Global polychlorotrifluoroethylene (PCTFE) market is expected to witness growth on account of its increasing consumption in pharmaceutical and electronic applications. Its water repulsion and chemical stability properties have resulted in high demand in these end-use applications. The compound is also use for handling of liquid nitrogen and oxygen which is likely to drive the industry over the forecast period. PCTFE films are used in food packaging on account of their stability to handle high radiation exposure property.
PCTFE also exhibit moisture barrier property, which induces its use in blister packaging of pharmaceuticals. The product finds application in electronics industry, for the protection of liquid crystal display panels from moisture owing to its ability to exhibit excellent electrical resistance and water repulsion properties. Aforementioned properties of the product are expected to increase its application in flexible printed circuits, wire and cable insulation.
polychlorotrifluoroethylene is a thermoplastic chlorofluoropolymer, manufactured through free radical polymerization of chlorotrifluoroethylene. The prime intention of incorporating the coumpound in automobile applications is to induce low processing temperature, ability to bond with hydrocarbon-based plastics and optical clarity flexibility. Automobile engine and fuel systems exhibit presence of aggressive chemicals, sustained vibrations and fuel mixtures.
Key components that comprise fuel systems include quick-connect O-rings, fuel seals, fuel injection, vapor lines, fuel fill hoses, head and intake manifold gaskets, and seals. These fuel systems require fuel resistance, long unimpeded life, heat resistance, aggressive lubricants, low permeation rates along with compliance to clean air regulations and stringent emission norms. PCTFE induces protection against evaporative emissions along with helping the entire fuel system to meet industry regulations such as Environmental Protection (EPA) Tier 2 Agency and California Air Resources Board-Low Emission Vehicle II (CARB LEV II).
Asia Pacific is likely to be a lucrative industry owing to the presence of a robust electronic manufacturing base in China, Taiwan, India and Japan. Rising trend of outsourcing to low-cost manufacturers in emerging economies including India and China by pharmaceutical companies is expected to open new avenues for PCTE manufacturers in the near future.
North America is expected to be a potential market on account of growing demand for blister packaging and drug delivery devices along with the implementation of new health laws pertaining to Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in the U.S. High penetration of pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities in the U.S. is expected to remain a favorable factor for PCTFE market players. Stringent packaging norms such as ensuring the standard, quality and purity with increasing packaging cost are likely to hinder the industry growth.
Rising expenditure for exploration and drilling of unconventional resources such as shale deposits in the U.S. is expected to increase the production output of petrochemicals and thus likely to ensure raw material availability for PCTFE manufacturers. In July 2015, Shell announced a deepwater project named, Appomattox, which is the largest deepwater platform in the Gulf of Mexico. This project is expected to enhance crude oil production in the U.S. which will open new opportunities and ensure easy access of raw material.
Increasing automobile production in Germany and Hungary in light of new products launches is expected to augment the products’ application in the near future. European automotive manufacturers have been increasingly incorporating PCTFE coatings on account of exhibiting excellent abrasion resistance, non-wetting and non-porous properties.
In October 2012, the Government of Saudi Arabia announced the “National Industrial Development Cluster Program” for promoting investments in the domestic automotive sector through establishment of manufacturing units. This regulatory move for enhancing automobile manufacturing output in Saudi Arabia is expected to have a positive impact on industry in the near future.
Major players include Honeywell, Arkema, Daikin Industries, Allied Chemical Corporation, 3M, Hoechst, Qingdao Hongfeng Si-F Science Ltd, Zhejiang Juhua Co., Ltd, AkzoNobel and Xinhua Chemistry. Establishment of strategic partnerships with distributors is expected to remain critical success factor for manufacturers in the near future. In March 2012, American Durafilm announced that the company will be distributing PCTFE based products manufactured by Honeywell International.
In October 2011, Honeywell launched a new pharmaceutical packaging film, Aclar UltRx 6000. These thermoformable films provide extremely low water/moisture vapor transmission rate. This property protects the drugs especially in humid climatic zones of India, Africa, South America and South East Asia and is expected to increase its penetration in healthcare industry in the near future.
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