Dicyclopentadiene (DCPD) Market
Dicyclopentadiene (DCPD) Market (Application - Unsaturated Polyester Resin, Hydrocarbon Resin, Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM) Elastomers, Cyclic Olefin Polymer (COP) and Cyclic Olefin Copolymer (COC), Poly DCPD, Pesticide, and Flame Retardant) - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2017 - 2025
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Dicyclopentadiene (DCPD) is a dimer of cyclopentadiene. It is a white crystalline compound that has camphor like smell. It is manufactured in bulk quantities with the help of steam cracking of C5 petroleum products. Generally, these products are crude oil, naptha, gas oils, and others. Governments in different regions such as North America and Europe have now issued stricter regulations and mandates on the emissions of styrene. Thus, the producers are now concentrating on developing newer technologies, which will help in cutting down styrene emissions. Such developments will help in increasing usage of Dicyclopentadiene as a raw material to cut down the content of styrene in the unsaturated polyester resins to 35% from 45%.
In recent years, there have been growing demand for EPDM elastomers. This growing demand is across both developing as well as developed regions for a broad range of applications across a number of end user industries. Poly-DCPD provides a superior resistance at lower temperatures and is generally preferred over the regular polymers since they often become brittle at such low temperatures. Thus, they are used for producing body panels for construction equipment, buses, tractors, trucks, and others. Production of cyclic olefin copolymers (COC) and cyclic olefin polymers (COP) requires highly purified form of DCPD for their use in different applications such as high performance films, high quality lenses, high density electronic storage media, and optical disks among others. These segments of COP and COC and poly DCPD are projected to witness a highly promising demand in the coming years of the forecast period.
The competitive landscape of the Dicyclopentadiene market is highly fragmented in nature. This is due to the fact that there are several notable players operating in the global market. The competition in the global market is expected to intensify in the coming years as the companies try to occupy the top spot and generate more profits.
Global Dicyclopentadiene (DCPD) Market: Snapshot
Dicyclopentadiene (DCPD), a dimer of cyclopentadiene, is a white crystalline chemical compound with camphor-like odor. It is produced in bulk quantities through steam cracking of C5 petroleum products such as gas oils, naphtha, and crude oil. Governments in regions such as Europe and North America have passed strict regulations on styrene emissions. Therefore, manufacturers are focusing on developing technologies that help reduce styrene emissions. These developments entail usage of DCPD as a raw material to decrease the styrene content in unsaturated polyester resins from 42% to 35%.
According to the report, the global dicyclopentadiene market was valued at US$561.8 mn in 2016 and is anticipated to reach US$902.3 mn by 2025, expanding at a CAGR of 5.5% from 2017 to 2025.
Unsaturated Polyester Resins to Continue to Benefit from Increased Usage in Lightweight Vehicles
In terms of application, the segments of hydrocarbon resins, unsaturated polyester resins, and EPDM elastomers are anticipated to witness expansion at healthy rates during the next few years. Demand for unsaturated polyester resins is high due to its excellent functional and mechanical properties such as low weight and corrosion and heat resistance. Thus, these resins are used in a wide range of end-user industries such as building and construction, marine, automotive, and plastics. EPDM elastomers offer incomparable resistance to steam, heat, water, and ozone. They possess long duration withstanding properties and are therefore considered as effective choice for applications such as architectural and window seals, and tubing.
Demand for EPDM elastomers is expected to be high in developing as well as developed regions for a varied range of applications across numerous end-use industries. Poly-DCPD offers good impact resistance at lower temperatures and is preferred over other polymers since other polymers becomes brittle at low temperatures. Therefore, it is used to manufacture body panels for trucks, buses, tractors and construction equipment. Manufacturing of cyclic olefin polymers (COP) and cyclic olefin copolymers (COC) necessitates highly pure grade of DCPD for use in in applications such as optical disks, high-density electronic storage media, high-quality lenses, and high-performance films. The segments of COC and COP and poly-DCPD are estimated to expand at a moderate rate across all regions in the near future.
Strong Growth in China to Help Asia Pacific Market Retain Top Spot
In terms of value, the market for DCPD in Asia Pacific emerged as the leading regional market in terms of revenue contribution to the global market, accounting for over 50% of the global market in 2016. Asia Pacific is estimated to offer lucrative opportunities for the DCPD market in the near future, exhibiting a promising 6.1% CAGR from 2017 to 2025. The overall growth of the regional market will be driven due to the vast rise in sales of lightweight vehicles in the region. In terms of supply, China commands immense control over the global DCPD market, followed by the U.S. ASEAN is also expected to become a lucrative sub-region for the manufacture of DCPD in the near future.
