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  • Solid Growth: Ceresana Analyzes the Global Market for Stabilizers

    Stabilizers are chemicals needed for many plastic and rubber products. They enable a safe production and processing; they protect plastics and rubbers against the effects of heat, UV light or oxygen. The market research company Ceresana analyzed the global market for these indispensable additives already for the fourth time. “The revenues generated with stabilizers are likely to reach a volume of USD 5.5 billion until 2025,” Oliver Kutsch, CEO of Ceresana, explains.

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  • Solid Growth: Ceresana Analyzes the Global Market for Rigid Plastic Packaging

    Convenience products and delivery services are stirring up the market for plastic packaging: “Sales of highly processed foods, ready meals, and ready-to-eat meals are growing considerably” says Oliver Kutsch, CEO of the market research company Ceresana. “Manufacturers are dealing with a complex market that is influenced by many different factors: new consumption patterns, product innovations, government regulations, but also, for example, substitution effects between individual plastics or packaging types.” A current study by Ceresana expects the global demand for rigid plastic containers to reach an annual volume of 62.6 million tonnes until 2025.

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  • Auxiliary Materials without Alternatives: Ceresana Study on the Global Market for Plastic Additives

    Most of the time, plastics would be useless without additives. Additives facilitate the processing of plastics, protect against heat and UV rays, and expand the range of properties by modifying material characteristics. “Only additives make it possible to permanently use plastics in ever new applications” explains Oliver Kutsch, CEO of Ceresana. The market research company analyzed the complete world market for all major plastic additives for the second time: fillers, plasticizers, pigments, flame retardants, stabilizers, impact modifiers, slip agents, antioxidants, blowing agents, as well as other plastic additives.

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  • Rich Growth: Ceresana Examines the Global Market for Paints and Coatings

    They are more than their appearance: Paints and coatings are more and more often equipped with anti-bacterial properties when they are used in hospitals and doctor’s surgeries; they help to inhibit the spread of dangerous germs. “Facade coatings can also be more than just colorful”, explains Oliver Kutsch, CEO of the market research company Ceresana. “Some of them use the lotus effect and clean themselves. Other coatings protect materials, for example, against rust or provide thermal insulation.” Ceresana analyzed the global market for paints and coatings already for the third time: About 42 million tonnes were sold in 2017.

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  • Innovative All-Rounders: Ceresana Analyzes the Global Market for Silicones

    Flexible without plasticizers, heat and cold resistant, skin-friendly, water-repellent but permeable to water vapor: Silicones offer characteristics that cannot be fulfilled by any other plastics. In many industrial branches, these innovative materials are used for diverse products. “The most important types of silicones are silicone elastomers, silicone oils, and silicone resins”, explains Oliver Kutsch, CEO of the market research institute Ceresana. “Application areas are construction, automotive, electrical and electronics, medical technology, cosmetics, textiles, and paper.” Ceresana analyzed the global market for silicones already for the third time: Global revenues amounted to over USD 16.3 billion in 2017. Ceresana expects the silicone market to increase further by 3.9% p.a. until 2025.

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  • Growth-to-Go: Ceresana’s Current Report on the World Market for Plastic Caps and Closures

    Changing consumer patterns revolutionize the packaging industry. The trend towards on-the-go products, for example, is driving demand for resealable packaging, especially in the food sector. The current, already second study on the world market for plastic caps and closures by Ceresana examines in detail the demand for the different types of closures: screw caps, flip-top closures, disc-top closures, dispensers, spays, lids, and overcaps. In the upcoming eight years, analysts at Ceresana expect – based on the number of units – an increase of worldwide demand for plastic closures by about 3.2% per year.

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

    Inner values are often more important than appearance: Engineering plastics are utilized for bearings or wheels, gaskets, insulators, housings, and many other applications and are characterized by special physical and chemical properties. For the third time already, Ceresana analyzed the global market for ABS, PC, PA, PMMA, POM, PBT, SAN, and fluoropolymers: almost 21.5 million tonnes of these plastic types are consumed every year. “For years, engineering plastics have already been generating higher growth rates than standard plastics”, explains Oliver Kutsch, CEO of the market research institute: “Considering the increasing demand for ever more efficient and lighter materials, this trend will continue to gather momentum.”

