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  • Versatile Protection: Ceresana Analyzes the Global Market for Biocides

    Biocides protect industrial and consumer goods but also water from damages caused by viruses, bacteria, algae, or other undesired organisms. Ceresana analyzed the global market for chemicals for disinfection, material protection, preservation, and pest control already for the second time. “They are added to the respective end products in only relatively small amounts”, explains Oliver Kutsch, CEO of Ceresana. ”Nevertheless, revenues of about USD 6.6 billion were generated with biocides worldwide in 2016.” The current market report expects another growth of revenues of about 2.1% per year.

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  • PET on the Rise: Ceresana Analyzes the European Market for Rigid Plastic Containers

    Plastic containers are available in the most diverse designs, shapes, and materials and can be used in a wide variety of applications. “These products of daily life are the result of continuous research and optimization; the requirements are constantly increasing,” Ceresana’s CEO Oliver Kutsch explains. The market research institute has analyzed the European market for rigid plastic containers. In many applications, plastics replace other materials such as glass or metal: Ceresana forecasts the European sales of plastic containers to reach a volume of more than 12.4 million tonnes in 2024.

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  • Clean Figures: New Ceresana Report on the Global Market for Surfactants

    Surfactants can form a foam, facilitate the removal of dirt, and enable the mixture of water and oil. Despite concerns of environmentalists, these surface active chemicals are found in almost every household and are also used in numerous industrial applications. "In 2016, a worldwide turnover of almost 31 billion US-dollars was achieved with surfactants" says Oliver Kutsch, CEO of the market research insitute Ceresana. “We expect another growth of revenues of surfactants of, on average 3.1% per year.” Ceresana analyzed the surfactants market already for the third time.

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  • Waterproof Figures: Ceresana Study on the European Market for Plastic Pipes

    Sewage systems have been around for about 5000 years. However, not everywhere: In France, for instance, more than 5 million households are not connected to the public sewage network. In rural areas in particular, the sewage infrastructure in Europe still has to be expanded. In the cities, it is less about new construction than about replacing old piping systems. For sewage, potable water, cable protection, gas piping, and other applications, pipes made of plastic are becoming more and more popular: They are light-weight, robust, and handy; they are increasingly replacing aluminum, concrete cast iron, copper or steel (see Market Study Pipes - Europe) . Ceresana analyzed the European market for plastic pipes already for the third time. Our analysts forecast European demand to increase to over 5.2 million tonnes until 2024.

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  • Well-Established Market Report: Second Ceresana Study on the European Market for Plastic Caps and Closures

    Push-Pull, Twist-Top, Snip-Tip, or Toggle-Swing? The selection of caps and closures is hardly straightforward nowadays, and new varieties for beverages, cosmetics, and other goods are constantly being developed. Ceresana analyzed the European market for plastic caps and closures already for the second time. Simple standard screw caps are still sold most frequently, however, caps and closures with an increased functionality gain importance in individual application areas. The analysts of Ceresana expect demand for plastic caps and closures in Europe to increase at an average growth rate of 2.0% p.a. until 2024.

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  • Splicing Numbers: Ceresana Analyzes the Global Market for Adhesives

    Adhesives are growing more important in industrial products, in the construction industry, in sports and leisure articles, and in many other segments. For the third time already, Ceresana analyzed the global market for adhesives: Almost 14 million tonnes of adhesives are consumed worldwide. According to the latest study, adhesive revenues will rise worldwide by 3.6% per year until 2024.

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  • Strong Figures: Ceresana Analyzes the Global Market for Polyethylene (HDPE)

    High-density polyethylene (HDPE) is the type of polyethylene offering the highest rigidity and least flexibility. The rigid and slightly hard plastic is highly suitable for a broad range of applications such as rigid containers and tubes as well as a variety of everyday household goods such as flasks, clothes pins, or handles of dishwashing brushes. Further, HDPE is processed into films. Ceresana already publishes the fourth study on the world market for HDPE. The current study expects a growth of the HDPE demand of, on average, 2.7% p.a. until 2024.

