US specialty foams demand to reach $1.3 billion in 2007.US specialty foam demand is projected to expand more than six percent annually to $1.3 billion in 2007, comprising 510 million pounds. Stimulants Stimulants
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Mentioned in: Autism include improvements in the economy and greater needs for lower cost and higher performance materials in electrical/electronic, industrial, transportation equipment and other sectors. Further increases will be constrained by maturing uses and slow advances in markets such as motor vehicles. Polyurethane polyurethane
Any of a class of very versatile polymers that are made into flexible and rigid foams, fibres, elastomers (elastic polymers), surface coatings, and adhesives. and engineered plastic will remain the dominant plastic foams, with the best growth expected for the lower volume fluoropolymers and silicones. However, non-plastic foams will increase faster than plastic types with ceramics and metals achieving double digit Noun 1. double digit - a two-digit integer; from 10 to 99
integer, whole number - any of the natural numbers (positive or negative) or zero; "an integer is a number that is not a fraction" growth. Electrical/electronic and industrial markets will continue to account for more than one-half of total demand due to widespread structural, filtering, sealing and insulating requirements. These and other trends are presented in Specialty Foams, a new study from The Freedonia Group, Inc., a Cleveland-based industrial market research firm.
Specialty polyurethane foam Noun 1. polyurethane foam - a foam made by adding water to polyurethane plastics
polyurethan, polyurethane - any of various polymers containing the urethane radical; a wide variety of synthetic forms are made and used as adhesives or plastics or demand will increase to $440 million in 2007 as a result of opportunities in air and liquid filtration, gaskets, structural reinforcement, fire protection, acoustical insulation and various other uses. Particularly good growth is expected for hydrophilic hydrophilic /hy·dro·phil·ic/ (-fil´ik) readily absorbing moisture; hygroscopic; having strongly polar groups that readily interact with water.
adj. (water absorbing) foam in areas such as wound dressings and as delivery vehicles for inks, cleansers and antimicrobials. Ceramic and metal foams A metal foam is a cellular structure consisting of a solid metal - frequently aluminium - containing a large volume fraction of gas-filled pores. The pores can be sealed (closed-cell foam), or they can form an interconnected network (open-cell foam). will experience the fastest growth due to advancing catalyst substrate, metal filtration and other applications. In the metal category, nascent nascent /nas·cent/ (nas´ent) (na´sent)
1. being born; just coming into existence.
2. just liberated from a chemical combination, and hence more reactive because uncombined. materials such as aluminum foam also have significant potential in areas such as energy absorption (e.g., crumple zones The crumple zone of a vehicle such as a train or an automobile is a structural feature designed to compress during an accident to absorb energy from an impact. Typically, crumple zones are located in the front part of the vehicle, in order to absorb the impact of a head-on for automotive safety) and filters (e.g., diesel particulate par·tic·u·late
Of or occurring in the form of fine particles.
A particulate substance.
composed of separate particles. ). Good growth is also expected for foam glass in thermal insulation The term thermal insulation can refer to materials used to reduce the rate of heat transfer, or the methods and processes used to reduce heat transfer.
Heat is transferred from one material to another by conduction, convection and/or radiation. applications.
Industrial markets for specialty foams will present the best opportunities and rise 7.3 percent annually to more than $340 million in 2007. Opportunities are anticipated in areas such as gaskets, seals and filters for industrial machinery, and thermal insulation for storage tanks and other vessels. Electrical and electronic markets will be constrained by intramaterial competition and growing imports of electronic products from lower cost Asian and other countries. Transportation equipment markets will be driven by safety and fuel efficiency concerns in motor vehicle, aircraft, marine and other applications.
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US SPECIALTY FOAM DEMAND (million dollars) % Annual Growth Item 1997 2002 2007 02/97 07/02 Specialty Foam Demand 765 990 1330 5.3 6.1 Plastic Foam 656 842 1100 5.1 5.5 Polyurethane 252 332 440 5.7 5.8 Engineered Plastic 175 215 270 4.2 4.7 Polyolefins 78 100 128 5.1 5.1 Other Plastic Foams 151 195 262 5.2 6.1 Non-Plastic Foam 109 148 230 6.3 9.2