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Key Challenges and Issues Facing the World Epoxy Resins Market

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World Epoxy Resins Market

This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Epoxy Resins in Thousand Tons. The major end-use segments analyzed are Paints & Coatings (Solvent-based, Water-based, and Powder Coatings), Electrical Laminates, Bonding, Flooring & Paving, and Miscellaneous. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Rest of World. Annual forecasts are provided for each region for the period of 2001 through 2015. A ten-year historic analysis is also provided for these markets with annual market analytics. The report profiles 85 companies including many key and niche players worldwide such as 3M, Aditya Birla Chemicals (Thailand) Ltd, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., Asahi Kasei Chemicals Corporation, Cognis Benelux BV, CVC Specialty Chemicals, DuPont (EI) de Nemours Co., Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Inc., Huntsman Corporation, Kukdo Chemical, Mitsui Chemicals Inc., Nan Ya Plastics Corporation, Polychem Corporation, Reichhold Inc., Spolchemie A.S., Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd., The Dow Chemical Company, Dow Epoxy, and UPPC AG. Market data and analytics are derived from primary and secondary research. Company profiles are mostly extracted from URL research and reported select online sources.

I. INTRODUCTION, METHODOLOGY & PRODUCT DEFINITIONS

Study Reliability and Reporting Limitations I-1

Disclaimers I-2

Data Interpretation & Reporting Level I-2

Quantitative Techniques & Analytics I-3

Product Definitions and Scope of Study I-3

II. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

1. Industry Overview II-1

A Quick Primer II-1

Market Structure II-1

Table 1: Worldwide Epoxy Resins Market (2006): Percentage Breakdown of Capacities of Major Players - Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Dow Chemical Company, Nanya Plastic, Huntsman Advanced Materials, and Kukdo Chemical (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-2

