MarketResearch.com has announced the addition of BCC Research's new report "Rigid Transparent Plastics" to their collection of Polymers market reports.
Rigid transparent plastics have become a significant market and encompass many types of polymers. In addition to acrylics and polycarbonates, many styrene-based materials, along with commodity and specialty polymers are available in clear grades. Opportunities in several application areas are in need of reappraisal in regard to transparent or clear plastics, especially in electronic, medical, and automotive sectors in economically dire times. Of special interest within the electronic sector is use of transparent plastics as substrates for CDs, DVDs, and more recent variants.
The North American transparent plastics market is estimated at more than 3.3 billion pounds in 2010, and is expected to reach 4 billion pounds by 2015, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.7%.
Clear polycarbonate consumption is estimated at 950 million pounds in 2010 and is expected to increase at a 4.1% a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) to reach 1.2 billion pounds in 2015, led by automotive, medical, and electronics applications.
The acrylic transparent market is valued at 866 million pounds in 2010 and is expected to reach more than 1 billion pounds by 2015, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.8%. Building/construction applications account for almost 60% of total volume, but the electronic segment will show the largest growth.
Those clear resins covered in this report specifically include: acrylics, polycarbonates, polystyrenes, styrene block copolymers (SBCs), styrene acrylonitrile (SAN), ABS, polysulfones, thermoplastic polyesters (almost exclusively, PET), polypropylene, acrylic-styrene copolymers (SMMA), PVC, nylon, cellulosic resins, cyclic olefin copolymers (COCs), and allyl diglycol carbonate (ADC).