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  • Flexible and Resistant to Crack: Ceresana Study on the Growing Global Market for Polyethylene (PE) Pipes

    Booming megacities and digitization, but also climate change and environmental concerns are changing the world. Especially IT companies are hyped in the media. However, it is less known that manufacturers of plastic pipes, for example, also benefit from the change. Whether it is the protection of newly laid communications infrastructure, reliable and hygienic waste water disposal and potable water supply or more efficient irrigation for agriculture: PE pipes can meet the rising requirements and are increasingly in demand. Market researchers at Ceresana have already examined the global plastic pipes market several times. For the first time, the research team is now presenting a separate market study and forecast for polyethylene pipes: The global demand for PE pipes is likely to increase by 4.3% p.a. until 2025.

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  • Colorful World: Ceresana Analyzes the Pigment Market

    The market research company Ceresana analyzed the entire pigment market already for the fifth time: 10 million tonnes were sold worldwide in 2017. “The majority was utilized in the industry of Asia-Pacific”, explains Oliver Kutsch, CEO of the market research institute. “Due to above-average growth rates, demand in this region will presumably rise to almost 6.3 million tonnes until 2025. Reaching market shares of 16.5 % and 13.2 % respectively, North America and Western Europe ranked second and third.”

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  • Beautiful Growth: New Report by Ceresana on the European Market for Paints and Coatings

    Paints and coatings do not only make our lives more colorful and beautiful; they also protect materials and significantly increase the durability of many objects. Regarding vehicles, coatings serve as corrosion protection. Furthermore, they can be self-cleaning and antibacterial. Ceresana analyzed the European market for paints and coatings already for the third time: In 2017, almost 9 million tonnes of these products were utilized.

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  • Lightweight, Resistant, and Versatile: Ceresana Analyzes the Global Market for PVC Pipes

    Plastic pipes increasingly replace pipelines made of aluminum, concrete, cast iron, copper or steel: Due to their low weight and resistance against corrosion and chemicals, the volume of the plastic pipes market grows almost everywhere. The importance of the individual application areas varies significantly in regard to the different pipe types and materials. The most important PVC pipe applications are sewage disposal, potable water supply, and cable protection. Ceresana has already analyzed the global market for plastic pipes several times. Now, the research analysts present a PVC pipes market report for the first time. Ceresana expects the total production of polyvinyl chloride pipes manufacturers to increase by, on average, 3.7% per year until 2025.

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  • Uptrend of the Stand-Up Pouches: Ceresana Analyzes the Global Market for Bags and Sacks

    Should single use carrier bags be banned? Discussions on this topic increase in the media of many countries. More and more countries try to banish lightweight plastic bags in particular from retail or at least to reduce their consumption. However, not only carrier bags belong to the sector bags and sacks: The current Ceresana bags and sacks market report, which is already the second edition, also provides extensive information on garbage bags and sacks, heavy duty and industry sacks as well as pouch packaging for foodstuffs. Many different influential factors affect this complex market. Besides several plastic types, the study also deals with bags and sacks made of paper.

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  • Elastic and Heatable: Ceresana Analyzes the Global Market for Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPE)

    Melting, repeatedly deforming, and recycling: Thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) can be processed just like conventional standard plastics when reheated. At room temperature however, TPE plastics have the same mechanical properties as vulcanized elastomers: They are elastic, pliable, and flexible like rubber. In its current study, Ceresana analyzes the market for thermoplastic elastomers already for the second time: In 2017, about 4.7 million tonnes of these innovative materials were used worldwide.

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  • Proven White Pigments: Third Ceresana Report on the Global Market for Titanium Dioxide (TiO2)

    The market research company Ceresana analyzed the global market for titanium dioxide (TiO2) along its whole value-added chain already for the third time. The most important natural resources for titanium dioxide are the minerals ilmenite and rutile. Ilmenite producers gain it from ore deposits or from sand that contains heavy metals. Natural rutile is formed primarily by the crystallization of magma with high titanium and low iron contents or by the metamorphosis of titanium-bearing sediments or magmatites. Synthetic rutile and titanium slag are made from ilmenite.

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  • Tough and Efficient: Ceresana Study on the Global Market for Plastic Pipes

    At first sight, digitization and pipes do not have a lot in common. But around the world, large amounts of money are currently being invested in the expansion of the fiber optic network. “To protect the expensive cables against harmful environmental influences, cable protection pipes made of plastic are needed,” Oliver Kutsch, CEO of Ceresana, explains. “This is one example of how current mega trends are influencing traditional segments.” The market research company Ceresana analyzed the global market for plastic pipes for the third time already. Analysts expect market volume to increase to a level of more than USD 110 million by 2025.

