PRLog - June 2, 2014 - KONSTANZ, Germany -- 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."
Market Study: Stabilizers
Environmentally Friendly Stabilizers in High Demand
The most important product groups on the market for stabilizers are compounds based on calcium (calcium-zinc and organo-calcium)
Considerable Regional Differences
Reporting a market share of 55%, Asia-Pacific is the worldwide largest sales market for stabilizers, followed by Western Europe. A large share of demand originates in China, the worldwide largest producer and importer of primary plastics. In Europe, profiles are the main application for stabilizers. Calcium-tin and organo-calcium stabilizers are dominating in Western Europe especially. Other products such as tin compounds and liquid mixed metals are mainly used for films. Even though tin stabilizers are comparatively expensive, a small amount suffices to ensure stabilization of the final products. In terms of quantity, North America is only the third largest market for stabilizers. Manufacturers of pipes and profiles mainly consume tin based stabilizers. Sometimes, calcium-based stabilizers are used as an alternative, though they are usually added to PVC cables. The market share of lead stabilizers in North America has been traditionally low.
Construction As Important Indicator
The prime sales market for stabilizers is the plastics industry. Sales volumes of Profiles, Pipes, Cables, Films, and Floorings is highly dependent on the development of the construction sector - as a result, the development of this industrial sector is of paramount importance to demand for stabilizers. Neither in Europe nor in the USA the construction industry has been able to reach sales volumes reported in times preceding the economic crisis of 2008/09. During the past years, demand for plastic products and thus stabilizers rose in the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China) in particular. Market shares of individual applications such as Profiles or Pipes, however, vary widely depending on country and region. Also, different stabilizers are used for the same applications in different regions of the world.
The Study in Brief:
Chapter 1 provides a presentation and analysis of the global market for stabilizers – including forecasts up to 2021: Demand for and revenues generated with stabilizers are provided for the world and each region. Chapter 2 examines demand for and revenues generated with stabilizers as well as demand in the applications Pipes, Profiles, Films, Cables, Floorings, and other plastic products and elastomers in 16 countries in more detail. Besides, 144 important manufacturers of stabilizers, including their respective portfolios, are listed in a clear representation. Chapter 3 provides a substantiated analysis of individual applications of stabilizers:
Ceresana is a leading international market research and consultancy company for the industrial sector and operates branch offices in Constance, Vienna and Hong Kong. For more than 10 years, it has been supplying several thousand customers from 55 countries with up-to-date market intelligence. Extensive market knowledge creates new prospects for strategic and operational decisions. Ceresana's clients profit from practical consulting services, tailor-made single-client studies and more than 60 multi-client market studies. The Ceresana business analysts are specialists in markets chemicals, plastics, additives, commodities, industrial components, packaging, and construction materials. More about Ceresana at http://www.ceresana.com