
6.9 Royal DSM
      6.9.1 Company Overview
      6.9.2 Product portfolio
      6.9.3 Financial Overview
      6.9.4 Business Strategy
      6.9.5 SWOT Analysis
6.10 Asahi Kasei Chemical Corporation
      6.10.1 Company Overview
      6.10.2 Product Portfolio
      6.10.3 Financial Overview
      6.10.4 Business Strategy
      6.10.5 SWOT Analysis
      6.10.6 Recent Developments

List of Figures 

FIG. 1 Global Polycarbonate Market Segmentation
FIG. 2 Global Polycarbonate Market , 2012 - 2019 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
FIG. 3 Polycarbonate: Value Chain Analysis
FIG. 4 Global Demand for Light Vehicles, 2012 - 2019 (Million Units)
FIG. 5 GDP Growth Rate, 2012-2015 (%)
FIG. 6 BPA Pricing, Asia and Western Europe, November 2012 – October 2013 (USD/Ton)
FIG. 7 Porter’s Five Force Analysis
FIG. 8 Polycarbonate: Market Attractiveness Analysis
FIG. 9 Polycarbonate Market: Company Market Share Analysis (2012)
FIG. 10 Global Polycarbonate Market, Volume Share, by Application, 2012 and 2019
FIG. 11 Global Polycarbonate Market for Automotive Application, 2012 - 2019 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
FIG. 12 Global Polycarbonate Market for Electronics Application, 2012 - 2019 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
FIG. 13 Global Polycarbonate Market for Construction Application, 2012 - 2019 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
FIG. 14 Global Polycarbonate Market for Optical Media Application, 2012 - 2019 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
FIG. 15 Global Polycarbonate Market for Packaging Application, 2012 - 2019 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
FIG. 16 Global Polycarbonate Market for Others Application, 2012 - 2019 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
FIG. 17 Global Polycarbonate Market, Volume Share, by Region, 2012 and 2019

List of Tables

TABLE 1 Polycarbonate Market: Global Snapshot
TABLE 2 Drivers for Polycarbonate Market: Impact Analysis
TABLE 3 Restraints for Polycarbonate Market: Impact Analysis
TABLE 4 North America Polycarbonate Market Volume, by Application , 2012 – 2019 (Kilo Tons)
TABLE 5 North America Polycarbonate Market Revenue, by Product, 2012 – 2019 (USD Million)
TABLE 6 Europe Polycarbonate Market Volume, by Application, 2012 – 2019 (Kilo Tons)
TABLE 7 Europe Polycarbonate Market Revenue, by Application, 2012 – 2019 (USD Million)
TABLE 8 Asia-Pacific Polycarbonate Market Volume, by Application, 2012 – 2019 (Kilo Tons)
TABLE 9 Asia-Pacific Polycarbonate Market Revenue, by Application, 2012 – 2019 (USD Million)
TABLE 10 Rest of the World Polycarbonate Market Volume, by Application, 2012 – 2019 (Kilo Tons)
TABLE 11 Rest of the World Polycarbonate Market Revenue, by Application, 2012 – 2019 (USD Million)

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Free Market Analysis


Polycarbonate, a thermoplastic polymer is produced using BPA (Bisphenol A) and phosgene as the major feedstock. High tensile strength, high shatter resistance and high thermal stability than the traditional engineering plastics such as acrylic have been major factors driving demand for polycarbonate.

Polycarbonate helps in reducing the overall weight of the vehicle without compromising durability. Therefore increasing demand for light vehicles is expected to be a major factor driving demand for polycarbonate. Polycarbonate has been verified as a safe packaging material for food and medical materials by several regulatory bodies. In addition, easy sterilization and cleaning of polycarbonate have led to increase in demand for polycarbonate in packaging applications. High growth in packaging industry is anticipated to be among major factors driving demand for polycarbonate during the forecast period. Demand for polycarbonate is profoundly dependent on the overall economic growth of a region. Therefore, high GDP growth in emerging economies of India and China among others is expected to be among foremost growth driver for polycarbonate market.

BPA is among the dominant raw material employed in the production of polycarbonate. Moreover, BPA is a derivative of crude oil; therefore volatile pricing of BPA has been restraining polycarbonate market growth. Moreover, a surge in research and development activities to produce bio based polycarbonate is expected to offer huge growth opportunity in the market. Isosorbide based polycarbonate is among the foremost discoveries in the bio based polycarbonate market. Furthermore, low scratch resistance of polycarbonate has also restrained polycarbonate market growth primarily in the automotive segment. Low scratch resistance has led to additional cost of coating for polycarbonate. Developing low cost scratch resistant polycarbonate is expected to offer huge growth opportunities in the market.

On the basis of application, demand for polycarbonate can be segregated into six major application segments namely automotive, electronics, construction, optical media, packaging and others. Electronics followed by automotives are dominant application segment for polycarbonate. Moreover, automotives is also anticipated to be the fastest growing application segment during the forecast period. Optical media mainly comprises CD (Compact Disc) and DVD (Digital Video Disc), however owing to increasing digitalization and increasing use of storage devices, demand for polycarbonate in optical media application segment is anticipated to grow at a sluggish rate. Other application segment includes niche applications such as medical implants and tableware among others.

In 2012, Asia Pacific dominated the global polycarbonate market with a market share of over 60% and the trend is anticipated to continue during the forecast period. Owing to high growth in several end user industries in the emerging economies of India and China, Asia Pacific is expected to be the fastest growing region for a foreseeable future. Europe is the second largest market for polycarbonate; demand in Europe is mainly driven by increasing demand for light weight and high strength material for electronics and automotive applications. 

Polycarbonate market is highly concentrated and dominated by few global companies. The top four players in the market constitute over 70% of the market share. Moreover, increasing threat of new entrants is anticipated to increase the degree of competition in the market. Major end user industries comprise consumer industries such as packaging and automotives. Therefore, the market is driven by innovation and buyers enter into long term agreements for customized solutions. Some of the major players in the polycarbonate market include Bayer MaterialScience, SABIC Innovative Plastics, Styron, Mitsubishi Engineering Plastics Corporation, Teijin Limited, Chi Mei Corporation, Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd., Centroplast Engineering Plastics GmbH, Royal DSM, and Asahi Kasei Chemical Corporation among others.

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