March 21, 2013 04:08 ET

Market Research Report -- US Demand for Custom Compounded Thermoplastics to Reach 11.4 Billion by 2017

ROCKVILLE, MD--(Marketwire - Mar 21, 2013) - has announced the addition of the market research report "Custom Thermoplastic Compounding" to their product offering.

US demand for custom compounded thermoplastics is forecast to rise 5.0 percent annually to 11.4 billion pounds in 2017, valued at $14.3 billion (resin content only). Advances will be fueled by continuing efforts among custom compounders to develop new and innovative products that will broaden the range of applications for thermoplastics, making them more competitive with alternative materials. 

Construction will offer the best prospects, as it was just beginning to emerge from its post-recession trough in 2012, leaving significant room for expansion going forward. Strong gains in the pipe and fittings segment will be supported by plastic pipe's competitive cost structure, light weight, corrosion resistance, long service life, and lower installed costs relative to competitive materials. Thermoplastic compounds also find favor in applications such as decking, fencing, siding, and windows due to a number of advantages over traditional wood products. However, pipe and siding processors frequently perform compounding in-house, thus restricting opportunities for custom compounders.

Demand for thermoplastics used in motor vehicle parts and components will be driven by ongoing efforts to comply with increasingly stringent fuel economy standards. Compounded plastics will also benefit from their durability, design flexibility, and relatively low cost. Long glass fiber reinforced polypropylene is making significant inroads, serving as an alternative to steel in semi-structural applications and also expanding into aesthetic and under-the-hood uses.

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