Asia Pacific Emerges Into the Single Largest Market Worldwide II-2

High Cost Structure Exerts Pressure on Margins II-2

Price - A Major Concern II-2

Shift to Low-Solvent Formulations in Coatings Industry II-3

Industrialized Nations Elbowed Aside by Developing Countries II-3

Towards Technology Upgradation II-3

Feedstock Controls Epoxy Resin Production II-3

Epoxy Resins: Poised for Healthy Growth II-4

Rampant Energy and Feedstock Prices: Force Producers to Increase Prices II-4

Promising Gains for Epoxy Resins in Flooring End Use Segment II-4

2. Product Overview II-5

A. Classification II-5

Classification Based on Molecular Arrangement II-5

i. Rigid Epoxy Resins II-5

ii. Flexible Epoxy Resins II-5

Classification Based on Number of Epoxy Groups II-5

i. Difunctional Resins II-5

ii. Poly Functional Resins II-5

Classification Based on Solvent Base and Characteristics II-5

i. Solvent-borne Epoxy Resins II-5

ii. Water-borne Epoxy Resins II-5

Types of Waterborne Epoxy Resins II-6

iii. Powder Epoxy Resins II-6

Classification based on Type of Raw Material II-6

i. Bisphenol Epoxies II-6

ii. Brominated Epoxies II-6

iii. Novolacs II-6

iv. Glycidyls II-6

v. Cycloaliphatics II-7

vi. Phenoxy Resins II-7

B. Properties II-7

Cross linking Density II-7

Reduced Shrinkage II-7

Versatile Use II-7

High Adhesive Strength II-8

Resistance to Chemicals II-8

Insulation II-8

Viscosity II-8

Characteristics of Epoxies Compared to Polyester II-8

C. Substitutes to Epoxy Resins II-9

Epoxy Resins Lose Market to Oxethane Polymers II-9

Alternatives Used in the Coatings Industry II-9

Other Competitive Adhesives II-9

D. Production Processes II-10

E. Epoxy Resin Formulations II-10

Materials Used in Epoxy Formulations II-10

Curing Agents II-10

Epoxy Resin Curing Agents - Properties & Application II-11

Curing Technology II-11

Improved Polymer Matrix Compounds by Radiation Curing II-11

Hardeners: Amplify Resin Properties II-12

Flexibilizers II-12

Waterborne Epoxy Resin System Formulations II-12

i. Carboxylated Acrylic Latex / Epoxy Systems II-12

ii. Emulsified Low Molecular Weight Epoxy Systems II-13

iii. Emulsified Medium and High Molecular Weight Epoxy

Systems II-13

iv. Waterpoxy Systems II-13

F. Selection Criterion for Epoxy Resins II-13

Compatibility II-13

Preparation Efficiency II-14

Adhesion II-14

3. Health and Environmental Issues II-15

Health Issues II-15

Liquid Epoxy Resins II-15

Solid Epoxy Resins II-15

Modified Epoxy Resins II-15

Curing Agents / Hardeners II-15

Solvents II-15

Reactive Diluents II-15

Fillers II-16

Typical Exposure Effects Associated with Epoxy Resin Systems II-16

Environmental Issues II-17

Low VOC Content - Prime Concern II-17

Epoxy Resin Manufacturers and EPA Enter into an Agreement II-17

4. Bisphenol-A - Key Raw Material II-18

Epoxies: Key End-Use Segment for BPA II-18

Table 2: Bisphenol A: Key End-Use Applications (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-18

