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Nanocomposites
US industry forecasts for 2011, 2016 & 2025

  • Publication Date:February 2008
  • Publisher:Freedonia Group
  • Product Type: Report
  • Pages:248

Nanocomposites US industry forecasts for 2011, 2016 & 2025

US market to double by 2011

Although the hype surrounding polymer nanocomposites has been in full-throttle for over a decade, so far the market for these new materials has been relatively slow to develop. However, as commercial interest has moved beyond pilot programs and niche applications, it appears that nanocomposites are finally ready for a breakthrough in markets such as motor vehicles and packaging. By 2011, nanocomposites demand will more than double, reaching 300 million pounds.

Growth will be fueled by declining prices of nanomaterials and composites, as production levels increase and technical issues concerning the dispersion of nanoadditives in the compounds are overcome. By 2025, it is expected that nanocomposites will be a $9 billion market, with volumes nearing five billion pounds.

Higher-priced resins to see fastest gains in near term

While thermoplastics currently comprise virtually all demand for nanocomposites, compounds based on thermoset resins will eventually become a substantial part of the market -- 20 percent of demand in 2025. Over the near term, the most rapid gains will be seen in higher-priced resins such as engineering plastics, in applications where the additional cost of nanomaterials is not a critical factor. Looking forward, however, nanocomposites based on commodity plastics, such as polypropylene, polyethylene and PVC, will dominate the market. Among thermosets, nanocomposites will make the strongest impact as enhancements for reinforced polyester and epoxy compounds.

Packaging, motor vehicles to be key early markets

Packaging and motor vehicles, two key early markets for nanocomposites, will account for nearly half of total demand in 2011. However, by 2025, electrical and electronics applications will gain in prominence, as nanotube-based composites will penetrate a sizable portion of the market as a substitute for other conductive materials. Construction will emerge as a significant market as nanocomposites begin to replace fiber-reinforced plastics in a number of applications.

Clay, carbon nanotubes to become top nanomaterials

In 2006, nearly all nanomaterial demand consisted of carbon black in conductive composites. However, as material and production costs of clay-based nanocomposites fall, clays will rise to account for over half of all nanomaterials demand by volume in 2025. Similarly, a decline in price will enable the rapid commercialization of carbon nanotubes, which will eventually gain over 60 percent of the nanocomposite materials market in value terms.

Study coverage

Nanocomposites, a new Freedonia industry study, is priced at $4500. It presents historical demand data for 2001 and 2006 plus forecasts for 2011, 2016 and 2025 by nanocomposite resin, market and nanomaterial.

The study also considers market environment factors, reviews technology, details industry structure, and identifies and profiles various leading nanocomposite participants in the US industry.