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  • Energy-Efficient Construction: Ceresana Analyzes the European Market for Windows and Doors

    Approximately 40% of total energy demand in Europe are consumed in buildings, a majority thereof for heating and warm water. To improve energy efficiency, insulation of house walls or roofs is discussed frequently. However, even the best insulation is useless when thermal bridges are not taken into consideration. Already today, windows and doors are able to contribute considerably to energy saving, for example, by integrating special insulation cores directly into the window profile. Ceresana analyzed the European market for windows and doors that are utilized in the construction industry already for the second time: The analysts expect a sales volume of a total of 222 million units for 2024.

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  • Insulate Europe: Ceresana Analyzes the Market for Insulation Materials

    The catastrophic major fire at Grenfell Tower in London led to a public discussion about the safety of insulation material. This is a great challenge for the producers. Energy efficiency and insulation material will continue to be a trending topic in many countries with various state regulations and funding programs. Ceresana analyzed the complete European market for insulation material already for the second time. The new study offers a complete overview on insulation materials used in the construction industry. Mineral wool (glass and stone wool), polystyrene-based insulation material (EPS and XPS) as well as polyurethane (PUR) are used for thermal and sound insulation in particular.

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  • Controversial Mass Products: Ceresana Analyzes the Global Market for Plasticizers

    Large amounts of plasticizers are processed to make brittle plastics, elastomers, paints and varnishes, as well as adhesives smooth, flexible or even useful in the first place. The latest, already fourth, plasticizer report by the market research company Ceresana forecasts the global demand for plasticizers to increase to about 9.75 billion tonnes until 2024.

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  • Proven Standard Plastic: Ceresana Publishes New Study on Polypropylene

    Polypropylene is the second most important standard plastic after polyethylene, compatible with many processing technologies, and used for the most diverse applications ranging from packaging to household appliances, clothes, and vehicles. Ceresana analyzed the global market for polypropylene (PP) already for the fourth time. The latest report of the market research company expects the demand for this type of plastics to grow by, on average, 3% per year until 2024.

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  • Energy Saving with Perspective: Ceresana Analyzes the Global Market for Plastic Windows

    When thinking about improving the energy efficiency of buildings, the first things that come to one's mind are insulation materials for house walls and roofs. However, even the best insulation is useless when thermal bridges such as windows are not taken into consideration. Plastic windows are already able to save a lot of energy. And its development is not over yet: Performance can be improved further by integrating special core insulation material directly into the window profile. Thus, the market research company Ceresana analyzed the global market for plastic window frames. These are usually made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Our analysts forecast demand for them to increase to almost 270 million units per year until 2023.

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  • Expanding Market: Ceresana Publishes New Report on EPS Foam

    The tragic fire catastrophe of the Grenfell Tower in London directed the public attention towards building envelopes. The discussion concerning the safety of facades and insulation material is a challenge especially for manufacturers of EPS, says Oliver Kutsch, CEO of the market research company Ceresana: “Expandable polystyrene is mainly used by the construction industry for thermal or sound insulation.” For the third time already, Ceresana analyzed the global market for this light and solid foam material made of expandable polystyrene that can take on almost any shape: Worldwide, about 6.7 million tonnes of EPS were consumed in 2016.

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  • Concentrated Figures: Ceresana Analyzes the Global Market for Plastic Masterbatches

    More than 4 million tonnes of plastic masterbatches were consumed worldwide in 2016. The masterbatches industry in Asia-Pacific accounted for about 40% of global demand in 2016. This region generated about one third of total revenues, North America almost 24% and Western Europe 19%. Ceresana expects total revenues generated with masterbatches to increase by 3.7% per year until 2024. The current study examines concentrates in a plastic matrix: white, black, other colors, and additives. While color masterbatches mainly serve to dye plastics, additive masterbatches improve the characteristics of these plastics. Many different additives can be combined, for example stabilizers, antioxidants, antistatic agents, and flame retardants.

