Zion Market Research has published a new report titled “Wood Plastic Composites Market (Polyethylene, Polypropylene, Polyvinyl Chloride and Others) for Building & Construction, Automotive, Electrical and Other Applications: Global Market Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis, and Forecast, 2016 – 2022”. According to the report, global wood plastic composites market was valued at USD 4.37 billion in 2016 and is expected to reach USD 8.76 billion in 2022, growing at a CAGR of 12.3% between 2017 and 2022. In terms of volume, global wood plastic composites stood at approximately 4,262.3 kilotons in 2016.
Wood plastic composites are hybrid materials that are made up of wood fibers and thermoplastics polymers. The main ingredient in wood plastic composite is wood flour (saw dust) and thermoplastic additives such as polyethylene, polypropylene, polyvinyl chloride, etc. It offers numerous of advantages over alternatives such as pressure-treated lumber and naturally durable cedar or redwood. It provides weather resistance, long service life and lower maintenance. Moreover, it finds numerous applications such as construction, automotive, toys, crafts, outdoor decks, fences, railing, window frames, etc.
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The global wood-plastic composites market is primarily driven by strong demand from building & construction industry. Increasing demand from building & construction application is expected to boost the wood plastic composites market in future. Moreover, growing demand for recyclable materials in automobile industry is expected to drive the demand for wood plastic composites during the years to come. However, availability of substitute materials is expected to hamper growth of this industry in the years to come. Nonetheless, emerging markets in developing region is likely to offer new avenues to the major players of the market during the years to come.
Polyethylene was the leading product segment of wood-plastic composites market in 2016. It is majorly used in moulding strips, furniture materials, wall cladding, hollow boards, hollow filler section and decking process. Thus, it accounted for above 60.0% share of total wood-plastic composites consumed in 2016 and this trend is expected to continue during the future years. Polyvinyl chloride is expected to exhibit fastest CAGR within the forecast period.
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Construction & building was the largest application segment for wood-plastic composites in 2016. Additionally, growing construction industry is likely to drive the demand for wood plastics composites across the globe in the near future. Automotive was the second largest market with more than 25.0% share of the total wood-plastic composites volume consumed in 2016. Automotive is also expected be the fastest growing application market of wood-plastic composites in the next five years. Usages of wood plastic composites trims down the weight of automobiles and also boost fuel efficiency. Thus, it results to low emission of carbon and hence, it is expected to drive the demand for wood plastic composites during the years to come.
North America was the leading regional market for wood-plastic composites in 2016. It holds for above 35.0% share of the entire market in 2016 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 11.6% during the next five years. Asia Pacific is expected to be the fastest growing market of wood plastic composites over the years to come. Moreover, Asia Pacific is expected to exhibit robust growth owing to booming construction and automotive industry in the region.
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The key vendors in the global wood-plastic composites market include Trex Company Inc., TimberTech Limited, WPC-Wood Plastic A.S., Fiberon LLC., Perth Wood Plastic Composite Co, Ltd., Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies (AERT), Solvay S.A., Beologic N.V., CertaiTeed Corporation, Louisiana Pacific Corporation, Strandex Corporation and JELU-WERK J. Ehrler GmbH & Co. KG among others.
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