5. End Use Overview II-19

A. A Brief Review of Epoxy Applications II-19

Civil Construction II-19

Coating Materials II-19

Adhesive Materials II-19

Filling Materials II-19

Laminated Materials II-19

B. Emerging Applications II-19

Electrodeposition Coatings II-19

Radiation-Cured Epoxies II-20

Hybrid Powder Coatings II-20

Acrylic/Epoxy Hybrid Powder Coatings II-20

C. Conventional Applications II-20

I. Paints and Coatings II-20

Why are Epoxy Resins Used in Paints & Coatings? II-20

Epoxy Surface Coatings II-21

a. Solvent Coatings II-21

b. Water based Coatings II-21

Types of Waterborne Epoxy Binder Systems II-21

c. Powder Coatings II-21

Decorative Powder Coatings II-22

Protective Powder Coatings II-22

Fillers, Pigments and Additives II-22

II. Electrical/Electronic Laminates II-23

III. Bonding and Adhesives II-23

IV. Flooring & Paving Aggregates II-23

V. Miscellaneous Applications II-23

6. Product Introductions II-24

Huntsman Unveils Structural Adhesives Product Range II-24

Master Bond Introduces Fast-Curing Epoxy Adhesive II-24

West System Launches G/flex Epoxy II-24

Huntsman Rolls Out New Range of Epoxy Resin Products II-24

Master Bond Introduces Epoxy Adhesive for Engineering Plastics

and Metals II-25

Industrial Nanotech Develops Nansulate" Epoxy-based System II-25

Huntsman Rolls Out Structural Adhesive Range II-25

National Adhesives Introduces Cartridge-sized Bondmaster Epoxy Adhesives II-25

Ashland Rolls Out New Epoxy Seam Sealers II-26

GS Polymers Unveils New Product Range II-26

Rahn AG Unveils Genomer Epoxy Acrylate II-26

Huntsman Launches New Epoxy Adhesive, ARALDITE" 7047 II-26

Showa Denko Develops Epoxy Resin (Chlorine-Free) for PCB II-26

CVC Launches EPALLOY 7200X90 Resin II-27

TPR2 Rolls Out New Fire-Retardant Resins II-27

Huntsman Launches New Epoxy Casting System II-27

Ashland Releases New Powder-Prime System of SMC Resin and Epoxy Adhesive II-28

Reichhold Rolls Out Epoxy Curing Agent With Water-Borne Chemistry II-28

Huntsman Releases Bromine-Free Epoxy Resin II-28

Sherwin-Williams Launches Corrosion-Controlling Dura-Plate" Coatings II-28

Valspar Lowers VOC Level of Epoxy Floor Coating II-29

CVC Launches ERISYS GE-25 II-29

Master Bond Develops a New Epoxy Based Adhesive II-29

Master Bond Releases EP76M Epoxy Adhesive II-29

Tra-Con Rolls Out New Epoxy Adhesive II-29

CVC Specialty Unveils EPALLOY" 9000 II-30

Tra-Con Introduces New Electrically Conductive Epoxy II-30

Baling Develops Epoxy Resin for Photo-Curable Coatings II-30

Quentsplass Introduces an Innovative Replacement for Cement in Terrazzo II-30

Master Bond Inc Launches EP19HT II-30

Ashland Specialty Chemical Unveils Novel Epoxy Vinyl II-30

CVC Specialty Chemicals Inc Introduces ERISYS EMUA-11 II-31

Air Products and Chemicals Introduces New Epoxy Products II-31

Dow Chemical Launches BLOX Resins II-31

7. Recent Industry Activity II-32

Hexion Signs Acquisition Agreement with Huntsman Corporation II-32

DYMAX Corporation Concludes Acquisition of Crosslink Technologies II-32

Dow Epoxy to Set up LER/GTE Plants in Shanghai II-32

Rocket Store to Distribute Aeropoxy Products in the UK II-33

Huntsman Enters into Distribution Agreement with Soudal II-33

SPOLCHEMIE Enters into an Agreement with SAFIC-ALCAN II-33

Spolchemie Establishes New Liquid Epoxy Resins Plant II-33

Jiangsu Sanmu and Manzhouli Huaqiang to Establish Epoxy Resin Unit II-34

Mitsubishi Gas to Terminate Multi-Purpose Epoxy Laminates Production II-34

Jubail Chemical to Expand Epoxy Resins Capacity II-34

Copps Industries Reorganizes Manufacturing Processes II-34

Tohto Kasei Plans Specialty Resins Capacity Expansion II-34

Henkel Group Acquires Alba Adesivos II-35

Cytec to Establish New Plant for Epoxy and Urethane Acrylates II-35

Univar to Distribute Reichhold Products in Iberian Market II-35

Bluestar to Set up Bisphenol A and Epichlorohydrin Plants in China II-35

Tohto to Expand Output Capacity II-35

Japan Epoxy Becomes a Subsidiary of Mitsubishi II-36

Air Products and Chemicals Acquires Tomah3 Products II-36

Cytec Bags a Contract from Lockheed II-36

ACG Distributes Epoxy Model Materials II-36

Thai Epoxy and Allied Products Company Limited Merges to Form

Aditya Birla Chemicals (Thailand) Ltd II-36

Mitsui Chemicals to Merge Two Singaporean Subsidiaries II-36

Royal Acquires J&R Industries II-37

Huntsman Pacts with AdMat II-37

Three Affiliates of Apollo Management Merge to Form Hexion Specialty II-37

Dow Completes Acquisition of Pacific Epoxy II-37

Sinopec and Mitsui Enters into a Pact II-37

Huntsman Builds Epoxy Resin Facility II-38

Kukdo Chemical Buys Liquid Epoxy Resin Facility II-38

Toray Plans to Expand Capacity II-38

Spolchemie Divests Epoxy Resin Business II-38

UPPC AG Directly Targets the Swiss Market II-38

Mitsubishi Chemical Increases Stake in Japan Epoxy Resins II-38

Huntsman Purchases Vantico from Morgan Grenfell Private Equity II-39

Dow Commences CER Production Activities II-39

Wuxi DIC Epoxy Restarts Production II-39

Japanese Firm Establishes New Epoxy Unit in China II-39

Dow Acquires Controlling Stake in Pacific Epoxy II-39

Dow Chemical China and Union Carbide China Merge II-39

Yueyang Sets up New Epoxy Resin Plant II-40

Nippon Patents New Method for Cationic Electro coating II-40

Apollo Management Acquires Resins Business of Shell Chemicals II-40

Morgan Grenfell Acquires CibaAEs Performance Polymers Division II-40

Asahi Acquires CibaAEs Stake in Joint Venture II-40

Solutia Acquires Viking Resins II-41

Shell Distributes Struktol Polydis 3710 II-41

8. Focus on Select Players II-42

3M(US) II-42

Aditya Birla Chemicals (Thailand) Ltd II-42

Air Products and Chemicals Inc (US) II-42

Asahi Kasei Chemicals Corporation (Japan) II-43

Cognis Benelux BV (The Netherlands) II-43

CVC Specialty Chemicals, Inc (US) II-43

DuPont EI de Nemours Co (US) II-44

Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Inc (US) II-44

Huntsman Corporation (US) II-44

Kukdo Chemical (Korea) II-45

Mitsui Chemicals, Inc (Japan) II-45

Nan Ya Plastics Corporation (China) II-45

Polychem Corporation (US) II-45

Reichhold Inc (US) II-46

Spolchemie A.S. (Czech Republic) II-46

Sumitomo Bakelite Co Ltd (Japan) II-46

The Dow Chemical Company (US) II-46

Dow Epoxy (US) II-47

UPPC AG (Germany) II-47

9. Global Market Perspective II-48

Table 3: World Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Epoxy Resins by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2001 through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-48

Table 4: World Long-term Projections for Epoxy Resins by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures for Years 2011 through 2015 in Thousand Tons (includes corresponding

