Thermoplastic Vulcanizates (TPV) Market Report

Thermoplastic Vulcanizates (TPV) Market Analysis By Application (Automotive, Fluid Handling, Consumer Goods, Medical) and Segment Forecasts to 2020

  • Published Date: Mar, 2015
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2014
  • Report ID: 978-1-68038-362-1
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2012-2014
  • Number of Pages: 116

Industry Insights

Strong demand for lightweight materials with superior properties, particularly from the automobile industry is presumed to be a key driving factor for global TPV market. Strong shift n trend towards replacing metals with lightweight materials such as TPV to increase fuel efficiency in automobiles is slated to bolster the global market. Government initiatives and regulations to increase fuel efficiency particularly in developed markets of North America and Europe are expected to fuel further the market demand.

Over dependence on fossil fuels coupled with the diminishing hydrocarbon reserves is expected to bolster the drive for automobile fuel efficiency which has further propelled the growth of engineering plastics. Such a trend is expected to complement the global TPV market over the next six years. Natural rubber substitution across various end-use industries is also expected to have a positive influence on the market growth. Volatile raw material prices coupled with environmental concerns and regulatory guidelines are anticipated to retard the global market growth. R&D initiatives on developing superior TPV and their novel applications promise abundant opportunities for the industry participants. TPV are usually a blend of dispersed rubber particles in a thermoplastic matrix, thus rendering combined elastomer and thermoplastic properties to the material. Typically, TPV contains about two-thirds of ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) and the rest of impact polypropylene.

Rigid polyurethane (PU) foam market

Emerging markets of Asia and South America such as China, India, and Brazil are registering high industrial output due to increased economic activity that gave rise to growth of manufacturing sector. Major corporations that are dominant in North America and Europe are gradually shifting their TPV production capabilities to cater to high potential markets in Asia Pacific and South America. This factor is expected to drive consumption in the respective regions. Increasing governmental support in the form of tax incentives to shift from utilization of conventional fossil fuels to biofuels & renewable resources is another major driver for the TPV market.

Conventional TPV processing methods have now given way to novel technologies and processes that involve combination of entirely differing components to create “Super TPVs”, originally developed by Dow Corning. Super TPVs comprises of cross-linked silicone rubber embedded in a nylon or TPU matrix. Recent variations of this thermoplastic silicone vulcanizate (TPSiV) family, based on other engineering thermoplastic matrices, have also been developed.

There are other raw material combinations as well, such as polypropylene & natural rubber (PP/NR), butyl, halobutyl & polypropylene, polypropylene & EPDM (PP/EPDM), polyolefin blends & EPDM and polypropylene & ethylene octene copolymer (PP/EOC). EPDM based TPV are expected to witness strong demand in the future and penetrate conventional markets for thermosetting EPDM applications

Application Insights

TPV applications are spread over multiple end-use industries such as automobiles, industrial goods, electrical appliances, consumer goods, medical & healthcare, construction and coated fabrics. Automotive is the largest application segment accounts for over half of total TPV market volume.

Temperature sensitive coating market

Superior characteristics over conventional materials such as low weight, high strength, abrasion resistance, and flexibility make the product a key substitute for the conventional materials used in the multiple end-use industries. Combined vulcanized rubber and thermoplastic characteristics have propelled TPV to become an evident choice for the end-use industries such as automotives, healthcare and industrial & consumer goods.

Regional Insights

North America dominated the global TPV market since the past years owing to strong demand from the automobile industry as well as from other end-use industries such as healthcare and consumer goods. However, Asia Pacific is expected to overtake North America to become the leading regional TPV market. Rapid industrialization in emerging economies of India, China, and Indonesia is expected to drive the regional TPV market. In 2012, China was the largest automobile manufacturer in the world, and India is expected to be one of the top five automobile manufacturers in the near future. Asia Pacific and Latin American markets offer a host of opportunities for the industry participants, especially in the automotive sector. Rising disposable income and increasing consumer goods demand in the developing regions are expected to aid further the regional market growth. Regulations and policies in the developed nations aimed at increasing automotive fuel efficiency and reducing the fossil fuel usage is slated to bolster the regional markets such as Europe and North America. Ageing population in North America and to some extent in Europe is slated to aid the regional TPV consumption in the medical & healthcare sector.

Competitive Insights

TPV market offers myriad opportunities for the industry participants. R&D initiatives on development with superior properties and newer applications offer ample opportunities for market development. With emerging economies expected to witness a rapid growth in TPV usage, the major global companies are leaving no stone unturned to capture this high growth regional markets. Developed markets also promise robust growth due to wide applications in various end-use industries. Key industry participants include Exxon Mobil, The Dow Chemical Company, Arkema Inc., DuPont Performance Elastomers, Solvay Engineered Polymers, Dexco Polymers and Kraton Polymers.

Report Scope

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Details

Base year for estimation

2014

Actual estimates/Historical data

2012 - 2014

Forecast period

2015 - 2020

Market representation

Volume in Tons, Revenue in USD Million & CAGR from 2016 to 2024

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America, Middle East & Africa

Country Scope

U.S., Germany, UK, China, Japan

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

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