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  • Burgeoning Bioplastics: Ceresana Analyzes the European Market for Bags and Sacks

    In the case of the popular environmental issue of light-weight plastic carrier bags, first consequences of the corresponding EU directive can be observed: In the meantime, most states of the European Union have regulations to reduce the consumption of plastic bags. Carrier bags made of paper are frequently exempt from these regulations; their manufacturers could become the ones who benefit from the EU directive. Ceresana analyzed the complete European market for bags and sacks already for the second time. Heavy duty and industry sacks are also included.

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  • Tough Material: Fourth Report on the Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) World Market by Ceresana

    Despite questionable plasticizers, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is one of the best-selling types of plastic. Production continues to rise, unimpressed by health and environmental discussion: In 2016, over 42 million tonnes of PVC were consumed, corresponding to over 16% of total plastics demand. The market research institute Ceresana already publishes the fourth study on the world market for PVC. The latest report expects global PVC demand to rise by, on average, 2.3% per year until 2024. With a market share of 60%, the Asia-Pacific region is the most important sales market.

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  • All the Plastic Ingredients at a Glance: Ceresana Analyzes the Global Market for Plastic Additives

    Plastics would not exist without additives. "Only diverse ingredients make useful materials of polymers", explains Oliver Kutsch, managing director of the market research company Ceresana: "Additives facilitate the processing of plastics, protect against heat and UV rays, and expand the range of properties." Ceresana analyzed the complete global market for all major plastic additives in one study for the first time: fillers, plasticizers, pigments, flame retardants, stabilizers, impact modifiers, lubricants / slip agents, antioxidants, blowing agents, as well as other plastic additives.

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  • The World Revolves around Plastics: Ceresana Analyzes the Global Plastics Market

    Plastics are indispensable in our everyday life. "In 2016, the global plastics market reached a volume of more than 263 million tonnes," says Oliver Kutsch, CEO of Ceresana. For the first time, the market research institute Ceresana analyzed the total global market for all commercially important plastics in one big study, from standard products up to high-performance engineering materials.

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  • Clear Message: New Study on the European Market for Labels by Ceresana

    Advertisement, information, and monitoring: Labels are indispensable in logistics and retail. Just like the whole packaging market, labels are continuously further developed by means of product and technical innovations. "New trends and regulations, for example concerning recycling or RFID tags, influence this special market", explains Oliver Kutsch, CEO of Ceresana. The market research company forecasts demand for paper and plastic labels in Europe to increase by 1.6% per year in the upcoming eight years.

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  • European Adherence: New Report by Ceresana on the Adhesives Market

    Where in the past screwing and riveting were very common, nowadays adhesives win over more and more application areas. "In 2016, almost 3.2 million tonnes of adhesives were consumed in Europe", says Oliver Kutsch, CEO of Ceresana. The market research company Ceresana analyzed the market for adhesives in Europe which includes Russia, the Caucasus, and Turkey already for the third time. The new study examines in detail the adhesive types: vinyls, acrylics, polyurethane, elastomers, epoxy, and other types. Information regarding demand, production, import, and export since 2008 are offered for the 23 individual countries - and forecasts up to 2024 in addition. According to the latest study of Ceresana, adhesive revenues will rise worldwide by 1.9% per year.

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  • Flexible and Clean: Ceresana Expects a Growing Demand for Plastic Films

    Packaging is supposed to be light and handy, neat and durable, microwaveable, and also environmentally friendly. The requirements for manufacturers increase constantly. Yet, these efforts are worth it, reports Oliver Kutsch, CEO of the market research company Ceresana: "Sales of plastic films will presumably reach a volume of about 250 billion US dollars until 2024." Ceresana analyzed the global market for flexible plastic films of all kinds already for the second time. These include besides packaging, such as bags and sacks, also films for, e.g., agriculture, the construction industry, and technical applications.