Graph/Chart) II-49

Table 5: World Historic Review for Epoxy Resins by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 1991 through 2000 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-50

Table 6: World 20-Year Perspective for Epoxy Resins by Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales for US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets for Years 1991, 1995, 2007 & 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-51

Table 7: World Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Epoxy Resins Consumption in Paints and Coatings by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2001 through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-52

Table 8: World Long-term Projections for Epoxy Resins

Consumption in Paints and Coatings by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures for Years 2011 through 2015 in Thousand Tons (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-53

Table 9: World Historic Review for Epoxy Resins Consumption in Paints and Coatings by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 1991 through 2000 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-54

Table 10: World 20-Year Perspective for Epoxy Resins

Consumption in Paints and Coatings by Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales for US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets for Years 1991, 1995, 2007 & 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-55

Table 11: World Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Epoxy Resins Consumption in Paints and Coatings by Segment - Solvent-Based Paints and Coatings, Water-Based Paints and Coatings and Powder Coatings Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2001

through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-56

Table 12: World Long-term Projections for Epoxy Resins

Consumption in Paints and Coatings by Segment - Solvent-Based Paints and Coatings, Water-Based Paints and Coatings and Powder Coatings Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-56

Table 13: World Historic Review for Epoxy Resins Consumption in Paints and Coatings by Segment - Solvent-Based Paints and Coatings, Water-Based Paints and Coatings and Powder Coatings Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 1991 through 2000 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-57

Table 14: World 20-Year Perspective for Epoxy Resins Consumption in Paints and Coatings by Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales for Solvent-Based Paints and Coatings, Water-Based Paints and Coatings and Powder Coatings Markets for Years 1991, 1995, 2007 & 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-57

Table 15: World Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Epoxy Resins Consumption in Solvent-Based Paints and Coatings by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2001 through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-58

Table 16: World Long-term Projections for Epoxy Resins Consumption in Solvent-Based Paints and Coatings by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-59

Table 17: World Historic Review for Epoxy Resins Consumption in Solvent-Based Paints and Coatings by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed withAnnual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 1991 through 2000 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-60

Table 18: World 20-Year Perspective for Epoxy Resins Consumption in Solvent-Based Paints and Coatings by Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales for US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets for Years 1991, 1995, 2007 & 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-61

Table 19: World Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Epoxy Resins Consumption in Water-Based Paints and Coatings by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2001 through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-62

Table 20: World Long-term Projections for Epoxy Resins Consumption in Water-Based Paints and Coatings by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-63

Table 21: World Historic Review for Epoxy Resins Consumption in Water-Based Paints and Coatings by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 1991 through 2000 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-64

Table 22: World 20-Year Perspective for Epoxy Resins Consumption in Water-Based Paints and Coatings by Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales for US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets for Years 1991, 1995, 2007 & 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-65

Table 23: World Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Epoxy Resins Consumption in Powder Coatings by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2001 through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-66

Table 24: World Long-term Projections for Epoxy Resins Consumption in Powder Coatings by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-67

Table 25: World Historic Review for Epoxy Resins Consumption in Powder Coatings by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 1991 through 2000 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-68

Table 26: World 20-Year Perspective for Epoxy Resins Consumption in Powder Coatings by Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales for US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets for Years 1991, 1995, 2007 & 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-69

Table 27: World Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Epoxy Resins Consumption in Electrical Laminates by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2001 through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-70

Table 28: World Long-term Projections for Epoxy Resins Consumption in Electrical Laminates by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-71

Table 29: World Historic Review for Epoxy Resins Consumption in Electrical Laminates by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 1991 through 2000 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-72

Table 30: World 20-Year Perspective for Epoxy Resins Consumption in Electrical Laminates by Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales for US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets for Years 1991, 1995, 2007 & 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-73

Table 31: World Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Epoxy Resins Consumption in Bonding Applications by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2001 through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-74

Table 32: World Long-term Projections for Epoxy Resins Consumption in Bonding Applications by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-75

Table 33: World Historic Review for Epoxy Resins Consumption in Bonding Applications by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 1991 through 2000 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-76

Table 34: World 20-Year Perspective for Epoxy Resins Consumption in Bonding Applications by Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales for US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets for Years 1991, 1995, 2007 & 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-77

Table 35: World Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Epoxy Resins Consumption in Flooring and Paving by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2001 through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-78

Table 36: World Long-term Projections for Epoxy Resins Consumption in Flooring and Paving by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-79

