Demand for decorative laminates in the United States will advance nearly 5 percent per year to 13.3 billion square feet in the year 2003, valued at nearly $5 billion.
High pressure laminates will continue to record higher than average growth, although advances will represent a slowdown from the previous period, when the strong recovery of the mid 1990s boosted demand for laminates in kitchen and bath applications and furniture. Growth is also being impacted by the increasing use of low pressure laminates in a number of horizontal applications, which previously had been served by high pressure material.
Low pressure laminates demand will advance 4,7 percent annually to more than eleven billion square feet by the year 2003. Conventional applications, such as furniture sides and side panels for kitchen counters and cabinets and bathroom vanities, will continue to account for the majority of demand. However, there is an increasing trend toward using low pressure laminates in horizontal applications which were formerly almost the exclusive province of high pressure laminates, due to the latter's higher scratch, dent and stain resistance.
Flooring will continue to provide the most rapid growth of any laminates market, as this application is still in the early stages of the product life cycle. Although the market is nowhere near saturation, advances will decline slightly from their previous lofty levels, yet will remain significantly in excess of the industry average. In laminates generally, and in particular laminate flooring, manufacturers are expending significant research efforts to improve the quality and durability of laminate products. US producers are attempting to develop laminate flooring products which are durable enough to be used in the sizeable contract market (commercial, institutional and industrial uses).
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