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  • Waterproof Growth: Ceresana Analyzes the Global Market for Silicones                 

    Silicones are indispensable in many industries. These plastics are used for various products, from pacifiers to computer keyboards. Based on quartz sand via the production of silicon metal, chemical processes yield a great number of different silicone compounds. The most important ones are silicone elastomers, silicone oils and silicone resins. Application areas are construction, automotive, electrical and electronics, medical technology, cosmetics, textiles, and paper. The market research institute Ceresana analyzed this lucrative, rapidly growing market already for the second time: Global revenues generated with silicones rose by 4.2% per year since 2008; in 2016, about USD 15.5 billion were reached. Ceresana expects the silicone market to increase further by 4.0% p.a. until 2024.

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  • Strong Fibers Save Energy: Ceresana Analyzes the Global Market for CRP and GRP Composites

    Expansion of wind energy, revolutionization of the automotive market by introduction of electric mobility or modernization of the aircraft fleet: the future needs lightweight yet high-performing materials. The market research institute Ceresana analyzed the market for carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) and glass fiber reinforced plastics (GFRP). These composite materials provide an excellent ratio of weight and carrying capacity; they ensure the reduction of weight of components - and thus also the saving of energy. The analysts of Ceresana expect the global market for CFRP and GFRP to increase to a volume of over 9.98 million tonnes by 2024.

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  • Solid Figures: Ceresana Analyzes the Global Market for Stabilizers

    Window frames made of PVC are almost indestructible - if they were protected against heat and light with stabilizers. Stabilizers enable a secure production and processing of plastics and rubber; they save many products from premature aging and weathering. The market research company Ceresana analyzed the global market for stabilizers already for the third time. The analysts expect stabilizer revenues to increase to USD 5.1 billion until 2024.

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  • Figures to Melt Away: Ceresana Analyzes the Global Market for Plastics for Extrusion

    Extrusion is one of the most important processes of the plastics industry; for example films, cups, pipes, hoses, electric cables, complete window profiles or doors can be produced with this method. Both flexible as well as rigid products that can be compact or cellular are extruded. The market research company Ceresana analyzes in this new study the global market for plastics for extrusion.

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  • Green Growth: Ceresana Publishes the New Report on the Global Market for Bioplastics

    Films made of potato starch, fibers made of lactic acid, disposable tableware made of sugar cane: revenues of more than USD 2.6 billion were generated with 'green' plastics in 2015. The market research institute Ceresana analyzed the global market for bioplastics already for the fourth time. According to the new study, these materials account for considerably higher growth rates than traditional petrochemical standard plastics. Facing the rising demand and the increasingly growing range of applications for bioplastics, analysts expect the trend to become even more significant in the future.

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  • Stable Growth: Ceresana Analyzes the Global Market for Plastics in the Construction Industry

    Plastics replace wood or metal at construction sites more and more often. PVC and EPS are stable and reliable, light and cheap: Advantages of the materials that can flexibly adapt to varied requirements are increasingly discovered. The market research company Ceresana analyzed the demand for plastics that are used in the construction industry, namely in the segments new construction and renovation as well as residential construction and non-residential construction. The new study also examines the market for the particular construction products that are made of plastics, e.g. pipes, windows, and insulation materials. The analysts of Ceresana expect demand of the construction industry for plastics to increase worldwide to a volume of about 73 million tonnes.

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  • Sparkling Revenues: Ceresana Analyzes the Global Market for Plastics for Injection Molding

    Injection molding is the most important processing method for mass production of plastic parts: Worldwide, almost 55 million tonnes of plastics are liquefied every year, then injected into various molds, and after cooling removed as a finished product. From small Lego bricks to large pipe fittings, almost everything is possible: The flexibility of size and form of this method expanded possibilities of plastic design enormously. Injection molding enables the substitution of traditional materials due to the low weight and the freedom of design. The market research company Ceresana publishes a study on the global market for plastics for injection molding now.

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  • Ceresana at Fakuma 2015 - International trade fair for plastics processing

    Ceresana was once again exhibitor at the 24th Fakuma - International trade fair for plastics processing

    If you want to catch up on the latest trends in plastics, you cannot miss out on the Fakuma. This international trade fair for plastics processing has become one of the world's leading meeting places for the industry. In 2014, more than 1,700 exhibitors attracted over 45,000 visitors from 117 countries to visit the international trade fair at Lake Constance.