Table 37: World Historic Review for Epoxy Resins Consumption in Flooring and Paving by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 1991 through 2000 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-80

Table 38: World 20-Year Perspective for Epoxy Resins Consumption in Flooring and Paving by Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales for US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets for Years 1991, 1995, 2007 & 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-81

Table 39: World Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Epoxy Resins Consumption in Miscellaneous Applications by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2001 through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-82

Table 40: World Long-term Projections for Epoxy Resins Consumption in Miscellaneous Applications by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-83

Table 41: World Historic Review for Epoxy Resins Consumption in Miscellaneous Applications by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 1991 through 2000 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-84

Table 42: World 20-Year Perspective for Epoxy Resins Consumption in Miscellaneous Applications by Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales for US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets for Years 1991, 1995, 2007 & 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-85

III. MARKET

1. United States III-1

A.Market Analysis III-1

A Primer III-1

Table 43: North American Epoxy Resins Market in Retrospect: Percentage Breakdown of Capacities of Major Players - Resolution Performance Products, Dow Chemical, Huntsman Advanced Materials(i), and Others for the Year 2003 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-1

Product Launches III-1

Strategic Corporate Developments III-7

Key Players III-9

B.Market Analytics III-13

Table 44: US Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Epoxy Resins by End-Use Segment - Paints and Coatings (Solvent-Based Paints and Coatings, Water-Based Paints and Coatings, Powder Coatings), Electrical Laminates, Bonding, Flooring and Paving and Miscellaneous End-Use Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2001 through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-13

Table 45: US Long-term Projections for Epoxy Resins by End-Use Segment - Paints and Coatings (Solvent-Based Paints and Coatings, Water-Based Paints and Coatings, Powder Coatings), Electrical Laminates, Bonding, Flooring and Paving and Miscellaneous End-Use Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-13

Table 46: US Historic Review for Epoxy Resins by End-Use Segment - Paints and Coatings (Solvent-Based Paints and Coatings, Water-Based Paints and Coatings, Powder Coatings), Electrical Laminates, Bonding, Flooring and Paving and Miscellaneous End-Use Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 1991 through 2000 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-14

Table 47: US 20-Year Perspective for Epoxy Resins by End-Use Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales for Paints and Coatings (Solvent-Based Paints and Coatings, Water-Based Paints and Coatings, Powder Coatings), Electrical Laminates, Bonding, Flooring and Paving and Miscellaneous End-Use Markets for 1991, 1995, 2007 & 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-14

2. Canada III-15

A.Market Analysis III-15

Relying More on the US III-15

B.Market Analytics III-15

Table 48: Canadian Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Epoxy Resins by End-Use Segment - Paints and Coatings (Solvent-Based Paints and Coatings, Water-Based Paints and Coatings, Powder Coatings), Electrical Laminates, Bonding, Flooring and Paving and Miscellaneous End-Use Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2001 through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-15

Table 49: Canadian Long-term Projections for Epoxy Resins by End-Use Segment - Paints and Coatings (Solvent-Based Paints and Coatings, Water-Based Paints and Coatings, Powder Coatings), Electrical Laminates, Bonding, Flooring and Paving and Miscellaneous End-Use Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-16

Table 50: Canadian Historic Review for Epoxy Resins by End-Use Segment - Paints and Coatings (Solvent-Based Paints and Coatings, Water-Based Paints and Coatings, Powder Coatings), Electrical Laminates, Bonding, Flooring and Paving and Miscellaneous End-Use Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 1991 through 2000 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-16

Table 51: Canadian 20-Year Perspective for Epoxy Resins by End-Use Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales for Paints and Coatings (Solvent-Based Paints and Coatings, Water-Based Paints and Coatings, Powder Coatings), Electrical Laminates, Bonding, Flooring and Paving and Miscellaneous End-Use Markets for 1991, 1995, 2007 & 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-17

3. Japan III-18

A.Market Analysis III-18

Outlook III-18

Product Launch III-18

Strategic Corporate Developments III-18

Key Players III-20

B.Market Analytics III-21

Table 52: Japanese Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Epoxy Resins by End-Use Segment - Paints and Coatings (Solvent-Based Paints and Coatings, Water-Based Paints and Coatings, Powder Coatings), Electrical Laminates, Bonding, Flooring and Paving and Miscellaneous End-Use Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2001 through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-21

Table 53: Japanese Long-term Projections for Epoxy Resins by End-Use Segment - Paints and Coatings (Solvent-Based Paints and Coatings, Water-Based Paints and Coatings, Powder Coatings), Electrical Laminates, Bonding, Flooring and Paving and Miscellaneous End-Use Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-21