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  • Solid and Flexible: Ceresana Analyzes the Global Market for Synthetic Rubbers

    Elastically deformable plastics have been necessary for several technical applications but also for various everyday objects. Per year, more than 12.7 million tonnes of these types of polymers are consumed worldwide. Ceresana analyzed the global market for synthetic rubbers already for the third time. These include styrene-butadiene rubber, butadiene rubber, ethylene-propylene-diene rubber, acrylonitrile-butadiene rubber, chlorobutadiene, and polyisoprene. The current study deals with data for the years starting in 2009 and forecasts data until 2025.

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  • Building and Saving: New Ceresana Report on the Global Market for Insulation Material

    Oil and gas are very valuable and should not be used for heating carelessly. Energy-efficient construction and renovation become increasingly important: Around the world, countries set up diverse support programs for a better insulation of buildings. For the second time already, Ceresana analyzed the global market for insulation material. The new study offers a complete overview on materials used in the construction industry for thermal and sound insulation in particular: Mineral wool (glass and stone wool), polystyrene insulation material (EPS and XPS), and polyurethane (PUR).

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  • Elastic Growth: Ceresana Study on the World Market for Butadiene Rubber

    As measured by the global turnover, butadiene rubber (BR) is the second most important rubber after styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR). BR is formed by the polymerization of butadiene. Products made of BR offer very high resilience, good insulation properties, abrasion resistance, and remain flexible at low temperatures. According to the most recent study by the market research institute Ceresana, worldwide consumption for this elastomer type amounts to about 3.44 million tonnes per year. The region Asia-Pacific accounted for over 57% of global revenues, followed at a large distance by North America and Western Europe. Ceresana expects the revenues generated with BR to increase by, on average, 4.1% per year until 2025.

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

    Modern, efficient plastic windows perform important tasks such as automated ventilation, thermoregulation, or burglar control within the context of “smart homes”. They reduce heat loss and thus energy consumption of the building – this helps saving resources and money. Therefore, their market share is increasing in most countries. Already for the second time, Ceresana publishes a study on the global market for plastic windows used in buildings. The analysts of Ceresana expect global demand to advance 3.5% per year until 2024.

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  • Hot Wheels: Ceresana Analyzes the World Market for Styrene-Butadiene Rubber

    Styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR) is the best-selling synthetic rubber and for decades, has been indispensable for many applications. In everyday life, SBR is mainly found in vehicle tires. According to a recent market study by Ceresana, worldwide consumption for this elastomer type amounts to about 5.1 million tonnes. More than half of global demand is generated in the region Asia-Pacific. Analysts at Ceresana expect global market volume of SBR to increase by 2.0% p.a. until 2025.

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  • Necessary Black: Ceresana Study on the Global Market for Carbon Black

    Carbon Black is utilized as a filler in tires and numerous other products made of rubber. In plastics, printing inks, paints, and coatings, carbon black is used as a black pigment. Ceresana examined the global carbon black market already for the third time. “We expect a positive development of demand until 2025”, says Oliver Kutsch, CEO of the market research company: “Then, total consumption is likely to amount to over 15 million tonnes of carbon black.”

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  • Brilliant Prospects: Ceresana Examines the Global Market for Paints and Coatings Based on PUR

    Polyurethane coatings offer excellent optical properties, such as high gloss and brilliance. Polyurethanes (PUR) are reaction products of polyisocyanate curing agents with several polymers, e.g. with polycarbonates. Polyurethane-based two-component coatings are very solid, offer good resistance to aggressive chemicals, weathering, and mechanical stress. Ceresana examined the global market for PUR paints and coatings in detail: The market research institute forecasts revenues generated with these products to rise to approx. USD 20.3 billion until 2025. The most important application areas for PUR paints and coatings are furniture and wood processing, transportation, and other industries. In 2017, approx. 53% of global demand was registered in Asia-Pacific, followed by North America and Western Europe.

    The most important sales market for PUR paints and coatings in 2017 was the segment wood processing/furniture with a share of 37.0% of total global demand. Color, structure, and pore formation of the wood are properties, which should be retained or reinforced during coating. Two-component PUR systems are highly reactive, can be sanded quickly, are resistant to household chemicals, have a good filling power, improve grain contrasts, and provide mechanical stability.

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  • Useful Alcohols: Ceresana Analyzes the World Market for Solvents

    Solvents play a major role in industrial production: They can dissolve, dilute, and, in a very fine distribution, absorb other substances without changing them chemically. Solvents (sometimes also called dissolvents) are mainly used in the paints and varnishes, print inks, and adhesives industry but also, for example, as an ingredient of pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and detergents. Substances that cause unpleasant odors, explosive vapors, as well as health and environmental damages are controversial and increasingly targeted by the legislature. Ceresana analyzed the global market for solvents already for the fourth time.

