In collaboration with Principia Consulting, I coordinated a massive research effort to analyze the global high-performance polymers business. The resins that were covered included poly-aryl-ether-ketones (PAEK, PEEK, PEK, PEKK, PEKKEK, and blends such as PEEK/PBI and PEEK/PPSU), high performance polyamides including amorphous versions (PAMXD6, PA46, PA4T, PA6T, PA9T, PA10T, PA6I/6T, PA6/3T, PA6I, a-PA12), fluoropolymers (PTFE, FEP, PVDF, and ECTFE), liquid crystal polymers (LCP), poly-aryl-ether-sulfones (PSU, PES, and PPSU), polyphenylene sulfide (PPS), and polyimides (PEI, TPI, and PAI). My team conducted a comprehensive search on a global basis for information and then validated it with industry insiders.
What we concluded was that the global economy has not been very kind to the polymer suppliers and new capacity added by Chinese manufacturers is hurting suppliers based in the United States, Western Europe, and Japan. Despite this, due to insatiable appetite of consumers in emerging economies like China and India, I am expecting a growth rate for these polymers in the neighborhood of 7 per cent per year to 2018. This should translate to a ten billion dollar market.
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