Table 54: Japanese Historic Review for Epoxy Resins by End-Use Segment - Paints and Coatings (Solvent-Based Paints and Coatings, Water-Based Paints and Coatings, Powder Coatings), Electrical Laminates, Bonding, Flooring and Paving and Miscellaneous End-Use Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 1991 through 2000 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-22

Table 55: Japanese 20-Year Perspective for Epoxy Resins by End-Use Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales for Paints and Coatings (Solvent-Based Paints and Coatings, Water-Based Paints and Coatings, Powder Coatings), Electrical Laminates, Bonding, Flooring and Paving and Miscellaneous End-Use Markets for 1991, 1995, 2007 & 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-22

4. Europe III-23

A.Market Analysis III-23

Outlook III-23

Product Launches III-23

Strategic Corporate Developments III-24

Key Players III-27

B.Market Analytics III-28

Table 56: European Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Epoxy Resins by Geographic Region - France, Germany, Italy, UK, Spain, Russia and Rest of Europe Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2001 through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-28

Table 57: European Long-term Projections for Epoxy Resins by Geographic Region - France, Germany, Italy, UK, Spain, Russia and Rest of Europe Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-29

Table 58: European Historic Review for Epoxy Resins by Geographic Region - France, Germany, Italy, UK, Spain, Russia and Rest of Europe Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 1991 through 2000 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-29

Table 59: European 20-Year Perspective for Epoxy Resins by Geographic Region - Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales for France, Germany, Italy, UK, Spain, Russia and Rest of Europe Markets for Years 1991, 1995, 2007 & 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-30

Table 60: European Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Epoxy Resins by End-Use Segment - Paints and Coatings (Solvent-Based Paints and Coatings, Water-Based Paints and Coatings, Powder Coatings), Electrical Laminates, Bonding, Flooring and Paving and Miscellaneous End-Use Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2001 through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-31

Table 61: European Long-term Projections for Epoxy Resins by End-Use Segment - Paints and Coatings (Solvent-Based Paints and Coatings, Water-Based Paints and Coatings, Powder Coatings), Electrical Laminates, Bonding, Flooring and Paving and Miscellaneous End-Use Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-31

Table 62: European Historic Review for Epoxy Resins by End-Use Segment - Paints and Coatings (Solvent-Based Paints and Coatings, Water-Based Paints and Coatings, Powder Coatings), Electrical Laminates, Bonding, Flooring and Paving and Miscellaneous End-Use Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 1991 through 2000 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-32

Table 63: European 20-Year Perspective for Epoxy Resins by End-Use Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales for Paints and Coatings (Solvent-Based Paints and Coatings, Water-Based Paints and Coatings, Powder Coatings), Electrical Laminates, Bonding, Flooring and Paving and Miscellaneous End-Use Markets for 1991, 1995, 2007 & 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-32

4a. France III-33

Market Analysis III-33

Table 64: French Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Epoxy Resins by End-Use Segment - Paints and Coatings (Solvent-Based Paints and Coatings, Water-Based Paints and Coatings, Powder Coatings), Electrical Laminates, Bonding, Flooring and Paving and Miscellaneous End-Use Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2001 through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-33

Table 65: French Long-term Projections for Epoxy Resins by End-Use Segment - Paints and Coatings (Solvent-Based Paints and Coatings, Water-Based Paints and Coatings, Powder Coatings), Electrical Laminates, Bonding, Flooring and Paving and Miscellaneous End-Use Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-34

Table 66: French Historic Review for Epoxy Resins by End-Use Segment - Paints and Coatings (Solvent-Based Paints and Coatings, Water-Based Paints and Coatings, Powder Coatings), Electrical Laminates, Bonding, Flooring and Paving and Miscellaneous End-Use Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 1991 through 2000 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-34

Table 67: French 20-Year Perspective for Epoxy Resins by End-Use Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales for Paints and Coatings (Solvent -Based Paints and Coatings, Water-Based Paints and Coatings, Powder Coatings), Electrical Laminates, Bonding, Flooring and Paving and Miscellaneous End-Use Markets for 1991, 1995, 2007 & 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-35

4b. Germany III-36

Market Analysis III-36

Table 68: German Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Epoxy Resins by End-Use Segment - Paints and Coatings (Solvent-Based Paints and Coatings, Water-Based Paints and Coatings, Powder Coatings), Electrical Laminates, Bonding, Flooring and Paving and Miscellaneous End-Use Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in thousand Tons for Years 2001 through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-36

