NEW YORK, Sept. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- This Market Research report analyzes and measures the market for conventional conductive polymer composites, which incorporate conductive fillers in an insulative resin to achieve a measure of conductivity. Includes forecasts through 2021.
Use this report to:
- Analyze and measure the market for conventional conductive polymer composites.
- Learn about the recent technical developments in the market of inherently conductive
- Gain insight into a wide variety of applications of ICPs, such as electrostatic dissipation
(ESD) control, light emitting displays, capacitors, electrostatic paintable plastics, etc.
- The global market for electroactive polymers reached 447.3 million pounds in 2015. The market is expected to reach 725.8 million pounds by 2021 from 484.9 million pounds in 2016 increasing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.4% from 2016 to 2021.
- Conductive plastics currently dominate the market and are expected to grow from 474.2 million pounds in 2016 to 700.4 million pounds in 2021 at a CAGR of 8.1% for the period 2016-2021.
- Inherently conductive polymers (ICPs) over the next five years will grow from 10.7 million pounds in 2016 to 25.4 million pounds in 2021 at a CAGR of 18.9% for the period 2016-2021.
STUDY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
This report is an update of an earlier (2011) BCC Research report on conductive polymer technologies and markets. Its objectives include describing recent technical developments and analyzing the market for inherently conductive polymers (ICPs). The latter are a class of polymers (e.g., polyanilines, polythiophenes) that conduct electricity on their own. Although the report focuses on ICPs, it also analyzes and measures the market for conventional conductive polymer composites, which incorporate conductive fillers in an insulative resin to achieve a measure of conductivity. ICPs compete with conductive polymer composites in some applications, although ICPs also have a number of unique applications.
REASONS FOR DOING THE STUDY
Inherently conductive polymers are the fastest-growing segment of the market for conductive polymers, although they currently account for a much smaller share of the market than conductive polymer composites. ICPs have a wide variety of potential applications, such as electrostatic dissipation (ESD) control, light emitting displays, capacitors, electrostatic paintable plastics, antistatic packaging, corrosion-resistant paints/coatings, and other more esoteric markets such as rechargeable batteries, smart windows and electronic membranes.
In the five years since the previous edition of this report, the market for ICPs has continued to grow and evolve. Thus, there is a need for an up-to-date appraisal of ICPs' future commercial potential.
SCOPE OF THE STUDY
The scope of this study encompasses both ICPs and conductive polymer composites, both in applications where the two types of conductive polymers compete as well as ICP markets independent of traditional conductive plastics. Applications in which the two types of conductive polymers compete include ESD/antistatic packaging and electrostatic spray painting, as well as other applications. Unique ICP applications include batteries, transistors, light-emitting diodes (LEDs), capacitors, corrosion-resistant coating products, membranes and sensors, among others.
Market data are presented in value as well as volume terms. Estimating the volume consumed of ICPs such as polythiophenes, polyanilines, or polypyrroles is difficult. The difficulty arises because these materials are usually not used as solids or liquids in the "neat" form, except for several types of films or "pastes." Polythiophenes, for example, are mostly sold in very dilute solutions (less than 5% concentration), while polyanilines are often used as 25% emulsions. ICP "volumes," therefore, are almost always reported by weight as dilute solutions or emulsions and overall global estimates derived from various suppliers, the trade press, or reports vary by several hundred percent. ICP suppliers are usually unwilling to provide even the broadest estimates because of the wide disparity of concentrations of the ICPs along with the proprietary
nature of this information.
The market data presented are global in scope. Further segmentation into major geographic areas was not feasible.
Both primary and secondary research sources were used to gather information, including:
- Complete literature review on products and technology.
- Patent search.
- Contacts with key personnel from producers, suppliers and end users.
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