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  • Promising Packaging: Ceresana Analyzes the European Market for Printing Inks

    How can manufacturers of printing inks hold their own in their shrinking market? The rapid ascent of online printing plants has revolutionized the printing industry in recent years. “In more and more segments, digital printing is more efficient and faster than analogue printing processes”, says Oliver Kutsch, managing director of the market research institute Ceresana. “Besides substitution effects between the particular printing processes, especially publication printing is exposed to a high competition with digital publishing processes.” Ceresana analyzed the European market for printing inks, which also includes toners for electrophotography (laser printing). The analysts expect the market for printing inks to decrease to a level of 1.17 million tonnes until 2024. Some segments, however, will experience growth.

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  • Essential Ingredients: Ceresana’s Fifth Report on the Global Market for Fillers

    Fillers do not only make numerous products cheaper, often, they also greatly improve the properties of the filled materials. The market research company Ceresana analyzes the complete market for fillers for the fifth time already: Worldwide demand for ground calcium carbonate (GCC), precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC), kaolin, talc, carbon black, and other fillers will presumably amount to about 75 million tonnes in 2024. The market researchers of Ceresana expect revenues to increase by an average of 3.2% per year.

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  • Durable and Reliable: Ceresana Analyzes the Global Market for Adhesives and Sealants Based on Polyurethane (PUR)

    Polyurethanes (PUR) are plastics resulting from a polyadditional reaction of polyisocyanates with polyols and are either hard and porous or soft and elastic depending on its production. Different kinds of PUR are needed for reactive, thermally activated, hot melt, dispersion, and solvent-borne adhesives. These adhesives are for example used to bond car front spoilers, sandwich constructions, and facade elements, to glue metal brackets, or to seal electronic casings. PUR Sealants are particularly utilized in the transport industry as well as in the construction industry for window joints, and sealing of windows, pipes, and more. The market research company Ceresana analyzed the global market for adhesives and sealants based on PUR in detail. Until 2024, Ceresana expects an increase in revenues generated with these products to over USD 9.7 billion. (Adhesives and sealants based on other products are NOT included in this study.)

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  • Flexible, Firm, and Light as a Feather: Ceresana Study on the European Market for Plastic Films

    Because of the ban on imports of European plastic waste impeded by China at the beginning of 2018, Europeans urgently need to find another solution. The EU commission, for example, is considering a “plastics tax”. An EU directive against lightweight plastic carrier bags has already contributed to a reduction of consumption in many countries. Until 2030, all packaging in the EU ought to be reusable and made of recyclable materials. “Manufacturers do not need to worry about demand”, says Oliver Kutsch, managing director of Ceresana. The market research institute has analyzed the European market for plastic films. “Included in this market are plastic bags and sacks but also packaging films, shrink and stretch films, agricultural films as well as other films such as construction films”, explains Kutsch: “This market is likely to grow to about 14 million tonnes until 2024.”

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  • Decoration and Protection: Ceresana Examines the Global Market for Paints and Coatings in the Automotive Industry

    The automotive industry is a dynamically growing market for paints and coatings: Global vehicle stock already amounts to almost 1.3 billion units and more than 95 million new registrations are currently added every year. Traditionally, the automotive sector is highly exigent regarding quality and properties of the coatings that are utilized. For the first time, the market research company Ceresana analyzed the market for automotive paints and coatings in regard to coating layers, application areas, technologies, and product types in detail. “Global demand for these high-performance coatings amounted to almost 3.1 million tonnes in 2016”, says Oliver Kutsch, CEO of Ceresana. “The current study registers the coating of all parts that are produced either by suppliers or by vehicle manufactures themselves and are used in road vehicles, both for new production as well as for spare parts.”

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  • Lifesavers in Plastics: Ceresana Analyzes the World Market for Flame Retardants

    The catastrophic fire at Grenfell Tower in London has shown how important fire protection is. “Flame retardants can delay the development of a fire,” explains Oliver Kutsch, CEO of the market research institute Ceresana: “They provide the fire department and those affected with crucial minutes and seconds for the rescue. Flame retardants act chemically and physically by interrupting the incineration process in different phases.” Ceresana analyzed the world market for flame retardants for the fifth time already: for brominated and chlorinated types, as well as ATH, organophosphorus, ATO, and other types. According to the present study, about 2.21 million tonnes of flame retardants per year are currently used worldwide in plastic products, electronic devices, construction material, and textiles.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Innovative Materials: Ceresana Analyzes the Global Market for Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPE)

    Thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) are as elastic as rubber, but at the same time as easy to process as standard plastics. "TPE can be melted, repeatedly deformed, and recycled", explains Oliver Kutsch, CEO of the market research institute Ceresana. "Therefore, thermoplastic elastomers are among the materials enjoying the most dynamic development. Spreading from the automotive industry, they increasingly replace conventional materials." According to a recent study of Ceresana, about US$16.7 billion were generated with the sale of TPE on the world market in 2014. The market researchers forecast revenues to increase by, on average, 4.7% p.a. until 2022. TPE are also interesting because they can be manufactured from renewable resources.