Table 69: German Long-term Projections for Epoxy Resins by End-Use Segment - Paints and Coatings (Solvent-Based Paints and Coatings, Water-Based Paints and Coatings, Powder Coatings), Electrical Laminates, Bonding, Flooring and Paving and Miscellaneous End-Use Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-37

Table 70: German Historic Review for Epoxy Resins by End-Use Segment - Paints and Coatings (Solvent-Based Paints and Coatings, Water-Based Paints and Coatings, Powder Coatings), Electrical Laminates, Bonding, Flooring and Paving and Miscellaneous End-Use Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in thousand Tons for Years 1991 through 2000 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-37

Table 71: German 20-Year Perspective for Epoxy Resins by End-Use Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales for Paints and Coatings (Solvent-Based Paints and Coatings, Water-Based Paints and Coatings, Powder Coatings), Electrical Laminates, Bonding, Flooring and Paving and Miscellaneous End-Use Markets for 1991, 1995, 2007 & 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-38

4c. Italy III-39

Market Analysis III-39

Table 72: Italian Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Epoxy Resins by End-Use Segment - Paints and Coatings (Solvent-Based Paints and Coatings, Water-Based Paints and Coatings, Powder Coatings), Electrical Laminates, Bonding, Flooring and Paving and Miscellaneous End-Use Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in thousand Tons for Years 2001 through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-39

Table 73: Italian Long-term Projections for Epoxy Resins by End-Use Segment - Paints and Coatings (Solvent-Based Paints and Coatings, Water-Based Paints and Coatings, Powder Coatings), Electrical Laminates, Bonding, Flooring and Paving and Miscellaneous End-Use Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-40

Table 74: Italian Historic Review for Epoxy Resins by End-Use Segment - Paints and Coatings (Solvent-Based Paints and Coatings, Water-Based Paints and Coatings, Powder Coatings), Electrical Laminates, Bonding, Flooring and Paving and Miscellaneous End-Use Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in thousand Tons for Years 1991 through 2000 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-40

Table 75: Italian 20-Year Perspective for Epoxy Resins by End-Use Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales for Paints and Coatings (Solvent-Based Paints and Coatings, Water-Based Paints and Coatings, Powder Coatings), Electrical Laminates, Bonding, Flooring and Paving and Miscellaneous End-Use Markets for 1991, 1995, 2007 & 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-41

4d. The United Kingdom III-42

Market Analysis III-42

Table 76: UK Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Epoxy Resins by End-Use Segment -Paints and Coatings (Solvent-Based Paints and Coatings, Water-Based Paints and Coatings, Powder Coatings), Electrical Laminates, Bonding, Flooring and Paving and Miscellaneous End-Use Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in thousand Tons for Years 2001 through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-42

Table 77: UK Long-term Projections for Epoxy Resins by End-Use Segment - Paints and Coatings (Solvent-Based Paints and Coatings, Water-Based Paints and Coatings, Powder Coatings), Electrical Laminates, Bonding, Flooring and Paving and Miscellaneous End-Use Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-43

Table 78: UK Historic Review for Epoxy Resins by End-Use Segment - Paints and Coatings (Solvent-Based Paints and Coatings, Water-Based Paints and Coatings, Powder Coatings), Electrical Laminates, Bonding, Flooring and Paving and Miscellaneous End-Use Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in thousand Tons for Years 1991 through 2000 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-43

Table 79: UK 20-Year Perspective for Epoxy Resins by End-Use Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales for Paints and Coatings (Solvent-Based Paints and Coatings, Water-Based Paints and Coatings, Powder Coatings), Electrical Laminates, Bonding, Flooring and Paving and Miscellaneous End-Use Markets for 1991, 1995, 2007 & 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-44

4e. Spain III-45

Market Analysis III-45

Table 80: Spanish Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Epoxy Resins by End-Use Segment -Paints and Coatings (Solvent-Based Paints and Coatings, Water-Based Paints and Coatings, Powder Coatings), Electrical Laminates, Bonding, Flooring and Paving and Miscellaneous End-Use Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2001 through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-45

Table 81: Spanish Long-term Projections for Epoxy Resins by End-Use Segment - Paints and Coatings (Solvent- Based Paints and Coatings, Water-Based Paints and Coatings, Powder Coatings), Electrical Laminates, Bonding, Flooring and Paving and Miscellaneous End-Use Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-46

