New study planned on engineering thermoplastics compounding A new study of engineering thermoplastic compounding in Europe is planned by Phillip Townsend Associates.
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Consumption of ETPs in Western Europe is currently estimated at over 2 million tonnes/year, a large proportion of which is compounded with fillers and additives, such as glass fibre, minerals and flame retardants.
There have been many changes since 1990 to trigger entry of non-European companies into the market, in&ding reunification of Germany and development of the single European market, forcing new plant construction, mergers or
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Up-dating a study made by Townsend in 1990, the new research will cover over 700 sites, analyzing capacity, strategy and equipment, and will cover trends in materials and competition, forecasting to 2000. It will be published in the fourth quarter of 1996
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US independents to grow at 4% a year - forecast Demand for raw materials from independent thermoplastic compounders in the USA is projected to increase at 4% a year to the year 2000, in a new report from Freedonia. Growth in this sector will be aided by the cost-effectiveness of compounded resins in high-performance applications, and their adThermoplastic
acquisitions. New materials and applications have arrived, but the market is still dominated by styrenics, with polyamides and polycarbonate moving up strongly.
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vantages of metals and other competitive materials. PVC compounding will provide the best opportunities, due to its large volume and diverse markets, but thermoplastic elastomers will show the most rapid growth, because of growing use and continuing replacement of thermosetting resins and rubbers. Polypropylene will be boosted by demand from the automotive and other markets for near-engineered grades. Automobiles will
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