    After a successful premiere in 2014, Ceresana presented its work at this year's Fakuma as well. Ceresana had its own exhibition stand in Hall B5 during the already fully booked Fakuma. The international trade fair took place on October 13-17, 2015.

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  • Ceresana at Fakuma 2014 - International trade fair for plastics processing

    Ceresana Presents New Market Studies for the Plastics Industry

    Who wants to find out about the latest trends in the plastics industry is bound to stop at the Fakuma: the international trade fair for plastics processing is one of the worldwide leading meeting points for the sector. Ceresana can be found in hall B5 of the completely booked out fair grounds in Friedrichshafen, Germany, between October 14th and 18th.

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  • Light and Strong: Ceresana Study on the Global Market for Automotive Plastics

    The automotive industry is a dynamically growing market for plastics: In addition to the global stock of already more than 1.2 billion vehicles, more than 90 million units are added every year. There are many examples of applications for plastics in the automotive industry: door trim, headlights, switches and handles, seating components, dashboard, windows, and also less visible parts such as plug connectors, battery casings, oil pans, fuel pumps, filter casings, or cooling water tanks. Replacing metal, rubber, and glass by plastics can reduce weight - but performance remains the same or is even improved.

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  • Every Drop Counts: Ceresana Analyzes the Global Market for Plastic Pipes

    Periods of extreme drought and old pipelines in bad conditions are not only a problem for Brazil's cities: Water is becoming increasingly scarce. This is a problem for thirsty consumers and desperate farmers. Yet, it is also a hope for new business opportunities for pipe manufacturers, because modern, efficient pipelines can at least mitigate the problem. In the upcoming years, increasing investments in pipe networks are to be expected, not only for the potable water supply. The market research company Ceresana analyzed the global market for plastic pipes. Our analysts forecast demand for these to increase to almost 37 million tonnes until 2023.

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  • The Whitest White: Ceresana Analyzes the Global Market for Titanium Dioxide

    Titanium dioxide, the most important white pigment with the highest refractive index, is the top-selling pigment type for paints, varnishes, paper, and plastics. It is used, for example, for the production of glass, ceramics, and catalysts. Titanium dioxide is used in food and medicine as well as in sunscreen. The market research company Ceresana extensively analyzed the global market for titanium dioxide (TiO2) along the complete value-added chain already for the second time: from the feedstock ilmenite, leucoxene, and rutile to the refined intermediates titanium slag and synthetic rutile up to the individual end products.

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  • High-Performance Material: Ceresana Analyzes the Global Market for Engineering Plastics

    Demand for engineering plastics with special physical and chemical characteristics has been increasing more strongly than the sales of common standard plastics such as polypropylene (PP) for several years already. Considering the rising demand for increasingly more efficient and lighter material, this trend is likely to even strengthen further. The market research company Ceresana analyzed the global market for engineering plastics already for the second time: Almost 20.3 million tonnes of ABS, PC, PA, PMMA, POM, PBT, SAN, and fluoropolymers were sold last year.

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  • Energy Saving with Perspective: Ceresana Analyzes the Global Market for Plastic Windows

    When thinking about improving the energy efficiency of buildings, the first things that come to one's mind are insulation materials for house walls and roofs. However, even the best insulation is useless when thermal bridges such as windows are not taken into consideration. Plastic windows are already able to save a lot of energy. And its development is not over yet: Performance can be improved further by integrating special core insulation material directly into the window profile. Thus, the market research company Ceresana analyzed the global market for plastic window frames. These are usually made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Our analysts forecast demand for them to increase to almost 270 million units per year until 2023.

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  • Controversial Lifesavers: Ceresana Analyzes the World Market for Flame Retardants

    Flame retardants inhibit or prevent from spread of fires, yet, they can also be dangerous for health and environment. In any case, they are sold in ever larger amounts: Worldwide, about 2.15 million tonnes of flame retardants are used per year for plastic products, electronic devices, construction material, and textiles. For the fourth time now, the market research company Ceresana extensively analyzed the global market for these lifesaving yet not unproblematic products. These include halogenated flame retardants based on bromine and chlorine, as well as aluminum trihydroxide (ATH), organophosphorus, antimony compounds (ATO), and rarer types.

