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Pultrusion demand in the US is projected to grow 8 percent per annum to 330 million pounds in the year 2002, valued at $710 million.

Pultrusion demand in the US is projected to grow 8 percent per annum to 330 million pounds in the year 2002, valued at $710 million. Advances will be driven by resin and processing improvements, and greater needs for strong, lightweight, durable materials. Further growth will be threatened by continued price disadvantages compared to wood, steel and aluminum. However, despite the higher initial cost of pultrusions, engineers are discovering that when total systems costs are factored in, pultrusions become cost competitive with other materials. The versatility and corrosion resistant properties of pultrusions are ideally suited for infrastructural uses such as grating, bridges, walkways and cooling towers. These and other trends are presented in Pultrusion Resins, a new study from The Freedonia Group, Inc., a Cleveland-based industrial market research firm.

Thermoset resins, primarily unsaturated polyester, will remain dominant due to their low cost and excellent performance in diverse markets. Unsaturated polyester's success is due to its competitive cost structure, compatibility with glass and carbon fiber reinforcements and processing ease. More rapid growth is anticipated for vinyl ester resins based on expanded use in corrosive environments such as chemical plants. Although more expensive than unsaturated polyester, vinyl ester has greater corrosion and temperature resistance. Epoxy resins have better mechanical properties, but are more expensive and difficult to process.

Electrical equipment will exhibit the best growth prospects among markets for pultrusion resins, expanding 8.6 percent annually to the year 2002. Ladder rails will remain the leading application although opportunities are also anticipated in products such as insulator rods and light poles. Other markets will grow at a below average pace due to the entrenched position of wood, steel and aluminum, and the premium cost of pultruded components. Nevertheless, a variety of niche opportunities are anticipated including pultruded rebar and bridge decking in construction markets, and grating and walkways in process plants.

Pultrusion Resins (published 1/99, 145 pages) is available for $3400 from The Freedonia Group, Inc., 767 Beta Drive, Cleveland, OH 44143-2326. For further details, please contact Corinne Gangloff by phone 440.684.9600, fax 646.0484 or e-mail pr@freedoniagroup.com. Full text is also available online through commercial database companies and the www.freedoniagroup.com Web site.

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Date:Jan 1, 1999
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