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Market Study: Polyvinyl Chloride (3rd Edition) UC-9505

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Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is one of the key products of the chemical industry and, in addition to polypropylene and polyethylene, one of the most widely produced plastics. Worldwide, about 39.3 million tonnes of PVC were consumed in 2013. Market researchers at Ceresana expect demand for PVC to increase by 3.2% per year until 2021. Accounting for almost 56% of global consumption, Asia-Pacific is the by far largest sales market for PVC and will continue to develop at the highest growth rates in the future. The North American and Western European markets have returned onto a growth path after incurring severe losses in previous years.

Demand Continues to Rise
The construction industry is the prime sales market for PVC products. The Chinese construction industry continues to grow at higher rates than in most other countries, even though dynamics are slowing down somewhat. In addition to China, India is one of the growth motors on the PVC market. Demand in India is projected to increase at an average annual growth rate of 4.9%. The USA suffered from weak domestic demand in past years, but are seeing local demand for PVC products rise again, thanks to a more positive development of the construction sector. In Western Europe, countries affected by the crisis such as Spain and Italy seem to more or less have reached the bottom of the valley. Combined with rather stable markets, e.g. Germany, France and the United Kingdom, PVC consumption in Western Europe is likely to increase by about 1% per year again.

US Production Picking Up Speed
US producers of PVC have been able to offset low domestic demand by a considerable increase of export volume. Since feedstock costs in the USA fell notably due to the shale gas boom, US manufacturers could capitalize on low prices when competing on the international market.
In Europe, weak demand in recent years led to high market dynamics: Small and medium sized producers were either acquired by competitors or disappeared from the market. As a result, some countries, e.g. Italy, ceased producing PVC altogether. While some large-scale manufacturers like Arkema sold their PVC business, Solvay and INEOS merged their divisions: The joint venture Inovyn is expected to become operational at the end of 2014. Market researchers at Ceresana believe the founding of this by far largest European PVC manufacturer to be yet another sign of increasing pressure towards market concentration.
While capacity utilization in North America and Western Europe is very high already, Asia-Pacific in particular is still exhibiting notable excess capacity. China, the worldwide largest manufacturer of PVC, is therefore capable to increase output rather easily to satisfy the rising domestic demand. Chinese producers mainly rely on coal-based vinyl chloride to manufacture PVC, whereas other countries, for example the USA, are using exclusively ethylene-based vinyl chloride.

PVC Applications Vary
Among the most important PVC products are pipes and conduits, at a considerable distance followed by plastic PVC profiles as well as films and sheets. Other applications accounting for noteworthy shares of PVC demand include cables and cable sheathing as well as floorings. Other industrial applications are automotive coatings, medical products like infusion bags, and shoes. While development of individual application areas will remain highly balanced in the upcoming eight years, there are various differences to be seen when it comes to world regions. The Asian-Pacific region, first and foremost India and China, is producing a comparatively large amount of PVC pipes. Turkey and Russia, on the other hand, manufacture a rather large share of profiles, resulting in PVC consumption in Eastern Europe being highest in the segment profiles. Germany also utilizes the majority of its PVC to produce profiles; the German market is currently profiting from the boom of energy efficient refurbishment.

The Study in Brief:

In chapter 1, the most important facts regarding production, processing and properties of PVC are summarized briefly.

Chapter 2 is a presentation and analysis of the global PVC market. Development of demand and revenues as well as production and existing capacities are analyzed for the world as a whole and for individual regions.

In Chapter 3, 35 countries are analyzed in detail, data cover PVC demand, revenues, production, and trade in the past eight years; additionally, this chapter provides forecasts up to 2021. Demand for PVC in individual application areas is analyzed for the most important countries.

Chapter 4 is an in-depth analysis of the individual application areas of PVC, such as pipes & conduits, profiles, films & sheets, cables & cable sheathing, flooring, and other applications. Data on demand development, split by Western Europe, Eastern Europe, North America, South America, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa as well as consumption figures for the most important countries will be given.