  • I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • II. MARKET ENVIRONMENT
    • General
    • Macroeconomic Environment
    • Population & Demographics
    • Manufacturing Outlook
    • Plastic Resin Outlook
    • Plastic Compounding Overview
    • Resins
    • Markets
    • Plastic Additives Overview
    • Nanotechnology Overview
    • Definitions
    • Nanomaterials Overview
    • Size
    • Conventional Materials
    • New Materials
    • Environmental & Regulatory Considerations
    • Pricing Considerations
    • International Activity
  • III. TECHNOLOGY
    • General
    • Nanomaterials
    • Clays
    • Nanotubes
    • Minerals
    • Carbon Black
    • Competitive Materials
  • IV. PRODUCTS
    • General
    • Thermoplastic Nanocomposites
    • Engineering Plastics
    • Nylon
    • ABS
    • Polycarbonate
    • Polyesters
    • Other
    • Polyethylene
    • Polypropylene
    • Polyvinyl Chloride
    • Other Thermoplastics
    • Thermoset Nanocomposites
    • Unsaturated Polyester
    • Epoxy Resins
    • Phenolic Resins
    • Other Thermosets
  • V. MARKETS
    • General
    • Packaging
    • Electronics
    • Food
    • Beer Bottles
    • Medical & Pharmaceutical
    • Soft Drinks
    • Other
    • Motor Vehicles
    • Engine & Fuel Systems
    • Exterior Parts
    • Interior & Other
    • Construction
    • Conductive Flooring/Worksurface
    • Pipes & Fittings
    • Insulation
    • Siding
    • Other
    • Electrical & Electronics
    • Housings
    • Molding Compounds
    • Wire & Cable
    • Other
    • Consumer
    • Appliances
    • Toys, Games & Sporting Goods
    • Other
    • Other Markets
    • Industrial Equipment
    • Aerospace
    • Marine
    • Medical & Dental
    • All Other
  • VI. NANOMATERIALS
    • General
    • Carbon Black
    • Clays
    • Minerals
    • Oxides
    • Calcium Carbonate
    • Talc & Other
    • Nanotubes
    • Multi-Walled
    • Single-Walled
    • Suppliers
    • Other
  • VII. INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
    • Industry Participants
    • Resin Producers
    • Nanomaterial Suppliers
    • Plastic Compounders
    • End Users
    • Government
    • Academia
    • Marketing & Distribution
    • Research & Development
    • Competitive Strategies
    • Cooperative Agreements
    • Company Profiles
    • AMCOL International Corporation
    • Apex Nanomaterials
    • Applied Sciences Incorporated
    • Arkema SA
    • Arrowhead Research Corporation
    • Basell AF SCA
    • BASF AG
    • Bayer AG
    • BuckyUSA
    • Bussan Nanotech Research Institute, see Mitsui & Company
    • Carbon Nanotechnologies, see Arrowhead Research
    • Carbon Solutions Incorporated
    • Catalytic Materials LLC
    • Ciba Specialty Chemicals Holding Incorporated
    • Clariant International Limited
    • Columbian Chemicals Company
    • Cyclics Corporation
    • DuPont (EI) de Nemours
    • Elementis plc
    • eSpin Technologies Incorporated
    • Evident Technologies Incorporated
    • Evonik Degussa GmbH, see RAG AG
    • Ford Motor Company
    • Foster Corporation
    • Frontier Carbon Corporation
    • Fullerene International Corporation
    • General Electric Company
    • General Motors Corporation
    • Heartland Building Products Incorporated
    • Honeywell International Incorporated
    • Hosokawa Micron Group
    • Hybrid Plastics Incorporated
    • Hyperion Catalysis International Incorporated
    • Inframat Corporation
    • InMat Incorporated
    • Kuraray Company Limited
    • Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company Incorporated
    • Mitsui & Company Limited
    • Mitsui Chemicals Incorporated
    • Nanocor Incorporated, see AMCOL International
    • Nanocyl SA
    • NanoDynamics Incorporated
    • NanoGram Corporation
    • NanoHorizons Incorporated
    • Nanoledge SA
    • Nanophase Technologies Corporation
    • NanoSperse LLC
    • NaturalNano Incorporated
    • Nikkiso Company Limited
    • Noble Polymers LLC
    • Novamont SpA
    • n-TEC AS
    • Nyacol Nano Technologies Incorporated
    • NYCOA, see Nylon Corporation of America
    • Nylon Corporation of America
    • Polykemi AB
    • PolyOne Corporation
    • Pyrograf Products Incorporated, see Applied Sciences
    • QuantumSphere Incorporated
    • RAG AG
    • Rockwood Specialties Group Incorporated
    • RTP Company
    • Sachtleben Chemie GmbH, see Rockwood Specialties
    • SDCmaterials, see BASF AG
    • Southern Clay Products, see Rockwood Specialties
    • Sud-Chemie Group
    • Swan (Thomas) & Company Limited
    • TDA Research Incorporated
    • Techmer PM LLC
    • 3M Company
    • TNO TPD
    • Toray Industries Incorporated
    • Toyota Motor Corporation
    • Triton Systems Incorporated
    • Ube Industries Limited
    • Unidym Incorporated, see Arrowhead Research
    • Unitika Limited
    • US Global Nanospace Incorporated
    • Zyvex Performance Materials
  • LIST OF TABLES
    • TABLE NUMBER
  • SECTION I -- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • Summary Table
  • SECTION II -- MARKET ENVIRONMENT
    • 1 Macroeconomic Indicators
    • 2 Population & Demographics
    • 3 Manufacturers' Shipments
    • 4 Plastics Demand
    • 5 Plastic Compounds Demand
    • 6 Plastic Compounds Demand by Resin
    • 7 Plastic Compounds Demand by Market
    • 8 Plastic Additives Demand
    • 9 Pricing Trends
  • SECTION IV -- PRODUCTS
    • 1 Nanocomposites Demand by Resin Type
    • 2 Thermoplastic Nanocomposites Demand
    • 3 Engineering Plastics Nanocomposites Demand
    • 4 Polyethylene Nanocomposites Demand
    • 5 Polypropylene Nanocomposites Demand
    • 6 Polyvinyl Chloride Nanocomposites Demand
    • 7 Other Thermoplastic Nanocomposites Demand
    • 8 Thermoset Nanocomposites Demand
    • 9 Unsaturated Polyester Nanocomposites Demand
    • 10 Epoxy Resin Nanocomposites Demand
    • 11 Phenolic Resin Nanocomposites Demand
    • 12 Other Thermoset Nanocomposites Demand
  • SECTION V -- MARKETS
    • 1 Nanocomposites Demand by Market
    • 2 Packaging Market for Nanocomposites
    • 3 Motor Vehicle Market for Nanocomposites
    • 4 Construction Market for Nanocomposites
    • 5 Electrical & Electronic Market for Nanocomposites
    • 6 Consumer Market for Nanocomposites
    • 7 Other Markets for Nanocomposites
  • SECTION VI -- NANOMATERIALS
    • 1 Nanomaterials Demand in Composites
    • 2 Carbon Black Demand in Nanocomposites
    • 3 Clay Nanomaterials Demand in Composites
    • 4 Mineral Nanomaterials Demand in Composites
    • 5 Nanotubes Demand in Composites
    • 6 Other Nanomaterials Demand in Composites
  • SECTION VII -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
    • 1 Selected Resin Producers Involved in Nanocomposites
    • 2 Selected Nanomaterial Suppliers Involved in Nanocomposites
    • 3 Selected Plastic Compounders Involved in Nanocomposites
    • 4 Selected End Users Involved in Nanocomposites
    • 5 Selected US Government Agencies & Laboratories Involved in Nanocomposites
    • 6 Selected US Academic Institutions Involved in Nanocomposites
    • 7 Selected Cooperative Agreements
  • LIST OF CHARTS & FIGURES
    • CHART NUMBER
  • SECTION III -- TECHNOLOGY
    • 1 Surface Area-to-Volume Comparison
    • 2 Structure of a Carbon Nanotube
  • SECTION IV -- PRODUCTS
    • 1 Thermoplastic Nanocomposites Demand, 2006 & 2025
    • 2 Thermoset Nanocomposites Demand, 2006 & 2025
  • SECTION V -- MARKETS
    • 1 Nanocomposites Demand by Market, 2006 & 2025
  • SECTION VI -- NANOMATERIALS
    • 1 Nanomaterials Demand in Composites, 2025
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