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  • Omnipresent Chemicals: Ceresana Presents the Worldwide First Study Regarding the Complete Market for Fluorochemicals

    Fluorochemicals can be found almost everywhere: in refrigerators and pharma-ceutical drugs, in crop protection and paints, in clothes as well as in fuel cells. They are also used in the production of aluminum, insulation material, lubricants, anticorrosives, semiconductor chips and innumerable other products. The market research institute Ceresana has now published the worldwide first study that provides a complete overview of this key sector of the chemical industry: from feedstocks to demand in individual applications. Ceresana forecasts the value of the global market for fluorochemicals to increase to approx. US$5 billion until 2021.

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  • Growth Potential: Ceresana Forecasts Chances for Polypropylene

    Polypropylene (PP) can be found everywhere: in packaging materials and household items, in clothing as much as in vehicles and countless other products. "About 55.1 million tonnes of polypropylene were consumed in 2013. Thus PP is the second-best selling type of plastic after polyethylene", explains Oliver Kutsch, CEO of the market research institute Ceresana. "We forecast global revenues to increase by about 5.8% p.a. until 2021." Ceresana's analysis of the polypropylene market has just been published in its third edition.

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  • Contested Market: Ceresana publishes new study on the market for Butanol

    Butanol is a higher alcohol mainly manufactured from propylene. Butanol and its derivatives are important ingredients of paints and varnishes, especially so in water-borne formulations. According to the latest market report of Ceresana, global demand for butanol rose by, on average, 2.7% p.a. between 2005 and 2013. The market research institute, however, is expecting surplus production of butanol on the global market in 2021.

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  • Prices Under Pressure: Ceresana Analyzes the Global Market for Propylene

    Propylene is the second most important petrochemical feedstock: Direct applications include, besides the plastic polypropylene, production of important chemicals such as propylene oxide, acrylonitrile, cumene, butyraldehyde, and acrylic acid. „About 85 million tonnes of propylene were consumed worldwide in 2013" says Oliver Kutsch, CEO of the market research institute Ceresana. In a current study Ceresana analyses which effect the shale gas boom in the USA and new production processes will have on the global market for propylene and its derivatives. Forecast are provided for up until 2021.

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  • Lucrative Growth Market: Ceresana publishes new study on the market for silicones

    Silicones are irreplaceable in many industrial sectors. Silicone elastomers, silicone oils and silicone resins are the most important product types that are manufactured based on quartz sand. They are utilized in construction, automotive and E&E industries as well as in medical technology, cosmetics, textiles and paper or in innumerable day-to-day goods. Growth of this market is astonishing: According to the latest study of Ceresana, worldwide revenues generated with silicones rose by 6.7% p.a. since 2005. In 2013, silicones valuing about US$15.5 billion were sold. The market research institute expects sales of silicone to increase by another 5% in the next years.

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  • Bags Triumphant: Ceresana publishes study on the European market for flexible packaging

    Bags increasingly replace metal tins and rigid containers. The market research institute Ceresana analyzed the European market for flexible packaging made from plastics, paper, and aluminum. These not only include consumer good packaging for end customers, but also shrink and stretch films for storage and transport, paper labels, all kinds of carrier bags, sacks for heavy loads, and flexible intermediate bulk containers (FIBC). "We expect the European market for flexible packaging, i.e. all types of packaging and materials taken together, to reach a market volume of about 19.2 million tonnes in 2021", says Oliver Kutsch, CEO of Ceresana.

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  • Succeeding faster: Ceresana analyzes the global market for catalysts

    Fertilizers, detergents and crude oil products in general: Catalysts are need almost always. More than 80% of products in the chemical industry are manufactured using catalytic processes. Accordingly, the economic importance of catalysts, substances used to speed up chemical reactions, is high. This latest study published by the market research institute Ceresana analyzes the world market for these products: Analysts expect total market value of catalysts to rise to more than US$22 billion until 2021.

