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Glass fiber demand in the US is forecast to advance 2.2 percent annually to 6.5 billion pounds in the year 2003, valued at $5.5 billion.

Glass fiber demand in the US is forecast to advance 2.2 percent annually to 6.5 billion pounds in the year 2003, valued at $5.5 billion. Price increases will be tempered by adequate capacity, intense competition and maturing applications. Textile glass fibers will exhibit better growth than glass wool (fiberglass) insulation as a result of opportunities in reinforced plastics, which provide a lighter, stronger and corrosion resistant alternative to wood and metal in construction and motor vehicle applications. Glass wool insulation demand will be stimulated by rising energy standards for buildings, appliances and other products, yet be constrained by declining housing starts and competition from foamed plastics. Insulation demand will also be driven by trends toward larger homes and home remodeling, as well as increased use of interior wall acoustic insulation for fire protection and sound control.

Fiberglass insulation demand will expand less than 2 percent per year to four billion pounds in the year 2003, constrained by a softening new housing market but stimulated by activity in the residential aftermarket, which accounts for three-quarters of total fiberglass demand. Homeowners' desires to increase energy efficiency and reduce fossil fuel consumption will spur demand for attic reinsulation and basement perimeter applications, while upgrades and additions to existing homes will create opportunities for insulation in wall cavities and sheathing. Fiberglass insulation also finds use in nonconstruction markets, in heating, ventilation and air conditioning duct liners, pipe and machinery insulation and appliances such as refrigerators.

Textile glass fiber demand is projected to expand nearly 3 percent yearly to 2.4 billion pounds in the year 2003, driven by reinforced plastics' advantages over other materials including high strength, design flexibility and cost savings via parts consolidation. Building products and motor vehicles will remain the largest markets for reinforced plastic. Building product uses will be driven by needs for greater durability, lower maintenance and better affordability in products such as underground storage tanks, pipe, panels and tubs, showers and other bathroom components. Motor vehicle opportunities will be fueled by manufacturers' efforts to reduce costs, weight and maintenance requirements, while enhancing design flexibility. Best opportunities are expected in products such as body panels, door modules, instrument panels and underbody chassis components.

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Comment:Glass fiber demand in the US is forecast to advance 2.2 percent annually to 6.5 billion pounds in the year 2003, valued at $5.5 billion.
Publication:Research Studies - Freedonia Group
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:May 1, 1999
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