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  • Rapid Change: Ceresana Analyzes the Global Market for Printing Inks

    Printing is declared dead oftentimes, but it is still a good business. According to a new market study by Ceresana, the global market for printing inks, which includes toners for electrophotography, will increase its volume to about USD 25.7 billion until 2023. In 2011, it had been at a level of less than USD 20 billion. However, not all manufacturers can benefit from this growth. The printing industry is undergoing some radical changes: While traditional businesses decline, online printing plants are seeing a rapid ascent; traditional printing processes are replaced increasingly by digital publishing processes.

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  • Good Prospects for Fillers: Ceresana publishes the 3rd edition

    The use of fillers reduce the costs of many products. Also, they often improve them. They influence rigidity, weatherability, electrical conductivity, and other characteristics of the final product. Without fillers, a variety of plastics would not be suitable for exigent applications. The market research institute Ceresana is now already publishing the 3rd edition of its successful market report on fillers.

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  • Indispensable Additives: Ceresana's Fourth Filler Report

    Fillers are more than just cheap filling materials: They can also improve characteristics, such as stability, weather-resistance, and electrical conductivity, of numerous products. Many plastics would not be of any use without fillers. For the fourth time now, Ceresana analyzed the global market for fillers: from ground calcium carbonate (GCC), precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC), kaolin, talc, and carbon black, up to specialties such as feldspar, mica, quartz, wollastonite, dolomite, and barium sulfate. The market research company expects the global revenues generated with fillers to increase until 2023 to USD 31.76 billion . Thus, fillers belong to the economically most important raw materials.

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  • Ceresana at Iran Plast 2016 - International trade fair for plastics processing

    IranPlast 2016: Ceresana Presented Consulting Services and New Market Studies about Plastics, Rubber, and Packaging

    The end of economic sanctions against Iran creates a gold-rush atmosphere for many industries. The country counting 75 million inhabitants owns rich oil and gas resources and is returning to the world market. After almost ten years of isolation, there is an enormous pent-up demand of investments. Especially German companies hope for orders worth billions - after all, Iran was for a long time the second most important overseas export market, only surpassed by the USA. Not only the market potential but also the need for information is high: Until business relations are completely normalized, many obstacles will have to be overcome. Ceresana is therefore excited to take part for the first time with its own stand on the IranPlast in Tehran to present its practice-oriented services and market data.

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  • Profitable End of Sanctions: Ceresana Analyzes the Petrochemical Industry of the Iran for the First Time

    In January 2016, the United Nations and the European Union abolished numerous sanctions against the Iran: A country with more than 75 million consumers returns to the global market now; business relations are normalizing step by step. All industries can profit thereof, especially the petrochemical industry due to the large oil and natural gas deposits of the Iran. On time for the 10th "IranPlast"-trade fair in Tehran, the market research institute Ceresana analyzed the market for petrochemical products in Iran extensively for the first time: from raw materials to derivates and intermediates, and to plastics.

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  • Building Up: Ceresana Analyzes the Global Market for Insulation Materials

    Energy saving has become a political trend topic around the globe; governments outbid each other with plans and promises. The International Energy Agency (IEA) assumes that until 2030, about USD 13.5 trillion have to be invested in climate-friendly technologies to accomplish all aims established by the climate conference in Paris in December 2015. Since heating and cooling of living areas and commercial buildings account for a major part of total energy consumption, the construction industry plays a key role. A new study of the market research institute Ceresana forecasts that revenues generated with construction insulation materials will amount to a volume of USD 47.7 billion until 2022.

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  • Approved Standard Work: Ceresana Publishes a Market Report on Pigments for the Fourth Time

    For the fourth time now, the market research company Ceresana analyzes the global market for pigments: Global sales amount to 9.7 million tonnes per year. The most important sales market in 2014 was the production of paints and varnishes which accounted for 45% of total demand. Processing of pigments in plastics ranked second at a considerable distance, followed by the application areas construction material, printing inks, and paper.