Table 82: Spanish Historic Review for Epoxy Resins by End-Use Segment - Paints and Coatings (Solvent- Based Paints and Coatings, Water-Based Paints and Coatings, Powder Coatings), Electrical Laminates, Bonding, Flooring and Paving and Miscellaneous End-Use Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in thousand Tons for Years 1991 through 2000 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-46

Table 83: Spanish 20-Year Perspective for Epoxy Resins by End-Use Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales for Paints and Coatings (Solvent-Based Paints and Coatings, Water-Based Paints and Coatings, Powder Coatings), Electrical Laminates, Bonding, Flooring and Paving and Miscellaneous End-Use Markets for 1991, 1995, 2007 & 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-47

4f. Russia III-48

A. Market Analysis III-48

A Primer III-48

B. Market Analysis III-48

Table 84: Russian Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Epoxy Resins by End-Use Segment - Paints and Coatings (Solvent-Based Paints and Coatings, Water-Based Paints and Coatings, Powder Coatings), Electrical Laminates, Bonding, Flooring and Paving and Miscellaneous End-Use Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in thousand Tons for Years 2001 through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-48

Table 85: Russian Long-term Projections for Epoxy Resins by End-Use Segment - Paints and Coatings (Solvent-Based Paints and Coatings, Water-Based Paints and Coatings, Powder Coatings), Electrical Laminates, Bonding, Flooring and Paving and Miscellaneous End-Use Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-49

Table 86: Russian Historic Review for Epoxy Resins by End-Use Segment - Paints and Coatings (Solvent-Based Paints and Coatings, Water-Based Paints and Coatings, Powder Coatings), Electrical Laminates, Bonding, Flooring and Paving and Miscellaneous End-Use Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in thousand Tons for Years 1991 through 2000 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-49

Table 87: Russian 20-Year Perspective for Epoxy Resins by End-Use Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales for Paints and Coatings (Solvent-Based Paints and Coatings, Water-Based Paints and Coatings, Powder Coatings), Electrical Laminates, Bonding, Flooring and Paving and Miscellaneous End-Use Markets for 1991, 1995, 2007 & 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-50

4g. Rest of Europe III-51

Market Analysis III-51

Table 88: Rest of Europe Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Epoxy Resins by End-Use Segment - Paints and Coatings (Solvent-Based Paints and Coatings, Water-Based Paints and Coatings, Powder Coatings), Electrical Laminates, Bonding, Flooring and Paving and Miscellaneous End-Use Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in thousand Tons for Years 2001 through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-51

Table 89: Rest of Europe Long-term Projections for Epoxy Resins by End-Use Segment - Paints and Coatings (Solvent-Based Paints and Coatings, Water-Based Paints and Coatings, Powder Coatings), Electrical Laminates, Bonding, Flooring and Paving and Miscellaneous End-Use Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Thousand Tons for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-52

Table 90: Rest of Europe Historic Review for Epoxy Resins by End-Use Segment - Paints and Coatings (Solvent-Based Paints and Coatings, Water-Based Paints and Coatings, Powder Coatings), Electrical Laminates, Bonding, Flooring and Paving and Miscellaneous End-Use Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in thousand Tons for Years 1991 through 2000 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-52

Table 91: Rest of Europe 20-Year Perspective for Epoxy Resins by End-Use Segment - Percentage Breakdown of Volume Sales for Paints and Coatings (Solvent-Based Paints and Coatings, Water-Based Paints and Coatings, Powder Coatings), Electrical Laminates, Bonding, Flooring and Paving and Miscellaneous End-Use Markets for 1991, 1995, 2007 & 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-53

5. Asia Pacific III-54

A.Market Analysis III-54

Outlook III-54

China III-54

Unbridled Epoxy Resin Growth in China III-54

Leading Players III-54

Table 92: Production Capacity of Leading Epoxy Resin Manufacturers in China: 2005 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-55

Table 93: Production Capacity of Leading Epoxy Resin Manufacturers in China: 2004 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-56

Table 94: Chinese Epoxy Resins Demand by End-Use: 2004 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-56

Table 95: Epoxy Resins Market in China (2001, 2002 and 2003): Major Export Destinations -HongKong, Taiwan, France, Vietnam and South Korea (Exports in Tons) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-57

Table 96: Epoxy Resins Market in China (2001, 2002 and 2003): Major Import Sources - Taiwan, South Korea, US, Japan and Holland (Imports in Tons) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-57

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