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  • Established Construction Material: Ceresana publishes study on the European market for bitumen

    For centuries, bitumen has been used in a wide variety of applications, mainly in the production of asphalt. The viscous mixture is very important in the construction sector in particular. The market research institute Ceresana is currently publishing a complete overview of the European market for bitumen: Analysts expect total revenues to rise to approx. €12 billion until 2021. For the purpose of the study, Russia and Turkey are counted as European countries.

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  • Films and No End: Ceresana Expects the Global Market for LDPE to Grow

    Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) is one of the most commonly produced plastics and mainly used for packaging. According to a new study published by the market research institute Ceresana, low-density polyethylene worth almost US$33 billion was sold worldwide in 2013. Ceresana expects global sales to rise by 1.5% p.a. until 2021.

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  • Save Energy and the Climate: Ceresana offers the worldwide first study on the entire European market for insulation materials

    Higher prices for energy, dependency on energy imports and climate change are major challenges for the European Union. Therefore, all member states share an ambitious goal: Until 2020, primary energy consumption is scheduled to be reduced by 20%. Consumption of energy in buildings in particular is to be reduced or, in other words, their energy efficiency is to be improved. Thus, the market research institute Ceresana sees considerable potential for insulation materials. For the first time ever, the analysts have examined in detail the entire European market for mineral wool (glass and rock wool), polystyrene insulation materials (EPS and XPS) as well as insulation materials made from polyurethane. They forecast market value in Europe to rise to more than €21 billion in 2021. For the purpose of this study, Russia, the Ukraine, and Turkey are also counted as European countries.

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  • Convenient and Sustainable: Ceresana Analyzes the European Market for Food Packaging

    Protective gas for ready-made meals, high barrier film for fish, stand-up pouches for coffee powder: food packaging has become a science of its own. "The application of food packaging is determined by complex trends," explains Oliver Kutsch, CEO of the market research institute Ceresana. "There is a continuous development of new and innovative types of packaging and technologies. Legislation and consumer behavior are changing. At the same time, manufacturers are working hard on offering evermore cost-effective packaging solutions." The overall European market for food packaging (excluding beverages) is analyzed in Ceresana's latest market study. Analysts at Ceresana expect this market (including secondary and transport packaging) to reach a volume of more than 38 million tonnes by 2022.

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  • New Impulses: Ceresana Publishes Market Study on LLDPE

    Linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) is the most versatile type of polyethylene. Large amount of this plastics are used in the production of films in particular. Global revenues generated with LLDPE amounted to US$ 40.0 billion in 2013. A new study of the market research institute Ceresana expects global market value of LLDPE to increase by about 3.9% p.a. until 2021.

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  • Worldwide first study on the European market for bags and sacks now published by Ceresana

    Plastics bags are increasingly attacked by environmental activists and legislators alike; yet at the same time consumption of plastic packaging rises. The market research institute Ceresana analyzed the European market for bags and sacks manufactured from plastics and paper. Analysts expect European demand for these products to increase to approx. 9.12 million tonnes until 2020. Polyethylene is the by far most common material for the production of bags and sacks. But in specific applications, other plastic films, woven plastic bags and paper reach higher market shares. This new study mainly considers carrier bags, garbage bags and sacks, heavy duty and industry sacks as well as food packaging (including beverages).

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  • All About Plastics: Ceresana Analyzes the European Plastics Market

    Lightweight, versatile and individually shapeable: Plastics continue to be of triumphant success. They are still replacing more conventional materials such as aluminum, tin plate or glass. The market research institute Ceresana analyzes the European plastics market in its recent market study. The comprehensive report is the first to give a detailed overview of all significant plastics from standard products such as polyethylene, polypropylene or polyvinyl chloride (PVC) to engineering plastics such as ABS or fluoropolymers to bioplastics.

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  • Ethylene Market in Transition: Ceresana Analyzes World Market for the Most Important Basic Chemical

    Ethylene is the by far most important raw material in the petrochemical industry. About 130 million tonnes of ethylene were processed worldwide in 2013. Direct applications include, among others, the three polyethylene plastics HDPE, LLDPE, and LDPE as well as petrochemical intermediates, which are in turn mainly used for the production of plastics. The most important of these are ethylene oxide, ethylene dichloride and ethylbenzene. The new "Market Study Ethylene" by Ceresana offers a complete overview over this growth market. It analyses important recent influential factors in detail, for example the consequences of the shale gas boom in the USA. Forecast cover the time up until 2021.

