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Thermoplastics, Compounding of Engineering

Table of Contents

Section Page Number

Executive summary 6
North America 6
Europe 6
Japan 6
China 7
Other Asia 7
Summary 8
Overview of the ETP compounding industry12
Introduction12
Industry structure14
Market participants18
North America19
Europe30
Japan35
China39
Other Asia42
Operating characteristics44
Technology44
Reinforcements44
Fillers45
Impact modifiers46
Blends and alloys47
Manufacturing52
Extruders52
Single screw53
Twin screw53
Kneaders54
Extruder design54
Postcompounding operations55
Statistical process control and statistical quality control56
Automation56
Research and development56
Process development56
Compliance with environmental regulations57
Marketing strategies57
Trade names58
Product promotion58
Distribution58
United States59
Europe59
Japan60
China60
Cost structure61
Capital investment61
Production costs62
Profitability63
Captive compounding63
Overall compounding65
Critical factors for success66
Marketing66
Research and development69
Manufacturing70
Trends and opportunities71
Globalization71
Increased role of the independent compounder72
Reduced order size74
Increased burden on compounders74
Greener ETPs74
Increased competition from olefinic- and styrenic-based polymers75
Increased use of recycled materials76
Greater use of carbon fibers for compounding76
Greater use of long-fiber reinforcement77
Greater use of nanotechnology78
Product types80
Nylon compounds80
Products and functions80
Filled and reinforced compounds80
Blends81
Consumption and markets83
North America84
Europe85
Commonwealth of Independent States86
Japan87
China87
Other Asia88
Market participants88
North America88
South America91
Europe92
Commonwealth of Independent States94
Japan95
China97
Other Asia98
Prices99
Thermoplastic polyester (PET, PBT, and PTT) compounds 101
Products and functions 102
Filled and reinforced compounds 102
Blends 102
Consumption and markets 103
North America 104
Filled and reinforced compounds 104
Blends 105
Europe 105
Automotive 105
Electrical/electronic 105
Consumer and household applications 105
Japan 106
China 106
Other Asia 107
Market participants 107
North America 107
Europe 109
Japan 110
China 111
Other Asia 114
Prices 116
Polycarbonate compounds 117
Products and functions 117
Filled and reinforced compounds 117
Blends 118
Consumption and markets 120
North America 121
Europe 121
Commonwealth of Independent States 122
Japan 122
China 123
Other Asia 123
Market participants 123
United States 123
Europe 125
Commonwealth of Independent States 125
Japan 126
China 127
Other Asia 128
Prices 129
Polyphenylene ether compounds 130
Products and functions 130
Filled and reinforced compounds 130
Blends 130
Consumption and markets 132
North America 132
Europe 133
Japan 133
China 134
Other Asia 134
Market participants 134
North America 134
Europe 135
Japan 135
China 136
Other Asia 136
Prices 137
Polyacetal compounds 138
Products and functions 139
Filled and reinforced compounds 139
Blends 139
Consumption and markets 139
United States 140
Filled and reinforced compounds 140
Blends 140
Europe 140
Japan 141
China 142
Other Asia 142
Market participants 142
United States 142
Europe 143
Japan 144
China 144
Other Asia 146
Prices 146
Polyphenylene sulfide 148
Products and functions 148
Filled and reinforced 148
Blends 149
Consumption and markets 150
North America 151
Europe 151
Japan 152
China 152
Other Asia 153
Market participants 153
United States 153
Europe 154
Japan 155
China 156
Other Asia 157
Prices 158

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