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  • Vinyl Bonds: Ceresana Analyzes the Global Market for Adhesives

    Where once massive rivets and screws were needed, a couple of droplets of adhesives are often enough today. "Adhesives are an evenly, calculable and durable bond for different materials," says Oliver Kutsch, CEO of the market research institute Ceresana. "Every year more than 13 million tonnes of adhesives are consumed worldwide." The demand will rise, with no end in sight. According to the latest study of Ceresana, adhesives revenues will rise by 3.1% per year until 2022. The Asia-Pacific region is accounting for more than a third of global demand.

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  • Clean Growth: Ceresana Publishes Second Market Report on Surfactants

    Surfactants facilitate the removal of dirt and enable to finely mix water and oil. These surface active chemical substances are used in every household but also serve for numerous industrial applications. "In 2014, a worldwide turnover of 33.2 billion US$ was achieved with surfactants" says Oliver Kutsch, manager of the market research institute Ceresana. "We expect a further growth in sales of approx. 2.5% per year so that more than 40 billion US$ are reached in 2022."

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  • Alcohols for Industrial Applications: Ceresana Analyses the Global Market for Solvents

    No matter if paints or adhesives, pharmaceutical drugs or cosmetics: Solvents are immensely important in the manufacturing of many industrial goods. Ceresana publishes the most comprehensive report on the global market for solvents. According to this study, already published in its third edition, solvents valuing about US$25 billion were sold in 2013. Market analysts expect revenues to rise by another 4% p.a. until 2021.

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  • Sustainable Success: Ceresana expects the market for bioplastics to grow

    Polypropylene made from sugarcane, polyester based on starch, and polymers using lactic acid as feedstock: Plastics based on renewable resources are increasingly becoming a real alternative to petrochemical products. "Even in times of economic difficulties, bioplastics possess an enormous potential", describes Oliver Kutsch, CEO of the market research institute Ceresana: "Until 2021, demand is likely to increase by 18.9% per year." Ceresana is already publishing the third edition of its market report on bioplastics.

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  • Cans and tubes do not have a crisis: Ceresana examines the European market for rigid metal packaging

    Steel and aluminium are sustainable materials for attractive packaging: high-quality appearance, outstanding barrier properties and best requirements for reprocessing. "Already today the recycling rate for metal packaging in Europe amounts to significantly more than 70%" says Oliver Kutsch, CEO of the market research institute Ceresana. "However, metal is facing more and more competition from other materials, in particular plastics." Ceresana examined the European market for cans, tubes, other containers as well as caps and closures of metal. Products that belong to those different areas of application are for example beer cans, trays for ready meals, tubes for pharmaceutical products, paint buckets but also heavy transport packaging for industrial goods like IBC. According to Ceresana's new study, the European market volume for rigid metal packaging will presumably amount to approx. 284 billion units in 2021.

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  • Strong fibers: Ceresana presents market study on polyamides

    Tear-resistant fibers, unbreakable components: Polyamides are among the most versatile plastics. Especially the types polyamide 6 and polyamide 66 are important. They vary in their chemical constitution. "In 2014, global revenues of 24.4 billion US$ were achieved with these two polyamide types", says Oliver Kutsch, CEO of the market research institute Ceresana. A new study by Ceresana expects sales growth for polyamides from 3.1% per year to around 31.2 billion US$ in 2022.

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  • Important Feedstock for the Chemical Industry: Ceresana Analyzes the Global Market for Benzene

    Benzene is needed for the production of important industrial chemicals; it is, for example, a feedstock for polystyrene and nylon fibers. The market research institute Ceresana expects global demand for this basic raw material to increase. Until 2021, market volume will rise by more than 7 million tonnes; revenues generated with benzene are projected to amount to more than US$69 billion that year. Currently, the Middle East/ Africa and Asia-Pacific are substantially increasing production capacities for benzene and its downstream products.

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