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  • Shale Gas Boom Reduces Prices: Ceresana presents the worldwide first study on the entire ethylene value chain in the USA

    Ethylene is the by far most important raw material in the petrochemical industry. Consumption is immense: the USA single-handedly processed 25 million tonnes of ethylene in the past year. As the first market research institute ever, Ceresana has analyzed the entire ethylene value chain in a specific region, namely the USA. "This is the worldwide first study of its kind, it provides complete transparency of the ethylene market, beginning with feedstocks up to the final products", explains Oliver Kutsch, CEO of Ceresana: "The value added in downstream sectors is considerable. Besides polyethylene plastics, direct applications of ethylene include important chemicals such as alpha olefins used to increase rigidity of polyethylene, ethylene oxide needed in the manufacturing of PET plastics, and ethylbenzene, which is predominantly processed into polystyrene. Other applications are vinyl acetate monomer and the elastomer EPDM.“

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  • Black figures: Ceresana's new market study about the world market for Carbon Black

    No Carbon Black, no road traffic: A large amount of Carbon Black is needed for tire manufacturing. In a variety of other rubber goods, it serves mainly as a filler. Carbon black is used as a pigment for plastics, paints and coatings as well as for printing inks. In the currently released second issue of the Market Study Carbon Black, Ceresana's market researchers forecast a dynamic growth of global demand for Carbon Black. By 2022, its volume is expected to rise to more than 15 million tonnes.

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  • Well Connected: New Study on the European Market for Pipes by Ceresana

    Large-scale pipeline products are not only interesting for international politics, but also the industrial sector. Ceresana scrutinized the European market for pipes from top to bottom: The market research institutes expects demand for these products to rise to more than 51 million tonnes in 2021. Pipes are comparatively safe and environmentally friendly ways of transport and play an important role for supply and discharge in many sectors.

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  • Dynamic Change: Ceresana expects profound changes on the market for stabilizers

    Plastics last forever – but only when protected against effects of heat and light. Therefore, stabilizers are indispensable for many products made from plastics and rubber: They ensure safe processing and prevent premature aging and weathering. Especially polyvinyl chloride (PVC) has to be treated with stabilizers. The market research institute Ceresana has just published a new study regarding the market for these essential additives. "The global market for stabilizers is undergoing highly dynamic changes at the moment", explains Oliver Kutsch, CEO of Ceresana: "Market shares of individual product groups are shifting considerably. Stabilizers based on lead are increasingly replaced by products based on calcium or tin compounds. As a result, many companies have to strategically reposition themselves." Several multinational chemical enterprises have been divesting their stabilizer businesses to smaller producers of specialty chemicals in recent years. The market research institute Ceresana forecasts the value of the global market for stabilizers to increase to approx. US$5.3 billion in 2021.

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  • Phosphate and Alternatives: Ceresana Analyzes the Global Market for Chelating Agents

    Chelating agents are useful and at times controversial chemicals that are used in large quantities. They can bind heavy metals in food, for example, or prevent lime to deposit from washing water. Chelating agents are used above all in detergents and cleaners to lower water hardness, but also for industrial applications, food processing and medicine. The market research institute Ceresana expects worldwide demand for chelating agents to rise to more than 4.34 million tonnes by 2022.

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  • Rising Demand: Ceresana Analyzes the Global Market for Xylene

    Xylenes are aromatic, colorless liquids needed, e.g., for PET plastics, PVC plasticizers, fuels and solvents. In the now available analysis of the global market for xylene, the market research institute Ceresana provides data concerning individual xylene isomers: for the first time, markets for para-, ortho- and metaxylene split by important countries and regions are analyzed separately in a single study. Additional analyses cover corresponding application areas.

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  • Ceresana forecasts: Windows and Doors to the Market are Wide Open

    Windows and doors are essential for the construction industry, not only in new constructions and the renovation of residential units, but also in commercial construction. For the very first time, Ceresana has now published a study regarding the European market for windows and doors (both interior and external) that are utilized by the construction sector. In addition to demand and revenues, this report also includes figures concerning production and trade. The market research institute expects demand for windows and doors in Europe to increase to approx. 225 million units in 2020.

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  • Strong paper is a strong partner for e-commerce: Ceresana analyzes the European market for corrugated board and cartonboard packaging

    Excellent product protection whilst being of low weight as well as an outstanding stockability: Corrugated board is very well suited for shipping packaging. Corresponding manufacturers are profiting from the rapidly growing e-commerce revenues. The market research and consultancy company Ceresana has now analyzed the entire European market for corrugated board, solid board and cartonboard packaging. This includes cans, fiber drums and similar products made of rigid paper in addition to the popular rectangular cartonbard packaging. Ceresana's analysts expect that the European demand for this packaging will rise to a total of about nearly 39 million tonnes by 2021.

