US specialty foams demand to reach $1.3 billion in 2009.
Specialty polyurethane foam demand is projected to rise 5.6 percent annually through 2009 based on opportunities in areas such as air and liquid filtration, gaskets, structural reinforcement, fire protection and acoustical insulation. Particularly good growth is expected for hydrophilic (water absorbing) foam in areas such as wound dressings, and as delivery vehicles for inks and antimicrobials. Demand for engineered plastic foam will grow 4.5 percent annually due to advantages such as good dielectric properties, strength and temperature resistance.
Ceramic and metal foam opportunities will reflect advancing catalyst substrate, metal filtration and other applications. Nascent materials such as aluminum foam also have significant potential in areas such as energy absorption (e.g., crumple zones for automotive safety) and filters (e.g., diesel particulate filters). Good growth is also expected for foam glass in thermal insulation applications, particularly as an insulating base for liquified natural gas tanks.
Electrical and electronic specialty foam markets will be stimulated by growing applications in business and medical equipment, as well as wire and cable. Threats to further advances include continued efforts to downsize products, and competition from other materials and offshore producers. Better growth is anticipated in industrial uses such as gaskets, seals and filters for industrial machinery, and thermal insulation for storage tanks and other vessels.
Specialty Foams (published 08/2005, 201 pages) is available for $4,100 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 440.646.0484 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Information may also be obtained through www.freedoniagroup.com.
SPECIALTY FOAM DEMAND (million dollars) % Annual Growth Item 1999 2004 2009 04/99 09/04 Specialty Foam Demand 787 1013 1325 5.2 5.5 Plastic Foam 700 895 1152 5.0 5.2 Polyurethane 260 336 442 5.3 5.6 Engineered Plastic 189 237 295 4.6 4.5 Other Plastic 251 322 415 5.1 5.2 Non-Plastics Foam 87 118 173 6.3 8.1 [C] 2005 by The Freedonia Group, Inc.
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|Date:||Aug 30, 2005|
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