Steady growth for European UP industry

Steady growth for European UP industry

industry Steady UNSATURATED resin growth for European polyester consumption Europe will grow (UP) average growth in Western result of mo...

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industry

Steady UNSATURATED resin

growth for European

polyester

consumption

Europe

will

grow

(UP)

average

growth

in Western

result

of

moderately

Sterling.

probably strength

of

Spain,

Austria

and

Greece are forecast

ing to industry

greatest

The report

analyst

IAL.

company’s

recent

consumption

of UP resins

expected

to

reach

487 000 tonnes annual

the is

pared

in 1998. The

growth

rate

sources

UP

tion

1997 in spite

capacity

(Composites

average 2.3% over the next five

Business 1998).

Les Norwood

Bader,

speaking

sumption

total

resin

con-

to 546 000 tonnes

by

2003. IAL

forecasts

that

cyclopentadiene UP

Analyst,

Plastics

resins

increase

will

8% to

have

only

been

for

stricter

legislation

General

a few

on

purpose

that,

in

CEFIC,

he

largely

production

to

older

consumption

is

notably

always difficult

to ascertain

pre-

cisely, however,

if IAL figures for

1998

reach 611 000 tonnes.

but

UP

styrene their use.

usage

resin

are accurate

then

there

to be considerable

half the market while corrosion

overcapacity

in the industry

resistant

spite of considerable

thalic

polyester

account

and vinyl ester

for almost

Italy biggest

is shown resin

Growth with

France rates

the

tion

25%. to

be

One

the UK.

average

2-3.5% below

out

indicator

might

appear

This

the consolicontrary

from DSM.BASF that

it

which will

Vinyl ester 5%

in

and efficient

which

utilization

it

will

IAL figures tact moulding the biggest

should

show

single

ing

33%

for

Furthermore processes

of so

called

expected

January

1999

clean might

to benefit only

of primer

and

increases

the

materials achieve

to

finish.

SMC

will

driver and

tail-

gain

market

lay-up

where

are produced.

IAL says that

use of polyin the produc-

of interior

paneling

is increasing

for

in Europe.

cabins

for the front

trains steel

claims,

include

covers, doors

over hand

Composite

for SMC

vehicles

wings,

of

This

and time required

large volumes

end

coat.

of

valve

spoilers,

sys-

in terms

applications

replace

tiny

porous

top

a suitable

New

BMC

several layers

cost

for commercial

trains

and

a relatively

tem that requires

tion

fineasily

continue

to

structures,

it

and growth

rates of up

to 10% are to be expected

and

bulk

the short to medium

moulding

(SMC/BMC)

cont-

for the UP

with a share of almost

but

SMC

ester composites

environmental

still have

this

is likely

dependent

cess in getting

REINFORCEDplastics

of the

shares.

industry

12

produce

account-

Metal

can be painted

cheaply.

share

production.

inue to be important

the

and

are still

(RTM) which

compound

European UP resin consumption by resin type, 1998. (Source IAL.)

be

such as resin transfer

moulding

highly

ish that

gates.

sector

UP industry

20%

non-porous

con-

that

processes

European

market

of finish.

has a superior,

replaces

the level of

which

is the problem

cabins,

Sheet

62%

been (most

increasing

legislation DCPD

for

have

and the new capacity

have been

r

this is

close

from tightening Tere 4% 1

by

Ludwigshafen

that

is

to be the recent

Resins

capacity

However,

is more automated than

the

achieved.

in the future.

to the

announcement Structural

in

by IAL’s statement expect

Germany)

in

compensation

or

thereby

consolida-

years.

dation to continue

by

UK showing

recent

that experts

the with

followed and

in

borne

consumer

23% of the market Germany,

as isoph-

in plants

closed

still appears

such

raising

expected

for well over

resins

Netherlands

resins

body

into service

Schoonebeek

50 000 tonnes.

orthophthalic

UP still accounts

told delegates

at

industry

years

is boosting

bring a new reactor

UK, in

based on figures from chemical

available

Europe emissions

The

British

Composites

share

market 14%.

European UP resin consumption by process, 1998. (Source IAL.)

of Scott

in Blackpool,

December,

substantially

December

at the

Federation

Congress

(DCPD) based

their

from

di-

of a

fall in produc-

years

taking

that

market

14O/o in 1998 com-

with

100 000 tonnes

will then

Unreinforced

to have the indicate

European

will grow

around

Pultrusion

growth.

Other

says that West European

as a

the

over the next five years, accord-

UP industry

to be

on the

composites

automotive

sector

future.

The

main

growth

for polyester

ites for automotive

Other include

markets tanks

decline

suc-

contrast

into

(GRP) water

in the

obstacle

to

compos-

applications

singled

Europe,

and

sewage

a growing albeit

on building works.

following

a

six years ago. In

glass reinforced

represent

out

and silos, which

IAL says are stable sharp

in

term.

one

activity

plastic pipes

market

in

dependant and public