This research study involves extensive usage of secondary sources, directories, and databases, such as Hoovers, Bloomberg, Businessweek, Factiva, and OneSource to identify and collect information useful for technical, market-oriented, and commercial aspects of the wood-plastic composites market. The research methodology used for this study can be explained as follows:
The report "Wood Plastic Composite Market by Type (Polyethylene, Polyvinylchloride, Polypropylene, Others), Application (Building & Construction Products, Automotive Components, Industrial & Consumer Goods, Others), Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, RoW) - Global Trends & Forecast to 2021", The wood-plastic composites market is projected to reach USD 5.84 Billion by 2021, at a CAGR of 12.4% for the forecast period of 2016 to 2021. This growth is driven by the increasing demand from the building & construction application and growing demand for recyclable material in automobile industry.
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The major applications of wood-plastic composites are building & construction products, followed by automotive components. In building & construction application, wood-plastic composites are widely used in decking, molding & sliding, and fencing. Growing demand for high-performance, low-maintenance, and low-cost building products that are eco-friendly and offer maintenance-free properties is expected to fuel the global demand for wood-plastic composites in coming years.
Based on type, the wood-plastic composites market has been segmented into polyethylene (PE), polyvinylchloride (PVC), polypropylene (PP), and others that includes acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) and polylactides (PLA). The polyethylene segment contributed the largest share to the wood-plastic composites market, in terms of value, in 2015.
The major companies that are operating in the global wood plastic composite market are Trex Company, Inc. (U.S.), Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies, Inc. (U.S.), Universal Forest Products, Inc. (U.S.), Fiberon, LLC (U.S.), TAMKO Building Products, Inc. (U.S.), TimberTech (U.S.), Axion International, Inc. (U.S.), Beologic N.V. (Belgium), CertainTeed (U.S.), Fkur Kunststoff GmbH (Germany.), Josef Ehrler GmbH & Co. KG. (Germany), Polymera, Inc. (U.S.), and Polyplank AB (Sweden).
North America accounted for the largest share of the wood plastic composite market in 2015, followed by Asia-Pacific and Europe. North America is one of the major producers of wood-plastic composites in the world. Increasing investment towards infrastructure projects, followed by replacement of old housing infrastructure with advanced materials, drives the wood-plastic composite market in North America.
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