Chapter 5 provides company profiles of PVC manufacturers, clearly arranged according to contact details, turnover, profit, product range, production sites, profile summary, capacities, and brand names. Extensive profiles of 100 manufacturers are given, including Axiall, Braskem, CNCC, Formosa Plastics Group, INEOS, LG Chem, Mexichem, Occidental Petroleum, Shin-Etsu Chemical and Solvay.

Table of Contents

1 Production, Processing, and Properties

2 Market Data
2.1 World
2.1.1 Demand
2.1.2 Revenues
2.1.3 Production and Capacities
2.2 Western Europe
2.3 Eastern Europe
2.4 North America
2.5 South America
2.6 Asia-Pacific
2.7 Middle East
2.8 Africa

3 Country Profiles
3.1 Western Europe
3.1.1 Belgium Demand and revenue Production, capacities, and trade
3.1.2 France
3.1.3 Germany
3.1.4 Italy
3.1.5 Norway
3.1.6 Portugal
3.1.7 Spain
3.1.8 Sweden
3.1.9 The Netherlands
3.1.10 United Kingdom
3.1.11 Rest of Western Europe
3.2 Eastern Europe
3.2.1 Czechia
3.2.2 Hungary
3.2.3 Poland
3.2.4 Romania
3.2.5 Russia
3.2.6 Turkey
3.2.7 Ukraine
3.2.8 Rest of Eastern Europe
3.3 North America
3.3.1 Canada
3.3.2 Mexico
3.3.3 USA
3.4 South America
3.4.1 Argentina
3.4.2 Brazil
3.4.3 Colombia
3.4.4 Venezuela
3.4.5 Rest of South America
3.5 Asia-Pacific
3.5.1 China
3.5.2 India
3.5.3 Indonesia
3.5.4 Japan
3.5.5 South Korea
3.5.6 Taiwan
3.5.7 Thailand
3.5.8 Rest of Asia-Pacific
3.6 Middle East
3.6.1 Iran
3.6.2 Saudi Arabia
3.6.3 Rest of the Middle East
3.7 Africa
3.7.1 Egypt
3.7.2 South Africa
3.7.3 Rest of Africa

4 Applications
4.1 World
4.1.1 Pipes and conduits
4.1.2 Profiles
4.1.3 Films and sheets
4.1.4 Cables
4.1.5 Flooring
4.1.6 Other applications

4.2 Western Europe
4.3 Eastern Europe
4.4 North America
4.5 South America
4.6 Asia-Pacific
4.7 Middle East
4.8 Africa

5 Company Profiles
5.1 Western Europe
5.1.1 Belgium (1 Producer)
5.1.2 France (1)
5.1.3 Germany (2)
5.1.4 Spain (1)
5.1.5 Switzerland (1)
5.2 Eastern Europe
5.2.1 Hungary (1)
5.2.2 Macedonia (1)
5.2.3 Poland (1)
5.2.4 Russia (4)
5.2.5 Slovakia (1)
5.2.6 Turkey (1)
5.3 North America
5.3.1 Mexico (1)
5.3.2 USA (4)
5.4 South America
5.4.1 Brazil (1)
5.4.2 Venezuela (1)
5.5 Asia-Pacific
5.5.1 Australia (1)
5.5.2 China (39)
5.5.3 Hong Kong (2)
5.5.4 India (5)
5.5.5 Indonesia (1)
5.5.6 Japan (9)
5.5.7 Malaysia (1)
5.5.8 Pakistan (1)
5.5.9 South Korea (2)
5.5.10 Taiwan (4)
5.5.11 Thailand (3)
5.5.12 Vietnam (1)
5.6 Middle East
5.6.1 Iran (2)
5.6.2 Iraq (1)
5.6.3 Saudi Arabia (1)
5.7 Africa
5.7.1 Algeria (1)
5.7.2 Egypt (1)
5.7.3 Libyia (1)
5.7.4 Morocco (1)
5.7.5 South Africa (1)

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