ALBANY, N.Y. -- Global demand for thermoplastic elastomers should rise at a compound annual rate of 5 percent in volume and 6.4 percent in value from 2012-2018, according to a new market report.
TPE consumption hit 3.4 million metric tons in 2011, and will increase to 4.9 million metric tons by 20118, the study by Transparency Market Research said. The value of the market will rise from $9.9 billion in 2011 to $15.3 billion by 2018.
The study said styrenic block copolymers are the largest segment of TPEs, about 48 percent of the total in 2011. Used primarily for paving, roofing and in footwear, demand is expected to remain stagnant during the next five years as the market nears maturity.
Thermoplastic vulcanizates are forecast to be the fast growing product, with demand for the material rising at a rate of 6.6 percent a year to 2018.
TPEs growth is fuelled by increasing demand for lightweight and high performance materials in the automobile industry. The shift toward replacing PVCs with TPEs by major end use industries is expected to drive TPE demand over the next five years, said Transparency Market Research.