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Thermoplastics, Compounding of Engineering

Specialty Chemicals Update Program

Table of Contents

Section Page Number

Executive summary 8
North America 8
Europe 9
Japan 9
China 9
Other Asia 10
Summary 11
Overview of the ETP compounding industry 16
Introduction 16
Industry structure 17
Market participants 23
North America 23
Europe 35
Japan 42
China 46
Other Asia 50
Operating characteristics 53
Technology 53
Reinforcements 53
Fillers 54
Impact modifiers 56
Blends and alloys 56
Manufacturing 62
Extruders 62
Single screw 63
Twin screw 64
Kneaders 65
Extruder design 65
Postcompounding operations 67
Statistical process control and statistical quality control 67
Automation 67
Research and development 68
Process development 68
Compliance with environmental regulations 68
Marketing strategies 69
Trade names 69
Product promotion 69
Distribution 70
United States 71
Europe 71
Japan 72
China 72
Cost structure 73
Capital investment 73
Production costs 74
Profitability 75
Captive compounding 75
Overall compounding 78
Critical factors for success 79
Marketing 79
Research and development 82
Manufacturing 83
Trends and opportunities 85
Globalization 85
Increased role of the independent compounder 86
Reduced order size 88
Increased burden on compounders 88
Greener ETPs 88
Increased competition from olefinic- and styrenic-based polymers 90
Increased use of recycled materials 91
Greater use of carbon fibers for compounding 91
Greater use of long-fiber reinforcement 92
Greater use of nanotechnology 93
Product types 95
Polyamide compounds 95
Products and functions 95
Filled and reinforced compounds 95
Blends 96
Consumption and markets 98
North America 100
Europe 101
Commonwealth of Independent States 103
Japan 103
China 104
Other Asia 104
Market participants 104
North America 104
South America 108
Europe 108
Commonwealth of Independent States 111
Japan 112
China 114
Other Asia 116
Prices 117
Polybutylene terephthalate compounds 119
Products and functions 120
Filled and reinforced compounds 120
Blends 121
Consumption and markets 122
North America 123
Filled and reinforced compounds 123
Blends 123
Europe 123
Automotive 124
Electrical/electronic 124
Consumer and household applications 124
Japan 124
China 125
Other Asia 125
Market participants 126
North America 126
Europe 128
Japan 129
China 130
Other Asia 133
Prices 135
Polycarbonate compounds 136
Products and functions 136
Filled and reinforced compounds 136
Blends 137
Consumption and markets 139
North America 140
Europe 141
Commonwealth of Independent States 142
Japan 142
China 143
Other Asia 143
Market participants 143
United States 143
Europe 144
Commonwealth of Independent States 145
Japan 146
China 147
Other Asia 148
Prices 149
Polyphenylene ether compounds 151
Products and functions 151
Filled and reinforced compounds 151
Blends 152
Consumption and markets 153
North America 154
Europe 155
Japan 155
China 156
Other Asia 156
Market participants 156
North America 156
Europe 157
Japan 158
China 158
Other Asia 159
Prices 160
Polyacetal compounds 161
Products and functions 162
Filled and reinforced compounds 162
Blends 162
Consumption and markets 162
United States 163
Filled and reinforced compounds 163
Blends 163
Europe 164
Japan 164
China 165
Other Asia 166
Market participants 166
United States 166
Europe 167
Japan 168
China 169
Other Asia 170
Prices 171
Polyphenylene sulfide 172
Products and functions 172
Filled and reinforced 172
Blends 174
Consumption and markets 175
North America 175
Europe 176
Japan 176
China 177
Other Asia 178
Market participants 178
United States 178
Europe 179
Japan 181
China 183
Other Asia 184
Prices 185
Revisions 187
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