Coated Fabrics Market in U.S. & China Analyzed with 2016 Forecasts in New Market Research Reports at

Oct 03, 2012, 05:15 ET from ReportsnReports

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"Coated Fabrics to 2016" focuses on the United States coated fabric industry where as "Chinese Markets for Coated Fabrics" is available at 50% Discount for limited period and covers long-term forecasts through 2016 and 2021 with major China producers profiled in the report.

Demand for US coated fabrics market is forecast to increase 3.5% annually to 635 million square yards in 2016, an improvement from the declines of the 2006-2011 period. Gains will be driven by a rebound in motor vehicle production, a significant outlet for coated fabrics. In addition, renewed economic growth, along with rising manufacturing output, and rebounding construction activity will provide opportunities for coated fabrics. In value terms, coated fabric demand is projected to expand slightly faster than in area terms, based on price increases. Nevertheless, price increases will moderate from the 2001-2011 period, when costs of certain raw materials, such as crude oil-based polymers, rose substantially. Greater competition from lower cost imports, especially from China, will also work to restrain pricing gains.

Growth in airbags to spur motor vehicle market gains

In 2011, 27% of all coated fabrics market demand was dedicated to the motor vehicle market in applications such as airbags, upholstery, headlining, trim, tops, and covers. Airbags are projected to provide the best growth opportunities, driven by an increase in the number of airbags per vehicle. This is partially due to government regulations and the inclusion of more airbags into a larger number of types of vehicles at varying price points.

Among other markets, those that are most closely tied to renewed construction activity (e.g., wallcoverings, furniture, and awnings and canopies) will achieve above-average growth. The protective clothing market will also achieve above-average gains, benefiting from accelerating manufacturing output, where processes in industries such as chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and electronic, require employees to wear protective gear, as well as ongoing spending on such equipment for military personnel and first responders.

Polymer-coated fabrics to remain dominant in value

In 2011, coated polyester held the largest share -- 46 percent -- of coated fabric demand. Sales of coated polyester will benefit from its low cost and versatility. While used in a variety of markets, the light vehicle, furniture, and industrial markets account for the largest share of coated polyester sales. Through 2016, coated polyester will remain the largest substrate category, but coated nylon will achieve the fastest gains in sales. Demand for coated nylon will be spurred by its use in several above-average growth markets, such as airbags and protective clothing.

In 2011, polymer-coated fabrics comprised the largest share of coated fabric demand in value terms, accounting for 88 percent of the total. Within this category, vinyl-coated fabrics are the most commonly used materials, accounting for 40 percent of total polymer-coated fabric demand in 2011. The significant share of vinyl-coated fabrics is primarily due to its relatively low cost and adequate durability for many applications. Among the major types of polymer-coated fabrics, vinyl-, polyethylene-, and polypropylenecoated versions will post the fastest gains through 2016. The rubber-coated fabric product category is much smaller, but growth will benefit from the use of silicone varieties in airbag production. Advances will be fastest for fabric backed wall coverings, which will be promoted by a recovery in the building construction sector, especially in the institutional and office segments where wall coverings find significant use.

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On the other hand, China's demand for coated fabrics has grown at a fast pace in the past decade. In the next five years, both production and demand will continue to grow. A new study on Chinese Markets for Coated Fabrics examines China's economic trends, investment environment, industry development, supply and demand, industry capacity, industry structure, marketing channels and major industry participants. Historical data (2001, 2006 and 2011) and long-term forecasts through 2016 and 2021 are presented. Major producers in China are profiled. This report details coated fabrics consumption by following markets:

  • Furniture
  • Motor Vehicles
  • Book Coverings
  • Wall Coverings
  • Other Coated Fabrics Markets

This report also includes a chapter on coated fabrics producer directory covering:

  • Coated Fabrics Producer Profiles
  • Distributors
  • Trading Companies
  • Research Institutions and Associations
  • Major End-Users

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