Weatherable Polycarbonate Films Market: Overview

UV radiations can degrade the quality of a material if exposed for a long term. With the continuous depletion of the ozone layer, the exposure of the earth surface to UV radiations is gradually rising. Weatherable polycarbonate films are mostly adopted for protecting a material from long-term exposure to sunlight. The transparent weatherable polycarbonate films allow visible rays of the light to pass, while blocking the UV radiations. But presence of substitutes such as acrylic films is expected to restrain the demand for weatherable polycarbonate films globally.

Weatherable Polycarbonate Films Market: Dynamics

Along with competitive UV resistant properties of weatherable polycarbonate films, the excellent optical properties, high machinability, significant thermal stability, desirable electrical properties and chemical resistant properties of the weatherable polycarbonate films have increased their adoption in a large number of industries. Weatherable polycarbonate films and sheets have replaced glass in several applications such as wind shielding for automobiles, air crafts, and boats. Various developments in the processing technology for converting weatherable polycarbonate films and sheets have driven the global market for weatherable polycarbonate films, which include developments in the printing technology, lamination technology and cutting technology. Greenhouse roofing, electronic displays, and wind shielding are some of the key applications of weatherable polycarbonate films. Despite the amazing properties of weatherable polycarbonate films, the non-eco-friendly nature of the polycarbonate material is expected to restrain the growth of the market due to rising intolerance towards the conventional or oil-based plastic materials. The inclining demand for bio-degradable plastics and materials have impacted the global weatherable polycarbonate films market negatively. Down-gauging, which is decreasing the thickness of the weatherable polycarbonate films without affecting the desirable properties, is one of the key trends being followed in the global weatherable polycarbonate films market.

Weatherable Polycarbonate Films Market: Segmentation

The global weatherable polycarbonate films market can be segmented by thickness as:

  • Up to 200 micron
  • 200 to 350 micron
  • 350 to 500 micron
  • 500 to 750 micron
  • Above 750 micron

The global weatherable polycarbonate films market can be segmented by surface finish as:

  • Matte
  • Gloss

The global weatherable polycarbonate films market can be segmented by application as:

  • Labels
  • Outdoor Lenses
  • Marine Applications
  • Sign Boards
  • Lamination
  • Electronic Displays
  • Window Glass
  • Others

The global weatherable polycarbonate films market can be segmented by the end-use industry as:

  • Electrical & electronics
  • Building & Construction
  • Aerospace & Automobile
  • Industrial Equipment & Machinery
  • Packaging
  • Others

Weatherable Polycarbonate Films Market: Regional Outlook

China is a global leader in several industries, e.g., automotive, etc., which is a major factor expected to contribute to the growth of the weatherable polycarbonate films market. ASEAN countries and Japan have a large base for the automobile and aerospace industries, while the manufacturing output of India is rising annually at an impressive rate. All these factors are projected to increase the demand for weatherable polycarbonate films in Asia Pacific. Western Europe is highly active in the logistics and transport services owing to the high volume of exports from the country, and this has created large space for application of weatherable polycarbonate films in the region. The packaging and aerospace industries of North America have created a wide scope of application of weatherable polycarbonate films in the region. On the contrary side, the weatherable polycarbonate films are readily getting replaced by the eco-friendly UV protection solutions in the developed countries of North America and Western Europe. Emerging economies of Latin America and MEA are projected to create a significant growth opportunities for the weatherable polycarbonate films market during the forecast period.

Weatherable Polycarbonate Films Market: Key Players

Examples of some of the key players operating in the global weatherable polycarbonate films market are:

  • Covestro AG
  • Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company, Inc.
  • 3A Composites GmbH
  • TEKRA, A Division of EIS, Inc.
  • Spartech LLC
  • MG Polyplast Industries Pvt. Ltd.
  • Alro Plastics
  • Flexituff Industries

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