U.S. demand for structural preimpregnated products is growing significantly, according to a business and marketing analysis from BMR Associates of North Plainfield, N.J.
Benjamin Rasmussen, the consulting firm's principal, projected current-year prepreg sales of $700 million and identified the largest suppliers as units of Hexcel Corp., Cytec Industries Inc. and Toray Industries Inc.
The report's forecast of annual growth of 7-10 percent through 2004 could be conservative, he said in a telephone interview.
Rasmussen said he has seen an upbeat attitude, particularly among the 10 lower-tier prepreg suppliers, and a growing trend toward expanded use of toughened epoxy/carbon fiber prepregs that cure at 250° F for sporting goods, automotive and industrial applications. End users also are seeking materials that cure below 250° F.
Another growth niche involves use of composite prepreg tooling in Indianapolis, where most auto-racing teams are doing fabrication work, he said.
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