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  • Transparent Propylene Market: Ceresana Publishes the Worldwide First Study on the Entire US Propylene Value Chain

    Propylene is one of the most important base materials for the petrochemical industry. The market research institute Ceresana has now published the worldwide first complete study of the entire propylene value chain in the USA: Starting with the feedstocks gasoil, naphtha and propane, up to the several downstream products and the corresponding end markets, the complete US market for propylene is analyzed. Additionally, Ceresana offers forecasts until 2021.

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  • Never Get Burned: Ceresana Publishes New Market Report On Flame Retardants

    Flame retardants can save lives: They prevent or at least slow down the combustion of plastics, construction materials, and textiles. Fire protection in car seats or the interior of ships would be impossible without them. The increase of demand for plastics on the part of the construction, automotive and electronics industries in particular is causing consumption of flame retardants to rise. According to the study recently published by the market research institute Ceresana, more than 2 million tonnes of flame retardants were consumed in 2013. Ceresana forecasts market value of the important additives to amount to approx. US$7.15 billion in 2021.

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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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  • Colorful Europe: Ceresana Publishes the 2nd Edition of its Market Study Paints and Varnishes - Europe

    The wide variety of available paints and varnishes brings color and diversification into the world. Additionally, they have protective qualities and are used in, e.g., wind turbines and container-vessels, which would last an only short time if no protective varnishes were used. In vehicles, varnishes do not only enhance the look, but primarily serve as rust protection. The sale of paints and varnishes in Europe will generate approx. €27.1 billion in 2020. Market analysts at Ceresana have analyzed how the market will develop until 2020.

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  • The Basis for Polyester and Polyurethane: Ceresana Analyzes the Global Market for Toluene

    Fuel additives or solvents, basis for polyurethane plastics or explosives: Toluene is used in a wide variety of applications. "The market volume is considerable", says Oliver Kutsch, CEO of the market research institute Ceresana: "In 2013 toluene worth US$24.5 billion was sold worldwide." A new study published by Ceresana analyzes the entire world market for this important petrochemical.

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  • Constructive: Ceresana's New Study on the Global Growth Market PVC

    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. A new study of the market research institute Ceresana expects global demand to increase by about 3.2% p.a. until 2021. With a market share of close to 56%, Asia-Pacific is the by far largest sales market, and also likely to exhibit the strongest growth in the foreseeable future. The North American and Western European markets have returned onto a growth path after incurring severe losses in previous years.

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  • Add Color to Life: Ceresana Publishes the 3rd Edition of Its Market Study Pigments

    In its latest study, Ceresana forecasts global revenues generated with pigments to increase to US$34.2 billion in 2020. Pigments are mainly used in the production of paints and varnishes as well as the coloring of plastics and construction materials. Other applications include the manufacturing of printing inks and paper. The most important indicator for the development of the pigment industry is the construction sector, as total demand for construction material, paints, varnishes, and plastics largely depends on the development of this branch.

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  • HDPE plastics on growth course: Ceresana presents third market report on high-density polyethylene

    Milk bottles, water pipes, films or fireworks: High-density polyethylene (HDPE) is used for a wide range of products. The versatile plastic serves for example for the production of packaging and hollow bodies of all kinds, household goods but also technical parts and construction products. "In 2014, a worldwide turnover of 61.8 billion U.S. dollar was achieved with HDPE" says Oliver Kutsch, manager of the market research institute Ceresana "We expect an average sales growth of 4.2% p.a. so that around 85.8 billion U.S. dollar will be achieved until 2022."

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  • Well Packed: Ceresana Publishes the First-ever Study on the Global Market for Plastic Containers

    Plastic packaging is available in the most diverse forms and applications; they increasingly replace traditional materials such as glass or metal. Ceresana now publishes the first study on the global market for rigid plastic containers. For this study, analysts have analyzed all relevant market data from 2005 onwards. They forecast demand for rigid plastic containers to amount to 46.2 million tonnes worldwide in 2021.

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  • Important Petrochemical: Ceresana Analyzes Entire Chinese Propylene Value Chain

    With its market study "Propylene Value Chain China", Ceresana is setting new standards. For the very first time this novelty product provides complete transparency regarding current and future development of the entire propylene value chain. Attention is also given to various downstream products at various points of the value chain until final end applications.

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  • Productive: Ceresana analyzes the European market for fertilizers

    Agricultural fertilizing becomes more and more targeted and sparing. Demand for fertilizers rises nonetheless in environmentally friendly Europe, albeit not as dynamically as in the past. "We forecast consumption to increase by, on average, 1.5% per year", says Oliver Kutsch, CEO of Ceresana. The market research institute has scrutinized the European market from top to bottom.

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