North America held nearly 35% value share in the global DCPD market in 2016. The unsaturated polyester resin and hydrocarbon resin segments are predicted to offer lucrative growth opportunities for the DCPD market in the region during the forecast period. The DCPD market in Europe is expected to grow at a relatively restrained pace between 2017 and 2025. Europe is estimated to present minimal opportunities for the DCPD market due to strict regulations on exposure to DCPD due to health concerns. Latin America and Middle East and Africa held relatively lesser share of DCPD market in 2016 and are likely to display below-average growth during the forecast period.
Some of the key players in the dicyclopentadiene market are Braskem, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, Cymetech Corporation, ExxonMobil Corporation, Fushun Yikesi New Material Co., Ltd., Kolon Industries, Inc., LyondellBasell, Maruzen Petrochemical, Shell Chemicals, Texmark Chemicals, Inc. and Zibo Luhua Hongjin New Material Co., Ltd.
Global Dicyclopentadiene (DCPD) Market: Overview
DCPD is primarily used in the manufacturing of composite materials. Asia Pacific accounted for a major share of the global DCPD market in 2016. Prices of DCPD depends upon the purity levels of the product which ranges from 75% to 99%. High purity DCPD is mostly used for the manufacturing of COC & COP. Demand for unsaturated polyester resins is high due to its excellent functional and mechanical properties such as low weight and corrosion and heat resistance. Thus, these resins are used in a wide range of end-user industries such as building & construction, marine, automotive, and plastics. The market share of EPDM elastomer application is anticipated to decline slightly during the forecast period due to restricted usage of petroleum resins in developed regions such as North America and Europe. The global DCPD market is fragmented with top two manufacturers accounting for nearly 25% of the total market share in 2016.
Global Dicyclopentadiene (DCPD) Market: Scope of the Report
This study analyzes, estimates, and forecasts the global DCPD market in terms of volume (Tons) and revenue (US$ Mn) from 2016 to 2025. The report also analyzes several driving and restraining factors and their impact on the market during the forecast period. The report provides a detailed view of the DCPD market based on applications. Key applications included in the report are unsaturated polyester resin, hydrocarbon resin, EPDM elastomers, COC & COP, poly DCPD, and others (pesticides, flame retardants, etc.). Furthermore, the report segments the market based on key geographies such as North America (the U.S., Canada), Europe (France, Germany, Italy, U.K, Rest of Europe), Asia Pacific (China, Japan, ASEAN, Rest of Asia Pacific), Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Rest of Latin America), and Middle East and Africa (GCC, South Africa, Rest of Middle East & Africa). It also provides market volume and revenue for each application under every regional segment. The DCPD market is further analyzed into major countries of each region.
Based on applications and countries, the report analyzes the attractiveness of each segment with the help of an attractiveness tool. The study includes value chain analysis, which provides a better understanding of key players in the supply chain (from raw material manufacturers to end-users). Additionally, the study analyzes market competition and industry players using Porter’s five forces analysis.
The report includes an overview of the market share of key companies in the global DCPD market. Key players profiled in the DCPD study include Braskem, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, Cymetech Corporation, ExxonMobil Corporation, Fushun Yikesi New Material Co., Ltd., Kolon Industries, Inc., LyondellBasell, Maruzen Petrochemical, Shell Chemicals, Texmark Chemicals, Inc. and Zibo Luhua Hongjin New Material Co., Ltd.
Global Dicyclopentadiene (DCPD) Market: Research Methodology
Primary research represents the bulk of our research efforts, supplemented by an extensive secondary research. We reviewed key players’ product literature, annual reports, press releases, and relevant documents for competitive analysis and market understanding. Secondary research includes a search of recent trade, technical writing, internet sources, and statistical data from government websites, trade associations, and agencies. This has proven to be the most reliable, effective, and successful approach for obtaining precise market data, capturing industry participants’ insights, and recognizing business opportunities.
Secondary research sources that are typically referred to include company websites, annual reports, financial reports, broker reports, investor presentations, and SEC filings, internal and external proprietary databases, and relevant patent and regulatory databases. Other sources include national government documents, statistical databases, and market reports, news articles, and press releases and webcasts specific to the companies operating in the market. Secondary sources referred for the study of the DCPD market include reinforced plastics magazine, European plastics council and company presentations.
The report segments the global dicyclopentadiene market into: