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World Solid Surface & Other Cast Polymers

Abstract

World demand to rise 8.1% annually through 2016

Global demand for cast polymers is forecast to rise 8.1 percent annually to 263 million square meters in 2016. Over half of projected growth will be attributable to China, a country with a quickly developing domestic cast polymer industry and a considerable construction sector. China, as well as other developing countries (e.g., India), has been building large volumes of modern housing units and nonresidential facilities each year to accommodate the needs of its growing population and ongoing economic development. Favorable building activity in China and other developing countries is likely to continue through the forecast period, providing opportunities for surface materials such as cast polymers. Market gains will also be aided by the recovery of new housing construction in the US and much of Western Europe, as well as Australia and Japan, from low 2011 bases. In addition to favorable macroeconomic trends, cast polymers will benefit from increased market penetration throughout the world.

Engineered stone to be fastest growing product

Solid surface accounted for 60 percent of global cast polymer sales in 2011. More than 70 percent of solid surface materials were sold in the Asia/Pacific region, where they are low-cost options because of limited color offerings and a highly competitive local production base. Engineered stone (e.g., engineered quartz and engineered marble) is expected to achieve the most rapid gains through 2016. Engineered stone is finding greater use in residential installations as consumers are attracted to its resemblance to high-end natural stone, but with more color options and greater durability. Use in nonresidential settings will be supported by specifiers seeking materials that are impervious to biological contaminants and require minimal maintenance. Less expensive, but less durable gelcoated composites (e.g., cultured marble, cultured onyx and cultured granite) are projected to register more modest gains through 2016. Cast polymers are used to produce residential countertops, nonresidential countertops and sinks, as well as other building applications (e.g., shower pans, tubs, wall cladding, architectural embellishments, flooring,, and fireplaces) and nonbuilding applications (e.g., furniture, accessories, and gifts).

China, India to exhibit strong gains in demand

The largest regional market in 2011 was Asia/Pacific with 64 percent of global cast polymer demand. Advances in this region are primarily driven by China, which accounted for roughly two-thirds of the region's cast polymer sales in 2011. Residential trends, such as the country's ongoing urbanization and the development of a more modern housing stock, will provide opportunities for cast polymers. The continued expansion and improvement of nonresidential buildings will also benefit demand. The next largest market, India, is expected to post strong gains through 2016 as it continues to develop its housing and nonresidential sectors. However, overall gains in developing countries will be limited by the typically small size of homes, and the lack of disposable income for the purchase of higher-value building materials like cast polymers. Western Europe and North America were the next largest markets in 2011, each accounting for over 10 percent of global demand. Gains in both markets are expected to be aided by projected recovery of the new housing market from a depressed 2011 base.

Study coverage

This Freedonia industry study, “World Solid Surface & Other Cast Polymers”, presents historical demand data plus forecasts for 2016 and 2021 by product, application, world region and for 18 countries. The study also considers market environment factors, evaluates company market share, and profiles global industry competitors.

Freedonia's methods involve:

  • Establishing consistent economic and market forecasts
  • Using input/output ratios, flow charts and other economic methods to quantify data
  • Employing in-house analysts who meet stringent quality standards
  • Interviewing key industry participants, experts and end users
  • Researching a proprietary database that includes trade publications, government reports and corporate literature

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

II. MARKET ENVIRONMENT

  • General
  • World Economic Overview
    • Recent Historical Trends
    • World Economic Outlook
  • World Gross Fixed Investment Outlook
  • World Consumer Spending
  • World Demographic Outlook
    • Population
    • Households
    • Urbanization Patterns
  • World Building Construction Outlook
    • Residential Building
      • New Housing Units
      • Housing Stock
    • Nonresidential Building
  • Environmental & Regulatory Issues

III. OVERVIEW

  • General
  • Regions
  • Types
    • Solid Surface Materials
    • Engineered Stone
    • Gel-Coated Composites
  • Applications
    • Residential Countertops
    • Nonresidential Countertops
    • Sinks
    • Other Building Applications
    • All Other
  • Production & Trade

IV. NORTH AMERICA

  • General
  • Demand by Type & Application
  • United States
  • Canada
  • Mexico

V. WESTERN EUROPE

  • General
  • Demand by Type & Application
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom
  • Other Western Europe

VI. ASIA/PACIFIC

  • General
  • Demand by Type & Application
  • Australia
  • China
  • India
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • Other Asia/Pacific

VII. OTHER REGIONS

  • Central & South America
    • General
    • Demand by Type & Application
    • Brazil
    • Other Central & South America
  • Eastern Europe
    • General
    • Demand by Type & Application
    • Russia
    • Other Eastern Europe
  • Africa/Mideast
    • General
    • Demand by Type & Application
    • Turkey
    • Other Africa/Mideast

VIII. INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

  • General
  • Industry Structure
  • Market Share
  • Competitive Strategies
  • Research & Development
  • Marketing & Distribution
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Cooperative Agreements

COMPANY PROFILES

  • AKG Yalitim ve Insaat Malzemeleri Sanayi ve Ticaret AS
  • AKP Carat-Arbeitsplatten, see Westag & Getalit
  • American Granule, see Fama Industries
  • Aristech Acrylics LLC
  • Belenco Quartz Surfaces, see Peker
  • BLANCO GmbH & Company KG
  • Breton SpA
  • Caesarstone Sdot-Yam Limited
  • Cambria
  • Cheil Industries Incorporated
  • CompacStone USA, see Marmol Compac
  • Cosentino SA
  • Diresco NV
  • DuPont (EI) de Nemours
  • Durat
  • Falat Sang Asia Company
  • Fama Industries Corporation
  • Fletcher Building Limited
  • Formica, see Fletcher Building
  • Guangdong Huaxun Industry Company Limited
  • Guangdong Oppein Home Group Incorporated
  • Guangzhou Owell Decoration Material, see Guangdong
  • Oppein Home
  • Gulf Stone Company SAOG
  • Hanwha Group
  • Karadon, see Fama Industries
  • Keda Industrial Company Limited
  • Keramag, see Sanitec
  • Kuraray Company Limited
  • Laminex Group, see Fletcher Building
  • LG Hausys Limited
  • Marblo Holdings Pty Limited
  • Marmol Compac SA
  • Opal Industrial Company Limited
  • Peker Group
  • Pokarna Limited
  • Produit Ceramiques de Touraine, see Sanitec
  • Quarella SpA
  • Quartzforms SpA
  • Romastone Company Limited
  • Rover SpA
  • Sanitec Corporation
  • Santa Margherita SpA
  • Stone Italiana SpA
  • Style Stone Joint Stock, see Vietnam Construction and Import-Export
  • Technistone AS
  • Tower Industries Limited
  • VARICOR, see Sanitec
  • Verona Marble, see Santa Margherita
  • Vietnam Construction and Import-Export Joint Stock
  • Corporation
  • Vietnam Quartz Stones JSC
  • Vinaconex Advanced Compound Stone, see Vietnam
  • Construction and Import-Export
  • Westag & Getalit AG
  • WK Marble & Granite Pty Limited
  • Additional Company List

LIST OF TABLES

SECTION I -- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  • Summary Table

SECTION II -- MARKET ENVIRONMENT

  • World Gross Domestic Product by Region
  • World Gross Fixed Investment by Region
  • World Personal Consumption Expenditures by Region
  • World Population by Region
  • World Households by Region
  • World Urban Population by Region
  • World Building Construction Expenditures by Region
  • World Residential Building Construction Expenditures by Region
  • World New Housing Units by Region
  • World Housing Stock by Region
  • World Nonresidential Building Construction Expenditures by Region

SECTION III -- OVERVIEW

  • World Cast Polymer Demand
  • World Cast Polymer Demand by Region
  • World Cast Polymer Demand by Type
  • World Solid Surface Material Demand by Region
  • World Engineered Stone Demand by Region
  • World Gel-Coated Composite Demand by Region
  • World Cast Polymer Demand by Application
  • World Cast Polymer Demand in Residential Countertops by Region
  • World Cast Polymer Demand in Nonresidential Countertops by Region
  • World Cast Polymer Demand in Sinks by Region
  • World Cast Polymer Demand in Other Building Applications by Region
  • World Cast Polymer Demand in All Other Applications by Region

SECTION IV -- NORTH AMERICA

  • North America: Market Environment for Cast Polymers
  • North America: Cast Polymer Demand by Type & Application
  • United States: Market Environment for Cast Polymers
  • United States: Cast Polymer Demand by Type
  • United States: Cast Polymer Demand by Application
  • Canada: Market Environment for Cast Polymers
  • Canada: Cast Polymer Demand by Type
  • Canada: Cast Polymer Demand by Application
  • Mexico: Market Environment for Cast Polymers
  • Mexico: Cast Polymer Demand by Type
  • Mexico: Cast Polymer Demand by Application

SECTION V -- WESTERN EUROPE

  • Western Europe: Market Environment for Cast Polymers
  • Western Europe: Cast Polymer Demand by Type & Application
  • France: Market Environment for Cast Polymers
  • France: Cast Polymer Demand by Type
  • France: Cast Polymer Demand by Application
  • Germany: Market Environment for Cast Polymers
  • Germany: Cast Polymer Demand by Type
  • Germany: Cast Polymer Demand by Application
  • Italy: Market Environment for Cast Polymers
  • Italy: Cast Polymer Demand by Type
  • Italy: Cast Polymer Demand by Application
  • Netherlands: Market Environment for Cast Polymers
  • Netherlands: Cast Polymer Demand by Type
  • Netherlands: Cast Polymer Demand by Application
  • Spain: Market Environment for Cast Polymers
  • Spain: Cast Polymer Demand by Type
  • Spain: Cast Polymer Demand by Application
  • United Kingdom: Market Environment for Cast Polymers
  • United Kingdom: Cast Polymer Demand by Type
  • United Kingdom: Cast Polymer Demand by Application
  • Other Western Europe: Market Environment for Cast Polymers
  • Other Western Europe: Cast Polymer Demand by Type
  • Other Western Europe: Cast Polymer Demand by Application

SECTION VI -- ASIA/PACIFIC

  • Asia/Pacific: Market Environment for Cast Polymers
  • Asia/Pacific: Cast Polymer Demand by Type & Application
  • Australia: Market Environment for Cast Polymers
  • Australia: Cast Polymer Demand by Type
  • Australia: Cast Polymer Demand by Application
  • China: Market Environment for Cast Polymers
  • China: Cast Polymer Demand by Type
  • China: Cast Polymer Demand by Application
  • India: Market Environment for Cast Polymers
  • India: Cast Polymer Demand by Type
  • India: Cast Polymer Demand by Application
  • Japan: Market Environment for Cast Polymers
  • Japan: Cast Polymer Demand by Type
  • Japan: Cast Polymer Demand by Application
  • South Korea: Market Environment for Cast Polymers
  • South Korea: Cast Polymer Demand by Type
  • South Korea: Cast Polymer Demand by Application
  • Thailand: Market Environment for Cast Polymers
  • Thailand: Cast Polymer Demand by Type
  • Thailand: Cast Polymer Demand by Application
  • Other Asia/Pacific: Market Environment for Cast Polymers
  • Other Asia/Pacific: Cast Polymer Demand by Type
  • Other Asia/Pacific: Cast Polymer Demand by Application

SECTION VII -- OTHER REGIONS

  • Central & South America: Market Environment for Cast Polymers
  • Central & South America: Cast Polymer Demand by Type & Application
  • Brazil: Market Environment for Cast Polymers
  • Brazil: Cast Polymer Demand by Type
  • Brazil: Cast Polymer Demand by Application
  • Other Central & South America: Market Environment for Cast Polymers
  • Other Central & South America: Cast Polymer Demand by Type
  • Other Central & South America: Cast Polymer Demand by Application
  • Eastern Europe: Market Environment for Cast Polymers
  • Eastern Europe: Cast Polymer Demand by Type & Application
  • Russia: Market Environment for Cast Polymers
  • Russia: Cast Polymer Demand by Type
  • Russia: Cast Polymer Demand by Application
  • Other Eastern Europe: Market Environment for Cast Polymers
  • Other Eastern Europe: Cast Polymer Demand by Type
  • Other Eastern Europe: Cast Polymer Demand by Application
  • Africa/Mideast: Market Environment for Cast Polymers
  • Africa/Mideast: Cast Polymer Demand by Type & Application
  • Turkey: Market Environment for Cast Polymers
  • Turkey: Cast Polymer Demand by Type
  • Turkey: Cast Polymer Demand by Application
  • Other Africa/Mideast: Market Environment for Cast Polymers
  • Other Africa/Mideast: Cast Polymer Demand by Type
  • Other Africa/Mideast: Cast Polymer Demand by Application

SECTION VIII -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

  • World Cast Polymer Sales by Company, 2011
  • Selected Cooperative Agreements

LIST OF CHARTS

SECTION III -- OVERVIEW

  • World Cast Polymer Demand by Region, 2011
  • World Cast Polymer Demand by Type, 2011
  • World Solid Surface Material Demand by Region, 2011
  • World Engineered Stone Demand by Region, 2011
  • World Gel-Coated Composite Demand by Region, 2011
  • World Cast Polymer Demand by Application, 2011
  • World Cast Polymer Demand in Residential Countertops by Region, 2011
  • World Cast Polymer Demand in Nonresidential Countertops by Region, 2011
  • World Cast Polymer Demand in Sinks by Region, 2011
  • World Cast Polymer Demand in Other Building Applications by Region, 2011
  • World Cast Polymer Demand in All Other Applications by Region, 2011

SECTION IV -- NORTH AMERICA

  • North America: Cast Polymer Demand by Country, 2011

SECTION V -- WESTERN EUROPE

  • Western Europe: Cast Polymer Demand by Country, 2011

SECTION VI -- ASIA/PACIFIC

  • Asia Pacific: Cast Polymer Demand by Country, 2011

SECTION VIII -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

  • World Cast Polymer Market Share by Company, 2011
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